Friday, February 22, 2013

Robust connector housings for outdoor applications


Harting has expanded its Han-Eco® industrial connector series with a range of plastic housings including a variant designed for outdoor applications.

These connector housings - in glass fibre reinforced high-performance plastic - give the customer the benefits of reduced weight and improved cost/performance ratio. They combine outstanding mechanical properties and excellent resistance to environmental factors, and in comparison with the company’s Han® B standard series they also provide greater contact density through an additional module space.

For outdoor applications, the new variant uses flange gaskets with fluorine rubber (FPM) as the sealing material. FPM provides excellent resistance to the effects of the weather, especially UV radiation, ozone pollution and high temperatures. It also offers high chemical resistance, for example to mineral oils, synthetic hydraulic fluids, fuels, aromatic compounds, many organic solvents and chemicals.

Expansion in Belgium

Due to its continued strong growth, Magnetrol International NV is expanding its production and office facilities in Zele (Belgium) by more than 5.000 sq meters. Completion of the building is foreseen for May 2014.

The building expansion is designed and constructed in accordance with BREEAM, the world’s leading design and assessment method for sustainable buildings. It is aiming to be one of the first industrial buildings in Belgium with BREEAM certification.

Magnetrol International NV has been located in the industrial park of Zele, Belgium for over 40 years. Magnetrol International employs more than 130 people at its Zele, Belgian facility. Over the last five years Magnetrol Belgium has been nominated four times for Trends Gazellen awards for large companies as a result of its outstanding results.

More than 95% of the Belgian production is exported to the EMEAI markets. Magnetrol is a recognized leader in providing customized solutions to its customers for level and flow measurement. Magnetrol’s primary technologies include guided wave radar, ultrasonic and thermal dispersion.

Magnetrol International NV is part of the Magnetrol International Incorporated group with headquarters near Chicago, Illinois, USA. The group is family owned and has existed for more than 80 years.

Magnetrol’s investment in its facilities is another example of its mission to be the customer’s preferred partner in the global supply of level and flow control instrumentation.

Forty years in automation

Red Lion Controls celebrates its 40th anniversary with a brief video on the company’s history, product innovations and industry leadership in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking. Mike Granby, president of Red Lion, presents a timeline of company achievements over the past 40 years, with an introduction by Laura Hoffman, vice president of global marketing.



• Red Lion Products are marketed in Ireland by Instrument Technology Ltd.

New product catalogue for position sensors

Sensors for distance, angle and inclination – with application examples

With its new product catalogue ASM provides engineers with a practical decision-making tool for selecting the right position sensor.

Whether distance, angle or inclination, ASM offers with six innovative product lines sensor solutions for a wide variety of applications requiring feedback position sensors. The company is known for three decades for the production of high-quality sensors.

With this new catalog it provides not only an overview of the unique product range with technical specifications. The operating principle of each sensor line is described in detail, too. Along with many application examples, design engineers receive a reference tool for the selection of the right sensor technology and therefore the most suitable model.

Automation body recognised!

100 world-class manufacturing companies and individual leaders have been announced as winners of the 2013 Manufacturing Leadership 100 Awards (ML100 Awards). These awards Recognise the world’s finest best practices in manufacturing and supply chain management. New technologies, global economic uncertainties, industry convergence, and breakthrough best practices are transforming the manufacturing ecosystem at an accelerating rate, forcing manufacturers to continuously rethink how they can maximize the value they deliver to their customers.

The 2013 ML100 Award winners, selected by Frost & Sullivan's Manufacturing Leadership Council are located in countries throughout the world, including the US, Canada, China, Germany, India, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and Switzerland.

Award nominations were judged across 11 categories. The Automation Federation is one of seven award recipients in the “New Workforce” category.

The award, in particular, recognizes the significant partnership formed in 2012 between the Automation Federation and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), which is designed to expand automation instruction among community colleges in the US, and greatly increase the number of community college graduates with the technology training needed for careers in advanced manufacturing.

Through the partnership, community colleges within the AACC—particularly those located in largely industrial areas experiencing significant shortages of qualified manufacturing workers—have the opportunity to join with the Automation Federation as members of a workforce development consortium called the Automation Community College Consortium. The consortium will assess local workforce needs in creating and implementing factory and process automation curricula, technical training, and National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)-recognized automation certifications as part of the National Skills Certification developed by the Manufacturing Institute.

"The Automation Federation is honoured to be recognized for its efforts to build the next generation of automation professionals and stimulate growth in advanced manufacturing through the Automation Community College Consortium,” says Michael Marlowe, Automation Federation Managing Director and Government Relations Director. “Being honored as a 2013 Leadership 100 Award recipient reflects our ongoing commitment to and the progress we’re making in workforce development for advanced manufacturing.”

The other awardees included Johnson Controls Inc., and Agilent Technologies among many others.

The winners will be honored on May 15 at a celebration that follows the ninth annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit in  Florida (USA), a gathering of manufacturing leaders from around the globe.

Analyser manufacturing

The laboratory instrument manufacturer SEAL Analytical has transferred the production of its market leading automated discrete analyzers, the AQ1 and AQ2, to the company’s facility in Mequon (WI USA). The move follows the acquisition of a block digestion business from Aim Lab Automation Technologies Pty Ltd.

SEAL’s President Stuart Smith said: “Digestion is an essential part of the sample preparation process for some of the tests that our discrete analysers perform, so it makes sense for these instruments to be manufactured at the same location for delivery to our clients worldwide.
“This will also ensure that future innovations in these product lines reflect the entire analytical process, so that we continue to provide complete bespoke monitoring solutions.”

With facilities in Europe, USA and China, SEAL Analytical is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of laboratory instruments including automated discrete and segmented flow nutrient analysers for use in environmental and industrial laboratories. SEAL products are ideal for all types of water, seawater, soil, plant and fertilizer analysis where high reproducibility and low detection limits are required.

The AQ1 and AQ2 instruments automatically test multiple samples in discrete reaction vessels. Following internationally recognised standard methods such as USEPA, ASTM, ISO, these instruments are able to analyse a wide variety of parameters including alkalinity, ammonia, chloride, cyanides, nitrate/nitrite, nitrite, phenolics, ortho phosphate, total phosphorus, silicate, sulfate and total Kjeldahl nitrogen.

Champions!

National Instruments has inducted two British engineers into the LabVIEW Champions program for their outstanding contributions to the global LabVIEW community. Chris Roebuck and Steve Watts have been recognised as LabVIEW Champions to thank them for their time and effort in helping others in the LabVIEW community.
Steve Watts and Chris Roebuck
Chris Roebuck specialises in test and measurement for RF devices, spacecraft command and control, and data management. His passion for visual programming began with LabVIEW 3.1 in 1996 and he has continued to use LabVIEW throughout his career at Filtronic Broadband and EADS Astrium.

National Instruments online community is a resource for its 200,000 members to discover and collaborate on the latest example code, tutorials, textbooks and more. Engineers and scientists around the globe share development techniques, learn about cutting-edge technologies, and connect with LabVIEW and other NI product experts working on similar applications.
Last year he joined NI Alliance Partner, SSBV, as the Software Technical Specialist, responsible for the architectural design and implementation of large scale test and measurement solutions for the space industry. Roebuck has regularly presented at NI UK events and conferences including NIDays, Automated Test Summits and customer advisory boards. He is an active member of the NI community and will chair the 2013 Certified LabVIEW Architect Summit in Paris, alongside Jeff Kodosky, the “Father of LabVIEW”.

“As an enthusiastic LabVIEW developer of many years I am thrilled that NI has bestowed upon me the honour of being inducted into the LabVIEW Champions program” said Chris Roebuck. “I look forward to continuing to support the worldwide LabVIEW community and increasing proficiency levels, along with promoting wider adoption of LabVIEW.”

Steve Watts has been writing industrial software for more than 25 years and began programming with LabVIEW in 1998. He is the co-owner of SSDC Ltd (Structured Software Design Consultants) a supplier of custom designed functional test, laboratory management, industrial control, logging and database systems to aerospace, military, academic research, automotive and manufacturing industries. As well as playing a significant role in the UK LabVIEW Community, Watts chaired the inaugural European CLA Summit and runs the LabVIEW User Group CSLUG (Central South LabVIEW User Group). His book, entitled “A Software Engineering Approach to LabVIEW” has achieved worldwide success and is highly regarded as a seminal text for serious LabVIEW developers.

“I’m delighted to receive this award” said Watts. “I'm very keen on understanding how design decisions impact the final deliverable code, and this can only be done by open discussion with peers. The input of the LabVIEW community is central to this.”

With just 55 LabVIEW Champions around the world and 15 in Europe, Britain now boasts 3 members of this exclusive club, with Roebuck and Watts joining Dr Richard Thomas from Product Technology Partners, who was inducted last year.

“The prestigious LabVIEW Champion title exists as a way to validate and thank outstanding advocates for their participation and willingness to help others in our user community as well as provide them with the technical resources to help others in the future” said Mike Bailey, LabVIEW Marketing Manager, NI UK & Ireland. “Both Chris and Steve have been consistently exceptional participants in the global LabVIEW community. They are known worldwide for their technical expertise and approachability and are truly shining examples to our community.”

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Calibrator communicates

The 709H Precision HART Loop Calibrator from Fluke, is an easy-to-use tool with a user-friendly interface and HART capabilities that reduces the time it takes to measure or source, voltage or current, and power up a loop. With its best-in-class accuracy at 0.01% of reading, the Fluke 709H is ideal for process technicians who need a precise loop calibrator and powerful HART communicator in one compact, rugged, reliable tool.

This calibrator supports a select set of HART universal and common practice commands. In the communicator mode, technicians can read basic device information, perform diagnostic tests, and trim the calibration on most HART-enabled transmitters. In the past, this could only be done with a dedicated communicator, a high-end multifunction calibrator, or a laptop computer with a HART modem. The 709H also features a built-in, selectable 250-ohm resistor to tune the loop for HART communications.

The Fluke 709H and non-HART 709 models feature an intuitive interface with dedicated buttons, a Quick-Set rotary encoder knob, and simple two wire connection for quick, easy measurements. The dedicated 0-100% span and 25% step buttons make for quick and easy testing. Ramping and auto-stepping enables technicians to perform tests remotely and be in ‘two places at once’.

The optional 709H/TRACK software with communication cable can document milliamp measurements and HART transmitter parameters and enable upload of data to a PC.

Low temperature fluorescence spectroscopy

Liquid nitrogen and liquid helium cryostats are available as part of the range of temperature-controlled accessories for the FLS980 and FLS920 series of photoluminescence spectrometers from Edinburgh Photonics. Fully field retrofittable, these cryostats allow fluorescence measurements and temperature maps to be made over the temperature ranges 77-300K and 4.2-325K respectively. Versions with an upper temperature of 500K are also available.

Low temperature operation allows researchers to benefit from enhanced fluorescence intensities. Temperature maps can be generated by acquiring a series of emission, excitation, synchronous and anisotropy scans over a predefined temperature range. The individual measurements are automatically started when the target temperatures are reached.

All cryostats are supplied complete with controller and chamber adapter. The spectrometer software communicates with the cryostat controller to allow families of temperature dependent steady state and life- time data to be acquired under computer control.

Wireless races ahead!

Though not strictly speaking in our sphere of interest we thought this wireless application would be of interest to you. And possibly inspire you with an idea for one of your applications!

LPRS is supplying their market leading easyRadio Advanced (eRA) wireless modules to Microgate, the specialist Italian sports timing system manufacturer, for use in their new wireless athletics training timer – WITTY.
The new Microgate WITTY has been designed as a portable, practical and precise athlete timing system which meets all the requirements of the latest training methods. It can perform all the measurements typical of modern athletic preparation including sprint, shuttle, resistance and courses whilst also meeting many custom requirements. The WITTY can acquire results with accuracy higher than one thousandth 1/1000 of a second.

Significant features of this timer include an intuitive and easy to use graphical interface with a colour display, simple and fast learning process, single or double timing photocells available with unlimited extra photocells for unlimited intermediate times, calculation of speed (km/h, m/s, mph), fast data transfer to PC (for rankings, data assessment and export) via an on-board USB interface and water resistant. Operational for 10 hours from internal batteries WITTY is supplied in a backpack for complete portability.

The key to the success of the system is the use of LPRS eRA modules to transfer data from the self-configuring photocells, which are easy to set up and offer fast repositioning when moving from one exercise to another. The eRA modules offer reliable wireless transmission up to 150m range and provides selectable transmission frequencies, allowing multiple WITTY systems to be used in the same training area.

Federico Gori of Microgate srl comments; “We have a very good working relationship with LPRS and have used LPRS products for many years in our ski race timing gates. The new eRA wireless modules offer exceptional versatility and were simple to design-in to our products.”

The Microgate WITTY system may be expanded with the addition of further photocells (single or double) to record lap times. A range of accessories are available including starting pads, time displaying LED boards and direction indicators. The WITTY is compatible with the Microgate Optojump Next system, an optical measurement system which can measure flight and contact times during the performance of a series of jumps to an accuracy of 1/1000 of a second.

The recently introduced easyRadio Advanced (eRA) wireless module range of transmitters and transceivers incorporates the unique LPRS easyRadio software protocol and build on the simplicity of previous easyRadio (02) modules by remaining true to the original brief of “reducing time to market by removing the complexity associated with the radio software development interface”.

As well as many new and advanced features eRA offers a much improved transmitting range with latest field tests reporting 1.6 mile coverage owing to narrow-band operation and greater immunity from interference. Other innovative features on the easyRadio Advanced transmitters and transceivers include the ability to change the bandwidth of the radio from 150KHz down to 12.5KHz thus providing narrow-band performance on a wide-band budget. eRA modules can also interface to other raw data modules using either FSK (FM) or ASK (AM) modulation modes. Using the free flash firmware upgrade tools from LPRS new updates/features can be quickly programmed by engineers, making a truly future proof solution. Designed with a back compatible pin configuration, current easyRadio 02 users can easily upgrade to easyRadio Advanced versions with a minimum of fuss.

In addition to designing and manufacturing the highly successful easyRadio Advanced (eRA) wireless modules, the full LPRS product range now includes, Raspberry Pi and Arduino Shield wireless platforms, narrow band long range wireless modules from CDP, the IQRF range of wireless networking components, the IQVC range of visual control panels together with antenna, wireless key fobs and a wide range of sensor products.

Certification improves efficiency of water monitoring

Hach Lange has achieved FDT certification for its sc200 Universal Controller and associated sensors, which means that process managers will find it simpler and quicker to integrate the company’s broad range of water and wastewater analytical instruments.

The sc200 successfully completed tests for Device Type Managers (DTM) and is available with 43 sensors and analysers covering 20 different parameters. As a result, this multi-sensor DTM represents the world’s broadest certified portfolio of water and wastewater analytical devices.

FDT/DTM is an open standardised technology providing a communication and configuration interface between field devices and host systems. Under FDT/DTM, any device can be configured, operated and maintained through the standardised user interface – regardless of supplier, type or communication protocol.

Employing this technology (free software download from HACH-LANGE.com) the sc200 provides users with the ability to configure device parameters, operate devices via a standardised graphical user interface, and access advanced diagnostic information from any location.

Configurable to operate either one or two digital or analogue sensor inputs, the sc200 replaces the sc100 Controller with advanced features for easier operation. All logged measurement and diagnostic data can be easily extracted in XML format from the controller via an SD Card slot, which also provides a simple means for firmware updates.

Communication options include MODBUS 232/485 and Profibus DP V1.0, so the controller can be easily integrated into digital networks.

Summarising, Hach Lange’s Martin Small says: “This announcement is great news for industrial process managers because it will now be even simpler to integrate any of our leading sensors into their monitoring and control systems.”

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Adding functionality for mechanical test apps & embedded software validation

Product Features
• Real-time model execution from a variety of modeling environments
• Open, extensible architecture to create custom code modules or incorporate custom user interfaces
• Built-in test automation using the Stimulus Profile Editor
• Integration with NI hardware I/O library, including FPGAs, embedded networks, machine vision, RF and a range of multifunction data acquisition modules including instrument-grade I/O
National Instruments has announced NI VeriStand 2012, the latest version of its configuration-based software environment with an open, intuitive software interface for developing real-time testing applications. Engineers can use the new version of NI VeriStand to perform high-speed data acquisition and logging and to find useful data faster during postprocessing with additional data logging flexibility. They can get up and running faster using new hardware configuration utilities, and NI SC Express integration makes acquiring conditioned measurements easier than ever before.

“This release of NI VeriStand is the next step in our investment to provide a real-time testing platform that reduces risk and cost across a spectrum of applications ranging from embedded software validation to mechanical test systems,” said Mike Santori, NI Business and Technology Fellow. “As the importance of software continues to grow in today’s products and systems, we continue to add new features to NI VeriStand to help engineers meet strict time-to-market requirements despite increasing test challenges.”

Feeding the food industry!

We reported the other day that NDC-Infrared Engineering had updated their website in the area of rubber and vinyl production. Now we report that in their roles as a specialist in online and at-line measurements of moisture, fat, protein, oil and Degree of Bake (surface brownness) for food processes the company has completely redesigned its website and published a new, industry–specific brochure to serve that side of their business. The new website provides enhanced navigation to allow visitors to find information on the use of NIR food gauges for quality assurance and process control in a wide variety of foods processing lines.


The simplified approach to navigation makes it easy for visitors to identify their market and application area and makes extensive use of intuitive or “friendly” URLs such as www.ndc.com/snacks etc. This industry-driven approach makes it easy to identify the most appropriate product or system for the application.

The new site offers the benefit of providing easily accessible basic information, with other information such as application notes available following registration. All registrations from NDC’s previous site will be carried over, so there will be no need to re-register. The site also makes it very easy to identify the local market-relevant NDC contact anywhere in the world.

In addition, a new, industry-focused brochure is available for immediate download. This describes the measurement of moisture content, oil or fat content, protein content and degree of bake and covers applications in a host of food applications. These include: coffee and tea processing; confectionery; cookies and biscuits; corn wet milling; crackers and crispbreads; dairy powders; flour and grains; ingredients; seeds, nuts and spices; meat further processing; olive oil extraction; pet foods and animal feeds; potato chips and crisps; baked or fried snack products; starch
and sugar processing and refining.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Evaluating the effect of forces in electrical devices

Cobham Technical Services has extended the multiphysics capabilities of the well-known Opera-3D finite element software for electromagnetic design with a new solver that can be used to analyse natural vibration modes. The tool is expected to prove particularly useful for electrical machine developers, who can employ it to investigate and minimise forces that might cause oscillations close to the natural frequencies of the equipment and thereby avoid excessive vibration or collisions between rotating and stationary parts.

By capturing such mechanical vibration in conjunction with electromagnetic modelling, and thermal performance if required, the integrated 3D (three-dimensional) tool suite can greatly reduce the complexity and timescales of design projects.

One of the key benefits of this capability is a further reduction in the need to create physical prototypes to explore the behaviour of a proposed design concept. With the greater understanding of new designs that more thorough simulation brings, it can be possible to reduce the real-world prototyping phase to a few iterations. This can take months out of design cycles - along with the associated high costs.

"Finite element simulation is the most practical tool for exploring design concepts and validating device performance. Adoption from the outset of the design process can stimulate innovation and lead to designs which are right first time," says Jeremy Howard-Knight of Cobham Technical Services. "With engineering skills at a premium, design automation using computer modelling is an extremely effective investment that companies can make to ensure successful products and a continuing flow of design ideas."

The latest version of the software extends the fundamental performance advantage of Opera for many common design engineering applications. Mechanical stress and vibration is an important consideration in the design of coils and windings in transformers, motors, generators, actuators, large electro-magnets, and superconducting magnets. For example, the mechanical integrity of the stator end windings of a generator subject to a short-circuit condition, or the ability of a superconducting magnet's coils to withstand the mechanical forces generated during a quench, are both critical design requirements.

The new modal solver - known as STRESS/EV - finds a user-specified number of eigenvalues within a specified frequency range and calculates the eigenvectors of each mode. It works in conjunction with the static stress analysis capability of Opera which calculates the deformation, stresses and strains of a body which is subject to external and internal forces. The forces calculated from electromagnetic fields can be used as input to the stress analysis.

STRESS/EV accommodates isotropic, orthotropic and fully anisotropic materials, the properties of which can be specified as a constant or an expression. The program uses the Young's modulus, Poisson's ratio and shear modulus of the material, together with its elasticity matrix if it is fully anisotropic.

Opera, from Vector Fields Software, Cobham Technical Services, provides a complete design-simulate-analyze-optimise toolchain for electromagnetic applications. The software is renowned for its accuracy of simulation and speed of execution. It is a modular product that includes finite element solvers for static and time-varying electromagnetic fields, and application-specific solvers for rotating electrical machines, superconducting magnets, charged particle beam devices, and magnetisation/demagnetisation processes.

Vision inspection system

Olmec will be showing the Quality Station (QS) turnkey, self-contained in-line vision inspection system for the first time at Total 2013 next June. Typical applications for the QS include checking for product assembly completeness, colour or defect analysis, as well as label inspection. With a footprint of just 1.2 m x 0.7 m and an integral transport and reject mechanism, the QS can also be used on a manufacturing line in conjunction with other quality inspection tools such as checkweighers.

The QS is characterised by its versatility, with a range of cameras, lighting and reject mechanisms available. Vision experts from Olmec discuss the application in detail with the end-user before selecting the most appropriate components and setting up all the inspection tools needed. A rigorous and fully documented off-line testing and acceptance programme is conducted prior to installation, ensuring risk is mitigated for the user.

Bus-mounting fuse bases


Rittal’s new easy connect bus-mounting fuse bases are supplied as complete units, which includes a cover plate, contact hazard protection and exterior connection clamps.

Snapping onto Rittal’s RiLine60 busbar system, the fuse base has a modular design with options for configuration to meet specific requirements. The modular design allows direct connection of 1.5mm to 25mm cables, achieved by a flexible routing system. There is an option to use a connection space extender, which is mounted on the side of the fuse base.  

Spring-mounted contact plates and multi-track threads in the screw cap mountings enable easy snap-fastening and good dissipation. An unlatch button on the frame allows simple removal from the busbar system.

3 pole versions are available with ratings of up to 63A.

Optimistic about manufacturing

More than two dozen workshops planned for CSIA Executive Conference

Economist Alan Beaulieu is optimistic about the future of manufacturers and the control system integrators who help them automate industrial equipment and systems.

Alan Beaulieu
“The media fears are overstated, as are the recent (US) Congressional Budget Office estimates for growth,” says Beaulieu, a recognized economist and the president of ITR Economics. Beaulieu will deliver the keynote address at the 2013 Executive Conference of the Control System Integrators Association, May 1 – 4.

In his keynote address, Beaulieu will examine both the good and the bad in current forecasts and offer the best course of action for control system integrators, based on “objective reality.”

Other speakers during the conference include CSIA attorney Mark Voigtmann of Faegre Baker Daniels, who returns with his popular 21 Legal Takeaways, and Ted Garnett, president of Performance Resources Consulting, whose SPEED metrics methods help work teams improve performance. The conference also features more than two dozen workshops, networking opportunities and an industry trade show.

More than 400 control system integrators and vendor partners from the United States, Canada, Latin America and abroad are expected at the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort in St. Petersburg, Fla., U.S.

Monday, February 18, 2013

New load cells

New aluminium alloy, low range S-Type tension/compression load cells

LCM Systems has launched a new addition to its STA series of S-Type tension/compression load cells. The STA-7 fills a gap in the market for an easy to use small, highly accurate, low capacity load cell with integral overload stops. Typical applications include hanging scales, material test machines, motor dynamometers and general force measurement.

There are 6 standard versions of the new STA-7 load cell with rated loads of 1, 2 5, 10, 25 and 50kg. A unique feature of these load cells is that integral tension and compression overload stops are supplied as standard on all ranges up to 5kg. This means that the load cells are protected against accidental damage up to 500% of the load cell range.

Each load cell is manufactured in lightweight aluminium alloy, weighs only 300g and is supplied with standard metric threads at each end that are designed to accept universal mating spherical rod-end bearings.

For straightforward application advice, LCM Systems’ experienced in-house design engineers are only a phone call or email away and the STA-7 can be supplied on their own or combined with LCM Systems’ comprehensive range of instrumentation to provide a complete load monitoring system.

Wireless AC current meter

Meter with a flexible measurement loop offering measurement at a safe distance

Fluke has introduced an AC Current Meter with a flexible measuring loop that can be used to take and store individual readings, and to wirelessly log readings on a PC using an optional PC adapter. It is an ideal tool for industrial maintenance technicians, electricians, control technicians and facilities maintenance technicians. It can also be used as one unit in a wireless Fluke CNX 3000 measurement system, sending readings for display on a master device up to 20 metres away. The Fluke CNX system allows users to place modules in hazardous or awkward places and then watch and record the readings from a safe distance.

The Fluke CNX i3000 iFlex AC Wireless Current Module is a true-RMS current meter with a back-lit LCD display. The flexible measurement loop enables readings of up to 2500A around awkward sized conductors and makes wire access easier. The iFlex module can store up to 65,000 sets of min/max/avg readings and has a CAT IV 600V, CAT III 1000V safety rating. It comes complete with a Fluke iFlex i2500-10 Flexible Current Probe, Fluke TL175 Test Leads, Fluke AC175 Alligator Clips and a magnetic hanging strap, all at a recommended price in the UK of £129. An optional £39 CNX pc3000 Wireless PC Adapter and Software wirelessly offers real-time PC recording or graphing of data from the Current Module up to 20 metres away. The software also enables the user to download logged data from the module.

The CNC i3000 iFlex can also be used as part of a Fluke CNX Wireless System to wirelessly relay measurements to a CAT III 1000V / CAT IV 600V safety-rated Fluke CNX 3000 Wireless Multimeter. The Fluke CNX Wireless System is the first set of test tools that wirelessly connects multiple measurement modules and sends simultaneous readings to a master device up to 20 metres away, allowing users to troubleshoot problems quickly and efficiently. Based on their troubleshooting needs, a user can choose other wireless modules in the family which include AC Voltage, AC Current Clamp, and K-Type Temperature units. The Multimeter can display its readings along with live readings from up to three other measurement modules. For more complex troubleshooting, users can view live measurements from up to 10 modules simultaneously on a PC equipped with the CNX PC Adapter, with customised CNX module parameters and settings, including the module name, logging interval and duration of the logging session.

Thickness measurement for rubber & vinyl calendering

NDC Infrared Engineering has completely redesigned its website and published two new, industry–specific brochures. The new website provides enhanced navigation to allow visitors to find information on reliable measurement and control solutions for vinyl, gum (innerliner), textile (fabric), and wire (steel cord, metallic) calenders.

The simplified approach to navigation makes it easy for visitors to identify their market and application area and makes extensive use of intuitive or “friendly” URLs such as www.ndc.com/rubbercalendering etc. With a wide range of measurement technologies available, this industry-driven approach makes it easy to identify the most appropriate product or system for the application.

The new site offers the benefit of providing easily accessible basic information, with further information such as application notes available following registration. All registrations from NDC’s previous site will be carried over, so there will be no need to re-register. The site also makes it very easy to identify the local market-relevant NDC contact anywhere in the world.

In addition, new ‘Calendering’ and ‘Web Gauging at a glance’ brochures are available for immediate download. The Calendering brochure provides a good overview of the measurement technologies available. The Web Gauging at a glance brochure reviews how NDC’s TDi™ (Total Distributed Intelligence) Web Gauging platform supports all the different measurement methods.