Friday, March 8, 2013

Connector range with greater flexibility

Harting has expanded the flexibility of its connector families fitted with Han-Quick Lock® termination technology by offering connectors in two wire-gauge ranges.

The two families of devices are distinguished by the different colouring of the Han-Quick Lock® actuators. The termination wire gauge ranging from 0.25 mm² to 1.5 mm² has a black actuator, whereas the actuator for the 0.5 mm² to 2.5 mm² range is blue.

The innovative Han-Quick Lock® termination technology makes it possible to connect a stranded wire to a connector contact without having to use any special tools. The contacts are already pre-assembled in the connectors with Han-Quick Lock®. With its space-saving design, the patented termination technology boasts very high contact density, making it ideal for integration into various types of connectors.

The Harting Han-Quick Lock® portfolio includes connectors from a wide range of Harting series, including Han-Modular®, Han A®, Han D®, Han® Q, Han® PushPull and Han-Yellock®.

Harting continues to offer connectors with conventional crimping assembly alongside Han-Quick Lock® versions. Both types of connector are still mutually compatible despite their different termination method

LIMS at Aussie show!

Autoscribe will be showing the Matrix Gemini Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) at the ISBER exhibition (5-9 May 2013 Sydney AUS). This provides a highly configurable environment for all aspects of biobank, biorepository and clinical trials management with no custom coding required. A data management solution can be designed quickly to represent exact user requirements in terms of workflows, screen designs, menu designs, terminology, report designs and much more.

Matrix Gemini features modules for the management of sample collection, sample shipments, QA/QC activities, multi-level storage, sample picking/shipping and downstream analysis. The software provides compliance with regulatory authority guidelines such as HTA, GCLP, MHRA, FDA 21 CFR Part 11 and other similar requirements.

Full sample tracking includes parent/child samples, aliquots, and derivatives. Complete location recording from room to freezer, shelf, container and container position is possible. A full audit trail of all changes is provided, together with storage location auditing and reconciliation with chain of custody reporting.

IR thermometer range extended

New features for a wider range of industrial applications

The IRCON Modline 7 series from Raytek, has been extended with two new infrared thermometers and a new processor box. The new 7V line has been especially designed for the semiconductor industry, while the 75 series now comes with a new high temperature model dedicated to heat treating & annealing.
Ircon’s Modline 7 Series includes eight specialized sensor lines for rugged applications. The new PROC-7 processor box enables remote configuration.
With these additions, the Modline 7 series includes eight distinct thermometer lines for various application fields including glass manufacturing and forming, ultra-thin glass production, semiconductor processing, and industrial furnaces. The modularity of the series helps users reduce installation efforts, since the installation hardware and application software is identical for all sensors and each model features an extended measured temperature range, with the entire series covering a -40..+3,000 °C range.

The common Windows ModView Pro software platform facilitates multiple product configurations. Users can set up and monitor sensors either via the rear panel of the sensor, the ModView Pro software included in delivery, or the new PROC-7 processor box. This optional self-contained control unit was designed to operate all Modline 7 sensors independent of ModView Pro software and enables remote sensor health check, for instance in hard-to-reach or hazardous locations.

The IP65 (NEMA 4) sealed sensor systems provide high-resolution optics, very good repeatability, and fast response times. The stainless steel enclosure integrates motorised focus control and both through-the-lens and laser sighting. The thermometer´s sensing head can operate as a stand-alone sensor, provid-ing simultaneous analog and digital outputs of process temperatures.

All sensors are available with integrated water cooling to handle ambient temperatures up to 175 °C or with a WJ-7 water jacket for ambient temperatures up to 315 °C. An optional air purge collar keeps the lens free of debris in hot dusty environments and avoids unwanted condensations on the lens due to intensive cooling.

Combined with an extended five year warranty, the Modline 7 provides best-in-class solutions for demanding industrial environments. With this completion of the Modline 7 Series Ircon provides continuation over several years of the very successful Ircon Modline family

From Lego to space ships


In a session at SXSWedu, National Instruments and LEGO Education demonstrated the power of robotics and the new EV3 platform to change the landscape of STEM education.

LabVIEW – the software powering EV3also powers feats of engineering such as the Red Bull Stratos supersonic free fall project and the Large Hadron Collider, a machine that is fundamentally impacting our understanding of the laws of physics. This means students as young as kindergarten are learning the exact same technology used by some of the world’s most prolific scientists and engineers.

In the session, LabVIEW K-12 Group Manager Nicole Richard and a panel of other STEM education advocates discussed what’s needed to inspire students to pursue science and engineering careers.

“LEGO platforms build technical literacy. Kids take complex engineering concepts and scale them down,” Richard said. “They're not just using technology, they're creating technology.”

Panelists also examined the need to help educators access the tools necessary for developing project-based curricula using real-world technologies. They noted that introducing students to critical thinking and problem solving in their first few years of education plays a pivotal role in helping them develop the confidence to continue engaging in STEM activities.

“LEGO and National Instruments have been collaborating for over a decade to create technology that puts tools used in industry into the hands of students. That type of collaboration is crucial to building a foundation for generations of future engineers,” said NI Vice President of Marketing Ray Almgren. “We must focus on creating future STEM industry professionals in Texas and around the globe who are ready to tackle the science and engineering challenges our world faces.”

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Five company partnership serves gulf region

Endress+Hauser has signed the Vector Controls and Automation Group (CAG) in Houston, (TX USA) as its sales representative servicing Texas, Oklahoma, and portions of New Mexico and Arkansas.

Vector Controls and Automation Group (CAG) is a newly formed representative partnership consisting of five representative organizations that merged in March 2013 to offer customers the very best in instrumentation, automation, mechanical and analytical solutions with technical product and application support. Initial merging partners include Pantech Controls, Instrument TAGS, M&D Controls, Remote Data Solutions, and Summit Controls, who have been serving customers for over 150 years combined.

Endress+Hauser has always believed in its partnerships being key to its success – and its channel partners are at the heart of that. According to Todd Lucey, Endress+Hauser General Manager, “We believe that the Vector merger is a bold and proactive move to anticipate changes in the market place. The competitive landscape is changing for us and for our customers. Endress+Hauser’s goal is to be a preeminent supplier in all of the areas we serve – and we believe Vector is the right platform to achieve that goal in its territory. Our channel partners are the face to our customers, so channel development is at the core of Endress+Hauser achieving its goals. Endress+Hauser can only be successful when we’re successful together with our sales channel – as true partners.”

Valve controller for safety instrumented systems

Intelligent automatic partial stroke valve testing provides improved safety and reliability

Emerson’s new FIELDVUE™ DVC6200 SIS digital valve controller responds to safety demands, and features partial stroke and position monitoring capabilities for the final control element in a safety instrumented system (SIS). Intelligent automatic partial stroke valve testing provides improved safety and reliability versus traditional pneumatic and jammer partial stroke methods.

Meeting plant safety and reliability targets is easier using the DVC6200 SIS, which combines the field-proven linkage-less, non-contact feedback design of the DVC6200 and DVC2000 platforms with the safety demand and automatic partial stroke testing capability of the DVC6000 SIS. The DVC6200 SIS has been evaluated to the latest version of IEC 61508 (2010) and is certified as a SIL 3 capable device for both 4 or 20mA and 0 or 24Vdc power settings.

An integral position transmitter is available with the DVC6200 SIS, and is capable of reading valve position even upon loss of power to the digital valve controller. The position monitoring safety function has been evaluated independently from the digital valve controller safety function and is SIL 2 capable.

Partial stroke valve testing can be used in service to safely increase the period of time between proof-testing the final control element. Additionally, the DVC6200 SIS confirms solenoid operation and captures useful diagnostic data during a trip event.

When integrated with Emerson’s DeltaV™ SIS logic solver, the native interface provides users increased availability, while at the same time removing complexity from their safety systems. DeltaV SIS provides out of the box tools that allow direct access to the DVC6200 SIS diagnostics and partial stroke data, and the ability to set-up and run the partial stroke tests automatically.

Chilean office opened!

National Instruments has announced the official opening of an office in Santiago, Chile. The NI Chile office provides direct field engineers, training and the strong Alliance Partner Network to customers in a variety of industries including mining, defence, academia and energy. Working with NI since 2006 as a direct distributor for NI, Sociedad de Innovación y Transferencia Tecnológica Limitada will now work with NI as an Alliance Partner offering complete solutions and high-quality products based on graphical system design.

“We are excited to officially open an office in Chile because of the rapidly growing number of customers using NI products and the increased regional interest in NI test, measurement and control solutions,” said Rodrigo Riquelme, Branch Manager of NI Chile. “With an office in Chile, NI can more effectively serve the needs of customers in the Cono Sur region, including Argentina, Bolivia, Perú, Uruguay and Paraguay.”

John Graff, NI Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Americas, said “NI Chile expands the presence of NI in Latin America, which includes direct sales offices in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico with a shared operations centre in Costa Rica. We doubled our headcount in Latin America over the last two years because of exciting opportunities to equip local engineers and scientists with tools for innovation and discovery.”

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

New facility in Bulgaria

A new cost effective production plant in Sofia, Bulgaria is to be opened by LEM. 50 new jobs will be created in the first phase, and LEM's plans call for production from the Sofia facility to commence as soon as October 2013; The company has allocated an initial investment of CHF 2 million, (€1.6million) to establish the site and bring it to the point of delivering its first products.

LEM has already identified the property it will lease for the operation, and will occupy floor space of 4,500 square meters with its production plant. Additionally, the company has plans in place that call for the new Sofia site to be the focus for a major part of its future growth. This represents a continuation of a long-term strategy that LEM initiated in 2004. Under this plan, LEM will increasingly relocate volume production to plants in countries that combine a lower cost base together with an appropriate location – such as Bulgaria. Opening LEM Bulgaria increases production capacity close to LEM's European customer base, while geographically diversifying the company's attractive cost manufacturing base.

François Gabella, CEO of LEM, comments: “The opening of the new production plant in Bulgaria will be a major milestone for LEM’s development. With the new plant we will increase our competitiveness while significantly growing our presence in the European economy.”

In LEM's forward planning, activities at its facilities in Geneva, Switzerland and Machida, Japan, will be re-focussed; its Swiss operations will see continued investment both in R&D activities and in marketing, and will concentrate on developing products combining high complexity and high precision, for markets worldwide. In line with the approach of serving regional markets with local resources, LEM's Machida facility will concentrate on the Japanese market.

Metering pump

The new, feature enhanced version of ProSeries-M™ M-2 Peristaltic Metering Pump now shipping.

Blue-White's M-2 is designed for use in small to mid-size municipal water and wastewater treatment systems. The pump includes many of the features and options seen in far more expensive pump models, which are primarily designed for large municipalities.

M-2 permits standardization to a single pump model, because it can be used with a wide variety of aggressive and viscous chemicals.

This new pump is also a great choice for pumping chemicals that can vapor lock a pump, such as Sodium Hypochlorite and Hydrogen Peroxide.

The Firmware is field upgradable. So the plant can always stay up-to-date with the latest software, an M-2 exclusive.

The M-2 Pump has Feed Rates from: .007 to 15 GPH / .03 to 57 LPH;
  • Pressures to 125 PSI / 8.6 Bar; a 200:1 Turndown Ratio;
  • 4-20mA input and output (dual input ready);
  • Industrial Ethernet, Profibus, ProfiNet, Modbus, Modbus TCP (optional);
  • NSF Listed Std. 61; NEMA 4X, IP 66, for wash down;
  • A Five Year Warranty;
  • and an excellent price point.

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One process controller for everything

Siemens Industry Automation Division is adding an especially powerful, versatile, and rugged CPU for the process industry to its Simatic controller family. Simatic PCS 7 CPU410-5H is currently the fastest and most powerful controller on the market and covers all applications, application scopes, and performance range with a single hardware and firmware platform. The CPU is supplied with the maximum configuration. According to the new dimensioning model, the user defines the performance required of the system using the expansion card to match the quantity framework and the size and type of application.

Simatic PCS 7 CPU 410-5H gives users of the Simatic PCS 7 process control system a high-performance controller with a computing capacity suitable for the high demands of the process industry. The controller is designed for around-the-clock industrial use and also withstands tough temperature, vibration, shock, and EMC requirements. The additional coating of the PCBs and electronic components complying with ISA-S71.04 Severity Level G3 enhances reliability in the presence of condensation and possible sources of corrosion.

The CPU is supplied as a standard high-end version in terms of memory, CPU power, and communication interfaces. It also has a failsafe design by default and is equipped with all functions for safety-related applications. Users define the required application-specific performance themselves with the system expansion card (SE card). With the SE card, the performance can be adapted at any time without replacing the CPU, for example if it becomes necessary to load more process objects. This also simplifies spare part management and reduces the associated costs.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Operational efficiency In Italian biomass power plant

Smart Wireless transmitters provide increased visibility into the process, support predictive maintenance and provide tank overspill protection

Emerson Process Management’s Smart Wireless technology is enabling Enomondo S.r.l. to improve visibility into the process at its biomass power plant in Faenza (I).

Enomondo – a partnership between Caviro Distillerie and Herambiente – is using wireless measurement devices to monitor a complex fuel pre-treatment operation, an incineration process, and a new boiler at the plant. Wireless technology enabled additional measurement devices to be installed quickly and easily, helping to optimise control of the process and contributing to an estimated 5% increase in overall operational efficiency. The availability of diagnostic data also improved predictive maintenance procedures.

The 13.7 MW power generation plant is located at the Caviro Distillerie wine and denatured alcohol plant. It uses 140,000 metric tonnes per year of by-products from the alcohol production process to produce power for 29,000 neighbouring households. This use of alternative fuels helps to reduce Italy’s power generation CO2 emissions by 35,500 tonnes a year.

To increase the efficiency and capacity of the plant, Enomondo installed a new boiler, which created the need for new instrumentation for monitoring temperature and pressure. In addition, the existing fuel pre-treatment process, which ensures nitrogen oxide emissions are less than half the levels set by Italy’s Integrated Environmental Authorisation, involves numerous variables that are not easily controlled and would benefit from additional measurement points.

To meet these needs Enomondo chose Emerson’s Smart Wireless technology, which offered simpler installation and lower overall costs than traditional wired solutions. Twenty-two Smart Wireless transmitters, including Rosemount® 3051S pressure and 648 temperature transmitters, transmit measurement data via a wireless gateway into the existing Emerson DeltaV™ digital automation system, giving operators greater visibility into the process so that they can make adjustments to increase efficiency.

As a result, Enomondo has been able to increase operational efficiency and improve output. Installation, maintenance and operating costs have also been reduced. Installation was very easy and required no external engineering capability. Because the wireless instruments required no cabling or cable ducts, infrastructure costs were around 30% lower than a wired alternative. Layout and wiring costs were halved, and installation and instrumentation control costs reduced by 40%.

Using the existing DeltaV system and AMS Suite predictive maintenance software to receive, store and analyse device data, Enomondo has been able to use the wireless system to meet its predictive maintenance requirements. The additional continuous data made available by the wireless network enables personnel to identify performance degradation trends that signify potential problems, then use this information for better maintenance scheduling that helps optimise operator efficiency.

"The modularity of Emerson’s Smart Wireless technology, the ease and reduced cost of implementation compared to wired devices, and its reliability once installed have encouraged us to expand its use into other applications," said Alessandro Catani, Enomondo Plant and Energy Manager. "For example, temperatures in some of the air-conditioning systems at the plant were prone to overheating. By installing Rosemount wireless temperature transmitters on a temporary basis, it was possible to obtain the data we needed to identify potential problems and correct them."

Twenty-six Rosemount inventory tank gauges with Smart Wireless THUM™ Adapters have also been installed at the Caviro Distillerie production facility to continuously monitor levels and increase safety by preventing overspills within the alcohol storage tank farm.

Expanded online range for configuring control cabinets

Siemens now offers even more freely accessible product data records on the Internet for designing control cabinets with CAE/CAD applications. Around 10,000 EPLAN Electric P8 macros in .edz format are thus now available via the CAx Download Manager. The Siemens Online Support Portal also offers data records for 3,500 products in the ecl@ss Advance standard for components from the Sirius Innovations portfolio.

In addition, Siemens has redesigned its Industry Mall configurators for controllers (TIA Selection Tool), motor starters (3SK1/3RK1 configurator), power supplies (Sitop Selection Tool), and 3WL air circuit breakers from the Sentron portfolio. It has also simplified use of the configurators and expanded their functionality. As a result, the new Simatic S7-1500 controllers and the ET 200SP and ET 200MP I/O systems can be easily configured in the TIA Selection Tool to obtain the plant configuration with associated ordering list. The tool automatically takes account of the configuration rules, and offers several export functions to other systems, such as the Siemens Industry Mall and the CAx Download Manager.

The Siemens Industry Mall, the CAx Download Manager, and the Siemens Online Support Portal are component parts of the Planning Efficiency initiative. The basic idea of Planning Efficiency is to use online functions to support design engineers and control cabinet builders in all aspects of configuring control cabinets throughout the entire value added process. This is achieved on the one hand by means of simple and clear selection and ordering of components on the Internet. Users can compare different products in detail at the click of a mouse, and configure them quickly for their own requirements. Customers can then click to transfer the product selection made to the shopping cart of the Industry Mall, order it there, and track the status of the order.

On the other hand, Siemens offers free access to a host of data for computer-aided design and engineering on its Web sites. As well as EPLAN Electric P8 macros in .edz format, a host of 2D dimension drawings, 3D models, and master data on approximately 90 percent of all products required by users for control cabinet building are available free of charge in the CAx Download Manager. In total, the offer encompasses data and information on more than 60,000 products in up to 12 variants and ten languages. Additionally, customers can create and download project-specific and standardized documentation using the My-Documentation function. A representative customer survey has shown that, all-in-all, Planning Efficiency can deliver time savings of up to 80 percent compared to control cabinet configuration using components from different vendors.

End-to-end test!

National Instruments has announced Measurement Studio 2013, the only .NET software suite that provides all the tools needed to build a professional, end-to-end test or measurement system in Microsoft Visual Studio. Measurement Studio 2013, which integrates into Visual Studio 2012, 2010 and 2008, is the only software on the market that addresses the specific needs of the test, measurement and automation industries.

Connect to any hardware!
Measurement Studio 2013 simplifies hardware communication code with instrument control libraries and built-in configuration assistants for the latest DAQ devices. With over 500 advanced analysis, math and signal processing functions, Measurement Studio 2013 provides every function needed to accurately process raw data and yield meaningful results.

“Instead of wasting time creating their own UI controls or purchasing financial UI software and modifying it to work with engineering data, engineers and scientists can use Measurement Studio to quickly and easily create .NET test and measurement applications,” said Ray Almgren, Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Platform Adoption at National Instruments. “.NET programmers who use this software have a huge competitive advantage because they’ll save significant amounts of time and money when building and operating their systems.”

Marine water quality

Xylem Analytics  and Aanderaa Data Instruments have launched a new marine water quality monitor which has been designed to enable wider deployment of water quality sensors on ferries and other marine vessels. The ‘SOOGuard’ will be launched at Ocean Business 2013 in April and Xylem’s David Goldsmith says: “In order to encourage the operators of ferries to allow the installation of monitoring equipment on their vessels, it is vitally important that the instrumentation is easy to maintain and reliable.
“Traditional FerryBoxes are expensive bespoke systems, but by combining considerable design experience with the latest sensor and datalogging technology, the SOOGuard offers improved performance at a substantially lower cost.”

Ferries, container ships and other vessels continuously traverse ocean and coastal environments in repeated journeys that offer an excellent opportunity to generate high quality information on surface water quality. This data is extremely valuable for the management and protection of the oceans; for informing global meteorology and climate change research; for calibrating satellite imagery, and for the management of fisheries.

In recent years, marine scientists have installed continuous monitoring systems on ‘ships of opportunity’ to routinely collect spatial and temporal oceanographic data. These instruments are known as ‘FerryBoxes’ and monitor the quality of water that is pumped from a subsurface inlet – often the engine cooling water supply.

The FerryBox concept is now recognised worldwide for its potential to provide much needed data, cost-effectively. FerryBoxes have now been installed in many countries including Australia, Chile, Japan and the USA. In Europe projects such as EMECO (European Marine Ecosystem Observatory) and COSYNA (Coastal Observation System for Northern and Arctic Seas) are utilising the technology to deliver data to a wide user community.

The SOOGuard FerryBox – what’s new
In the past, FerryBoxes have been custom-built and as a result, some of the older systems are complex and difficult to service or maintain. A key objective for the SOOGuard design team was therefore to develop a FerryBox that would meet the needs of most vessels whilst requiring the minimum of operational support.

The system’s four sensors (conductivity, temperature, optical dissolved oxygen and chlorophyll a) are fitted onto the door of a flow-through cell - a design that allows simple and rapid cleaning. The sensors are very stable and require calibration checks less than once a year in most environments. Further flow-though cells can be fitted to allow for the measurement of additional parameters.

The British National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOC) has worked with FerryBoxes since 1999 and their staff helped design the SOOGuard. The NOC’s David Hydes says: “Our experience has shown that these systems need to be simple to operate and must avoid issues such as air bubbles, biofouling and sedimentation. The compact robust design of the Aanderaa Smart Sensors suits a system that is easily maintained by a ship’s crew and can be easily fitted to almost any ship or boat. The deployment of sensors in a small flow-through chamber means that installation is simpler and fouling is reduced.”

A SOOGuard system has been fitted to the NOC’s 20 metre coastal research catamaran, the RV Callista, and Gary Fisher, who manages Southampton University’s vessels, says “The system has been very straight forward to operate; we have a computer on-board displaying real-time results and these are also stored in the system’s datalogger. We have not experienced any significant sedimentation, so we are very pleased with the design.”

The system is complemented by a hull temperature sensor to support the chamber measurements, and a flow sensor provides confirmation that the system has a continuous feed of water.

While readings are stored locally in the system’s datalogger, communication via GSM, GPRS and Iridium satellite is also possible. Additionally, users can access transmitted data via a web-based interface.

Summarising, David Goldsmith says: “Only a few ships are fitted with FerryBoxes at the moment, and these are run by specialist groups. We believe that the SOOGuard will enable that number to grow substantially and provide data reliably to a much wider community of marine and aquatic scientists because of its low cost, small size, easy installation and low requirement for routine support.”

• Visitors to Ocean Business 2013 (9-11 April) will be able to see a SOOGuard on the Xylem Analytics stand (H2-4) where live data from the system installed on RV Callista will be streamed.

Stainless steel filter regulators

ASCO Numatics has a a new range of Series 342 Stainless Steel Filter Regulators to complement the existing range of air service equipment. Suitable for inlet pressures up to 10 bar, the 1/4” and 1/2” NPT filter regulators have a fully stainless steel construction and comply with the requirements of ASTM A351/NACE MR 01.75.

The moulded reinforced diaphragms offer a large flow and the fine pitch/dual springs ensure accurate and steady regulation, regardless of input or output pressures. With a 316L stainless steel filtering element (25μm & 5μm), the regulators are suitable for compressed air and gases.

A finned diverter guarantees effective moisture removal. The regulator bowl has a manual bleed to drain condensate. An automatic drain is available as an option.

The smooth design facilitates easy mounting and there is a separate connection for the optional pressure gauge. In addition to an impressive flow rate ranging from 2380 to 4430 l/min, the filter regulator is suitable for ambient temperatures from -40°C up to +80°C (-50°C for arctic conditions is available on request).

The series 342 stainless steel filter regulator can be installed across many industries, including chemical, petrochemical, offshore and oil & gas, refinery, power generation, pulp & paper and process plants.

Industrial camera

"The perfect combination: High speed interface and state of the art CMOS sensors!"

IDS's USB 3 uEye CP camera family is now available with the EV76C570 Global Shutter Sensor from e2v. The CMOS sensor delivers the same image quality and light sensitivity as CCD and has plenty of other innovative features (including a choice of three shutter modes and multi AOI). In conjunction with the high speed USB 3.0 interface, the new camera is particularly recommended for use in 3D image processing, for example in process automation or vehicle body inspection, as well as in medical technology, robotics and logistics. It achieves a frame rate of 60 frames per second at full resolution, up to 100 fps in VGA quality.

The UI-3250CP model has a choice of three shutter modes, which can be changed during operation. This enables you to choose the correct shutter for every application and provides unlimited flexibility if requirements should change. Thanks to multi AOI, with four AOIs and a sequential AOI function, different features can be captured with a very high frame rate or a series of exposures can be produced. In addition to a line scan mode, the camera also has a log mode. This enables high contrast scenes to be reproduced in perfect image quality with just one shot.

The USB 3.0 camera is extremely compact, at just 29 x 29 x 29 mm. As well as trigger, flash and pulse width modulation, it features two universal GPIOs (general purpose I/Os). With a magnesium housing and screw-on Micro USB 3.0 and Hirose connections, it can withstand adverse ambient conditions in industrial or outdoor environments.

Apart from the new model with 2 megapixel e2v sensor, the USB 3 uEye CP camera range also includes models with resolutions from wide VGA to 5 megapixels. IDS also offers the new CMOS sensor in its camera models with USB 2.0 and GigE connection.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Award for component supplier

Anglia Components  has been presented with the first ever Electronic Component Supplier of the Year award by Texcel Technology.
Left to right: Peter Shawyer, Commercial Director, Texcel Technology; Karen Ward, Director – Sales Office, Anglia; Chris Rex, Key Account Manager, Anglia; Brian Edmunds, Purchasing Manager, Texcel Technology and Claire Bates, Strategic Sales, Anglia.
According to Peter Shawyer, Commercial Director, Texcel Technology introduced the awards in recognition of the key role its supply chain plays in delivering excellence to customers. He said, “Having decided to reward our key suppliers in 2012, Anglia emerged as the clear Electronic Component Supplier of the Year. This was based upon scored criteria which included quality, delivery, delivered cost, and communications. Anglia matched or comfortably exceeded our other suppliers on each of these metrics.”

Peter Shawyer pointed to a number of factors that set Anglia’s service apart, but the real difference he believes is the people. “Though Anglia has grown significantly in the time we’ve dealt with them, it hasn’t lost its family feel. Everyone is friendly, helpful and nice to deal with and they all pull together to make things work for us as a customer. There are other things too though – for example having a buffer stock held in a UK warehouse is a real help. We can have a delivery the next day if we really need it – at no additional cost to our normal contract price.”

Steve Rawlins, Anglia CEO responded saying, “Well done to Chris Rex, our Texcel account manager and everyone in Anglia who has helped delight Texcel. The Fortnum and Mason wine hamper Peter presented us with was much enjoyed, but the 80% increase in business we do together is the real testament to the success of this relationship.”

Career talk and robotic demonstration

Mitsubishi Electric visited Tallaght Community School to perform a career talk and Robot demonstration for its students.

As part of Engineers Week (25 Feb-3 Mar 2013) run by Engineers Ireland, a visit to the transition year students at Tallaght Community School (Dublin, IRL) was made by Mitsubishi Electric Ireland Factory Automation Division to discuss Engineering as a possible career path.

LtoR: Mary O’ Sullivan,Transition Year
Coordinator,  Ciarán Moody, Mitsubishi
& Theresa Hennessy, Tallaght Community
School Vice Principal. 
Engineers Week is a week long programme of nationwide events with the aim of celebrating the world of engineering in Ireland. The purpose of the week is to promote and encourage maths and science subjects among students.

The talk was aimed at transition year students who are at the critical stages of selecting the subjects that will eventually help determine their future career paths. Several engineers from the Factory Automation Division visited the school to discuss the reasons behind their career choices and to reveal what a life in Engineering really means.

 Ciaran Moody, Business Unit Manager, Mitsubishi Electric Ireland Factory Automation, said “Mitsubishi Electric are very aware of the importance of Science and Maths in education and hope to promote these subjects among students. The key focus for this talk and robot demo for Mitsubishi Electric was to help inspire students to consider engineering as a career choice and ultimately help ensure the future supply of qualified engineers in the automation industry.”

Mitsubishi Electric Factory also performed a robotic demonstration using one of their multi-axis articulated arm robots to show students a real robot in action and discuss the steps involved in programming a robot. A select few supervised students were awarded the opportunity to operate the robot much to their delight.

“A wonderful enlightening introduction into the world of engineering, one that captivated our students and gave them food for thought for a future in the world of engineering.” said Mary O’ Sullivan, Transition Year Co-ordinator, Tallaght Community School.

iPhone and Android climate control

Enclosure climate control calculations can now be carried out, on the move, using the Rittal RiTherm smartphone app.

Guiding the user through the usually time-consuming process of calculating climate control requirements for individual enclosure assemblies, Rittal’s RiTherm app uses an intuitive interface for the input of enclosure details and design parameters. Suitable cooling and heating equipment can be selected quickly and easily using typical smartphone controls.

Correctly sized climate control components can be chosen in five simple steps:
    1. Project title – reference line for e-mail
    2. Parameters – design temperatures and available supply voltage and frequency
    3. Enclosure – enclosure dimensions and position and heat loss of installed equipment
    4. Selection – type of cooling solution
    5. Recommendation – summary of selected equipment
Results may be viewed either on the smartphone or sent via e-mail.

Providing a compact variant of the full version of the Rittal software “Therm 6.2”, the app is now available for both Android and iOS (iPhone) operating systems.

D-coded overmoulded cable assemblies

A new range of M12 D-coded overmoulded cable assemblies from Harting uses 360° screened M12 Ethernet connection cable to offer reliable data transmission, particularly in industrial environments affected by electromagnetic interference.

The combination of high-performance screening with a design aimed at optimum data rates ensures reliable and interference-free data transmission, particularly where special industrial standards are applied.

All 4-wire cable connections are overmoulded along with the optimised M12 components, which feature crimp connection technology, gold-plated contacts and IP 65/67 protection. The cables can also be supplied in 100 m rings and on 500 m cable drums.

The new assemblies meet the performance requirements of Cat.5e, 4-pole, D-coded as specified in the IEC 61076-2-101 standard, and are also approved for use in rail applications.

M12 connectors are widely used in industry and transport applications because of their robust design, superior protection type and good vibration-proof properties.

Weighing Cabernet-Sauvignon and Merlot

The Château Gruaud-Larose wine-growing estate in the northwestern Bordeaux region uses Siemens weighing technology to harvest its crop, to optimise the grape gathering process and to ensure precise crop weighing. The vines have to be handled with extreme care directly following the harvest, and the process of unloading the grapes from the trailer to the incoming scales must be performed without wastage.

To ensure that the yield from the 80 hec - tares of predominantly Cabernet- Sauvignon and Merlot vines is fully traceable and the quality of the wine assured, the harvest gathered in from each parcel of land must be weighed separately.

Because absolute precision is paramount, estate management decided to install the Sitrans WW200 weighfeeder from Siemens. As this weighing system is designed to allow wide-ranging customization, it was a simple matter to adjust it to the specific needs of the vineyard in terms of its belt length and type, infeed configuration and drive technology. At the same time, this solution guarantees high-precision weight recording and fulfills stringent hygiene requirements. A Milltronics BW500 integrator and a Micromaster MM420 frequency inverter are also used to determine all the important weighing values.