Friday, May 17, 2013

Oscilloscope enhanced!

New options and upgrades improve logic analysis, power and serial-bus measurement capabilities

A number of new enhancements have been introduced to the DLM4000 Series of 8-channel mixed-signal oscilloscopes from Yokogawa. These include the L16 option, which adds 16 extra channels of logic, plus upgraded firmware for power measurements and serial-bus testing.

Launched in October 2012, the  DLM4000 is the industry’s first mixed-signal oscilloscope to feature eight channels. Combining the large screen and 8-channel capability of Yokogawa’s earlier 8-channel DL7480 oscilloscope with the mixed-signal technology of the company’s pioneering DLM2000 Series, the instrument is ideally suited to test and debugging applications in the embedded systems, power electronics, mechatronics and automotive sectors.

The eight channels on the original instrument could be allocated as eight analogue channels or seven analogue channels plus one 8-bit digital input. The new L16 option adds 16 more channels of logic to give seven channels of analogue plus a 24-bit digital input, allowing more detailed analysis of embedded electronics and serial-bus based systems.

Upgraded firmware on the /G4 option for power measurements gives the DLM4000 enhanced power capabilities in line with the Yokogawa family of precision power analysers. In particular, the oscilloscope can be used as a fully featured 3-phase power meter, with the eight channels allowing voltages and currents to be individually measured and displayed alongside derived values. With this option, the instrument offers automated measurement of power parameters for up to four pairs of voltage and current waveforms. These values can then be statistically processed and calculated to provide peak, average and root-mean-square values, along with many other parameters such as power factor and q-factor.

On the /F1 to /F6 options for serial-bus testing, new firmware doubles the number of buses that can be simultaneously tested. It now becomes possible to test four CAN, LIN or I2C buses or two SPI buses plus one other such as a UART interface. Exploiting the full 8-channel capability of the DLM4000 allows more combinations of buses to be tested, and adding the dual-zoom facility means that different buses can be viewed and debugged alongside one another.

The DLM4000 Series comprises two models, with bandwidths of 350 and 500 MHz and a sampling rate of 1.25 GS/s (gigasamples per second), expandable to 2.5 GS/s with interleaving. The instruments feature exceptionally long memory (up to 125 M points), allowing both long recordings and multiple waveforms to be acquired. A history memory function allows up to 20,000 previously captured waveforms to be saved in the acquisition memory, with any one or all of them displayed on screen for cursor measurements to be carried out. Waveforms can be displayed one at a time, in order, or automatically played back, paused, fast-forwarded or rewound.

The enhanced DLM4000 is the latest addition to the world-class range of oscilloscopes from Yokogawa, which also includes the compact DLM2000 series and the ScopeCorder, which combines the benefits of both a digital oscilloscope and a multi-channel data recorder. The addition of enhanced power measurement to the DLM4000 also complements Yokogawa’s leading range of precision power meters and analysers and enables the company to provide an appropriate power measurement solution for all stages of the product development, validation and test process.

New PXI chassis

Geotest-Marvin Test Systems has added two new PXI chassis to its product line - the GX7200, a 21-slot PXI Express chassis and the GX7800, an 8-slot, low cost PXI chassis.

GX7200
GX7800
The GX7200 features the most slots in the industry and requires only a single slot for the controller, providing 20-slots for supporting PXI-1, PXI-hybrid, and PXIe modules. The backplane architecture supports the use of both x1 or x4 system controllers and the system power supply provides 900 watts of system power. The GX7200 also incorporates Smart features which includes the monitoring of slot temperatures and system power supply voltages as well providing the ability to program or map each PXI trigger line from one PCI segment to another. In addition, the user can program the temperature monitoring function for specific warning and shutdown limits as well as monitor and control fan speed. All user specific setups can be stored in non-volatile memory as a user configuration and can be used as the default setup for normal chassis operation.

GX7800 is an 8-slot, 3U PXI chassis which can accommodate up to 7 instruments as well as an embedded 3-slot PXI controller or an external bus controller. The GX7800’s compact form-factor occupies only 9 x 18 inches of bench space, making it ideal for bench top or space constrained applications. The chassis features a 450 watt system power supply with high capacity chassis cooling provided by to two 79 CFM fans located under the card cage. The chassis’ cooling configuration provides airflow for all module slots per the PXI specification and requires no additional rack space for inlet or outlet air.

Spot checks of moisture ensure safety of surgical air and reduce risk of infection


Michell’s MDM300 portable dew-point hygrometer takes high-speed measurements of moisture in compressed air systems for surgical instruments and breathing air in spot-checks to ensure safety in hospitals.

Compressed air is used throughout hospitals for breathing air and instrument air. As with all compressed air systems, keeping moisture levels low is important to avoid corrosion, as well as reducing the risk of bacteria growing. Bacteria can easily grow in water vapour in compressed air lines, from where they may be released into the air where they can either grow on surfaces or be breathed in and possibly cause infection. The warm conditions of a hospital provide good conditions for bacteria to thrive if not kept clean and dry.

To remove the risk of bacterial growth, it is vital to keep the compressed air at a dew point of less than -46°C. The MDM300 portable hygrometer provides peace of mind that the moisture level in the compressed air is at, or below, this dew-point temperature by enabling spot-checks to be made at critical points in the system.  Each MDM300 portable hygrometer undergoes a 13 point calibration over 10 days before leaving the factory. For reassurance of accuracy, the calibration certificates are traceable to the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) for the UK, or National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for the USA - the key measurement standards authorities for these regions. Accredited calibrations to ISO 17025 are also available.

The MDM300 is capable of taking measurements on breathing air or surgical air at line pressure with a simple sampling kit – the Medical Air kit. This allows the portable to connect directly to the bulkhead system with a standard 3/8” NGS probe. Because the MDM300 needs no waiting time between measurements – even to very low dew points – a large number of spot checks can be carried out each day. The instrument is easy to use, with an intuitive interface which needs the minimum of training to use. Crucially, the MDM300 gives ±1°C accuracy down to -60°C dew point, to give increased confidence in the safety of the compressed air




• Michell is marketed in Ireland through Instrument Technology.



First plug-FEST

First CAN FD plug-fest
The CAN FD nodes tested on interoperability
 in CiA’s laboratory used different off-the-shelf
CAN high-speed transceivers by NXP

In the first CAN FD plug-fest, Bosch, Peak, and Vector proofed the interoperability of their CAN FD implementations. The FPGAs implementing the CAN FD data link layer as submitted for international standardization were tested using different network topologies and transmission speeds. All nodes used a 40-MHz clock frequency, an arbitration bit-rate of 500 kbit/s sampled at 80 percent and a data-phase bit-rate of 4 Mbit/s sampled at 60 percent.

The tests were performed with different busloads up to 100 percent. The three nodes communicated in bus-line (9 m) and passive star topologies (2 x 3 m and 1 x 6 m). The passive star was terminated with 60 Ohm at the center point.

The next CAN FD plug-fest will take place in September. Parties interested in participation may contact CiA office. CiA plans a permanent CAN FD test environment for interoperability tests.

The CiA working group specifying CAN FD device and system design recommendations proposes a ration of 1:8 for arbitration/data-phase speed. In addition, the group will recommend bit-timings for different topologies as well as configuration registers for the CAN FD protocol controllers. CAN FD implementations should be clocked by 80, 40, or 20 MHz in order to minimize timing problems.
Arbitration and data-phase oscillations with harmonics (star topology at 4 Mbit/s with central termination resistor 60 Ohm)

Smart Wireless solutions

Wireless Pressure Transmitter increases productivity while reducing costs

Emerson Process Management is making it easier for the process industry to maximise productivity and reduce downtime by incorporating its Smart Wireless technology into the Rosemount® 3051 Pressure Transmitter.

This Wireless Pressure Transmitter, delivers a full suite of solutions for pressure, level and flow, providing the process industry with a new option for monitoring additional assets, reducing energy costs and increasing process efficiency while providing a safer environment for its employees. Delivering maintenance-free performance with 5-year stability and a 10-year power module life, it is an effective and reliable way to wirelessly monitor assets and reduce downtime.

Equipment failure is the cause of nearly half of an operation’s downtime, yet many assets go unmonitored due to cost constraints. With the 3051 Wireless Pressure Transmitter, users can monitor many assets throughout an operation with a 40-60% cost saving over wired installations.

Significant costs can arise when unmonitored variations occur, causing quality to degrade and throughput to decrease. Increasing the number of measurements will provide better insight into the process and help reduce variation, but the time and cost to add new measurements can be a barrier. Rosemount 3051 Wireless devices enable operations can install additional measurement points quickly and economically, providing the precise and stable measurements needed to reduce variability and maximise throughput.

With the Rosemount 3051 Wireless Pressure Transmitter, users can monitor flow and pressure in compressed air, steam and water systems to benchmark energy usage, identify energy savings opportunities throughout an operation, and provide energy management and accurate internal billing.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Partnership in solids measurement

Magnetrol International and APM Automation Solutions (Tel Aviv, IL) have completed a market-changing agreement designating Magnetrol as a global private label distributor of APM's groundbreaking bulk solids measurement technology.

The non-contact, dust penetrating bulk solids measurement technology will now be distributed around the globe through Magnetrol's numerous international offices and distribution network, a partnership that will allow both companies to significantly advance the solids measurement market.

APM’s revolutionary technology accurately measures volume of stored solid contents, by mapping multiple measurement points on the material surface and generating an accurate reading of the content, thus helping companies and factories to improve inventory management and optimize the process flow of their operations using true and reliable measurement.

"This exciting business partnership is a critical step in a changing industry that will no longer rely on simple level estimation,” says APM CEO Ofir Perl. "With Magnetrol's global business reach, APM's patented volume measurement technology will now become the standard of industry for bulk solids measurements.”

Magnetrol’s CONTOURTM product works with almost every solid and bulk powder material, such as coal, cement, sand, aggregates, fly ash, chemicals, fertilizers, food, grain and plastic pellets. In addition to bins and silos, the systems allow measuring in previously difficult-to-measure vessels or containers, such as bunkers, hoppers, pits, open bins, bulk storage rooms and warehouses.
Combining the revolutionary APM technology and Magnetrol's strength and presence in international markets will boost APM's technology presence and will allow Magnetrol to secure large segments of the bulk solids measurement market, as well as complete its product line.

”This agreement provides a unique strategic fit. APM is a company that has pioneered the application of low-frequency acoustic technology to provide a 3-dimensional map and volumetric measurement of solid material in silos and open bins, says John Heiser, vice president and COO of Magnetrol. “This novel capability from APM overcomes the limitations associated with conventional technologies in solids level applications and has the potential to revolutionize the market. Magnetrol and our channel partners offer a well-earned reputation as the level supplier of choice for the most difficult applications. A Magnetrol/APM partnership extends the range of applications that Magnetrol can solve with our customers to include very difficult solids inventory measurement, further enhancing our position as the ‘customer’s preferred partner’ for level controls.”

Samples in a hurry!

Harting’s express sample service, which allows customers to order product samples from the Harting eCatalogue quickly, easily and free of charge, has been speeded up so that samples are now dispatched within 24 hours of the order being placed rather than the 48 hours under the previous system.

The express sample service is available for a broad selection of connectors from the device connectivity product range. If a chosen product is not available, the system offers alternative products with similar features that can be ordered with a mouse click.

Users of the Harting eCatalogue express sample service will benefit from the extra flexibility provided in the design phase of their projects.

New head for European Operations

AdLink Technology has announced new leadership for its global business unit with the addition of Dirk Finstel as Executive Vice President of MCPS and CEO of AdLink's European headquarters, Lippert AdLink Technology GmbH in Mannheim (D). He brings over 22 years of experience in embedded computing, with a strong background in computer-on-module technologies and application-ready platforms. The appointment of Dirk Finstel is a major milestone for AdLink to aim for the top ranks in the embedded computing market.

"Dirk´s track record in this industry is amazing and he has been successful for more than two decades”, said Jim Liu, CEO of AdLink Technology. "His experience in running global units in engineering and product management and his focus on customers will be a significant contribution to our business here at AdLink."

Dirk will manage and supervise the operations of Lippert AdLink Technology GmbH and the Global Module Computing Product Segment. He has been a major driving force creating industry standards including COM Express and SMARC. Dirk obtained his B.Sc. in Computer Engineering & Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Before joining AdLink, he served as the Chief Technology Officer of Kontron AG, and previously held a variety of executive level positions within Kontron, including: CEO Sales & Marketing, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Global Research & Engineering. Dirk has more than 20 years of in-depth experience in the embedded computer technology field.

According to numbers released by VDC Research, AdLink Technology achieved the second highest PC/104 market share with its acquisition of German company LiPPERT Embedded Computers GmbH earlier this year, which followed AdLink's major push into the modular computing segment with the acquisition of Ampro Computers, Inc., in 2008.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Coriolis flowmeters series expanded!

Micro Motion® ELITE® CMFS sensor platform has been added to Emerson's line of Coriolis flowmeters to deliver precise measurement to smaller line sizes (pipelines less than DN50). The new sensor platform expands the ELITE family of flowmeters, whose functionality, line size breadth, accuracy, and flexibility make them ideal for a wide range of real-world applications.
This new sensor platform features an optimum level of scalability and standardisation. With nine distinct sensor sizes in three compact footprints, from 1 mm to 50 mm in nominal diameter lines sizes, this meter delivers ±0.05% liquid flow mass and volume accuracy, ±0.25% gas accuracy, and ±0.0002 g/cc density accuracy for flow rates of 1kg/h to 54,000kg/h.

It features a compact, lightweight, and fully drainable design, optimised for measurement performance in the most critical and demanding applications. The meter offers high rangeability with a turndown ratio up to 30:1, and optimal performance with supreme stability and sensitivity. The robust meter design provides accurate measurements even in challenging fluid conditions such as changing densities, pressures, temperatures, or viscosities. In addition, ELITE meters provide an ideal flow measurement platform for reliable, repeatable measurement in transient two-phase flow conditions. The new meters are virtually immune to pipeline vibration, changing process conditions, mounting or environmental effects.

The ELITE CMFS platform is designed to serve a wide range of applications including chemical injection, production blending, process gas solutions and batching operations in a variety of industries including chemical, oil and gas, food and beverage, life sciences and pharmaceutical industries along with integrators and skid builders. For corrosive and high pressure applications, the meters are available in Stainless Steel 316L and Nickel Alloy C22 construction and are rated to 413 bar. For cryogenic and high temperature applications, the meter handles process temperatures from -240°C to 204°C. Optional 316L polished exteriors makes the meters ideal for sanitary, hygienic and offshore installations. In addition, the new meters are 3A and European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group (EHEDG) approved with 15 and 32 Ra surface finish options.

The meters are easily integrated into processes with a wide range of transmitter options featuring integral or remote mounting options. They also offer a wide range of protocols that include HART®, FOUNDATION fieldbus, Profibus PA, Profibus DP, Modbus, or EtherNet/IP. Emerson’s Micro Motion global ISO/IEC17025 network of calibration centres allows for precise meter calibration with measurement uncertainties of ±0.014%.

ELITE CMFS meters are available with Smart Meter Verification, which offers advanced diagnostics of meter health and performance, without removing the sensor from the line, and without interrupting the process.

Three new families of ultrasonic sensors!


The robust yet accurate measuring method makes ultrasonic sensors ideal for a wide variety of applications. Simple parameterization - if the application requires it - coupled with measuring ranges extending from a few centimeters to 10 m turn ultrasonic sensors from problem solvers into sensors for every application.
Fig. 1: Positioning a PCB
Ultrasonic sensor in miniature housing
Handling machines usually have a very compact design. As a result, there is hardly any space available to install the sensors. The UB…F77 series, from Pepperl+Fuchs, is well equipped for these applications. The complete transmitter and receiver electronics, ultrasonic transducer, signal indicators, and connector are packed tightly in a sealed plastic enclosure with dimensions equivalent to approximately two cubes of sugar.

Fig. 2: Parameterizing an
ultrasonic sensor for
level measurement 
Simple parameterization of an ultrasonic sensor
The switching distance of sensors from the UC…30GM70 series can be adjusted extremely easily and intuitively via the potentiometer. The sensor can also be easily adapted to the application using a high-speed, bidirectional infrared interface. In the same way, multiple echoes with distance and reception amplitude can be displayed to allow optimum alignment of the sensor and suppression of interfering objects.

Fig. 3: Three detection ranges,
the UC…30GM-IO family
Ultrasonic sensors easily integrated in the control system
With the UC…30GM-IO series, it is possible to adapt the basic parameters without using external tools. The switching distance can be adjusted at the press of a button. The projection cone as well as the function of the switching output can be adapted in further steps. The IO-Link interface and the PACTware parameterization software together enable optimum adaptation of the sensor to the application. IO-Link also provides an easy way of integrating the sensor into a control system. An object's distance from the sensor can then be immediately called up in the control system.

Security partnership


HardwarePT has announced a new partnership with Tofino Security, in response to the growing cyber threats in the industrial automation industry.

Tofino Security, a Belden brand, provides practical and effective industrial network security and SCADA security products which are simple to implement and that do not require plant shutdowns. The partnership will see HardwarePT becoming the largest provider of Tofino Security’s industrial network security products, consultancy and training to the manufacturing and infrastructure sectors in the UK and Ireland.

Mike Lees, Business Manager at HardwarePT, said: “Since the Stuxnet attack, industrial IT cyber security has become a major consideration for manufacturers and infrastructure organisations in meeting their availability targets. Our experience is that while such high profile targeted incidents make the news headlines, the main threat comes from inadvertent infection by system users, with the end result being just as devastating and highlighting the need for a solution based around strength and depth. We recognised the need to work with a specialist security vendor and it was clear that Tofino Security would be the perfect partner, due to its experience, credibility and pedigree of success”.

“Unlike security products designed for mainstream IT, the Tofino Security solution has been designed with the rugged environment, staff skills and specific needs of industry in mind, is fully compliant with the ANSI/ISA-99 security standard and is, therefore, well matched with the needs of our customers.”

Frank Williams, Senior Product Manager at Tofino Security, said "We are delighted to be working with an organisation like HardwarePT which understands the specialist requirements of the industrial sector and is able to offer a complete solution to its customers from system design through to the on-going management of Tofino installations."

Imaging and vision handbook updated

Improved technical overviews, easier to use selection guides and over 30% more content are the highlights of the new edition of Stemmer Imaging’s highly regarded handbook on imaging and machine vision. Now containing around 450 pages, the handbook covers numerous basic topics from all areas of imaging and machine vision, making it an indispensable reference guide for all users of this technology.

The fifth edition of this handbook addresses a host of practical imaging and machine vision questions. These include: Which applications are best for intelligent cameras? When are PC systems more suitable? What effect do lighting angles and colours have on the test results? How do I select the perfect lenses for my system? Which camera technology and which model is best suited to my application? FireWire, USB, CameraLink, CoaXPress or GigE Vision - which interface offers my system the most advantages? Which software can handle my problem reliably with a minimum of effort?

The technical overviews provide detailed explanations of the different basic technologies related to illumination, lenses, cameras, image acquisition, software, cabling and systems as well as the functionality of important accessories. Each of these overviews is supplemented by a comprehensive product section containing all the technical data needed to select the best components for a given application. In addition, experienced experts at STEMMER IMAGING are available to help with any further questions.

Weighing systems portfolio to feature new product variants

The Siemens Industry Automation Division has expanded its range of platform and compression load cells. There are now two new variants of the Siwarex WL270 K-S CA for high load and high-temperature applications, featuring an optional double bridge in the load cell to provide enhanced plant reliability. The range of available platform load cells has been increased to include the two versions Siwarex WL260 SP-S SC and Siwarex WL260 SP-S SB for high-precision and particularly high-speed applications.

The new Siwarex WL270 K-S CA load cell is available immediately, and is supplied for rated loads of 350 and 500 tons. With its low installation height, this version is particularly suitable for use in container and hopper scales for high loads. An optional version featuring specially developed strain gauges and specifically adapted cables and accessories is available, ideally suited for high-temperature applications from -30 to +250 degrees Celsius. Also available is a new compression load cell with a strain gauge bridge in a redundant design. In this model, both measurement bridges supply a continuous stream of values. In case of failure in one of the bridges, the second remains available.

The double bridge option ensures improved plant safety and is available from a load class of 13 tons. With its platform load cells Siwarex WL260 SP-S SC and SB, Siemens now offers two new load cells for platform scales, checkweighers and batching applications. Both load cells come with a high protection rating of at least IP68 (IP69K in the case of Siwarex WL260 SP-S SC) and comply with the stringent hygiene requirements demanded in the food and pharmaceutical industries. An optional C4 MR variant makes the Siwarex WL260 SP-S SC particularly suited for high-precision applications.

The extremely low nominal displacement of 0.03 to 0.19 millimeters and a high degree of rigidity also guarantee extremely fast weight measurement. This is of particular significance in high-speed dynamic applications such as checkweighing. Siwarex WL260 SP-S SC is suitable for platform sizes of no more than 800 x 800 millimeters, while Siwarex WL260 SP-S SB is designed for smaller platform sizes of up to 350 x 350 millimeters.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Static motor analysers

The new Baker DX series of static motor analysis equipment from SKF replaces older-generation Baker D-series and ST series surge test analysers. The DX is ideal as an entry level instrument for performing motor and generator analysis in areas such as industrial motor test/maintenance, motor servicing and OEM manufacturing.

The SKF Static Motor Analyser, Baker DX offers wide capabilities to analyse all insulation and motor circuits in AC and DC motors, gen¬erators and coils.

The lightweight, portable instruments can carry out low-voltage inductance, impedance, phase angle and capacitance, coil, DC step voltage, winding resistance, Megohm, DC Hipot, surge and DC bar-to-bar armature tests.

They feature an easy-to-use touch screen graphical user interface, are offered with a range of configuration options and accessories and can include the test functions required by the user. Options include coil test, resistance-inductance-capacitance test, DC armature test, simple meg-ohm test and either single- or three-lead configurations.

The low voltage testing capability allows for a more complete testing solution for predictive maintenance or quality management. The low voltage tests can supply up to 600 mA and frequencies from 50 to 4 000 Hz. The Baker DX also offers a modular design that allows for configuration with only the test capabilities needed for the specific application. For example, it can be only a high voltage or a low volt¬age tester or used as a unit that has both high voltage and low voltage testing.

The optional desktop software package - ‘Surveyor DX’ enables data from the tester to be moved to a PC via a USB stick. The software will allow storage of data and report generation.

Whitelegg Machines Ltd are Britain and Ireland, Sales and Support Agents for Baker Instrument Company, USA (An SKF Group Company)

Thinking big with improved data partnership

Leading monitoring and analysis solution makes improving SQL Server performance easier than ever

SolutionsPT has announced a new partnership with Confio Software to distribute Ignite for SQL Server, as the company puts ‘Unlocking Big data’ at the heart of its strategy.

As the amount and variety of data in manufacturing environments grows, so do the skills required to capture, manage, and analyse this data. Designed to maximise database performance levels and increase internal efficiencies in ‘Big Data’ environments, Ignite analyses where an SQL Server database is spending time and causing application users to wait, resolving performance problems faster than any other solution.

It is equipped with a host of powerful capabilities and benefits to make improving SQL Server performance as easy and efficient as possible, helping users gain a greater understanding of wait types, and in doing so eliminating bottlenecks, improving application service and reducing overall cost of SQL Server operations.

Although few British or Irish manufacturing businesses currently have a Big Data strategy, SolutionsPT is predicting that spend on Big Data technology and services is set to increase dramatically by 2015 as organisations embrace Big Data initiatives to create competitive advantage.

Paul O’Connell, Managed Services Operations & Product Manager at SolutionsPT: “The challenge of processing big data is acute in manufacturing environments, where companies find themselves managing and trying to interpret a diverse range of data assets. Ignite is ideal for ‘big data’ organisations which use critical data either on their plant floor or within their corporate infrastructure. It is a must have tool for proactive database environments that want to save their users time, maximize current hardware infrastructure and decrease problem resolution time. Our relationship with Confio perfectly positions us to capitalise on the growth of the Big Data software service sector.”

Ignite includes response time analysis capabilities which recognise SQL Server performance problems in just four clicks, helping tackle the root causes of any issue. And with less than 1% load on monitored servers, Ignite is the lightest high-performance monitoring tool available.

Other benefits include Ignite’s ability to correlate response time to server health, meaning delays can be tracked for each query and then compared to server health and session information for the complete picture.

New Supplier Development Manager

Anglia Components has appointed Iain Taylor to the new role of Supplier Development Manager to co-ordinate the integration of new franchises into Anglia’s rapidly expanding portfolio.

Iain Taylor
With responsibility for establishing and maintaining new and existing supplier’s product ranges, Iain Taylor will work closely with David Pearson, Technical Director of Anglia components. Welcoming him to the Anglia team, Steve Rawlins, CEO said, “Anglia is growing its franchise base very quickly, and we recognise that we need to accomplish this whilst continuing to provide a great experience for suppliers and customers alike. Iain’s role will be to put in place processes to ensure that this growth takes place in a structured context. His pedigree in the industry is outstanding. He brings us an extensive track record together with a wealth of experience and knowledge. He will play a key role in developing existing franchise agreements, driving continuous improvement in our business and overseeing the strategic development of our product ranges.”

Commenting on his appointment, Iain Taylor said, “I've long been an admirer of Anglia and the way it strives to supply an elite range of complementary products and solutions to the industry. I’m pleased to be a part of the team and have the opportunity to apply my skills to ensuring that we successfully integrate Anglia’s supplier profile and promote this to the market.”

Iain Taylor started his career in the industry in the late 1970’s, and has worked in various roles in electronics manufacturing and franchise distribution. He holds a purchasing degree and is a MCIPS (Member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply).

New technology for gas flow and composition

A unique in-pipe gas flow monitoring technology that also offers the ability to measure gas composition or purity has been introduced by Quantitech. Sales Director Dominic Duggan tells us, “This is an important announcement because, unlike other methods, this measurement is not affected by the gas composition, temperature, density, viscosity or pressure, and there is no obstruction at the measurement point.”

When the speed of sound (SoS) in a gas is measured along a path in both directions simultaneously, the difference in the measured velocities is proportional to the gas velocity along the pipe. If gas temperature is expected to fluctuate, an automatic compensation is applied.

If the gas is at a pressure below ambient then it is only the volume of the sound that would limit the measurement capability. Measurements at 100 mbar are feasible and flow rates between 0.01 l/min and 200 l/min are possible in pipes up to 200 mm in diameter. Running from a 24 Vdc supply, the meters respond rapidly and output data in variety of formats.

For the qualitative monitoring of single gases, any change in the SoS measurement will indicate that the purity of the gas has changed.

For mixtures of two gases, SoS is a combination of the two main gas components, so there is a simple calculation to derive the proportion of each component. For example, the SoS for pure Carbon dioxide (CO2) is 259 m/s, and for Methane (CH4) it is 430 m/s. So, if the SoS measurement is 401 m/s, the gas composition is 83% Methane and 17% Carbon dioxide.

In another example, the SoS in hydrogen is about 1250 m/sec, 2 or 3 times higher than most other gases, so any gas that dilutes hydrogen flow will produce a significant reduction in the measured SoS to warn instantly that the fuel is diluted. Similarly, the SoS for Helium is 970 m/sec so the measurement of Helium purity is also a good application for the Voxtrac device.

Air monitoring in food products

Air Monitors, has launched a new division to cater specifically for the air monitoring requirements of the food industry. Sales Manager Colin Craggs says “This initiative has been taken in response to a recent rise in enquiries from the food and beverage markets, combined with advances in measurement technology.”

The new division will focus on four areas: dust in the workplace, bioaerosol hazards, gas mixers/blenders and packaging gas.

A range of leading dust monitors has been assembled to cover every application. Portable particulate monitors enable occupational safety managers and consultants to conduct accurate surveys in order to assess the levels of risk and to identify potentially dangerous areas, and fixed monitors help to ensure the protection of staff and visitors in those areas of greatest risk.

Air Monitors recently launched a new advanced technology for the sampling of bioaerosols and Colin says “The Coriolis µ is a very important technology for the food sector because airborne biological hazards are a particular concern for workers in many processing plants.”

The Coriolis µ has a new wet-walled cyclone technology that improves bioaerosol sampling for bacteria, pollen, endotoxins, viruses and fungal spores. Traditional techniques rely on the impact of biological particles on a solid growth medium, but the Coriolis µ collects the particles in a liquid at a high flow rate (300 l/m) with validated efficiency that surpasses traditional methods. Importantly, the liquid containing the particles is compatible with a number of the latest rapid microbiological analysis methods.

The third group of instruments includes a range of highly accurate gas blenders and mixers which are designed for modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) applications. It is common for MAP to contain two or three gases or more, so the major advantage of these gas mixers is the cost saving from pure gases in comparison with premixed cylinders. However, these systems also provide gas mixtures with greater accuracy and repeatability.

The accuracy of gas concentrations is further protected by a range of gas analysers for non-invasive oxygen measurement and permeation testing.

Summarising Colin says: “In addition to the applications described above, we also offer gas detection equipment for confined space, toxic gases, combustibles, oxygen depletion etc. So, as a result of this initiative, we hope to become a one-stop-shop for air quality products in the food and beverage sector.”

Radiation-resistant accelerometers

Accelerometers are ideal for long-term vibration monitoring in harsh radiation environments.

The MTN/1100-R series of radiation-resistant constant current accelerometers has been launched by Monitran.

Developed for use in nuclear power stations, the sensors, which are top-entry and sealed to IP67, have a radiation resistance of 10Mrads and are well-suited for long-term vibration monitoring in a variety of harsh radiation environments.

Andy Anthony, Managing Director of Monitran, comments: “As a manufacturer of sensors, and with our talented engineering department, we pride ourselves on being able to develop and make fit-for-purpose sensors, whatever the requirements.”

Monitran’s MTN/1100-R series accelerometers have a frequency response of 2Hz to 10kHz ±5%, a dynamic range of ±80g and a standard sensitivity of 100mV/g; with other sensitivities available upon request.

Mounting options include ¼”-28UNF, for the MTN/1100-R, and Monitran’s own Quick Fit mount, for the MTN/1100Q-R.

SolutionsPT thinks big with improved data partnership with Confio #PAuto

SolutionsPT has announced a new partnership with Confio Software to distribute Ignite for SQL Server, as the company puts ‘Unlocking Big data’ at the heart of its strategy.

As the amount and variety of data in manufacturing environments grows, so do the skills required to capture, manage, and analyse this data. Designed to maximise database performance levels and increase internal efficiencies in ‘Big Data’ environments, Ignite analyses where an SQL Server database is spending time and causing application users to wait, resolving performance problems faster than any other solution.

It is equipped with a host of powerful capabilities and benefits to make improving SQL Server performance as easy and efficient as possible, helping users gain a greater understanding of wait types, and in doing so eliminating bottlenecks, improving application service and reducing overall cost of SQL Server operations.

Although few British or Irish manufacturing businesses currently have a Big Data strategy, SolutionsPT is predicting that spend on Big Data technology and services is set to increase dramatically by 2015 as organisations embrace Big Data initiatives to create competitive advantage.

Paul O’Connell, Managed Services Operations & Product Manager at SolutionsPT: “The challenge of processing big data is acute in manufacturing environments, where companies find themselves managing and trying to interpret a diverse range of data assets. Ignite is ideal for ‘big data’ organisations which use critical data either on their plant floor or within their corporate infrastructure. It is a must have tool for proactive database environments that want to save their users time, maximize current hardware infrastructure and decrease problem resolution time. Our relationship with Confio perfectly positions us to capitalise on the growth of the Big Data software service sector.”

Ignite includes response time analysis capabilities which recognise SQL Server performance problems in just four clicks, helping tackle the root causes of any issue. And with less than 1% load on monitored servers, Ignite is the lightest high-performance monitoring tool available.

Other benefits include Ignite’s ability to correlate response time to server health, meaning delays can be tracked for each query and then compared to server health and session information for the complete picture.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Partnership strengthened!

Rittal Limited and HEITEC AG announce a strengthening of their already close partnership for the British market. Over the past three years HEITEC have progressively appropriated (from Rittal GmbH) responsibility for the design, production and packaging of all standard and customer configured electronic solutions. These electronic packaging solutions retain their Rittal part numbers and custo-mers can now enjoy increased flexibility and configuration options due to the closer direct links between Rittal in Britain and HEITEC.

Sales Director for Rittal Limited Ian Clarke said: "We are confident that with the additional support from HEITEC coupled with a focus to add value, remove cost and save valuable sourcing and assembly costs, there are plenty of applications and opportunities for Rittal to be considered as a very strong supplier for all electronic packaging requirements.
Alongside the partnership with HEITEC and combined with Rittal’s dedicated UK subcontractor for front-panel engineering and low volume assemblies, Rittal is better positioned to service the demanding and varied needs of our customers."

Besides “classic” electronic housing systems, the 2013 product portfolio includes subracks, subrack components and accessories as well as desktop housings. Furthermore, Rittal will continue to offer special items and customer specific housings and systems.

HEITEC operates its’ electronic housing business from their factory located in Germany, which was acquired by HEITEC from Rittal GmbH in 2011. Besides the production of electronics, boards and systems, the company will continue to develop and optimise its industrial housing and system technology portfolio in the future.

“We are looking back on three years of close and success-ful cooperation with Rittal and this reinforced partnership is a further consistent step in generating additional synergies for the benefit of our joint customers”, says Roland Chochoiek, Director of HEITEC’s electronic division.

Internationally, HEITEC will continue to meet the needs of the market place through Rittal sales subsidiaries such as Rittal Limited based at Hellaby, Rotherham (GB).

New head appointed for Society of Operations Engineers

The Society of Operations Engineers (SOE) has announced that Peter Walsh has been named as the organisation’s next Chief Executive.

Walsh is to be responsible for leading the membership organisation in promoting the advancement of engineering and supporting engineering professionals. He brings to the role experience that spans a broad spectrum of engineering and a keen interest in professional development.

A Chartered Engineer and Chartered Environmentalist, Walsh is presently employed as a Senior Project Manager for GBM Minerals Engineering Consultants Ltd. He will join SOE at the beginning of July before taking on his new role in August.

Current SOE Chief Executive Nick Jones, who retires this summer, says: “SOE is pleased to welcome Peter as a valuable addition to the organisation. I am confident that he will use his wealth of experience and passion for professional development to the great benefit of the Society and its members.”

Walsh is a fellow of SOE and its Professional Sector IPlantE, and has extensive experience in facilities management, power generation and mineral processing industries. He also holds qualifications in business administration and law, being admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2008. No stranger to membership organisations, Walsh has served as Honorary Secretary and Honorary Chair on the management committee of the UK Chapter of Engineers Australia.

On accepting the position, Walsh says: “I am very proud to call myself an engineer, and am passionate about the recognition of engineering as a profession. I look forward to engaging with SOE members to increase their participation in the Society’s activities, and make membership of the institution as relevant for engineers as possible. I want to see the Society of Operations Engineers thrive and grow as a professional engineering institution as we enter this next phase of our life, and I am very pleased to be able to help drive this growth.”

USB adapter for diagnostics and commissioning from Siemens

Siemens has extended its range of Profibus PC modules with the Simatic PC Adapter USB A2. The external USB(Universal Serial Bus) adapter links standard PCs, notebooks or programming
devices to Profibus systems such as Simatic S7 controllers via their USB 2.0 port.

The PC Adapter USB A2 enables the connection of programming devices, notebooks or PCs with an USB port to Simatic S7 controls. The connection can be established by using either the MPI (Multi Point Interface) or the Profibus port of Simatic S7 systems for diagnostics or commissioning for instance. The adapter comes with three LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) to display operating and signal statuses. The adapter features plug and play technology for extreme simplicity of installation and commissioning. All Profibus data rates up to 12 Mbaud, operating systems from Windows XP SP2 as well as USB V1.1, V2.0 and V3.0 are supported. The adapter is powered via the USB port of the PC system. The new device can also be used for the same programs as its predecessor. Applications created for the predecessor model can be used with the new adapter.