Friday, June 21, 2013

New level switch for liquids.

Conductivity sensor can be used in storage, mixing and process vessels with or without an agitator, and it meets all international hygiene requirements.

Endress+Hauser has released the Liquipoint FTW33 point level switch for liquids. Designed for hygienic processes, the FTW33 meets FDA requirements as well as 3A Sanitary Standard Number 74. It can be used in pipes; and in storage, mixing and process vessels, with or without an agitator.

The Liquipoint FTW33 conductivity sensor is built for tough applications in the food and beverage market. The Liquipoint FTW33 measures the presence of conductive liquids with an electrical conductivity greater than 1 µS/cm. It also has an optional build-up compensation feature that allows it to switch reliably in heavy build-up and viscous products like tomato paste, honey, molasses, and peanut butter. The sensor can also be used for detecting the foam that commonly occurs in the food industry.

Materials in contact with the process are made of 316L stainless steel with PEEK insulation, making the FTW33 suitable for use in processes that require cleaning and sterilization. The sensor can be used in process pressures from –14.5 to +362.5 PSI, and temperatures up to 212 °F (100 °C). It can also be used in cleaning and sterilization processes to 302 °F (150 °C) for up to 60 minutes, and is resistant to typical cleaning agents. The sensor has a DC-PNP 3V switching output when it can be used for point level. These signals are typically used for overfill and high level detection, or for low level detection to prevent a pump from running dry.

New infrared temperature sensors

Raytek introduces miniature infrared sensor for ambient temperatures up to 180 °C

Expanding its MI3 series of compact infrared temperature sensors, Raytek introduces the MI3LTH pyrometer for operation in high ambient temperatures without cooling. The sensing head withstands up to +180 °C as it is separated from the electronics. This widens the range of applications for the non-contact systems, enabling, for instance, direct replacement of contact probes measuring temperatures up to 1,000 °C. Moreover, the good thermal protection also allows for cost-efficient solutions where cooling accessories or cooling water cannot be used due to a lack of space or a high explosion risk.

The new MI3LTH sensor has all the existing benefits of the MI3 series: small size, plug-and-play capability, compatibility with the full range of digital communication boxes, optionally with Modbus and Profibus interfaces, or an analog communication box with four galvanically isolated analog outputs. The modular MI3 system provides very cost-efficient solutions especially for applications with multiple measuring points since the communication boxes serve up to eight sensors. The introduction of the new MI3LTH sensor completes the digital MI3 series as a follow-up to the successful analog MI series.

Possible applications include industrial ovens and dryers, laundries, and the textile industry. Industrial OEMs will find it a versatile, easy-to-integrate temperature measurement solution.

Magnetic rotary encoders with outstanding performance

Absolute rotary encoders with magnetic detection principle from Pepperl+Fuchs combine compact designs, robustness, and service life with high resolution and accuracy, and in so doing open up new fields of application.

At a glance
• Magnetic rotary encoders combine outstanding performance with regard to robustness and service life with compact designs.
• Pepperl+Fuchs also improves the accuracy of the magnetic encoder technology with continuous enhancements in the area of the electronics.
Singleturn absolute rotary encoders from Pepperl+Fuchs are based on two-axis Hall sensors. These encoders can be turned into multiturn absolute rotary encoders through the addition of a Wiegand sensor. The big advantage of the magnetic functional principle is its compact installation dimensions and the fact that it is a non-contact sampling system. This means that there is no mechanical gear that can wear and requires maintenance and servicing.

Resolutions of 12 bits are currently possible with singleturn versions, while resolutions of up to 39 bits can theoretically be achieved with multiturn versions. The standard resolution is 12, 16, or 18 bits. Today, this design principle enables accuracies from 0.5° to 1° for magnetic absolute rotary encoders.

Magnetic rotary encoders are characterized by their compact size, which makes them ideal for use in medical technology or laboratory automation. The magnetic detection principle is also extremely robust, which means that these encoders are an appropriate solution in areas where the ambient conditions are especially adverse, such as in commercial vehicles or wind farms. As resolution and accuracy improve thanks to enhancements in terms of the electronics in particular, further fields of application will open up for absolute rotary encoders with magnetic detection principle, including in factory automation.

Industrial connector hood offers flexible handling

A new hood whose geometry allows a wide range of cable sizes with flexible handling has been added to the Harting Han® B industrial connector range.

The shape of the housing makes it possible to implement a cable gland up to M50 in size 16B, which exceeds the maximum previously available. This allows the cable outlet to be on the side or at the top. The new housing is locked with the established Han-Easy Lock® levers, which feature easy handling and a low actuating force.

A version with an M40 cable entry is also available. The design of this product allows a large wiring space, which in turn ensures simplified, faster and consequently more economical installation for the customer. When the new hood is used with a Han® B bottom housing, IP 65 protection is achieved.

When combined with HARTING’s wide range of standard contact inserts, these Han® B products cover the complete range of industrial requirements for professional connection technology.

Operations engineers have new Patron!

The Society of Operations Engineers (SOE) has announced that former FirstGroup chief executive Sir Moir Lockhead OBE has been named the organisation’s next patron.

Sir Lockhead will take on the role when current SOE patron and co-founder of the Ratcliff Group, John Ratcliff CBE, retires from his duties later this summer.

Sir Moir Lockhead
He was previously awarded an Honorary Fellowship of SOE for services to transport, and will be responsible for representing the membership organisation in promoting the advancement of engineering and supporting engineering professionals. Sir Lockhead will join incoming SOE chief executive Peter Walsh, who joins the Society at the beginning of July.

Commenting on the appointment, current SOE chief executive Nick Jones says: “We are honoured Sir Moir has agreed to take on the patronage of SOE. With an illustrious career in transport to his name, I have no doubt that he will help to shape the future of the Society and further our pursuit of excellence in engineering.”

Sir Lockhead left school at 15 to become an apprentice mechanic, joining Grampian Regional Transport in 1985 as general manager and going on to lead the successful employee buy-out of the company. Since then, as founding director and CEO of FirstGroup, he saw the company grow to be the largest provider of rail and bus services in the UK, USA and Canada.

On accepting the position, Sir Lockhead says: “It is an honour and a privilege to become patron of the SOE, especially having spent all of my working life in transport starting as an apprentice more than 50 years ago.

“It is hard to believe how much things have changed for our new engineers as technology continues to progress with more and more stringent safety requirements; the SOE have a crucial role to play.”

How much is energy wastage costing your facility?"

Global annual electrical energy consumption increased 350 percent from 1973 to 2010, according to the International Energy Agency. Yet, according to Scientific American, for every unit of energy that is converted into electricity globally, two units of energy are wasted.

Here is the good news: commercial and manufacturing facility managers worldwide have shown a sustained interest in optimising energy use by their buildings. They are interested not only in reducing operational costs but in improving productivity through more efficient maintenance and scheduling practices. With the lean approach now applied to facility management, energy usage really does matter to the bottom line.

However, many facilities lack the data to assess how much of their building’s energy consumption is necessary and how much is wasteful. Saving energy starts with identifying the source of the waste, but reducing the waste usually requires some combination of labour, materials, and capital investment. Without quantifying the waste, facilities cannot calculate how much the waste is costing or determine whether the solution will pay for itself soon enough to be worthwhile.

To help bridge that knowledge gap, Fluke has launched the Energy Resource Center, an interactive knowledge base to help facility managers both identify and quantify energy waste. The Fluke resources explain how to target the best opportunities for energy waste reduction in facility equipment, processes, and infrastructure and what data to gather to prioritise energy-saving projects and estimate their pay-offs.

“There’s a wealth of general information about energy management out there, but most managers have limited time and budgets,” said Fluke Industrial President, Wes Pringle. “They need to make ROI-based decisions specific to their facility. Fluke has built some of the best measurement tools on the market for gathering energy usage data. But the Energy Resource Center is an essential extra: it provides the context explaining what data to gather, where, and how to make use of it.”

The Fluke Energy Resource Center features interactive diagrams that illustrate energy wastes and measurement steps for various building systems. Visitors can watch videos and webinars about where energy waste occurs in electrical systems, production processes, and building infrastructures and download ROI examples and checklists for use in their own buildings.

Visitors can also register for in-person Energy Measurement Principles workshops hosted by Fluke in cities around the world. The workshops review energy principles and coach participants on quantifying energy waste, understanding utility bills, and identifying cost-saving energy options.

IBM Smarter Water Group's Hidaka to keynote Water & Waste seminar

Carey E. Hidaka from IBM’s Smarter Water Group will be giving the keynote address for this year’s 2013 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls (WWAC) Symposium.

Hidaka’s keynote will introduce the concept of smarter water management and use examples to illustrate how the innovative application of data analysis and visualisation can play a pivotal role in addressing industry challenges. He will talk about how modern software can leverage existing and new data sources and apply
analysis/visualisation/optimisation tools, aggregate siloed data and create situational awareness and insights to help people make better and timelier decisions.
Carey E. Hidaka

Water supply and distribution systems and wastewater collection and treatment systems generate and rely on significant amounts of data, from supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems to computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) and enterprise asset management systems (EAMS), to geographic information systems (GIS), to web-based data, like that from the US Geological Survey.

When this data is harnessed appropriately it can be used to drive better decision making, whether used in treating/conveying water or in repairing/replacing infrastructure prior to catastrophic failure, to ultimately improve water/wastewater operations and efficiencies. Better decision making, underpinned by strong data analytics, also facilitates planning processes and maintenance and repair operations to better manage and forecast future water/wastewater needs and requirements.

“Fresh water, a fundamental requirement for life on the planet, is becoming a scarce resource as the world’s population grows and competition increases for available water,” says  Hidaka, a seasoned professional with over 35 years of experience in the water and information technology sectors. “Against this backdrop, the world’s cities will require new and innovative approaches to address these significant challenges. Business-as-usual and traditional engineering solutions won’t be enough.”

In addition to Hidaka’s keynote address, this year’s symposium also features several distinguished speakers. This year’s invited speakers include:

Bill Hollifield, of PAS, a long-time member of the ISA18 alarm management and ISA101 HMI standards committees, and published author, will talk about the advantages of high performance HMI design and real-world proof about how better design results in real operational improvements. Bill returns this year by popular demand.

P. Hunter Vegas, co-author of the book 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career, will talk about how to successfully manage SCADA retrofit projects and how to manage schedule/risk and context of the differing perspectives of team members, such as system integrators, operators, maintenance technicians, middle management and ultimately the utility owner.

John Cusimano, from exida security services, will provide an update on the current state of cybersecurity in municipal water plants and what sorts of risk management programs owners can put in place to protect themselves.

In addition to this year’s keynote, invited speakers and the 40-plus technical papers being presented, guest speakers from the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the Florida Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) will also give state of the industry addresses.

• Taking place 6–8 August in Orlando, Florida, USA, the 2013 ISA WWAC Symposium is a three-day event that focuses on the challenges associated with automation and instrumentation in the water and wastewater sectors. The 2013 symposium features over 40 technical speakers, two full days of technical presentations, a tour of a local water treatment plant, a general reception, networking events, and a supplier showcase. This highly focused event has a long tradition as an event that caters to the needs of automation professionals in the water and wastewater sectors.
Advances in computer technology have meant that process data now be collated, cross-referenced and analysed in ways never before possible. 

• The Read-out Signpost is a proud sponsor of the ISA WWAC 2013

Software Suite maximizes business value with analytic capabilities & access to the Cloud

The new Proficy Monitoring & Analysis software suite, the industry’s first integrated solution for industrial big data management and analytics has been anounced by GE Intelligent Platforms. It allows companies to manage equipment and process data to maximize performance with advanced products that capture, store, contextualize and analyze data and presents actionable insights for fast and effective decision making. 

The suite is comprised of six integrated products: Proficy Historian, GE’s flagship data collection software; Proficy Historian Analysis for data mining and visualization; Proficy SmartSignal for predictive analytics for condition-based monitoring; and Proficy CSense to troubleshoot process problems, monitor process health and create close loop process optimization. Two additional products are new to the offering and include Proficy Historian HD that allows storage of massively large data sets in a Hadoop cluster, and Proficy Knowledge Center, a console that ties the solution together with process visibility, asset health assessment and process optimization.

GE’s Proficy Historian HD is the first solution to combine industrial data and analytics with elastic capacity creating a Big Data solution built on Hadoop; the first step toward GE’s vision for the Industrial Internet. The software facilitates advanced analytics on industrial big data to improve process performance, troubleshoot process problems, and predict and prevent asset failures. Built collaboratively with GE’s Software Center of Excellence, Historian HD enables users to bring together an entire set of historical time-series data while reducing data storage costs by as much as 85%. 

“GE manages 5 TB of new time-series data per day,” said Brian Courtney, General Manager of GE Intelligent Platforms’ Industrial Data Intelligence Software group. “Our experience in big data and analytics that maximize equipment and process performance mitigates the risk for other companies.

“We use the software ourselves in our own Monitoring & Diagnostics centers to manage trillions of dollars in asset value,” he continued. “Today, in the GE Industrial Performance and Reliabilty Center, GE engineers monitor thousands of mission critical assets for our customers to ensure uptime, asset reliability overall production throughput."

Another new part of the suite is Proficy Knowledge Center, a model-driven, browser-based visualization application. Tightly coupling an asset data model with historical time-series data, Proficy Knowledge Center supports unified views of process health and equipment health for increasing productivity and decision making. The solution builds on Proficy Historian to efficiently store and display immense amounts of time-series data. Results of data analyzed by Proficy CSense or Proficy SmartSignal are then visualized through the Knowledge Center in model context making it easy to navigate and understand.

The Proficy Monitoring & Analysis software suite can be used remotely to monitor one plant or all of a company’s global operations. As a result, it provides information to increase equipment availability and reduce unplanned downtime, improve yield and reduce variability, and reduce maintenance costs and inventory. The Proficy Monitoring & Analysis suite provides four essential capabilities: 

Improved data management: The platform can manage and aggregate all time-series data and process data for authorized personnel anywhere with access to a web browser. Tremendous volumes of real-time data can be collected, archived, and distributed at extremely high speeds and low storage costs—in the Cloud. More data over longer periods of time can allow for advanced analysis and greater insight into actual versus optimal equipment and process performance—leading to a competitive advantage. 

Improved asset health: Using advanced predictive analytics and diagnostics, companies can monitor all critical assets automatically and continuously, 24 hours/day. The software “learns” normal asset behavior and detects variances to provide early warnings of impending problems, with diagnoses of equipment and process failures and prioritizations based on severity. Early warning reduces catastrophic equipment failure and enables proactive versus costly reactive maintenance. 

Process optimization: The software also optimizes processes with advanced analytics that identify unknown correlations in process variables that can lead to sub-optimal performance. It allows for what-if analysis to find solutions that optimize processes—at the same time optimizing for asset health. Process optimization increases yield, while reducing variability. 

Data visualization: The suite features web-based reporting to deliver role- and asset-based information that unlocks the value of the data in context to the right person at the right time. 

“This Proficy software suite allows a company to move from reactive to proactive. It allows them to start small and scale to massive based on their needs. And, it allows them to leverage local systems and cloud solutions - all from the same product suite.” concluded Courtney.

Universal power cell for motor load control.

The innovative range of UPC high performance "Hall Effect" power sensors designed specifically for motor load control applications, is available from Vydas International.

The New "Universal" Power Cell range manufactured by Load Controls Inc (USA) has been designed specifically for precision process monitoring & control and is particularly suitable where variable frequency drives are fitted.

The product is designed to cope with the most difficult of motor load sensing tasks when other power sensors and motor load controls are unable to function reliably. The control of many process machines such as grinders, mills, mixers, rollers, pumps, compressors, conveyers etc may be improved dramatically by sensing true power instead of just current.

There are various models allowing the product to be used in a large number of industries, in fact anywhere that electric motors are used such as the food industry, pharmaceutical, chemical, gas, oil, water treatment, building industries, machine tools and many more. Applications include mixture viscosity, tool condition, optimum feed rate, pump or fan flow, beginning or end of processes, detecting obstructions & overloads or loss of load (prime).

The Universal Power Cell Series includes the original standard UPC with analogue outputs but also the UPC-FR (Fast Response) for machine tool or very fast applications as well as the UPC-E (Ethernet) which has an Ethernet Connection and an analogue output. In addition the UPC-LB is suitable for applications where large cable holes are required.

The standard UPC is particularly suited to mixer "process endpoint detection" where by measuring the power drawn by stirrer or paddle drives, the Power Cell is sensitive enough to detect minute viscosity changes on machines ranging from laboratory sizes to large production machines. Power changes may be used to indicate the start or end of a cycle, viscosity end-point or overload.

In combination with associated KWH3 energy meter and DM100 load meter, the UPC-KWH is suitable for many applications such as "Batch Mixing", where the sensor accumulates the total power absorbed in the mixing process for consistent production batches. Examples of this are processes such as the mixing of rubber, dough and clay which all respond to energy control.

The UPC is truly "Universal and is unique, and is suitable for any 3 phase, single phase AC or DC motors. The UPC uses fast "Hall Effect" devices and does not use CT's (current transformers) or external VT's (voltage transformers) where power measurement errors may occur.

New name, same aim!

Geotest – Marvin Test Systems, a leading provider of innovative test solutions for aerospace and manufacturing, has announced it has changed its name to Marvin Test Solutions. The simplified name strengthens the company’s association to The Marvin Group, known for its 50-year history in aerospace, and its focus on test solutions. 

The Marvin Group – A Commitment to Excellence
Marvin Test Solutions is a member of The Marvin Group, an award-winning company with a deep history in the Defense and Commercial Aerospace industries. Marvin Test Solutions now leads with the Marvin name, focusing on providing excellent, long-term solutions and support that meet the precise challenges of aerospace and manufacturing test applications. The company has proven success, with applications deployed in support of major platforms in use around the world, including flight-line, intermediate-level, depot-level, and production acceptance testers for F-16, F-15, TA and FA-50, Apache, Boeing 737 and 787, and commercial space systems.
Featured at Paris Airshow, June 17-23
Marvin Test Solutions will be exhibiting at the 2013 Paris Air Show, June 17-23 at Le Bourget Exhibition Centre where the MTS 3060 SmartCan universal O-level smart weapons and armament test set, the MTS-209 common armament test set, the MTS-235 F-35 armament test set, and the GBATS benchtop tester will be on display. Attendees can visit Marvin Test Solutions at booth 3-C82.

“From overcoming legacy system obsolescence to developing new products, industry leaders and engineers face significant challenges in testing today’s sophisticated aerospace and manufacturing systems,”
said Steve Sargeant, Marvin Test Solutions CEO and a retired USAF Major General. “We’re happy to continue serving aerospace and manufacturing companies with test solutions that meet the high standards of The Marvin Group with compact-footprint test systems that reduce our customers’ space requirements, energy needs, and ultimately, their maintenance and sustainment costs.”
Marvin Test Solutions – Delivering Full-Spectrum Test Solutions
Marvin Test Solutions has delivered innovative, feature-rich test solutions for factory, depot, intermediate, and flight-line applications since 1988. The company’s expertise delivering aerospace precision underpins its manufacturing applications, enabling it to quickly meet customer’ requirements with high-performance products and custom turnkey systems, backed by excellent long-term customer support. Marvin Test Solutions’ efficient, full-spectrum solutions make test, maintenance, and sustainment of the most mission-critical systems easier and faster.

Superior Solutions – From Modular COTS Products to Custom Turnkey Systems
From test system components and software to complete systems, Marvin Test Solutions has the expertise and resources to create solutions that will meet aerospace and manufacturing test needs for today and tomorrow. Marvin Test Solutions provides turnkey systems supporting armament and avionics test – including the MTS-3060 SmartCanTM universal O-level Smart weapons and armament test set, the MTS-209 I-level common armament test set, and the TS-217 D-level universal launcher test set. In addition, Marvin Test Solutions’ ready-to-use preconfigured test systems – including the GENASYS production test set, TS-900 semiconductor tester, and GBATS benchtop tester – allow customers to expedite time-to-market while lowering risk.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Industry’s 1st Wireless Pulse/Delay Generator

Quantum Composers has released the 9200 Sapphire Plus Series pulse generator, a versatile pulse/digital delay generator that provides precisely defined pulses at repetition rates up to 20Mhz. This unit is cost effective and exceptionally capable, providing solutions to generate and synchronize multiple pulses and triggers for a wide range of applications from simple to complex. This pulse generator will allow users to control their laser, camera or other timing device remotely; it won’t be limited by the length of your USB cable. Director of Sales and Marketing, Will Bomar says of the new unit, “Our Company is proud to be the first to offer wireless technology in the pulse generator industry. We can’t wait to see what applications will benefit from having the ability to work remotely.”

The Sapphire Plus Series Features:
• 5ns delay and width resolution accuracy 
• < 50ps RMS Jitter 
• Fast Rise Time, < 2ns 
• 1ppm oscillator 
• Field upgradeable 

The Sapphire Plus Series improves on the standard Sapphire Series, offering better performance and more options. The standard Sapphire Series is field upgradeable to the Sapphire Plus, giving customers the added benefit of increased performance or options should their needs change. Quantum Composers states that the new Sapphire Plus timing system will have a period counter; this allows averaging the incoming periods– allowing for better accuracy. The Sapphire Plus adds additional “virtual” channels, effectively doubling the number of channel timers the unit may utilize. One more unique feature is the synchronous update mode, which allows channel width and delays to be adjusted and then updated at once with a single command. The instrument offers a complete set of channel operating modes including continuous, single shot, burst, and duty cycle. These modes combined with external trigger/gate inputs, allow for a full range of complex output waveforms.

Romanian integrator joins wireless body

Control Data Systems (CDS), a Romanian-based technology integrator recently joined the ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute.

Control Data Systems is a privately owned technology company located in Cluj-Napoca, Romania and a third-party integrator for ISA100 Wireless technology. CDS specializes in custom development of software and hardware systems that use the latest and most advanced technologies. ISA100 Wireless is the technology foundation for current CDS offerings.

Leveraging its unique ability to draw from a local pool of talented engineers, CDS specializes in developing advanced wireless products for its clients. Prior projects have included support for wireless communications, IP-based sensing networks, and remote video surveillance. The company focuses on delivering integrated, end-to-end solutions comprised of a variety of system elements, from sensors to communication devices, and from backhaul to cloud-based control centers.

“We are excited to join the ranks of the industry’s leading suppliers who are already building and supporting ISA100 Wireless products worldwide,” said Ovidiu Ratiu, general manager, Control Data Systems. “ISA100 Wireless is a well-engineered, robust wireless communication foundation with broad applicability. We are optimistic that ISA100 Wireless will drive CDS growth.”

“CDS exemplifies ISA100 Wireless’ expansion of product integration support capabilities. We are thrilled to see CDS included in the ISA100 Wireless supplier support ecosystem,” said Andre Ristaino, Managing Director, ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute.

Technical support chemist appointed!

In response to a recent surge in sales of automated discrete chemistry analyzers and segmented flow analyzers, Seal Analytical has announced the appointment of Sadie Vick to the position of Technical Support Chemist, based in Britain.

Sadie Vick

Sadie has an honours degree in Chemistry from the University of Liverpool and has previous experience in technical roles with a laboratory equipment manufacturer, working both in Britain and in China.

Welcoming Sadie to the business, SealAnalytical President Stuart Smith said: “The success of our company has been built on our ability to develop technologies that precisely meet the needs of our customers and to provide outstanding levels of training and support to ensure optimal performance. A high level of technical competency and the ability to clearly communicate training and support information is therefore essential, and we are delighted to welcome Sadie to the team.”

Following a period of intensive training at Seal’s US facility, Sadie will return to join the British technical support team during the summer of 2013. In this role, Sadie will provide product demonstrations, technical advice, maintenance and service

All-in-one microscope for advanced imaging, recording and measurement

Building on its extensive microscope lineup, KEYENCE Corporation has released a new multipurpose microscope. The VHX-700F allows users to leverage some of the advanced functions of the VHX Series, such as Depth Composition and 3D Display, while offering the same image quality and primary measurement capabilities at a lower price point.

The VHX-700F incorporates observation, measurement, and image recording capabilities into a single device, while offering all of the imaging techniques found in traditional inspection equipment. The microscope boasts a 0.1x – 5,000x magnification range and provides bright field, dark field, and transmitted illumination. Additional attachments offer polarized, diffused, and DIC imaging methods. Users can also inspect inside small openings with a complete lineup of borescopes and fiberscopes.

By combining the technology generally found in stereoscopic, metallurgical, measurement, and scanning electron microscopes, the VHX-700F is able to accentuate the strengths of these systems while avoiding many of their limitations. Not only can images be captured entirely in focus with the exceptionally large depth-of-field, but a variety of measurements can be completed directly on the image with just a click of the mouse. The multi-angle stand is paired with a rotating stage to allow 360 degree views without the need to fixture or contort the sample, and the camera easily detaches for handheld, non-destructive imaging of larger parts.

Services & technologies to help plant workers redefine their places of work!

Expanded software portfolio provides more operator and engineering tools for safer, more-efficient operations

Honeywell at its largest gathering of industrial customers announced several new services and technologies to help plant workers redefine how they maintain system uptime and reliability, while providing safer operations.

The company introduced attendees at the 2013 Honeywell Users Group Americas Symposium to Assurance 360, a proven innovative approach to service management that offers flexible programming to assure continued performance of Honeywell control systems. The program provides comprehensive support throughout the plant’s lifecycle in addition to expert resources to guarantee performance outcomes, differentiating it from traditional service offerings.

Additionally, conference attendees heard details about Honeywell’s expanded portfolio of Operations Excellence solutions, including new alarm management and performance monitoring software. Honeywell also announced it has expanded its widely used Benefits Guardianship service program to include a variety of engineering led services.

“The common thread among these services and solutions is that they will help shape the plant workforce of the future,” said Darius Adamczyk, President and CEO, Honeywell Process Solutions. “Manufacturers are being challenged to continuously improve operations, respond to ever-changing business conditions, and reduce overall costs. Services like Assurance 360 and Benefits Guardianship directly address those market challenges by making Honeywell technology experts extensions of a plant’s staff, while our Operations Excellence software offerings give operators and engineers better tools to serve as their companies’ most-important business assets.”

• Assurance 360 Services – A multi-year service partnership offering that supports manufacturers in all industries, Assurance 360 Services allow plant personnel to focus on operations while Honeywell performance experts focus on maintaining, supporting and optimizing system performance to help the plant meet its goals. The offering provides remote monitoring, change management, risk mitigation, technology upgrade and new installation support, and performance-based metrics and reporting. Assurance 360 offers two service levels: Performa provides Honeywell support personnel to act in advisory roles across all areas covered by the program; Optima engages Honeywell personnel to both advise and directly handle tasks such as implementing change management, tracking and improving metrics, and scheduling and implementing new technology upgrades and installations. Honeywell developed the Assurance 360 Services program in direct response to customer feedback about an increasing number of compliance requirements and open system complexities that are changing the way they must manage assets.

• Operations Excellence – Honeywell’s expanded portfolio of solutions designed to improve operational excellence includes three new software offerings. First, the Intuition® Operations Monitoring software, built on Honeywell’s Intuition platform, is used to help operators keep the process within the best operating zone. Secondly, the new Control Performance Monitoring software helps engineers to monitor, identify, diagnose and remedy process control asset issues across all plant layers. Lastly, Honeywell’s latest Alarm Management software helps operators better manage their processes without compromising safe operations.

• Benefits Guardianship Program Plus (BGP Plus) – Honeywell has extended its Benefits Guardianship Program, a premium service that delivers expertise beyond traditional product support, providing priority phone access to experienced and qualified specialists, to quickly resolve performance problems, and to deliver the latest software to improve functionality and to safeguard investments. The new BGP Plus service provides reactive and proactive engineering led services to increase uptime of the software, to provide early detection of performance drift and to recommend resolutions to sustain performance.

Next-generation vibration analyser!

Emerson Process Management has introduced the CSI 2140 Machinery Health Analyser, the next generation of its portable tool for analysing machinery vibration to detect potential problems before they lead to unplanned downtime.

The new analyser builds on the capabilities of Emerson’s popular CSI 2130 to provide new four-channel simultaneous data collection functionality, wireless and Bluetooth communication, and a full-colour touchscreen. The CSI 2140 also delivers the fastest route collection capability on the market, enabling workers to spend more time on higher-value tasks.

The analyser’s new ergonomic shape and lighter weight make data-collection routes easier on users. Data collection is over 50 per cent faster than with other analysers, minimising the time spent in uncomfortable or dangerous environments and allowing technicians to complete the collection more quickly. The screen is easy to read in both direct sunlight and dark areas, and auto-adjusts based on ambient lighting.

Because over 50 per cent of mechanical issues are caused by bearing wear, effective monitoring of bearing health is a key component of a reliability programme. With four-channel data collection, users can collect vertical, horizontal, and axial readings on a bearing at the same time. Using this data and Emerson’s unique PeakVue™ technology, reliability technicians can detect compromised bearing performance earlier than with any other measurement technique. In addition, advanced diagnostics embedded in the CSI 2140 help users drive to the root cause of mechanical issues.

Most vibration programs require a cabled connection to the plant asset database in order to upload data for analysis. The CSI 2140 can send collected data wirelessly from the field to the office. Technicians can then continue on their route – or start another route – without a return trip to the maintenance shop. The data is also available for analysis by specialists at corporate headquarters or other locations.

Additional CSI 2140 capabilities enable users to perform single, dual, or four-channel vibration analysis, cross-channel analysis, transient analysis, structural analysis, AC electric motor monitoring, and 4-plane dynamic balancing – providing a complete, easy-to-use tool for fast, accurate assessment of rotating machinery health.

A fieldbus first in Brazil

The Fieldbus Foundation conducted the first live demonstration of its FOUNDATION™ for Remote Operations Management (ROM) technology at the Petrobras research and development facility (Cenpes) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Held in April 2013, the demonstration was attended by Petrobras company executives and automation industry media from around the world.

The first development of its kind integrating remote input/output (I/O), ISA 100.11a, WirelessHART®, wired HART, and FOUNDATION fieldbus H1 protocols into a single, standard data management environment, FOUNDATION for ROM extends the capabilities of FOUNDATION fieldbus to wired and wireless devices installed in some of the world’s harshest and most remote locations. This open, non-proprietary solution provides a unified digital infrastructure for asset management in applications ranging from tank farms and terminals to pipelines, offshore platforms, and even original equipment manufacturer (OEM) skids.

Petrobras is interested in specifying FOUNDATION for ROM technology for the ambitious projects it is undertaking in the upstream and downstream hydrocarbon industry. The company has a record-setting €170 billion ($224b) capital spending plan through 2015, with most of the investments targeted at the upstream sector on the highly publicized Pre-Salt area of the Santos Basin.

Reliance Industries (India) has also agreed to host FOUNDATION for ROM field demonstrations, and additional end user demonstrations in Japan, the Middle East and Europe are being planned.

The Petrobras Centro de Pesquisas Leopoldo Américo Miguez de Mello, also known as Cenpes, is the largest oil and gas research center in the Southern Hemisphere. During the field demonstration and press day event—the first step to show the capabilities of FOUNDATION for ROM before it is specified for commercial projects—a series of tests were performed on a distillation process pilot plant to evaluate the use of fieldbus-based ROM devices with wireless protocols for remote applications.

Miguel Borges, who is employed at the Cenpes facility, believes FOUNDATION for ROM can be an enabling technology for remote applications on Petrobras' offshore platforms. "The Fieldbus Foundation's ROM solution is attractive to us, since we want to gain access to diagnostic information from devices installed at our remote sites. Petrobras is committed to investing in this type of technology, and is seeking the most effective solutions available in the marketplace."

Borges added, "For Petrobras, the primary objective of this live demonstration was to verify that we could access and use remotely, with FOUNDATION for ROM, all the operational functionalities available locally. Another objective was to check the interoperability of ROM devices of different manufacturers over the backhaul. We found this technology provides very easy and quick integration, and is transparent to the user."

The live FOUNDATION for ROM technology demonstration took place inside the Center for Collaborative Visualization (NVC), also known as "The Egg," a spherically-shaped building that houses a center for high-fidelity 3-D training simulation. Because of the remote capabilities of FOUNDATION for ROM, participants were able to use the meeting room as a virtual control room, showing live video feed from multiple locations in the pilot plant and wireless device diagnostic information all within the FOUNDATION fieldbus infrastructure. Information from the pilot plant in another part of the Cenpes compound was communicated across the High Speed Ethernet (HSE) wireless backhaul network to the virtual control room in the meeting room over standard Ethernet hardware and wireless equipment, as well as standard cyber security appliances.

During the functional testing, Petrobras technicians accessed device diagnostics in wireless devices, including device status. Integration of video was demonstrated through observation of a control valve to determine if the valve was open or closed. A temperature sensor for a HART temperature transmitter was also pulled to show how the diagnostic alert would be visible in the same context as a FOUNDATION fieldbus H1 device.

Whether operating on a wired or wireless HSE backhaul network, the FOUNDATION for ROM solution enables automation end users to bring device data into the FOUNDATION fieldbus infrastructure, which provides a single source of data management, diagnostics, alarms and alerts, data quality control, control-in-the-field capability, and object-oriented block structure.

Fieldbus Foundation supplier members sponsoring the FOUNDATION for ROM demonstrations included: APATechnologies, AUMA, Azbil, Beka Associates Ltd., Belden, Biffi, Buerkert Werke, Emerson Process Management, Endress+Hauser, Festo Brazil, Fuji Electric, Honeywell, Invensys Operations Management, Leoni-Kerpen, Magnetrol, MTL, Pepperl+Fuchs, Phoenix Contact, R. STAHL, Rotork, Smar, Softing, StoneL, Turck, Westlock, and Yokogawa Electric Corporation.

Water disinfection: Safely generating up to 5000 grams of chlorine dioxide per hour

Diox-A 5000 is an especially powerful but also safe chlorine dioxide generator developed by Siemens Water Technologies. Depending on its version, the Diox-A 5000 can generate up to 2,500 or 5,000 grams of chlorine dioxide per hour for the disinfection of process or cooling water. The infeed is via a double injector, which increases system safety because the required basic chemicals – sodium chlorite and hydrochloric acid – are not mixed in their undiluted states. The process is particularly suited for applications in which the handling of chlorine gas is to be avoided. An additional safety feature is the temperature and underpressure monitoring for the gas phase in the product tank. The V-notch of the injectors feeds the chlorine dioxide solution into the water far more precisely than pump-operated systems. This enables the concentration of the disinfectant to be metered at rates between 1.5 and 3.0 grams per liter, while an internal process control keeps the desired concentration of the stock solution constant.

The Diox-A is designed for industrial applications, such as for the disinfection of process and cooling water or for the removal of odours and taste causing compounds. The system is certified for use in the treatment of drinking water and can be used to disinfect complex piping systems. In addition to its use in food production, the Diox-A 5000 has been designed for use in numerous other applications such as for the deodorization of waste water in the oil and gas industry, the treatment of process water in paint spraying lines, and for protection against bacterial, algae or mussel growth in water-carrying pipes or tanks.

Operation is simple and intuitive by means of a colour touch panel on the control system. A PROFIBUS DP interface allows the chlorine dioxide generator to be connected to higher-level control systems.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Teaching the ultimate graphical system design software

‘School’s Back in Session’ as engineers and scientists are invited to register for the national Instruments' Summer of LabVIEW 12-part webcast series taking place from 29th July to 16th August. The webcasts aim to introduce new users of LabVIEW to graphical system design as well as developing the skills of current LabVIEW users. With LabVIEW 2013 launching at NIWeek in Austin, Texas this August, Summer of LabVIEW webcast attendees will be amongst the very first to learn about the new features of the ultimate graphical system design software as it continues to enhance the integrity and efficiency of system design.

This series of webcasts aims to educate the full spectrum of LabVIEW users from beginners through to graphical system design experts. Sessions tailored for beginners introduce LabVIEW, dataflow and data acquisition such as the ‘What is LabVIEW?’ webcast which explains the fundamentals of graphical system design. More advanced topics show the benefits of standardised design patterns and the basics of software engineering, with one particular webcast: ‘Tips and Tricks from a Certified LabVIEW Architect’, sharing best practices in how to use the software to code like an expert. Most importantly, attendees will discover how  LabVIEW takes any measurement and control system on the faster route to success with the Keynote session, ‘The Path to Success with NI LabVIEW’.

Week 1: LabVIEW Fundamentals

Keynote: The Path to Success with NI LabVIEW  Monday 29th July - 2pm, Tuesday 30th July - 10am
Any programming language is a journey, often fraught with dangers and temptations. See how learning LabVIEW, can be eased by National Instruments and the wider community, in order to take the faster route to success.

What is LabVIEW?
 Tuesday 30th July - 2pm, Wednesday 31st July - 10am
LabVIEW is a comprehensive development environment that contains all the tools engineers and scientists need to design and deploy measurement and control systems. This webcast examines the fundamentals of graphical system design and shows how LabVIEW can benefit applications by providing diverse real-world measurements, including signal processing, advanced embedded control and industrial deployment.

Introduction to Data Acquisition
 Wednesday 31st July - 2pm, Thursday 1st August - 10am
Discover how LabVIEW graphical system design software can accelerate productivity and create custom applications for data acquisition and instrument control. LabVIEW provides tight integration with hardware, simplifying the process of automating measurement acquisition from a wide variety of sensors and 3rd party instruments. Additionally, LabVIEW has built-in data analysis functions, visualisation components and sharing features, saving time in order to translate results into decisions quickly.

Introduction to Instrument Control
Thursday 1st August - 2pm, Friday 2nd August - 10am
Understand how LabVIEW can be used to communicate with and easily obtain data from instruments. See how the power of the graphical approach and hardware abstraction allows the user to concentrate on the task rather than the bus.

·        Week 2: Summer School for LabVIEW Developers

Practical Techniques for Moving Beyond One Loop
 Monday 5th August - 2pm, Tuesday 6th August - 10am
This webcast focuses on the evolution of an application from a single loop to using the Queued Message Handler, a fundamental design pattern for many NI LabVIEW architectures. Also learn methodologies for communicating among loops, stopping parallel loops, handling errors and other key concepts, such as functional global variables.

What's New in LabVIEW 2013
 Tuesday 6th August - 2pm, Wednesday 7th August - 10am
Discover how LabVIEW 2013 stands firm as the ultimate system design software. With over 25 years success, LabVIEW has enabled engineers worldwide to innovate with confidence. Learn how LabVIEW continues to enhance the integrity and efficiency of system design.

The Benefits of Templates and Sample Projects
 Wednesday 7th August - 2pm, Thursday 8th August - 10am
LabVIEW 2013 features new templates and sample projects that reduce development time and complexity by providing strong foundations for new applications. This webcast discusses the value of LabVIEW design patterns, including state machines and queued message handlers, and how to select appropriate core architecture.

Best Practices for Software Development
 Thursday 8th August - 2pm, Friday 9th August - 10am
The use of software development best practices can help ensure the quality and reliability of any LabVIEW application. Learn how the use of Project Libraries and other configuration management tools can help enforce good coding practices and make development processes easier.

·        Week 3: Taking the Next Steps with LabVIEW

My Life with the SCC
 Monday 12th August - 2pm, Tuesday 13th August - 10am
It is rare for a single engineer to work alone when developing a large, complex LabVIEW application.  For the vast majority of applications, a team of developers or engineers will work together on the same set of code. A LabVIEW Developer discusses why source code control is vitally important as well as how to set it up, manage it and interact with it on a daily basis.

Event-Based Programming with LabVIEW
 Tuesday 13th August - 2pm, Wednesday 14th August - 10am
This demo-centric webcast illustrates how event-based programming can simplify design and implementation. Learn the capabilities of the static and dynamic events within LabVIEW and see how they can be utilised as both an enhancement to the user interface and for data transfer.

When Do I Use OOP?
 Wednesday 14th August - 2pm, Thursday 15th August - 10am
This webcast will cover the when and why of moving to an object-oriented programming (OOP) approach. Several common OOP design patterns, their implementation in LabVIEW and reasons for implementing these specific patterns will be discussed.

Tips and Tricks from a CLA Thursday 15th August - 2pm, Friday 16th August - 10am
Hosted by a highly skilled Certified LabVIEW architect, this webcast will provide tips, tricks and best practices of how to program LabVIEW like an expert.

To register for one or more of the Summer of LabVIEW webcasts please go to  and to learn how LabVIEW has accelerated real-world measurement and control systems to success visit 

A new type of cold field emitter SEM

Hitachi High-Technologies has released of the new SU8200 series FE-SEMs – a range of high-performance instruments which provides the perfect fusion of high resolution imaging and analysis. Employing a new type of cold field emission (CFE) gun the SU8200 combines the inherent high resolution and brightness of conventional CFE with previously unseen beam stability and probe currents.

The latest trends in advanced materials research mean increasing requirements to image and analyse light-element and beam-sensitive materials such as those used in lithium-ion batteries, fuel cells, catalysts or novel electronic devices. Characterising these modern materials requires extended SEM capabilities beyond pure resolution. Quality imaging at low and ultra-low acceleration voltages is critical to mitigate beam damage and reveal the true material properties. Highly sensitive elemental analysis is also required to fully understand the materials. The SU8200 addresses these needs better than any previous instrument.

The heart of the new SU8200 series is the innovative CFE source. This novel CFE gun employs a new vacuum system and a Hitachi patented technique to greatly reduce gas molecule deposition on the emitter tip. The emitter always operates in a “clean” state, and emission current and beam stability are significantly improved. The result is the ultimate SEM electron source offering high S/N ratio, high stability and incredible resolution performance at all accelerating voltages. The enhanced stability and probe current provides opportunities for enhanced low voltage elemental microanalysis. The SU8200 series supports a variety of large-diameter silicon drift detectors (SDDs) for high spatial resolution, high sensitivity, and high speed X-ray detection.

The new dual-in-lens detector system offers the most sensitive and flexible electron detection system available. Fine contrast differentiation is now achieved by selectively filtering inelastic scattered electrons and directly detecting specific energy back scattered electrons. This selective filtering is particularly powerful for enhancing material contrast at low acceleration voltages.

Careful attention to detail during the instrument design, including measures for vibration control and enhanced optical stability contribute to the high resolution performance.

The SU8200 series includes three models (SU8220, SU8230, and SU8240) offering various stage, chamber and detector configurations for a wide range of imaging and analytical applications.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

API-rated instrumentation valves deliver system-level gains for wellhead OEMs

Wellhead equipment suppliers and operators can make major enhancements to their 'Christmas tree' and related equipment designs by using a new range of API-rated integrated valve assemblies from the Instrumentation Products Division of Parker Hannifin - the global leader in motion and control technologies.

The integration offered by Parker's new valve assemblies reduces weight by as much as 40% compared with double-block-and-bleed configurations using discrete valves, and can reduce space envelopes even further - by as much as 75%. Users can choose from a range of connection styles including flanged, welded, Grayloc hubs and Autoclave cone-and-thread connectors - to suit the particular installation.

The new product range provides integrated process-to-instrument interfacing solutions that dramatically reduce weight and size, and eliminate many potential leak paths and risk, compared with configurations based on discrete valves and connectors - the typical implementation approach used up to now.

Based on the design of one of the leading process to instrument valve manufacturers, Parker's Pro-Bloc range of integrated manifolds for interfacing instrumentation to process piping, the new Pro-Bloc API range integrates a complete double-block-and-bleed assembly of fire safe isolation and venting valves that is suitable for interfacing process pressure and temperature instruments. The assembly is available in three main forms: with ball valves, needle valves, or high-performance needle valves that can also meet the Class A or Class B ultra-low-emissions levels of the ISO 15848 standard. The new valve assemblies are initially available in three choices of pressure ratings: 5K, 10K and 15K PSI, and have all been independently tested for conformance with the API 6A specification for wellhead and Christmas tree equipment.

Up to now, OEMs and operators producing Christmas tree configurations and wellhead control systems have typically constructed any instrumentation interfacing subsystems required using larger process-sized valves that are rated to the API specifications preferred in this application sector. These systems have not benefited from the substantial size and weight savings - and designed-for-purpose flow paths - that are typical of the double-block-and-bleed manifolds that are readily available for instrument interfacing in other parts of the process world.

The integrated design also eliminates numerous interconnection joints, each of which is a potential leak path and source of unreliability, and system building cost; this can amount to a reduction of as many as four potential leak points compared to a system built from discrete valves.

The close-coupled flow paths inside Parker's Pro-Bloc API process-to-instrument valve assemblies provide another significant advantage, as they are ‘purpose-designed’ to support accuracy of measurement. In the case of the ball valve variant of the design, the flow path is completely straight, with a uniform bore. It is not possible to create such a short flow path with a system based on discrete valves, and it can also be very difficult to avoid bends - and sometimes changes of bore sizes - that impact measurement accuracy by generating turbulence. Parker has already had feedback from end users that its close-coupled designs are helping to support novel measurements that are being made on wells for asset integrity investigations.

Parker developed these new integrated process-to-instrument interfacing solutions rated to API 6A after application-specific project experience on wellhead applications, and is now making the technology available to the wider market.

"The API valve assemblies will cut the weight and size of the instrument-interfacing parts of their equipment to a small fraction of many current implementations," says Spencer Nicholson, Business Development Manager of Parker Hannifin's Instrumentation Products Division, Europe. "The highly integrated nature of the designs also provides near-perfect flow paths - with many fewer potential leakage points - a considerable reliability advantage for the harsh and remote operating environments in which many of these systems will be installed.”

The new integrated valves have been tested for conformance to API 6A specifications by an independent test house, as well as by the internal test laboratory that Parker operates at its European design and manufacturing facility in Britain.

Efficient dew point measurement for hydrogen cooled electricity generators

Modern power stations operate with only a few maintenance engineers and anything that can save the time needed to carry out critical maintenance checks has real benefit. With this in mind, Michell Instruments designed the MDM300 I.S. portable hygrometer for fast, easy and ergonomic operation in hazardous areas – making it ideal for checking the dew point in hydrogen cooled electricity generators.

Michell Instruments is a pioneer in dew point measurement technology and continually strives to deliver real customer benefits by providing innovative, practical and high-performing solutions. The use of the MDM300 I.S. has been well-proven in helping to ensure the safety and reliability of hydrogen-cooled electricity generators and demonstrates Michell’s in-depth understanding of both technology and application.

• Michell Instruments are marketed in Ireland by Instrument Technology.
Depending upon plant requirements, water dew point in hydrogen coolant can be continually monitored with online instrumentation or spot checks taken using a portable measurement device. An online solution has the advantage of continuous monitoring and alarm capability should the dew point rise above an ambient level but a portable ‘spot check’ instrument offers a cost-effective and flexible solution which can be used across the site for periodic checking or as back-up to an online system. The MDM300 I.S. maximises operational efficiency by taking as many measurements as required from different applications across a whole site with no waiting time in between. It gives fast, accurate responses and measurements are carried out at system pressure to give true representation of the risk of condensation occurring in working conditions. To ensure easy quality control and compliance with the requirements of local authorities, the units are supplied with traceable calibration certificates.

The MDM300 I.S. is an adaptable unit with a robust casing which can withstand the rigours of day to day operation at a power utility plant. Customised sampling and other accessories are available to ensure spot checks are as quick and easy as possible and the unit has the added benefit of being suitable for other applications on site, such as the measurement of moisture in SF6, natural gas and instrument air.

As the primary device for monitoring dew point levels in the hydrogen coolant, the adaptability and ease of use it offers across multiple applications makes it an exceptionally efficient, useful and cost-effective tool. If a continuous online monitoring system is installed, this flexible instrument can be used across the site as a back-up device or to give the complete peace of mind from accurate measurement spot checks.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Cost-efficient optical inspection system

Cost-efficient optical inspection system for automated conformal coat inspection and more

GOEPEL electronic offers an enhanced version of its system for the automated optical inspection of fluorescing conformal coating. The TOM system (Teachable Optical Measurement) may be used for inspection of PCB coatings as well as PCB areas, which mustn’t be coated. The maximum PCB size is 460 X 400 mm.

Because of its modular design, the system can be adjusted to specific test requirements. The range of possible standard camera configurations extends from one to multiple camera configurations (1 Megapixel to 5 Megapixel), as colour or black/white variant. Various illuminations for the visible and UV ranges (conformal coating) are available.

In addition to conformal coating inspection, the TOM In-Line system can be utilized, e.g. for component presence, selective solder joint inspection, display and LED check as well as colour recognition and optical character reading.

The intuitive TOM-Line software enables a very simple and convenient test program generation without prior programming knowledge. A respective user interface is available for combined optical and electric test via JTAG/Boundary Scan.

The integration of camera, illumination and software into customised system is also possible.

EMC test facility expands field probe calibration service

TESEQ have expanded their capability in field probe calibration to deliver calibration data at all frequencies defined in the IEC 61000-4-3 standard.

The company can now offer field probe calibration data to 6GHz, allowing customers to compensate for frequency variations within the probe with greater precision, through the reduction of measurement inaccuracies. In addition, probe linearity data can also be provided.

TESEQ Calibration setup of Field probes
above 1 GHz
The expansion marks the first step in a two year programme to install 18GHz probe calibration capability.

TESEQ’s Wokingham (GB) facility offers full EMC calibration and repair services including two screened room antenna calibration chambers offering customers convenient and efficient indoor testing reducing test times and costs.

TESEQ has full UKAS approval for both testing at its own facility and also for on-site conducted immunity calibrations carried out at customers own premises. This is an increasingly popular service with customers needing to increase equipment availability

Pat Moore, Managing Director of TESEQ comments "Our fully accredited test facility now addresses all the needs of professional EMC test engineers. As the acknowledged worldwide EMC experts in test equipment design and manufacture and as a provider of EMC test services, Teseq offers its customers a number of advantages over using conventional 'stand alone' test facilities.”

System designers and OEM manufacturers will benefit from working with TESEQ who can now provide the widest offering of traceable and UKAS test parameters for EMC available in Britain, calibration of harmonics & flicker in line with the requirements of EN61000-3-2 & -3 etc., competitive pricing and fast turnaround times. They also offer a full repair and calibration service to support their own test equipment as well as other manufacturers’ EMC test equipment

Teaming up with water & waste symposium!

The Instrumentation Testing Association (ITA) and the International Society of Automation (ISA) are teaming up to co-promote the 2013 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls (WWAC) Symposium. Now in its eighth year, the symposium provides automation professionals from the water and wastewater sector the unique opportunity to come together to network, share ideas and learn about the latest technology. As a technical co-sponsor of the 2013 WWAC Symposium, ITA is helping ensure that the symposium continues to meet the needs of professionals who use instrumentation in the wastewater sector; reinforcing the mutual benefit of this collaboration for both associations.

Graham Nasby, WWAC 2013 Chair
Since its beginnings in 1984 when it was founded at a US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) meeting in Chicago, Illinois, ITA continues to be an end-user-focused technical organisation that provides impartial third-party assessment of wastewater instrumentation technologies. Using a cooperative and impartial approach, the association seeks to address common instrument performance and reliability issues that often arise from the low-bid procurement environment that is typically associated with the municipal and industrial wastewater sectors.

With its technology-focused WWAC symposium, the ISA provides a forum for automation professionals to learn from their peers about the newest advances in instrumentation technology, instrumentation best practices and up-and-coming trends. By partnering with the ITA, the ISA will be able to continue to ensure that its technical program is both forward looking and well-grounded when it addresses leading-edge instrumentation technologies.

Tony Palmer, executive director of the ITA, says, “The partnering of the ITA and the ISA with respect to the ISA’s 2013 Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium is a natural fit. Our members are always on the lookout for new ideas with respect to the instrumentation, and the collegial atmosphere of the symposium is a perfect way to do that. Coupled with the ITA’s popular instrumentation performance reports, the symposium provides a very broad and comprehensive view of the current and future direction of wastewater instrumentation.”

Taking place 6-8 August in Orlando, Florida, USA, the 2013 ISA WWAC Symposium boasts an extensive program. With over 40 speakers, three invited speakers, a keynote on using controls system data to make smarter decisions, and two optional training courses, the symposium offers incredible value for attendees. The 2013 symposium also offers an optional training course on the sizing and selection of flow meters, a critical component of instrumentation technology used in the wastewater sector. Special registration rates are available to members of ISA and the associated technical organisations.

The symposium also continues its long tradition of meeting the needs of automation professionals in both the water and wastewater sectors. Instrumentation technologies span multiple industries, and the municipal water and wastewater sectors are no exception.

“The same flow meter and analyzer technologies are often found in both parts of the municipal water/wastewater sector,” remarks Graham Nasby, a senior instrumentation and control engineer with Eramosa Engineering, and general symposium chair for the 2013 WWAC symposium.

Nasby continues: “While the process fluids found in the two sectors are slightly different – one is water being distributed for use and the other is water being collected for treatment – there are a surprising number of commonalities between the two sectors when it comes to design, installation, operation and maintenance of instrumentation. The symposium provides an excellent forum for professionals from the two sectors to learn from each other in a collaborative environment. It is for this reason it has been my pleasure to help bring the ISA and ITA together to collaborate on the instrumentation aspects of the 2013 WWAC Symposium.”

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