Friday, May 23, 2014

US calibration facility receives accreditation!

Yokogawa Corporation of America has announced that its Newnan (GA USA) facility’s Calibration Laboratory has been awarded ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation from the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). The A2LA Certificate No. 3474.01 was issued on November 26, 2013. The Yokogawa Calibration Laboratory also meets the requirements of ANSI/NCSL Z540.3-2006 and holds ISO 9001:2008 certification.

Compliance with the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standard provides an internationally recognized basis for laboratory accreditation. The standard is used to govern a laboratory's quality management system (auditing and corrective action procedures) and requires adherence to rigorous technical requirements.

Specifically, the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standard dictates that a laboratory maintain testing facilities and equipment to a specified standard, adhere to documented protocol, train employees to proper competence levels, validate proper methodology, follow industry standard mathematical methods for calculating uncertainty, confirm that test equipment meets necessary criteria and that all equipment used for accredited calibrations is also, in fact, ISO 17025 calibrated. This equipment must also be calibrated to and traceable to independently maintained national or international standards. An ISO 17025 calibration will always provide both ‘as found’ and ‘as left’ performance test data in an approved report format.

Today, the ISO 17025 is the single-most important standard for test and measurement products. It is the global standard for the technical competence of calibration and test laboratories.

Across today’s industries, manufacturers who use test equipment are seeking ISO 17025 calibrations for the added assurance that both the products they purchase as well as those that they produce will meet specifications.

"When a customer sends in a unit to calibrate, they can be sure that the calibration has been performed by proven processes, and their unit has been managed by streamlined and repeatable methods," said Aytac Yaraneri, Yokogawa's Laboratory Process Manager.
Yokogawa’s calibration facility is used to calibrate a wide range of test equipment, including the WT3000 & PZ4000 power meter line, the DL850 ScopeCorder, and other digital oscilloscopes, each of which is used within numerous industries by a wide customer base within North America.

Complete range of Ex inductive sensors!

For use in Ex zones 0 and 20

.steute is further expanding its range of robust inductive sensors in cylindrical stainless steel housings. With immediate effect, the sensors are now available in explosion-proof versions with Atex and IECEx approvals.

The sensors come in four different sizes (M8, M12, M18 and M30). They are suitable for both flush and non-flush installation, and for use in Ex zones 0 (gas-Ex) and 20 (dust-Ex). Intrinsically safe switch amplifiers are available to evaluate the signals.

The devices are designed as 2-wire Namur sensor (IEC/EN 60947-5-6). They switch very reliably, almost independently of the ambient conditions. Their high switching interval and wide temperature range permit universal use in explosive environments and beyond.

The Ex inductive sensors round off the steute Extreme range of non-contact switchgear and provide a suitable alternative to electromechanical position switches, as well as to conventional magnet switches.

TFT display trio exhibit wide viewing angles!

KOE Europe, have announced the introduction of three new TFT display modules featuring KOE's UWVA (ultra-wide viewing angle) technology. The 7.0-inch TX18D45VM5BAA, 8.0-inch TX20D200VM5BAB and 10.4-inch TX26D200VM5BAA feature viewing angles of 80 degrees in all directions (up/down, left/right) and high brightness LED backlights. The 7.0-inch and 8.0-inch displays feature WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) resolution while the 10.4-inch display has SVGA (800 x 600 pixels) resolution.

KOE's UWVA displays are based on traditional TN (twisted nematic) TFT technology with design enhancements to the optical characteristics of the LCD cell which provides improved viewing angles and maintains colour stability when compared with standard TN TFT displays. As a result KOE's UWVA displays offer 'IPS like' display characteristics that ensure display images are clear, concise with excellent colour saturation and readability. True IPS (in-plane switching) displays provide highly consistent colour reproduction and colour saturation at all viewing angles. KOE's 'IPS like' technology enhances the optical performance of standard TN displays, creating optical characteristics similar to IPS at wide viewing angles, while offering a more cost effective display solution.

Mark Stephenson, Technical Marketing Manager, KOE Europe explained, "We believe there is a growing demand in embedded, medical and industrial markets for high quality displays that provide stable colour performance over wide viewing angles yet still offer a viable cost effective display solution. For many applications with graphical user interfaces, colour homogeneity of the display image is mandatory. The new 7.0", 8.0" and 10.4" display modules offer 'IPS like' optical performance from a traditional TN based TFT technology."

The 7.0-inch TX18D45VM5BAA display features a contrast ratio of 400:1 and a LED backlight producing a brightness of 600cd/m² with a 40K hour half-brightness lifetime. A 20-pin LVDS data interface supporting 6-bit RGB CMOS enables a colour palette of 262k colours. The module has mechanical outline dimensions of 165.0mm (w) x 106.0mm (h) x 8.0mm (d) and an operating temperature range of -30°C to +80°C.

The 8.0-inch TX20D200VM5BAB features a contrast ratio of 400:1 and a brightness of 1000cd/m² with a specified 70K hour time to half-brightness. A 20-pin LVDS data interface supports 6-bit RGB CMOS and a 262k colour palette. The display has mechanical outline dimensions of 189.0mm (w) x 122.0mm (h) x 10.2mm (d) and supports an operating temperature range of -30°C to +80°C.

The 10.4-inch TX26D200VM5BAA features a contrast ratio of 400:1 and a brightness of 1000cd/m² with a specified 70K hour time to half-brightness. A 20-pin LVDS data interface supports 8-bit RGB CMOS and a 16.7M colour palette. The display supports an operating temperature range of -30°C to +80°C and has mechanical outline dimensions of 230.0mm (w) x 180.2mm (h) x 10.1mm (d).

Suitable for many embedded, industrial, instrumentation and medical applications the new KOE UWVA 'IPS Like' TFT display modules feature COG (chip on glass) construction and are fully RoHS compliant. The new display panels are available immediately through KOE Europe's distribution partners.

Design software for control panels!

Rittal have launched a major upgrade to their RPE design software, complemented by the IEC 61439 guide book, which covers aspects of the standard that effect all control panels.

The new version 6.2 provides the ability to design motor control centres, electrical switchgear, control panels and generate bill of material, costs and designs that comply with the latest IEC 61439 switchgear standards.

Key features for users of Rittal’s RPE software include generation of copper connection drawings; production of design verification documentation and the ability to generate users own documentation; internal enclosure temperature calculation; application examples; excel configurator for temperature rise calculations up to 630A and up to 1600A according to IEC 61439 section and new partial doors and front panels.

For a copy of the guide book and latest RPE software please contact Rittal. Alternatively, an upgrade from version 6.1 to 6.2 can be achieved automatically via the Internet.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A first for a Foundation transmitter!

Magnetrol  has released their Eclipse® Model 706 transmitter with Foundation fieldbus™ digital output communications. This is the first guided wave radar (GWR) transmitter to pass the Fieldbus Foundation testing using the latest Foundation fieldbus interoperability test kit ITK 6.1.1.

This device offers all of the advantages of the standard 4-20 mA (HART) ECLIPSE Model 706, such as:
  • Improved Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR)
  • Improved diagnostics (meets NAMUR NE 107)
  • Full complement of Overfill-capable probes
This new ECLIPSE Model 706 transmitter will contain the following Function Blocks: 

  • (1) Resource Block (RB)
  • (3) Transducer Blocks (TB)
  • (8) Analog Input Blocks (AI)
  • (2) PID Blocks
  • (1) Arithmetic Block (AR)
  • (1) Input Selector (IS)
  • (1) Signal Characterizer Block (SC)
  • (1) Integrator Block (IT)
With this release, a new Model 706 Foundation fieldbus™ DTM is also available on the Magnetrol website

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Inspecting cylindrical surfaces!

A new industrial vision system, trevista Cylinder, from Stemmer Imaging allows automated inspection of milled, polished and galvanised cylindrical components for defects such as scratches, dents, discolouration and stress marks. Using a patented inspection process, trevista Cylinder goes beyond the limits of conventional vision systems to provide reliable inspection of a range of surfaces from glossy components to diffusely scattering surfaces and even black plastic.

Supplied as a complete system with structured diffuse illumination, lens, camera, software and PC, trevista Cylinder, is based on a patented "shape from shading" technology. Information on the three- dimensional shape of an object can be deduced from the shading of its surfaces.

The cylindrical objects are rotated along their longitudinal axis under the special dome- shaped diffuser. During the rotation the line scan camera surveys the object with a scanning speed up to 4x. The profile data obtained are planar images of the uncoiled material surface. These synthetic images contain topographic information and a special calculation algorithm allows inspection for characteristics such as scratches, dents, discoloration and stress marks according to their inclination, curvature and texture.
The topographic images allow the display of three- dimensional surface shape, revealing defects down to just a few micrometres depth. These defects can be located quickly, reliably and free of interference, and can be readily distinguished from irrelevant stains caused by lubricants for example. 

The image processing algorithms can be integrated into the popular Sherlock advanced machine vision software interface from Teledyne DALSA or Stemmer’s own Common Vision Blox imaging toolkit. This provides a powerful and easy- to-handle complete solution which can be easily integrated into a wide variety of production processes. The system allows early detection of manufacturing defects in the value chain, thus reducing costs for quality assurance. 

Bespoke capacitive touch screen used in broadcasting!

Stadium-IGT is supplying a world leader in broadcast technology a with a custom designed LED backlit touchscreen featuring capacitive switching.

Stadium-IGT is unique in its ability to provide its patented thin-film backlighting on its range of scalable, wire-free, vandal and water resistant custom capacitive touchscreens. Capacitive touchscreens have many advantages in both consumer and industrial MMI/HMI interfaces and are widely used in applications including mobile phones, MP3 players, PDAS, home entertainment, home automation systems and brown and white goods.

Stadium-IGT LED Backlit Capacitive Switch
Panel designed for Snell
Their use in industrial applications has been limited until now due to small screen size, low screen resolution and a lack of visual clarity imposed by the commonly used wire matrix technology. Using its extensive experience to overcome the limitations of this traditional approach, Stadium-IGT has developed capacitive touchscreens in custom sizes up to 19", with a node count up to 256 (16 x 16) and bespoke interfaces to suit host equipment.

The most recent Stadium-IGT development combines, in one thin layer, capacitive switching and multi-colour area-specific backlighting. Traditionally, it has been extremely difficult to combine the two technologies because the electric field from a conventional electro-luminescent light source, which requires high voltage excitation, has interfered with the capacitive operation. Stadium-IGT has overcome this problem through the use of remote LEDs and thin light guides embedded into the capacitive sensing flexible layer. The completed assembly is less than 1mm thick and, by successfully combining these two leading-edge technologies, secret-until-lit areas, colour changes on key operation and colour-coded visual directions can be given to the operator.

This combination of leading-edge technologies led to Snell, a world leader in broadcast technology, to approach Stadium-IGT with a wish-list of features they would like their new Kahuna Maverik modular outside broadcast system.

The Snell Kahuna Maverik is an innovative new modular control surface.  Easily adaptable to multiple events and event types, Maverik can save valuable space within space-restricted outside broadcast vehicles, giving ultimate flexibility and comprehensive control. The product offers ground-breaking new architecture, total customization, crystal clear OLED buttons with user-assignable thumbnails, touchscreen at the M/E level for instant functionality selection, high resolution and intuitive user function buttons for easy effect recognition and the ability to change or add individual panel segments.

Terry Moss, Stadium-IGT Sales Director comments, “Snell required a clean, modern switch surface, with a custom multi-touch touchscreen and RGB backlit capacitive switching for their GUI unit. Stadium-IGT’s innovative and patented thin film backlighting was used for their T-Bar unit. Our design engineers assisted Snell from the outset with material selection, mechanical and electrical design parameters and PCB design.”

Working closely with the engineers at Snell Stadium IGT designed and built a number of prototypes which included light models, prototype touchscreens and ultimately fully functional preproduction units of both the GUI and T-Bar products. Now entering full production Snell has now launched the system and it will debut for the first time during April 2014 at NAB in Las Vegas, the world’s largest media technology show.

Terry Moss continues, “Stadium-IGT is a market leader in the design and manufacture of user interface systems. Our capacitive switching solutions offering tri-colour LED thin film illumination with selective area backlighting are unique. We are also happy to integrate other styles of operator interfaces into our keyboards including joysticks, rollerballs, glide pads, touchscreens and conventional tactile and non-tactile keypads, allowing us to offer our customers very flexible solutions to their control needs.”

Increasing 5G wireless network capacity and data throughput!

National Instruments has announced that it’s working with Nokia’s Networks business to collaborate on advanced research related to fifth generation (5G) wireless technologies such as exploring peak data rates and cell-edge rates in excess of 10 Gbps and 100 Mbps, respectively. 

By using NI’s integrated hardware and software baseband platform, Nokia plans to expedite its research and rapidly demonstrate the viability of high-frequency millimeter wave as an option for 5G radio access technology. “Our experimental 5G Proof-of-Concept system will be implemented using NI’s LabVIEW and PXI baseband modules, which is the state-of-art experimental system for rapid prototyping of 5G air interface available today,” said Lauri Oksanen, Vice President of Research and Technology at Nokia. 

“We are thrilled to work with Nokia on this project and others involving wireless research,” said Eric Starkloff, NI Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing. “Our software-defined platform based on LabVIEW and PXI is ideal for researching and prototyping standards such as 5G.”

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

High performance current transducers!

LEM has added three new HO series of high performance current transducers which extend nominal current measurement up to 250A and offer a range of mounting options.

The recent launch of the first devices in the HO series enabled a breakthrough in the trade-off between performance, cost, size and mounting versatility. These three new HO series provide the mounting the user needs: PCB or panel or busbar, integrating the conductor or with an aperture (15 x 8 mm), a range of choices. The mounting options provide customers with the flexibility of up to three interchangeable mounts for the HO xxx-S panel mounted current transducers: one vertically, one horizontally and one on the busbar when used. The mount can be changed by the user for additional versatility.

HO series current transducers measure DC, AC, and pulsed signals using the latest generation of LEM’s Open-loop Hall-effect Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) which was introduced with the launch of the HO 8, 15, 25-NP and -NSM series and the HO 6, 10 and 25-P models.

The new series offer offset and gain drifts which are up to twice as accurate across the temperature range as the previous generation and have a faster response time of 2.5 to 3.5µs.

Operating from a single supply voltage of 3.3V or 5V, the HO series can measure up to x 2.5 the primary nominal current and integrate an additional pin which provides over-current detection set at x 2.93 the nominal current I PN (peak value). They also provide fault reporting in the event of memory corruption.

LEM’s ASIC technology enables Open Loop transducer performance to approach that of Closed Loop transducers to improve control and system efficiency at a significantly lower price.

High clearance and creepage distances of more than 8mm and a Comparative Tracking Index (CTI) of 600 mean that, despite small packages of 22.95cm3 to 33.15cm3, there is no compromise on the insulation level provided between the primary and measurement circuits.

Typically, the standard scaled analogue voltage from the HO output is converted into a digital value by an Analogue-to-Digital Converter (ADC) which requires a reference voltage provided by the HO. However, the HO series can also be configured to take measurements relative to an external reference voltage.

The comprehensive range of options offered by HO transducers makes them suitable for a wide selection of applications where high performance and mounting flexibility are required. These applications include solar combiner boxes and solar-power inverters, as well as small smart meters, variable speed drives, uninterruptible and switch-mode power supplies, air conditioning, home appliances, static converters for DC motor drives, and robotics. The wide operating temperature range of -40 to +105°C also makes the HO series suitable for use in any industrial applications.

HO series current transducers are CE marked and conform to the EN 50178 standard as well as being covered by LEM’s five-year warranty.

Hazardous waste tracking software.

Matrix Hazardous Waste Tracker from Autoscribe simplifies hazardous waste management by tracking work and samples to comply with EU / EWC / Environment Agency regulations. This Windows-based system features a dual web/Windows user interface and allows the registration of hazardous waste items, progress/status checking, chain of custody management and reporting, lookup of EWC lists and consignment of hazardous waste.  Details of carrier, consignee and users, with their associated authority, are all stored within the system.

The system accommodates EU, Environment Agency, GLP, GMP and ISO9000 requirements by automatically recording who performed essential functions related to a sample and when they occurred.  All actions are fully audited and retained within the database for enhanced traceability and accountability.

Matrix Hazardous Waste Tracker is fully configurable via Autoscribe’s unique OneTime™ configuration tools for use over the LAN, WAN or Web. This allows the system to be designed to reflect local needs e.g. work flow design, screen design, terminology etc.  Work/sample registration provides a “browser” for selecting waste hazard codes which automatically assigns a series of tests to the sample.  Automatic label generation with barcodes is supported.

The system is supplied with a standard suite of functional reports. Further reports can be configured to include worksheets, work pending, sample/work status, waste status on-site and waste status consigned off-site for specified date ranges and full audit trail depending on local needs.

Switching & instrumentation highlight new website design.

Pickering Interfaces has launched their newly redesigned company website. The new website is equipped with a streamlined navigation to allow for easy-to-use functionality, allowing users to quickly reference desired information pertaining to the company’s PXI, LXI, PCI and GPIB switching and instrumentation offerings as well as their full range of supporting cables and connectors.

For current and prospective customers looking for greater detail regarding the vast array of switching products offered by Pickering Interfaces for use in electronic test and simulation, the site will provide detailed information as well as informative articles and a link to the company’s support knowledgebase. Users can register to receive quotes and updates on products and solutions – including technical support, sales and repair.

The company constructed the new website to better relate to and meet users’ needs.
"We are aware that people are constantly searching the web for more in-depth knowledge and better detailed information to meet their specified testing requirements. Given the rapidly expanding range of our switching products, we needed a way for users to find the solution they need quickly and simply. With the launch, we strived to provide a website that is rich in technical and visual content, while providing an easy-to-navigate interface. Our goal is to allow the user to feel confident in their selections, and to continually use our site as a point-of-reference for their switching needs,” said Keith Moore, Pickering’s Managing Director.

The new site will archive informative newsletters, articles and press coverage, as well as any upcoming events directed to the electronic test and simulation industry. Visitors will be able to access basic information on Pickering Interfaces’ large range of switching products and solutions, with the ability to easily request additional information via a web form, email or by telephone.

Logic solvers for overpressure protection!

Moore Industries has published a technical white paper exploring the possibilities available to designers of Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) using logic solvers as part of an overpressure protection system. Available for download on their site, the “Logic Solvers for Overpressure Protection” white paper provides examples of straightforward pressure protection system topologies and associated PFDavg (Average Probability of Failure upon Demand) calculations and Safety Integrity Level (SIL) classifications.

A high integrity pressure protection system (HIPPS) provides a barrier between high pressure and low pressure parts of an installation to prevent the release of fluid or gas into or otherwise contaminate the environment. An example of an HIPPS is in an offshore well platform where the subsea oil or gas lines can occasionally present a harmful pressure surge in the pipeline. The HIPPS is designed to shut off the source before the design pressure of the downstream process is exceeded, avoiding a rupture of a line or vessel.

The “Logic Solvers for Overpressure Protection” white paper shows safety engineers the steps needed to determine the right logic solver for their SIS. In many cases, a discrete logic device in the safety loop can serve as the logic solver in a HIPPS application instead of a complex and expensive safety PLC. The white paper shows the methodology and calculations for determining the applicability of logic solvers in SIL 1 and SIL 2 environments. In many cases, discrete logic devices such as the STA Safety Trip Alarm are suitable for use while providing a flexible, low-cost and user-friendly solution. 

First ever Nanopower AMR sensor!

Honeywell has introduced the industry’s first Nanopower Anisotropic Magnetoresistive Sensor ICs that provide the highest level of magnetic sensitivity (as low as 7 Gauss typical) while requiring nanopower (360 nA). When compared to other widely used magnetic technologies, these sensors offer design engineers a number of advantages.

Smaller and more durable and reliable than reed switches, at the same sensitivity and essentially the same cost, the new Nanopower Series Magnetoresistive Sensor ICs are ideal for battery powered applications where previously only reed switches could be used due to very low power requirements and large air gap needs.

Compared with Hall-effect sensors, the new Nanopower Series Magnetoresistive Sensor ICs’ higher sensitivity can allow the ability to sense air gaps two times the distance of Hall-effect sensors. The higher sensitivity improves design flexibility and can offer significant application cost savings by utilizing smaller or lower strength magnets.

The Nanopower Series Magnetoresistive Sensor ICs are designed for use in a wide range of battery-operated applications including water and gas meters, electricity meters, industrial smoke detectors, exercise equipment, security systems, handheld computers, scanners, as well as white goods such as dishwashers, microwaves, washing machines, refrigerators and coffee machines, and medical equipment such as hospital beds, medication dispensing cabinets, infusion pumps, and consumer electronics such as notebook computers, tablets, and cordless speakers.

“Due to the significant price increases for rare earth magnets, design engineers using Hall-effect sensors have been looking for ways to decrease the total cost of design by using less magnetic material, or moving to a more common magnet in their applications,” said Josh Edberg, senior product marketing manager for Honeywell Sensing and Control. “Design engineers are also looking for an alternative to reed switches to reduce size and increase quality and durability, while maximizing battery life. Honeywell’s new Nanopower Series Magnetoresistive Sensor ICs are ideal for these battery powered applications due to their high sensitivity and nanopower.”

The Nanopower Series is available in two magnetic sensitivities:

  • Ultra-high sensitivity SM351LT: 7 Gauss typical operate, 11 Gauss maximum operate, very low current draw (360 nA typical)
  • Very high sensitivity SM353LT: 14 Gauss typical operate, 20 Gauss maximum operate, very low current draw (310 nA typical)

Omnipolarity allows the sensor to be activated by either a north or south pole, eliminating the need for the magnet polarity to be identified, simplifying installation and potentially reducing system cost. The push-pull (CMOS) output does not require external resistors, making it easier and more cost-effective to operate. The non-chopper stabilized design eliminates electrical noise generated by the sensor. The subminiature SOT-23 surface mount package, supplied on tape and reel (3000 units per reel), is smaller than most reed switches, allowing for use in automated pick-and-place component installation and can reduce production costs.

Chilled mirror hygrometer exceptional response to trace moisture!

The S8000 hygrometer’s accuracy at very low temperatures (below -80°C dp) is due to a new measurement system which Michell Instruments calls ‘RRS’. RRS is a sophisticated technique that detects very small changes in moisture condensed on the chilled mirror surface. This guarantees both high sensitivity and fast response when measuring low dew points.

The S8000 is also the smallest and among the lightest chilled mirror instruments on the market with the ability to quickly measure dry dew points while offering an accuracy of ±0.1°C.

The S8000 stands out from other instruments in its class in its ability to measure low dew-points without requiring external cooling. Its compact size means that it is convenient for use either as a bench-top instrument or installed in a 19” rack system. The touch-screen interface is highly intuitive and makes the instrument simple to use.

The ability to precisely measure trace moisture makes the S8000 an ideal reference instrument for moisture calibrations and it is popular in calibration laboratories. Its fast response and high accuracy give it an advantage in verifying the purity of industrial gases and for ensuring the quality of semiconductor gas supply.

The S8000 is available with UKAS (ISO17025) accredited calibration, traceable to NIST.

• Michell products are marketed in Ireland by Instrument Technology.

More news on Bloodhound!

First phase of Bloodhound rocket plume imaging tests conducted

We have already reported on the Bloodhound Project in two posts last year, World land speed record attempt, (May 2013) and High speed cameras for high speed attempt! (Dec 2013). We now have news on how the project is progressing with reports on recent tests!
Pic: Siemens NX
The first phase of rocket plume imaging tests for the Bloodhound-SSC project has been conducted by Dr. Adam Baker at Kingston University (GB) in conjunction with Stemmer Imaging in order to determine the optimum wavelength range for imaging. Tests were carried out using cameras sensitive to the infrared, visible and UV regions of the spectrum, and the results can be seen on the Stemmer YouTube video. (right)

Monitoring the output of the rocket plume is expected to play an important role in the optimisation of the rocket and jet engine-powered Bloodhound vehicle as it is developed for its world land speed record attempt. Initial expectations that UV imaging would prove more useful than IR imaging were confirmed during the tests.

The plume from a small hybrid rocket burning PMMA (acrylic) in a stream of oxygen was imaged using a Teledyne DALSA Genie M640 colour camera for the normal visible wavelength range; a JAI CM140GE UV camera for UV wavelengths and an AVT Goldeye P032 IR camera for infrared wavelengths. The cameras were linked to an Adlink EOS embedded vision system equipped with an Intel Core i7 processor. Video was recorded using a custom version of the Vision Experts’ Gecko recording software, which also performs real-time video compression.

Further tests are likely to involve the construction of a small rocket set to allow the testing of multiple rocket nozzles from simulated angles. This will help to determine the best position for integrating the camera into the car.

Monday, May 19, 2014

1000W in ultra-compact 1U package!

Excelsys Technologies has introduced their XSolo family of 1U high, ultra-compact single output power supplies. Available in 2 package types, the high efficiency XSolo delivers a market leading convection cooled 504W in an open-frame U-channel form-factor and up to 1008W in an enclosed fan cooled chassis. Both models carry a 5 year warranty.

The XSolo platform offers system integrators a host of features including; variable fan speed, 12V/300mA isolated bias supply, remote ON/OFF, output voltage control and parallel operation for higher power applications.  Nominal output voltages are 24V and 48V with wide adjustment ranges and user defined set-points. Maximum dimensions are 1U x 238mm x 128mm.

<300uA leakage current. The XSolo is also compliant with the semiconductor manufacturing standard SEMI F47, fully meeting the voltage dips and interruption requirements. The Excelsys XSolo range is compliant with all relevant EMC emission and immunity standards.

Optional features available include I2C digital control and OR-ing Diodes for N+1 redundancy. The XSolo can also be provided with conformal coating and ruggedised for use in harsh environments. With convection cooled power capability of over 500W it is ideal for use in Hi-Rel MIL-COTS applications as well as acoustic sensitive laboratory and medical equipment.

Standard features include; single output: 24V or 48V, adjustable output voltage
ultra high efficiency up to 92%, low profile: 1U height (40mm), convection cooled 500W, fan cooled 1000W (variable fan speed), 12V/300mA bias standby voltage, Remote ON/OFF signal, power good signal, MIL810,  SEMI F47 Compliant, optional I2C PMBus™Communications, optional OR-ing Function, 5 Year Warranty

Other products in the Excelsys range include the UltiMod and Xgen user configurable modular power supplies suitable of applications including, industrial, medical, communications, IT, wafer fabrication, optical inspection, wire bonding, and automated test equipment.

Mobile solutions for efficient plant projects!

The Siemens is bundling its web-based solutions for plant projects in the process industry in the new product family Comos Mobile Solutions. This supports globally networked collaboration across the entire value chain for plant projects. With Comos, all of the participants in a project have access to relevant information via web-based services and mobile devices such as tablets - anytime, anywhere. Easy-to-use, tailor-made solutions for practical applications simplify collaboration and access to Comos data and documents. Even users with no direct access to the system such as managers and controllers who are working while traveling, or even external suppliers can now be quickly and securely integrated into Comos projects. The Comos Mobile Solutions is to be delivered to the market in significantly shorter release cycles so that new features and applications can be provided more quickly.

With Comos Mobile Document Review, the user can conveniently edit Comos docu-ments from any location using an iPad

    The new product family has been expanded by two new solutions: Comos WebPQM and Comos Snapshots. Comos WebPQM (Project Quality Management), is specially designed for highly regulated processing industries, and is now available for the online editing of documents and engineering data. Comos WebPQM functions include: the uploading, checking-in and checking-out of documents, and full revision management directly in the Comos Web user interface. With these functions, global projects can now be more efficiently implemented across the entire value chain. The new, editable web attributes were advantageous in pilot projects: They simplified the exchange of engineering data with suppliers and they supported compliance with regulatory requirements. With Comos Snapshots, queries of even the largest data sets can be quickly displayed. The user defines these customized queries via an easy to use Graphical User Interface (GUI) and the data is available in a few seconds, at the press of a button.

    The Comos Web Server is the basic prerequisite for all Comos Mobile Solutions for exchanging data via the web. This also applies to the already available solutions Comos WebView, Comos Mobile Document Review, and the SharePoint Interface for Microsoft environments. Comos WebView, with a simplified interface for use by popular browsers, allows read access to all Comos documents and data. Via the SharePoint interface, users work in a familiar Microsoft environment and can access Comos documents with no redundancy. The iPad app Comos Mobile Document Review provides comprehensive functions for document management (also available offline), including redlining and the release of revision steps.

    For plant projects, it's important for all project stakeholders to have access to all relevant data anytime and anywhere, whether it is through a simple web connection or specific apps for mobile devices.. Now, with Comos Mobile Solutions, project stakeholders can have easy-to-use and efficient solutions for managing documents in plant projects; they can access different, distributed data sources; and they can make global collaboration easier. The applications for mobile working while traveling can be started directly with data access that is immediately available. The intuitive operation of the interface gives access to the desired information in just a few clicks. The easy access to plant project data is an important driver for project success in the process industries.