Friday, November 14, 2014

Pin socket version connector!

Following the successful launch of the Fischer MiniMax™ Series in 2012, Fischer Connectors has extended this miniature high performance rugged connector with a pin socket version.With the product range extension, the Fischer MiniMax™ Series is now available both in 19 and 24 pin configuration, giving designers more flexibility, especially where space and weight restrictions play a role. This innovative, first-to-market, high density miniature solution with a unique combination of power and signal contacts enables more functionality into smaller devices and lowers the total cost of ownership. This connector is ideally suited for handheld or body-worn applications, for instrumentation and for test equipment where user-friendliness and easy handling are a must.

The pin socket version of the Fischer MiniMax™ Series is available as standalone connector, able to be mounted on a flex or cabled by the users, or as a complete pre-cabled solution.

While the 24 pin configuration is available with 4 power and 20 signal contacts, the 19 pin configuration of the Fischer MiniMax™ Series will feature 4 power and 15 signal contacts as standard, with as unique feature the possibility to increase the number of power contacts depending on the cable used. Within the signal contacts, there are 2 advanced contacts for USB power connections as available option.

The Fischer MiniMax™ Series is available in three latching systems: push-pull, screw lock and quick release. The most important specifications are as follows:

  • Small profile: less than 7mm inside the box
  • Sealed IP68 (2m/24h), both mated and unmated
  • Unbreakable keying system withstands over 4 Nm of torque
  • Over-molded assemblies able to withstand 40 kg of pull (break-away) force

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Automation supply prioritises trust!

Customers of the automation supply and maintenance firm, CP Automation, can now enjoy a whole host of new features and information at their fingertips thanks to the launch of its new website. Their new website, not only provides detailed product information but also allows the customer to buy there and then with a heavy emphasis on trustworthy supply. 
While it's not difficult to buy a motor, inverter or PLC online, trustworthy online purchasing is a rarity. A lot of products for sale on the internet seem to come from the grey market, without a safety certificate or any guarantee of reliability. 

CP Automation specialises in the sale, repair and maintenance of industrial electronic boards, PLC's, AC drives, resistors, DC drives and inverters.

The product range extends from simple general purpose drives to mission critical systems requiring uncompromising control, enhanced intelligence, and high-speed communications capability.

The new site provides more detailed information on the products CP Automation integrates, with individual downloadable product spec sheets. The company's brochures are segregated into product types and are also downloadable from the site.

After the customer has found the information they need to make a buying decision, they then have the option of making a purchase from the online shop. CP Automation's online buying function stands out in the automation maintenance and supply industry, in which ecommerce is a rarity.   

"The new website provides an abundance of relevant information and allows customers to ask specific questions with our new feedback feature," explained Tony Young, a director of CP Automation. 
"Our new products are highlighted on the home page and links to our blog keep visitors up to date with new developments. I think it's interesting that even though many automation components have almost become commodities, particularly in the replacement market, very few businesses have invested in e-commerce.
"The consumer  and more advanced B2B markets are already developing and using mCommerce (mobile commerce) solutions and yet few people in engineering are thinking on that level yet. 
"It's ironic that the automation sector has countless mobile monitoring and bring-your-own-device apps, for everything from simple inverter or PLC communications all the way to SCADA and DCS management, and yet it's still difficult to buy a trustworthy motor online."


The new website comes just months after the company opened a branch in South Africa after receiving a record number of inquiries coming from the Sub Saharan continent. 

Wireless paperless recorder.

The SMARTDAC+® GX20W wireless paperless recorder from Yokogawa supports the ISA100 Wireless™ industrial automation wireless communication standard and is expected to become an essential component of the SMARTDAC+ data acquisition and control system.

It is used for acquisition and recording of data such as temperature, voltage, current, flow rate, and pressure for the evaluation testing of products, monitoring of plant equipment, and environmental monitoring

The GX20W comes with an ISA100 Wireless gateway function that enables it to wirelessly collect and record information from ISA100 Wireless devices. It facilitates the acquisition of data from locations that are inaccessible to recorders or where it is difficult to accommodate conventional wired devices.

It targets markets such as monitoring boilers, coal yards, rotary furnaces, smoke control systems, and other facilities in plants for electric power, oil refining, petrochemicals, chemicals, iron and steel, pulp and paper, food, and pharmaceuticals

Development Background
Plants use all kinds of field devices to measure items such as temperature, pressure, liquid level, gas concentration, and vibration. With a field wireless system, communication between field devices and host monitoring systems is done wirelessly. Demand for field wireless systems is growing because the field wireless devices can be placed in locations that cannot be accessed with conventional wired devices and cost less to install.

Plant facility monitoring systems often include recorders that collect and record measurement data from field devices. The GX20W is ideal for use in such systems.

Product Features
Based on the GX20 paperless recorder, which has been well received in the marketplace due to its excellent scalability and reliability, the GX20W comes with a wireless gateway function that supports the ISA100 Wireless standard. With the GX20W, there is no need for an additional gateway or access point to communicate with a field wireless device or wireless sensor.

In addition to a maximum of 100 wired inputs, the GX20W can receive signals from up to 50 field wireless devices, which has the following advantages:

  1. For safety reasons, it has not been allowed to install recorders in hazardous areas, which has necessitated running cable between the field transmitters and the recording device, at considerable expense. As the GX20W is able to wirelessly collect and record data from a remote location, this simplifies the task of building a monitoring system with recorders for use in facilities with hazardous areas, such as chemical plants that use inflammable organic solvents and pharmaceutical plants that manufacture active ingredients.
  2. As there is no need for wiring, systems for monitoring equipment or small-scale processes can be built at low cost.

Guided wave radar level transmitter.

Honeywell Process Solutions has announced their SmartLine® Guided Wave Radar Level transmitter, the latest addition to HPS’s SmartLine® industrial transmitter family. The new device can measure the level and volume of liquids inside processing tanks up to 160 feet in height.

The high performance SmartLine Guided Wave Radar Level transmitter features industry leading specifications as well as an advanced level of user experience with the introduction of the Application Validation Tool. This online tool allows customers to input technical data about their specific process tank and to validate that the correct level transmitter application is delivered to the site ready to install out of the box.

“The new SmartLine level transmitter leverages the same proven platform, innovative modular design and ease of use as the pressure and temperature transmitters,” said Don Maness, vice president and general manager, Field Products, Honeywell Process Solutions. “This helps facilities manage cost by reducing inventory, speeding start-up and, with Honeywell’s Application Validation Tool, operators can have complete confidence that the level transmitter ordered will be the correct one for the tank application.”

The new level transmitter features a choice of a basic alphanumeric display or an advanced graphics display. The advanced graphics display, capable of showing process data in graphical formats and communicating messages from the control room, also offers multiple languages and full integration with Honeywell’s flagship Experion® process control system.

Field instruments are used throughout industrial plants to measure and transmit critical data points from throughout the processes to the control room. Large industrial complexes, such as those for refining crude oil or producing chemical products, can employ thousands of these devices within their manufacturing processes.

The SmartLine instrument line also includes:

  • SmartLine Temperature transmitters measure temperature accurately and reliably in industrial processes in tough and noisy environments, converting low level signals from temperature sensors to analog and digital output signal
  • SmartLine Pressure transmitters measure absolute pressure, gauge pressure, differential pressure, and flanged and remote seal transmitters. Refineries, chemical and pharmaceutical plants and paper mills around the globe rely on theses transmitters for accurate and consistent pressure measurement.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

LED stroboscope!

Fluke has introduced the Fluke® 820-2 LED Stroboscope, a simple, easy-to-use tool for investigating and observing potential mechanism failure on a variety of machinery without making physical contact with the machine. The rugged, compact strobe allows maintenance teams to identify the running speed of rotating equipment without stopping operation, and to perform stop motion diagnostics of parasitic oscillations, flaws, slippage, and unwanted distortions. It also enables teams to identify serial numbers and other markings on fast moving parts.

The Fluke 820-2 features a seven LED high-intensity array with uniform flash characteristics that allows for high flash rates from 30–300,000 flashes-per-minute, making it ideal for a wide variety of applications and industries. The solid-state LEDs have no filament, gases, hollow cavities, or glass to compromise the rugged construction.

The 820-2 has an efficient “x2 and ÷2” button system that allows the user to easily ramp up or down to the stable RPM zone as well as verify that the correct speed has been found by simply pushing each button once to perform the validation.

The adjustable flash duration feature of the Fluke 820-2 Stroboscope is ideal for applications with higher rpm or larger rotating objects with high surface speeds where objects may move during the brief period of a single flashing, resulting in a blurred image. Adjustable flash duration allows users to decrease the flash duration making the image appear sharper.

Another communications war in the offing?

GreenPeak Technologies, the Smart Home semi-conductor/systems company, has posted a new white paper regarding the oncoming war between ZigBee and the new version of Bluetooth – Bluetooth Mesh.

“Bluetooth & ZigBee: a new standards war?”
Available for download from GreenPeak's White Paper Page.
The white paper explores the confusion and damage created by previous battles between home networking standards and how this damage can and should be avoided in the near future.

“A decade ago, WiFi and Bluetooth battled but ended up sharing the home networking space and successfully growing the market to where both technologies are now found everywhere,” explains Cees Links, CEO of GreenPeak Technologies. “The battle is brewing again as Bluetooth Mesh is now attempting to move from the sensor wearable space into the ultra-low power sensor networking space, today successfully served by ZigBee. However, it will take a lot of work to evolve Bluetooth Mesh to the position where it can provide the functions and capabilities that ZigBee already provides today. So why confuse and divide the market?”

We expect the industry to respond the same way as it did in the previous decade – realizing that Bluetooth is the perfect solution for peripheral devices and wearables, whereas ZigBee is the optimal networking solution for connecting the hundreds of sentrollers (sensors, controllers and actuators) that will be functioning in our homes within the next few years.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

310 nm, sub 800 ps picosecond pulsed LED!

Edinburgh Instruments has released the 310 nm picosecond pulsed LED with a sub-800 picosecond typical pulse width. This is first of many forthcoming new product releases to have such a low pulse width and is optimised for Time Correlated Single Photon Counting (TCSPC).

The EPLED 310 is a compact, robust, maintenance free, fully integrated system supplied in a single package. It is pre-adjusted for an optimum pulse width of <800 ps with particular attention paid to reducing a long tail in the temporal profile.

EPLED diode lasers provide a cost-effective and reliable alternative to nanosecond flashlamps and expensive mode locked Titanium Sapphire femtosecond lasers.


Typical instrumentation in which the EPLED 310 may be used are fluorescence lifetime spectrometers and fluorescence lifetime multi-well plate readers for spectroscopy applications in biochemistry, biology, photophysics, semiconductor physics, bio-chemical assays etc. Customised versions of the pulsed LED can also be supplied for integration within various types of analytical instrumentation.

Twice the capacity - More capacity, more opportunities.

Kollmorgen servo controllers now feature up to 48 A output current

Kollmorgen has extended the maximum output current of the AKD series of servo amplifiers to open up new areas of application. The new devices have a continuous output current rating of 48 A, compared to a 24 A maximum in the past.

Even applications that require extra-strong drives can now use a Kollmorgen servo motor solution as an efficient alternative to complex centralised hydraulic systems. For instance, metal forming machinery can now be driven directly with the new servo controllers.


Another application area is distributed servo hydraulic systems. There the AKD servo controllers can drive distributed hydraulic pumps so directly and precisely that there is no longer any need for valve units. Servo hydraulic units also need less pipework, which significantly reduces the cost and volume of the hydraulic systems. The AKD servo controllers with a 48 A current rating have the same functionality as the other devices in the series, augmented by a two-channel STO for functional safety.

Alternative to cabinets for instrumentation!

A new high capacity, easy-access enclosure from Intertec provides plant engineers with a versatile alternative to free-standing cabinets for the environmental protection of field-based process instrumentation. Developed at the request of a Russian oil refinery, the enclosures are made from tough glass reinforced polyester (GRP) and include highly insulated options for use in extremely cold climates. They also offer more space than typical instrument enclosures, to allow plant personnel to use gloved hands when accessing the equipment. Typical applications include housing differential pressure flowmeters and process transmitters in refineries, petrochemical and chemical processing plants.

The new enclosures are the latest addition to their Diabox range of instrumentation protection solutions, which are moulded two-part enclosures that open diagonally to provide easy access for operating and maintenance staff.

The new Diabox 277 enclosure measures 600 x 750 x 600 mm (HxWxD) and has an internal volume of approximately 277 litres, depending on the level of insulation specified. Manufactured from a high-performance grade of GRP using a hot-press moulding process, the standard versions of the enclosure provide an exceptionally robust and rigid housing; they have a wall thickness of 6 mm yet typically only weigh 18 kg. This combination of rigidity and low weight means that the enclosures can be mounted on small-footprint pipe stands or clamped directly to process pipes, making them ideal for protecting instruments in locations where free-standing cabinets would be impractical due to the amount of ground space they require.

For applications that require protection against extremely cold conditions, Intertec produces an ‘arctic’ version of Diabox 277 that is suitable for use in temperatures as low as minus 60 degrees Celsius. This enclosure is manufactured from a proprietary composite ‘sandwich’ material, comprising inner and outer walls of GRP enclosing a closed-cell polyurethane (PU) foam core. The inner GRP wall provides a smooth, easy-to-clean finish. It also protects the foam against accidental physical damage, such as might be caused during equipment installation, routine maintenance or cleaning, thereby maintaining the enclosure’s thermal integrity and performance.

Despite its large size, the Diabox 277 has a very low heat transfer coefficient of 13 W/K, which minimises the power rating and operational cost of any freeze protection, anti-condensation, or temperature regulation heating that may be fitted. In the case of the ‘arctic’ version of the enclosure, its GRP-PU foam-GRP walls provide uniform and near-perfect insulation, resulting in an exceptionally low heat transfer coefficient of just 2.4 W/K.

All Intertec Diabox enclosures feature a two-part design with hinges on their top edge and a diagonal opening, to provide a highly ergonomic and self-contained field protection solution. The lower half of the enclosure houses the instrumentation – process and electrical connections are generally made via the rear and/or bottom surface – while the upper half functions as a fully retained lid.

The new enclosure features a continuous double seal, comprising a mechanical tongue and groove plus a flexible silicon insert strip, which is incorporated in the mating edges to ensure high integrity closure. As standard, Diabox 277 enclosures are rated to IP65 against the ingress of contaminants such as dust and moisture; for more severe applications involving prolonged exposure to driving snow or rain, IP66/67 versions are available. The 'arctic' version is also available with an IP68 rating.

Hundreds of accessories are available to configure the enclosure for specific applications. Among the options are viewing windows available in acrylic-, safety- or insulation-glass variants, and a special insulated adapter to prevent heat loss at the point where impulse lines and heat tracing cables enter the enclosure. The inner and outer layers of the composite material can be produced using an electrically conductive form of GRP to comply with the antistatic requirements of the international IEC EN 60079-0 standard for equipment used in hazardous environments where explosive gas or dust may be present. For applications that demand purging, Intertec offers a specially sealed Ex p version that is prepared for pressurisation in accordance with the IEC EN 60079-2 standard.

The GRP material that Intertec uses for its Diabox enclosures has multiple advantages for plant designers seeking to protect field instrumentation against environmental effects, especially for long lifecycle applications and where harsh media or severe local climatic conditions might be encountered. GRP is inherently inert and immune to damage from most common chemicals and petrochemicals. It has a similar strength to steel, but weighs some four times less, and will not corrode in the presence of salt – which is why it is increasingly becoming the enclosure material of choice for offshore and coastal oil and gas applications. GRP is also fire retardant and has very low thermal conductivity – making it easier to implement efficient, condensation-free enclosures.

The latest addition means that Intertec’s Diabox range of enclosures now includes six models, with capacities ranging from 27 up to 277 litres, enabling plant designers to choose the optimum size for their application – for single or multiple process instruments.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Capabilities in subsea & downhole measurement for oil and gas industry enhanced!

The Paine Electronics business is to become part of Emerson Process Management. Paine Electronics, a leading manufacturer of pressure transducers, is recognised worldwide for its pressure and temperature instrumentation used in some of the most challenging environments.

Tom Moser
“Paine’s products are a natural complement to our already-strong measurement technologies for the oil and gas industry,” said Tom Moser, group vice president of Emerson Process Management’s Measurement and Analytical technologies. “We are excited about the synergy between our two companies and the opportunities for global business growth.”

With this acquisition, Emerson Process Management extends its leadership in providing measurement technologies for the oil and gas industry with expanded upstream capabilities in subsea and downhole drilling operations. Paine’s products will join the Rosemount® portfolio of measurement technologies. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Since 1951, Paine has manufactured pressure and temperature sensors designed for long-term stability, accuracy and reliability in physically harsh environments. Paine Electronics earlier this year opened a new research and development centre that offers advanced design capabilities as well as simulation and testing facilities. Paine has more than 100 employees and manufacturing facilities in East Wenatchee and Renton, Washington (USA).

One thousand PXI modules!

Pickering Interfaces has announced  a significant milestone in providing test engineers with the optimum PXI solutions for their Test & Measurement applications. The company now offers over 1000 PXI modules, ranging from their BRIC™ high density switching matrices, RF/microwave and optical switching products through to precision resistor switching networks for sensor emulation.

All module production processes take place in Pickering’s two factories on flexible manufacturing lines. This allows Pickering to offer an extremely wide product range to meet the ever-changing requirements of the Test & Measurement industry—with both prompt delivery and a competitive price point.

“We have been providing modular switching systems for over 25 years, and we continually find that our customers' commercial and technical requirements are so diverse that they exclude a system where ‘one size fits all’.” states Keith Moore, CEO at Pickering Interfaces. “By working closely with customers and investing heavily in R&D, we continuously design new PXI modules to directly address these varied needs.”

Keith adds: “Because we offer such a large selection of modules, we have recently redesigned our website and added new product reference maps to assist our customers in quickly finding the exact product for their particular application.”

All of Pickering’s PXI modules come with a standard 3-year warranty and long-term product support.

Interactive catalogue creator simplifies industrial automation selection!

Plant management professionals are set to receive a productivity boost because COPA-DATA has released a bespoke catalogue creator on its website. The new tool allows users to generate and customise catalogues from a pre-existing list of pages about the company’s industrial automation software package, zenon.

Customised catalogue!
“Industry has been moving increasingly towards viewing real-time, dynamic data," said Martyn Williams, their Managing Director in Britain. "Creating printouts of that data makes it static, the printout is out-of-date seconds after it is printed as the data moves ever onward. It's zenon's paradox of Achilles and the tortoise.”

The creator is targeted at professionals in the energy, pharmaceutical, food and beverage and automotive industries, though its use is by no means restricted to only those sectors. The range of professionals using the tool extends from plant managers and engineering and manufacturing directors to facilities management staff in the built environment.

Once a user has registered to the website, the creator allows them to select existing pages of information about zenon and compile them into a professional catalogue. 

This process ensures that the catalogue created will always be relevant to the needs of the creator. It also removes the need for COPA-DATA to send physical catalogues to users that really want digital information and allows customers to download and print their own physical catalogue, reducing waste and waiting times.

The available pages are split into four sections, fact sheets, success stories, whitepapers and partner spotlights. All can be previewed in full before selection so the user knows exactly what they are getting in advance. Once they have decided on the relevant pages and these have been added to the list they can then be reorganised and the whole document previewed before it is finalised.

As well as personalising the items included in the catalogue, the software allows further customisation by letting users add their names and the title of the project they are working on to the front page. 


"The only way to combat this problem is to ensure that your data presentation methods move onward with the data. The information in our catalogue creator is always up to date and relevant. Rather than fall behind like Achilles, we are always in the lead."

PSUs for Switzerland!

Excelsys Technologies has added CL-Electronics GmbH to its global distributor network. CL Electronics will distribute solutions from Excelsys Technologies to customers in a variety of specialist markets including Military, Industrial, Medical, and Communications throughout Switzerland.
The Excelsys product range available from CLElectronics
“CL’s successful engineering driven demand-creation capabilities will help Excelsys generate new opportunities throughout Switzerland” said Gary Duffy, CEO of Excelsys Technologies. “CL Electronics has a proven track record in developing and maintaining excellent partner-based relationships with both their customers and suppliers. The expert sales and applications teams at Excelsys will work together with CL to provide additional power options, rapid design-in and applications support, easing system integration and helping customers meet their business needs”.

The Excelsys XSolo family of 1U high, ultra-compact single output power supplies will be available from CL Electronics. 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 Excelsys range of High-Rel COTS power supplies are designed to meet the high reliability, and often harsh operating environments of the Aerospace, Avionics and MIL-COTS applications including: radar systems, test & measurement, data communications, and mobile systems.

The UltiMod and Xgen series brings modular power supplies to a new paradigm, combining technical excellence with logistics simplicity to exceed the most demanding requirements from any industry. UltiMod continues the Excelsys tradition of providing an instant, no compromise power solution for any application where a unique set of voltage and current requirements is needed. The UltiMod platform is the most flexible field configurable modular power supply in the world delivering 200W to 1340W and is used throughout various industries including Medical, Industrial, Communications and Military electronics

Membership to drive innovation for next generation network solutions!

ADLINK Technology has become a member of the Network Intelligence Alliance (NI Alliance), an industry organization created for collaboration among vendors of products and solutions based on network intelligence. Participation in the NI Alliance will help them to build and market innovative solutions for customers seeking to deliver advanced, cutting-edge switching, transcoding, and deep packet inspection solutions for communication and networking applications.

The NI Alliance is a forum for collaboration among technology providers whose solutions optimize traffic, ensure quality of service, secure data in transit, and more. Through the NI Alliance, members can better serve their customers both for traditional architectures and for emerging solutions leveraging Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV).

With nearly two decades of design and manufacturing experience in telecom, Ethernet switching and industrial computing , ADLINK is a trusted provider of telecom and networking building blocks to Tier 1 telecom equipment manufacturers (TEMs) in production volumes and continues to expand its design capabilities to deliver advanced, cutting-edge switching, transcoding, and deep packet inspection (DPI) solutions for the next iteration of the intelligent edge cloud computing platform. ADLINK provides Application-Ready Intelligent Platforms, which allow customers to enhance the system performance and shorten time-to-market.

"ADLINK provides solutions targeted at the world’s rapidly evolving mobile communications market, and leverages every available new technology to maximize rack density and performance with optimal power usage, allowing telecom carriers to see a higher ROI, particularly from DPI, SDN and NFV applications that enhance networking performance without additional hardware expenditures," said Jim Liu, CEO of ADLINK Technology.

“ADLINK is a valuable addition to the NI Alliance and we welcome their participation,” said Erik Larsson, Chairman of the NI Alliance. “By joining the NI Alliance, ADLINK increases its commitment to customers with stronger solutions leveraging Network Intelligence.”

Establishment of the NI Alliance was initiated by Qosmos, the market leader in network intelligence technology for use in physical, virtualized and in SDN architectures. Through the NI Alliance, Qosmos expands its collaborative approach to help vendors design and deliver advanced solutions with embedded Network Intelligence technology and real-time application awareness.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Short-wavelength pyrometer with touch screen and data logging!

The new PyroMini 2.2 series of infrared temperature sensors from Calex Electronics combines the ability to accurately measure reflective surfaces and high-temperature objects with the modern and innovative touch-screen interface of the hugely successful PyroMini. A choice of temperature ranges from 100°C to 2000°C is available.

These compact industrial pyrometers use a short measurement wavelength for much greater accuracy, and improved tolerance of obstructions in the field of view, or errors in emissivity setting, than general-purpose, longer-wavelength sensors.

Miniature sensing head:
Dimensions 18 x 45 mm - ideal for mounting in tight spaces
Choice of optics for small or large targets at short or long distances
Stainless steel 316, IP65 sealed
Cable lengths of 1 m to 30 m available

Electronics module with optional touch screen:
Bright, backlit display shows the measured temperature and turns bright red in an alarm condition
Graph shows recent temperature history
Sensor is fully configurable via the intuitive interface
Built-in data logging to MicroSD Card provides up to a year of data storage at 1 sample per second
Basic version available without screen (adjustable emissivity setting via two rotary switches)

Outputs:
Choice of 4-20 mA or RS485 Modbus output
Touch screen models have 2 x alarm relays, rated 24 V DC, 1 A (may be connected directly to alarm equipment without the need for a separate trip amplifier)
Options include mounting brackets, an air purge collar, protective lens cover and laser-sighting tools.

The PyroMini 2.2 is especially well-suited to applications in the steel industry, and measuring hot steel rollers in the food, paper and print industries, among many others.

E-Commerce site for load cells!

Load cell manufacturer LCM Systems has launched a new online ordering facility at its website – LCMSystems.com. Customers looking for load cells and associated instrumentation will find that not only does LCM Systems have one of the most comprehensive ranges available, but now many of its most popular load cells and indicators are available to buy online.

Load cell ranges such as the CDIT compression load cells, the RILL Load Link series, the best selling and versatile DCE tension/compression series and the aluminium alloy S-Type load cells can all be purchased at the click of a button. In addition, LCM Systems’ renowned TELSHACK-B load shackles can also be ordered online. All load cells are supplied with a UKAS traceable calibration certificate and can also be paired with appropriate hand-held indicators. Most products are available ex-stock, as well as with free British delivery (usually within 48 hours). For customers ordering from overseas, courier prices will be displayed. 


Customer details and payment are certified secure using Sage Pay and prices can be displayed in €, £ or $, with all transactions shown and billed in the chosen currency. All major credit cards and PayPal can be used - with no surcharge. And to make ordering online even more attractive, LCM Systems is offering a 5% discount off list price for all customers.

No mean feat for an accelerometer!

Packing a 1000g triaxial capability with integrated signal conditioning into a miniature, titanium cube accelerometer weighing less than four grams is no mean feat but that is what Kistler Instruments has achieved with the latest addition to its PiezoStar® family.

The new accelerometer has exceptionally low thermal sensitivity shift combined with a flat frequency response across the entire 0.5 to 10,000Hz frequency range to provide versatile, high-accuracy measuring in changing temperatures from -54°C to 165°C. The Kistler’s PiezoStar® shear crystal sensing element gives very low sensitivity variation over the wide operating temperature range, compared with quartz and ceramic sensing elements.

The hermitically sealed, welded titanium, ground isolated, IP68 housing permits operation in harsh, dirty or wet environments. A TEDS (Transducer Electronics Data Sheet) option is available to simplify installation and set-up. Mounting by a central mounting hole tapped 6-32 UNC on each of three sides of the cube design gives maximum adapterless mounting flexibility and allows the miniature 4-pin ceramic connector to be positioned throughout 360 degrees for convenient cable orientation.

The new accelerometer can be powered by any Kistler power supply coupler or industry standard IEPE (Integrated Electronic Piezoelectric) compatible power source.

With its extremely wide and flat frequency response this unique accelerometer is designed for use in modal and durability testing of automotive, aviation and aerospace structures at high temperatures. It is equipped with a voltage output (IEPE) and a range of insulated adapters is available.