Thursday, May 28, 2015

New rotating dynamometer handles very high cutting.

The new rotating, cutting force dynamometer (RCD) from Kistler Instruments is designed to accurately measure the high forces acting on a rotating tool during high performance cutting (HPC) operations. Mounted on the machine spindle in place of the normal tool holder, the RCD measures three forces and rotational torque even under very heavy loads at up to 12,000 rpm allowing machining processes to be analysed and optimised for minimum tool wear.

The new, 4 component piezoelectric force sensor minimises the effects of centrifugal forces and powerful system electronics deliver exceptional signal quality. Non-contact signal transmission eliminates wear and ensures a long, maintenance free life.

The new Type 9171A RCD is both lightweight and robust which allows operation at twice the spindle speed of previously available types and precision measuring of forces up to 30 kN and torque up to 1,000 Nm. The high rigidity and natural frequency of the new dynamometer makes it especially suitable for HPC applications where a high volume of material is removed in a very short time. The large measuring range and the compact design make the new RCD well suited for use with spindle interfaces HSK-A100 and Capto C8 often used in HPC operations. A wide range of spindle adapters and tool holders are available, all of which may be interchanged by the user, allowing the Type 9171A RCD to be used on a wide variety of machine tools.

The associated signal conditioner provides system control, power supply and interface to the Kistler DynoWare software or other compatible data acquisition system. The output is available as an analogue ±10 volt signal. The Type 9171A RCD combined with the range of spindle adapters and tool holders, connecting cable and signal conditioner comprise a complete, integrated measuring system for the analysis of high performance cutting operations.

Web-based enterprise automation solution.

FAST/TOOLS® R10.02, the latest version of Yokogawa's web-based real-time operations management and visualisation software package brings revolutionary changes to real-time process information intelligence. This release is designed to significantly reduce engineering of large geographically dispersed systems, which requires both a different engineering approach and central managed deployment. The introduction of a master enterprise engineering database establishes a single engineering environment containing all common enterprise definitions and deployment data. This is easier to manage, less restrictive, and less complex than distributed databases.

Development background
Yokogawa has identified a rising need for the integration of the various disciplines and functions required for the delivery of human-centric information solutions utilising new technologies such as industrial cloud computing, industrial SaaS, and the Industrial Internet of Things. In essence, the aim is to connect sensors, devices, and plant facilities to facilitate the remote access of data and enable supervisory control from just about anywhere. The FAST/TOOLS enterprise automation platform addresses these needs by offering comprehensive solutions for the deployment, operation, and monitoring of control system environments. This will help companies make faster decisions, reduce total cost of ownership (TCO), and achieve operational excellence.

Main features
1. Enterprise engineering management
To reduce engineering time during the design phase and reduce travel time and costs for engineers and designers, Yokogawa has developed a platform-independent enterprise engineering module that allows engineers in remote locations to securely collaborate with each other and deploy applications via global IT networks. When installed on any of the servers belonging to an enterprise's automation system, this module facilitates intuitive and centralised concurrent engineering and application deployment, with engineers and other project personnel being able to access the same up-to-date project information on their displays, wherever they may be. This is easier to manage, less restrictive, and less complex than distributed databases. To enhance security, both user and server authorisation is in place and the system and its applications are hardened to prevent failure and protect against unauthorised access.

2. Enhanced data sharing
As part of Yokogawa's vision to help users unlock actionable insights from big data, R10.02 includes an embedded RDBMS engine. This is ideal for use in the enterprise automation environment, where data sharing is often required over multiple servers and domains and where there is a bi-directional exchange of data with external sources and within multiple environments. The embedded RDBMS engine allows for the parallel archiving and storage of data in a local historical database as well as the central RDBMS.

3. Improved operational alarm management
As enterprise environments grow more complex and need to handle an ever growing amount of data, alarms tend to occur with greater frequency. To reduce the number of maintenance- and commissioning-related nuisance alarms that can distract operators from responding to key operational alarms, a function has been added with R10.02 that inhibits the issuance of alarms based on limit settings. With this function, equipment maintenance can be performed without disturbing routine plant operations.

4. Role-based geo intelligence
The sharing of data globally across multiple levels and disciplines requires true role- and location-based security. With R10.02, users who sign in to the system using their OS login credentials are allowed access to data and controls based on their role and the location of their assets. Users can access their data and utilise allowed control functions from any available device.

Nobuaki Konishi, head of the PA Systems Business Center at Yokogawa's Platform Business Headquarters, comments: "Yokogawa has embarked on a new approach to concurrent engineering management that will speed up project execution by making it possible for engineering to be carried out simultaneously from any location. This includes the ability to take part in factory acceptance tests from any remote location. R10.02 offers significant enhancements in engineering efficiency and functionality that give our customers greater flexibility in how they work".

Target markets
Main target markets include: oil and gas upstream/midstream, petrochemicals, chemicals, renewable energy, power, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, food, iron and steel, water supply and wastewater treatment

US sensors for Use in harsh environments.

The  P53 Steel Head ultrasonic sensor from PIL is for use in demanding medical, food processing and other industrial applications.

The PIL P53 Steel Head’s robust, fully encapsulated stainless steel housing with gapless transitions provides IP68 / IP69K protection class protection. Impervious to water vapor, moisture and dust, Steel Head sensors can withstand high pressure and steam jet cleaning. Their resistance to aggressive chemical cleaning agents is certified to Ecolab standards.

The P53 provides a standard analog 0-10V / 4-20mA output and two switching outputs. In addition to these fixed settings, the P53 series can be programmed for various other custom settings.

Ultrasonic sensors use an ultrasonic transducer to send and receive sound waves. Specially coded ultrasonic signals are transmitted in a set pattern. After being reflected from the object to be measured, the signals are received by the sensor and decoded. The recorded time of flight is temperature compensated and converted to distance data.  Ultrasonic distance sensors are often used in harsh, industrial environments because they are independent of the material and the color of the object to be measured and are not affected by light, dust and fog. They function very precisely and linearly with background suppression.

• For the US and Canada markets, a wide variety of PIL ultrasonic sensors for various applications are offered via their distribution partner Hoffman-Krippner.

Smoke detector protects historic buildings!

Culturally important historical buildings can present some of the most challenging applications for fire detection. Ornate architecture - which often draws high visitor numbers - requires careful consideration and care, creating the need for discreet fire detection that preserves aesthetical impact, without causing structural damage. Many applications of this nature are home to priceless and irreplaceable assets, so accuracy is also essential. At the same time, the sensitivity required for adequate protection must not result in increased false alarms, and unnecessary visitor evacuations. A recent fire at the National Trust’s Clandon House, in Guilford (GB) - where a whole wing of the stately home was devastated when a blaze broke out in the basement, spreading quickly to the roof – illustrates the devastation a fire can have and why the earliest warning detection is essential.
Honeywell’ FAAST LT Aspiration Smoke Detector is being used in an increasing number of historical buildings, thanks to a comprehensive feature set designed to meet EN54-20 Class B and C applications where aesthetics matter, maintenance is often difficult and reliable accuracy is demanded. Featuring a near-invisible sampling pipe network with minimal aesthetical impact, a single device can monitor up to 2,000 m2 (Class C) and 600 m2 (Class B) areas where many point detectors would otherwise be required. Only minimal maintenance is needed on the device itself, thanks to innovative two-stage ultrasonic airflow monitoring at the inlets and optical chambers, identifying issues like clogged sample holes before they become an issue, for maximised system uptime.

These system attributes allow FAAST LT to easily adapt to the conditions that make most other fire detection methods problematic; namely high ceilings, complex architectural features, reduced maintenance needs and false alarm immunity in fluctuating environmental conditions.

FAAST LT installations include a number of the World’s most famous historical buildings; St Luke’s Chapel, in Kings College, London; two of Sweden’s most culturally important churches – Kristine and Stora Kopparberg – located in Fauln; the Hagia Sophia Museum in Turkey – cited as the eighth wonder of the World for its architectural beauty and artefacts; the Abu Dhabi Presidential Palace; and the Minnesota Science Museum in the USA.

Jonas Forslund, Project Manager for Dalarnas Säkerhets System AB, the fire safety integration company for Kristine and Stora Kopparberg Churches, comments on FAAST’s unique suitability and why this solution was recently chosen to preserve the two Fauln churches with over 1,000 years combined history. “We chose FAAST LT because it provides the highest safety provision, accuracy and false alarm immunity. This solution is ideal for aesthetically challenging locations where the architecture must be both preserved and showcased and the system’s IP65 rating and ability to adapt to changing environmental conditions is also attractive; both churches in Fauln feature hot and cold locations, which can cause issues for many other comparable detection methods.”

FAAST LT’s simplified installation, integration and maintenance is cited as another key feature Jonas Forslund values. “It was essential to implement a system that was easy to design and install and one that could be integrated with the existing Eltek Delta Fire Alarm and infrastructure. With the addition of relays and input modules, we installed FAAST LT dual-channel, which provided full system information at the control panel.”

With the ability to remotely mount the device in an easily accessible location, creating simplified ground-level testing, FAAST LT easily adapts to meet the challenges of culturally important structures – a further reason this device is fast becoming the fire detection solution of choice for the World’s most prized and valuable architecture and assets.

"A great place to work!" #Pauto #TandM @niukie

The Great Place to Work® Institute has recognised National Instruments as one of Britain’s Best Workplaces for the 10th consecutive year. This decade-long achievement entitles NI to join a select group of only eight  companies who are recognised as Best Workplaces Masters.   

“NI is proud to be recognised again in this year's list for the 10th consecutive year and to join the ranks of the Best Workplaces Masters” said Sam Gill, NI Human Resources Business Partner for Northern Europe. “We look forward to continuing a tradition of fun, innovation and excellence for decades to come. Continued recognition in the UK Best Workplaces report reflects great future prospects for our employees and puts us in a good position to continue to build a company together that is 'Built to Last'”. 

NI UK ranks 11th in the medium-sized company category (50-499 employees) for 2015, a testament to NI’s commitment to its 100-year plan and strong company culture. “This award reflects the hard work each NI employee contributes in creating this company's unique corporate culture, which gives us the opportunity to work hard and play hard” said Georg Plasswilm, NI Northern European Region Sales Director. “NI UK is full of talented people, committed to customer and company success, who have fun helping to build the UK's leading provider of measurement and control technologies and systems”. 

NI strives to create a great place to work for its employees worldwide. NI’s vision-driven work environment promotes meeting the world’s grand challenges for engineering through purposeful, innovative work and community involvement. For the fourth consecutive year, NI achieved a top 20 ranking on the Great Place to Work® Institute’s list of the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces. NI has consistently achieved these recognition's on a global scale, attesting to the importance NI places on maintaining a collaborative corporate culture. 

HMI Panels are safe for use in potentially explosive, hazardous locations.

The rugged Graphite® Human Machine Interface (HMI) operator panels from Red Lion Controls have been certified to operate in global ATEX zone 2/22 and IECEx zone 2 environments. Following Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Class I, Division 2 Listed status received last year, these approvals certify that Graphite HMIs are safe for use with industrial control equipment in potentially explosive, hazardous locations around the world.

Red Lion’s touchscreen Graphite HMIs are now able to provide organizations with powerful monitoring and control capabilities regardless of operating environment, even locations subject to potentially explosive atmospheres that may result from gas, vapor, mist and/or dust. This enables industrial customers in markets such as oil and gas, flour and grain, mining, chemical, painting and metal processing to benefit from rugged aluminum construction, wider operating temperatures and high shock/vibration tolerances.

“The addition of ATEX and IECEx certifications to Red Lion’s Graphite HMIs enable us to better serve additional markets that require rugged, sunlight-visible operator panels for use in hazardous locations,” said Jeff Thornton, director of product management at Red Lion Controls. “Plug-and-play expandability via modular PID control, I/O and communications modules combined with Crimson software eases configuration to simplify integration regardless of environment.”

From factories to extreme locations, Graphite HMIs enable customers to connect, monitor and control processes across a broad range of industries to meet varying industrial automation requirements.

• Since its launch in July of 2013, Red Lion’s Graphite platform has received numerous global accolades, including Automation World’s “First Team Supplier, HMI Hardware” award, the “Industrial Control Award” from Plant Engineering China and “Best Product of the Year” from Control Engineering China.

• Red Lion products are marketed in Ireland by Instrument Technology.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Globallyrated explosion-proof linear actuators.

Curtiss-Wright Corporation has announced that its Exlar® linear actuator line has been expanded to include the EL120 explosion-proof linear actuators. The EL120 linear actuator meets ATEX requirements for use in potentially explosive atmospheres and are in conformity with the EU ATEX Directive 94/9/EC as well as the IECEx Scheme. Additionally, it is rated for Class I, Div 1, Groups B, C, D, and T4 hazardous environments.

The EL Series of linear actuators integrate a highly efficient planetary roller screw mechanism with a high torque servomotor in a single self-contained package. This highly robust design is engineered to provide reliable and precise operation over thousands of hours, handling heavy loads—even under arduous conditions.

Exlar servo-electromechanical systems offer a clean, fast, simple, and cost effective replacement for hydraulic actuation and longer life alternative to pneumatic actuation. Superior servo-electric actuator reduces emissions, minimizes energy consumption (80% system energy efficiency), increased position control and accuracy – all leading to lower cost.

Other features include:

  • Speeds up to 37.5 ips
  • Forces up to 4000 lbs
  • Strokes up to 18 inches
  • Feedback configurations for nearly any servo amplifier
  • Several mounting configurations
  • Windings available from 24 VDC to 460 VRMS
  • Completely sealed motor assures trouble-free operation
  • ATEX Ex d IIB +H2 T4 Gb
  • IP66
  • CSA Class I, Div 1, Group B, C, D, and T4 hazardous environment rating
  • IECEx CSA 14.0014X

For process applications, the EL120 offers a unique combination of high speed, performance, and accuracy. High performance is achieved with respect to speed, linearity, load sensitivity, deadband, and temperature range. For gas turbines with variable guide vanes, the EL120 actuators provide precise positioning and feedback for fine tuning injector airflow to maintain CO and NOx emissions. In oil and gas applications, the EL120 effectively managed pressure drilling choke valves or any valve application that requires extremely fast response to the smallest command signal changes without overshoot, even when friction is present.

EL Series explosion-proof actuators are well-suited for applications such as:

  • Valve control
  • Damper control
  • Gas turbine control
  • Printing presses
  • Engine test stands
  • Fuel skids
  • Paint booths
  • Shipboard fuel management

The Exlar EL Series provide, a superior and cost-effective solution even in the most severe and demanding environments.

The longest working switch can win a prize!

Magnetrol® Internationalhas just announced the “Just Can’t Stop a MAGNETROL” contest to honour the hardest-working, longest-lasting level switches still in operation. Ever since the company invented and introduced the first mechanical buoyancy switches to process industries over 80 years ago, customers have counted on their exceptional reliability and performance in level control applications – even after decades of service.

Magnatrol switch owners can visit between May 1, 2015 and October 31, 2015 and submit the device's age, its application and a photo to be eligible to win one of three prizes:
  • 1st Place: €500* gift card, plus a new MAGENTROL mechanical buoyancy switch
  • 2nd Place: €300* gift card
  • 3rd Place: €100* gift card
* or similar

First and second place prizes will be awarded based on the age of the unit and a description of the application in which the unit works. Third place prize will be awarded based on a random drawing of all qualified entries.

To enter the contest and for complete contest information, visit

• Magnetrol products are marketed in Ireland by Ntron.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Transport network testing!

Anritsu has announced important enhancements for its portable user-friendly MT1000A Network Master Pro and MT1100A Network Master Flex, the new family of all-in-one transport network testers. The enhancements include the support of CPRI/OBSAI and RFC 6349 TCP throughput testing, Optical Transport Network (OTN) multi stage mapping for OTU3/4, a powerful remote operation tool and support of a Video Inspection Probe.
The explosive spread of smartphones and tablets has dramatically increased demand for coverage and bandwidth in mobile networks, which has driven a change in mobile networks to Centralized-Radio Access Networks (C-RAN). The centralized Base Band Units (BBU) and multiple Remote Radio Head (RRH) units are connected via standardized interfaces, such as the Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI) or Open Base Station Architecture Initiative (OBSAI). With these new enhancements, the MT1000A and MT1100A now support 8 CPRI interface rates from 614.4 Mbps to 10.1376 Gbps, which ensures testing of all current and future requirements. Testing of CPRI over OTN and testing of OBSAI are also included in the enhancements.

Network operators verify IP networks using tests based on IETF RFC 2544 and ITU-T Y.1564. However, customers may still complain that the achieved throughput is below the expectations, which may be caused by a non-optimal configuration of the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP). The MT1000A and MT1100A with the new TCP Throughput option both support the RFC 6349 test methodology, making them ideally suited to support TCP throughput optimization up to 10 Gb/s.

The MT1100A inputs and outputs support XLAUI / CAUI signals, allowing connection of devices such as 40Gb/s / 100 Gb/s / 400 Gb/s transceivers, framer ICs and network equipment using a CFP 10 lanes extender. MT1100A also supports CFP4 transceivers, the latest 100 Gb/s optical transceiver, using a CFP2-CFP4 adaptor.

The Remote Operation function of the MT1000A and MT1100A allows operation from a remote PC as if on-site. The Remote Control package for the MT1000A and MT1100A also supports file transfer including download of measurement reports and results files, upload and download of configuration files, and remote software upgrade. In addition, the dedicated Remote Control package supports Multi user access to the instrument, allowing one user per port.
The MT1000A and MT1100A connected to a Video Inspection Probe (VIP) allow the user to check the fiber end face and confirm that quality practices are being followed based on the IEC 61300-3-35 standard.

“With the new enhancements customers can test CPRI, CPRI over OTN and OBSAI; and the new technologies in Mobile Fronthaul networks, together with other technologies they need to install and maintain, such as OTN, Ethernet, Fibre Channel and SDH/SONET” said Jonathan Borrill, Director of Marketing at Anritsu (EMEA). “The MT1000A Network Master Pro and the MT1100A Network Master Flex give technicians’ universal tools to test all the technologies supported within the networks they manage.”

The MT1000A Network Master Pro and MT1100A Network Master Flex, provide a complete set of functionality for testing OTN, Ethernet, CPRI/OBSAI, Fibre Channel and SDH/SONET, as well as handle legacy PDH and DSn interfaces. The MT1000A and MT1100A Network Master are the first compact all-in-one OTN testers that give the user the capability to test the network with Ethernet, CPRI, Fibre Channel and SDH/SONET client signals. The MT1000A and MT1100A with the new enhancements are available for immediate delivery. More information on both products are available on the website.

India based technical partner appointment.

Mantracourt Electronics has appointed Bengaluru based Proact Tools & Equipments as its technical partner covering India. Proact is a provider of high quality engineering products supplying many respected research and design organisations, space industries, technical institutions, Universities, infrastructure, and engineering companies in the Indian region.

"We are delighted with this appointment,” said Jonathan Purdue, Sales Manager at Mantracourt. "Much of Mantracourt’s success has been built on working closely with Technical Partners, helping us to understand their requirements and to assist them in selling our products. Proact Tools & Equipments is a very good match for this approach, they have a high level of technical expertise and experience in this field, and provide excellent customer service."

“We are very pleased to be working with Mantracourt as their Indian technical partner and will be placing a high value on our relationship for many years to come,” said Shivanand Uppin Director at Proact Tools & Equipments. “With Mantracourt being a leader in wireless instrumentation, we believe that their technology has a fantastic future in India.”

Proact will be providing sales and technical support for the entire Mantracourt range of products throughout the Indian region. Mantracourt is a leader in the field of wireless instrumentation. Its T24 wireless range of products is enabling innovative new solutions for continuous measurement and monitoring.

They will be helping to introduce the T24 technology to regional industries and provide technical advisory services, guidance and product training.

Stamp out magnetic tampering!

The new A1266 from Allegro MicroSystems Europe is a unique 3-dimensional sensor IC incorporating a combination of vertical and traditional planar Hall-effect sensor ICs that can detect a magnetic field of either polarity in any direction.

The omnipolar, omnidirectional sensitivity of the new device makes it ideal for detecting magnetic tampering in smart meters, ATMs, gambling/gaming machines, ticket machines and electronic locks. The A1266 can also serve as a general-purpose magnetic switch that is virtually insensitive to magnet orientation or polarity in applications such as games, consumer electronics and white goods.

This compact surface-mount SOT23 IC is functionally equivalent to an array of three standard Hall-effect sensors mounted in three different orientations: something that is not possible using a single circuit board and all surface-mount components. With a typical BOP operating point of 25 G, the A1266 has higher sensitivity than most conventional Hall-effect switches, leading to high-sensitivity 3D tamper or proximity sensing in less space with lower assembly cost.

Each device integrates, on a single silicon chip, three Hall-voltage generators, a small-signal amplifier, chopper stabilisation, a Schmitt trigger, and one or more NMOS outputs. Allegro’s proprietary dynamic offset cancellation technique means that the magnetic operating characteristics are specified across the operating voltage and temperature ranges.

The A1266 is designed for operation in green and battery-powered systems; it can be powered from a 2.5 - 5.0 V supply and the average supply current is typically 7.5 µA at 2.5V. The operating temperature range is -40° to +85°C.

Two configurations are available: one with a separate output for each sensing direction (X, Y, Z) and one with a combined output (X+Y+Z). Package type LH is a modified SOT23W surface-mount package that is RoHS-compliant and lead (Pb) free (suffix -T), with a 100% matt-tin plated leadframe.

Prepare for mission critical!

Stadium Power has added the 60 watt AC input G1X2 and DG1X2 48V DC input models to their range of 1+1 redundant 1U industrial single output and ATX / EPS power supplies. These are optimized for secure bulk power applications including digital imaging, communication systems, industrial PCs and telecom or broadcast systems.

The power supplies have a long term track record of product reliability, safety and performance, reducing the risk of equipment failure and are designed to operate at maximum advertised load rating constantly.

Each redundant power supply (RPS) contains two 60W power supply modules that normally share the system load. Even in the rare instance of a module failing; the other will keep the system running at full load. The non-functioning module can be removed and replaced (hot swap) without removing the input voltage, ensuring uninterrupted operation 24/7.

Like other dual redundant hot swappable power supplies in the range; the G1X2 and DG1X2 provide a simple path to upgrading OEM design from a single to dual redundant power conversion. Key Features include a power good signal, over power protection, over voltage protection, short circuit protection with led, buzzer and TTL signal of any fault condition.
The DC outputs of the range can be 12VDC or meet Industrial PC Intel requirements.

Standard features of the Stadium Power G1X2 /DG1X2 series include 90264VAC universal input voltage or 48VDC (39-72VDC range). Models include the G1X2-1060V with Universal AC input and +12Vdc Output, the  G1X2-5060V with Universal AC Input and +3.3VDC, +12DC, -12DC, +5VDC standby (ATX) Output, the DG1X2-1060V with 48Vdc Input and +12Vdc Output, and the DG1X2-5060V with 48Vdc Input and +3.3VDC, +12DC, -12DC, +5VDC standby (ATX) Output.

UL, CUL and TUV safety agency approvals and dimensions are to 190x106x39.5mm.
The G1X2 and DG1X2 are the latest additions to Stadium’s 150W to 3000W range of Industrial Grade Dual Redundant, N+1 and ATX power supplies from EMACS. Other formats in the range include 1U, 2U, 3U mini 1U single, 1U, 2U, 3U, Mini, Micro and N+1 redundant.

The power handling capability of the range is constant true wattage (not peak) and all models within the range have a standard 3 year warranty.
Products can be customised; including tailored output power looms and ruggedisation, single – non redundant models or DC input versions are also available.
Other products available from Stadium Power include; LED power supplies and DALI drivers, commercial and MIL-STD EMC filters, plug-top and open frame medical power supplies for portable and system use, DC-DC converters, AC-DC power supplies from 5W to 10kW, battery chargers and EN54 Fire and Security power supplies.

Driving innovative business ideas and technologies in the IoT environment.

ADLINK Technology has been an active member of the globally represented M2M Alliance, a key driver for innovative business ideas and technologies in the IoT environment, since the beginning of last April (2015).

About M2M Alliance
With its 76 members in eleven countries M2M Alliance is the globally largest machine-to-machine industry association. The M2M Alliance regards itself as a platform and voice for vendors and users of M2M solutions. M2M Alliance’s primary objective is the promotion of M2M technologies and solutions. The association organizes the M2M Summit and publishes the annual yearbook M2M Journal and an email newsletter.
Since its foundation as the largest association of the machine-to-machine (M2M) industry, M2M Alliance regards itself as a platform and voice for vendors and users of M2M solutions. M2M Alliance’s primary objective is the promotion of M2M technologies and solutions. The alliance actively engages in the economic and technological concerns of its members and supports cooperation, networking and information exchange between industry sectors and enterprises. It helps members find ideal partners for hardware, software, integration and consulting in the M2M growth market.

According to Dirk Finstel, CEO EMEA at ADLINK Technology, the M2M Alliance offers its members a unique platform to exchange ideas and to present themselves to market leaders and trade visitors from around the world.

“Workshops and developer forums give participants the opportunity to learn about the latest developments and make valuable contacts to create the basis for new product and business ideas,” explained Finstel. “We see this as an essential platform to jointly promote M2M and the Internet of Things (IoT) to generate new possibilities for the industry and end users, as well. ADLINK and our customers will benefit from these new international resources.”

Eric Schneider, chairman of the M2M Alliance is pleased with this latest accession.

“We warmly welcome ADLINK Technology, another leading supplier of innovative M2M products and solutions in the embedded environment, as a new member of the M2M Alliance,” said Schneider. “It underlines the importance of our association and enhances the internal and external exchange of experience.”

Semi-rigid cable assys!

The Cable Assembly division of Intelliconnect (Europe) can now provide customers with high performance semi rigid cable assemblies suitable for industrial, defence/security, and test system applications. Manufacturing is carried out at their facility in Corby where the company continues to invest and deliver high-volume or specialist small batch requirements to customer demands.

Standard semi-rigid cable assemblies are generally of copper construction, offer low loss, low VSWR performance, are phase stable and can be phase matched, allowing customers to specify the electrical length in time or degrees at the frequency of operation for a specific cable assembly. Phase matching of a cable assembly is essential when connecting to multi-channel receivers as individual channels are required to match and track each other over the frequency of operation.

Intelliconnect can also provide Cryogenic Semi Rigid cables for applications requiring operation at low temperatures including use in environmental test chambers. Intelliconnect Cryogenic Semi Rigid cables are made in a range of materials including stainless steel, cupro nickel and niobium/titanium superconducting cables. They are specified worldwide due to their low temperature performance, strong electromagnetic field and high thermal gradient below 4 degrees Kelvin. Additional features include low thermal conductivity and high performance to 40GHz. The niobium/titanium cables offer very low heat conductivity, high durability and small minimum bend radius.

Available with operating frequency range from DC to 50GHz Intelliconnect cable assemblies are suitable for RF applications including test and measurement systems, high power amplifiers, RF combiners and filters, multi-beam antenna arrays and phased array radars. All Intelliconnect cable assemblies are 100% electrically tested before despatch.

Roy Phillips, Managing Director of Intelliconnect, comments, "We offer our customers a very flexible cable manufacturing service and our new semi-rigid cables will open up new markets to use, particularly in environmental teat facilities. We are also unique in being a manufacturer of an extensive range of high reliability RF connectors for industrial and medical applications and are able to use our own high reliability components in our cable harnesses. We are continuing to invest in the company and will soon be able to test up to 70GHz.”