Saturday, July 11, 2015

Simple multi-point temperature monitoring.

The PyroMiniBus, a simple system of infrared temperature sensors and interface modules designed to make multi-point industrial temperature monitoring easier and more affordable, has been launched by Calex Electronics Ltd.

The miniature non-contact sensors measure the surface temperature of products and machinery in industrial processes, and send the measurements via RS485 Modbus to a touch screen display.

Despite the potential improvements in product quality, production rate and safety that temperature monitoring can bring, as well as reduced waste and running costs, the size and price of existing systems has held some companies back from specifying new measurement equipment.

“Until now, specifying a temperature monitoring system has often meant trying to fit large sensors, bulky signal converters and multiple cable runs into a tight space and budget,” said Anthony Smith, product manager at Calex.

“By miniaturising the sensors and removing the need for signal conditioning electronics, we have simplified the system to a small, affordable set of parts. It is easier to fit the sensors into small spaces, and they weigh a lot less now. By using digital sensors the cable network is much simpler. Machine builders especially will see a huge benefit with the PyroMiniBus, and it is easy to retrofit too.”

There are just four main parts to the system: a choice of two temperature sensors for measuring small or large targets, a six-channel touch screen for configuration and data logging, and a junction box to connect them all together. Installing the system is as simple as wiring up the junction box and connecting a power supply. Relay and analogue outputs can also be added with separate modules.

The system is not limited to measuring just six locations: larger networks of sensors and interface modules can be connected as slave devices to an alternative Modbus Master, such as an existing supervisory control system.

The ability for sensors to withstand high ambient temperatures has also improved. The new sensors will operate in conditions of up to 120°C with no need for cooling, such as locations close to ovens, dryers and preheating equipment, along with many other general-purpose applications.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Software expertise in a keg!

Huber Packaging Group GmbH in Germany, needs to respond with the utmost flexibility to seasonal fluctuations and wideranging customer tastes.
Solid Edge from Siemens PLM Software was used in the design of the 5-litre party keg from Huber
©Huber Packaging.
This is a challenge the design department has met using the Solid Edge portfolio from Siemens PLM Software. Simple operation and supplementary programs provide valuable support to the company’s metal packaging development engineers.

The 5-litre party keg is something of a highlight in the Huber product range. Not only does it have to be capable of withstanding tough conditions such as fluctuating temperature and pressure levels, it also has to enable easy operation and recycling, and be cost-effective to manufacture.

“Using Solid Edge from Siemens PLM Software, we are able to address every one of these wide-ranging design challenges”, says CAD Project Manager Timo Pietsch from the Industrial Engineering Division.

Operating simplicity and useful supplementary programs
Because Solid Edge is intuitive to operate, users quickly become familiarized with the software. Through its partner PBU CAD-Systeme GmbH, Siemens also supplies supplementary programs such as the “FastFinder”. Drawings can be quickly located and their update status checked by entering a key word or date. Another benefit is the simple exchange of data between the design, sales and production departments and with external partners. A number of different file formats are ported and transformed directly using Solid Edge – whether non-standard formats such as “dft” or neutral formats such as “DXF” or “PDF”. This saves time and simplifies cooperation.

Head of Global Additive Manufacturing.

Renishaw has appointed Clive Martell MSc, CEng, MIET, former President and CEO of Delcam, to a new role as Head of Global Additive Manufacturing.

Clive Martell
Clive, age 54, progressed from a graduate recruit to become CEO of Delcam plc, where he successfully managed the company’s transition from an AIM (Alternative Investment Market) company to an operating division of Autodesk. After his appointment as Delcam’s CEO in 2009 his successful track record of delivering strong revenue and profit growth earned him the CEO of the Year Award at the 2013 Grant Thornton Quoted Company Awards.

In his new role at Renishaw, Clive will report to Geoff McFarland, Group Engineering Director and will be responsible for the strategy and direction of additive manufacturing across the Renishaw Group. He will liaise with development teams in Britain and sales and marketing operations across the world and will be particularly focussed on making a global success of Renishaw as an additive manufacturing (AM) solutions provider.

As part of this new role Clive will also guide the company’s Additive Manufacturing products line based in Staffordshire (GB), which develops new AM systems and the Medical Dental products line, which delivers AM solutions for the healthcare sector. Clive will also become a member of Renishaw’s International Sales and Marketing Board.

Commenting on the appointment, Geoff McFarland, said, “Having worked closely with Clive Martell during my six-year tenure as a non-executive director of Delcam, I am delighted to welcome him to Renishaw. His extensive experience within the global manufacturing industry, including the ability to grow customer service activities, the development of dedicated software solutions and the establishment of Delcam’s Healthcare division, will be especially valuable to Renishaw as we develop additive manufacturing as a standard solution for production applications.”

Trace moisture analyser.

Michell Instruments has launched its new trace moisture analyzer – the QMA401 – featuring the latest generation of quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) sensor and designed to provide consistently accurate measurements of trace moisture. This consistency is achieved via a self-calibration system which adjusts the analyzer against an internal moisture generator. Long term stability of these measurement corrections is guaranteed, as the moisture generator is supplied with a calibration traceable to NPL and NIST.

Maintaining the system is simple, infrequent and inexpensive. No service at all is required for 2 years, at which point the desiccant dryer must be replaced – a process that can be carried out by the user in less than 10 minutes. The internal moisture generator can be replaced simply in the field with a freshly calibrated unit from the factory after 3 years of operation.

The long maintenance intervals of the product, in combination with the competitively priced spares means that the cost of owning a QMA401 over five years is less than half the cost of owning the leading competing product.

The unit is easy to use with an intuitive touch screen interface for monitoring, logging and configuring parameters. Both real-time trend graphs and alarm indicators are immediately visible in colour on the main display. The instrument is supplied with both analogue outputs, and USB and Ethernet digital connectivity, so that the device can be monitored and controlled remotely via a network.

Typical applications for the QMA401 are those which require trace moisture measurements in gases with high accuracy and fast response – such as verifying the purity of semiconductor plasma etching gases, monitoring polymer drying for plastic bottle manufacture and monitoring hydrogen cooling systems for power generators.

• Michell Instruments are marketed in Ireland by Instrument Technology.


Precise and fast!

In modern production processes, two things are critical: precision and speed. Time-based IOs such as Siemens' technology module TM Timer DIDQ enable microsecond- accurate signal acquisition and/or output based on accurate time information. As of now, these modules can also be configured using Simotion Scout and Simotion Scout TIA, increasing productivity and at the same time saving costs.
Time-based IO can be configured directly
in Simotion Scout & Simotion Scout TIA


Bottling, filling, pouring or packaging. In production machinery – such as packaging machines – it is all about speed. The faster a machine is, the higher the productivity. But this also makes controlling the individual product stages all the more difficult. Automation systems like the Simotion Motion Control System make configuring motion processes easy and efficient. As of now, it is also possible to program time-based IOs in Scout and Scout TIA.

Intuitive symbolic engineering Time-based technology modules enable microsecond-accurate signal output. They make precise placement of glue points on packaging possible even in packaging machines running at high throughput speeds, for instance. This makes production processes more precise and faster, with switching points being set based on practical position values. Time-controlled activation enables signal acquisition and output independently of the PLC cycle, avoiding high costs for more powerful controllers and, at the same time, saving valuable engineering time because configuration is intuitive and symbolic.

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Modern .NET interface for developing applications that control and communicate with control systems.

Industrial automation manufacturer Opto 22 has announced its new .NET Controller Software Development Kit (SDK) for writing custom Microsoft Windows software applications that communicate directly with Opto 22 SNAP PAC controllers. This new SDK is well suited for machine builders, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and others who integrate custom applications with Opto 22 control systems. The .NET Controller SDK for SNAP PAC supports modern .NET frameworks and Visual Studio environments, which reduces the time and cost of software development and testing.

Developers use the .NET Controller SDK for SNAP PAC to build software applications that directly access the control program, or “strategy,” running on a SNAP PAC controller. Applications can read from and write to integer, float, and string variables and tables, as well as analog and discrete input and output points.

Steve Grudzinski, electronic systems engineer at optical components manufacturer Optiforms, uses the .NET Controller SDK in a precise plating process that must be tailored for each part. A Visual Basic software application accomplishes this by exchanging data between an inventory system, a SQL database, and a SNAP PAC control system. In the process, individually barcoded parts are first identified using laser scanners. For each part, plating requirements and corresponding equipment settings are pulled from the SQL database. Equipment settings are then sent to the SNAP PAC control system which adjusts the plating equipment as required.

More Communication Options
The .NET Controller SDK for SNAP PAC joins another Opto 22 resource for developers, the .NET OptoMMP SDK for SNAP I/O, which lets developers quickly create custom applications for use with Opto 22 I/O products such as SNAP Ethernet I/O. Applications built with the .NET OptoMMP SDK provide direct I/O communications with SNAP I/O “brains” (I/O processors) that support the OptoMMP protocol, while the .NET Controller SDK can directly access a strategy or control program running on a SNAP PAC controller.

Requirements and Availability
The .NET Controller SDK for SNAP PAC is compatible with Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (32-bit & 64-bit), Windows 8.1 Professional (32-bit & 64-bit), and Windows Server 2012 R2. The SDK supports Microsoft's .NET frameworks 4.0 through 4.5 and Visual Studio 2010-2013, includes sample .NET code and comprehensive documentation for packages and classes, and is available as a 100% managed DLL. The .NET Controller SDK for SNAP PAC is available now and can be downloaded free of charge from the Opto 22 website here!

Home and factory automation online.

Mouser Electronics, Inc. has announced a new update to its Industrial Applications Site by featuring new resources devoted to the popular topic of home and factory automation. 

This exciting addition to the applications site provides electronic design engineers with information, resources, and technologies related to the latest advances in home and factory automation, including the newest components available from the company for building leading-edge automation systems. The timely site update coincides with the recent launch of Mouser’s latest Empowering Innovation Together™ Series with Grant Imahara on Factory and Home Automation.

The new updates to the Industrial Applications Site include three block diagrams featuring home and factory automation applications. A Multimedia Entry System for home or factory transfers live audio and video to a remote location, can be connected wired or wirelessly, and can run on very low power. An Internet of Things (IoT) Sensor Node Block Diagram shows how IoT is being used to interconnect embedded systems, bringing together two evolving technologies: wireless connectivity and sensors. The third diagram in the Home Automation section is for an Electronic Thermostat, which can keep track of the local time and the day of the week, and can be programmed with temperature profiles that help minimize energy expenses.

At a glance, users get access to detailed block diagrams, including the components of each of the home and factory automation applications. Clicking on a block in the diagram pulls up a Mouser-stocked parts list, providing the recommended pieces of the system at a glance, saving time and research. Mouser Electronics’ Industrial Applications site also offers up-to-date technical articles, application notes, white papers, and more.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

New General Manager to cover Europe, Middle East, Africa & India.

Servomex has appointed Dan Coruz as General Manager – Europe, Middle East, Africa and India (EMEAI).

Dan Coruz
Dan has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Hogeschool in Amsterdam, majoring in Oil and Gas techniques. He joins Servomex from Siemens where he worked since 1999 across a range of business units and disciplines within headquarters of Sweden, Canada and his native Netherlands. Before that he worked for the company Geveke Werktuigbouw specializing in compressors and pumps for the process industry.

With a successful track record across the different disciplines inside the Siemens divisions, Dan has broad experiences and competencies in the industry and building technology sector, industrial and process automation, HVAC energy efficiency and security products within the European zone. Dan also specialized in Industrial Automation, Process and Drive Technology within Siemens’ headquarters in Sweden and Benelux.

Servomex Global President, Chuck Hurley, said: "“Dan brings a wealth of oil and gas industry knowledge and regional management experience to the position of General Manager for EMEAI. As a self-professed pragmatist, he is focused on strategic fit management, business development, channel management sales and marketing, operational excellence and customer intimacy, all of which led to considerable success during his time with Siemens. We are delighted to be welcoming someone of this caliber to our team and I look forward to working with Dan to further develop and enhance our operations across the region.”"

"I am delighted to be building upon the successes achieved by my predecessors to lead us to the next stage of our development," said Dan Coruz. "The European, Middle East and India regions continue to be a very important for us to grow our market shares. I'm passionate about strong business development initiatives to bring us closer to our customers, and strong innovative products like our MiniLaser can satisfy our customers’ needs by continuing to place the customer at the very centre of our focus. I look forward to working closely with our established and new customers, suppliers and channel partners to share the great experiences and successes in our market environment. I am proud to lead Servomex for the EMEAI region."”

Diaphragm valve with integral pneumatic actuator!

GF Piping Systems adds the new diaphragm valve type 604/605 with integrated pneumatic actuator to its extensive product range. This long runner – available beginning of October 2015 – combines compact design with best flow performance for an economic price-performance ratio.

The valve’s compact design fits standard installation lengths. Its integrated pneumatic actuator with quick opening and closing times enables more than one million closing cycles over its long service life. That is what GF Piping Systems calls a durable hard worker. The valve is flexible in its operating modes and offers fail safe to close (FC), fail safe to open (FO) and double acting (DA) options.

The actuator housing can be opened quickly for service due to the central housing nut. The connection with the valve body is full plastic without any metal parts.Therefore all materials have the same temperature expansion coefficients which prevents leakages and avoids re-torqueing of screws. Thanks to the optimized linear flow characteristics the kv value is up to 30 percent higher than with comparable valves. The valve is available in DN15 with the pressure rating of PN6.

The small six-arms phenomena is living all over the world in equally cozy or harsh environments. Like the GF Piping Systems diaphragm valves. The wide range of materials offers highest adaption and resistance to chemical fluids and environments. The valves are available in PVC-U, CPVC, PP-H and PVDF. Diaphragms in EPDM, FPM, PTFE/EPDM and PTFE/FPM enable the handling of aggressive media as well as neutral fluids. That makes them even more flexible and reliable for all your applications. Valve type 604 can be mounted into your system with true union connection matching all standard GF unions and inserts and solvent cementing. Valve 605 comes with a sealed or resealable nozzle. The valves meet the standards ISO, BS, ASTM and JIS.

The new diaphragm valve will communicate with you as well. A unique QR code on the product leads to installation manuals, online training videos and certifications.

"Open your application in water treatment, the chemical process or other industries for the diaphragm valve type 604/605 and you will be astonished what this small valve can handle."

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Harvesting wireless switches in production.

Energy harvesting wireless switches for industrial applications from CHERRY are now available in two standard versions: a rocker switch for actuation by hand or a snap-action switch for mechanical actuation typically by a machine as limit switch or position switch. Both variants are available for European (868MHz) or North-American (915MHz) frequency bands with a radio range of 30m inside buildings and a minimum life of 100,000 operations.

A compatible enclosed standard receiver module for 868MHz and 915MHz offers several output interface options, is complete with power supply and is suitable for wall mounting. A flexible pairing function allows operation of several receivers with one switch or several switches with one receiver. A ‘unique ID’ prevents interference between different RF-switches.

Cherry energy harvesting wireless switches are an ideal alternative to traditional cabled solutions for monitoring and managing industrial installations. The devices are simple to install, require no maintenance, are not subject to failure caused by damage to cables. Installing CHERRY energy harvesting wireless switches offers users increased flexibility in the planning process of building and industrial automation as they require no complex and expensive cabling and can easily be retrofitted.

Also immediately available is an energy harvesting generator/generator with PCB. The component offers a high energy yield of 2 x min. 0.33mWs, an operating temperature range of -40 up to +85°C and high operating life of up to 1,000,000 switching cycles. In addition to the core component, the radio module (generator with PCB) is available for 868MHz and 915MHz frequency bands as standard.

In support of the customer’s design-in process application notes are available upon request for the following topics: generator, energy management, proprietary protocol of ZF, general installation details for the wireless switches.

Humidity & temperature transmitters with BACnet interface.

The EE210 and EE160 transmitters from E+E Elektronik are designed for highly accurate measurement of relative humidity and temperature. Both are now available with a BACnet MS/TP interface for easy integration into a network or bus system for modern building automation.

Unitary digital communication standards in modern building automation allows for easy integration and interaction of devices from different manufacturers. With the BACnet*) protocol, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has established an internationally recognised network standard for building automation.

Humidity & temperature transmitters EE210 and EE160 have been tested by an accredited BACnet Testing Lab (BTL) for compliance with the global BACnet standard ISO 16484-5. In addition, their full BACnet conformity has been certified by an independent institute. Users can therefore be reassured that the BACnet protocol of the E+E transmitters fully meets the internationally recognised standard.

E+E transmitters are listed on the official website of the international BACnet association as well as in the certification database of the BACnet Interest Group Europe . As a member of the European BACnet Interest Group (BIG-EU), E+E Elektronik supports the ongoing development and assertion of the BACnet standard in Europe.

The combination of encapsulated measurement electronics and special E+E coating of the humidity sensor makes the EE210 particularly insensitive to contamination and condensation, so it can be employed even under harsh environmental conditions. In addition to humidity and temperature measurement, the EE210 calculates related physical quantities such as dewpoint temperature, frostpoint temperature, absolute humidity, mixing ratio, water vapour partial pressure and specific enthalpy. The transmitter is available for wall or duct mount as well as with remote probe and with an optional display. The typical application for the EE210 is demanding climate control such as in agriculture (stables, hatchers, incubators and greenhouses), in storage rooms, cooling chambers or indoor pools.

The EE160 has been developed specifically for use in HVAC applications and is suitable for wall and duct mounting. It is the ideal solution for cost-effective yet highly accurate and reliable measurement of the relative air humidity and temperature.

Besides devices with BACnet interface, the EE210 and EE160 families include versions with Modbus RTU interface or with analog current and voltage outputs, all of them freely user configurable. Outstanding temperature compensation ensures highest accuracy over the entire working range. The innovative enclosure with external mounting holes minimizes the installation costs. The enclosure can remain closed during installation so that the electronics are protected against construction site pollution or mechanical damage.

• E+E products are marketed by Instrument Technology in Ireland.

Tunable diode laser (TDL) gas analyser for ammonia launched!

The SERVOTOUGH MiniLaser Ammonia has been launched by Servomex. This is the world’s smallest cross-stack Tunable Diode Laser (TDL) gas analyzer and only TDL analyzer specifically optimized for NH3 measurement.

Optimised for the fast, accurate and responsive measurement of ammonia in hot or hazardous conditions exactly where it is needed, the SERVOTOUGH MiniLaser Ammonia is particularly suitable for ammonia slippage applications on coal-fired power plants.

Dr Stephen Firth, Photometric Product Manager at Servomex, said: “Based around Servomex’s revolutionary new MiniLaser platform and developed at our UK Technical Center, the MiniLaser Ammonia is a remarkable ninety per cent smaller and eighty per cent lighter than many other comparable TDL analysers. As a consequence, the MiniLaser’s revolutionary compact size and dramatically reduced footprint offers unparalleled installation flexibility and a host of cost and performance benefits.”

Instead of the time-intensive installation associated with traditional, bulky TDL analysers, the MiniLaser can be installed quickly by just one person. Simple installation is supported by a new built-in display, which negates the need for using a laptop for configuration and diagnostics, while improved advanced optical performance achieves a wider acceptance angle. Videos showing the immediate advantages of the new MiniLaser are available on Servomex’s YouTube channel launched earlier this year.

To ensure precision alignment from the outset, Servomex has also included a new mounting assembly for multi-direction adjustment. When combined with the new, quick-release mechanism, fast and accurate reinstallation - without the need for re-alignment - is achieved every time. The MiniLaser Ammonia also includes Servomex’s new purge design, which reduces nitrogen (N2) and air purge costs by up to an impressive ninety per cent per annum; a significant return on investment when calculating lifetime operational costs.

The MiniLaser Ammonia joins the SERVOTOUGH Laser range of TDL analyzers, providing the same industry-leading performance delivered by Servomex’s in-situ cross stack and extractive monitors.

Servomex Group President, Chuck Hurley said: “The SERVOTOUGH MiniLaser Ammonia is a groundbreaking development in TDL technology and the direct result of Servomex’s continued investment in R&D to meet the ongoing requirements of our customers. It is a challenge to traditional thinking across the whole industry, both in terms of design and application. The MiniLaser is the next big thing in gas analysis.”

Important Food and Pharma event scheduled for Ireland in 2016.

160 professionals within the automation and control field and the pharmaceuticals and food industries will gather in Cork (IRL) next March to explore solutions to the critical challenges relating to automation in food processing and drug manufacture and distribution.

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The third annual ISA Food and Pharmaceutical Industries Division (FPID) Symposium will deliver best practice insights and approaches to leaders of pharmaceutical and food processing companies seeking to improve quality, safety, reliability, profitability, cost control and production throughput. The meeting’s content-rich technical program will highlight the latest trends, innovations, strategies and techniques in process automation through expert-­led technical sessions and numerous roundtable discussions. A spectrum of technical sessions will cover key topics and issues of importance. The first such event was held in North Carolina (2014) the second in Philadelphia in 2015, both in the USA.

The first paper call has been issued and the deadline is 30th November 2015.

This will be the first of these internationally focused ISA symposia to be held outside of continental North America.

The local ISA Section is heavily involved in the organising of the event and has extensive experience in the organising of national events such as the Technology Modernisation seminar earlier this year. Updates will be highlighted and contact details will be listed on the symposium website.

There is also a limited amount of space for exhibitors and Carol Schafer is the person to contact to insure your company is in the heart of things.

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Custom connectors and cable assemblies!

Intelliconnect's extensive in-house design experience and components enables the company to respond to customer enquires within 48 hours and begin production immediately on acceptance of design specifications.
Thee company manufactures one of the widest ranges of standard Coaxial, Triaxial and Waterproof connectors available worldwide which provide platforms available to be modified to create a custom product. Additional features including bespoke termination, extended operating frequency range, special plating or different case material (such as stainless steel) may be specified or a completely new design may as required, for example the Intelliconnect ABMS connector for cochlear implants.

Most cable assemblies are application specific and Intelliconnect can produce conventional cable and semi-rigid types including cryogenic semi rigid cables for applications requiring operation at very low temperatures

Turnaround time for delivery of a custom designed connector product from Intelliconnect is a remarkably short 7 weeks from the customer’s approval of the design drawing, no matter how complex. Bespoke cable assemblies are typically delivered in two weeks.

The long experience Intelliconnect have in the supply of custom products makes the company confident that they can fulfil all of their customer’s requirements satisfactorily without making design or NRE (non-recurring engineering) charges and no MOQ (minimum order quantity) is required. Intelliconnect are also happy to provide free prototypes when the first production order is placed.


Roy Phillips, Managing Director of Intelliconnect Europe, comments, “We have a vast amount of design experience in our engineering department, using UK sourced components and manufacturing in our own factories enables us to offer very attractive lead times. We are known for our exceptional customer service and competitive pricing for high volume requirements. From the beginning Intelliconnect set out to offer high quality UK manufactured RF connectors which not only meet our customer’s technical requirements but also their manufacturing system’s requirements and our cable assembly business has the same ethos. Reliable component supply and on-time deliveries are more important now than ever, UK sourced components and manufacture mean we can support our customers with a full JIT and Kanban service.”

AC load bank.

Intepro Systems has introduced the PEL Regenerative AC Electronic Load Bank.  Built around a 60 kVA chassis, the system can be paralleled for higher power requirements. It also accepts standard AC input ranges from 120 to 480V and provides grid-synchronized, regenerated AC power output that returns 90% of the equipment under test (EUT) load power back to the utility. 

The PEL Series provides an energy-saving solution when testing any type of power used in a wide range of industries, including automotive, aerospace, medical, battery and green energy.

It features three modes of load settings: constant current, constant resistance and constant power. It also provides adjustable power factor from 0.3 to 1.0 to simulate a range of load conditions as well as independent phase control and a built-in measurement system. The PEL Series also offers load sequence transient generation for creating complex, variable and repeatable load conditions.


“Rising energy prices makes energy conservation a major concern for companies that are continually searching for ways to reduce costs,” said Gerard Sheehan, Intepro's Chief Technical Officer. “With its full range of test capabilities and its ability to regenerate 90% of load power to the utility grid, our new PEL Regenerative AC Electronic Load Bank sets new standards for loading power devices.”

Round touchscreen.

andersDX has unveiled new round TFT touch screens aimed specifically at the growing market for wearable electronics, especially in the healthcare and fitness sectors. Manufactured by Guangdong based display module specialist Truly Semiconductor, the round modules are also an attractive option in a number of industrial applications.

Commenting, Mike Logan, Display and Input Technology Manager of andersDX said, “A standard module is available, but the key point here is that we can work with customers to create the display they actually need. Wearables are by definition a highly style conscious market, and with our affordable NRE and tooling cost structures most customers will be able to specify the exact size they want rather than compromise with an off-the-shelf standard product.”


The company can offer customers bespoke round touch screens with affordable NRE and tooling cost structures. The standard module has an overall diameter of 37.79mm, and an active area of 30.96mm diameter. The round display can be driven from a 4.6V supply and operates at temperatures of -10 to +60 degrees C. The LED backlight runs from a 2.9V power supply.

Light force switch for pressure applications.

Numerous process control applications depend on pressure switches to operate reliably. To convert a physical pressure differential into an electrical signal a mechanical switch inside is used.

Microprecision Electronics SA is now offering a new variation of its MP500 sealed subminiature micro switch for this type of application. Compared to the standard version with an actuating force of max 2.5N, the new MP520 has a lower actuating force of max 1 N. The differential force is only about 0.2 N. The differential travel of less than 0.05mm and a fast change over time of 5 ms is another important parameter for process applications.

The Series MP500 is UL61058 and EN61058 approved for a power rating of 250 AC/ 5A with an operating temperature between -40°C and 105°C. Termination options are PCB pins, solder lugs or cable. To adapt to special applications, the actuators can be custom designed.

Monday, July 6, 2015

The world's most accurate and stable power analyser!

Yokogawa has enhanced its WT3000 precision power analyser to produce the WT3000E: "the most accurate and stable power analyser in the world!"
“The focus on renewable energy and the need to optimise efficiency and comply with international power quality standards is placing ever greater emphasis on the importance on high-quality measurements”, comments Terry Marrinan, Yokogawa’s Vice President, Test & Measurement, for Europe & Africa: “As the world’s most accurate power analyser, the WT3000E provides the necessary levels of precision to carry out these measurements, giving R&D engineers an enhanced tool that is not only the benchmark for energy efficiency measurement but also a reference for calibrating power measuring instruments in standards laboratories.”

The specified 45 to 65 Hz accuracy for the WT3000E is 0.01% of reading plus 0.03% of range. Unlike some other manufacturers’ specifications which may appear to offer better accuracy, these figures are based on RMS values rather than waveform peak values, confirming the superiority of the Yokogawa instrument. Because power ranges are the multiple of the voltage and current ranges, the actual power measurement error due to an uncertainty of 0.03% of range in a WT3000E is less than 0.01% of range for a power meter based on peak values.

These accuracy levels are important for testing devices such as solar inverters, which are already working at overall efficiencies of 90-96%. To increase the efficiency, even by a few decimal points, is a challenging and important goal for the manufacturers, and the WT3000E provides the necessary levels of precision to truly confirm even the smallest improvements in efficiency.

The focus on sustainable and renewable energy has also raised the importance and need for manufacturers to comply with IEC standards during their product development. The WT3000E provides the flexibility to mix 30 A and 2 A input current elements, which enables users to test the compliance of their products with today’s harmonics, flicker and standby power standards in a single instrument.

Like other models in the WT3000 Series, the WT3000E has a variety of alphanumeric and graphic display formats, including the ability to display the input signal as waveforms for easy analysis. It also offers high-speed data updating which allows users to capture fast-changing transient signals with high precision. Further analysis can then be performed using the captured data. The WT3000E also includes as standard two features previously only available as options: delta calculation and cycle-by-cycle analysis. The delta calculation function allows users to calculate individual phase voltages from the line voltage measured in a 3-phase/3-wire system: an important feature for determining the phase voltage in applications such as motor testing where there are no neutral lines.

Cycle-by-cycle analysis enables users to list the measurement parameters such as voltage, current and active power for each cycle in a time series. Input frequencies from 0.1 Hz to 1000 Hz can be measured, and up to 3000 items of data can be saved in .CSV format. In addition, by using Yokogawa’s free WTViewerEfree software, users can graphically display the data by cycle: a unique method of capturing fluctuating transient power with high precision.

The guaranteed accuracy and precision of Yokogawa instruments is verified by tests carried out at the company’s European standards laboratory at its European headquarters in The Netherlands. This facility is the only industrial (i.e. non-government or national) organisation in Europe to offer traceable power calibration, to national and international standards, at frequencies up to 100 kHz: a requirement for higher harmonic measurements specified in quality standards such as ISO9000.

Compact time converter for reliable operation in harsh environments!

Siemens has expanded its portfolio of rugged network components with the Ruggedcom RMC8388 - a cost effective compact time converter designed to operate in harsh environments with widely varying climatic and environmental conditions. Withstanding extreme temperature from -40 up to +85 degrees Celsius, vibration and shock the device offers high reliability for Electric Power applications. By enabling cost effective time synchronization Ruggedcom RMC8388 reduces both capital expenditures and maintenance costs.

The Ruggedcom RMC8388 is available in multiple variants and can convert between the modern Precision Time Protocol IEEE 1588v2 and the legacy IRIG-B (Inter-range instrumentation group) time codes or PPS (pulse per second). The RMC8388 enables the usage of legacy IEDs (Intelligent Electronic Devices) within modern Ethernet networks without the need for maintaining a separate network for time synchronization.

The compact form factor makes the Ruggedcom RMC8388 ideal within modern Ethernet based networks while it uses only limited additional space in existing cabinets and defers capital expenditures by enabling cost effective time sync to existing non IEEE 1588 capable IEDs. Besides extending the service life of legacy IEDs, the new Ruggedcom RMC8388 also enables the connection of legacy time sources to a modern Ethernet based network to enable upgrading in phases without the need for upgrading everything at once.

Ruggedcom RMC8388 also reduces high maintenance costs on legacy coax cabling by replacing them with standard Ethernet cabling for both communications and timing purposes, all the way to the switchyard cabinets.

New leader for automation company's Netherlands organisation.

Emerson Process Management has appointed Constantijn Tsiris as General Manager, The Netherlands. In this role Constantijn will lead the Dutch organisation with the key aim of helping customers with projects to cut operational costs, increase output, improve safety, and reduce energy and emissions.

Constantin Tsiris
Having attained a bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rotterdam, Constantijn began his career at Emerson in 2001 as a Proposal Engineer. Since 2011 Constantijn has been the Sales Director for Emerson’s Process Systems and Solutions business in The Netherlands, overseeing complex and large-scale control and safety systems projects.

“It is an honour to become General Manager of the Dutch organisation,” said Constantijn Tsiris. “Dutch companies face increasing pressure to improve operational efficiency and reduce costs, enabling them to remain competitive in global markets. Industrial automation plays a key role in achieving these goals and Emerson technologies along with the local service and support we can provide help ensure successful implementation and lifecycle care.”

“I am delighted to appoint Constantijn to the position of General Manager, The Netherlands,” said Roel van Doren, President, Emerson Process Management Europe. “Emerson is committed to helping the process industry execute modernisation and improvement programmes. Constantijn’s extensive experience in executing projects will be invaluable to our continued success in the region.”

Constantijn takes over from Guido Wink, who having held the position for the last five years has become Senior Director of Sales for Emerson’s Process Systems and Solutions business unit in Europe.