Friday, August 14, 2015

Single board computer deployed on International Space Station!

GE Energy Management’s Intelligent Platforms tells us that  its CR11 single board computer (SBC) has been successfully deployed and is fully operational onboard the International Space Station (ISS) as part of the continuing experiments by the European Space Agency (ESA) taking place way above the earth.
PK-4 Commissioning Experiment in June 2015 (Pic: NASA/ESA)

The CR11 is at the heart of the supporting infrastructure of ESA’s Plasma Kristall-4 (PK-4) research missions. Two CR11s are integrated in the Control & Video Unit which was installed within a host rack known as the European Physiology Module (EPM). At the beginning of June 2015, the one week commissioning experiment session was successfully performed.

It is a permanent installation by ESA within the European Columbus research module onboard the ISS,  designed to conduct experiments on the complex plasmas in space. Plasma is the fourth state of matter after solid, liquid and gaseous. In space, more than 99 per cent of visible material (e.g. stars, clouds of gas and so on) is made up of this fourth state of matter.
For PK-4, the CR11s are utilized to execute the scientific script, record high volumes of video (130 Mbytes/sec) and housekeeping data, and display experiment video.

“This is a great example of what GE Rugged is all about,” said Chris Lever, General Manager, Embedded at GE’s Intelligent Platforms business. “Whether it’s in the harsh environment of a heavy manufacturing facility, a railroad locomotive, onboard an armored vehicle – or, as it is here, out in space – GE’s solutions are designed to operate with absolute reliability wherever they are deployed, in whatever conditions. It’s excellent to have the opportunity, through the great work that OHB is doing with the International Space Station, to demonstrate again what GE Rugged really means.”

The CR11 joins another GE solution on board the International Space Station. In 2010, Goodrich Corporation created a custom version of the NETernity™ RM924RC Ethernet switch, and a number of these now play a key role as part of the network control system of the onboard iPEHG (improved Payload Ethernet Gateway).

The CR11 is a 6U, CompactPCI single board computer featuring an Intel® Core™ Duo Processor. It is specifically designed to withstand the rigors of deployment in the harshest environments – like the International Space Station. It is optionally available with conduction cooling and extended temperature range of -40° to +80° C, while increased shock and vibration immunity is designed in by using optional stiffener bars and wedge locks. Other typical applications include factory automation, simulation/training, test and measurement etc.

• The International Space Station is a joint project among five participating space agencies - NASA, Roscosmos, JAXA, ESA, and CSA – and was launched in 1998. It has been continuously occupied since 2000. The largest artificial body in orbit – at 400 kilometres/250 miles  - it serves as a microgravity and space environment research laboratory in which crew members conduct experiments in biology, human biology, physics, astronomy, meteorology and other fields.

Room transmitter for CO2, humidity and temperature.

The EE800 transmitter from E+E Elektronik measures CO2, temperature and relative humidity and calculates the dew point temperature. The versions with Modbus RTU or BACnet MS/TP interface also calculate absolute humidity, mixing ratio, specific enthalpy, frost point temperature and partial water vapour pressure. In addition, they can be easily integrated into a bus system for building automation or automatic indoor climate control.

The CO2 infrared measuring principle (dual wavelength NDIR*) used on the EE800 is characterized by high resistance to contamination. The auto-calibration compensates for ageing effects, which leads to exceptional long-term stability. A multi-point CO2 and temperature factory adjustment ensures excellent CO2 measurement accuracy across the entire temperature working range.

The EE800 versions with analogue output (current or voltage) also feature also an optional passive temperature output.

The innovative snap-on design allows for fast mounting and minimizes installation costs. In order to meet various international standards the EE800 is available in two enclosure sizes. The measured or calculated values can be read on the optional display. An optional USB configuration adapter facilitates easy setup and adjustment of the EE800.

*non-dispersive infrared technology

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

PoE gateway!

Emerson Process Management has added Power over Ethernet (PoE) to the Smart Wireless Gateway 1420, making it possible to power the gateway and compatible devices using a standard Ethernet cable. 
PoE allows easy, economical installation of wireless Gateways without requiring extra power wiring infrastructure.

The PoE Gateway provides infrastructure flexibility in places where there is limited access to power. By using an Ethernet cable connection, a new PoE Gateway can be easily installed and powered by an existing wireless access point. Alternately, PoE allows the Gateway to power any Ethernet-enabled instrument. Taking advantage of existing power infrastructure results in a significant cost savings compared to running new wiring.

Open architecture communications protocol facilitates monitoring in automated systems.

Excelsys Technologies has announced the availability of PMBus communications on its Xsolo series of 1U, single output power supply units (PSUs). Xsolo units equipped with an optional I2C digital interface can be remotely monitored by system supervisory equipment utilizing industry standard PMBus protocols.

The XSolo family is offered in a both convection-cooled 504W open-frame U-channel form-factor model (6.8 W/ and an enclosed, fan-cooled chassis model that delivers up to 1008W (13.6 W/ Capable of achieving 92% efficiency, these ultra-compact and rugged PSUs meet the exacting requirements of medical, industrial, IT and military COTs applications. Additionally, both models carry a five-year warranty.

“The addition of PMBus capabilities to our Xsolo platform is an answer to customer requests for connectivity at a systems level,” said Gary Duffy, Excelsys CEO. “The remote monitoring of system power supply voltage, current and temperature can provide system status and remote health monitoring functionality for our customers’ end products.”

The XSolo family features dual safety agency certification: EN60950-1 for industrial applications and EN60601-1, 2nd and 3rd edition for medical applications—fully meeting the stringent creepage and clearance, 4kV ac. isolation and >300 uA leakage current requirements. The XSolo family also meets the voltage dip and interruption requirements of SEMI F47, as well as the environmental conditions per MIL-STD-810. In addition, the products are compliant with all relevant EMC emission and immunity standards.

The XSolo platform offers system integrators with a host of standard features, including variable fan speed, 12V/300mA isolated bias supply, remote ON/OFF, output voltage control and parallel operation for higher power applications. Nominal output voltages are 24V and 48V with wide adjustment ranges and user-defined setpoints.

More about PMBus.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

On/Off-grid solar power system design guide.

CyboEnergy has released an On/Off-Grid Solar Power System Design Guide. This guide will help customers and installers to design on-grid and on/off-grid renewable energy systems with battery storage to provide backup power when the grid is down. CyboEnergy's latest innovation, the On-Off/Grid CyboInverter, is the core product that enables this design.

CyboEnergy CEO, Dr. George Cheng said, "Response for the groundbreaking On/Off-Grid CyboInverter has been very positive since the product was released in June 2015. A number of On/Off-Grid CyboInverters have been successfully installed in different countries. Because there are no comparable products on the market, we developed this guide to provide a systematic approach for customers to design and build cost-effective and useful on/off-grid solar power systems."

As an example, the following diagram shows a 6KW on/off-grid solar power system where three On-Grid CyboInverters and an On/Off-Grid CyboInverter twin pack are used.
Each unit is connected with four 300W solar panels, offering panel-level MPPT to maximize power production. The On/Off-Grid CyboInverter Twin Pack has a Master and Slave Unit working as a group, each of which connects to one 300W solar panel and a set of 36V batteries. When the grid is on, the system can generate up to 4.2KW power to the grid. When the grid is down, all inverters will shutdown immediately based on the UL1741 safety requirements. The On/Off-Grid CyboInverters will then switch to the off-grid mode automatically to run the connected AC loads on the off-grid circuit. Since this is a scalable design, a larger system can be implemented with multiple on/off-grid sub-systems of different sizes. The total on-grid output power from each sub-system can be combined in an electric panel to be sent to the grid. Each sub-system will have its own independent off-grid circuit to power the connected AC loads when the grid is down. This enables a "plug-and-play" installation by using On-Grid and On/Off-Grid CyboInverters.
It has an easy to understand format with graphics, drawings, comparison tables, and highlighted text. It is useful for companies, solar installers, and homeowners that want to build a useful and easy to install on/off-grid solar power system for homes and facilities, especially those where backup power is a necessity but not available, including: nursing homes, clinics, data centers, hotels, stores, etc. The guide can be downloaded from CyboEnergy's website.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

DC Electronic Load with Energy Recovery to AC Mains.

Intepro Systems has introduced the ELR9000 Series of electronic dc loads. A unique feature of the ELR9000 Series is an integral, grid-synchronized inverter designed to return up to 95% of the load test energy back to the grid. The rack-mounted unit is available, off-the shelf, with output ratings of 3.5 kW, 7 kW and 10.5 kW — scalable to 105 kW.

The ELR9000 Series offers four common regulation modes: constant voltage, constant current, constant resistance and constant power. The FPGA-based operational controls include a function generator and a table-based regulation circuit for the simulation of non-linear internal resistances. Intepro’s PowerStar 6 software package enables the creation of test routines using a drag-and-drop menu where coding can be performed without programming.

“Our new ELR9000 Series of electronic DC loads offers all the necessary features of today’s electronic loads — plus the added benefit of energy recovery to mains,” said Gerard Sheehan, Intepro's Chief Technical Officer. “Recovering the load energy reduces energy costs. It also offers a cost-effective alternative to the expensive cooling systems used by conventional air- and water-cooled loads to dissipate energy as heat.”

Intepro Systems offers electronic loads as stand-alone units or as complete test systems. Maintenance contracts and onsite calibrations are also available for its test systems.

Maritime award for drives!

Earlier this year Rob de Ruiter of DNV-GL at Barendrecht (NL), presented the DNV type approval certificate to Teun van der Heiden of Emerson Industrial Automation at Sliedrecht (NL). In the maritime market, DNV-GL is known as a demanding classification society which sets high standards for products for maritime applications.

The assessment was not limited to Unidrive M's product properties, but also the quality of the production process. During an extensive audit of the Control Techniques production site in Newtown, (GB), it was confirmed that the Unidrive M production process met DNV-GL's requirements concerning control at the component level, assembly process, intermediate tests, final tests and maintaining a worldwide production standard and traceability at Emerson Industrial Automation production sites throughout the world.

The fact that Unidrive M already had many approvals and had been tested by independent bodies meant that the type approval certificate could be granted more quickly. However, given DNV-GL's specific requirements, various additional tests were undertaken to ensure effective operation under maritime conditions.

The issue of the DNV-GL maritime type approval certificate means a major step forward for the application of Emerson Industrial Automation's Unidrive M product range in the worldwide maritime and offshore markets.

How small is your particle!

Traditional methods for measuring airborne particulate matter measure particle mass per unit air volume, usually with an upper size limit of x microns (PMx etc.). However, from a human health perspective, the particles of most interest are those that penetrate deep into the lungs. For this reason, Air Monitors has launched the Naneos Partector nanoparticle detector in Britain.

The Swiss made Naneos Partector measures lung deposited surface area (LDSA), and is the world's smallest nanoparticle detector. Based on a novel non-contact electrical detection principle, the Partector is a portable personal air sampler that requires almost no maintenance. Battery powered and simple to operate, the Partector provides sampling and LDSA measurements over a wide range of particle sizes.

Weighing just 445 grams, the Partector is commonly employed for workplace sampling, but can be used in any setting; both indoors and outdoors. The instrument features a colour display for live readings and has a high concentration alarm; however data are stored on a removable SD card.

A second version has a sample port for collecting nanoparticles onto standard Transmission Electron Microscopic (TEM) grids for later analysis. For inhalation toxicology studies, an OEM version allows for an external pump and real-time data to control nanoparticle exposure

After Industrie 4.0 and IIoT comes EX4.0!

“Ex 4.0” is a new distinguishing label for state-of-the-art solutions in explosion protection that ensure maximum versatility of use from R. Stahl. Designed for operation in almost all regions, “Ex 4.0” equipment can be integrated into diverse installations and networks. These components and systems provide superior efficiency, smart features, ensure comfortable handling and optimised maintenance.

Much like the “Industry 4.0” and “Industrial Internet of Things” (IIoT) designations, “Ex 4.0” identifies a new generation of high-performance solutions and technologies, highlighting a comprehensive availability of process and diagnostic data from the field. This capability opens up new possibilities for complex analysis and smart responses, e.g. preventive maintenance. Highly flexible monitoring and operating options including location-independent operation via mobile devices or remote access are ensured.

However, “Ex 4.0” covers an even greater scope of features. Applied to a broad variety of different products – luminaires, isolators or remote I/O systems, control boxes, cameras or HMIs –, the label marks the presence of the full range of crucial qualities of future-oriented explosion-protected components. Notably, this means truly global suitability, made possible by the availability of services throughout the world, multiple regional certifications, support for diverse bus systems and communication standards, and an extremely robust mechanical design. Only products toughened for operation in extreme conditions, including severe cold, high humidity, aggressive saltwater-infused atmospheres, constant vibration and other harsh environmental influences, are awarded the “Ex 4.0” label. R. STAHL has been able to ensure that the entire portfolio meets these criteria without compromising safety and availability. All R. STAHL hazardous area technology has therefore earned the “Ex 4.0” designation.

Stahl products are marketed in Ireland through Douglas Controls & Automation.

Tough and dynamic synchronous motors.

A new series of robust and efficient synchronous motors, the SM40 series, has been introduced by WEG. It is specifically for the power range from 5 to 35 MW. The motors provide exceptional reliability in demanding applications with extended maintenance intervals, enabling users to reduce servicing costs and increase process uptime. With shaft and rotor made from a single piece of forged steel and high starting torque, the new SM40 is ideal for high-inertia applications including centrifugal compressors in air separation plants or the oil and gas industry, large fans in the steel industry or power plants, and high-power pumps and pulp mills.

The SM40 motor has a robust rotor construction with high mechanical strength and stability, and has been designed to eliminate the risk of detachment of individual pole shoes or pole mounting screws. The stator consists of high-quality, low-loss silicon steel laminations and top-grade bobbin windings insulated using a special vacuum/pressure impregnation (VPI) process while an optimised thermal design ensures uniform temperature distribution along the stator, prolonging the service life of the winding insulation.

“WEG is committed to helping business worldwide save energy and maintenance costs thus reducing the total cost of ownership (TCO),” says Marek Lukaszczyk, European & Middle East Marketing Manager at WEG. “Our new SM40 motors are exceptionally sturdy and highly efficient and are designed to help increase productivity which bringing maintenance and energy costs down.”

The motors have a high starting torque and low starting current enabling users to achieve significant energy savings, which is particularly important in energy-intensive applications.  The low starting current also minimises the impact of the motor on the power supply network and means starting aids such as starting chokes, autotransformers or variable speed drives become unnecessary, thus bringing costs down further.

SM40 motors can also help plants reduce power costs and improve the efficiency of the power network to which they are connected because the deliver high efficiency over a wide power range and enable users to correct the power factor. As a result, they deliver a short investment payback time and the SM40 series is ideal for industries where 24/7 operation is the norm.

Equipped with the Sync-Rite synchronisation module, the motors can be optionally configured to allow parameters such as excitation current, voltage and synchronisation status to be read and indicated over a BlueTooth link to improve ease of use even further.

The SM40 motor’s housing is made from welded steel plates and profile sections to ensure high bending strength and robustness. This design enables the motors to withstand substantial mechanical loads and keep vibration levels low, even under high stress. Various housing and cooling options are available for matching the motors to application specifications.

Available in the power range from 5 to 35 MW and in frame sizes from IEC 800 to IEC 1250, the new SM40 high-performance four-pole motors are designed as horizontal synchronous motors with solid salient pole rotors for voltages up to 13.8 kV at 50 or 60 Hz. The motors can be used in explosion hazards areas with certification conforming to IEC (ATEX, IEC Ex, INMETRO, TR CU or others on request) and NEC/CEC (CSA) for protection classes Ex nA or Ex pz/Ex px, as well as Class I Division 2.

Let the future begin!

The latest version of software, PACTware 5.0, has been announced by the PACTware Consortium. This software is fully based on the FDT2 standard. It is the first FDT2 product from the organisation consisting of 22 member companies in the device and automation solution industry.

The consortia members commonly develop an FDT based Frame Application and have chosen to leverage the improved performance and security offered by the FDT2 technology. PACTware 5.0 is open source to the members of the PACTware Consortium.

“The addition of FDT2 is an essential step as we serve the best interest of the broad automation market and our diverse membership. As an FDT2 Frame Application, PACTware enables users to benefit from increased performance and security associated with the technology while maintaining compatibility with previous PACTware projects”, states Holger Sack, leader of marketing for the PACTware consortium. “In addition, PACTware has been upgraded for the future by employing .Net as the underlying technology thereby ensuring the investment and maintainability of PACTware 5.0 for years to come. The .Net technology not only provides greater independence from the hardware platform, it also opens up new opportunities to design a more advanced graphical user interface. In the future this will, for example, enable intuitive finger operations similar to those used on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.”

“The PACTware consortium has always been a leader for products based on the FDT standard. We are delighted to now have PACTware supplying product based on our latest standard, FDT2.” observes Glenn Schulz, Managing Director of the FDT Group. “As a result of this PACTware release, we have now reached the tipping point - the majority of FDT based applications in the marketplace are now at the FDT2 technology level.”

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Solution Platform for Process Automation.

In response to much demand from the process industries, PROFIBUS and PROFINET International (PI) has published a new white paper detailing the existing functions and capabilities of PROFINET that already meet the demands of the process automation industry, and providing guidance as to specifications that are published, or under development, and could be implemented and utilized in future products.

Process-related systems are typically complex in structure, consisting of different sub-systems with numerous devices and differing topologies, manufacturers and technologies. Plant Owners and Operators urgently want this complexity to be harmonized and the data and information systems to be fully integrated and easier to handle with resulting improvements in operational reliability.

PROFINET fully meets these demands:

  • PROFINET is 100% Ethernet and thus provides an ideal environment for interoperability at all levels of a plant. And PROFINET is precisely defined in its specifications, which is also a requirement for full interoperability.
  • As a uniform technology in a plant, PROFINET also affects personnel costs. There is less training expense, fewer specialists are needed, and plant operation is more transparent and thus more reliable and cost-efficient.
  • PROFINET is 100% Ethernet and is prepared for the close connection with IT resources. This is important when considering a generation break in IT operating personnel.
  • Energy savings is a must! Like PROFIBUS, PROFINET has a wide selection of application-oriented "profiles" for solving certain tasks. A very topical example is PROFIenergy, which enables energy saving during process-related standby periods of plant segments (robots, pumps, motors) and thus significant cost reductions.
  • Replacing of field devices must be easy and reliable. PROFINET has a wide selection of intelligent mechanisms (e.g., automatic addressing and device replacement), which meet this demand in particular.
  • Security is a must, particularly in the process industry with its sensitive processes. PROFINET already has a multi-level security concept and, because it is 100% Ethernet, it also shares in future security developments from the IT world.
  • Operational reliability and availability are keywords for plant operators. PROFINET has already proven itself for many years "in the field" of the factory automation industries, and largely eliminates startup costs for new users in the process industry.

The answer therefore to the question “Why PROFINET?” is as follows: As an Industrial Ethernet standard PROFINET offers plant operators and owners of process automation-related plants a large step forward in terms of standardization, integration, ease of use, security, and cost reduction!

PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI) is working intensively on a comprehensive solution for process automation that includes existing and new PI technologies. The goal is the development of PROFINET as the solution platform for process automation. A special working group was formed and carried out a study to compare the range of demands of the process industry on communication technology with the performance offered by PROFINET. Based on this research, a gap analysis identified the needed developments of the technologies and specifications. Special emphasis was put on the explicit specification of all functions needed to ensure interoperability between products of different manufacturers.

The results are discussed in the new white paper - PROFINET – The Solution Platform for Process Automation. (pdf)

Power supply in Scandinavia!

Excelsys Technologies has added Divisoft AB to its distribution network. Divisoft will distribute solutions from Excelsys Technologies to OEM customers in the Industrial, Medical and Government Sectors throughout Scandinavia & Northern Europe.

“We are delighted to have significantly strengthened our distribution network with the signing of this agreement with Divisoft. Our partnership will enable us to offer the highest possible levels of service to our customers in Scandinavia and Northern Europe through Divisoft. As a Team they have fantastic experience with high-end Power Supply design-in activity at leading OEM’s, and this will allow us to rapidly increase penetration in these territories” said Conor Duffy, European Sales Manager at Excelsys.

Divisoft will particularly focus on our Xgen, UltiMod and Xsolo platforms all of which are all field proven and have a 5 year warranty. They deliver best in class efficiencies and power densities with industry leading reliability and their unique levels of flexibility allows our customer to release better products faster. These platforms meet the most stringent certification requirements from the Medical, Industrial and Government Sectors including; UL/EN60950 2nd edition, UL/EN60601-1 3rd edition, MIL STD-810G, MIL-STD-461F, SEMI F47.

Typical applications include; Clinical Diagnostic Equipment, Medical Lasers, Dialysis Equipment, Radiological Imaging, Clinical Chemistry, Test & Measurement, Industrial Machines, Automation Equipment, Printing, Telecommunications, Audio Equipment, Radar Systems, Simulators, Hangar Diagnostics, Data Processing and Communications.

Warehouse mgmt system & fully integrated track & trace in pharma plant.

Losan Pharma is to introduce the latest version of Werum’s PAS-X MES in their main plant in Neuenburg am Rhein, (D). The medium-sized company specializes in contract research and manufacturing (CMO) of innovative solid dosage forms and has many international pharma and biotech customers.
Production of stick packs
Pic: Losan Pharma GmbH

Werum’s PAS-X meets the various requirements of a CMO company with a differing customer structure.

PAS-X will be implemented in several stages as a full-scope MES out of the box and it will be interfaced with the Infor Blending ERP system. Once PAS-X is fully implemented, it comprises e.g. a warehouse management system and a fully integrated Track & Trace system to prevent counterfeiting.

“The integrated Track & Trace functionality ensures a consistent flow of information from the ERP to the automation level. So we do not need an additional third-party product for serialization,” says Dr. Marco Klingele, Head of Administration, Losan Pharma GmbH. “PAS-X will help us to significantly increase the efficiency and quality of our processes and provide our customers with even better products in an even shorter time.”

Monday, August 10, 2015

Measuring very small pressures!

The new Type 601A miniature pressure sensor from Kistler Instruments, available in both charge output and voltage (IEPE) output types, is ideally suited to a wide variety of dynamic pressure measurement applications. The high sensitivity of the unique PiezoStar® crystal developed by Kistler, much higher than that possible with quartz, allows small pressure fluctuations which are superimposed on static pressures to be measured with exceptional resolution.

In addition to the high sensitivity and small size, the charge output version has an extremely wide operating temperature range from -196 to + 350°C at pressures up to 250 bar. The 601A also benefits for a high natural frequency (>215kHz), making it an ideal solution for applications with dynamic pressure events.

The diaphragm design is optimised for applications where the pressure measurement is simultaneously accompanied by high temperature transients such as in testing of closed vessels, airbags, pyrotechnics etc. The new sensors are available in standard (37.65mm overall) and short (14.85mm overall) welded, hermetically sealed housings.

Typical applications include pressure pulsation on pumps and compressors and dynamic measurements on pyrotechnic devices.

Automation Services: Trends and Developments!

Automation Services are growing in importance to end users because many of them lack experienced internal resources. Services also offer an excellent opportunity to suppliers and OEMs to grow their business and improve client relationships. Still, throughout the value chain, from suppliers to end users, there is a considerable lack of benchmarks and guidelines.

Click image to take survey!
While ARC Advisory Group has conducted research on Automation Services for many years, they now want to increase our efforts with a broad scale online survey. This will accompany our extensive quantitative research to better understand automation related services provided by the suppliers as well as OEMs and third parties.

The survey is designed for suppliers, OEMs, SIs & EPCs, and end users of automation equipment. It contains different set of questions for each group.

Privacy is assured, and identification of participants will not be released to others. Total responses are accumulated with others to chart the results and only aggregated information will be published.

Suppliers will be supported by an overview of the market and what their counterparts are doing. End user will be supported with KPIs and trends from their peers. All participants receive a FREE summary of the key findings.

New chief selected for fibre-optic board!

FBGS Technologies GmbH, parent company of FBG International NV, announced on July 10 2015 that its Board of Directors and the majority shareholders of FBGS have chosen Dr. Eric Lindner as the organization's next Chief Executive Officer as of August 1, 2015.

“During the past 4 years, FBGS underwent a tremendous change from a small and project-oriented company to a professional and internationally well-known supplier of high-quality fiber optic sensors. Now, it is time to bring the company to the next level with a variety of interesting business opportunities. The board is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Eric Lindner as the new CEO of FBGS, as he has been responsible for a great portion of our success over the years. With his competence in FBGS core technology, his business acumen and strategic agility, we are convinced that he has the ability to inspire the team, customers, and business partners with the company vision.” said Stephan Beier (Chairman of the Board of FBGS).

"I'm honored, and grateful to the Board and the shareholders for the opportunity to lead this highly innovative organization of creative, dedicated, and talented people. We are in a phase of high growth with many interesting and promising business opportunities. As we produce innovative, state-of-the-art products for numerous sensing applications in different markets, the company is transforming into a major player in the fiber sensing optics industry. This is a terrific opportunity that any leader would welcome." said Lindner.

Dr. Lindner, 32, holds a Diplom (MSc) in Physics from the University Jena (Germany). He completed his doctoral thesis (Dr.rer.nat) in “High Temperature Stable Fiber Bragg Gratings” at the Leibniz Institute of Photonics Technology (IPHT) in Jena. During that time, he was also involved in advance research at the University of Sydney (Australia). He joined FBGS in 2008, and has held various leadership positions within the organization. Lindner has been instrumental in driving new developments for the next generation of fiber optic sensing systems.

“We want to express our sincere thanks to the former CEO, Hugo Mertens for his tremendous effort in building up the FBGS organization and look forward to a continuous good cooperation, as he will remain associated with the firm as a consultant.“ said Beier.