Monday, November 30, 2015

Partnership in chocolate!

Working in close cooperation with Siemens, machine builder BSA Schneider has successfully engineered machines for confectionery production which are both efficient and compact. Thanks to integrated control and drive technology from Siemens, these can also be simply adapted in line with customer requirements.

The Chocfiner five-roll mill is delivered
completely pre-commissioned and is
fully up and running within just days.
Machine building specialist BSA Schneider has specialized in machines and plants for the chocolate, cocoa and confectionery industry. Fully aware of just how much complex technology is involved in the manufacture of confectionery, BSA works in cooperation with Siemens to stay at the forefront of innovation with ever new plant concepts. Its popular Chocfiner model is one example: Its innovative drive concept comprises a combination of motor modules with DC-link which processes the crystalline content of the sugar in the raw chocolate mass – eliminating the need for a complete machine. Another benefit of the Chocfiner is its size. The converter and water-cooled motors are so compact in design that they can be integrated in the rollers and supports, allowing the ready-assembled Chocfiner to be fitted into a standard container for shipping. This cuts the time required for set-up and start of production on the customer’s premises down to just a few days instead of several weeks. It also saves transport costs, as it does away with the need for costly outsized packaging.

IDS helps create perfect chocolate
Without what is known in the trade as conching the raw mass, chocolate would be inedible. Typical conches take one to twelve tons of raw chocolate mass and require sensitive process controls and drive systems. To ensure long-term stability of these systems BSA has opted for fitting these conches with Integrated Drives Systems (IDS) from Siemens, comprising a water-cooled 1PH8 motor, Sinamics-G 120 converter and a large Flender gear box. All the components of the drive system are supplied by Siemens and are ideally coordinated to work together. This saves energy as well as reducing machine noise. The use of IDS allows the machine builder to also adjust the output of the plant to individual customer requirements or to respond to changes in the recipe within a single component unit. The components to match the IDS are automatically selected using the TIA Portal.

Worldwide service
Another benefit of using integrated drive technology is brought to bear when it comes to plant maintenance: Service technicians are able to access data on the drive level – also using remote maintenance. The close cooperation between BSA and Siemens testifies to the improvements possible in engineering and product safety when expertise and competence are shared between users, machine builders and automation partners.

Vision seminars now available to download.

The UKIVA has expressed its satisfaction with the outcomes of two recent exhibitions: Photonex and the PPMA Show. At Photonex, overall attendance at the UKIVA “Vision in Action” conference was more than double that of previous years, while 19 UKIVA members who exhibited at the PPMA Show reaped the benefit of a steady stream of high quality visitors.

At this year’s Photonex exhibition, the association ran its most ambitious seminar programme to date and was rewarded with significantly increased attendance figures. Copies of all of the presentations are available for download here at the UKIVA website. Highly popular were the Keynote speech delivered by Dr. Will Maddern a senior researcher from the mobile robotics group at the University of Oxford, a talk on 3D vision techniques & applications and a discussion on the rise of the CMOS sensor.

Atacama Desert - Mars on Earth!
Dr. Maddern’s talk focused on the challenges and opportunities of using vision in autonomous driving applications. This provided an overview of methods developed at the Oxford Mobile Robotics Group to perform calibration, localisation, mapping, navigation and obstacle detection in road scenes using cameras towards the goal of low-cost autonomy for road vehicles. The technology even has potential beyond its use for autonomous driving here on earth since the research team has also trialled the system on a prototype Mars Rover in tests in the Atacama Desert in South America!

UKIVA Chairman, Ian Alderton, said: “We have received very positive feedback both from those who attended the talks and from the speakers themselves, many of whom were engaged in further discussions following their presentations."

The PPMA Show also proved to be a great success for UKIVA members exhibiting there. Over 17% of visitors to the show registered vision as being at least one of their interests. Many UKIVA members were delighted with the depth of technical discussions they were able to have with their visitors about their practical application needs.

Chemical and Petrochemical industries brochure.

The chemical and petrochemical industries make extremely high demands on all instruments used within the process. The valued precision and quality of WIKA's products ensure their customers right around the world maximum plant availability.

Particularly in applications with aggressive media, in combination with high media temperatures, individual solutions with diaphragm seal assemblies or thermowells are essential. There is an equally large variety with the requirements of level monitoring in tank farms. For all application examples mentioned, WIKA offers a programme of pressure, temperature and level measuring instruments, as well as calibration instruments and services.

Their new segment brochure provides an overview of our broad range of products and services for the chemical and petrochemical industry. In addition, users receive information on the topics of instrument requirements (approvals, materials, functional safety) as well as process adaptations of measuring instruments by use of diaphragm seals and thermowells as well as the most important welding procedure tests employed in this context.

• WIKA products are marketed in Ireland by Instrument Technology.


Connector Manufacturing & Cable Assembly on one campus!

Intelliconnect (Europe) has combined all of its manufacturing operations in a larger facility in Corby (GB). Connector manufacturing has been moved from its Chelmsford base where it will be joined by the Cable Harness Division.

The new facility occupies 3,000sq ft. and has an air-conditioned test room accommodating electrical and environmental cycling, mechanical inspection equipment and product test facilities. The connector and cable assembly manufacturing area measures 1500sq. ft. and includes a tool room with lathes, drills and hand turning tools. 

Roy Philips, Managing Director of Intelliconnect Europe, comments, “Our cable harness and connector businesses are growing rapidly and both needed more space. Combining all of our manufacturing in one facility, improves our logistics and efficiency and allows us to share resources. Our office in Chelmsford will continue to be our headquarters and sales office.”

Intelliconnect is the largest British manufacturer of RF and waterproof connectors suitable for applications including wearable technology, medical, telecoms, satcoms, military, aerospace, space, general microwave communications, rail traction, oil and gas and marine. Intelliconnect also manufacture the market leading Pisces range of waterproof RF connectors, coaxial adaptors to facilitate inter-series connection and gender change etc. dust-caps and offer value added services.


Intelliconnect’s cable division are specialist manufacturers of affordable, high quality, high frequency microwave cables including triaxial assemblies, semi-rigid, semi-flexible and cryogenic cables as well as standard RG/LMR type products.  Cables can be waterproofed to IP68 and include special features including phase matching and ruggedised assemblies for use in harsh environments and

Powerful development environment for machine vision applications.

Common Vision Blox 2016 (CVP 2016), the new release of Stemmer Imaging’s powerful development environment for machine vision applications, is now available. The new version features Windows 10 support with a GigE Vision filter driver, support for additional platforms and operating systems as well as the new CVB Polimago search tool.

The extensive range of new functions provides users with significant benefits in terms of time saved both during the development process as well as by using the software tools. CVB 2016 features extended hardware support for ARM platforms as well as for the Odroid system on chip variants (SoC) such as Samsung Exynos5422. These cost-effective systems are based on processors including Cortex A7 and A15 with up to 2 GHz and Octa Core CPUs, allowing high-performance image processing on extremely compact and flexible platforms.

Regarding operating systems, the new version is available for Windows and Linux (Ubuntu, Mint, Kubuntu) both in 32 bit and 64 bit. CVB 2016 also supports the OpenEmbedded Linux-Yocto operating system which allows users an individual configuration of OS components and thus the optimisation of the system’s footprint.

The GigE Vision filter driver for Windows 10 is an unique feature of CVB 2016 and is currently only available from Stemmer Imaging. Drivers for all current interfaces like USB3 Vision, GigE Vision, CameraLink, CoaXPress etc. are also included. Thanks to the support of all major machine vision interfaces on ARM and Intel-based hardware platforms CVB is an independent and flexible SDK for industrial imaging. CVB users have the freedom to use their own algorithms without having to deal with the driver level.

The latest CVB release also includes the new CVB Polimago search tool. It provides easy implementation and robust detection rates of solid or deformed patterns as well as pose estimation of objects at high processing speeds. The newly developed teach program for Windows both in 32 bit and 64 bit reduces the users’ effort during the teaching phase: CVB Polimago automatically generates thousands of training images thus significantly improving the teaching process and increasing the recognition rates.

Another helpful new feature is the code grading possibility in the Barcode reading tool CVB Barcode. This functionality supplies code quality information for 1D, datamatrix and QR codes which improves the security of code reading.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Validate humidity probes quickly and simply.

Michell Instruments has introduced a new portable verification system for humidity probes – the HygroCal100 humidity validator. Weighing just 3.2 kg, it is less than a ¼ of the weight of its closest competitor and with a battery life of up to 8 hours the unit is designed with portability in mind.

The humidity test chamber is highly stable and allows the evaluation of relative humidity sensors in the range of 5 to 95% RH. Up to seven probes, with different diameters and output signals, can be validated simultaneously. The HygroCal100’s innovative design allows the probes to be integrated with the chamber and user interface enabling the operator to easily monitor the readings of each probe during the calibration cycle. In addition, all the calibration data can be downloaded from the unit on to a USB drive for later use.

An external reference hygrometer, such as Michell’s fundamental, chilled mirror Optidew Vision, can be integrated into the system. If this reference has a traceable calibration, it allows users to incorporate this traceability into their verifications.

The unit is easily programmable through its touch-screen interface enabling calibration routines to be completely automated. The operator defines the humidity points, and time to remain at each of them, inserts the probes and the reference (if used), then leaves the unit to work through the cycle.

The HygroCal100 contains an internal polymer reference – Michell’s latest generation HS3 sensor, giving class-leading ±0.8%rh accuracy. For long term reliability, the HygroCal100 can be calibrated against an external reference. This is an automatic function: once the reference is connected and the calibration initiated, the HygroCal100 automatically runs through the steps and prompts the user for actions.

• Michell Instruments are marketed in Ireland by Instrument Technology.


CAN bus line for low-temperature applications.

A low-temperature resistant and reeling CAN bus line with a small outside diameter has been developed by Hradil Spezialkabel. The cable has been designed for minimal bending radius and high data throughput in particular. This makes it ideal for high-bay deep-freeze facilities, i.e. for controlling stacker cranes with integrated video cameras.

What you need to know about CAN bus*
In a CAN bus, components are connected to the joint data line, the bus, by short stubs. This means that relatively little cabling is required and that additional applications can be easily connected to the bus. An access process (protocol) is needed to control the flow of data to the various components on the common bus line. The controller area network (CAN) connects applications (nodes) using a two-wire twisted pair. The CAN protocol was developed by Bosch in 1983 for automotive applications. CANopen allows components from different manufacturers to work together. CAN bus technology is predominantly used in automation technology because it is highly immune to noise, low-cost and real-time capable.
The CAN bus line permits the noise-free transmission of image data and control signals to the goods logistics department static-free, even at low temperatures and under mechanical stress. This means that status data on the location of goods and sequences can be transmitted to the warehouse management system via image processing. Automated processes enable the stacker crane to respond to the status and position the goods. Hans Haller, Hradil’s press officer, explains: “We have designed the CAN bus cable to be reeling, as well as suitable for industrial applications under difficult conditions. This opens up completely new areas of application for CAN bus systems, even at temperatures below freezing.”

Intelligent stacker cranes in high-bay deep-freeze facilities are typical applications. Hradil CAN bus cable is ideal for moving applications under extreme temperature conditions between -40°C and +80°C.

(PresseBox) The stacker crane transmits real-time video signals and control data to the warehouse management system via the CAN bus to trigger automated order picking.

State-of-the-art cable architecture
The Hradil CAN bus line is distinguished by four features: reduced outside diameter, extreme resistance to cold, drum reeling and characteristic impedance of 120 ohms. In addition to the CAN bus core, the cable has further control wires.

It contains stress-free twisted cores, banding and shielding, some made from special PTFE film, and an open aramid braided sleeve with strain relief. The outer sheath is made of halogen-free TPE-U. The cables can be operated at temperatures between -40°C and +80°C and their tensile strength is up to 2,000 N.

The Hradil CAN bus cable is flame retardant in accordance with ICE 60332-1 and conformant with EU Directive 2011/65/EC (RoHSII). It is oil and fuel-resistant, as well as resistant against cooling agents and lubricants. Furthermore, it is ozone and UV-resistant, which makes it suitable for outdoor-applications.

CiA international is the CAN users’ and manufacturers’ group


Thursday, November 26, 2015

Partnership to develop and promote robust I/O interconnect system.

Specifically designed to address the challenges associated with the deployment of 4G+, LTE+ and future 5G in the Telecom market, OCTIS™ provides a robust I/O interconnect solution that can operate in challenging outdoor and harsh environments.

The Radiall and FCI partnership leverages the expertise of both companies. Radiall’s long term legacy of developing robust outdoor I/O interconnect solutions combined with FCI’s expertise in the design of High Speed signal and Power IO interconnect products provide customers a broad portfolio of outdoor performing IO solutions.

“This synergistic partnership creates a significant opportunity for FCI to offer differentiating I/O solutions in a ruggedized package that reliably perform in diverse harsh environments” noted Danny Morlion, Chief Technology Officer at FCI.

Luc Kaës, VP of product management at Radiall further comments, “We are excited by this partnership between the two technology and customer support driven organizations. It is rare to see such a high level of collaboration between two teams to develop an innovative I/O system.”

OCTIS™ can accommodate multi-standard and varying interconnect configurations such as SFP or SFP+ transceiver integration (with dual LC cabling), RJ45 (to transmit cat5e or cat6 Ethernet signal), high data rate signal, POE+, direct power supply (AC/DC) or a hybrid of power and signal.

New tools to increase Lockout/Tagout efficiency.


Lockout/Tagout is being implemented in an increasing number of industries. That is no surprise since the procedure, if applied correctly, guarantees employee safety. New innovations in Lockout/Tagout aim to increase efficiency by focusing on product flexibility and ease of use.

The main principle of the Lockout/Tagout procedure is extremely simple: isolate machines from their energy supply for safe interventions and maintenance. To isolate a machine from its energy sources, push buttons, levers, valves or handles are rendered inoperable by blocking them with a lockout device. A maintenance worker can lock these devices in place with a padlock, ensuring co-workers cannot accidentally re-energise a machine before maintenance is done.

Increased Lockout/Tagout efficiency
Diligently applying Lockout/Tagout devices in line with procedure is critical to guarantee worker safety during machine interventions. This requires time which is won back by avoiding costly and time consuming accidents. New and innovative Lockout/Tagout solutions, like Brady´s Compact Cable Safety Padlock, are fast and easy to apply. They enable increased efficiency for safe machine interventions.

New tools
The innovative Compact Cable Safety Padlock combines a lockout device and padlock in one practical tool that can be applied just like a bicycle lock. Its PVC encased steel cable blocks the moveable parts or the energy source in the off-position, while the lock ensures the device cannot be removed accidentally. The new non-conductive SafelexTM Cable Lockout Device works in much the same way and is very efficient when several professionals are servicing a machine.

To block valves, a new Transparent Gate Lockout is available that allows workers to see the valve position, colour or state without having to remove the lockout device.

Fast & safe
The new innovative Lockout/Tagout tools can be applied easily, allowing for faster interventions on machinery, while still complying with company Lockout/Tagout procedures.

RF contact probe for high-speed data connectors.

The new P819 from Peak Test Services is a spring contact probe specifically designed for contacting HSD (high-speed data) connectors in RF applications.

The probe is equipped with a calyx spring for optimised guiding of the probe onto the connector. The conical insertion configuration of the circular contact and the position of the calyx spring provide an optimum set-up for maximising the capture area and minimising damage to the probe or the connector.

The P819 probe is available in different versions with different tip styles of the inner pins. For easy and secure connection of the probe, different contact elements are available to allow well defined and reproducible measuring paths even when probes are changed.

Currently the P819 allows testing with signals up to 2 GHz. However a further probe for signals up to 3 GHz with a self-cleaning tip style is planned for future release.

The new probes are available in the UK and Ireland from Peak Test Services and via a range of appointed distributors worldwide.

Servo inverter series.

Bonfiglioli Riduttori S.p.A., has added a servo inverter series, ANG Active Next Generation, to provide a higher performance for machine builders. With this new servo inverter series, Bonfiglioli offers the broadest connectivity with the most advanced control technology and the highest power density.

The company has developed the ANG Active Next Generation series to meet the requirements of special machinery in a large range of industries. One feature, in particular, is a new positioning configuration, which is dedicated for travelling drives in crane applications.

With a new micro controller, several enhanced functionalities are embedded in the ANG Active Next Generation including Cyclic Synchronous Positioning mode with cubic interpolation, brake control, and evaluation of feedback contact. Moreover, the new single axis for the control of servo motors, induction motors and synchronous reluctance motors, delivers high dynamic response, high performance and application versatility.

The ANG series supports many Ethernet fieldbuses like EtherCat, Ethernet IP and Profinet.

Protecting critical industrial infrastructure.

Lynx Software Technologies is participating in the inaugural IoT Security Foundation (IoTSF) Conference by delivering a joint paper with Webroot, and by exhibiting at the event. The Conference takes place at the Royal Society's august premises in London's Savoy Place next week (December 1 2015).

Will Keegan
Lynx announced a strategic partnership with Webroot in October. The two companies are combining their security technologies to enable developers to build advanced threat detection and protection into Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices. Lynx joined the IoTSF also in October.

At the event, Will Keegan, Technical Director, Software Security at Lynx Software Technologies, and David DuFour, Senior Director of Security Architecture, Webroot will present a paper entitled, “Protecting Critical Industrial Infrastructure Using Isolation Technology and Threat Intelligence”. It will show how sophisticated isolation kernel technology can change connected devices or gateways from being a point of attack to a point of defense.

David DuFour
Lynx Software Technologies is exhibiting its embedded RTOS and virtualization solutions offering unique safety and security functionality while embracing open standards. Its products are deployed in industries including IoT, industrial, A&D, medical and transportation. Lynx Software Technologies will be showing how the combination of its LynxOS RTOS and LynxSecure hypervisor can provide built-in security for both the connected ‘Things’ and also the infrastructure that they connect to by offering isolation of network domains. Lynx products are deployed in industries including IoT, industrial, A&D, medical and transportation.

The LynxSecure hypervisor brings unique protection characteristics to intelligent devices, gateways and cloud infrastructure. It combines military-grade security with hard real-time scheduling, offering unique differentiation against traditional virtualization solutions. The separation kernel and “Type-0” hypervisor is an award winning bare-metal architecture, designed from the ground up, that differentiates from type 1 hypervisors by removing the un-needed functionality from the “security sensitive” hypervisor mode, yet virtualizes guest OSes in a tiny stand-alone package. LynxSecure is being migrated to Cortex-A family members that offer hardware virtualization support.

The open-standards based LynxOS 7.0 brings military-grade security to the protection of connected sensors and endpoints. It is a deterministic, hard real-time operating system that provides POSIX conformant API’s in a small footprint embedded kernel. LynxOS 7.0 is being migrated initially to the ARM Cortex®-A series of processor cores, including processors from Xilinx, TI and Freescale. LynxOS 7.0 also supports the most popular reference targets in the Intel and PowerPC architectures including the new Intel 4th Generation Core, and the Freescale QorIQ processors.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Yachts achieve 205 fuel savings.

A luxury yacht manufacturer is using Powerdrive MD2 modular drives from Emerson as part of a unique power management system.
The application forms part of a bespoke system which delivers a 20% reduction in fuel consumption and allows the yacht to travel further between refuelling.

WIDER Srl, based in Castelvecchio di Monte Porzio (I), specialises in the design and construction of composite and aluminum pleasure craft with a strong focus on outstanding performance combined with low fuel consumption. The company’s Superyacht Division, where yachts up to 165ft are manufactured in aluminium, is located at the company’s satellite facility in nearby Ancona, which offers direct access to the sea.

The vessel, which features diesel-electric propulsion, is equipped with four MAN engines. Each engine is connected to an alternator to produce 350 kW of power that drives azimuthal pods.

The power generated can be stored in lithium polymer battery banks, allowing the yacht to cruise completely under electric power and in total silence,” said Tilli Antonelli, founder and CEO of WIDER Srl. “Importantly, the propulsion system is managed by the proprietary Wider Management System (WMS), which was developed conjointly by WIDER’s engineering team and Emerson.”

Four variable speed generators deliver electrical power to the super yacht, with diesel engine speed controlled by the WMS featuring Powerdrive MD2 modular drives. This ensures the engines run at best efficiency in any cruising conditions to optimise overall consumption and maximise comfort for those sailing on the vessel. A DC variable voltage switchboard with a working range of 500-750V distributes the generated electrical power. Here, power levels are adapted instantly to the requirements of the system with the support of a battery pack. Of significant note is the fact that the super yacht can spend an entire night at anchor without ever having to start a generator as the entire hotel load can be run from the batteries, offering clear benefits in terms of fuel savings and comfort on board.

“Traditional yachts run the generators at a constant speed and produce a fixed output,” explained Mr Antonelli. “This is often too much or too little for the yacht’s needs, and as a result they are in frequent need of services and overhauls. The same is true of a yacht’s engines – these run at varying speeds according to requirements, consuming vast amounts of fuel and demanding regular attention and service.”

The diesel electric system on board the WIDER 150ft super yacht is different. By connecting MAN engines to alternators they can be employed as variable speed generators, producing only as much power as necessary at any given time. This results in greater efficiency from the engines – the engineering team at WIDER estimates fuel savings of up to 20% are achievable (depending on usage) compared with the same boat using traditional twin screw propulsion. At 11 knots it gives the super yacht a range of 4,200 nautical miles between refuels, a substantial distance for a vessel with a fuel capacity of 45,000 litres.

“The Powerdrive MD2 drives help make this possible, with power from the generators or the battery banks converted into what is needed at the time,” said Mr Antonelli. “This always assures the best performance in terms of consumption and efficiency – taking into account the overall demand for power on board.”

Powerdrive MD2 is a range of high power, compact and user-friendly modular drives. The combination of power modules and choice of cooling methods make it possible to achieve multiple optimised configurations: six-pulse, low frequency harmonics, regenerative or DC bus solution. Powerdrive MD2 provides high performance motor control, making it the ideal choice for any industrial or commercial variable speed application up to 2,800 kW.

A further benefit of the greater efficiency achieved on the WIDER super yacht through the use of variable speed generators and the power management system, is that it produces less noise and vibration. This results in greater enjoyment on board, which is the basis of WIDER’s philosophy to yachting, as well as longer intervals between maintenance.

“As a result of running efficiently, maintenance such as checking for exhaust build and dirt/grime on the generator valves is reduced,” said Mr Antonelli. “Additionally, although we have four generators, it is likely that most of the time only one or two will be used, together with the batteries, which means less hours/miles on the clock and less maintenance. It should even be possible to extend intervals between standard maintenance tasks such as oil and filter changes as the engine hours are managed more efficiently than on a standard yacht.”

Another important and beneficial feature of the design is that the Powerdrive MD2 drives convert the power from AC at the generators, to DC at the battery banks, and back to AC again when it powers the azimuthal pods or the appliances on board. This guarantees the greatest possible efficiency for the propulsion system, but also acts as a voltage stabiliser, thus eliminating voltage spikes that can be harmful to appliances. The battery banks are connected to a DC distribution bus that works at a nominal 675V DC, guaranteeing considerable power to the vessel but also allowing enormous flexibility in the way that the power is managed.

Everything is controlled by the power management system, which governs power generation, flow and storage. The number of generators that are running and their speed is checked constantly against the vessel’s requirements for safety, the demand for power and the state of the battery banks. A power management strategy can even be adopted to cater for specific requests from the yacht owner, such as noise reduction, high performance, zero emissions or night mode. Each profile can be selected manually.

“We are the first yacht builder in the world to offer luxury yachts in this size range with diesel-electric propulsion combined with azimuthal pods,” said Mr Antonelli. “In fact, the 150ft model is the first super yacht produced by WIDER and the entire range (including 125ft and 165ft models) will be powered by Emerson solutions.”

“Emerson is now a dedicated and trusted partner of WIDER and was instrumental in the development of the power management system,” added Mr Antonelli. “They recognised our needs and developed an innovative solution that provides us with a distinct competitive advantage.”

Component taping systems.

Adaptsys has introduced the IS300C: a new vision system that adds traceability and quality validation to the V-Tek TM50 range of component taping machines.

The new system provides multiple checks for orientation and empty pocket detection along with mark and ink-dot inspection for precision parts in both manual and automated configurations. Traceability is achieved via a data module that can output all inspection results to a network location, memory card or local hard drive. In addition, this data module can be customised to add process controls and input/output interfaces such as bar-code scanners, keypads and label printers, for tasks such as assigning job numbers to vision results, summary report outputs at the end of taping jobs and even interactive inputting of the job results.

The integration to the TM50 controller makes it possible to ensure that the tape will increment only if a part passes inspection. Failed parts can then be replaced/re-oriented to ensure that all parts output to reel are good.

The compact design of the vision system means that no reconfiguring of the system layout is required for installation. In addition, no external PC is required for inspection set-up, since the system incorporates its own dedicated intelligent touch screen monitor.

The IS300C has been specifically designed for easy and rapid integration with the TM-50, including retrofitting to existing machines. User-friendly software ensures ease of set-up and operation, with only 2-3 minutes required to set up a new job. It inspects a wide range of parts sizes with minimal adjustments, and incorporates easily customised reporting capabilities with data logging to an FTP or other storage device available as an option. An immediate fail mode is also available as a programmable option.

The V-Tek TM-50 is a microprocessor-controlled manual taping machine which provides precise handling of different shapes and sizes of component. Several speeds are selectable to accommodate problem parts and to minimise part jumping. The machine is flexible, easy to use, and features menu driven software. In addition to its electronics flexibility, the TM-50 offers an innovative setup and changeover design, allowing a taping operator to change carrier and cover tapes in minutes.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Power-quality monitor for testing & troubleshooting.

The CW500 power quality monitor, from Yokogawa, is a general-purpose unit for field and on-site testing and troubleshooting. It is the latest addition to the company's range of power measuring instruments.

Featuring a range of clamp-on current probes, built-in data logging and measurements conforming to the IEC 6100-4-30 Class S standard, the CW500 is a multi-function instrument designed to aid the inspection and maintenance of power quality in factories, commercial or public facilities. In particular, it will detect, measure and record events such as voltage swells, sags, dips or interruptions, inrush currents, harmonics distortion and flicker which can have an adverse effect on equipment operation or energy efficiency.

The 4-channel instrument can measure multiple power lines in configurations from single-phase/2-wire up to 3-phase/4-wire, and will simultaneously measure AC voltage input on three channels, current input on four channels and DC voltage input on two channels. Parameters measured include the instantaneous, average and maximum/minimum values of voltage, current, DC input voltage, power, power factor and phase angle, along with phase advanced capacitance calculation.

All measurements are displayed on the built-in colour display screen in list, waveform, or trend formats with direct keypad control. The integration values of active, reactive and apparent energy are each displayed by consumption and generation, and demand power value can be monitored continually via graphical screens of power consumption compared to the targeted demand power value.

Intermittent anomalies such as voltage swell, voltage dip, voltage interruption, transient overvoltage and inrush current are each recorded as events and marked on occurrence waveforms, with the type of fault listed for each event. Ongoing or continuous faults such as harmonics, flicker and voltage or current imbalance rates are recorded with waveforms displayed as required.

The CW500 operates over an input AC voltage range from 6 to 1000 V and a DC voltage range from 100 mV to 10 V. The current ranges are from 2 A (for leakage current only) to 3000 A, with intermediate ranges of 50A, 100A, 200A, 500A and 1000A depending on which dedicated clamp-on current probe is used. Accuracy for power measurements is 0.3% of reading.

Up to 2 Gbyte of memory is provided by an SD memory card, and communication is via a USB interface which allows real-time management of measurements. Built-in PC software (CW500 Viewer) provides analysis of recorded data and report generation including automatic graph creation, as well as simple management of the main unit settings.

The CW500 is a compact and lightweight instrument measuring 175 × 120 × 68 mm and weighing 900 g with batteries. Power can be supplied via AC mains or by six LR6 batteries.

Process control system integration made easy.

As an “Open Integration” partner*, R. Stahl helps facilitate a quicker and more comfortable integration of devices and components sourced from a diverse range of manufacturers into process control systems.

Aside from R. STAHL and program initiator Endress+Hauser, seven other renowned companies have also joined the program. The “Open Integration” partners intend to raise the bar for conformity and interoperability tests. First, they will work with end users to define reference topologies for specific areas. Field devices and system components are then selected to ensure excellent compatibility, and the combination as a whole is validated.

This process provides tested, documented recommendations for configurations that support open communication and integration standards (HART, PROFIBUS, FOUNDATION Fieldbus, EtherNet/IP, PROFINET and FDT, EDD, FDI, respectively) and reliably meet the requirements e.g. regarding explosion protection, availability or redundancy in various kinds of applications. The program supported by R. STAHL, Endress+Hauser, AUMA Riester, HIMA Paul Hildebrandt, Honeywell Process Solutions, Mitsubishi Electric, Pepperl+Fuchs, Rockwell Automation and Schneider Electric will be officially presented at the SPS IPC Drives 2015 exhibition. Further partners who support open standards are welcome to join “Open Integration”.

* See recent story from SPS/IPC/Drives Event in Nuremberg (D) on E+H Open Integration.

• Stahl products are marketed in Ireland through Douglas Control & Automation.

Catalogue for pre-owned test instrumentation.

Microlease has just published an updated catalogue detailing its Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) products. Complementing the company’s rental and brand new equipment options, its CPO offering is made up of carefully selected items of equipment, including ex-rental models that have been meticulously maintained throughout their operational lifespan.
“Our key objective at Microlease is to offer the broadest conceivable scope of possibilities when it comes to test equipment supply,” states Paul McCloskey, Sales Director EMEA for Microlease Group. “Our CPO program is an important facet of this. Through it we can provide a reliable, stable and highly responsive source of used equipment adhering to the highest quality standards. The combination of CPO with our new equipment sales and rental business operations results in a unique value proposition for the market - allowing our customers to select equipment that simultaneously matches both their technical and budgetary criteria.”

Their CPO presents engineers and procurement managers with a highly cost-effective way of rapidly acquiring the instrumentation they need, without having to settle for inferior products. The financial savings involved are substantial, with as much as an 87% reduction on the manufacturers’ list pricing being witnessed. There are in excess of 5000 units ready for shipment to over 150 countries around the globe. Before CPO products are listed, they are fully refurbished and recalibrated. They are then put through a rigorous 23-point quality check. To ensure client satisfaction, CPO products are backed by a comprehensive 1 year warranty (with extended terms available) and subject to a 10 day right of return policy.

Among the many leading manufacturers featured in the CPO program are Aeroflex, Anritsu, Dranetz, EXFO, FLIR Systems, Fluke, Graphtech, Keithley, Keysight, Rohde & Schwarz, Sefram, Tektronix, Viavi, Voltech and Yokogawa. Rental and finance options are also available on all items of equipment.

The regularly produced Microlease CPO catalogue encompasses, RF, general purpose, industrial and environmental application categories. Included in the latest edition are oscilloscopes, cable/antenna testers, RF network analysers, RF signal generators, digital multimeters, optical time domain reflectometers, optical spectrum analysers, network analysers, optical power meters, transmission testers, tuneable laser sources, power supplies (DC and AC), data loggers, protocol testers, thermal imaging cameras and fibre optic splicing tools. The publication is available in an array of different languages, including English, German, French, Spanish and Italian.

Pressure measurement innovations for tough installations.

The process control industry is often challenged with harsh operating environments where existing technology does not meet measurement needs.

“Companies working in increasingly challenging operating environments require advanced technologies that provide better process insight and help them comply with industry regulations and safety standards. The Rosemount 3051S Series of Instrumentation was designed to solve these needs,” said Scott Nelson, vice president and general manager of Rosemount pressure products at Emerson Process Management.

3051S Thermal Range Expander
First, the new Rosemount 3051S Thermal Range Expander with new UltraTherm™ 805 oil fill fluid enables pressure measurements by direct-mounting a diaphragm seal system to processes that reach up to 410°C (770°F) without requiring the challenging impulse piping or heat tracing used in traditional connection technology. In applications where ambient temperatures drop below ideal operating conditions, system response time becomes slow, resulting in delayed process pressure readings. Traditionally, this problem is solved by using heat tracing which is costly, maintenance intensive, and difficult to install. By using the new thermal range expander dual fill fluid seal, the Rosemount 3051S can reliably measure pressure at extremely high process and low ambient temperatures.

3051S ERS™ System
Second, the Rosemount 3051S Electronic Remote Sensors (ERS™) System now has safety certification. The ERS System calculates differential pressure through a digital architecture - and is now suitable for SIL 2 and 3 applications. Manufacturers have challenges installing and maintaining traditional mechanical systems due to line plugging and ambient temperature effects. This leads to inaccurate measurements and fluctuations. ERS systems solve this problem by replacing filled capillaries with an innovative digital connection, providing a stable and reliable measurement in safety applications. The solution delivers improved performance and response time, and helps end users eliminate mechanical DP level systems.

3051S High Static DP Tx
Finally, the new Rosemount 3051S High Static Differential Pressure Transmitter provides reliable flow measurement in high pressure applications with capabilities up to 15,000 psi (1034 bar). As processing applications increasingly operate in conditions with extreme pressures and temperatures, operators must vigilantly monitor equipment integrity and stability in order to prevent failures, safety hazards and decreased production. In industries such as offshore and onshore oil and gas and power generation where pressures can exceed 10,000 psi, it is critical that instrumentation be robust enough to provide accurate measurements on a consistent basis. The transmitter’s SuperModule™ platform and coplanar design reduce potential leak points by 50 per cent compared to traditional designs, ensuring the highest differential pressure measurement accuracy, field reliability and safety.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Photoelectric sensor innovations in intelligent combinations and compact design .

The R100 and R101 from Pepperl + Fuchs,  are available in standard, assembly-compatible housing designs and offer photoelectric sensors for both detection and measurement. They include thru-beam sensors, retroreflective sensors, including those with polarization filter, foreground suppression or for detection of transparent objects, energetic reflection light scanners and those with background suppression, as well as light barriers and distance sensors for measurement tasks.

Sensor Technology 4.0 Portfolio Expanded
All sensors are available with a PowerBeam LED or innovative laser technology depending on the task at hand. The latter combines the benefits of LED emitters with the strengths of conventional laser diodes. This results in optimized operating distances, high-precision detection, and distance measurement of small objects. The multipixel technology (MPT) developed by Pepperl+Fuchs and the innovative Opto-ASIC enable reliable, high-precision distance measurement to be integrated in a standardized compact housing for close-range applications. The R101 series offers the world's smallest distance sensor of its type. The innovative combination of multiturn potentiometer and pushbutton allows users to adjust all functions intuitively regardless of the series. Two LEDs show that the sensors are ready for operation and indicate their status.

The R100 and R101 series feature IO-Link compatibility. They are an enhancement of the Sensor Technology 4.0 portfolio from Pepperl+Fuchs, enabling Industry 4.0 production processes to be networked and availability of machines and systems to be optimized.

Streamlining specification processing to reduce project risk.

Emerson Process Management has released Project Data Link, a project engineering environment that helps reduce complexity and accommodate changes in capital projects.

As projects become more complex with multiple contractors and stakeholders, Project Data Link helps keep projects off the critical path by efficiently and consistently translating project information, including tag databases and instrument indices, from multiple sources into project deliverables. It mitigates project risk by normalising specifications into a single data source with traceability and an integrated change-management system.

Project Data Link gives multiple suppliers, engineering firms, and other stakeholders access to project information including specifications related to field devices and the distributed control system (including control logic and configuration). In addition, data provided in various formats is normalised so that all information is available in a single, consolidated standard view.

The integrity of project information is especially important during late project changes. The data link is always up to date, so when a change is initiated Project Data Link automatically reconciles it against what is in the system, identifies what needs to be changed, automatically sends updates to the DeltaV distributed control system and provides an audit trail of what has changed. This saves time and eliminates errors during the critical late stages of the project.

“Moving forward to improve project certainty, Emerson continues to find methods to reduce the risk of project errors, accommodate change and improve engineering efficiency,” said Randall Fong, project technical manager. “We are confident that Project Data Link will help our customers move towards on-budget and on-time projects.”

Panel feed-through for Gigabit Ethernet!

Harting has expanded its har-speed range of industrial connectors with an X-coded M12 panel feed-through that is supplied complete with a length of cable allowing it to be integrated directly into Gigabit Ethernet systems.

The new feed-through arrives at the customer fully assembled and ready to install, and can be put into operation immediately. The user benefits from significant time saving in the installation process, and does not have to worry about the connection of individual cables and connectors.

The cable supplied with the panel feed-through is available in various lengths, allowing for flexible installation to meet the available space and application requirements. It is suitable for both front and rear wall mounting, and is compatible with their innovative M12 PushPull locking system. This allows plugging and unplugging of the connector in a matter of seconds, thus saving additional time in assembly.

The panel feed-through is designed to conform with IEC Standard 61076-2-109. It fulfils Cat.6A as well as Performance Class EA and thus corresponds with the current Gigabit Ethernet requirements for speed and bandwidth. The robustness and vibration resistance of the M12 panel feed-through also makes it suitable it for railway applications.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Intelligent drive with integrated motion controller. #Technosoft #PAuto

TECHNOSOFT has released iPOS4808 MY-CAT-STO, an intelligent drive with integrated motion controller offering 1 kW of peak power in a compact and flexible design.

Conceived as a plug-in solution for multi-axis systems requiring accurate position control and an EtherCAT interface, the iPOS4808 MY-CAT-STO intelligent drive offers Safe Torque Off functionality via a dedicated HW implementation.

This allows users to reduce the system’s cost, while increasing the safety level of their application.

Due to its innovative motor control architecture, the iPOS4808 represents a universal drive solution for any motor that fits its power ratings – 48 V; 8 A/20 A. Either brushed DC, brushless DC, stepper or linear motors can be controlled by the drive that supports as well a variety of feedback types ranging from incremental TTL or sin/cos encoders to absolute SSI or BiSS position sensors. One drive for any motor technology brings a big advantage in terms of reducing the stock items as well as the implementation time, due to a unique user interface for all axes.

Another advantage is represented by the plug-in capability of the product that offers a large flexibility in terms of integration into the user’s motherboard — where the size, shape and connectors can be customized to respond exactly to the application requirements.

The iPOS4808 MY-CAT-STO is designed for high-end applications (e.g., dual-loop control), where its advanced control architecture, integrating up to 9 digital filters, makes the difference in terms of motion control performance.

Condensate monitor.

Mountable on pipes and flat surfaces

The condensation monitor is an electronic Hygrostat, from B+B Sensors,  which is designed to sense dew formation or beginning of water condensation on cooled objects. As soon as the measured value of surface humidity exceeds a certain limit (approx. 94 % RH), it opens the relay contact and trips the static switch contact (safety function). For example, this signal can be used for switching on a heater.

With the new measurement philosophy and application of a special sensor with logarithmic characteristics, it is now possible to regulate very close to the dew start point. With the help of this technology, now the maximum cooling performance of the ceilings can be achieved, without the risk of condensate formation.

During product development, reliable mode of operation was the most important criterion. The circuit is protected against overvoltage, reverse polarity and faulty connections. In addition to the humidity sensing element, which reacts to the critical air humidity values below the condensation limit, there is a safety circuit which detects the dew occurence and independently trips the static power circuit. With the optimised AC-circuit technology, the sensor experiences even a short time contact with water without getting destroyed due to electrolysis effect.

A sinter filter over the sensor element protects it from accumulated dust and ensures many years of operation without cleaning or maintenance.

The condensation monitor is available in two different variants:

The model with attached tubular sensor can be directly mounted on the inlet of the cooling panels with minimum fitment expenses. The sensor with aluminium profile is fitted on the tube and fixed with the enclosed assembly strap. The wiring expenses are also very less. The device isprovided with a mains Iead and plug, which is only to be connected.

Peristaltic metering pump enhanced and redesigned.

The FLEXFLO® Peristaltic Metering Pump from Blue-White, has a re-designed that greatly increases both performance and strength.

The re-design of the head and tube assemblies helps provide more precise chemical feed. Model numbers are visibly stamped on the PVDF pump tube adapters, for easy re–order.

The peristaltic metering injectors are suited to chemical feed demand up to a maximum feed output of 124GPD/8.45LPH; and working pressures reaching 100PSI/6.9Bar.

Model A-100N is compatible with a wide range of water treatment chemicals. With no valves to clog, these pumps are well-suited for use with many gas forming chemicals.

FLEXFLO® Pumps feature Blue-White’s exclusive built-in Tube Failure Detection system, (Patent No. 7,001,153 and 7,284,964). If non-compatible chemical is detected in the head, the pump will automatically shut off, and will not restart until that chemical has been removed.

FLEXFLO® is designed to be compatible with Blue-White’s Micro-Flo flow verification sensor with select digital models accepting 4-20mA, 0-10Vdc inputs for eternal speed control.

Scanning accessory for spot pyrometers.

Fluke® Process Instruments has introduced the SpotScan™ line scanning accessory for its family of best-in-class spot pyrometers. Compatible with the Endurance™, Marathon, and Modline® 5 and Modline 7 Series of infrared (IR) noncontact temperature measurement sensors, the accessory features an innovative scanning mechanism that enables users to gather temperature data over a larger area on the target.

The SpotScan line scanning accessory helps optimize the performance of IR thermometers in applications ranging from metals processing and induction heating, to carbon graphite production. It is especially well-suited for web and conveyor hot spot or cold spot monitoring.

With the SpotScan accessory, industrial facilities can continue to utilize the advanced optics of their Fluke Process Instruments IR temperature sensors to achieve small spot sizes on the measurement target, but also “spot sweep” over the target to see a larger area—thus obtaining additional information on critical production processes. Users can see a hot spot over a larger area and continuously monitor the analog output for temperature variations that exceed defined limits.

The SpotScan accessory allows plant operators to employ signal conditioning sensor capabilities to obtain temperature information in a variety of different ways. For example, use of the “peak picker” function helps identify hot spots over a larger area. The averaging/response time functions provide average temperature over an extended range. In either case, operators benefit from an expanded view and increased awareness of process conditions.

The SpotScan accessory is available with options for sighting the IR instrument and periodically checking sighting accuracy. Onboard controls make it easy to manipulate the end or center positions of the scan, as well as its frequency. For a sensor equipped with a laser, the user can simply turn the unit on to see exactly where the sensor is aimed. For units equipped with through-the-lens sighting, scanning at the end points can be stopped to make necessary aiming adjustments.

The SpotScan line scanning accessory utilizes the existing sensor DC power supply. Its durable IP65 enclosure is designed to withstand ambient temperatures up to 60°C (140ºF), and an air purge option is available for use in dusty or dirty environments.

Miniature proportional valve.

The small and highly accurate proportional valve offers users an easy-to-integrate solution on a broad range of pressure and flow control applications.

Emerson is introducing its Preciflow 12.7mm miniature proportional valve by ASCO Numatics. The new proportional valve features one of the smallest footprints on the market combined with highly accurate flow control – making it ideal for a broad range of applications, particularly those in the analytical and medical industries.

“Complete with RoHS compliance and a pressure range of -0.9 (vacuum) to 10 bar, our compact Preciflow 12.7mm valve provides medical equipment manufacturers with a versatile product suitable for a range of applications.” said Alain Crampon, Analytical and Medical Business Development Manager for ASCO Numatics. “In addition, thanks to its small size and light weight, the valve is easy to integrate into existing systems, and operation can be customised according to customer requirements.”

The new proportional valve integrates key features that result in reduced wear and tear, considerably increasing its life-span and ensuring its accuracy over time. This includes two internal flat springs that allow the core to float freely, minimising friction during operation.

With typical hysteresis rated at 5%, Preciflow 12.7mm provides accurate and repeatable control. Its suitability for oxygen service use makes it an ideal solution for gas chromatography and mass spectrometry applications, and its low power consumption offers added value to end users.

Humidity & air velocity calibration at the highest level.

E+E Elektronik maintains the national standards for humidity and air velocity in Austria as a designated laboratory of the Federal Office for Metrology, BEV (Bundesamt für Eich- und Vermessungswesen). Recently, the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) authorised E+E Elektronik to use the CIPM MRA logo (International Committee for Weights and Measures - Mutual Recognition Arrangement) on its BEV/E+E calibration certificates.

Website provides an overview of all
E+E calibration services including
online calibration request.
Only National Metrological Institutes (NMI) and their designated laboratories, which are the highest metrological authorities of a country, are permitted to use the CIPM MRA logo. The prerequisite for this is that their Calibration and Measurement Capabilities (CMC) data is listed in the BIPM Key Comparison Database (KCDB). A certificate issued by a laboratory under the CIPM MRA is accepted by assessors from Conformity Assessment Bodies with the highest level of confidence.

As designated laboratory of the BEV, E+E Elektronik is an implicit cosignatory of the MRA. The E+E calibration laboratory undergoes regular audits by international experts, participates in international measurement comparisons and established a quality management system certified according to ISO 17025.

E+E Elektronik offers calibration services for humidity, dewpoint, air velocity, gas mass flow, temperature, CO2 and pressure. Calibrations are carried out either in the designated laboratory (NMI) or the accredited OEKD calibration laboratory. Additionally, the E+E service department performs in-house or on-site ISO calibrations according to the E+E standard.

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

Bub-1GHz wireless leader has new MD.

Low Power Radio Solutions (LPRS) has announced the appointment of Nick Pummell as Managing Director.

Nick Pummell
Pummell joins from Alpha Micro Components, a successful independent franchised distributor of components for Telematics and Machine-to-Machine (M2M). He brings over 12 years’ experience in strategic business development and partner acquisition, and will play a key role as LPRS strengthens its focus on expanding its product portfolio.

As MD, Pummell will take charge of the overall business and commercial offerings, and as well as expanding the product portfolio, will also drive market penetration.

Nick has many years' experience of introducing wireless network integration to OEMs, design houses and engineers, and has particular interests in Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications.

He comments, “I am really excited to join the LPRS team and continue to build on its success to date”.


Former MD Barry Gillibrand will be stepping aside as Pummell takes over all operations. Gillibrand comments, “This is an exciting time for LPRS. Gaining worldwide radio approvals (FCC for U.S.A, I.C. for Canada and E.T.S.I for Europe) on our latest modules, the easyRadio Integrated Controller (eRIC) transceiver and the easyRadio Advanced (eRA) transceiver, is key for us in our strategy to develop our presence in international markets. LPRS have established a reputation for providing reliable solutions with a trusted service throughout our 25 years of supplying to the wireless market and I am delighted that Nick Pummell will be leading the future direction with his wealth of experience in the market.”

Thursday, November 19, 2015

VP Sales & Marketing for US office.

Lonnie Anthony has been appointed as Vice President of Sales & Marketing for the U.S. business of Ion Science.

Lonnie Anthony.
Lonnie, who will be based at the company’s Texas-based office, brings some 20 years’ sales experience to the Ion Science Inc executive team, 14 of which were spent working within the occupational health and environmental monitoring markets.

Prior to Ion Science Inc, he was Regional Sales Manager at TSI Inc, specialists in scientific precision measurement instrumentation. Earlier roles include International Territory Manager at Moldex-Metric and Safety Sales Specialist at Airgas.

“I joined Ion Science Inc because of its excellent customer focused culture and growth potential. As U.S. VP of Sales & Marketing, I am responsible for leading and managing the North American sales function. As a global ISO 9001:2008 certified company, Ion Science Inc markets a wide range of technologically advanced gas and leak detection instrumentation, including benzene monitors, mercury analyzers, corrosion monitors and VOC detectors incorporating PID sensor technology through selected wholesale distribution.
“Our detection instruments are used within a range of industries and applications, with the focus on environmental, petrochemical, chemical, indoor air quality, landfill and confined space entry. In my new role, I will lead the highly capable North American team in the development and implementation of strategies designed to further increase market share for Ion Science Inc.”

Duncan Johns, Ion Science Group Managing Director adds: “I am delighted to welcome Lonnie to the senior management team. He is a highly accomplished sales professional with an outstanding track record. We are sure that this winning combination of business development experience and results driven, decisive leadership capabilities will help ensure the future success of Ion Science Inc.”

IR Camera has higher resolution.

Fluke has introduced a high-end, higher resolution model to its latest TiS Performance Series of infrared cameras. The new TiS75 offers manual focusing, capturing professional quality images on its 320 x 240 pixel, 3.5 inch screen.

The rugged infrared camera can be used to upload images to Fluke Cloud™ via a wireless connection to securely store and manage images and potentially reduce administrative time back in the office. Reports can be created and emailed from the jobsite via Fluke Connect®, eliminating the need to return to the office to process reports.

IR-Fusion® technology offers fast analysis with picture-in-picture mode and AutoBlend™ of visible and infra-red light at five pre-set levels. The Fluke TiS75 is ideal for applications in industrial and electrical maintenance, in the process industries and in building applications. It offers one touch image access, which eliminates the need to scroll through a menu to view images. Thousands of images can be stored on its 4GB of internal memory and 4GB removable SD card.

The Fluke TiS Performance Series are designed to work with Fluke Connect® system - the industry’s largest system of software and wireless test tools - which allows technicians to wirelessly transmit measurement data from their test tools to their smartphones for secure storage on the Fluke Connect Cloud and team access from the field.* The Fluke Connect app can be downloaded free from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Nine models are now available in the Fluke TiS Performance Series Infrared Cameras, five fixed focus and four manual focus.

* "Within your provider’s wireless service area and subject to your plan’s pricing and other terms. Fluke Connect is not available in all countries."

Best Network Technology!

The Automation Inside Portal is a leading global resource for the automation industry, connecting buyers and suppliers in the field. Their annual Readers’ Choice Awards for 2015 has selected the Anybus CompactCom 40-series as the winner of the Best Network Technology category.

The Anybus® CompactCom™ 40-series is the latest embedded networking solution from HMS Industrial Networks. It is available in three form factors – Chip, Brick and Module – and offers multi-network connectivity through a single development project, limiting the customers’ development efforts to an absolute minimum.

The new CompactCom 40-series is based on HMS’ Anybus NP40 network processor and is especially suitable for high-end industrial applications that require fieldbus or real-time industrial Ethernet connectivity. Offering close to ”zero delay” between devices and real-time networks, the 40-series is ideal for high-performance applications such as servo drive systems, which require fast network cycles and synchronization capabilities.

“We are of course very happy to receive this award,” says Christian Bergdahl, Product Marketing Manager at HMS. “We know that we have a strong offering in our 40-series products which has been recognized before, but what is especially rewarding about this award is that it comes from Automation Inside’s readers – people working with the everyday tasks in automation. We see this as further proof that we are on the right track with Anybus embedded network communication solutions and will continue to develop cutting-edge technology that solves our customer’s network connectivity needs.”

About the awards
The Automation Inside Readers’ Choice Awards 2015 gathered 30 nominated solutions from 24 automation companies and after voting by Automation Inside’s readers in 35 countries, Anybus CompactCom 40-series was recognized as “Best Network Technology 2015.”

Absolute pressure sensor with temperature probe.


The new M6 miniature absolute pressure sensor from Kistler Instruments incorporates a PT1000 temperature probe and integrated signal conditioning in a compact package weighing less than 12g.

Available in three pressure ranges; 5, 10 and 20 bar with temperature compensation up to 150°C and an exceptionally short body length of 24.4mm, the new sensor is ideal for challenging applications in very confined spaces. The Type 4080AT sensor meets the needs of any application for reliable monitoring of pressure and temperature in harsh operating conditions.

The high-precision, piezoresistive pressure module with a media separated measuring element allows the sensor to operate reliably with maximum measuring accuracy and signal quality. The integrated PT1000 probe allows dynamic temperature measurements in liquids at up to 200°C whilst the unique 4-wire concept with conditioned analogue 0-5 VDC outputs for both pressure and temperature provides interface flexibility, reducing cable harness weight and smaller pin count on the connectors.

With its 5, 10 and 20 bar pressure ranges, the Type 4080AT is suitable for universal use in many applications including fuel, oil and water pressure monitoring. The new Type 4080AT sensor is FIA-homologated and can be supplied in variants with a LEMO plug connector or a flylead cable.

Browse over 2500 sensors.

Sterling Sensors have recently launched a new Ecommerce website. A significant shift for the company who specialise in the manufacture of made to order temperature sensors.

The new site provides instant access to over 2500 products and more than 100 ranges, all available to buy online, with many held in-stock for next day delivery. Visitors can expect to find a variety of thermocouple and RTD sensors used across a multitude of industries including food and beverage, oil, gas and industrial manufacturing to name a few. The site also features a more specialist range of sensors designed for molten metal applications.

Joe Murray, CEO explained the rationale behind the new website “The way consumers source manufactured parts is changing. Buyers are becoming more independent, seeking superior product information and self-service purchasing models online. We believe the new site will provide a comprehensive range of products combined with quality technical information and shorter lead times for consumers. It will also showcase our ability to produce specialist made to order temperature sensors for any application.” 

Informative content is prominent throughout the site with extensive resources used to assist visitors throughout the buying process including:
• Technical guides for different types of sensor allowing better informed purchasing
• Data sheets detailing product specifications
• Case studies showcasing unique manufacturing capabilities
• Editable standard drawings to facilitate the selection of sensor specifications
• Custom options for non-standard parts

Project leader John Hogan described the new site as “an improved representation of Sterling Sensors’ scope of manufacture with user-friendly functionality, simple navigation and responsive design for an enhanced user experience, on both mobile and desktop devices.” 

Sterling Sensors are confident this isn’t a move away from bespoke manufacturing and believe providing stock items will complement their existing business. The intention is to offer an improved service, shorter lead times and convenient purchasing for the end user market.

Commissioning made easy!

Emerson Process Management has introduced Smart Commissioning, a technology-enabled process that drastically reduces automation commissioning time and effort. Smart Commissioning helps automation projects meet strict and shifting deadlines by reducing trips to the field, eliminating tasks, and accommodating late project changes. Smart Automation Commissioning builds on advances made possible by the combination of the DeltaV™ distributed control system (DCS), Electronic Marshalling with CHARMs and AMS Device Manager software to remove automation from the critical path of projects.

With the release of version 13 software for the DeltaV DCS and AMS Suite, Smart Commissioning brings ease to automation project implementation. From the initial device connections to final system testing, users save money as they shave weeks off the project schedule by reducing time spent on automation commissioning activities.

Upon arrival at a project site, pre-tagged smart devices can be connected immediately to any channel in a nearby junction box - no need to wait for wiring designs to be complete. Smart Commissioning also eliminates potential errors by automatically finding and identifying all smart devices, then binding them to the configuration. To further accelerate implementation, the device configuration is pushed to all devices based on pre-configured templates. Testing is easily and safely done from the control room by using digital communication, requiring no personnel in the field for confirmation.

“With Smart Commissioning, members of the project team can more easily meet tight project timelines and are not hampered by late design changes,” said Mark Howard, vice president of project execution for Emerson Process Management. “Developed based on industry experience, this solution is another step from Emerson toward attaining project certainty for users.”

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

USB Type-C receptacles.


Mouser Electronics, Inc. is now stocking the USB Type-C receptacle from TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity. This new mid-mount connector provides data, power, and audio/video connectivity and transmission in a single solution. The receptacle is fully compliant with USB Type-C specifications and is designed to be small enough for handheld devices yet robust enough for industrial applications.

TE’s USB Type-C receptacle, available from Mouser Electronics, features a reversible mating interface designed to accept a plug in any direction, enabling easy, reliable mating. The connector supports a variety of protocols and, with the use of adapters, is backwards-compatible to HDMI, VGA, DisplayPort and other types of connections from the single USB Type-C port. The connector supports scalable power charging, delivering up to 100W at 20V, and meets USB 3.1 protocols, giving it high throughput speeds up to 10Gbps plus backward-compatibility with USB 3.1 Gen 1, Gen 2 and USB 2.0.

TE’s new USB Type-C connector features enhanced electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding on the receptacle shell to help eliminate unwanted EMI leakage and provide enhanced performance over similar legacy products. It also offers additional connector board retention features compared to the industry standard footprint to provide enhanced reliability and ruggedness. The receptacle is suitable for a variety of applications, including factory automation, power chargers, medical devices, automotive infotainment systems, smartphones and tablets and wearable devices.