Friday, January 29, 2016

Graduates join international trainee programme.

Three university graduates have begun a year-long internship at Westermo as part of its ambitious new international trainee programme, which aims to advance the skillset of participants and attract talented people to the company.

Elena Bersanini, Manne Hellsing and Khawar Naeem are the first trainees taking part in the programme. During their internship they will experience a number of different roles within various departments at Westermo’s facilities in Sweden and some of its other international offices. This will provide them with a valuable insight into how the company operates.
LtoR: Elena Bersanini, Manne Hellsing and Khawar Naeem.

Elena Bersanini is from Milan, Italy, and has an MSc degree in international business administration and management. She has previously worked in India and Britain, and was most recently a marketing manager in her home country.

Manne Hellsing hails from Strömsholm in Sweden and recently finished a master’s degree in engineering at Mälardalen University in Eskilstuna.

Khawar Naeem, from Islamabad, Pakistan, has a master’s degree in telecommunication engineering and has worked in Pakistan, Sweden and Oman.

“The twelve-month international trainee programme is a mix of theory and practice,” said Anne-Li Hallblad, HR manager at Westermo. “During the year they will perform a number of jobs, and receive training and guidance to help them develop. After they have completed the training programme, a suitable position will be found for them within the Westermo organisation.”

Westermo provides reliable, resilient and secure industrial networking technology for critical applications around the world. The internship will show the trainees how the company develops, produces and markets this technology. As part of their learning process, the trainees will take courses in sales presentation techniques, product education, project management and leadership, among other subjects. Each trainee is assigned a mentor, who will act as their support and sounding board throughout the programme.

Westermo hopes that the programme will enable trainees to advance at an accelerated pace, with the goal of them becoming suitable for leading positions, therefore bolstering an already strong workforce.

“We will encourage the trainees to step out of their comfort zone and try new things in new areas,” Hallblad said. “The idea is for the trainees to be challenged and stretched, and for them to grow.”

The first three trainees on the programme have high hopes that it will put them on the path to a fulfilling and enjoyable career with Westermo. Manne Hellsing said: “I think the trainee programme will be interesting, challenging, and a huge opportunity for me to develop professionally. I hope that it will be the start of a successful, long-term collaboration.”

“We are delighted with the quality of the three initial trainees, but we are always looking for additional candidates who enjoy new challenges, and who are good at taking on board information, analysing problems and coming up with solutions,” Hallblad said. “We’re looking for people with effective communication skills and the drive, confidence and resilience to get things done.”

@Westermo #PAuto 

Relocation doubles space providing systems Integration services.

SCADAware have relocated to a much larger premises of 12,000 sq. ft in Normal (IL USA). Their previos premises was a crowded 5300 sq.ft!

Rick Caldwell 
For over 15 years customers have relied on them for industrial automation and control system integration expertise to deliver design-build projects such as plant expansions, improvements to existing facilities, and full enterprise integration projects to ensure visibility into plant operations. Their growth has been particularly strong in municipal freshwater and wastewater treatment, industrial wastewater treatment, food and beverage manufacturing and grain handling facilities.

To meet the needs of the growing customer base, the new larger facility allows for increased training capacity, additional office space as the company continues to hire qualified employees, and room for growth of the panel shop, staging areas and product development space.

Rick Caldwell, president of SCADAware, comments,  "Thank you to all of our customers, employees and partners for making our expansion possible. We are excited about the new location and the opportunity to broaden our services to meet regional demand. As you look to replace aging infrastructure and/or look for new ways to gain a competitive edge through automation, we are ready to provide you with the technical support and expertise you need to reduce risk, gain efficiency and manage costs."

@SCADAware #Pauto

Universal DIN-Rail Mounting Kit for PSUs.

Excelsys Technologies has introduced a DIN-Rail mounting accessory for their innovative, high power density, single output and user configurable modular power supplies. The new mounting accessory facilitates easy mounting of Excelsys power supplies to a standard 35mm DIN-Rail and is compatible with the very successful Xgen, UltiMod and Xsolo product families.

The flexible, one-size-fits-all solution allows the power supply to be mounted vertically or horizontally on a DIN-Rail system. This allows customers to achieve higher power density, more outputs, greater flexibility and higher total power than typical DIN rail power supplies. The accessory consists of a custom bracket to fit Excelsys power supplies and a DIN-Rail clip from Hammond Manufacturing (part number 1427DIN75M). The custom bracket fits both 4-slot and 6-slot variants of the Xgen and UltiMod power supplies, as well as all Xsolo variants.

The DIN-Rail accessory requires 4 x M4 screws for mounting to the Xgen or Ultimod, or 4 x M3 mounting screws for mounting the Xsolo. All other fittings are included with the DIN rail clip. 

Dermot Flynn, Sales Director at Exclesys Technologies, comments, “We have very strong sales in the industrial power sector and expect our new Din-Rail mounting accessory to be welcomed by designers of building automation and industrial control systems who will now be able to take advantage of our feature rich, high reliability power supplies.”


Typical applications for Excelsys power supplies include industrial applications including test and measurement, automation, semiconductor production, robotics and printing and lasers, imaging and diagnostic equipment in the medical market. As a world-class power supply manufacturer, Excelsys has a global applications team to support and assist customers with their specific system needs.

MES helps life sciences manufacturers move to production more quickly.

Emerson Process Management has enhanced the Syncade Suite manufacturing execution system (MES) to help life science manufacturers simplify the transfer of recipes and manufacturing information between project phases and system environments - from design through to validation and production. The new functionality automates the transfer of product recipes, material master information, and configuration settings, while also enabling users to archive the associated order execution information in a secure environment.

“Emerson continues to deliver strategies to help the life sciences industry quickly and accurately roll out projects without slowing the path to production,” says Michalle Adkins, Emerson life sciences consulting manager. “Using our enhanced functionality, project teams can eliminate the effort and errors associated with transcription effort.”

Time to market is critical in the life science industry. Implementing a product recipe typically requires time-consuming verification that the production system accurately reflects all the settings and configuration work implemented through the development and test process. With Syncade transfer and archive functionality, users achieve required accuracy and reduce rework by automating the transfer of information from the development environment, to the validation environment, and to the production environment.

In addition, the Syncade MES enables users to efficiently manage the archiving of orders, materials, and inventory data. Because archived information is stored in a database separate from the transactional database, users do not overload or slow down the database used for day-to-day operations. Current and past data can be searched and retrieved quickly.


Outlook for automatet test in 2016!

NI identifies top business and technology trends to help lower the cost of test.

National Instruments (NI) has released its Automated Test Outlook 2016. The annual test and measurement report delivers a comprehensive view of the key trends expected to impact automated test environments with the proliferation of connected devices, from preparing to test mmWave communication to effectively using manufacturing test data to propel business results.

“As strong advocates for excellence in automated test, we work closely with customers and suppliers to understand the top issues facing manufacturing and test departments,” said Luke Schreier, Director of Automated Test Marketing at NI. “Whether your challenge is testing millions of Internet of Things devices or managing a 20-year-old test system, our goal is to spark dialogue within your organisation to help you lower the cost of test and stay ahead of your competition.”

Automated Test Outlook 2016 explores the following topics:

COMPUTING: Harvesting Production Test Data
Semiconductor organisations pioneer real-time data analytics to reduce manufacturing test cost.

SOFTWARE: Life-Cycle Management Is All About Software
Obsolescence, OS churn, and compatibility challenge long life cycle projects—an age-old problem warrants revisiting.

ARCHITECTURE: The Rise of Test Management Software
Off-the-shelf test executives are effective solutions for the influx of new programming languages.

I/O: Standardising Platforms from Characterisation to Production
RFIC companies employ IP reuse and hardware standardisation across the product design cycle to reduce cost and shorten time to market.

Business Strategy: Making (mm)Waves in Test Strategy
Test managers are adopting modular solutions to economically validate high-frequency components.


Miniature piezoelectric indirect force sensor. #Kistler #PAuto

The new measuring pin from Kistler, with its exceptionally small diameter of 8 mm and weight of only 34 g, is ideal for protecting a wide range of structures from overload damage. Fitting into an 8mm hole in the structure, the new piezoelectric strain sensor can be easily installed in any position to monitor the forces in a structure to warn of impending failure due to overload conditions. The small size and weight allows retro-fitting to existing installations without introducing measurement error.

Sensitive to transverse forces, the new sensor is a cylindrical pin designed to be mounted in an 8 mm borehole of any depth and orientation to allow the measuring element to be placed precisely at the point where the greatest strain occurs. The integrated clamping system preloads the sensor in the borehole enabling the measurement of both tensile and compressive forces in the machine structure. The basic range of the sensor is 500 micro-strains (µƐ) which may be offset by introducing the following preload forces:

Preload 510N – 0 to 500 µƐ
Preload 850N – 140 to 350 µƐ
Preload 1190N – -285 to 210 µƐ

The new Type 9240A measuring pin has been designed to provide the best possible solution for monitoring forces acting on the structure of a machine to provide reliable and precise, real time data for overload protection of the machine and tooling.

For continuous monitoring applications, the force measuring pin may be used in combination with the Kistler maXYmos monitoring system to signal when pre-set limit values of force are exceeded to ensure the safety and reliability of both machines and tools. Where needed, the maXYmos system can provide a signal to automatically shut down an operation when tool failure is likely.

Slim & thin - DCS systems.

R. STAHL HMI Systems has optimised their Series 500 Thin Clients for flexible and safe operation of virtualised decentralised control systems. The slim terminals come with Windows Embedded Standard 7 (WES7) pre-installed and support the DeltaV Remote Desktop Connection (DRDC) by Emerson.

The DRDC protocol reliably prevents conflicts due to simultaneous access to individual virtual machines by disconnecting all active or interrupted sessions before granting access. The safety features EWF (Enhanced Write Filter) and HORM (Hibernate Once / Resume Many) provided by the Windows operating system cause the Thin Clients to revert to a clean, safe starting configuration not only after a full reboot, but also when waking from sleep mode. To ensure optimum system integrity, the Thin Clients also bar all hotkey access to the BIOS, and require a password for parameterisation. As an optional extra, the SK-LAN module provides a second Ethernet interface for redundant network architectures.

In addition to DRDC, the systems also support other established access protocols such as RDP, VNC and Netc@p. The Thin Clients are available as a pure touchscreen version as well as with a keyboard. Displays are LED-backlit and range in sizes ranging from 15’’to 24’’(WUXGA), with resolutions from 1024 x 768 to 1920 x 1200 pixels. The devices are also suitable for operation in cleanrooms and in very rough environments due to their extremely robust design. They tolerate ambient temperatures from -30 °C to +55 °C (+50 °C in permanent operation). Accessories such as card readers and barcode scanners are optionally available.

Stahl products are marketed in Ireland by Douglas Controls & Automation


@MKTG_RSTAHL_NET  #PAuto #DouglasCandA

Security at Orlando in February.


Experts representing the Automation Federation and the ISA Security Compliance Institute have been selected to speak at the 20th Annual ARC Industry Forum, which will be held 8-11 February 2016 in Orlando, (FL USA).

This year’s ARC Industry Forum, titled “Industry in Transition: Navigating the New Age of Innovation,” is designed to provide answers to these and other compelling questions:
  • How are leading companies preparing for the new age of industrial innovation?
  • In what ways do these companies expect to improve their business performance?
  • What specific capabilities are needed to achieve transformational change?
  • What steps can organizations take to foster innovative thinking?
Two leaders representing the Automation Federation—an association founded by the International Society of Automation (ISA) to serve as the “The Voice of Automation”—will explain how competency models can help community colleges, industry and government address the critical shortage of qualified professionals in advanced manufacturing.

Today, six out of 10 production jobs remain open because of the talent shortage, according to a recent study by The Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte. Some experts predict that up to 2 million manufacturing jobs in the US may go unfilled over the next 10 years.

“The Automation Federation has been working with the US Department of Labor to develop competency models that serve as building blocks for careers in automation, industrial cybersecurity and engineering technology,” says Steve Huffman, Chairman of the Automation Federation’s Government Relations Committee. “These models clearly outline the abilities, knowledge and skills required to gain employment and perform well in these high-demand professions.”

Huffman, a widely recognized expert in process systems optimization, new application development and technical education, will join fellow Automation Federation leader Steve Mustard, who specializes in process automation and business process reengineering, in leading a workshop on the use of competency models in defining cybersecurity skills.

Also participating in the workshop are Jen Worth, Senior Vice President of Workforce and Economic Development at the American Association of Community Colleges; and Mitchell Sepaugh, Project Manager of Industrial Systems at the National Consortium for Mission Critical Operations.

The four workshop panelists also will discuss the fundamental differences between certificate programs, certifications and licensure.  All are often misunderstood and each has a different set of advantages and disadvantages.

Also at the upcoming ARC Industry Forum, Jeff Melrose—the Principal Technology Strategist for Cybersecurity at Yokogawa—will speak on behalf of the ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI) during a workshop on cybersecurity and the plant engineer. ISCI, founded in 2007 by asset owners and suppliers, operates a standards-based cybersecurity certification program that certifies commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) industrial automation control systems (IACS) to the ISA/IEC 62443 standards for devices and systems. The ISASecure® designation provides assurances that IACS products conform to industry-consensus cybersecurity standards, such as ISA/IEC 62443.   

Among other topics, the workshop will explore how mounting industrial cybersecurity concerns are placing greater pressures on plant managers to improve security while maintaining operational safety and reliability.

Speakers will consider the influence of technology, workplace skills and effective risk assessment in achieving satisfactory outcomes. Actual case studies from end users will be discussed, and panelists will welcome feedback from the workshop participants. 

@ARCWorldForum #PAuto 

Library of mechanical motion products & solutions.

Thomson Industries has launched a new, multilingual website that improves access to its extensive library of mechanical motion product and application solutions. 


The new website has a smart, modern design which is responsive to differing mobile, tablet and PC screen sizes. It saves user’s time with features that include an enhanced search engine, user-friendly navigation and new context-sensitive related product information. Thomson has also included an improved 3D model viewer, which is compatible with most common web browsers. 

“As we build new product and application solutions, Thomson generates a wealth of useful information that helps design engineers and component buyers get their work done. This new website makes it easier for busy people to get the critical information necessary to solve problems and move on to their next task at hand,” said Rob Gallagher, Director, Marketing Communications at Thomson. “And, global contact information makes it easy to reach the right Thomson people to solve problems which require engineer-to-engineer collaboration.”

Customers and prospects can visit www.thomsonlinear.com now to find motion control sizing and selection tools, detailed application renderings, educational resources, and rich, well-organised technical data on thousands of motion control components. The revamped website works well by providing:
• Easy access. Dynamic, responsive screen resolution adjustment accommodates everything from widescreen PCs to mobile phones and touch screen-friendly operation.
• Easy search and navigation. Enhanced search engine and filtered search saves time and enables more effective content searching for resource, product and application data.
• Easy to understand. Clear, context-sensitive product information includes expanded detail on product features and benefits, cleaner 2D line drawings, and ready links to companion products
• Easy on the eyes. An attractive look and feel, which features fresh product and application images and a clutter-free design.
• Easier purchase. Distributor locator makes it easy for customers to connect orderable products with preferred local distributors.
 @Thomson_Ind #PAuto 

New capabilities ensure quality and address trends in pharmaceutical manufacturing.

Werum IT Solutions has released the latest version of PAS-X Manufacturing Execution System (MES) for the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries. The new PAS-X 3.1.8 features several improvements for efficient manufacturing based on the latest technology standards. PAS-X 3.1.8 not only facilitates regulatory compliance, but also supports drug makers to ensure high quality in their manufacturing processes.
New dialog for material reconciliation
Ensuring manufacturing quality
The latest trends in pharmaceutical manufacturing have been considered and reflected in the new PAS-X. “PAS-X 3.1.8 is future-ready,” says Robert Welter, Senior Head of PAS-X Product Management at Werum IT Solutions. “Our user forum PAS-X For Us actively participated in advancing PAS-X 3.1.8.”

“The use of PAS-X as an MES ensures data integrity and significantly reduces possible data integrity related issues,” adds Carsten Bierans, Senior Head of Quality Management at Werum. “Together with the PAS-X For Us working group the MES-related data integrity positions of the pharma & biotech MES user community are defined.” 

Werum continues its usability initiative with a particular focus on quality in shop floor operations. With PAS-X 3.1.8, the most important material-related functions can now be accessed more easily and have been given an optimized user interface. Werum also introduced a dedicated dialog for material reconciliation with built-in best practices. The new automated material flow overview allows the operator to control the quantities that have been consumed and processed.

Improved update capabilities and infrastructure improvements
PAS-X customers will benefit from the significantly reduced downtime needed to update the software version. A short downtime is crucial for modern bio-pharmaceutical manufacturing processes. “We reduced the downtime by more than 50%,” says Marcel Ecks, Head of PAS-X Infrastructure & Development Tools at Werum. “We have achieved this high reduction rate not only through technical improvements, but through a holistic approach involving both the process itself and the documentation so that also the qualification efforts could be reduced.”

PAS-X 3.1.8 allows a cumulative one-step MES product upgrade and data migration. It runs with the latest platform versions such as Oracle 12. Support of the new OSIsoft PI Event Frames simplifies integration of shop-floor systems.  

Seamless integration of latest PAS-X solutions
PAS-X 3.1.8 allows an even smarter integration of Werum’s proven PAS-X solutions such as Track & Trace, KPI/OEE and the new Evaluations Package. The new PAS-X Evaluations Package helps pharma manufacturers unlock the full potential of shop floor data. In PAS-X, all production-related data and data of the interfaced IT systems converge. Supported by the integrated and web-based PAS-X Evaluations Package, this combined information can be used to make production assessments and develop strategies for process optimization.
Simply the best: market-leading MES with all PAS-X 3.1 features 

“With the latest PAS-X release, pharma manufacturers benefit from a comprehensive compilation of innovations, functionalities and usability improvements that Werum introduced throughout the PAS-X 3.1 family,” says Arndt Erdtmann, Senior Director PAS-X Development at Werum. For example, Werum customers benefit from automated execution features such as automated material flow and automated equipment identification, each of which improve user efficiency and reduce risk of human error. Data integrity is supported by alarm & events, directly retrieving GMP-relevant exceptions also from level 2 systems and enabling QM to significantly accelerate the release process of Batch Record Reports through review by exception. Further acceleration can be achieved by auto-closure functions, which unburden QM from checking batches without any exceptions and critical parameters at all, as manual release is no longer required. 

PAS-X 3.1.8 contains the experiences and best practices of decades of successful MES projects in all areas of the pharma and biotech industries. Several Werum customers have already decided to incorporate PAS-X 3.1.8. Thorsten Grundmeier, Senior PAS-X Consultant at Werum, says: “With PAS-X 3.1.8, the most sophisticated and pharma-dedicated MES in terms of functionality and usability now becomes available on the market for customers in any region of the globe and from small- to large-scale production. It is simply the best solution to fully utilize the key benefits of MES for pharma and biotech manufacturers: compliance, quality and performance.”


 @Werum #PAuto #Pharma

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Variable speed drives for low-power motors.

WEG has launched a new cost-effective, reliable and easy-to-use series of compact variable speed drives (VSDs) to enhance energy efficiency across a wide range of applications requiring low motor power. Designed to drive motors with power from 180 W to 4 kW, the CFW300 series is ideal for relatively small machinery such as centrifugal and metering pumps, fans and ventilators, stirrers and mixers, extruders, roller conveyors, cutting machines and rotary filters.

“WEG is committed to boosting energy efficiency across a broad range of industrial applications and has launched the CFW300 to meet the needs of those sections of the market where the demand for inverters is growing, even when it comes to relatively small industrial applications,” says Johannes Schwenger, Head of Product Management Low- and Medium-Voltage Drive Systems Europe at WEG. “With the addition of the CFW300 series to our existing range of drives, which include the CFW100 Mini Drives and the CFW500 VSD series, WEG now boasts a comprehensive VSD offering for industrial requirements.”

Easy to use and maintain, the CFW300 features an integrated micro PLC and a user-friendly control panel with LCD display. Installation is also easy and quick thanks to plug-and-play extension modules and the drive unit’s fan can be easily removed for maintenance.

The CFW300 has two slots for extension modules - one for communication and the other for a wide variety of I/O modules. This enables users to integrate RS485 or RS232 interfaces and use Modbus RTU, Bluetooth or USB communication protocols. The VSD can also be connected to fieldbus systems such as Profibus DP, CANopen or DeviceNet, or configured for operation under remote control. An Ethernet IP interface is also available. As such, it provides increased flexibility and high levels of connectivity to best fit users’ needs. Other accessories include a plug-in EMC filter, which can be connected to the VSD quickly without tools or wiring and mounted on the top-hat rail.

Designed to operate at ambient temperatures up to 50°C without derating, the CFW300 is equipped with independently acting, integrated thermal protection functions for the motor (electronic motor circuit breaker) and the drive. In addition, the drive has varnished circuit boards (IEC 60721-3-3, category 3C2), for enhanced corrosion resistance, which contributes to longer service life, while an optional flash memory card enables optimal storage and convenient loading of parameter data sets.

The CFW300 will initially be available in frame size A for rated power from 180 W to 1.5 kW and frame size B for rated power from 2.2 to 4 kW. It will provide supply voltage flexibility with versions for single-phase and three-phase power. The single-phase version can also be powered directly from a DC supply connected to the DC link, in order to drive three-phase induction motors from a DC power source.

@WEG_Europe  #PAuto

What executives need to know about industrial cybersecurity.


Results of a recent survey by the Pew Research Center predicted that a major industrial cyberattack will occur in the US sometime within the next 10 years that will cause “widespread harm”—defined as significant loss of life or property losses/damage/theft in the tens of billions of dollars.
Despite these types of expert predictions and ongoing calls for improved security, not nearly enough is being done in the US and around the world to implement basic industrial cybersecurity measures, most notably best-practice standards, and reinforce them through proper staff training.

One reason for this is many corporate and industry executives are not fully aware of the real-world risks and dangers associated with industrial cyberattack as well as the critical differences between IT cybersecurity and operational technology (OT) cybersecurity.  

To improve industrial cybersecurity understanding and awareness, the International Society of Automation (ISA) has developed a new white paper, "What Executives Need to Know About Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity." The white paper was written by Joseph Weiss, PM, CISM, CRISC, a widely recognized industry expert on control system cybersecurity who has advised the US Congress on the growing threat of industrial cyberattack.

Weiss, Managing Partner of Applied Control Solutions, LLC, also serves as Managing Director of the ISA99 standards development committee, which has established the world’s only consensus-based series of industrial cybersecurity standards (ISA/IEC 62443). The ISA99 committee includes a cross-section of international cybersecurity subject-matter experts from industry, government and academia.

“Today’s operational technologies—such as sensors, SCADA systems, software and other controls that drive modern industrial processes—are vulnerable to cyberattack. The risk of serious damage or compromise to power and chemical plants, oil and gas facilities, chemical and water installations and other vital critical infrastructure assets is real,” states Patrick Gouhin, ISA Executive Director and CEO. “This new white paper provides clarity on the fundamental issues and challenges to consider and delivers a cogent rationale for implementing a comprehensive industrial cybersecurity plan.”

 #PAuto @ISA_Interchange

Prevent heavy equipment from falling over.

Memsic has launched a new product family, the MTLT series of Inclination and Tilt Sensors. Samples of the first three family members in MTLT series, the MTLT110S-R, MTLT105S-R and MTLT105D-R are currently available for evaluation.

The MTLT family of tilt sensors are appropriate for a wide range of static and dynamic applications in construction and industrial markets such as boom tilt monitoring, bucket loader roll back protection, PV/CSP solar tracking systems and others.

All three products are IP67 rated inclinometers with an integrated RS-232 interface and flying lead cable operating from a 9 V to 32 V single supply. The MTLT105S and MTLT110S are designed for applications needing < 0.5 degree and < 1.0 degree accuracy, respectfully, over the full operating temperature range.

“Vibration and vehicle motion have caused problems for inclinometers for years, forcing customers to either sacrifice response time by heavily filtering the output of a static inclinometer or buy more expensive IMU solutions with more capability than they need,” said James Fennelly, Memsic Product Marketing Manager. “The MTLT105D gives customers a new cost effective choice that does not sacrifice response time.”

The MTLT sensors also include programmable tilt alarms for tilt safety applications. The alarm can be programmed to be triggered to activate when the tilt exceeds a specified threshold. The tilt alarm can also be used to lock out controls or trigger an alarm or warning light. It is an all-in-one tilt safety solution eliminating the need for an external microprocessor to interpret tilt angles.

The MTLT family achieves the best price and performance by utilizing Micro Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) sensors, extensive over temperature calibration, and Memsic’s SmartSensingTM technology that was recently developed and deployed in Memsic’s industry leading Inertial Measurement Units (IMU) and Attitude Heading Reference Systems (AHRS) products. SmartSensingTM technology provides users with unmatched sensor fusion and performance in critical motion sensing applications. Each unit is fully calibrated over temperature providing confidence in safety applications.

#PAuto #Memsic 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Papers for Gas turbine instrumentation.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology issues Call For Papers for the 8th EVI-GTI Conference on Gas Turbine Instrumentation.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)—a member organization of the Automation Federation—has issued a Call for Papers, inviting experts within the international gas turbine instrumentation community to share their latest research and results at the 2016 EVI-GTI Conference on Gas Turbine Instrumentation.
The conference, to take place in 26th - 28th September 2016 in Berlin (D), will bring together gas turbine professionals, process engineers and leading industry experts to discuss new and innovative instrumentation techniques, developments and applications relating to gas turbines measurement and control systems.

Abstract submission and consideration
Authors wishing to submit papers and present at the 2016 EVI-GTI Conference on Gas Turbine Instrumentation are required to submit an abstract for consideration by the Conference’s Technical Programme Committee.
Following the review of abstracts, successful authors will be invited to submit a full paper for a second review by the committee. The deadline for abstract submission is 22 April 2016. To get more details regarding abstracts, submit an abstract and review all deadlines, visit the author information web page. To learn more about the 2016 EVI-GTI Conference on Gas Turbine Instrumentation, click here.  


@IETevents #PAuto 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Economical moisture sampling system.

The ES20 Compact Sampling System from Michell Instruments now has the option of an Easidew PRO XP dew-point transmitter. This makes the system suitable for a range of moisture measurement applications in hazardous areas where explosion-proof certification is needed, in addition to the existing intrinsically safe options.

The ES20 system was designed to offer several standard configurations suited to typical industrial and gas process applications, such as monitoring moisture in compressed air or natural gas. These standard configurations enable short lead times and fast delivery of orders.

Sample conditioning is vital when monitoring moisture levels in gas, not only to ensure that the pressure and temperature of the sample gas is consistent, but also to prolong the life of the sensor by removing contaminants such as dust or molecules of oil carried in the gas stream. The ES20 Compact Sampling System offers a choice of particulate or coalescing filters with a maximum pressure of 20 barg. Three mounting options are also offered to suit various indoor or outdoor locations: the system can be either mounted on a base plate, within a GRP enclosure or with a stainless steel enclosure, to provide IP66/NEMA 4X protection.


The ES20 modular systems are compatible with other Michell products, and are designed around the Michell Easidew range. These dew-point transmitters provide accuracy of ±2°Cdp, with a wide measurement capability of -100 to +20°C dew point, and are available with Michell’s unique sensor exchange programme. With the sensor exchange programme, customers are able to order a freshly calibrated sensor to fit in to their system and, when this arrives, replace their old sensor and return it to Michell. This enables them to keep their sensor calibration up to date, with minimal shut-down.

• Michell Instruments is marketed in Ireland through Instrument Technology.

@Michell_Inst #PAuto

Friday, January 22, 2016

Pressure on wireless!

Emerson Process Management has introduced the industry’s first WirelessHART® pressure gauge. 

The Rosemount Wireless Pressure Gauge enables remote collection of field data, keeping operators updated on changing field conditions and improving personnel safety by reducing manual operator rounds and field exposure.

Mechanical gauges are plagued with quality and reliability issues. These issues are commonly associated with overpressure, vibration, corrosion, extreme temperatures, and accidental damage. Additionally, mechanical gauges are unable to communicate a device status.

“As part of our Pervasive Sensing™ portfolio, this new gauge design fundamentally changes how customers use pressure gauges by helping them make better business decisions,” said Bob Karschnia, vice president and general manager of wireless products at Emerson Process Management. “Real-time insights provide actionable information that improves personnel safety while reducing facilities’ costs and time.”

Emerson’s new Rosemount Wireless Pressure Gauge utilises field-proven piezoresistive sensor technology to deliver reliable pressure readings. With the flexibility to accommodate changing process conditions, the Wireless Pressure Gauge also gives up to 150X overpressure protection compared to traditional gauges, which provides for a safer field environment by using two layers of process isolation.

Bourdon tube gauges have traditionally been a mainstay for taking pressure readings in the field, but are limited to visual indication of process conditions when an operator is present. Bourdon tubes also use moving parts, which can break or wear over time due to use and vibration, causing inaccurate readings or process to spill.

The Wireless Pressure Gauge eliminates mechanical gauge common weak points by removing the components that inhibit the device from reporting/displaying pressure and providing up to a 10-year life, which reduces maintenance cost and time. The large 4.5 inch (11.5cm) gauge face provides easy field visibility.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Power Quality Seminars programme for 2016.

Fluke offers a free Power Quality Seminar as part of its programme of seminars for 2016 throughout the Ireland & Britain.  Designed to help Facility Managers, Maintenance Engineers, Energy Consultants and Power Engineers to save money on energy bills and increase machinery lifetime, the seminars are one element of the Fluke Academy programme.

The seminars covering Power Quality explain how users of Fluke equipment can set up a load study, how they can measure the power quality from the power utility and how to detect disturbances in their facilities, thus learning how to save money and improve machinery lifetime.
Each seminar will cover:

  • An introduction to Power Quality principles
  • Flicker, transients, Volts, Amps and Hertz
  • Load studies
  • Energy consumption in facilities, offices and homes
  • How to measure unbalance, harmonics, interharmonics
  • Mains signalling, voltage dips and swells.

Other seminars in the Fluke Academy programme cover thermography; reducing energy costs; troubleshooting motors and drives to minimise plant downtime; process calibration; and electrical testing.

The Fluke Academy web page also provides access to webinars and webcasts that provide online training to obtain the maximum benefit in the application of thermal imagers and portable oscilloscopes, as well as highlighting training courses with partner institutions.

@FlukeCorp  #PAuto #TandM #Training

Surface mount machines for manufacturer of complex electronic & electromechanical equipment.

Key-Tech Electronic Systems is further advancing its production ambitions with the recent installation of two, new, fully automated Yamaha Z:LEXYSM20 modular surface mount machines, within the busy 46,000 sq. ft. facility.

Yamaha Z:LEXYSM20
The Z:LEX YSM20, considered to be the best in its class, has operating mounting speeds of 90,000 chips per hour. With a built-in smart recognition system, reducing operator input, it can place unconventionally shaped components accurately and efficiently without compromising on quality.

In the year where Key-Tech Electronic Systems celebrates its coming of age, with a very successful 21st anniversary, the two company directors, Jim Spence and David Weir, decided to move forward with their top end clients by purchasing not one, but two of these elite machines. The modularity of the Z:LEX YSM20 perfects Key-Tech Electronic System’s ability to deliver high speed assemblies of multi-sized components on a by-far greater scale, now enhancing customers’ demanding turnarounds. From miniaturised components such as the 03015 (0.3mmx0.15mm) to large assemblies, Key-Tech Electronic Systems now offers the electronic and electromechanical industry a competitive and leading edge flexibility and versatility to meet the demanding requirements of today’s marketplace.

Jim Spence, Financial Director shares “The company started with just 4 employees in 1993 with a vision to fill identified gaps and today, 21 years later, we’ve organically grown the business to a level where we can comfortably meet the needs of major players in this industry.

Our strength, from the beginning, was always our unique ability to understand, create and design new processes for our clients, alongside maintaining modern systems of manufacturing, with our current brand new facilities”.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Learn project management!

The International Society of Automation (ISA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) to deliver a web-based project management course customised to meet the specialised needs of system integrators.

Project Management for Automation and Control System Integration (MT08W) will be taught live online by an ISA expert instructor during four brief sessions spread over two consecutive weeks. Consistent with CSIA Best Practices© and CSIA’s commitment to improve the business practices of system integrators, the course covers all aspects of project management phases, functions, responsibilities, techniques and tools.

“ISA is pleased to collaborate with CSIA on the development of this new project management course for system integrators,” says Dalton Wilson, ISA’s Director of Education Services. “Through our discussions with CSIA, it was made clear to us that demand is rising among CSIA members for comprehensive project management training. By making the course available over the Web with live instruction by a leading subject-matter expert, we’re blending convenience with an engaging, high-quality learning format.”

“Best Practices represents the backbone of CSIA and project management is a key section of our manual,” explains Jose M. Rivera, CSIA CEO. “This training addresses the need of our members for immediate applicability to their jobs while reducing the lost productivity and costs associated with travel.”

The new course will debut in March of this year (2016), with four-hour classes taught on Tuesday, 8 March; Thursday, 10 March; Tuesday, 15 March; and Thursday, 17 March. Another offering is planned for the autumnLearn project management.

Course registration, payment processing and enrollment confirmation are provided through ISA's website and customer service department. To view a description of the course and enroll online today, click here.

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Wireless monitor receives CSA Approval.

The BM 25 Wireless (BM 25W) area gas monitor from Oldham has been certified by Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and now carries the CSA mark of approval.The marking is as follows and the BM 25W can now be used in Class I Division 1 hazardous locations in Canada and in Div. 2 locations in the United States. They are working to add the US Class I Div 1 approval to the BM 25 and BM 25W by the end of the year.

The BM 25 Wireless brings freedom and flexibility while keeping the standard characteristics of the BM 25.

  • Powerful audible alarm (103 dB @ 1m)
  • Ultra-bright flashing signal (viewable at 360°)
  • 1 to 5 gases simultaneously
  • Run time of up to 135 hours in Wireless version
  • Resistant to harsh environment
  • Easily transportable - less than 15 lbs
  • Up to 30 devices per MESH network
  • Up to 16 independent MESH networks
  • 2.4 GHz frequency
  • Up to 0.6 mile line-of-sight range

By using up to 16 BM25 Wireless in combination with their MX 40 wireless controller, information can now be centralized at one location. The MX 40 can display up to 32 measurements in real time.

Using the Sitewatch option, the MX 40 can be accessed remotely via Ethernet or GSM. A web page displays measurements and channel statuses in real time, and is accessible from any computer or wireless phone connected to the internet. This option also allows SMS or email messages sent in the case of an alarm.

@OldhamGas @CSA_Group #PAuto #Wireless

SIL 1 safe protection for machinery.

CSI 6500 Machinery Health™ Monitor now offers a SIL 1 certified protection system for improving reliability in SIS environments
Operating safety-critical equipment without reliable machinery health insight to issues such as missed or false trips and alarms can keep operations unreliable and increase risk. Emerson Process Management’s CSI 6500 Machinery Health Monitor now has an IEC 61508:2010, Safety Integration Level (SIL) certification, Level 1, making it suitable for use in delivering reliable protection monitoring in such environments as steam and gas turbines in power plants, critical refinery assets, nuclear industry critical assets, and other safety-critical applications.

“While building safety products, it is important to ensure the availability of the whole safety system to keep it in operation for many years,” said Thomas Wewers, director of technology for Emerson’s reliability solutions. “Emerson’s commitment to safety has always been a top priority and as process systems become more and more intricate, built-in safety features are even more important. SIL certification is one more way of showing our customers that we are committed to helping them reduce risk.”

The CSI 6500 provides insight into the health of critical assets with both protection and prediction in a single chassis. The CSI 6500 integrates seamlessly into an overall Safety Instrumented System (SIS), such as Emerson’s DeltaV SIS™, to provide operators information in a format that they are used to seeing on a standard distributed control graphics screen.

@EmersonProcess #PAuto #MachineHealth


All-in-one instrument for engineers using benchtop test equipment.

National Instruments (NI) has a new, high-performance model of VirtualBench. The software-based VirtualBench all-in-one instrument combines a mixed-signal oscilloscope, function generator, digital multimeter, programmable DC power supply and digital I/O. With 350 MHz of bandwidth, four analogue channels and Ethernet connectivity, the new version of VirtualBench offers increased functionality for engineers characterising and debugging new designs or automated test systems.

“Since we introduced VirtualBench to the marketplace, its versatility and practicality have created considerable efficiencies for users,” said Stefanie Breyer, Vice President of R&D, Data Acquisition at NI. “With this next iteration, we incorporated greater performance and more features that open up even more possibilities for engineers interacting with benchtop test equipment.”

Users still interact with VirtualBench through free upgradable software applications that run on PCs or iPads for an easy, unified software experience for all five instruments. Because VirtualBench uses today’s consumer computing platforms, engineers and scientists interact with their instruments using multitouch displays, multicore processors, wireless connectivity and intuitive interfaces for increased productivity. Simplification and increased capability through software leads to more efficient circuit debugging and validation.

Key Benefits
• Enhanced mixed-signal oscilloscope with protocol analysis delivers 350 MHz of bandwidth and four analogue channels for higher performance interactive test
• Higher wattage programmable DC power supply with up to 3 A for the 6 V output channel and up to 1 A for the 25 V and -25 V channels for higher current applications
• Convenient, unified view of all five instruments, visualisation on larger displays and quick functionality to save data and screenshots
• Ethernet connectivity in addition to USB and WiFi compatibility for distributed measurements
• Integrates seamlessly with LabVIEW system design software.

@niukie #PAuto #TandM

Benchtop PSU.

The GPS-TPS352 1200W output benchtop power supply has just been announced by Gresham Power Electronics. Supplied in a convenient and compact desktop case less than 50mm tall, the GPS-TPS352 provides reliable system power up to 1200W (1400W peak) with low output ripple and noise.

Typical applications for the GPS-TPS352 benchtop power supply include product design, test and repair, burn-in, instrumentation, telecoms infrastructure, IT systems and data-centres, laboratories and education.

Regulated single outputs of 12V 7.5A, 24V 58A, 28V 50A, 36V 38A and 48V 28A are available as standard and custom versions may be specified. The output has +/-10% adjustment range via a front panel mounted potentiometer

The Gresham Power GPS-TPS352 operates from 110 and 230VAC input supplies and features internal speed controlled long life fans for low noise operation in higher ambient temperatures and increased reliability. Airflow is from front to rear of power supply.

Other features include an IEC power inlet for worldwide AC cables, a single piece SBX75 output connector, which avoids bolt terminals with easy to lose parts, front panel displays for output voltage and current and an on/off switch.

The standard enclosure for the GPS-TPS352 is made from welded stainless steel, finished in a black epoxy coat which provides excellent protection for the internal electronics. A stainless steel enclosure is also available as is conformal of the PCB, providing additional ruggedisation.

The case is fitted with non-marking rubber feet to protect operating surfaces and the 50mm tall front panel is fitted with two panel handles which also provide protection to front panel components from drop damage.

@GreshamPower #PAuto #Laboratory

Safety, explosion mitigation and prevention enhanced by acquisition!

Newson Gale has been acquired by the HOERBIGER Group and is now a member of its Safety Solutions business segment. Hoerbiger is comprised of leaders in their respective explosion protection segments including IEP Technologies in explosion protection, the Combustion Research Center in materials testing and Newson Gale in controlling electrostatic ignition hazards.

Newson Gale's Earth-Rite Range
Newson Gale will continue to trade under the Newson Gale brand, with the current management team remaining in place. "Our commitment and focus at adding value to our customers by preventing fires and explosions caused by static discharges remains unchanged and we will continue to develop and bring to market performance defining static control equipment and services."

For decades, the Hoerbiger has been an innovation and technology leader for explosion protection and check valves to be used in oil, gas, carbon and dust applications as well as in the mechanical and plant engineering industry. The introduction of the business segment Safety Solutions within the Group underscores this commitment to innovation and technology as well as our continuing focus on our customer’s safety.

“With the acquisition of Newson Gale, HOERBIGER Safety Solutions enhances its position as a leading player in safety and explosion mitigation. We have searched for, and found, a partner who will be committed to the future success of Newson Gale", says Newson Gale Managing Director, Mr. Graham Tyers.


@NewsonGale #Hörbiger #PAuto

Ethernet line extenders.


Robust, reliable and easy to set up Wolverine devices deliver secure, resilient networking for mission-critical operation in extreme environments

Westermo has released two additions to its range of Wolverine advanced industrial Ethernet line extenders. These rugged, reliable and compact devices are used to establish long-distance, high-speed remote connections between simple or complex Ethernet networks using existing copper cables, thereby reducing installation time and cost. The DDW-242 and DDW-242-485 include a range of features that deliver secure and resilient networking, even in extreme industrial environments, which makes them suitable for mission-critical applications.

The line extenders enable Ethernet networks to be connected over distances of up to 15km, at data rates up to 15.3 Mbit/s on a single twisted pair cable. Using two pairs bonded, the rate can be doubled to support applications requiring larger bandwidths. An integral switch allows two Ethernet devices to be attached, and a choice of either 232 or 485 serial port enables legacy equipment to be incorporated into the IP network.

To help improve cyber security the DDW-242 and DDW-242-485 include full layer 3 functionality and unique IP security provided by the Westermo WeOS operating system. The devices include a built-in port-based firewall securing data between trusted and un-trusted networks; NAT rules - a way to make systems that are configured with private IP addresses appear to have public IP addresses; and VPN tunnels for encrypting data on the ‘last mile’ section of the network, which is particularly susceptible to security risk.

The WeOS operating system also provides advanced switching and routing functionality that enables the management of complex industrial networks. With no software configuration needed for basic installation the DDW-242 and DDW-242-485 are extremely easy to set up. A web interface and command line interface support configuration of large and complex networks. Should maintenance be required, a back-up and restore facility enables configurations to be quickly downloaded from a USB stick.

To enable installation in harsh industrial environments and rail trackside applications the devices offer a wide operating temperature range of -40 to +70 degrees C, and have been tested to meet electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), isolation, vibration and shock standards.

In the event of link or hardware failure, Westermo’s unique FRNT (Fast Recovery of Network Topology) technology enables network reconfiguration, whilst an extensive diagnostics function allows the quality of the line and the connection status to be analysed.

@Westermo #PAuto #Ethernet

Wireless switches without batteries.

ZF Electronic Systems* is introducing a new line of switches that don’t need wired connections and do work wirelessly without batteries. Their power source is ultimately the physical actuation of the switch; in a very nice implementation of energy harvesting, that pit of motion translates into power through an innovative penny-size micro-dynamo within the body of the switch.

One benefit to designers is a much simplified ability to implement remote switches without the need to run connecting wires, which can simplify both product design and certifications. Compared to other wireless solutions, the ZF Electronic Systems energy-harvesting switches do not require periodic battery changes or even more frequent battery status checking, and there are none of the usual battery-related switch failure mode.

Inside the familiarly sized switch housing the micro-dynamo magneto-electric generator is joined by a controller, a digital modulator and a radio; the radio can be configured for many frequencies, including those common to home, office and plant automation systems.


The first of these switches are available in snap-action or rocker configurations and others can be produced to meet customer requirements. ZF Electronic Systems is also making its tiny generator available separately from these switched. They rate its mechanical life at 1,000,000 actuations and the energy it generates at a measured 0.33 mw (actuating and releasing).  The RF transmission distance is rated up to 300 meters in open space, and up to 30 meters indoors with any type of obstruction.

*ZF Electronics was formerly known as CHERRY.

 #PAuto @CherryAmericas

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Radar level transmitter.

Krohne has introduced a new radar level transmitter, OPTIWAVE 1010, for bypass chambers and magnetic level indicators. The 2-wire FMCW radar level transmitter is designed as a cost-effective solution for the continuous level measurement of liquids in bypass applications in various industries, e.g. chemical, power, water and wastewater, or automotive.
OPTIWAVE 1010 can be combined with the Krohne BM 26 ADVANCED bypass chambers and magnetic level indicators (MLI), thereby adding a 4-20mA HART output to the mechanical devices. The combinations can be conveniently ordered as a whole, e.g. as BM 26 W1010 (OPTIWAVE 1010 welded to BM 26 ADVANCED). Alternatively, it can be welded on any bypass chamber with internal diameter 38-56 mm / 1.5-2.2". Thus it is also an ideal solution for other MLI manufacturers to add a level radar measurement option to their product range.

OPTIWAVE 1010 is competitively priced to replace reed chains, magnetostrictive and simple TDR transmitters that are typically used with bypass chambers or MLIs. In addition to a measuring accuracy of ± 5 mm / 0.2", the FMCW principle offers a much better overall accuracy in bypass applications: while reed chain and magnetostrictive principles are measuring the float position which depends on the product density, the FMCW radar directly measures the liquid surface.

Application range for OPTIWAVE 1010 includes almost any liquids with process temperatures ≤ +150°C / +302°F up to 40 barg / 580 psig and measuring ranges up to 8 m / 26.2 ft. With clean liquids of dielectric constant εr ≥ 3 the device measures the surface directly, for εr < 3, a float with target is used.

OPTIWAVE 1010 features a dual process seal system that allows for removal of the converter under process conditions. The 2-wire loop-powered HART device is pre-configured in the factory and is delivered ready to use. Application-specific adjustments are possible via HART/ DD and DTM.

• Krohne products are marketed in Ireland by DWN Instruments.

GaN-on-Si product supplier appoints new director.

EpiGaN, supplier of commercial GaN-on-Silicon epi-wafers for the power switching, RF power and sensor market, announces that Lou Hermans has joined their Board of Directors. Hermans will add his broad expertise in founding and growing semiconductor startups to implementing the expansion of EpiGaN and its continuously growing portfolio of GaN-on-Si products and services.

Lou Hermans
In 2007 Lou Hermans co-founded CMOSIS NV a leading provider of high-performance CMOS image sensors and solutions based in Antwerp Belgium where he served in the past as Chairman of the Board, VP Marketing and Sales and COO.

“Being an IMEC spin-off and knowing the EpiGaN founding team from my time at IMEC, I have always been following with great interest the development of EpiGaN, its products and services offered. Therefore I accepted with great pleasure and enthusiasm the invitation to become an independent board member and to support on the basis of my experience the further growth of EpiGaN.

EpiGaN, founded in 2010 as a spin-off of the Belgian research organization Imec, is continuing on its successful trajectory of becoming a world leading materials and solution provider in the field of GaN-on-Si technology. EpiGaN, operating out of Hasselt, develops and delivers GaN-on-Si and GaN-on-SiC epiwafers to semiconductor device manufacturers worldwide for power switching, RF power and sensor applications.

The company is today developing and shipping epitaxial (Al,Ga)N heterostructures grown on up to 200mm Si substrates to enable its customers to successfully position themselves in rapidly growing market segments.

"Lou has a far reaching experience and expertise in successfully growing semiconductor startup companies. That's why we invited him to join our Board of Directors in an advisory role," said Dr Marianne Germain, cofounder and CEO of EpiGaN. "We are now taking our next expansion step as the GaN market is accelerating its transition from R&D activities to full-fledged commercial production and application."

Weight Indicators With Large LED/LCD Displays.

Two new weight indicators featuring large six-digit LED and LCD displays have been introduced from VGP Transducers. Combining weighing and counting modes with an array of advanced features and communication interfaces, the Intuition 20i and Intuition 22i provide versatile solutions for a wide range of commercial and industrial applications.

For truck, bench, floor, and counting scales, the Intuition 20i and Intuition 22i drive up to 10 x 350 Ω load cells (4/6 wires), while their built-in counting modes are optimised for inventory control applications. The units support batching up to eight batched steps for process weighing and local/remote display capabilities and alibi memory — capable of retaining the last 10,000 transactions — for any application involving legal for trade weighing.

Each of the instruments released today features two programmable RS-232 serial ports for printing and networking and is available with optional Ethernet, USB 2.0, and RS485 serial ports. The Intuition 20i and Intuition 22i feature ticket printing with gross, net, and setpoint customisable up to 300 characters, while a real-time clock option allows for automatic data and time storage to clearly document all printout records. For weighing multiple transactions, the units offer an accumulation capability with an armed print function for summing the total weight. When the gross weight is at zero, the user can enter a preset tare value.

With its LED display, the Intuition 20i is optimised for outdoor applications in sunlight, while the LCD display of the Intuition 22i is ideal for indoor low-intensity-light environments. The units are available with rechargeable batteries providing up to 18 and 42 hours of operation time, respectively, while their rugged IP67 stainless steel enclosures enable operation in harsh environments. Two password protection levels allow both the user and operator to access the instrument's setup and configuration menu. For easy operation, calibration, and setup, both instruments are available with seven-key standard keyboards and 19-key numeric keyboards.

The reliable and robust Intuition 20i and Intuition 22i are based on a proven hardware and software modular structure that has undergone outdoor field testing for two years. Due to their modular architecture, the units are designed for simple servicing. Nearly every module in the system — whether electronic or mechanical, such as a power supply, A/D, CPU, or communication interface — can be easily replaced in the field. The instruments include full diagnostics, offer 100 % customisable hardware and software, and can be custom labeled.

VPG Transducers is fully committed to supporting the Intuition 20i and Intuition 22i in the event of any quality issues and is dedicated to continuing the development of the units' hardware and software platform by adding new features based on market demand. For example, an update will soon be released that features a digital scale interface.

 #VGP #PAuto #Transportation

TOC analysers Distributership announced.


ErsaTec GmbH, the manufacturer of gas analysers for the measurement of organic gases (TOC) such as solvents and fuels, has appointed Quantitech as exclusive distributor of their products in Ireland and Britain.

Designed and developed by former employees of Bernath Atomic (manufacturer of the well-known Bernath 3006 FID), the ErsaTec analysers employ Flame Ionisation Detectors (FIDs) to measure total organic carbon. The product range includes both continuous and semi-continuous analysers for use in a wide variety of industrial applications.

“We are delighted to be given this opportunity,” says Sales Director Dominic Duggan. “Quantitech has been selling FID instruments for around 20 years and we are very excited to be able to offer a choice of fixed and transportable versions.

“The ErsaTec products are ideal for Part B Processes and Test Houses; offering advanced FID technology at highly competitive prices. The range offers a number of very attractive advantages; for example, the SmartFID instruments have internal dataloggers and are very easy to set up and run with an intuitive touchscreen.”

FID analysers require a fuel source and with dual range capability (low range to 10ppm and high range to 100,000ppm) the ErsaTec FIDs can operate on either hydrogen or a hydrogen/helium mix. However, hydrogen consumption is very low and this is the most economical choice.

• Under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010, local authorities must regulate certain types of factory. This is to reduce any pollution they may cause and, in particular, to help improve air quality. Businesses which operate these premises must seek a permit and in doing so, will need to demonstrate compliance with emission limits, so for most of these (over 17,000) processes monitoring will be necessary, and for many of them that will include the measurement of organic gases such as solvents.
The British Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has published Process Guidance Notes for a wide range of affected processes.

@Quantitech #ERsaTech #PAuto #Britain #Ireland

Increased demand for XRF analyser hire.

Steve Drake, NDT Market Manager at Ashtead Technology believes that XRF is one of the most important technologies in the company’s fleet of NDT and environmental testing instruments. 


“With a small amount of training, almost anyone can implement detailed inspections in a wide variety of applications, and with most instruments being lightweight and robust, XRF analysers are among the most popular rental items. We have therefore invested in a selection of the leading XRF equipment so that customers are able to choose the instrument and mode that suits their application best.”

XRF (X-Ray Fluorescence) analysers enable the chemical, non-destructive analysis of metals and alloys in a wide variety of materials. A simple point-and-shoot method means that even relatively inexperienced users can analyse metals content quickly and easily, following the requisite introductory course that is provided by Ashtead Technology’s Radiation Protection Supervisor, Will Russell.

Typical applications for XRF include Positive Material Identification (PMI), recycling of waste metal and compliance with the WEEE and RoHS Directives, quality control in manufacturing, and environmental applications such as contaminated land investigation.

Summarising, Steve Drake says: “As customers find new ways to utilise XRF technology, the demand for these instruments continues to grow and with the benefit of our in-house training, new users are able to operate safely and provide reliable measurements.”


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