Friday, June 3, 2016

Valve island customers given greater flexibility!

ASCO have added a new valve size to their Valve Islands range which gives users greater flexibility across a variety of applications and industries. The ASCO Numatics valve islands boast a wide capacity range of 400 l/min to 3820 l/min. The new 502 Series valve means that the range can now handle new mid-range flow requirements of up to 650 l/min. New base plates also mean it is possible to combine two sizes of valve on one island, enabling users to easily manage both valve actuator control and pneumatics.

At 18mm in size, the 502 Series valve is easy to integrate into existing systems and comes fully assembled in a valve island. When coupled with the innovative G3 or 580 series electronics the valve islands boast one of the smallest footprints vs flow rates on the market.

The full valve island offering is adaptable to a wide range of applications, from those in the automotive industry to packaging process lines, thanks to a wide range of accessories that makes them ideal for complex configuration requirements.
This sometimes complex configuration is kept easy using ASCO’s on-line configurator, which makes it possible for the full system with accessories to be defined. This enables users to reduce any manual assembly or configuration on site and get their process up and running as quickly as possible, reducing both downtime and engineering time spent on configuration and maintenance.

As with all ASCO products, the 502 Series has been built to last. It has an IP65 protection level, a modular build, and is robust and reliable in operation. On the occasion that maintenance is required, feedback and diagnosis is made quick and easy thanks to the integrated graphic display located on the electronics module.

@ASCOValve #PAuto

5 year guarantee VOC detector!

Further underlining its commitment to providing unrivalled technical support and first class service delivery, Ion Science  is reminding its global customers to register their gas detection instrumentation online to benefit from industry-beating extended warranties.

Tiger handheld PID for VOC
The leading manufacturer of gas detection and monitoring equipment for occupational health and the environment offers an unrivalled five-year extended warranty on its popular Tiger handheld volatile organic compound (VOC) detector and up to two years on its other instruments.

To receive the extended warranty, customers need to register within one month of purchase via an online form. They will receive a confirmation email advising that the extended warranty period has been activated and processed.

Duncan Johns, Managing Director at Ion Science comments: “Instrument registration is such a quick process and means customers will benefit from the most up to date product information, be the first to know about any software and manual updates and be able to take advantage of special offers.

“In the rare case an instrument develops a service issue, customers want to know they receive a quick repair and that getting it fixed will be an easy process.

“Our skilled engineers are trained to recognise issues quickly and provide a fast turnaround. Taking advantage of the extended warranty is an effective way for customers to have peace of mind for a significantly longer period of time, at no extra expense,” he concludes.

Ion Science provides a full calibration, maintenance and repair service for all its instruments. The company’s qualified engineers are on hand to provide best of breed service and fast turnaround to ensure instruments are operational as soon as possible.

@ionscience #TandM #PAuto

Position sensors.

ZF Electronic Systems Pleasant Prairie LLC (formerly CHERRY Industrial Solutions) has  two new sensor products. 

The new sensor products consist of a Linear Position sensor (LIN Series), as well as another angle position sensor (ANG series) to complement the existing sensor line.  We were seeing a need in the market for a linear position sensor, particularly for applications with a wider air gap”, said Ryan Eder, Marketing Manager – ZF Electronic Systems.  “We are excited to bring this solution to our portfolio.  Additionally, while we have been successful with our current line of Angle Position sensors, our new ANG series sensor is even more compact in size.  We know design engineers will appreciate an even smaller sensor to work with”.


Currently ZF offers sensors in the following categories: Angle Position, Gear tooth Speed, Digital Vane, Magnetic Proximity (hall and reed) and Speed & Direction sensors.  The new Angle Position and Linear Position sensors are expect mid-year 2016.  This year also marks the debut of the ZF Energy Harvesting product line consisting of wireless switches that do not require batteries to operate. 

@CherryAmericas #PAuto

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Pre-Tested Solution to Analyse Time-Series Sensor Data.

National Instruments (NI) and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), have announced a collaboration to facilitate the availability of pre-tested Big Analog Data solutions based on NI DataFinder Server Edition software and HPE Moonshot Systems. Engineers must collect and manage sensor data that is fundamentally different than what traditional big data solutions typically tackle. 

The collaboration of HPE, a global leader in computing and data processing, with NI, a leader in data acquisition and analysis, is expected to result in the availability of a pre-tested best-in-class hardware and software combination for solving engineering data management problems and making decisions from sensor data more effectively.

“The DataFinder-Moonshot Big Analog Data™ solution is a potent combination, making it easier for engineers to rapidly deploy and gain insight from manufacturing, test and Internet of Things (IoT) data,” said Dr. Tom Bradicich, Vice President and General Manager of Servers and IoT Systems at HPE. “With this pre-tested solution, HPE and NI are helping our customers to reduce their integration risks.”

Combining the multiple award winning HPE Moonshot Systems and DataFinder Server Edition provides engineers with a complete, pre-validated, tested solution to manage and analyse the complexities of file-based sensor data. With DataFinder Server Edition software running on HPE Moonshot server blades, users can manage structured and unstructured data generated from any data acquisition analysis node.


“With the IoT and the emergence of more connected systems, our customers are collecting more data than ever before,” said Eric Starkloff, Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing at NI. “By analysing more of their data in a reliable and accurate way, our customers can better document the results of their tests and take actionable steps to improve the efficiency and designs of their applications.”

 @NIukie @HPE #TandM 

Small system turbo blowers.

Since the energy requirement for the aeration of aeration tanks in wastewater treatment plant reaches 70 % , energy efficiency is still the decisive indicator for a healthy energy balance. Many AERZEN customers worldwide could already benefit from the energy savings since 2010 when the product with the extremely efficient turbo technology was launched. The successful series TB has now been revised.

The turbo series TB was particularly developed for biologically operating wastewater treatment plants with small and medium volume flow requirements. AERZEN sells the packaged units in 11 series which offer air volumes from 300 to 6,000 m³/h for pressure ranges from 300 to 1,000 mbar. The innovative system experienced a number of constructive adjustments resulting in another positive effect on the energy saving. Depending on the volume flow and the pressure range, the energy requirement can be reduced by another 6 % .

The TB series is the most compact type of construction in the lower volume flow range worldwide. The small footprint leads to an extremely high power density in relation to the size and conveying volume. Constructive improvements within the packaged unit ensure an optimised air guidance which, eventually, minimizes pressure losses at the intake side. Since electrical and mechanical engineering are separated by open ground, heat losses of the power electronics are not passed to the process air. The separation increases the efficiency and the reliability of the electrical engineering. Thus, susceptibility of the electrical components can already be avoided in the preliminary stages.

Further positive characteristics of the compact system are the integrated silencer for the cooling air outlet and the blow-off valve. The plug&play system operates almost maintenance-free and absolutely oil-free; only filters have to be changed in regular cycles. The air flow is not measured indirectly, as it is the conventional way, i. e. derived from the power consumption. It is performed according to the Venturi principle. By means of a differential pressure measurement the real air-mass flow is measured in the inlet cone of the stage. In this way, the packaged unit provides real measured values for the monitoring and the internal safety devices, as for example for the AERZEN Feature-High-Rise-to-Surge. The extremely fast response characteristic of the frequency converter enables it to compensate difficult conditions, as for example to react on pressure fluctuations by fast change of speed. The result is a significant minor sensibility of the turbo blower throughout the total control range. Thus, users can comprehend at any time the exact quantity that is really led into their tanks. This parameter is also shown directly via the control system.

@AerzenMachines #PAuto #Wastewater

Surge suppressor Kit.

A surge suppressor kit is now available for use with Moore Industries’ field-installed instruments enclosed in our BH and SB housings. The kit is approved for use in Explosion Proof applications in the United States/Canada (sCSAus) and Australia/New Zealand (ANZEx).

The surge suppressor exceeds Severity Level 4 of IEC 61000-4-4, providing 3kA (8/20μsec) of surge protection stopping failures due to lightning, spikes and overvoltage surges while minimizing other electrical noise. This suppressor allows HART signals to pass through and therefore can be used to suppress or protect both analog and HART digital/analog signal lines.

This surge suppressor can be used with Moore Industries’ temperature and signal transmitters, signal isolators and signal converters and is easy to install and wire.

This is the latest addition to the family of surge suppressor solutions available from Moore Industries. Our other suppressors include:
·       DIN-Plug Surge Suppressor: Compatible with any Moore Industries DIN unit with a two-terminal header. This suppressor provides lightning-fast response time to stop failures due to lightning, spikes, and overvoltage surges while minimizing other electrical noise.
·       Data Line Rail-Mount Surge Suppressor: Designed to protect digital signals on your RS-422 and RS-485 communications lines. It is compatible with any top-hat or “G” type DIN-rail mounting style.

·       AC Wire-In Surge Suppressor: Provides sub-nanosecond protection for 220VAC process power lines and meets Severity Level 4 of IEC 61000-4-4 and 61000-4-5.

 @MII_Worldwide #Pauto #Ex

Submersible level transmitters.

The Model 59Y submersible level transmitter series, designed to provide accurate, continuous liquid level measurements of water and wastewater within industrial and municipal environments has been launchee by Viatran.

This new series features a monolithic (one-piece) design, which measures hydrostatic pressure of compatible media. It is available with a choice of PVC, PP, PVDF or 316L stainless steel material, as well as in submersible ranges from 0-16 inches W.C. to 0-835 feet W.C. Units are fully sealed to meet IP68 ratings. PUR cables are available as standard, with added options for PVC, FEP and TPE types. Dual temperature measurement capabilities are also possible (Model 59T).

Recommended accessories for Model 59Y submersible level transmitters include cable hangers, weights, process meters, and the Model LSP Lightning Surge Protector. The Model LSP offers fast, rugged equipment protection against rapid rising voltage transients and lightning strike effects.
Typical applications for the Viatran Model 59Y Series include liquid level and depth, in-ground and above ground water tanks, water and wastewater, lift stations, irrigation systems, holding ponds, chemical plants, wells, reservoirs and dams, and inventory tank gauging. Units are available to ship from stock with short lead times.

 #Viatran #PAuto #Water #Wastewater

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Pressure transmitte demanding environments.

Viatran Corporation has announced the global market introduction of its industry-exclusive Model 386 Flush Tip Pressure Transmitter.

The Viatran Model 386 pressure transmitter features an industry-exclusive flush tip-zero cavity design. This unique configuration eliminates the traditional measurement challenges of pressure transmitter port clogging. It also removes installation torque effects on the output signal. The Model 386 further incorporates a solid stainless steel machined diaphragm (Inconel optional), along with all-welded sealed housings. This combination makes the pressure transmitters virtually impervious to fluid ingress, reducing risk of potential damage to internal electronics. The Model 386 also features an isolated sensor which eliminates the need for adjustments to the pressure transmitter after installation.

Units are available in 13 uniquely configurable standard ranges, covering 0-150 to 0-10K PSIG or PSIS, along with a variety of electrical connections. Depending upon range, the Model 386 can withstand up to 1.5X proof pressure (10K PSI range) and up to 5X burst pressure (or 30K PSI, whichever is less). Additional ranges and models are available upon request. Please consult the factory for details.

Typical applications for the Viatran Model 386 flush tip pressure transmitter include paint finishing systems, automotive and aerospace test stands, in-laboratory R&D, process pressure measurements, adhesives, sludge and slurries, and viscous media measurements.

 #Viatran #PAuto 

Calibrating human vibration accelerometers!

Svantek has launched a new portable vibration calibrator. The hand-held SV110 is designed for verification of machine sensors as well as on-site checks of human vibration accelerometers, in accordance to ISO 8041.

Specially developed for in-situ calibration checks of hand-arm vibration meters mounted on hand or tool, the robust SV110 is ideal for use with Svantek’s popular SV103 and SV106 instruments.

With its compact design, the SV110 enables easy checks of sensors. Depending on the selected frequency (79.58 Hz and 159.2 Hz), the user may select the level of calibration from 1m/s² to 10m/s². Accelerometers are conveniently attached using mounting stud or disc, or via a dedicated adapter.

The calibrator menu provides selection between both metric systems ‘g’ and ‘m/s². The menu is simply operated by three push buttons and small OLED display.

Following the requirements of ISO 8041, the calibrator’s built-in reference accelerometer measures the cross-axis (transverse) vibrations to detect any disturbance to the calibration signal. Faults caused by transverse vibrations are indicated by two LEDs on the calibrator’s outer casing.

This innovative solution ensures stability of both the calibration level and frequency, independent from the mass of the test object.

Svantek’s SV110 portable vibration calibrator boasts built-in rechargeable batteries for 12 hours of continuous operation.

@Svantek_UK #PAuto 

Controller Area Network (CAN) Conference 2017!

The 16th international CAN Conference (iCC) to be held in the historic Town Hall of Nuremberg (D) on March 7 and 8, 2017 in conjunction with CiA’s 25th anniversary. The call for papers for the conference has been announced.

CiA is seeking contributions from international experts that cover the latest developments in Controller Area Network (CAN) including CAN FD, CANopen FD, as well as partial and pretended networking or safety and security topics. The iCC is unique in its target group and offers participants the possibility to exchange experience and to network with other CAN-experts from all over the world and from most diversified application areas.

Abstract submissions for technical papers in English language are due on September 16, 2016. The iCC program committee will evaluate the papers and decide on the program. Selected speakers will be informed by October 4, 2016.

The conference is accompanied by a tabletop exhibition, where experts and exhibitors can meet in a relaxed environment. Due to the historical location, the number of tables is limited. We therefore recommend to book tables early.

CiA is also looking for sponsors. Interested parties should contact CiA-office for further details.

 #iCC2017 #PAuto #CiA #CAN

Ruggedised computer.

Harting has announced the commercial availability in Britain of its ruggedised computer, MICA (Modular Industry Computing Architecture). The device was displayed for the first time at the ‘Drives and Controls’ show last April, and is now fully supported by Harting Ltd for commercial use.

The Harting MICA ruggedised computer provides a platform for system integrators and software developers who need to deploy bespoke software applications to manage systems. It uses a LINUX operating system to provide a secure, stand-alone infrastructure needed in industrial and other demanding applications.

MICA is installed in the ‘Rinspeed Etos’ concept car displayed on the Harting stand (visited by Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkal and President of United States of America, Barack Obama) during the Hannover Messe event in April. The car was also displayed at the Geneva motor show in March to great acclaim.

Rinspeed uses a Harting MICA for emissions and status monitoring. The Rinspeed Etos then transmits this data gathered by the MICA device to a neutral 3rd-Party (Dekra), for independent analysis. This illustrates how the Internet of Things could be used more widely in the future to monitor and evaluate emissions and performance data in real-world driving conditions. This same technique could also be applied to a range of other industrial and logistical equipment to help monitor performance and maintenance.

Gavin Stoppel, Product and Applications Manager at Harting UK, said; “Companies deploying large scale automation solutions using ‘Industrial Internet of Things’ networks and distributed control systems need this type of device. Ruggedised computers are a key element in delivery of Industry 4.0, and since we showed MICA at ‘Drives and Controls’ we have had a lot of interest in it from companies working on various applications, especially RFID and performance monitoring.”

@HARTING  #PAuto #IoT

Fieldbus power supply with integrated FF H1 diagnostics.

ISbus fieldbus power supplies from the 9412 range from R Stahl, provide flexible diagnostic capabilities for the Foundation Fieldbus H1 as a standard feature: they continuously monitor physical layer parameters such as voltage and current, signal level, noise, jitter and shield shorts (unbalance).

Such helpful information is not readily available otherwise – though modern fieldbus-capable sensors and actuators are able to provide a variety of diagnostics, components such as fieldbus power supplies, cables, device couplers and terminators usually lack this capability. Thanks to the integrated advanced diagnostic functionality of ISbus 9412, it is possible to avoid the installation and maintenance costs and effort special systems and software packages for such diagnostics would incur. The easiest way to access measured values of a fieldbus power supply is to use the free ISbusDiag app on an Android smartphone or tablet, which merely requires a simple cable connection of the mobile device and ISbus 9412 module. Without the need for any further settings, the app then displays physical layer data of the segment, the bus address of the fieldbus device with the worst values and, in the event of a fault, a plain text message. By keeping diagnostics off the fieldbus itself, the fieldbus power supply completely rules out potential negative effects like bouncing or short circuits that can otherwise be caused by connecting handheld devices on the bus.

In addition to displaying data on a tablet or smartphone, ISbus fieldbus power supplies also allow for pro-active monitoring of the physical layer with an adjustable warning limit and signalling via three colour LEDs (traffic light function) and a relay contact (9412 / *-320-* modules). An extra device, the 9415 DCM (diagnosis communication module), can also be deployed in order to create a powerful online diagnostics system. A DCM transmits all physical layer data from up to eight segments through a freely selectable H1 segment to the control system and higher-level plant asset management. Evaluation and alarm management takes place via an EDD or a DTM. Detailed information about scalable ISbus diagnostics solutions is available in the playlist "R. Stahl scalable fieldbus solution" featured on the R. Stahl YouTube channel.

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

#Stahl #PAuto  @FOUNDATIONField 

Drives commissioning from anywhere.

When Newton Tesla sets up new variable speed drives for their customers, they can do configuration, re-programming and monitoring from any location. By connecting the HMS Netbiter gateway to their drives systems, they can offer their customers immediate assistance and do remote commissioning during the critical start-up period.

Newton Tesla drives control and Netbiter

George Newton in action commissioning cranes 
at a customer site
Newton Tesla is one of Britain’s leading experts in variable speed drives and a supplier of advanced automation systems to factories and plants across the world. Specializing in Mitsubishi products, they have been working with drives and inverters since 1987.

When commissioning an automation system, it is often hard to solve everything in one go. Usually, there are certain processes you have to wait for or other systems that need to be installed before everything is 100% finished. That means that you often have to go back to the site several times resulting in expensive and time-consuming service trips.

Another issue is physical access. George Newton, Managing Director at Newton Tesla and drive system expert explains: “At some sites, we need special permits or have limited access to our drives. For example, we recently built a system for a silver and platinum processing plant in America. Security was so tight that our mechanical commissioning engineer could not take any tools, mobile phone or even his laptop into the area. This makes on-site commissioning a challenge.”

To get access to their drives systems remotely, Newton Tesla had been looking for a remote management system for some time, but no system had quite lived up to their demands.

George Newton continues: “I always had the fear that a remote management system would be complex — that it would be hard to establish a connection and, above all, that the connection would be unstable which could really be a problem if you are programming a PLC. But when we found Netbiter, it was surprisingly easy.”

How it works
When Newton Tesla delivers a new drives system, they connect a Netbiter EC350 gateway to their Mitsubishi PLC which controls the drives. The Netbiter communicates via the cellular network and sends data from the PLC to the cloud-based Netbiter Argos service. By logging into the Netbiter web site, Newton Tesla can see data such as operating frequency, running hours, energy consumption and much more.

By using the function called “Remote Access” they can also use the gateway to establish a secure data tunnel to the PLC, through which they can debug, program and commission the drives system. They simply open the tunnel, and can then access their Mitsubishi PLC, just as if they were connected on site.

Connection stability important
When programming a PLC, you do not want the connection to go down as it can corrupt your programming and cause the system to malfunction. So naturally, connection stability was a main concern for Newton Tesla. “The Netbiter connection is really robust which is very important for us,” says George Newton. “In fact, I have so much confidence in the connection that I even operate our drives remotely. On a recent project, I moved a crane to a specific position from the office, being confident that the connection wouldn’t be interrupted.”

Quick return-on-investment
The first time Newton Tesla used Netbiter in a customer project, was when they shipped a system to a customer in Phoenix, Arizona. After the initial set-up on site, they could handle the rest of the commissioning remotely from the office in Warrington (GB). “Naturally, the Netbiter quickly paid for itself on the Arizona project, but the return-on-investment is quick even if the customer only is a few kilometers away,” says George Newton. “If you calculate the costs for a service engineer to get all the gear ready, take the car to a customer and connect everything on site, you quickly realize that even a short service trip is costly.”

Nowadays, Newton Tesla always equip their systems with a Netbiter EC350 gateway. Since the Netbiter itself is quite easy to connect, this process can be done by someone who isn’t a PLC programmer, giving the PLC programmer more time to focus on the system itself. “Netbiter has given us the convenience of not having to travel to the site every time we need to adjust a system. It has given our offering an edge since we can spare our customers expensive service trips and offer faster support and commissioning,” finishes George Newton.

@hmsnetworks #IoT #PAuto  @newton_tesla @HMSAnybus

Worldwide hub for semicon and IG customers reopened!

Servomex has celebrated the reopening of its Americas Technical Center (TC) located at in Woburn (Mass USA) following an extensive refurbishment including the refit of the facility’s manufacturing capabilities.
Chuck Hurley, President, Servomex Group Limited, officially re-opening the Servomex Americas Technical Center.  
The changes both strengthen Servomex’s ability for the center to expand its manufacture from the DF range of high purity analyzers to include manufacture of SERVOPRO safe area analyzers, whilst placing the Americas TC as Servomex’s global center of manufacturing for Industrial Gas (IG) and Semiconductor markets.

Mike Proctor, Director and Site Leader, Americas Technical Center, said "Servomex’s presence in the US takes a huge leap forward with this extensive refurbishment. We’'re building on the Center’s existing accomplishments and extensive knowledge base to bring our IG and Semiconductor customers improved technology, exciting new products and even better service.”"

The refit enables the Americas team to continue the development of Servomex next-generation Industrial Gas analysis platforms, as well as the development of DF-developed Coloumetric sensing technology under Servomex’s Hummingbird Sensing Technology brand.

All areas of the facility have been refurbished, with extensive investment in improving sensor and analyzer manufacturing lines, as well as creating improved offices and meeting spaces to host visiting customers.

@Servomex #PAuto #Americas

How to customize a base model electric linear actuator.

Thomson Industries has released an educational video that offers design engineers advice and best practice tips on how to properly customise a base model electric linear actuator for a specific application.
“Linear actuators are packaged systems optimised for power density, size and performance, which means thrust, speed and life,” said Chad Carlberg, Product Line Manager for Linear Actuators at Thomson. “Base unit electric linear actuators use a specific motor paired with a set of gears in a gear housing, which is connected to a ball or acme screw assembly to convert rotary motion into linear motion.”

In the video, Carlberg describes the customisation of Thomson units, stating, “Each base model can be customised for a specified application. Gear ratios, motors and screw assemblies can be modular and matched up to provide an optimised, flexible solution.”

Thomson’s industrial linear actuators are designed to save a design engineer time and money through reduced maintenance, quick and easy installation, and by delivering superior performance. The Electrak product family provides robust, reliable performance with up to an IP69k environmental rating making them ideally suited for harsh environments.

 @Thomson_Ind #PAuto 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

M12 connectors for switches!

Microprecision Electronics SA is extending the possibilities of its MP700 series of sealed limit switches in order to facilitate the connection of limit switches as sensing devices to industrial bus systems.

The switches are now available with an M12 connector integrated directly into the housing, thus making for easy and flexible interfacing to a bus interconnect box. This feature allows for a simple and detachable cable connection as an alternative to the common potted cable solution. Standard M12 connection cables are broadly available.

M12This option is implemented for 30mm and 35mm housing sizes which reflects the 20mm “EN” and 25mm “US” mounting style. Metal housing for rugged outdoor applications as well as plastic housing for indoor use are both offering this new feature.

A five-pin version is used in the MP740/60 metallic cases and a four-pin for the MP730/750 plastic cases. All cases are IP67 sealed. The electrical rating is adapted to the power specification of M12 connectors for 4 A up to 120VAC and 3A for 240 VAC.

The MP700 limit switches come with a wide selection of actuator types consisting of pin and roller plungers, roller levers and many others. The electrical switching module is a positive opening circuit with either slow- action or snap-action movements for a broad range of industrial applications. The products fulfil the EN 60947-5-1 standards and are also UL approved.

#Microprecision_Electronics  #PAuto 

Monday, May 30, 2016

Strategic alliance in process analysis!

Berlin-based process analytical specialist Knick Elektronische Messgeräte (Knick) and Cincinnati-based M4 Instruments have announced their mutual strategic investment in M4 Knick LLC, Cincinnati (USA).
Working from Cincinnati, Ohio, M4 Knick LLC will continue to provide excellent process analytical solutions and customer-service for the North American market with Shawn Little as their President.

Knick is one of the worldwide leading providers of on-line process equipment whose well-known line of Stratos and Protos analyzers and first-in-class SensoGate and Ceramat retractable holders are the standard for quality and performance in today's chemical and pharmaceutical facilities. M4 Instruments, already Knick's distribution partner, has many years of field expertise in the process control industry.

Providing a wide range of sensors, hardware, and system solutions for their customers, M4 Instruments have rapidly grown their installed base within the North American marketplace. Knick's investment in this new venture is the next step in the company’s international expansion. With regional support offices in Brazil, China, SE Asia, Switzerland, SW Europe, Germany, and now North America, Knick is fully committed to supporting international customers worldwide.

#Knick #PAuto @M4instruments

Emissions testing!

Engine emissions analyser further improves Intertek’s emissions testing capability

An advanced FTIR analyser installed at Intertek’s engine test facility in Milton Keynes (GB) is enabling engineers to improve the quality of their tests on the gaseous components of engine exhaust emissions.

The gas analyser manufactured by Gasmet Technologies and installed by Quantitech, measures multiple organic and inorganic components simultaneously from a large library of compounds, enabling Intertek’s engineers to quickly and easily change the measured compounds; to change the fuel type or cycle conditions, and to see the impact on the emitted gases. The FTIR gas analyser is also highly portable so that it can be employed in any of the test cells at Intertek, a leading Total Quality Assurance provider.

Intertek’s engine test facility, which accommodates every type of motor vehicle engine covering all fuel types and including both hybrid and battery powered vehicles, provides its customers with the ability to conduct research on prototype engines and evaluate developments in engine technology. Intertek works with vehicle manufacturers, tier suppliers and high performance driveline development businesses.

The work in the test cells is complemented by Intertek’s ability to conduct on-road emissions testing using its state of the art Portable Emissions Measurement System (PEMS) to measure Real World Driving Emissions (RDE).

Intertek test engineer Cory Graham said: “Vehicle manufacturers are focused on improving both the performance and the emissions of their vehicles. FTIR provides a greater insight into exhaust emissions so that Intertek can assist manufacturers with their goals of improving air quality and lowering greenhouse gas emissions.”

Most recently the FTIR has been deployed in one of Intertek’s most sophisticated cells, which hosts a complete drive line including an engine, a gearbox and also a rig, which creates a complete ‘virtual’ car.

The regulatory tests that are undertaken on vehicles to check their emissions against international standards, have recently been under the spotlight, and the latest developments in the European Union will result in a move to vehicle emissions testing while the car is being driven (RDE) and this is now provided by Intertek.

Quantitech’s Dominic Duggan says: “Engine emissions testing is an ideal application for FTIR technology, because it provides automotive research and development engineers with a broad spectrum of measured compounds, creating a more complete picture of the products of combustion.”

@Quantitech #PAuto #FTIR