Friday, September 16, 2016

Chilled mirror hygrometer.

Michell Instruments’ S8000RS chilled-mirror hygrometer offers an accuracy of ±0.1°C, with a wide measurement range of -90 to +20°C dew point, making it the ideal choice for moisture control in a range of metallurgical processes, including sintering.
Sintering is a process where powdered metals are bonded together to form light and strong products, from filters to machine parts. Because the powdered metal is not fully melted, the temperatures involved are relatively low – around 600°C – but careful control of moisture is essential to ensure the finished quality. Because the raw material is powdered metal, moisture present in the furnace could cause clumping or, as the moisture evaporates in the heat, large holes being created in the finished product. To avoid this, accurate control and measurement of moisture is vital.
For sintering carried out 600°C, maintaining a constant dew point of -60°C in the furnace is necessary and the gas is sampled at several points in the process. A fast-responding moisture analyzer is essential so that action may be taken quickly if moisture levels rise above acceptable limits.
The Michell’s S8000RS uses the fundamental chilled mirror technique to measure moisture, which ensures long-term accuracy to ±0.1°C dew point as well as reliability and a fast response. The measurement range of -80 to+20°C dp is ideal to ensure consistent monitoring at -60°C with confidence in the accuracy.

The S8000RS is the smallest hygrometer on the market which is able to reliably reach dew points of -80°C. This small size is possible because it does not require any external cooling, which makes it well-suited to metallurgical applications where its small footprint makes it easy to install in an air conditioned instrumentation cabinet.

• Michell Onstruments products are marketed in Ireland by Instrument Technology.

@Michell_Inst #Pauto 

Celebrating 25 and looking forward.

Wonderware Ireland and UK, divisions of SolutionsPT, are hosting a two day event at which it will exclusively reveal the next generation of Wonderware industrial automation software, including updates to its HMI and SCADA offerings.

8-9 November 2016, Telford, GB.
For 30 years, Wonderware has led the way with the world’s most innovative industrial software. On Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th November at the International Centre in Telford (GB), SolutionsPT will unveil ‘what’s next’ from Wonderware, showcasing the new software it believes will set the bar in industrial automation.

As well as allowing delegates an exclusive first look at Wonderware’s groundbreaking new SCADA release, the conference will also reveal the latest Software as a Service offerings and will unveil the ways in which manufacturers can take a pragmatic approach to the Industrial Internet of Things with networking, data collection and cyber security solutions. The conference will also celebrate the 25th anniversary of the exclusive software distribution partnership between SolutionsPT and Wonderware in Britain and Ireland.

The first day of the event will feature presentations from international keynote speakers, including a product representative from Schneider Electric, and Marc Van Herreweghe, Associate Vice President at the International Data Corporation (IDC), who will provide an industry expert perspective on the future of industrial automation. Attendees will also have the opportunity to listen to presentations from experts on topics including line performance, cloud solutions, disaster resilience and cyber security.

The conference’s Expo area will feature demonstrations of the next generation Wonderware software in action, as well as demonstrations by a number of SolutionsPT’s partners, including ACP, Citect and Stratus Technologies. Other partners confirmed to appear at the Expo are ecom instruments, MDT Software, Ocean Data and WIN-911.

On the second day, SolutionsPT will host multiple training workshops, giving guests the opportunity to get hands-on with a variety of systems, including Wonderware Line Performance Suite, Next Generation HMI/SCADA, Wonderware Online and ACP ThinManager, which have all been designed to help build smart and connected industrial environments.

Sue Roche, General Manager at SolutionsPT, said: “We’re incredibly excited to be able to unveil the next stage of Wonderware software, and demonstrate how the ‘factory of the future’ can become a reality.

“Delegates will be able to experience the next generation of industrial automation and get a first look at cutting-edge software solutions that are making connected, future-proof manufacturing environments a reality. We’re also looking forward to raising a glass to the long-standing relationship between SolutionsPT and Wonderware, and preparing for many more successful years to come.”

The event runs from 9:15am until 5:30pm and includes an evening gala dinner. Overnight accommodation is also available.

@WonderwareUK  #PAuto @SolutionsPT

Portable optical tester enhancements.

A tri-wavelength OTDR module has been introduced for Anritsu's Network Master™ Pro MT1000A portable optical tester that provides field engineers and technicians with a comprehensive test tool to verify fiber lines in core, metro, and mobile networks. The new module supports high dynamic range at all wavelengths, including 1625 nm, which allows the MT1000A to conduct “extra sensitive” tests to ensure the performance of today’s high-bandwidth networks.

With the new MU100022A-022 tri-wavelength OTDR module installed, the Network Master Pro MT1000A can achieve dynamic range of 46 dB at 1310 and 1550 nm, and 44 dB at 1625 nm. Supporting the high dynamic range at the 1625 nm wavelength allows the MT1000A to achieve highly accurate macrobend detection in all single-mode fiber applications.

This new OTDR module also features Anritsu’s Fiber Visualizer, a fault location function that simplifies the entire testing process. Fiber Visualizer automatically selects the testing parameters to ensure the proper setup and provides a simple, graphical summary of the fiber under test within seconds. Fiber Visualizer also has individualized PASS/FAIL analysis to simplify fiber optic testing.

Ideally suited for installation and maintenance of fiber networks, all Network Master Pro MT1000A OTDR modules will benefit from new, specialized functions to make field testing more efficient. A construction OTDR mode provides an automated method of testing numerous fibers at multiple wavelengths during cable installation. A single set-up screen initiates a testing wizard, ensuring all fibers are tested and results stored using consistent file naming. Additionally, a Bi-Directional measurement function has been added for accurate and simple event loss analysis.

The compact, battery-powered and easy-to-use Network Master Pro MT1000A provides a variety of testing capabilities in a rugged, field portable package. A lightweight instrument, the MT1000A simplifies the daunting task of collecting and interpreting data with an easy-to-use GUI and clear summaries allowing users of any skill level to operate the instrument to its full potential. A multi-function tester, the MT1000A is field upgradeable and can be configured with an array of OTDR modules and transport testing functions, including RFC2544/6349, Y.1564, OTN, CPRI/OBSAI, to address current core, metro and mobile backhaul network needs, as well as the flexibility to expand to support future technologies.

@Anritsu #TandM @NapierPR

Training in control fundamentals.

Registration is now open for the Control Fundamentals Training Course being held on 11th - 13th October 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

This three-day course introduces the basic control engineering concepts in terms of Linear Systems Models, Classical Control Theory and Practical Aspects in Control. The course presents analysis of a linear control system in terms of stability and performance. In addition, Classical Control Method such as PID controller (including tuning methods), lead-lag and root locus are also covered. Significant hands-on examples are used to reinforce the lectures.

This is one of our most popular training courses. It is especially useful to those engineers who may not have had specific control theory teaching during their engineering education. It also provides an excellent refresher course in basic control engineering for practicing engineers. As with all ACTC training courses discussions and questions will be encouraged.

Early Bird Discount is offered if registration is completed 2 weeks before the scheduled start date of the training course. Agenda, registration and prices can be found here on-line.

#ACTC #PAuto #ISCLtd

Core products for pneumatics available globally.

Festo is now offering more than 2,200 pneumatic actuators and drives, valves, sensors and accessories for factory and process automation as part of its ‘blue star’ core product range. Attractively-priced and readily available, the blue star range also delivers optimised functionality that can fulfil 80% of automation technology requirements.

On stock at 13 service centres worldwide and clearly marked with a blue star in the product catalogue, customers can order these products online with just a few clicks and they will be ready for dispatch within 24 hours.

“We are continually reviewing how we can make it as easy as possible for our customers to work with us,” says Steve Sands, product manager at Festo. “We are redesigning and reengineering our core products to deliver improved affordability and easy online ordering, with global next-day availability, while also ensuring the range can meet 80% of automation technology customer demands.

“At the same time, Festo’s usual high standards of service and support also apply to these blue star products. When ordering from the core product range, users can still access the software and engineering tools for selection and sizing, engineering design, ordering, commissioning and after sales to optimise their machines and systems.”

There are more than 2,200 blue star core products for pneumatics including cylinders, valves, regulators, sensors and accessories, as well as products that meet the specific requirements of process automation. These include solenoid, NAMUR and angle seat valves, positioners, sensor boxes, ball valves and ball valve actuator units, products for air preparation and accessories.

@FestoAG #PAuto 

Differential pressure transmitter now in Europe!

Yokogawa's EJXC40A digital remote sensor is now available in Europe. This is a newly developed DPharp EJX® series differential pressure transmitter. Equipped with two pressure sensors that are connected with an electric cable, the EJXC40A offers superior performance in the measurement of liquid levels in large tanks and large differential pressure with high-pressure fluids. This new addition to the DPharp EJX series will meet a wide range of customer needs.
Development Background
Differential pressure/pressure transmitters are widely used in the oil, petrochemical, and chemical industries in applications such as oil and gas wells. By measuring the difference in pressure at two points in a tank or pipe, these transmitters can calculate the level, flowrate, and density of liquids, gases, and steam. In applications where a tank liquid or gas or a pipe fluid cannot be introduced into the pressure-receiving unit (diaphragm) of a transmitter, diaphragm-sealed differential pressure transmitters are used.

A transmitter of this type is connected to two separate pressure-receiving units by a capillary tube that is filled with silicone oil or some other fluid. Although such transmitters are capable of precisely measuring high-pressure fluids with a high resolution, they are not suitable for use with large tanks because of limitations in the allowable length of the capillary tubes. In addition, they are not ideal for fine differential pressure measurement because the fluids in the capillary tubes are susceptible to changes in the ambient temperature.

Product Features
The EJXC40A consists of two separate pressure sensors that are connected to each other by an electric cable. Based on the difference in pressures measured by each sensor, the EJXC40A determines the liquid level, flow rate, and pressure of liquids, gases, and steam. The EJXC40A is ideal for the following applications.

1. Liquid level measurements in large tanks
The electric cable connecting the two pressure sensors can be up to 45 meters in length, enabling the measurement of liquid levels with very large tanks and tall distillation columns.
2. Fine differential pressure measurement
Since the two pressure sensors are connected only by an electric cable, their measurements are not influenced by changes in the ambient temperature. There is no need to correct for changes in temperature when performing fine differential pressure measurements with gas tanks and other applications. This ensures stable measurements.
3. Measurement with high-pressure fluids having a high differential pressure
As the two pressure sensors can be set to measure different pressure ranges, the EJXC40A digital remote sensor can measure high differential pressures of up to 70 MPa, something that is difficult to do with a single sensor unit.

Yoji Saito, head of the Product Business Center in the Industrial Automation Platform Business Headquarters says: “The DPharp differential pressure/pressure transmitter is a core product in Yokogawa’s field instrument line-up. Compact in size and suitable for use in a wide range of applications, over 6.5 million units of these instruments have been sold since its release in 1991. According to a Yokogawa survey, we have the second largest share of this market. Equipped with a silicon resonant sensor that uses Yokogawa’s proprietary DPharp technology, the EJXC40A delivers the high accuracy and stability needed in the petrochemical, chemical, power, oil & gas upstream, and LNG markets that Yokogawa is targeting. Yokogawa will continue developing products to satisfy its customers’ needs and expand its field device business.”

Target Markets and Applications
Yokogawa’s DPharp differential pressure/pressure transmitters are designed for use in process manufacturing industries including oil and natural gas, petrochemicals, chemicals, and power. They are used to measure pressure, liquid level, and flow rate of liquid, gas, and steam.

@Yokogawa_EU @YokogawaIA #PAuto

European test centre.

As a manufacturer in process automation, there are many options to test new products. However, these tests are seldom performed early in the development phase under real conditions at the company’s own plant. Rockwell Automation and Endress+Hauser have now inaugurated their first joint test plant for validation purposes in Europe.
Core elements of the test plant at Endress+Hauser’s site in Maulburg, Germany are three massive tanks, each one containing between 2,000 and 26,000 liters of oil. On the tanks, more than 20 instruments from Endress+Hauser with different measuring methods have been installed, all of them communicating with Rockwell Automation’s Plant PAx control system. In this way, all personnel at the test center obtain specific information and diagnostics relating to the tank contents at a glance.

For customer training and product validation
The original idea of a joint installation came from training centers established by Endress+Hauser with the support of Rockwell Automation in recent years: so-called Process Training Units. At ten facilities in the USA, Colombia, China and Canada, sales representatives and product specialists from both companies host practical training sessions for their customers. These courses comprise installation training, simulations under real conditions, diagnostics and comparisons of different technologies.

Frank Kulaszewicz, Rockwell with
Michael Ziesner, E+H at new test facility.
With an investment of several hundred thousand euros, the first joint test center for Europe in Maulburg (CH) takes this concept a few steps further and establishes new standards: It is surrounded by the Endress+Hauser production site for level and pressure measurement technology and focuses on product validation.

Research and development take center stage to align new products to customer requirements at an early phase under real application and environmental conditions. “All of our products must pass testing at the validation center and prove that they create a sustainable added value for customers. They are exposed to extreme endurance tests,” emphasized Gerd Gritsch, Division Manager Quality Management with Endress+Hauser Maulburg.

Automation specialists bundle forces
Increasing customer benefit was the trigger for a strategic alliance between Rockwell Automation and Endress+Hauser more than ten years ago. The former CEOs, Keith Nosbusch and Klaus Endress, promised to combine their strengths for the benefit of customers and to create systems which communicate flawlessly with each other.

In Maulburg, this includes, as well as research and development, training employees and customers at the validation center and offering hands-on learning for students. Last year, 2,600 external visitors trained on the test plant’s tanks and systems. Now additional trainees will come from Rockwell Automation.

@Endress_Hauser @ROKAutomation #PAuto #TandM #Europe

Modular in-line flow meter.

The compact EE741 in-line flow meter from E+E Elektronik measures accurately the consumption of compressed air and technical gases. Thanks to the modular design, one and the same transmitter can be used for three different pipe diameters (DN15, DN20, DN25). To do so, the transmitter is simply combined with the appropriate gauge mounting block. The thermal hot-film anemometer measurement principle stands for best long-term stability and short response time.

Easy installation and low maintenance make the EE741 ideal for cost-effective consumption measurement of compressed air and technical gases such as nitrogen, oxygen, helium, CO2 or argon. The flow meter can accurately monitor standard volume flow, mass flow, standard flow, temperature as well as the consumption of air or gas.

In combination with the corresponding gauge mounting block the transmitter can be employed for pipe diameters DN15, DN20 or DN25. The gauge mounting block is permanently mounted at an appropriate location of the pipeline. The transmitter, with its robust stainless steel sensing head can be installed and removed without disassembling the pipework and with only a short interruption of the air or gas flow. The gauge mounting block features a sealing plug for operation without transmitter. This construction facilitates the periodical calibration of the transmitter and its temporary use at several measuring points.

The EE741 employs the well proven E+E thin-film sensor, which operates on the thermal anemometer principle and stands out by excellent long-term stability and short response time. The thin-film sensor is highly insensitive to contamination and the operation principle eliminates the need for additional pressure or temperature compensation. The multi-point factory adjustment at 7 bar (102 psi), which is the common pressure of the compressed air supply, leads to best accuracy even in the lower measuring range. By this, EE741 can be optimally employed for leak detection.

The instantaneous measured values or the total consumption can be displayed on the optional state-of-the-art display. For optimum readability independent from the transmitter location, the display can be rotated in 90° increments. All the settings for commissioning can be performed with the push buttons and the display. The EE741 versions without display can be configured via USB interface with the free EE-PCS product configuration software.

One particularly useful feature of the EE741 is the integrated consumption meter which enables cost-effective consumption monitoring without an additional datalogger.

The EE741 flow meter can be easily integrated in any measurement and monitoring chain. It features a scalable analogue output (4-20 mA / 0-20 mA), two switch outputs and a pulse output. A Modbus RTU or M-Bus (Meter-Bus) interface makes the device future-proof and ready for Industry 4.0.

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

#Epulse #PAuto 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Oxygen moniter achieves SIL Level 2.

Customers using Servomex’s OxyDetect life safety oxygen monitor can now be further assured of its reliability after the hardware attained Safety Integrity Level 2 certification.

Available as a hazardous or safe area version with updated communication relay and MODBUS options, the recently-launched OxyDetect offers a highly accurate oxygen measurement without the sensor deterioration that degrades the performance of traditional electrochemical sensors used in competitor detectors.

The OxyDetect utilizes the market-leading performance of Servomex’s Hummingbird Paracube Paramagnetic sensor, whose industry-leading levels of linearity, accuracy and reliability have ensured its use as a trusted oxygen sensor for the OEM medical market.

Safety Integrity Level (SIL) is a measurement of performance required for a safety instrumented function. It is defined as a relative level of risk-reduction provided by a safety function, or to specify a target level of risk reduction.

Matt Halsey, Product Manager - Process Oxygen, Zirconia & Oxygen Deficiency said: “SIL is an internationally recognised assessment of reliability. The SIL rating corresponds to the probability that a safety function will work when required to do so. SIL 2 tells us that the hardware will be in a functional state if it is required to do its job.

“SIL hardware compliance makes the OxyDetect easier to integrate into a customer's safety system, and allows us to target key applications in the marketplace.

“It offers customers peace of mind that the OxyDetect is safe.”

In the European functional safety standards based on the IEC 61508 standard, four SIL levels are defined. SIL is determined based on a number of quantitative factors in combination with qualitative factors such as development process and safety life cycle management.

@Servomex #PAuto

Gas detector provides natural gas discrimination. @TycoGFD #PAuto

Tyco Gas & Flame Detection has launched its new portable gas detection device. The Gasurveyor 700 (GS700) is a high-performance IR detector with a user-friendly interface that is suitable for all gas utility applications.

Through its natural gas discrimination application, the GS700 quickly determines if the source of gas leaks is from a utility pipeline, saving valuable time and reducing excavation costs. The GS700 also ensures compliance through intelligent data-logging and GPS mapping, simplifying data collection and allowing managers to make better decisions from tracking data reports. The portable functionality of the GS700, at only 1.4kg (3lbs), combined with its notable durability, enables workers to manoeuvre the device in demanding environments and harsh conditions.

The GS700 promises flexible configuration as it can be customised to meet specific application and user requirements and can cater to multiple detection needs, without alienating performance. Application modes include: Gas Leak Outdoors, Gas Leak Indoors, Purge, Search, Barhole and Confined Space. Each application mode provides fast and accurate measurements and allows gas leaks to be located quickly, ensuring gas utilities are best equipped to protect life and safeguard property.

Hospital for sick transducers!

It’s a sad situation when a transducer becomes sick or injured, but unfortunately it does happen.   Whether in the line of duty or due to handler’s abuse, with Applied Measurements’ Treatment Centre the patient need not be poorly for long.

Using Applied Measurements’ Treatment Centre customers receive:

  • NO Initial Inspection Fee
  • 6 Months Warranty on ALL Repairs
  • UKAS Traceable Calibration Certificates Available for Every Repaired Transducer
  • Detailed Fault Report Sent Out Within 7 Working Days of Receipt
  • Dedicated Team of Experts to Repair Your Transducer

They will accept any stain gauge based transducer for repair, whether it was supplied by them originally or another manufacturer (no questions asked!).  "There’s no need to worry about unexpected costs either, as we do NOT charge an initial inspection fee and we will NOT carry out any procedures without your prior approval."

What to do!
Just send in your faulty strain gauge based transducer.   "Once the patient has been received, we will send out a detailed fault report within 7 working days of its arrival. Depending on the injury, most are able to be repaired and sent home within 14 working days of arrival.   Calibration certificates traceable to UKAS National Standards are provided when required to verify that the patient is ready for release.   If that’s not enough, we are so convinced of our high level of service that we give all our repairs a 6 month warranty."

Fit-For-Fit Replacements
If your transducer is beyond repair, don’t despair.  A replacement can be offered, "even if it’s not one of our own products!" They can design and manufacture a direct like-for-like replacement, no matter where the original was purchased, even if it’s no longer available from the original manufacturer.

So, if you have an unhealthy transducer, don’t make it suffer any longer.

@AppMeas #PAuto

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Packaged interconnection solutions. @harting #PAuto

Harting is now offering a wide range of M12 packaged interconnection solutions providing one of the most flexible and versatile product offerings on the market.

A key feature of Harting’s M12 range capabilities is the wide variety of pre-assembled cabling and field-assembly cable connector piece-part options, offering systems integrators and field installers a high degree of adaptability and minimising costs in factory automation and other industrial application environments. The Harting product range supports the most popular M12 industry standard coding options including A-code for sensor, DeviceNet and power cabling, B-code for PROFIBUS, D-code for 10/100 Mbit/s and X-code for 1/10 Gbit/s Ethernet and L-code for 63 V DC power systems carrying either 12 or 16 Amps in applications including DC servomotors and drives, servo actuator valves and power supplies for sensor I/O modules. Users can choose from pre-assembled compact overmoulded patch leads for layout-defined volume installations or quick-delivery, pre-assembled custom “push & go” patch leads using standard cable connector piece parts for small- to medium-volume installations.

For rapid on-site field termination in tight spaces or trunking drag-through applications, Harting also offers the repeatable, fault-limiting preLink IDC termination system, assembled using a double-jaw hand press tool.  Cable connectors are available in either crimp termination styles, normally preferred for high-vibration environments such as on-train installations, or hand-tightened HARAX IDC termination for low-vibration applications. They are also provided in slim-design housings for high-density installations in either straight or angled cable entry male or female versions. The slim-design parts are available in crimp termination for A, D and X-coded mating designs.

Harting is one of the few suppliers offering M12 PushPull mating slim-design cable connectors, which allow the highest possible M12 mating density for fixing to appropriate high-port-density Ethernet switches or sensor/actuator I/O modules. Such parts offer the added feature of simple tactile handling which provides audible feedback on mating. Where panel mounted PushPull mating parts are not fitted on such devices, Harting can provide suitable PushPull to threaded M12 adapters, allowing existing installations to benefit from the improved PushPull handling features.

PushPull panel feed-through D and X-coded female cable connectors are now available which are backwards mating compatible with the standard screw threaded mating M12 connectors. This gives users the option of continuing to use existing screw threaded styles, as well as upgrading to new M12 connectors with PushPull locking.

Harting’s extensive M12 connector range includes panel feed-through gender changers, including a female-to-female version typically used in the transportation market for through-bulkhead connections: for example, linking external inter-carriage jumper assemblies to internal carriage wiring systems. Similarly, the M12 female to RJ45 female connector is often used in automation cabling applications.

The most recent M12 range extension includes straight panel feed-through X-code female cable connectors, which can be supplied as single-ended patch leads to customers’ length requirements.  These are particularly beneficial for transportation rail-carriage through-bulkhead installation cabling

Roadsow on network installation and maintenance.

Anritsu Corporation are presenting the latest information regarding the future of Network Installation and Maintenance to engineers at 33 Roadshow events in 15 countries across Europe. These events are designed to support engineers with the ever changing topology and technologies that are being implemented in the telecom infrastructure environment. Each event takes the form of a one-day seminar and is divided into four parts designed to cover the key aspects of the latest technologies and the testing requirements needed to overcome the challenges.

The presentations at each event will cover:
· Future Technologies of telecom network architecture
· CPRI and RF over CPRI measurements
· OTN & transport network measurements
· RF Interference hunting and Over the Air measurements

With the ever changing developments in The Cloud, The Internet of Things, Machine to Machine communication, Autonomous vehicles and the advent of 5G the key topics of discussion at these events will include; Mobile Network evolution and the move away from copper, best practices for RF over CPRI measurements, the evolution of OTN test needs and testing of Ethernet links above 100GbE and changes in the RF spectrum that are driving the need for more interference hunting, including practical hints and tips from the field.

The Installation and Maintenance Roadshow will begin in Finland with events taking place from the 20th-22nd September, with the first round of the tour then moving on to Denmark, Austria, the Czech Republic, Switzerland and Spain.

@AnritsuEMEA #Pauto @Anritsu #Europe

Accreditation for calibration laboratory.

LotusWorks Management has recently extended the scope of the ISO 17025 accreditation in the laboratory and onsite at our customer facilities in order to further improve service to customers.
The scope extension included increasing Temperature Calibration from -100˚C to 660˚C, Scales Calibration up to 320Kg and adding Temperature mapping of controlled environments from -90 to 140˚C.
Members of the LotusWorks Calibrations & EHSQ Department along with the SGS Surveillance Auditors.
LotusWorks achieved this by investing in extra test equipment and spending more time bringing procedures, training and capabilities up to the IS0 17025 standard. The Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB) reviewed the scope extension during the recent surveillance audit and the team was delighted when it approved all of the exertions and additions to the 17025 scope.

The extensions came as a result of a management review by LotusWorks, which was carried out in early 2015. They deliver a more comprehensive accredited service to customers and are proof of LotusWorks’ culture to continuously seek ways to improve services offered to customers.
Well done to all laboratory staff who played a significant part in getting the scope extended.

@_LotusWorks  #PAuto #Laboratory #TandM

Thin-Film solar cells research grant!

imec the nanoelectronics research centre and Hasselt University, have announced that one of their scientists has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant. The grantee is Bart Vermang, researcher at IMOMEC, imec’s associated lab at the Hasselt University.

Bart Vermang
He receives two million euro to apply techniques from silicon solar cell processing to revolutionize the design of thin-film solar cells, improving their efficiency, cost and stability. With these 5-year ERC Starting Grants, the European Research Council wants to back young and promising researchers, giving them a perspective to pursue ambitious fundamental research that may lead to breakthroughs, and encouraging them to pursue a career in research and set up their own labs and teams.

Bart Vermang’s field of study is thin-film solar technology, more specifically CIGS(e) solar cells. These combine flexible use with high efficiency, but they still have stability and reliability issues. Vermang proposes to revolutionize the design of CIGS(e) solar cells by implementing advanced surface techniques, introducing structures and layers also used in silicon solar technology. This includes adding innovative nanostructures to capture more light into the cell’s active layers. Other new techniques he envisages are inversion layer emitters, passivated contacts and surface passivation layers, which will make energy generation more efficient by avoiding that charge carriers recombine. In combination, these new techniques should lead to cells with conversion efficiencies between 23 and 26% with an improved stability and reliability.

One of the main applications of thin-film solar cells will be building-integrated energy generation, where solar technology will be an integral part of building elements such as window panes, facade elements in all shapes, or curved roof covering. This is a key technology for Europe as regulations will require new buildings to become near energy neutral by 2020. The results of this research should directly lead to more efficient and long-lasting PV technology for buildings, and will thus contribute to reaching Europe’s ambitious climate goals.

Veronique de Halleux, Manager Public Funding at imec, comments: “With these Starting Grants, the European Research Council provides attractive long-term funding to excellent investigators to do groundbreaking research. This grant and the previous ones we were awarded show that imec is an excellent place to pursue such research, with the best infrastructure available and the pooled experience of our teams, many world-leading in their field. We therefore congratulate Bart Vermang and expect that his research will inspire other researchers at imec and elsewhere to set up ambitious research projects”.

@imec_int #PAuto #ThinFilm 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Power analysis.

Yokogawa Europe has launched of the WT1800E power analyser. This new instrument introduces new standards of accuracy and flexibility in power measurement across a broad range of applications.
Today’s energy conscious world is driving engineers towards an ever-increasing focus on energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy. Engineers seeking to improve their product through better energy management therefore need more accurate power measurement.

Key features of the WT1800E include:
• Guaranteed power accuracy of 0.05% of reading plus 0.05% of range
• Capable of harmonics analysis up to the 500th order of a 50/60 Hz fundamental frequency
• Accuracy can be further improved with calibration at Yokogawa's ISO 17025 accredited lab.
• High levels of stability mean that measurements are consistent when repeated over the lifetime of the instrument.
• Up to 6 input channels
• Wide range of display and analysis features
• PC connectivity.
Terry Marrinan, VP of sales and marketing at Yokogawa Europe BV, said; “As engineers seek efficiencies from ever more sophisticated products and systems they find that they can only get them if they can make more measurements with greater accuracy. When developing new products they are increasingly having to ask themselves ‘How accurate are my power measurements?’”
With Yokogawa, the answer is clear. “We guarantee the power accuracies of our analysers over their full ranges and specify the effects of all the other factors such as power factor, crest factor, phase angle error, temperature range, warm-up time, stability period and common mode rejection.”

The WT1800E was developed to be flexible enough to provide engineers with accurate and reliable power measurements for applications as demanding as the manufacture of energy efficient devices and appliances, Plug-in hybrid/electric vehicles, lighting, aircraft and for renewable energy technologies. It is the perfect device for comparisons of the input and output of for example; motors, inverters, actuators, energy recovery systems and generators.

As demands for power analysis increase in complexity, engineers need increased flexibility from their instruments. The WT1800E has been developed with six channels which means it can easily accommodate three-phase systems and other applications requiring multiple input channels.
Likewise, modern energy saving circuits employ high frequency switching techniques which challenge the accuracy of power analysers. The WT1800E has been designed to retain its outstanding accuracy at and beyond these frequencies.

Whether analysing multiphase inputs during motor and drive design or meeting the stringent efficiency standards of photovoltaic inverters, the WT1800E provides the versatility needed to help engineers bring their product concepts successfully to market.

@Yokogawa_Europe  #TandM #PAuto

Field cable and antenna analyser.

The ultraportable Site Master™ S331P, from Anritsu, is the lightest, smallest, fastest and most cost-efficient Site Master field cable and antenna analyzer ever developed. Addressing the market need for broad frequency coverage and high performance in an extremely compact and economical design, the S331P provides wireless operators and contractors, DAS installers, and public safety network installers and maintenance professionals with the first pocket-sized headless cable and antenna analyzer that can measure the new LTE-U frequencies.

Two models covering 150 kHz to 4 GHz and 150 kHz to 6 GHz are available. This unique wide bandwidth capability establishes the S331P as the only ultraportable cable and antenna analyzer that can support low frequency radio communications environments, including public safety networks, as well as higher frequency applications, such as LTE-U in the 5 GHz unlicensed spectrum. With a sweep speed of 500 µs/data point, the S331P is the fastest Site Master on the market, for more efficient testing.

Leveraging the same user interface as the industry leading Site Master S331L, the ultraportable S331P offers field technicians and engineers easy operation, even in the most challenging field environments. It features an Integrated Help function to aid users in making measurements, as well as a Classic Mode of operation that maintains the de facto industry standard Site Master look and feel to simplify performing tests. An Advanced Mode has an innovative GUI with a modern button layout and functionality. Advanced Mode also expands the number of available markers to eight and has six customizable touch screen icons to quickly recall regularly used setups, making operation easier and more efficient.

Optimized for field use, the S331P comes standard with an N(m) connector for easy direct connection to N(f) devices, eliminating the need for phase stable cables. The S331P is highly durable and reliable, featuring a housing that is impact, dust, and splash resistant. It is externally controlled and powered via USB from a user-supplied Windows tablet or laptop, eliminating the need for a battery.

The Site Master S331P provides users with the proven Site Master experience and access to Anritsu’s powerful suite of software applications, such as Line Sweep Tools (LST), Handheld
Software tools (HHST), easyTest Tools™ and the award-winning SkyBridge Tools™ cloud-based trace management solution. Users can view a fast preview of stored sweeps, as well as edit, rename and archive sweeps, and quickly generate PDF or HTML reports using LST software. The Site Master S331P uses the standard *.dat sweep file format and is compatible with HHST, which is widely used by mobile operators, making the solution compatible with most standard workflow procedures.

easyTest Tools and SkyBridge Tools simplify the testing processes to the DAS installation workflow by enabling reliable and quick creation of test plans, fast and accurate testing, and assisting in report creation. The result is less time testing, accurate tests, and reliable payment for completed work. The Site Master S331P is also a perfect complement to the Network Master™ Pro MT1000A optical transport tester and CPRI-RF handheld test solutions to create a complete field test portfolio that addresses the emerging test requirements of today’s high-bandwidth LTE networks.

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Grant for Thin Film research.

World-leading nanoelectronics research centre imec announces that Kris Myny, one of its young scientists, has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant. The grant of 1.5 million euros is earmarked to open up new research horizons in the field of thin-film transistor technology. This will allow a leap forward compared to current state-of-the-art and enable breakthrough applications in e.g. healthcare and the Internet-of-Things (IoT). ERC Starting Grants are awarded by the European Research Council to support excellent researchers at the stage at which they are starting their own independent research team after a stringent selection procedure; they are among the most prestigious of European research grants.

With his research, Kris Myny wants to realize a breakthrough in thin-film transistor technology, a technology used to create the large-area, flexible circuits that e.g. drive today’s flat-panel displays.
Specifically, he wants to introduce design innovations of unipolar n-type transistor circuits based on amorphous Indium-Gallium-Zinc-Oxide (a-IGZO) as semiconductor. These are currently acknowledged as the most promising transistors for next-generation curved, flexible, or even rollable electronic applications.
Kris Myny
“My goal is to use these transistors to introduce a new logic family for building digital circuits that will drastically decrease the power consumption compared to current flexible circuits. And this of course without compromising the speed of the electronics. At the same time, we will also make the transistors smaller, in a way that is compatible with large-area manufacturing. In addition, I will also look at new techniques to design ultralow-power systems in the new logic style. These will allow building next-generation large-area flexible applications such as displays, IoT sensors, or wearable healthcare sensor patches.”

In a recent press release, the European Commission announced that in 2017 it would invest a record 1.8 billion in its ERC grant scheme. A sizable part of the budget is earmarked for Starting Grants, reserved for young scientists with two to seven years of post-PhD experience. Jo De Boeck, imec’s CTO says “We congratulate Kris Myny for all his valuable research culminating in this grant. Imec goes to great lengths to select and foster our young scientists and provide them with a world-class infrastructure. These ERC Starting Grants show that their work indeed meets the highest standards, comparable to any in Europe.”

@imec_int #thinfilm #Pauto

Monday, September 12, 2016

Entry-level PXI/PXIe platforms.

Adlink Technology has announced new entry-level PXI and PXI Express (PXIe) platforms for PXI testing system startup users. 

These include PXES-2301, an all-hybrid, 6-slot compact PXIe chassis with system bandwidth up to 8 GB/s  PXIe-3935 and PXI 3930, embedded controllers with Intel® Celeron® 2000E 2.2GHz processors delivering up to 50% increase in computing power and as much as eight times the bandwidth of available market offerings

The new entry-level segment of PXI platforms completes ADLINK’s PXI portfolio, which encompasses high performance, mainstream, and entry-level product classes benefitting a wide range of user profiles.

“As a sponsor member of the PXI System Alliance, ADLINK has more than 15 years’ PXI development experience. Having placed over 10k PXI/PXIe platform units market-wide,” said Tim Juan, Director of ADLINK's Measurement Product Center. “We’re very happy to introduce these new entry-level PXI/PXIe platforms. ADLINK provides the most effective and worry-free PXI platforms for test and measurement startup users in all applications.”

PXES-2301 provides a compact yet powerful PXIe chassis with up to 8 GB/s system bandwidth
The PXES-2301 6-slot PXIe chassis provides all-hybrid peripheral slots for data throughput up to 8 GB/s, optimization for industry use with enhanced heat dissipation and maximum PXI platform stability, leading portability and flexibility of deployment with available rack-mount option and carrying handle, and ADLINK’s ChassisWatch™ smart system monitoring control utility, reporting full chassis status including fan speed, system voltages, and internal temperature.

The entry-level PXES-2301 supports a wide variety of applications, accepting installation of CompactPCI, PXI, CompactPCI Express, and PXI Express modules in any peripheral slot, for maximum flexibility. Compact construction, light 5.85kg weight, and carrying handle and rubber feet enable complete portability and half-rack size with efficient feature layout eases rack-mounting, such that even two of these chassis can be accommodated in a single rack-mount system.

The chassis is efficient and low-maintenance, securing the entire system with cooling and alarm technologies that maximize PXI platform stability and increase the life of the chassis. In addition, with ADLINK’s ChassisWatch™ smart system monitoring control utility, chassis power and temperature are tracked, adjusting fans accordingly and triggering alarms when user-configured limits are met, reducing maintenance cost and effort.

PXIS-3935/PXI-3930 embedded controllers deliver increased computing performance and data throughput at an unprecedented price point
ADLINK PXIe-3935 and PXI-3930 PXI Express /PXI embedded controllers, based on the Intel® Celeron® 2000E 2.2GHz processor, deliver maximum system throughput at 8GB/s and 132 MB/s respectively, increased as much as eight times over that of similar product offerings. Pairing this superior performance with an unprecedented price point, the PXIe-3935 and PXI-3930 provide substantial interface flexibility, including two DisplayPort connectors, allowing connection of two 4K UHD monitors at the same time with independent displays*, dual USB 3.0 connections for high speed peripheral devices, dual GbE ports for connection to LXI instruments, and built-in GPIB connection for hybrid PXI-based testing systems control.

These controllers significantly reduce maintenance burdens with easily replaceable battery, and upgradable storage and SODIMM modules. Backup BIOS also eases recovery in the event of a main BIOS crash.

*Dual display via two DP port only applicable on PXIS-3935.

@ADLINKTech_usa #Pauto #TandM

Innovation for Dublin.

Networking with your user peer-group and the local Emerson team.

Learn about
Rosemount Pressure Temperature and Level Products
Micro Motion Coriolis Flow & Density
Rosemount Vortex and Mag Flow
Rosemount Analytical
DCS Process Control and Safety Systems
Fisher Valves and Regulators
Topworx and Valve Automation positioning and sensing
Reliability Solutions condition monitoring
Remote Automation Solutions
Energy Management Wireless steam trap monitoring
Service and Support
An opportunity to meet with the Emerson team and discuss challenging measurement and control issues has been organised for October 2016 in Dublin (IRL). Delegated will learn how they may be helped achieve increased reliability and availability as well as how their Solutions help solve other business challenges around Safety, Productivity and Energy.

Users of their products and systems will be encouraged to interact with their engineering team – reviewing process automation solutions developed from the full Emerson portfolio. This is "unique chance to gain 'hands on' experience of a range of Emerson product and have direct interaction with industry and application specialists as well as other users.

This is an informal event and customers are welcome to drop in from 10.00 to 16.00 to view the exhibition and chat with the local Emerson team.

A buffet and tea/coffee will be available through the course of the day.

Crowne Plaza Hotel Blanchardstown
The Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15
Tuesday 25th October 2016
10:00 till 16:00 including Buffet Lunch

Reserve your place

 @EmersonProcess #PAuto #Ireland