Friday, November 25, 2016

Portable hygrometer spot checks natural gas.

The MDM300 I.S. high speed portable hygrometer from Michell Instruments enables gas pipeline operators to ensure safety and quality compliance on natural gas. Often these measurements are made in remote locations in extreme weather conditions – either hot or cold. The following features are key to ensuring the instrument is up for the job:

Certified for use in hazardous areas around the world: crucially, the MDM300 I.S. has ATEX, IECEx, FM, CSA, GOST INMETRO and TC TR Ex certifications. This means it is compliant no matter where the gas plant is located.

Long battery life: recognising that spot checks of natural gas often need to be carried out in remote locations, the MDM300 I.S. has a long battery life to allow up to 24 hours of operation between charges.

Fast response reduces waiting time: to ensure operators spend less time waiting for measurements, the MDM300 I.S. has a T95 response to -60°C dew point in less than 30 minutes. More spot checks per day means time and money saved.

Lightweight, ergonomic design: the MDM300 I.S. weighs 1.5kg so it can easily be held during operation. The large buttons are placed so the user can perform all operations using their thumbs, even when wearing gloves. The hardwearing IP66 / NEMA4 rated enclosure is designed to stand up to the rigours of daily usage in harsh environments.

Convenient, portable sample options available: to ensure the most reliable measurements and protection for the sensor, sample conditioning is a must. Michell’s sampling options range from simple kits to control sample flow, through to a panel mounted system which includes filtration, flow bypass, and pressure / flow indication.

• Michell Instruments' products are marketed in Ireland through Instrument Technology.

@Michell_Inst #PAuto

Keeping in touch with the next generation!

‘We were delighted with the attendance at our recent Next Generation Conference. We believe InTouch Omni is a ‘game changer’ and will become a key tool for those businesses looking to implement an Operations Technology revolution," said Susan Roche, General Manager at SolutionsPT.

The Wonderware Next Generation Conference 2016, saw people travelling from far and wide across the globe, to witness the future of industrial automation.​

Attendees of the event were amongst the first in the world to see the Next Generation of Wonderware SCADA, and the solutions that are available to make the connected, future-proof manufacturing environment a reality of today.

They have organised a series of webinars up to the end of January 2017 to discuss a range of solutions that tackle the issues faced by many manufacturers on a daily basis. Details of these and other events may be viewed on their website!

@WonderwareUK  #PAuto @SolutionsPT

Fairness in business in Scotland.

Edinburgh Instruments has been accepted to the Scottish Business Pledge, as part of its ongoing commitment to delivering fairness and equality in the work place.

The Scottish Business Pledge is a values-led partnership between the Scottish Government and business. It is a shared ambition of boosting productivity, competitiveness, sustainable employment, and workforce engagement and development.

Edinburgh Instruments pays all employees at least the Living Wage and has no employees on zero hours’ contracts. "We support workforce engagement through flexible working policies and are actively engaging the workforce in business decisions and operational innovation through product development plans. Our business operates internationally which has stimulated innovation and increased growth helping introduce us to new ideas and new markets. Edinburgh Instruments actively supports the local community by providing sponsorships towards local charities as well as supporting our employees who participate in charitable events."

As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of state-of-the-art fluorescence spectroscopic instrumentation, the company takes pride in being able to meet the most demanding research and technical requirements.

@Edinst #PAuto #TandM @scotgoveconomy

Thursday, November 24, 2016

New manager appointed at gas analysis leader.

Servomex has appointed Barbara Marshik as Market Segment Manager – Power, based at the company’s Boston Technical Center in the USA.

Barbara Marshik
Servomex president Chuck Hurley said: “I am delighted to welcome Barbara to the company. The skills and experience she has gained across a number of roles in the industry will benefit both Servomex and our customers enormously. I am sure she will be a great asset, and wish her every success in her new role.

By providing leadership on Servomex’s world-leading range of combustion and emissions analysis solutions for the power generation market, including the introduction of Servomex’s new Laser 3 Plus TDL analyzer series, Barbara will work closely with Servomex’s global network of business centers to ensure customers receive application solutions tailored to their precise process requirements.

Barbara joins Servomex from Massachusetts-based MKS Instruments, where she worked for more than 12 years, spending the last nine as the Applications Manager supporting the FTIR and NDIR gas analyzer mobile and stationary source gaseous emissions monitoring businesses.

Prior to MKS she worked for medical device start-up company InfraReDx as the Director of Algorithm Development for an early stage NIR minimally invasive catheter, for Whatman (now Parker) as their R&D Manager for the Analytical Gas Generator product line, and at Galactic Industries as an Applications Scientist, creating user interfaces and algorithms for spectral analysis.

Barbara has extensive product development and product marketing experience handling multiple products and markets across a global customer base. She has spent more than 25 years in new product development, which included providing market directions through direct customer networking and VOCs.

Barbara said: “My wide range of experience in dealing with customers directly will help Servomex better understand the needs of their clients. This in turn means our customers can be sure that Servomex products will continue to address the demands of the power sector and provide the most reliable and cost-effective solutions to their requirements.”

Holding a PhD in Physical Chemistry and BS in Chemistry, Barbara’s interests outside of work include golf, cycling and hiking.

@Servomex #PAuto #USA

LIMS developer moves!

Autoscribe Informatics has moved to larger premises in England. As from 21st November, 2016, the company’s headquarters are located in Aldermaston, near Reading (GB). This is a seamless transition for customers as the telephone number, e-mail addresses and website URL all remain unchanged.

John Boother
John Boother, President of Autoscribe Informatics, said: “This expansion is the latest phase in a period of sustained investment into Autoscribe’s worldwide business. Over the last few years this has included the purchase of our distributor in the USA to create a wholly-owned subsidiary there, the appointment of additional distributors throughout the world and the establishment of an office in the north of the UK to support our installations in that part of the country.”

“Accompanying this investment, we have seen continued and significant growth not only in the sales of our LIMS and Business Information Management Systems, but also in our support business. We have therefore needed more people, and have now outgrown our old premises. Our new headquarters provide around 30% greater floor area, which will allow us the space for further expansion in the future.”


@AutoscribeLtd #Laboratory #Britain

Higher Dynamic Range Spectrum Analyzer Measurements.

Anritsu Corporation has introduced the MS2840A-051 Noise Floor Reduction and MS2840A-019 2dB Step Attenuator for Millimeter-wave options for the Signal Analyzer MS2840A series. These latest releases are ideal for accurate measurements aimed at improving the performance of wireless equipment and signal sources, as well as for improving phase noise, which is the key to upgrading the measurement resolution of microwave and mm-Wave radar and sensors.

With the demand for high-quality graphics and video in applications such as mobile and satellite communications/broadcasting, achieving faster radio communications is reliant on using wider bandwidth radio signals, with a trend towards using microwave and mmWave bands which offer much wider frequency spectrum options. Ensuring wideband and low error rate radio signals in the microwave and mmWave bands requires the use of transmitters with high dynamic range performance, bringing with it the need for high-dynamic range measuring instruments to optimise designs, in particular, those associated with noise interference.

The Noise Floor Reduction (NFR) option subtracts up to 11 dB from the measured internal noise level of the measurement system, to lower the displayed noise floor and support more accurate measurement of very low-level signals than has been possible previously. In addition, the new 2dB Step Attenuator option can set a 0 to 60 dB attenuator with 2 dB steps across the entire frequency range for 44.5 GHz model, versus a standard specification of 0 to 60 dB attenuation in 10 dB steps. This option improves the measurement dynamic range by optimizing the mixer input level even at high frequencies.

These latest options are especially useful for measuring wideband signals and microwave and mmWave signals requiring measurement of spectrum emissions, adjacent channel leakage power, and high-dynamic range signals at Tx ON and OFF.

The MS2840A Signal Analyzer is the leading solution for signal and spectrum analyzer with excellent close-in phase noise performance comparable to that of high-end analyzers. There are four models with different maximum measurement frequencies of 3.6, 6, 26.5, and 44.5 GHz. The 26.5 and 44.5 GHz models can be expanded to cover a measurement frequency range up to 325 GHz by connecting an external mixer. Due to its high performance, the MS2840A is used widely for development and manufacturing of narrowband radio equipment, radio oscillator modules, wireless backhaul, satellite communications, radar, etc.

@Anritsu #TandM @AnritsuEMEA #PAuto

Servo controllers - new options.

Baumüller has further improved its servo controller b maXX 3300. Now the controller for small drives is also available with a single-phase option. One advantage is the lower wiring expense, resulting in time and cost savings for the machine manufacturers.

The b maXX 3300 can now also be equipped with an external brake resistance. If the application requires very short brake times or if frequent, fast braking and dynamic changes of direction are needed, the internal brake resistance may not be sufficient. Now the necessary dynamics can be achieved by simply installing an external brake resistance.

The servo controller b maXX 3300 is a compact device for a low power range with gradations from 0.8 to 5 kW. The devices also excel with an up to fourfold overload factor. For highly precise positioning, high dynamics and speeds, the b maXX 3300 is exactly the right product. In combination with the highly dynamic Baumüller servo motors in the DSD series, this results in an increase in the number of cycles and thereby the productivity of machines and systems.

#Baumueller #PAuto 

Passive harmonic filters.

Schaffner is setting a benchmark with its product offering of harmonics mitigation solutions. ecosine evo combines superior technologies to reliably mitigate excessive harmonics with an evolutionary modular product concept.

The new Schaffner ecosine filters FN 3440, FN 3450 and FN 3452, designed for use with three-phase diode and thyristor rectifier systems, are achieving a THID ≤ 5% even without DC-link choke included in the drive. They guarantee compliance with the toughest requirement of IEEE-519 and other stringent international power quality standards while being the most compact passive harmonic filters available in the market. The filters offer excellent performance at rated power with minimal reactive power, even at partial or no-load conditions. With the installation of the new ecosine filters, the electrical infrastructure is unburdened and its utilisation is much more efficient and reliable. Installation of an ecosine filter ensures the service life cycle of electrical equipment is extended and energy costs are reduced.

Thanks to the modular concept, the filter design also offers great flexibility. It allows Schaffner to provide the optimal solution by merely “plugging in add-on modules”; depending on different installation requirements and motor drive setups. Installing the new Schaffner modular filters ensures the optimal tailored solution for applications and aligns product offerings with the international market requirements and customer expectations.

ecosine evo filters FN 3440, FN 3450 and FN 3452 are rated for 50 Hz/400 VAC, 50 Hz/500 VAC and 60 Hz/480 VAC grids, respectively, with standard power ratings available from 1.1 to 250 kW (1.5 to 300 HP for 60 Hz filters). They are available as open frame IP 00 and protection category IP 20 (IP 21 and NEMA 1/NEMA 3R (only in the US) as a future option). All filters are CE-marked, UL listed (pending) and RoHS compliant. The ecosine evo filters are easy to install and maintain and are be fully supported in Schaffner’s well known power quality simulator SchaffnerPQS3.


Process Control & Safety Symposium & Exhibition success.

The 2016 ISA Process Control and Safety Symposium and Exhibition, held in early November 2012 in Houston, Texas, drew more than 300 attendees to explore solutions to the varied challenges facing process measurement and control professionals in chemical and energy processing, pulp and paper, and other process industry sectors.

Uniting the global expertise of seven ISA technical divisions and with the support of ISA’s Houston Section, the symposium featured: three outstanding keynote addresses; the perspectives of more than 100 process automation industry experts; interactive panel discussions and tutorials; a wide range of vendor demonstrations and exhibits; two ISA training courses; lively networking opportunities; and other value-packed activities.

Attending engineers, technicians and plant managers gained the latest insights, news and trends in process measurement and control across key process industry sectors. Particular attention was placed on the critical issues in instrumentation, communications, control systems, safety and security.

The 2017 Process Control and Safety Symposium and Exhibition will again be held in Houston during the month of November. Watch for details as they become available by visiting the event section of the ISA website.

#ISAuto #PAuto 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Signal processing portfolio strengthened by acquisition.

Abaco Systems has acquired 4DSP LLC of Austin (TX USA). Founded in 2004, 4DSP designs and manufactures commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) high speed digital signal processing and data acquisition solutions based on FPGA technology to address the specific requirements of aerospace, defense, biomedical, communications and semiconductor applications.

The company provides solutions for applications such as image processing, software defined radio, radar, sonar, airborne surveillance and medical imaging. 4DSP products are complemented by its engineering services, which include the development of custom hardware, FPGA firmware and software, as well as turn-key solutions.

Pierrick Vulliez, CEO of 4DSP, and his team will join Abaco with immediate effect.

The acquisition underscores Abaco’s plans to serve customers with mission ready systems based on best-in-class open architecture platforms that reduce risk and accelerate time to deployment.

“The addition of 4DSP and, more importantly, Pierrick and his team, substantially strengthens Abaco’s signal processing portfolio, helping us accelerate our plans to deliver our customers the industry’s best mission ready systems,” said Bernie Anger, CEO, Abaco Systems. “4DSP has an outstanding reputation in the embedded computing industry, and especially in the defense and aerospace industry, for its technical and engineering excellence and the quality of its products.”

“I have spoken to a number of 4DSP’s customers, and their feedback has been unanimously positive,” continued Anger. “We’re delighted that 4DSP is now part of Abaco Systems. What they bring is highly complementary to our existing offering, and I believe they will help us deliver an even more complete range of innovative solutions that will improve our customers’ competitiveness and help them succeed. We are also confident that this move will be very beneficial for current 4DSP customers, who will benefit from accelerated investments in expansion of 4DSP’s signal processing portfolio and additional field support resources.”

“We’re thrilled to become part of Abaco Systems,” said Pierrick Vulliez, CEO, 4DSP. "There is no doubt that this move will enable us to progress to the next level, leveraging Abaco’s global reach and scale. We look forward to helping Abaco increase the breadth and depth of solutions we can offer to customers.”

@AbacoSys #PAuto @4DSP_LLC

Protecting vital control systems!

Outdoor shelters with a novel combination of Intertec's passive and active cooling technologies have been chosen to protect vital control systems at a Middle Eastern refinery. The environmental protection solution is being provided as part of an upgrade to the burner management systems at the core of the plant's refining processes.

High-reliability PLC-based systems will provide the control and safety functions needed for management of eight separate burners. However, the physical location of the systems - deep inside the process - and the harsh coastal desert location of the refinery, pose major additional challenges for this engineering upgrade.

The project partners selected the field instrumentation protection specialist Intertec to provide the enclosure solution because of its experience of harsh environments, and for its novel protection ideas that will enhance the overall functional reliability of the control systems.

Intertec's design response to the engineering problem incorporates two major features. The first is custom-designed remote instrument enclosures (RIEs) based on composite GRP materials. The materials protect against the many environmental challenges of the application including very high levels of UV, extremes of temperature, dust and sand abrasion. The second key part of the protection solution is a regulated internal environment that provides the essential cooling required for the reliable operation of the electronics in the harsh Middle Eastern climate. This is maintained by a combination of three cooling methods, in order to provide exceptional redundancy against failure. The IP65-rated shelter also utilises the plant's instrument air service - after drying and filtering. This provides a slight positive pressurisation of shelter interior atmosphere for safe operation in a hazardous area, as well as ensuring there are no corrosive chemicals in the atmosphere.

"Intertec's novel approach to this field protection problem meets a growing need in today's process world," says Keith Wood, Intertec's project manager. "Control and instrumentation systems are being sited much closer to the process, deep inside corrosive and hazardous areas - and this in turn is demanding higher levels of reliability. GRP enclosure construction materials, combined with innovation in the associated protection systems such as cooling, are helping engineering consultancies to create advanced new plant solutions."

Three cooling technologies will protect the PLC-based control and safety systems: an air cooler, a water cooler, and a water-based passive cooling system. In normal operation, the water cooler and passive cooler operate in combination to decrease the internal operating temperature of the eight shelters. The aluminum heatsinks of the PLCs and cases will be installed directly onto conductive mounting plates, in contact with the liquid-based cooling media. This conductive heat transfer provides a much more efficient cooling mechanism in addition to conventional air convection.

The passive cooling system works by exploiting the regional climate's large temperature swing over the daily cycle, using water as a medium to store the coolness of the night and moderate internal temperatures during the day. Natural convection moves the water around the system and its heat exchangers. In this application however, Intertec's addition of an electrically powered water cooler improves efficiency - and reduces the size of the water tank needed for the passive cooling circuit. If the powered water cooler should fail, the electrically powered air cooler switches on to maintain the internal environment. If both of the powered water and air coolers fail, the passive system has enough cooling and storage capability to maintain a low shelter temperature for many days - giving refinery staff plenty of time to effect repairs.

One of the advantages of this multi-faceted approach to cooling is a reduction in size of the protection solution. A pure passive system would need to be sized to deal with the hottest days of the year, which would necessitate a large water tank for a Middle Eastern location. The inclusion of two other cooling technologies allows each cooling component to be reduced in scale - and cost - as the systems can work in combination to handle occasional extremes of duty cycle. In most normal operational cases, each cooling technology has the capacity to handle the load by itself. This particularly reduces the cost of the air cooler element, as the system must be ATEX-rated - adding significant costs.

Another interesting feature of Intertec's solution is the size of the shelters. The shelters are scaled to accommodate the PLC control and safety systems, but are also designed to be accessed only from the outside in normal plant operation. The powered water and air cooler units are mounted on an external wall. Several other small panel-mounting enclosures provide external access to the electrical connection and I/O termination points. The PLC is fitted with a touchscreen HMI panel that sits on an external wall - allowing operators on the ground to make adjustments to the control programs locally if needed. A door is incorporated in the shelter design but this is locked in normal operation, and only accessible under controlled circumstances. This reduces the size and cost of the enclosures, and eliminates the need to make them blast proof. All eight shelters use a common design with a footprint of around 2 x 3 metres, plus a heat exchanger on the roof, which also overhangs to provide shade.

The need for a custom shelter shape was easily handled by Intertec's extensive investment in manufacturing automation, which includes large-bed CNC cutting, routing and drilling machinery that can make custom panels in quantities as small as one.

The shelters will be assembled and factory tested at Intertec's European manufacturing centre in southern Germany. This plant incorporates a modern and well equipped assembly and testing line. Intertec will install the PLC and safety control system modules inside the shelter, to the design layout provided by the project engineers. The shelter will then undergo two separate in-depth testing programs. One will test all the features of the shelter including pressurisation and the correct operation of the cooling systems - which will involve the use of a very large and sophisticated environmental test chamber. The functioning of the PLC-based control and safety system will also be tested in conjunction with the project engineers, before the finished shelters will be transported in standard shipping containers to the refinery, ready for connection to the process. Delivery of the eight RIEs will start in the second quarter of 2017.

#INTERTEC #PAuto #Oil

New modular absolute pressure sensor for highly dynamic applications.

Designed specifically to meet the demands of highly dynamic applications, the new absolute pressure sensors from Kistler Instruments cover pressure ranges from 0-5 bar to 0-500 bar. The seven sensors all offer automatic sensor identification, wide dynamic range and digital temperature compensation. The modular design allows the sensor to be combined with a wide range of adapters to make the Type 4011A exceptionally suited to a wide variety of applications where highly dynamic events in challenging environments need to be monitored in real time with maximum precision and reliability.

The separation of the measuring element from the measured media by a welded stainless steel diaphragm ensures excellent media compatibility whilst digital temperature compensation minimises temperature induced zero point and sensitivity changes without impairing the signal bandwidth. Two temperature compensated ranges, -20 to 120°C and 15 to 180°C, allow a wide variety of applications and the temperature output allows the sensor element to be monitored to identify potentially damaging conditions before sensor malfunction is caused.

The Type 4011A can be used as a universal absolute pressure sensor to take measurements on exhaust systems with a cooling adapter but is equally suited to intake area or water pressure measurements. In addition, the new sensors open up new possibilities for exhaust gas back pressure measurements. Designed specifically for engines with an exhaust manifold integrated in the cylinder head, one version can be mounted directly or through the cooling jacket using a sleeve. The fully shielded cabling with kink protection together with the high-grade steel diaphragm ensures maximum lifetime, enhanced signal quality and increased functionality.

Although designed to meet the needs of automobile engine development and testing applications, the new pressure sensors are equally suitable for other dynamic, absolute pressure measurements in challenging applications where precision, integrated temperature compensation and long life are demanded.

@KistlerAlert #PAuto 

Next generation automation software!

Wonderware Ireland, part of SolutionsPT, has unveiled the next generation of Wonderware industrial automation software, including the upcoming Wonderware SCADA release, InTouch Omni.

At a launch event at the International Centre in Telford (GB), John Krajewski, Director of Product Management, HMI/Supervisory at Schneider-Electric, showcased InTouch Omni’s ‘game-changing’ interface and features. SolutionsPT also celebrated the 25th anniversary of its long-standing software distribution partnership with Wonderware in Britain & Ireland.

Marc Herreweghe, IDC,
addresses the meeting.
Built on the same core technology as Wonderware System Platform, InTouch Omni is an evolved version of the software, and will co-exist with both InTouch and InTouch for System Platform offerings. InTouch Omni has originated from this technology platform, and has been significantly enhanced upon with considerable investment over several years. Improvements include an updated UI visual experience, a simplified development environment and an enhanced ability to access and aggregate Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) data. The result is a new industrial software solution that Wonderware believes ‘leap-frogs traditional HMI/SCADA systems.’

During his presentation, John described Omni as ‘Wonderware’s most complete offering to date’ and outlined the key benefits to users including improved simplicity, flexibility and scope. InTouch Omni improves user experience whilst delivering “out-of-the-box” content and process visualisation standards which greatly simplify the task of achieving optimal Situational Awareness of industrial processes. In addition, it works with any device, adding modern form factors, smart navigation and displays capable of delivering a superior operations experience. For ease of use and integration, third party app support is an integral part of the solution, helping drive further Information and Operations Technology (IT/OT) convergence. John concluded by reassuring delegates that InTouch remained Wonderware’s best-selling product and said the brand would continue to invest in its development.

The first day of the two day event also featured a presentation from keynote speaker, Marc Van Herreweghe, Associate Vice President at the International Data Corporation (IDC). Marc’s presentation, entitled Digital Transformation: Unleash Your Potential, spoke of the Industrial Internet of Things as the fourth industrial revolution and looked at how manufacturers could prepare themselves for digital transformation. He said that the factory of the future would be ‘IT intensive’ and that, by 2020, manufacturing operations would be at the forefront of business transformation projects.

Experts from SolutionsPT also gave presentations on Networking and Cyber Security, Cloud and SaaS offerings and ‘Managed Platform’, SolutionsPT’s new High Availability Managed Services offering for industrial environments.

The conference’s Expo area featured a chance to see Wonderware InTouch Omni software in action, as well as demonstrations by a number of SolutionsPT’s partners, including ThinManager, Citect and Stratus Technologies, ecom instruments, MDT Software, Ocean Data Systems and WIN-911.

Sue Roche, General Manager at SolutionsPT, said: “We were delighted with the attendance at our recent Next Generation Conference. We believe InTouch Omni is a game-changer and will become a key tool for those businesses looking to implement an Operations Technology revolution.”

@SolutionsPT #Pauto @SchneiderElec @WonderwareUK

Faster and Safet start-ups!

Maverick Technologies, (now part of Rockwell Automation), has announced the release of eStart℠, a groundbreaking new app that keeps projects on track by making commissioning more efficient and transparent than ever. When outage windows become condensed, even the slightest inaccuracies in project tracking can have a major impact. Maverick is responding to these challenges with eStart.

At the beginning of a startup and commissioning project, they use eStart to digitally gather data and create loop folders to house all relevant instrument data and checksheets. Digital folder creation not only greatly reduces documentation time, but also keeps all electronic data at the technicians’ fingertips, anywhere they are. In addition, eStart’s Near Me feature uses GPS technology to locate nearby instruments and identify which stage of commissioning they are in, to make loop shooting more efficient.

“Loop shooting and documentation can eat up a lot of time,” says Consultant Mark McMakin. “With eStart, loop-shooting time is reduced by up to 10% and documentation time is reduced by up to 30%, ensuring a more efficient workflow.”

eStart also offers customers greater visibility into their commissioning projects. Every time a step is completed, the app automatically records the technician’s name, date and time stamp, giving customers real-time updates so they always know how close the project is to completion. This way, if the schedule slips, customers can proactively make adjustments to get back on track.

The breakthrough eStart app is a fully integrated feature of the company's proven SureStart solution for startup and commissioning. With SureStart, their construction managers, technicians and electricians work in parallel with construction efforts to minimize downtime, enhance reliability and finish ahead of schedule. The result is faster and safer startups.

@MavTechGlobal #Pauto @ROKAutomation 

Outdoor noise and vibration monitoring station.

Svantek has launched its SV 258 PRO, an outdoor noise and vibration monitoring station with a more compact and lightweight design. Specially developed for construction site, tunnelling and blasting applications, this upgraded model weighs just 10kg and is available with 3G modem, solar panel support, advanced alarms and METEO.

Waterproof and portable, Svantek’s SV 258 PRO is battery powered and used for a wide range of outdoor industrial monitoring applications where measurements are required over a period of time, ranging from days to months, and where a hand-held sound level meter taking on the spot recordings would not be suitable. It can be set up to send email or SMS messages when threshold levels are exceeded.

The SV   258 PRO incorporates a SVAN 958A Class 1 four-channel sound and vibration analyser for applications that require simultaneous Class 1 sound and vibration assessment. Each of four input channels can be independently configured for sound or vibration detection with different filters and RMS detector time constants giving users significant measurement flexibility.

This station is protected by an IP 65-rated case containing a lead-acid battery and operating time can be easily extended by connecting an external battery or small solar panel. The intelligent charging unit enables use of a solar panel without expensive controllers and heavy batteries.

The case is fitted with very robust, waterproof connectors (military standard) and has an IP 65 external power supply. The system uses a low noise, hermetically sealed tri-axial piezoelectric accelerometer enabling the outdoor use without additional enclosures. The accelerometers’ signal ground is insulated from the mounting surface and outer case to prevent ground loops. All accessories fit conveniently into a second carrying case.

It provides broadband vibration results such as RMS and Peak or Peak-Peak. Optionally it can use FFT analysis for determination of dominant frequency used for comparison with the BS and DIN norm curves. The broadband noise results can be recorded simultaneously in three acoustic profiles, which enable measurements to be taken with three different filters (e.g. A, C, Z) as well as 3 different detector time constants (e.g. Fast, Slow, Impulse).

It can be easily removed from the case and used as hand-held vibration and sound level meter. The monitoring station uses the 3G modem for the remote communication with Internet.

The relay server, SvanNET, supports the connection between PC and station allowing the usage of all types of SIM cards with the system, regardless if they have public or private IP. The connection over SvanNET gives access to the status of the noise monitoring station via mobile phone or tablet.

Svantek’s SV 258 PRO is available with a range of optional functions including SvanPC++ remote communication software package and FFT for dominant frequency determination. In building / ground vibration mode, the 1/1 octave analysis is recorded as velocity RMS spectrum while the 1/3 octave analysis is available as an alternative to building / ground vibration mode.

@Svantek_UK #PAuto #Tunnelling #Mining @elhcomms