Friday, August 18, 2017

Compact pressure & Temp sensors for Formula Student.

Inspiring young technology enthusiasts to pursue careers in engineering is one of the driving forces behind Kistler’s sponsorship of automotive events. The company supports a number of regional student teams that are participating in international technology tournaments, including “F1 in schools” or “Formula Student” (FS). Kistler measurement technology has also been used in a number of successful world record attempts, such as the fastest acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in an electric vehicle by the Academic Motorsports Club Zurich (AMZ) which was founded by students at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich (CH). One of the most prestigious automotive engineering competitions at university level is Formula Student. In total, Kistler sponsors 16 Formula Student teams from all over the world.

Precise measurements are the top priority in vehicle tests, so test configurations and equipment have to meet demanding requirements. Back in 1959, Kistler began developing its groundbreaking piezoelectric measurement and sensor technology to capture data on pressure, force, torque and acceleration. Nowadays, holistic measurement and data acquisition solutions developed by this Swiss family-owned company are in operation across the globe.

Founded in 1981, Formula Student is Europe's most established educational motorsport competition. Backed by industry leaders and high-profile engineers, the competition aims to support innovative young engineers and promote careers in engineering. Each team must design a race car from scratch as part of a design and business project that contributes to their academic degrees. Participating students pitch their designs to experts at Silverstone, generating vital feedback that can help the teams improve their designs. In their final year of studies, the students can see their designs become reality as manufacturing of their race car commences. The teams then go on to compete against some of the best teams in the world at Formula Student events. The teams are assessed in six categories. Before being allowed to enter the dynamics competition, the judges subject each race car to a rigorous inspection process. This final stage of the competition usually comprises 100 to 120 teams.

Kistler supports Team Bath Racing

Every year, “Team Bath Racing” (TBR) from the University of Bath (GB) designs and builds its very own single-seat, open wheeled race car for Formula Student competitions. The 2017 team is comprised of 21 ambitious final year engineering students. This year’s race car “TBR17” has a lot to prove: Team Bath Racing currently ranks as the top Formula Student team in the UK and the 6th out of 550 teams worldwide. In the past, TBR won the title of best team in the UK in 2007 to 2009 and 2015 to 2016. Kistler has been sponsoring the Formula Student Team at the University of Bath since 2014. In 2017, Kistler provided the team with its 4080A family of M6 piezo-resistant absolute pressure sensors - the 4080A and the 4080AT. The precise sensors build upon the technology that is used to analyze the performance of the various powertrain subsystems. Type 4080AT, with a temperature probe and integrated signal conditioning, can be installed in the vehicle directly and provides reliable real-time data on pressure and temperature, for example in hydraulic, water or oil circuits for the early detection of problems or for monitoring critical operational conditions.

4080A sensor for brake pressure measurements
The team used the Kistler 4080A130 sensors to measure pressure in the front and rear sections of the braking system. This allowed them to develop a better understanding of the car’s brake bias. “In 2017, we wanted to extend our use of the Kistler 4080A130 sensors in the brake circuit by exploring a hydraulic brake-steer system. This required precise monitoring of pressure in each of the rear brake lines”, explains Pranav Vaswani, powertrain manager at Team Bath Racing. The race team was impressed by the 4080A sensor’s compact size and light weight, which facilitated the simple installation under the pedal assembly. The reduction in size from motorsport-standard M8 to M6 ports made it easier to work in confined spaces.

4080AT sensor for engine oil temperature and pressure measurements
The 4080AT020 sensor was predominantly used to monitor engine oil pressure in order to ensure the continuous lubrication of the engine. The inclusion of temperature measurement in the sensors was not only used to monitor the engine’s cooling performance, but also to control the radiators’ fans and the auxiliary water pump. Both pressure and temperature signals helped ensure the engine operated within the specified parameters and triggered alarms for the driver when the values exceeded the set limits. “Its small size was the reason why the Kistler sensor was used in the oil circuit since a bigger sensor would not fit in the space available. The temperature measurements of the 4080AT were very accurate with a good response rate”, says Vaswani. The dual measurement of temperature and pressure by the same sensor helped reduce wiring clutter around the car as well as the number and size of Autosport connectors. The integrated power and ground meant fewer connections and wires were needed in the wiring diagrams.

“Ready, Set, Go!” with Kistler sensors
The racing team praised the advantages of the sensors. The Kistler sensors 4080A and 4080AT are clear favorites due to their compact size and low weight. They are universally applicable and easy to install. By enabling measurements of temperature and pressure on one sensor, 4080AT even reduces the amount of cables in use.

“This year our car was enhanced by a high pressure hydraulic system for gear shifting. To ensure precise system control, we plan to use the compact 4080A250 sensors, one before and one after our hydraulic fluid filtration system. The pressure signals help control the pressure charging of the system accumulator. The inclusion of temperature sensing greatly reduces the design and manufacturing effort required for the implementation of a well-engineered hydraulic system”, continued Vaswani. “So far, we have had no issues with heat or shock. This is especially promising since the sensors have been subjected to significant vibrations (from a single cylinder engine) and temperatures of over 100°C, but still continue to monitor important car parameters. Furthermore, the media separating measuring element has prevented contamination issues.”

Kistler and the University of Bath have a long-lasting partnership in the field of engine development and have successfully competed in countless Formula Student competitions. “In 2017, we will do our best to defend our current position. We are confident we have the best possible equipment”, Vaswani sums up the rewarding relationship with Kistler.

 #Kistler @TeamBathRacing  @FormulaStudent  @amzracing 

Reorganisation in leading automation publisher.

Some changes have been made in the Publications arm of the International Society of Automation (ISA).

 Rick Zabel
Following the departure of the dedicated manager of the Department, the much respected Susan Colwel, the society has examined how to go forward withthis important department and member benefit.  It has therefore appointed Rick Zabel as Group Publisher with Leigh Elrod and Bill Joss as staff assisting him.

Rick Zabel is currently Publisher of, the leading online resource site for automation and controls professionals purchased by ISA in 2014.  Rick has been with since 2000 when they launched their initial web site, the first job board for automation professionals. Since that initial launch, the site evolved into what is today…an information-packed automation site publishing daily news, articles, application stories, products, supplier directories, jobs, events, training, and more.

He wrote his view on "The next generation of automation media!" in a piece in the December 2014 issue of the Society magazine InTech.

The position as Group Publisher is typically responsible for multiple publications (magazines, websites, brands) within organisations. Given his experience and recognition in the automation publishing marketplace he is is an ideal choice for this new position.

Rick has a diverse background with more than 17 years of experience in the automation industry. Previously, Rick held positions of Marketing Manager, Regional Sales Manager, Account Manager, Sales Engineer, and Application Engineer for an automation product manufacturer, distribution company and systems integrator. Rick is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.

All of ISA's extensive products may be seen and purchased at ISA's Online Store. Choose from hundreds of books, digital books, software, technical papers, proceedings, standards, recommended practices, technical reports, training courses, CD's, videotapes, and more.

#PAuto #ISA

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Communication solutions in the railway sector rewarded!

The Harting Technology Group has been known for decades for its high-quality products and solutions. Now, the technology group has received an award for exceptional quality from rail manufacturer Hitachi Rail.

Hitachi Rail presented the prize to three representatives of Harting: Mr. Bernd Fischer, General Manager Corporate Regional Management, Peter Hannon, Managing Director Harting UK and Marcello DiGregorio, Managing Director Harting Italy, as part of a partner day in London GB.

Hitachi Rail had selected Harting from among more than 150 suppliers. Harting is considered preferred connectivity supplier. Harting develops and manufactures cabling for car transitions (so-called jumper cables) for Hitachi’s AT200 and AT300 trains. The cabling ensures secure data transmission.

All rolling stock manufactured by Hictachi Rail is equipped with a wide range of Han, DC1 and DC2 connectors. "We’re very pleased with this award. It not only demonstrates the quality of our products, but also underscores Harting’s expertise in tailor-made customer solutions in the railway sector", says Bernd Fischer, General Manager, Corporate Regional Management, at Harting Technology Group.

 @Harting #Transport @HitachiRailEU

Zero defect moulding.

On the Interplas “Introducing Stage” at 14:00 on the 28th September, Kistler Application Engineer, Duncan Webster, is to deliver a paper on the latest developments of the Kistler ComoNeo cavity pressure monitoring system.

Duncan Webster
Cavity pressure monitoring is a well proven technique for identifying cavity fill problems in real time so that out of specification products can be identified and rejected and moulds protected from damage due to overfilling. This paper describes the latest systems that use cavity pressure profiles to control the injection process to minimise incorrect cavity filling and so reduce rejects. These systems control the injection moulding process and balance the hot runner system, irrespective of the machines, moulds and peripherals used.

Cavity pressure monitoring allows process fluctuations to be corrected during the moulding phase in real-time as the process control system optimizes the switchover point for all the cavities, resulting in balanced injection behaviour across the entire production sequence. The system synchronizes the pressure profiles by individually controlling the nozzle temperatures on the hot runner, stabilizing the process by adjusting for batch fluctuations and other process conditions.

The new approach to production focuses on consistent digitization leading to enhanced product quality and increased cost-efficiency. Moulders using these new techniques are ideally placed to meet the requirements for digital networking demands of Industry 4.0.

This key advantage, compared with systems based on melt front detection, makes the process control more accurate and provides additional benefits for the user.

With over 25 years practical experience within the plastics Industry, Duncan Webster has in-depth knowledge of a wide range of materials and processes from short run prototyping through to high volume automated production to bring real world experience to bear on the problems faced by injection moulders.

#Kistler #PAuto @InterplasUK

Automatic data collection using Ethernet connectivity!

Gemini Data Loggers has announced its new Plus LAN data loggers. Plus LAN loggers collect data automatically: they plug into a network point and send data directly for viewing in the Tinytag Explorer Connect software – an easy to use Windows program – by any permitted user on a network.

They monitor across multiple locations with the data viewed at the convenience of the user’s own desk. Loggers in the range record temperature, relative humidity, and also low voltage, current and count inputs, making them ideal for use with third party sensors to record properties such as pressure, flow rates and footfall. A choice of accompanying thermistor, PT100 and PT1000 probes means they are suitable for specific monitoring applications.

Plus LAN loggers can be mixed and matched with existing Tinytag Radio indoor and outdoor data loggers within a system to meet particular site layout and infrastructure requirements. They are ideal for applications where radio signals may be problematic due to network range or physical obstructions. For example, LAN loggers can be used in metal-lined walk in fridges/freezers, or where a remote monitoring point is required outside the range of an existing Radio System, wherever a convenient network point is available.
Plus LAN loggers are powered through their LAN connection using a plug-in Power over Ethernet (PoE) adaptor and have battery back-up for reliability if this should fail. As with the Radio loggers, LAN loggers will keep recording locally in the event of communications problems, and will transmit their data once the connection is restored. Immediate alarm notifications are generated if conditions fall outside user-defined limits.

• TinyTag loggers are marketed in Ireland by Manotherm
 #Ethernet @tinytag #PAuto 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

New integrated drive.

Leroy-Somer has announced the launch of Commander ID300, a new integrated drive solution optimized for the control of IMfinity® induction motors.

Created through a combination of Leroy-Somer’s expertise in electronic variable speed control and its longstanding experience in the manufacture of proven electric motors, this decentralized system brings together performance and reliability, offering customized solutions for process, manufacturing and intralogistics applications.

With the transition to Industry 4.0 under way, production is evolving in an increasingly complex and demanding environment. As a consequence, companies require more and more quality, risk management, equipment performance and compliance to standards.

To meet these strategic challenges, Leroy-Somer has designed Commander ID300, a new integrated drive for the control of its IMfinity® induction motors from 0.25 to 7.5 kW. A decentralized system, the motor and drive assembly offer strong dynamic performance and outstanding efficiency levels.

The decentralized configuration offers greater flexibility in machine and plant design. Other advantages include space saving, as no cabinet is required, lower overall costs due to the elimination of cables between drive and motor, lower power losses and reduced emission interference…

Benefitting from IMfinity® motor’s proven mechanical construction, Commander ID300 is extremely robust. This robustness is enhanced by the use of latest generation electronic components for power and control.

To offer a high level of performance, Commander ID300 is provided with advanced features for optimizing machine and process performance: onboard PLC, fieldbus communication, extra input/output or preset configurations such as a pump program for pressure regulation (constant pressure / variable flow).

The motor performance is guaranteed with auto calibration and drive setup carried out at the factory, including optimized starting torque, high dynamics on fast transient load and operation at constant torque using flux vector control across the entire speed range.

Commander ID300 offers energy efficiency standards higher than system classification IES2 (EN 61800-9-2), enhancing energy savings. The drive also features a low power standby mode for applications with significant periods of idleness.

Commander ID300 has been designed on a modular concept: the wide choice of options and adaptations enables configuration in line with machine architecture. The system can also be combined with an FFB brake for dynamic braking and /or gears from the multiposition 3000 range, ensuring maximum adaptability.

Safety remains paramount: to protect users and minimize machine operation downtime, the Commander ID302 variant integrates onboard safety functions for compliance with the highest safety standards SIL3 (Safety Integrity Level 3) and PLe (Performance Level e). The motor is also protected against overloads thanks to thermal protection. On top of this, the optional brake card enables full control of the brake sequencing and power supply.

Due to its large selection of features and options, Commander ID300 is an “easy-to-use” solution, ensuring quick and smooth operation. For instance, time can be saved during installation thanks to the multiple mechanical adaptations and connections that can be made at the factory. Also, to facilitate setup, configuration and diagnostics, the system delivers intuitive setup and pre-configured settings which are application dependent.

Designed for industrial environments as standard, this all-in-one drive solution is ideal for applications in the manufacturing, process and intralogistics sectors.

Commander ID300 is part of the Express Availability offer, the premium Leroy-Somer Service which ensures rapid delivery while minimizing spare and stock requirements.

 @Leroy_Somer_en @EMR_Automation #PAuto 

Visual analytics application upgraded!

The 7th release of Seeq software in just the past 18 months has been announced. This has been driven by input from customers expanding their use of the Seeq visual analytics application for engineers and scientists in process manufacturing organisations. It enables them to rapidly wrangle, investigate, and share insights on production data. Target markets include oil & gas, pharmaceutical, chemical, energy, mining, food and beverage, and other process industries.
“We are very happy to welcome Seeq and its innovative solution for process manufacturing analytics to Microsoft Azure,” says Vasily Mlanin, Senior Program Manager, Commercial Software Engineering at Microsoft Corporation. “Seeq will be a valuable compliment to the investment of Azure customers in IoT Hub and other Azure-based services.”

R18 adds new ease-of-use features, additional flexibility in the way items are displayed in Seeq’s advanced trending interface, and a new Organizer feature to assemble the results of investigations and analytics on time series data into dynamic documents for reports and dashboards. Seeq also announces support for the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, with Seeq availability on the AppSource marketplace.

Prior to supporting Azure, Seeq was already a Microsoft partner with extensive support for Microsoft platforms and products. Seeq runs on Windows Server, supports Active Directory for user management and SQL Server for data access, and can export data to Excel, PowerPoint, and PowerBI for visualization and reporting. The new Azure support includes availability on Microsoft AppSource and support for Azure Active Directory.

“We are excited to expand Seeq to the Azure cloud to support IIoT and data aggregation scenarios for our customers,” says Steve Sliwa, CEO and co-founder of Seeq Corporation. “The combination of investigation and publishing features, for on-premise and cloud deployments, is the next step in our effort to redefine the creation of actionable intelligence from process data."

The new Seeq Organizer module builds on the investigation and analytics in Seeq Workbench, enabling Seeq visualizations from any worksheet to be inserted into a document dynamically generated for any time range and/or operating condition. These documents can serve as the basis for weekly/monthly reports, daily standup meetings, operating period comparisons, batch summaries, incident analyses, and many other scenarios. Insights from process engineers can be quickly accessed via these documents by operators, analysts, managers, and other plant employees.

Seeq’s recent partnering announcements with Inductive Automation, Honeywell, Schneider Electric, OSIsoft—along with support for all the leading historians—make it the most widely accessible and extensively used visual analytics solution among process manufacturing companies. Other supported historians include GE Proficy, AspenTech IP21, Emerson DeltaV Continuous Historian, Ovation DCS Historian, and WonderWare Historian.

“Seeq continues to push the envelope of modern analytics for process manufacturing companies,” says Janice Abel, Principal Analyst at ARC Advisory Group. “To the best of our knowledge, the addition of the Organizer functionality to the company's existing work with Journals for knowledge capture, on top of its visual analytics features, sets Seeq apart from any other offering in this space."

Forty years of automation in Ireland!

Douglas Control and Automation is marking 40 years in business with the announcement that the firm will create an additional 10 new jobs in the coming 18 months. Founded in 1977, the company is partnered with global giants such as Siemens, Wonderware, Rockwell and Stahl, to deliver solutions for the manufacturing, pharma, biotech, medtech and transport sectors in Ireland, Britain and Europe.

From left: Douglas C&A Directors, Declan Lordan, James O'Shea, Eugene Pigott & John O'Sullivan

Speaking at the announcement of continued growth, Douglas Control and Automation Managing Director Eugene Pigott said, “We have grown significantly through the decades based on our commitment to providing successful solutions to clients across the various sectors in which we operate. As automation engineers, we understand the vital importance of ensuring that each and every system performs optimally. With an ethos of quality and innovation, we have built a strong client portfolio, a reputation for excellence and a proven track record.”

Founded by Paul Sliney 40 years ago, the company, is the longest established Irish supplier of automation solutions. It is managed by Eugene Piggott and fellow directors, John O’Sullivan, Declan Lordan and James O’Shea. With a team of highly skilled engineers, the company headcount has grown steadily in the last decade particularly and is expected to increase further in the coming 18 months with contract wins and client expansion in Ireland, Europe and USA.

Providing turnkey solutions in industrial automation, across hardware and software platforms, Douglas Automation and Control has carved out a clear market opportunity over its 40 years. John O’Sullivan, Engineering Director: “In 40 years we have continuously innovated, moving with the client requirements from electronics systems in the 1980s to machine automation and process control in the 1990s, to batch management, data historians and validation services to the Life Science sector in the 2000s. Today we continue to add solutions to our portfolio as we have achieved certification in functional safety systems and look to the challenges facing our clients, such as cyber-security.”

@DouglasControl  #PAuto #Ireland

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Serving the beverage and liquid food industry.

Endress+Hauser will be demonstrating measurement technology and automation concepts from a single source for all process control areas using the examples of mixing & blending and CIP at drinktec 2017 (11-15 Sept'17 Munich, D).

As a global partner, the People for Process Automation help customers address the issue of food safety with accredited calibration services, as well as self-calibrating and self-monitoring measurement technology. Device innovations illustrate how plant operators can measure density with a high level of accuracy, easily monitor water circulation systems or how measurement technology can support the realization of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

100% compliance, 0% effort
At drinktec 2017, Endress+Hauser will present its new thermometer featuring one-of-a-kind, self-calibrating sensor technology. The hygienic iTHERM TrustSens thermometer is designed for customers in the life sciences and food & beverage industries who require 100% compliance with FDA and GMP regulations. The new thermometer offers a high level of process reliability and system availability through permanent inline self-calibration, thus eliminating the risk of non-compliance during production.

Picomag – pocket-size intelligent and robust flow measurements
In addition to the new Proline 300/500 flow measurement device range featuring wireless connectivity for IIoT applications, Heartbeat Technology, a food safety concept and HistoROM data management, Endress+Hauser will introduce an additional instrument highlight. The new Picomag is an electromagnetic flow measurement system with intuitive operation thanks to an IO-link and Bluetooth technology. The multivariable flow and temperature monitoring make it particularly suitable for production processes in the food & beverage industry.

Heartbeat Technology – taking the pulse of your measurement
To ensure safe and reproducible end products around the clock, there is a need for faster and easier monitoring of measurement devices, particularly in the food & beverage industry. HACCP concepts and the IFS Food standard version 6 both stipulate the requirement to verify and document measurement points in defined intervals. Heartbeat is the first technology to make it possible to fully comply with these requirements for flow, level and temperature measurement points at a high level of quality - in situ and without system downtime.

@Endress_Hauser  #Event #IIoT @drinktec_2017

Process instrument website!

Fluke® Process Instruments has announced the launch of a new website, combining its extensive global capabilities in industrial temperature measurement. The website was designed to reflect the company's core competencies and mission to provide the most comprehensive infrared temperature measurement and profiling solutions for industrial, maintenance and quality control applications.
"We wanted a website that projected our fundamental capabilities, including our ability to meet the challenges of industrial temperature measurement through a world-class customer portal," said Fluke Process Instruments Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Steven Moore. "This site accomplishes these objectives and accurately conveys our dedication to providing process instruments and solutions that assist our customers with making products that help the world function better."

Fluke Process Instruments brings together more than 150 years of experience in pioneering new technologies into one integrated company. By joining three recognized brand leaders – Raytek®, Ircon® and Datapaq® – it offers a complete line of infrared sensors, linescanners, thermal imagers and profiling systems for use in today's most demanding environments.

Fluke Process Instruments has consolidated multiple legacy domains into a single website with a new look and feel. Content and resources on the site are focused on industry and application-specific requirements, with solutions offered by type of technology.

Key features include:

• Integrated Assets and Resources – Provides one-stop shopping with easily recognizable industry application solutions for IR temperature measurement and thermal profiling

• Expanded and/or Refreshed Content – Increases availability of resources across the Fluke Process Instruments line and targets specific needs at each level of the customer journey

• Intuitive Interface – Makes information easier to find, simplifies search functionality and contributes to an improved overall customer experience

• Responsive Design – Simplifies navigation using any device (desktop, tablet and/or mobile) to keep pace with the new generation of industrial worker mobility

• Greater ease-of-use – Includes top-level navigation with dropdown menus to put information at the visitor's fingertips, and provides links to relevant resources on each product page

• More Focused Sector capability – Helps end-users from various industries quickly and clearly understand solutions tailored to their unique requirements

• Improved Product Descriptions & Details – Offers concise specifications and visual images of the entire portfolio, with applications and products cross-referenced on individual pages

The company has developed this website based on recognized best practices and extensive voice of the customer (VOC) usability studies. The new site is currently provided in English, but will be updated to include German, French, Spanish and Chinese language versions in the near future. In addition, new Fluke Process Instruments social media sites will be coming soon!

@FlukeCorp #PAuto

A useful magazine!

As a one-time Vice President Publication Dept of the International Society of Automation (2011-12) I may be forgiven for relishing the comments in a letter which appears in the July August issue of their magazine InTech.

July/Aug 2017 Issue
The writer says, "I would like to compliment you on your work with InTech, which now seems a useful magazine again."

No better compliment may be made to a publication and I would like particularly pay tribute to those in the back ground who in no small measure contribute to this publication. While I don't agree that Intech has not been useful in the past I do think it has improved and kept up with technalogical changes in our discipline down through the years.

Ten years ago when the cataclysmic financial tsunmani hit, the ISA, like many international organisations and indeed countries, had to do a painful root and branch examination of everything it was doing and their relevance to the automation sector. Not least the Publications side of things faced many painful decisions but with the co-operation of the members volunteering time and expertese and the professionalism of the staff notably Susan Colwell, recently retired, and Editor, Bill Lydon. What emerged was a much strengthened resource for the members. The magazine slightly smaller but with a more practical focus can be said to regained its place among automation periodicals. The practical harnessing of an editorial advisory board of working professionals ensures the usefulness of its contents. It has also embraced the electronic and on-line platforms and thus has become much more easily available throughout the world.

The other Society periodical - ISA Transactions has grown from strength to strength, living up to its vocation as a journal of advances and state-of-the-art in the science and engineering of measurement and automation, of value to leading-edge industrial practitioners and applied researchers.

The Society is now slimmer and not only aware of changing requirements of automation professionals but also of the need to harness the ever-changing means of communication. Not least in this forward momentum is the work of publications. Take a look at what is available today!

 #PAuto #ISAuto

Training for telecommunication sector!

Anritsu Corporation have signed a strategic training partnership agreement with Ubi-Tech (3R) Ltd, specialists in delivering engineering & training services to the telecommunications industry. Under the terms of the new agreement, Ubi-Tech will offer Anritsu Approved, instructor led, industry standard, certification training to the telecommunication market in Britain and Ireland.

“Anritsu is strongly committed to providing the best level of support and training to our customers,” said Steve Wilding, Sales Director Western EMEA Region. “We believe that this agreement will ensure that certification for Anritsu products is delivered to the highest standards by Ubi-Tech, a company known for their telecoms training expertise”

Ubi-Tech will offer access to Anritsu courses including, Site Master Certified Line Sweep Training, Spectrum & Interference Analysis, PIM Master™ Certification and OTDR Measurements Certification.

Richard Lee, Ubi-Tech MD, said “Anritsu’s brand values are to envision and ensure and I believe that we have been chosen by Anritsu because they have recognised our ability to deliver very high quality training that will mirror the Anritsu core values of envisioning the future and ensuring customer satisfaction. We are looking forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship together.”

Ubi-Tech have invested heavily in Anritsu technology and training for their instructors and will be delivering the hands-on training at their hi-tech, first-class training centre in Redditch, Worcestershire (GB).

@AnritsuEMEA #TandM #Ireland #Britain

Monday, August 14, 2017

Gas Leak Detector.

Identifying leaks of sulphur hexafluoride (SF6), which is used as an electrical insulator in extremely high-voltage utilities applications, generally requires the purchase or rental of an expensive gas detector or hiring an outside consultant. The alternatives are shutting down the equipment and using a sniffer or soapy water. However, the new Fluke® Ti450 SF6 Gas Leak Detector combines an affordable, high-quality, infrared camera with an SF6 leak detector that visually pinpoints the location of SF6 leaks without shutting equipment down.

The Fluke Ti450 SF6 allows utility crews to include it as a normal part of their maintenance routine, allowing them to conduct both infrared and gas inspections whenever and wherever necessary. It eliminates the need to wait for special annual or bi-annual leak inspections, and the corresponding expensive equipment rentals or contractors, so maintenance work can be done as required, reducing potential equipment damage.

“Leak detection in utility equipment has always been a disruptive operation that requires expensive equipment and equipment downtime,” said Brian Knight, Fluke Thermography Business Unit Manager. “The Fluke Ti450 SF6 makes it incredibly convenient to make leak detection part of regular maintenance identifying the problems so leak corrections can be performed during a scheduled maintenance period.”

The pistol-grip Ti450 SF6 makes diagnoses of issues point-and-shoot convenient, even in hard to reach or high overhead locations. With the Ti450 SF6, technicians can monitor leaks more frequently allowing maintenance to be scheduled at a convenient time without unplanned downtime. The leak detector can also be used to quickly verify that the repair was fixed.

The infrared camera includes the award-winning LaserSharp® Auto Focus feature that delivers instant focus on a single target using a built-in laser distance meter to calculate and display the distance to the designated target with pinpoint accuracy. LaserSharp Auto Focus enables technicians to precisely target up to 100 feet away for infrared readings and SF6 gas detection no matter how awkward the position of the target. This makes it safe to measure around high voltage areas and potentially dangerous areas. It also features Fluke IR-Fusion® technology, which combines both digital and infrared images in one for better clarity. By adjusting the blending of the image, technicians can easily detect then pinpoint the exact location of the SF6 gas leak.

The Ti450 SF6 comes complete with a 2x telephoto smart lens, a tripod holder for mounting to any industry standard tripod, an eye piece, cable, viewer, batteries and chargers, all in a hard shell carrying case. SF6 gas detection training tools, including a step-by-step instructional video, are also available.

@FlukeCorp  #PAuto 

Load cell.

The new U3 load cell, from HBM, is specifically designed for tensile and compressive forces.

Designed to address the problem of lateral forces, which if great enough, can damage or even destroy a force transducer, which can subsequently cause a drop in production, the U3 is capable of absorbing up to 100% of rated forces in the form of lateral force, without losing its measurement capability, or sustaining mechanical damage

Featuring a double-sided flange connection, which allows the sensor to be mounted quickly and easily, in order to minimise downtime, the U3 is suitable for use in a range of applications in production and monitoring.

With capacities ranging from 0.5 kN to 100 kN, the U3 is an extremely robust load cell which is housed in stainless steel casing, corrosive resistant and is IP65 protection rated.

@HBMmeasurement #PAuto 

Valves comply fully with forthcoming regulations for marine industry.

Emerson has gained DNV-GL approval for its ASCO 551 and 553 series solenoid valves. This means that the valves comply with the soon-to-be-introduced (September 2017) worldwide regulations for ballast water treatment. From this date, all valves used for treating and managing ballast water aboard ships must comply with the new standard.

ASCO DNV-GL approved solenoid valves are available with aluminium and stainless steel valve bodies and with many solenoid options. This enables them to be used in safe areas and Ex zones. The 551 and 553 Series are certified for use in functional safety loops such as may be found on LNG vessels and tankers. This broad range of applications makes it easier to standardise on one solenoid valve, simplifying on-board maintenance. Emerson is the only supplier of their type to offer valves which are both DNV-GL and SIL approved.

DNV-GL approval combines two standards: DNV (Det Norske Veritas) and GL (Germanischer Lloyds). It is a global standard which means there is no need to purchase different solenoid valves depending on where the treatment plant or ship is being constructed. The introduction of the new standard is set to have a major impact on the ballast water industry. In total, around 70,000 boats worldwide will be affected by the new regulation, with 2000 more being built each year.