Friday, March 30, 2018

Optical rotary torque.

Optical rotary torque sensors suitable for low torque and high band width measurements

New benchmark performance standards for optical rotary torque transducers is now available from Sensor Technology, with the launch of its digital ORT 230/240 series. These new optical rotary torque sensors are ideal for applications when the demand is for low torque and/or high bandwidth, providing precise, dynamic measurement of rotary and static torque of less than 100Nm and for bandwidths of up to 50kHz.

These new devices replace Sensor Technology’s E200 ORT series, benefiting from all-new electronics that deliver significant gains in resolution, frequency response, reduced sensor current consumption and faster digital data throughput.

The high speed capability comes from an inherently low inertia, since the electronics are not fixed to the shaft, while non-contact operation ensures a long and reliable life (backed up by Sensor Technology’s lifetime warranty) with high accuracy. The optical operating principle also ensures excellent noise immunity.

TorqSense ORT 230 series sensors provide fixed voltage or current analogue outputs – one for torque and one for either speed or power. The TorqSense ORT 240 provides two user selectable voltage or current analogue outputs – one for torque and the other for either speed, power or peak torque – plus digital outputs including RS232, CANbus and USB for interfacing with modern instrumentation and laptops. The ORT 240 enables users to connect up to 10 transducers via USB, and transducer configuration software for making changes to transducer variables.

Features of both devices include self-diagnostics to report if the transducer’s torque, speed ratings or calibration date have been exceeded, while inbuilt sensors monitor shaft temperature for better compensation and accuracy. The device also offers a simple ‘sensor status’ output.

Complementing these products is Sensor Technology’s TorqView software, providing an easy-to-use advanced torque monitoring package for Windows PCs to assist with data display and recording. It offers real time chart plotting, and is compatible with both Matlab and Excel. Further, LabVIEW VIs are available for users to design their own process control applications, and DLLs are available for users who wish to write their own custom software.

These latest optical rotary torque sensors are an important extension to the Sensor Technology torque monitoring range, and offer an alternative solution when low torque or bandwidth requirements preclude the use of the more cost-efficient SAW-based TorqSense products.

Optical rotary torque sensors use a pair of gratings attached a short distance apart on a strain-sensitive shaft to modulate a light source. As torque is applied to the shaft, a slight twist results which changes the alignment of the gratings and thus varies the light transmitted through to a detector. The use of this technique results in a transducer which is able to detect torque bi-directionally, and which has a fast mechanical and electrical response, low inertia and complete freedom from brushes or complex electronics.

The absence of brush gear allows high-speed operation with a continuous rating up to 30,000rpm standard. Further increases in rpm are available depending upon shaft size. The torque shaft is of low compliance ½° maximum torsion deflection on the smaller transducers and ¼° maximum on the larger transducers at full-scale deflection. Any full scale torque can be specified within the range 10mNm to 100Nm.

@sensortech  #PAuto 

Thursday, March 29, 2018

FPC connectors.

Omron Electronic Components Europe offers time savings with its Rotary Backlock FPC connector range. The XF series of FPC connectors is a popular and space effective option for interconnecting PCBs and connecting boards to displays.

Commenting, Andries de Bruin, Senior European Product Marketing Manager, Omron, said “Many manufacturers supply their FPC connectors with the latch in close position but Omron’s backlock mechanism mean that we can ship with the lock in open position. This saves time, which on a high volume production line can add up to considerable cost savings too.”

Omron’s backlock on the XF2M and XF3M ranges gives the benefit of reducing the risk of the cable movement lifting the locking mechanism in use. The rotary latch is independent of the FPC socket and will not release if the FPC is lifted. The mounting reliability is further enhanced due to the four-sided housing that holds the FPC preventing displacement. The dual-sided contact also provides flexibility for engineers at the designing stage and the applicable FPC/FFC thickness is just 0.3mm (Gold-plated type). The range includes connectors with between 6 and 60 pins available on reels of 100 or 1500 pcs. Pitch sizes range from 0.25mm to 0.5mm

Applications include wearables, smart phones, projectors, ultrasound, security and embedded modules.

#Omron #PAuto

Published by Oisín Ó Riain.

Postioning in world of Industrie 4.0!

The detection of objects in systems is an important part of automation today. Objects have to be reliably detected and measured, as well as verifying that they are correctly positioned. The scope of possible applications is almost limitless and is continuously expanding (for example, detecting valve and flap positions, the position of PV panels for optimal exposure to light, the position of a ship's rudder, automation tasks in the machine-tool industry, etc.)

As well as measuring and displaying electrical parameters, Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG offers position sensoring solutions for angular position and tilt measurements. These precision sensors are an important link between the mechanical hardware and control intelligence. Under the KINAX brand name, the product offering ranges from basic to the robust devices needed for applications in harsh environments Based on a unique measurement concept and housing design, the position sensors ensure very high levels of precision, reliability and durability. Their primary objective is to ensure that systems, productions and processes operate trouble-free over the long term.

The function of these angular transducers is to capture rotational or translational movement and convert it into an electrical output signal. The mechanical structure of the sensors is designed to withstand very high stresses and offers, in combination with the patented and wear-proof capacitive-based measurement process, measurement results that are reliable at all times. A plug-and-play system ensures that on-site commissioning is very simple. Even redundant measurements can be performed easily with the help of hollow shaft transmitter.

As well as classical angular transducers, their product portfolio also includes tilt sensors. Using the principle of the plumb line, these sensors capture deviations from the horizontal or the vertical, with reference to the Earth's gravity. The main advantage compared to transmitter in this case, is that the mechanical coupling is takes places directly with the object to be measured. The parameter settings are straightforward and performed on-site. No time-consuming calibration is required and absolute measurement values are available at all times. In addition, the high quality of the housing material and the high degree of protection guarantee maximum durability.

With the KINAX HW730 angular transducer, Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG now joins the world of Industry 4.0. Thanks to the direct Ethernet link via Modbus TCP, data consistency is ensured from the sensor up to the control and data centres. It should be noted that, thanks to the Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) technology, the operating voltage is sourced directly through the Modbus TCP. This completely eliminates the need for communication gateways and reduces the complexity, design effort and, above all, costs.

• Camille Baur products are marketed in Ireland through Irish Power & Process.


#CamilleBauer #Pauto @irishpwrprocess 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Power connector.

The Han® M23 Power from Harting is a new hybrid industrial connector that combines the capability to transmit both power and signals with a high degree of environmental protection.

The new connector extends the Han® M23 series by allowing the industrial lifelines of signal and power to be fully supplied from a single device. The field of application includes drive technology as well as any areas with increased demands on vibration safety and protection against dust and water as well as other external mechanical influences. Built-in shielding also offers additional protection against electromagnetic interference.

The robust housing of the Han® M23 Power meets IP protection classes 67 and 69K in the closed position, making it particularly suitable for harsh industrial environments. Simple tool-free assembly makes the connector suitable for field assembly by service personnel as well as for serial production.

With power contacts for a voltage range of up to 630 V AC and a maximum current carrying capacity of 28 A, large amounts of power can be transmitted in a small installation space.
To complement the contact insert, the Han® M23 series offers a wide range of housings, including straight, angled and rotatable sleeve versions as well as various bulkhead and coupling types, in order to adapt the connectors optimally to the requirements of different applications.

The contact inserts in the series, including the Han® M23 Signal (6- to 19-pole) and the Han® M23 Power (6- to 9-pole) are plug-compatible with most other M23 round connector types available on the market.

Fast and secure mating and unmating is ensured by the use of the Han® Com Lock locking system

 #Harting #PAuto

Gas analysis company has new leader.

Trevor Sands has been appointed as new President of Servomex.

Trevor Sands
Responsible for the leadership and growth of Servomex’s global operations, he takes over from Charles ‘Chuck’ Hurley, who has stepped down after almost five years in the role.

Trevor brings extensive senior leadership experience to the role, having worked in various management positions for companies as diverse as Emerson, Invensys, Unitech and Arthur Andersen. Most recently he ran the Control Valves business for IMI plc, following a period as Chief Executive of Cosalt plc.

Based at Servomex’s Technical Centre in Crowborough (GB), Trevor will bring his proven industry experience to the position, heading up a global team based in two technical centers and six regional business centers.

“I’m delighted to be joining Servomex at such an exciting time, and I look forward to building on the great work done by Chuck over the past few years,” said Trevor. “He has strengthened the value proposition for the customer, leaving Servomex well-placed to take advantage of the rebound in our core industrial markets.

“Our ambition now is to continue to increase our presence and market share, delivering the products and expert services demanded by the industries we serve. Leading Servomex’s accomplished team of global experts through this continued growth is a privilege, and I look forward to achieving future success together.”

Chuck is leaving Servomex to pursue a new business opportunity, enabling him and his family to return home to the US. He joined Servomex in 2008 as General Manager of the Americas region, and moved into leading global sales and marketing before taking up the President role in 2013.

Under his leadership, many key products were designed and manufactured, including the SERVOTOUGH Laser 3 Plus TDL range, SERVOTOUGH MonoExact DF150E and DF310E oxygen analyzers, and the SERVOPRO MultiExact 4100 multigas analyzer.

In addition, Servomex’s Hummingbird Sensing Technology brand was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2016, in recognition of the company’s innovative sensing technologies.

“It’s been an honor to have been part of the Servomex team for the past decade,” said Chuck.

“I’d like to thank my colleagues at Servomex, Hummingbird and Spectris for all their hard work and support over the years. They are exceptionally talented and enthusiastic, and I know they’ll continue to provide the same commitment and energy to the business under Trevor.

“I wish Trevor great success at Servomex – he has the experience and personal qualities to continue the momentum behind our successful business development.”

“I would like to congratulate Trevor on his appointment. Trevor has extensive senior leadership experience in global industrial businesses which makes him well-suited to drive further success for Servomex,” said Jo Hallas, Business Group Director at parent company Spectris plc. “We would like to thank Chuck for his significant contribution over the past five years and we wish him and his family the very best for the future.”


@Servomex #PAuto @codacomms

Security standards in automation.

The ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards, developed by the ISA99 committee as American National Standards and adopted globally by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), is designed to provide a flexible framework to address and mitigate current and future security vulnerabilities in industrial automation and control systems (IACS). These standards and all other standards may be accessed from the ISA Standards Page.

A newly published standard in the series, ISA/IEC 62443-4-1-2018, Security for Industrial Automation and Control Systems Part 4-1: Product Security Development Life-Cycle Requirements, specifies process requirements for the secure development of products used in an IACS. It defines a secure development life-cycle for developing and maintaining secure products. This life-cycle includes security requirements definition, secure design, secure implementation (including coding guidelines), verification and validation, defect management, patch management and product end-of-life.

These requirements can be applied to new or existing processes for developing, maintaining and retiring hardware, software or firmware for new or existing products. The requirements apply to the developer and maintainer of a product, but not to the integrator or user of the product.

“Designing security into products from the beginning of the development lifecycle is critical because it can help eliminate vulnerabilities from products before they ever reach the field,” emphasizes Michael Medoff of exida, who led the ISA99 development group for the standard. “We all know how difficult and expensive it can be to constantly have to patch software in the field. The new standard gives us a real opportunity to break the cycle of frequent security patches and to produce products that are secure by design.”

The ISA99 standards committee draws on the input and knowledge of IACS security experts from across the globe to develop consensus standards that are applicable to all industry sectors and critical infrastructure. Previous documents in the ISA/IEC 62443 series cover terminology, concepts, and models; establishment of an IACS security program; patch management; and system security requirements and security levels.

#ISA99 #PAuto #ISAuto #Cybersecurity

Fire investigation kit.


The world’s first fire investigation kit featuring the well-proven, handheld Tiger or TigerLT photoionisation detector (PID) for the reliable detection of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) at sites of suspected arson-related incidents has been launched by Ion Science.

Easy to use with minimal training, Ion Science’s fire investigation kit includes essential accessories for the fast, accurate detection of VOCs, all contained within a rugged carry case. In addition to either a Tiger or TigerLT PID instrument, it comprises a one metre flexi-probe, AA Tiger battery pack, charging cradle, vehicle charge adaptor, exhaust barb, bump test pen, quick start guide and PTFE filters.

In suspected arson cases, it is part of the investigation to prove that there is no other cause of fire. The Ion Science fire investigation kit can be used to detect hydrocarbon compounds such as those found in petrol, alkanes and cycloalkanes. Fire investigators including the police, consultants and private investigators acting on behalf of insurance companies, will search for every type of fire accelerant such as grill lighters, lighter fuel, liquid glue and cleaning agents.

Both the Ion Science Tiger and TigerLT PIDs are perfect for arson investigation. The instruments have a rugged design, are ready to use within seconds, easy to operate with gloves and can be cleaned quickly with a wet cloth. Plus the filters are simple to change.

In the aftermath of a fire significant values can already be 1-20 parts per million (ppm). Depending on the period of time between the occurrence of the fire and the examination, potential VOC gases might have partially disappeared. As a result, values always vary and sometimes the measured values can reach 100 ppm or more.

The extinguishing foam used by fire teams contains proteins and other hydrocarbon compounds which can produce falsified results and make usable measurements difficult.

Fire investigators often take photographs whilst using the Ion Science Tiger or TigerLT and document several values at the same time. If high quantities of VOCs are detected, they will go on to take samples for analysis by an authorised laboratory.

A robust handheld PID, the popular Tiger accurately offers 0.1 ppm sensitivity and reliably detects gases down to ultra-low parts per billion (ppb) levels and up to 20,000 ppm. The Tiger is fully upgradeable in the field so lower cost instruments can be purchased with the option of adding functionality.

Ion Science’s TigerLT PID is a streamlined, low cost version of the Tiger with a detection range up to 5,000 ppm and push to log data log option.
Both models incorporate Ion Science’s market-leading PID technology with patented fence electrode system. The advanced three-electrode format ensures increased resistance to humidity and contamination for ultimate reliability and accuracy in the field, as well as reduced drift issues and extended run time.

A compact, ergonomic design makes the Tiger VOC detectors extremely easy to use in the field. A large, clear back-lit display allows for easy viewing in any light condition. An integrated torch is designed for directing the instrument’s probe into dimly lit areas and an illuminated keypad comes on when light is low.

The Tiger models have the fastest response time on the market of just two seconds and can be connected directly to a PC via the USB for quick data download.

Both instruments are intrinsically safe (IS) allowing batteries to be replaced in potentially explosive environments. They meet ATEX, IECEx, North American and Canadian standards and are IP65 rated against water ingress.

Long life rechargeable Li-ion batteries give up to 24 hours usage and can be fully charged in 6.5 hours, while eight hours of use can be achieved from 1.5 hours of charging time. Low cost filters and lamps can be easily changed in minutes.

Other features include a protective, removable boot for harsh environments, loud 95 dB audible alarm and multiple language support. The warranty for both the Tiger and TigerLT can be extended from two to five years when the instruments are registered on line.

@ionscience #PAuto #TandM @elhcomms

Image processing for AI applications.

Release 2.0 of Abaco Systems' powerful, flexible ImageFlex image processing and visualization toolkit has been released. Leveraging the enormous power of GPU technology, ImageFlex provides an easy-to-use API framework to considerably speed and simplify the development, optimization and maintenance of advanced AI applications – especially those targeted at autonomous vehicles.

ImageFlex enables developers of image/video processing and visualization applications on GPUs to be substantially more productive by hiding the complexity of the underlying software layers, while maintaining high performance. By providing an OpenGL® abstraction layer (no OpenGL experience is required) it can reduce the number of lines of code required by a factor of five, radically reducing the effort and time needed in order to create, test and maintain the application. This means faster time-to-market as well as lower development cost.

New features for ImageFlex Release 2.0 include:

  • Tools and reference examples enabling AI-based applications to be deployed on Abaco’s NVIDIA®-based GPU products.
  • Provision of a reference target tracking example - a core building block for tracking applications.
  • High quality, GPU-optimized image stabilization.

ImageFlex is highly complementary to Abaco’s NVIDIA GPU-based GVC1000 and GVC2000 hardware platforms, which use the NVIDIA Jetson supercomputer on a module for AI computing at the edge. This allows the creation of complete solutions for Degraded Visual Environment (DVE), 360° situational awareness, helmet mount sight processing, target identification and tracking and other EO/IR processing applications. It is portable across a range of graphics processing architectures and operating systems, and is potentially safety certifiable.

“ImageFlex significantly reduces our customers’ software engineering effort in the development and deployment of applications for EO/IR platforms and autonomy, and is unique in its ability to do so,” said John Muller, Chief Growth Officer at Abaco Systems. “Combined with our powerful, flexible hardware platforms, ImageFlex is evidence not only of our experience and expertise in AI-based graphics, video and visualization applications, but also of our commitment to providing our customers with more complete solutions.”

The ImageFlex API provides functions for a range of image processing operations from simple image transformations through to more complex lens distortion correction and image morphing. It includes optimized, high quality image fusion, stabilization, tracking and distortion correction algorithms, as well as a comprehensive set of reference application examples that provide core software building blocks. ImageFlex also provides tools and reference examples demonstrating how to integrate with sensors and deploy artificial intelligence-based applications such as object detection and recognition.
In addition, ImageFlex provides an innovative, high performance image fusion function that can fuse image data from multiple sources of different resolutions. The algorithm adaptively adjusts to pull through the regions of highest contrast in each source to a produce a fused result, enabling an observer or processing stage to act on the combined information of the sources.

@AbacoSys #PAuto  

Flow, temperature and volume of process water.

The Proline Prosonic Flow E 100 ultrasonic flowmeter has been introduced by Endress+Hauser. It is specifically for measurement of flow, temperature and volume of process water—regardless of conductivity, pressure, density or temperature. The Prosonic Flow E 100 is ideal for use in industrial, process, power utility, fresh water, steam circuits and boiler feedwater systems.

It can measure flow in both directions as well as water temperature, making it ideal for measuring demineralized water in boiler condensate return lines, or monitoring and controlling feedwater temperature. It can also measure flow in water containing magnetite, often found in closed hot water systems for nuclear reactors, wet central heating systems and boilers.

The all-stainless-steel Prosonic Flow E 100 works in process pressures up to 363 psi, and in temperatures from 32 to 302 degrees F. It is available in line sizes from 2 to 6 inch for measuring flows up to 1680 gal/min with accuracy of ±0.5% fs. Accuracy is based on accredited calibration rigs according to ISO 17025.

The flowmeter measures volume flow rate by combining all the flow velocities determined by its sensor pairs within the cross sectional area of the meter body with extensive knowledge of fluid flow dynamics. The design of the sensors and their position ensures that only a short straight run of pipe upstream of the meter is required after typical flow obstructions, such as bends in one or two planes.

Process outputs sent via 4-20mA with HART include volume flow, mass flow, flow velocity, temperature and three totalized values. The HART signal also includes diagnostic outputs such as acceptance rate, sound velocity, signal strength, signal to noise ratio, turbulence and signal asymmetry. It also has a Pulse/frequency/switch output.

A local display has a 4-line liquid crystal display with 16 characters per line, white background lighting, and switches that turn to red in event of device errors. The format for displaying measured and status variables can be individually configured.

The Prosonic Flow E 100 also has a Web server interface. By using a standard Ethernet cable and a laptop, users have direct and complete access to all diagnostic, configuration and device data on-site—without the need for additional software or hardware. This enables targeted maintenance and service, thus saving time.

Heartbeat Technology is integrated into the flowmeter, providing self-diagnostics, extensive monitoring of the values measured, and a certified and metrologically traceable verification during operation. The operator does not need to be present in the field for most commissioning and operations activities, improving safety.

The Prosonic Flow E 100 also has the HistoROM function, which ensures maximum data safety before, during and after a service call. All calibration data and transmitter parameters are stored securely on the HistoROM data memory, and are automatically reloaded after a maintenance event.

@Endress_Hauser  #PAuto 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Next generation in Electrical & Control Engineering.

The Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering Student Award Ceremony held its Awards Night in early March. The DIT Student Awards Night is a special ceremony which highlights the achievements of the top graduates in engineering fields.

Rachel O Brien, Marketing Executive with
Mitsubishi Electric presents Christopher P. Dunne
 with the David Berber Mitsubishi Electric Award.
Mitsubishi Electric were delighted to continue to sponsor the ‘David Berber Mitsubishi Electric Award’, named so in memory of the late David Berber, customer, distributor and friend to Mitsubishi Electric. The David Berber Mitsubishi Electric Award is bestowed to the Best Overall Academic Performance in the Final Year of the BEngTech in Electrical & Control Engineering (DT009). This year Christopher P. Dunne received the award.

Ciarán Moody, General Manager of Mitsubishi Electric Ireland, remarked that “these students are the next generation of engineers from Ireland and are capable of taking their place on the world’s stage. We are happy to mark the incredible achievement this award represents and we wish the recipients every success in their engineering careers”.

Mitsubishi Electric also extended its sponsorship to the top grades received in both First and Second year of BEngTech in Electrical & Control Engineering (DT009). Congratulations to Raimonds Kaminskis who received the Best overall Academic performance in the Second Year of the BEngTech in Electrical and Control Engineering (DT009/2) and to James Hutchinson who received Best overall Academic performance in the First Year of the BEngTech in Electrical and Control Engineering (DT009/2).

@MitsubishiFAEU  #PAuto @ditofficial @MEIrishbranch

Measuring FTTx Networks.

For the installation and maintenance of FTTx and PON networks, Laser Components recommends the new, revised version of the MTS-4000 base meter from VIAVI Solutions. Thanks to its faster processor, the system can be up and running in less than 30 seconds.

Instead of control buttons, the device is now operated with a graphical user interface on a 9-inch touchpad, which allows for more intuitive handling. In addition to the USB and Ethernet interfaces of its predecessor, the MTS-4000 V2 also supports wireless communications via WiFi and Bluetooth. Smart Access Anywhere provides the capability to perform technical support remotely at any time. With its StrataSync software, VIAVI Solutions also offers the opportunity to integrate the device into a comprehensive, centrally managed Cloud solution.

Similar to its predecessor, the MTS-4000 V2 serves as the base unit of a modular measurement solution that includes different measuring probes and fiber microscopes. Thus, it can be used for measurements on CWDM and DWDM multiplexers, as well as for the pass/ fail analyses of MPO multi-fiber connectors. All measuring modules are compatible with the other VIAVI tools such as MTS-2000 and MTS-5800.

@LaserComponents #PAuto 

Automated fuel management co-operation.

Protacon has purchased a substantial part of Inray Ltd, a Finnish company supplying X-ray technology based measurement systems to power and thermal plants. Together, Protacon and Inray can now offer a complete solution for fuel measurement and analysis to bioenergy-fired thermal plants, for example. The solution is fully automated and provides real-time data.


LtoR: Janne Kovanen, CEO Inray Ltd, Mika Muinonen, Sales Director Inray Ltd, Timo Akselin, CEO Protacon Group Ltd, Kari Pellinen, CEO Protacon Technologies Ltd.

“The fuel quality influences, among other things, the efficiency ratio, emissions and fuel 
pricing. Ultimately, customers will save money when they pay only for the actual fuel and not for water or sand contained in it. At thermal plants, savings can amount to 0.5 million Euros on an annual basis”, says Inray’s CEO Janne Kovanen.

Continuous automatic quality measurement speeds up the process and makes it notably more accurate. If samples were previously taken as individual random checks, now it is possible to go through the entire fuel mass and accurately analyse its quality.

Large market, many applications
The great number of thermal plants in the northern European region create a large market for the complete fuel management solution. Protacon and Inray have also identified other potential applications for the technology. In the pulp industry, it can be used to measure chip moisture and size and to find foreign objects, such as stones.

“If the chip moisture and size are known, the amount of chemicals used in the pulp cooking process can be cut down thereby reducing energy consumption and achieving significant cost savings. At waste combustion plants, X-ray technology would help identify material on the conveyor belt enabling separation of non-combustible material from waste”, explains Kari Pellinen, CEO of Protacon Technologies Ltd.

The solution for the management of solid fuel supply chains, Protacon Once, is available throughout the Baltic countries, Russia, Central Europe and the US. In Finland, the solution has become the market leader. Now, customers can benefit from an even more advanced system in which manual steps have been completely eliminated.

“Until now, analysing fuel and raw materials for their moisture content, energy value, etc. has required laboratory work. Inray's technology enables accurate real-time analysis of fuel mass during unloading. This streamlines the overall process and reduces risk of errors”, according to Kari Pellinen.

@protacon #Pauto #Finland #Power

Co-operation means Best-practice approach.

Werum IT Solutions and EXTEDO has announced the launch of RImanager Starter Package. The package includes the RImanager software and a set of services such as software installation, pre-defined and EMA SPOR-compliant configurations, best-practice content, consulting and training.

Christian Bohrmann
“Statistics show that organizations who follow a structured implementation approach typically reap a faster return on their investment than those who don’t,” said Christian Bohrmann, VP Marketing & Alliances at EXTEDO. “Pharma and biotech customers using our RImanager Starter Package benefit from faster and cost effective implementation and pre-defined configurations that have been extensively tested. We developed this best-practice approach together with our partner Werum IT Solutions and regulatory experts.”

RImanager enables pharma and biotech companies to efficiently manage their regulated product master data as well as plan and track related regulated activities, processes, submissions and commitments. It covers the entire lifecycle of pharmaceutical products from a regulatory point of view including registration, submission management and pharmacovigilance processes.

The software product RImanager is developed by Werum IT Solutions while EXTEDO is in charge of the global distribution, the product rollout to the customers and the definition of functional requirements for new product versions.

@Werum #PAuto @EXTEDO

Monday, March 26, 2018

Waterproof cable assembly.

A new waterproof cable assembly fitted with a non-reversible 2 pole plug with a current rating of 5A has been introduced by Cliff Electronics.

Manufactured by using a three shot injection moulding process the CLIFFCON 68 cable assembly series is IP68 rated with a screw down ferrule connector, has a mating panel mounted socket and is supplied with a 5m cable terminated with tinned bare ends for connection to customer equipment.

Applications include agricultural and construction vehicles and machinery, motorway lighting, exterior mounted wireless networking and security camera systems, exercise equipment, portable instrumentation battery charging and connections to sensor networks.

John Hall, Managing Director of Cliff Electronics, comments; “We have been supplying over-moulded cables, connectors and probes to a number of market-leading electrical test equipment OEMs for many years. This new waterproof cable assembly extends our capability and offers equipment designers a simple solution to sourcing a waterproof connection to their products. No longer do they have to source a suitable plug and socket and make a reliable waterproof connection to a cable, our new assembly offers a complete solution using our rugged and reliable in-house three shot injection moulding process.”

Cliff Electronics are market leaders in the design, development and manufacture of connectors, leads, test lead sets and accessories for a wide range of markets and supply major international OEMs. All Cliff™ test lead sets and components are manufactured in their own ISO 9001 certified factories. They exceed all relevant safety specifications such as EN 61010-1, are CE Marked and RoHS compliant.

The Cliff electrical test product range includes leads, probes, sockets, crocodile clips and accessories for OEMs, engineers and technicians and support a wide range of test, design, calibration, repair and installation applications. Cliff offers a very successful total design and manufacturing service for OEM test meter manufacturers including customised branding and labeling if required.

 #Cliff_Electronics #Pauto

Easy Data Integration.

The Softing gateway dataFEED uaGate MB is commercially available now. The new product enables easy and secure integration of process- and machine data coming from Modbus PLCs with IoT- and Industry 4.0 solutions.

It is a gateway for communication between Modbus PLCs in industrial automation networks and IT applications. The product provides access to process- and machine data via the OPC UA interoperability standard and via the MQTT protocol. It supports relevant IT security standards such as SSL encryption and X.509 certificates, and it can connect multiple applications in parallel.

OPC UA has established itself as the predominant interoperability standard for OT/IT integration, and MQTT is the preferred communication protocol for many cloud based applications and IoT platforms. The gateway also supports hybrid architectures, running partly on premises, partly in the cloud.

“Modbus PLCs without an integrated OPC UA server are very common in existing factories” says Sebastian Schenk, Product Manager Industrial Data Intelligence. “With dataFEED uaGate MB, Softing offers automation departments and OT a very easy-to-use device to implement a flexible and secure interface towards IT.”

dataFEED uaGate MB extends connectivity to Modbus PLCs, supports globally recognized security standards, and is field proven since it is based on the same hardware platform as the dataFEED uaGate SI. @SoftingIA #PAuto #IoT #Industrie4

New options for signal analyser.


Five new 5G measurement software options for its MS2850A Signal Analyser have been announced by Anritsu. The five new software options are compliant with the 3GPP 5G standards (5G NR hereafter) and used for measuring the RF Tx characteristics of next-generation 5G base stations and mobile terminals.


Any telecoms operators looking for early deployment of commercial 5G services these modules when combined with MS2850A Signal analyser provide a cost effect solution for fast and stable signal-analysis measurements, such as Tx power, frequency error, EVM, etc., at frequencies below 6 GHz (sub-6 GHz) and in the millimeter wavebands (mmWave) such as 28 GHz band and 39 GHz band.

The MS2850A has the same or better dynamic range and amplitude/phase flatness as higher-end models but at a better cost-performance point, assuring both high-precision signal analysis and higher finished product quality at a lower instrument cost.

To help facilitate early deployment of 5G services while meeting demands for high-level measurement technologies at lower instrument costs, Anritsu has developed the announced product release to improve the quality of 5G NR equipment while cutting costs.

 @AnritsuEMEA #TandM @NapierPR