Thursday, April 12, 2018

Low cost pressure measurement.

Variohm EuroSensor has expanded its range of pressure sensors with the new low-cost EPT2105 series for a 0.5…4.5 V ratiometric output in two measurement range options of 10 and 12 bar. With its silicon pressure cell design based on Variohm’s well-proven EPT2100 series, the new sensor replaces the 2100’s stainless steel casing with a moulded glass fibre reinforced Polyamide housing.
With IP66 sealing, this cost-competitive sensor integrates an M18 x 1.5 pressure port and a Packard connector - for installation convenience.

The EPT2105’s monolithic sensing element includes a silicon measuring cell that combines with high level output circuitry for accuracy ranging from +/- 0.5% at room temperature to +/-2.5% across the full temperature range of -40 to 125°C. Stability/Year is specified < ± 0.1 % of range.

The measuring cell is compatible with many liquid and gas media types and is ideally suited to compressed air and oils. Wetted parts include aluminium, silicon, and silicon glue whilst its O-Ring material is NBR. A temperature range of -40° to 125°C plus generous shock and vibration ratings will allow use in extreme environments.

At just 50 grams and with a 10 mA maximum current consumption and 5 VDC excitation supply, the EPT2105 will suit mobile machinery applications where weight and energy use are critical requirements. The sensor includes short circuit and reverse voltage protection with overrange and burst pressure ratings of 20 and 30 bar respectively to ensure safe operation. Life expectancy is more than 10 million operations.

@Variohm  #PAuto 

Quality recertified!

The ISO 9001:2008 quality management system of Moore Industries has been audited and recertified to the latest ISO 9001:2015 version. This certification is verified evidence that every aspect of the company, from product conception to after sale support, is part of a carefully planned and implemented quality system.

For 50 years, Moore Industries has designed innovations the process industry needs. Since their foundation in 1968, our continued success is a direct result of listening to your needs, and then providing practical interface solutions.

Samples of their industry-first achievements include:
  • Three-way input/output/power isolation as a standard feature to protect against ground loop noise
  • Loop-powered hockey-puck designs for safe and simple installation in the field
  • Digital cable concentrating/multiplexing technology reduces cost of sending multiple signals long distances
  • Total Sensor Diagnostics - patented temperature sensor troubleshooting advantage to save time and money
  • Standard high-density DIN-style rail-mount housings
  • Unique RFI/EMI protection
  • Flexible WORM temperature sensors that quickly install in a thermowell assembly without having to remove the transmitter enclosure or assembly components to save time and money
@MII_Worldwide  #PAuto #Quality

Position sensor for hazardous areas.

Control and shut-off valves are used for oil and gas transmission in refineries and petrochemical plants. The valve position is regulated using the position measuring systems, because they are extremely reliable, especially in very harsh environments. When explosion protection has the highest priority, the new, certified position measuring system BTL7-T500 from Balluff could be the right choice.

With its many international approvals, such as ATEX and IECex, the BTL7-T500 offers a broad range of applications, high reliability and safe operation in explosion hazard areas of Zone 0 and Zone 1. This means for example it can be used as well for continuous level measurement in refinery tanks.

The Profibus interface offers great flexibility. The position measuring system can be quickly adapted, saves time in installation and means rapid diagnostics of possible errors. This shortens commissioning time of systems and maintenance when service calls are needed. A single cable suffices for hookup (BUS-in-out, power).

The non-contact and thereby wear-free magnetostrictive measuring system in the stainless steel housing with IP 67 protection is not only extremely insensitive to contamination, but also shock rated to 100 g. It also withstands vibration up to 12 g. With a resolution of 1µm and repeat accuracy of 10µm it operates with extreme precision and is also the ideal solution when position and speed measurement needs to be performed simultaneously in a system.

BTL linear magnetostrictive transducers from Balluff in the rod style and installed in hydraulic cylinders have for decades proven their reliability in the most demanding areas of application. The magnetostrictive operating principle allows it to be installed in hermetically sealed housings. The position information is transmitted without contact via magnetic fields through the housing wall into the interior of the sensor.

@Balluff #PAuto

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

IR sensor for refrigerants and SF6.

The OLCT 100 is a 4-20 mA analog gas transmitter designed for industrial applications in hazardous locations.

Oldham, a company within the 3M Group, Personal Safety Division has launched a new infrared sensor for detection of refrigerant gases and SF6.

The applications for this new sensor are numerous and the markets for its use are global: Cooling industry (refrigeration and air-conditioning), Food industry, High and Medium Voltage switch protection, automotive industry, etc.

The new infrared sensor will provide a real advantage in terms of HFO fluid detection (hydro-fluoro-olefins) that are found in many applications, since it replaces the HFC (hydro-fluoro-carbons) that were formally used.

Although other technologies are reliable to detect HFO, it still requires a lot of maintenance. As it is necessary to test the detector after each gas exposure to check that it is functioning properly (for catalytic sensors). Furthermore, experience shows that it is impossible to prevent leaks from these machines, as there is often fifty ppm of HFO inside the filling machine housings, and that is close to the detectors. In these conditions, the detectors should be tested every day, which is a lot of maintenance and headaches for the production line operators.

Thanks to the infrared technology, this problem has been solved! The operating principle is based on the reduction of infrared radiation when gas is present. There is no chemical reaction or modification to the structure of the HFO molecule. The sensor is not damaged by the continuous presence of gas or over-exposures of gas.

@3M #PAuto 

Smallest PC-interface for Industrial Ethernet and Profibus.

With the new IXXAT INpact M.2 interfaces, users can implement PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, EtherCAT, Modbus-TCP, Powerlink and PROFIBUS slave connectivity with the smallest footprint ever. The compact form factor M.2 2260 (Key B-M) makes INpact M.2 suitable for small and mobile devices, typically used for service, configuration, data analysis or process data visualization purposes. INpact M.2 also fits well in modern embedded computer-based controllers, where it enables direct and easy connectivity to desired industrial networks.

Like all IXXAT INpact cards, the INpact M.2 comes with a comprehensive driver package for Windows, Linux, INtime and QNX, offering an easy and fast development process. A uniform programming interface allows customers to switch seamlessly between different INpact cards and protocols without changing the software. The effect is increased flexibility and a significant reduction of development costs.

The multi-network capability of the INpact is based on the proven Anybus® CompactCom™ technology, in which the FPGA-based Anybus NP40 network processor provides all functionality required to handle communication between the Industrial Ethernet or fieldbus network and the customer application. The solution features real-time performance, making it ideal for demanding industrial applications.

INpact M.2 is available as finalized product with pre-installed network protocol, but it also features a flexible, multi-protocol Common Ethernet version which enables users to save storage cost. Economy of scale is achieved since users can simply select and upload the desired Industrial Ethernet protocol to the INpact by themselves depending on end customer networking needs.

The connection of INpact M.2 to the fieldbus or Industrial Ethernet network is done through a special bus interface board, connected via cable to the IXXAT INpact M.2. The INpact M.2, bus interface board, cable and mini bracket comes in a ready-made kit, but can also be purchased separately, if desired.

@HMSAnybus #PAuto

LED displays.

JPR Electronics has a wide range of Kingbright* 7 segment single digit SMD LED displays from stock. These rugged displays are white diffused with a grey face and coloured LED segments.

Paul Raynor, Director of JPR Electronics, comments, “Kingbright are recognised globally as an innovative manufacturer of very bright LED indicators and supply many major equipment manufacturers. Their seven segment displays allow designers to create rugged, low-current requirement custom displays suitable for both low and high volume manufacturing.”

Typical applications include laboratory, industrial and handheld instrumentation and control systems and test and measurement equipment.

Available in heights of 0.2”, 0.3”, 0.4” and 0.56” all models feature a lower right hand decimal point, have excellent character appearance, low current operation, are RoHS compliant, meet moisture sensitivity level 2a and can be supplied on reels for automatic surface mount assembly.

The displays are available in high-brightness red, yellow and green colours and with either common anode or common cathode connections.

* Kingbright is a leading global manufacturer of LED products with its main office in Taiwan. For over 30 years Kingbright has been supplying a large number of well-known OEM’s all over the world with high quality LED products, technical innovations and unparalleled service. Kingbright’s production facilities are located in China and equipped with the most modern manufacturing equipment offering high production capacity. This enables the company to offer short lead-times even on high volume requirements and bespoke customer developments

@Jprelec #PAuto @proactivefleet

Hall of fame honour for Automation Pioneer.

The Measurement, Control & Automation Association will induct Peter G. Martin, PhD, Vice President of Strategic Ventures with Schneider Electric into the Measurement, Control and Automation Hall of Fame on Tuesday, April 24 2018 during the Association’s Industry Forum in Houston, (TX USA).

Dr Peter Martin
He will be the seventh member of the Hall of Fame, whose members include Gordon Arnold (Sierra Monitor), Wade Mattar (Schneider Electric), Robert Deane and Malcolm McQueen (both FCI), Richard Morley (deceased, Father of the PLC), and Judy Stevenson (deceased, Magnetrol). Dr. Martin joined the Foxboro Company 30 years ago. He holds several patents and has authored numerous published articles and technical papers and written two books.

Also active with his industry trade association, after several years on the MCAA Board of Directors, Dr. Martin served as Chairman in 2017. He has also been very active in leading the Association’s efforts regarding Workforce Development.

He has been named a Hero of Manufacturing by Fortune Magazine, holds the Life Achievement Award from the Automation Founders Circle and has been named one of the 50 Most Influential Innovators of All Time by ISA.

He was one of the keynote speakers at the ISA’s first international symposium (Food & Pharma Symposium) -  outside of North America held in Cork in 2016 - where he spoke on "Innovation and a Future Perspective on Automation and Control.”

@MeasControl  #PAuto #FPID16 @irelandisa

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Productivity and safety at sugar plant.

Sucrivoire, an Ivory Coast sugar producer,  has a production capacity of more than 100,000 tons of sugar per annum, which is generated from 11,000 hectares of sugarcane. The company projects it will produce around 118,000 tons by 2020, with just-released annual results already showing an increase in production compared to previous year.

The company is now able to better supervise and control the power supply within its factory and optimize plant operations with ABB Ability™ based distribution automation technology. This is a flexible system that allows for quick and accurate measurements of key production parameters enabling higher productivity and improved plant safety.

Keeping the plant running and minimizing downtime is critical, especially in a seasonal business with production peaks. If there is a power disruption, it is critical for the operators to be able to detect, visualize, locate and restore power as fast as possible in order to ensure efficiency and productivity while securing safe operations.

“We are pleased that our ABB Ability enabled distribution automation system, which combines digital technologies, conventional devices and plug-in applications enable operators to monitor and quickly get a visual overview and a list of alarms and trends related to plant operations,” said Massimo Danieli, Head of ABB’s Grid Automation business, a part of the company’s Power Grids division. “This stronger, smarter and more automated grid enables them to prevent power disruptions or restore supply speedily in case of outages, thereby minimizing unnecessary downtime.“
The distribution automation system includes ABB’s remote terminal units that are connected to a set of displays. Furthermore the visualization provides a view of the breakers and disconnectors, with measurement values as well as alarm lists and trends.

In addition, the medium voltage air insulated switchgear has been replaced with ABB’s latest model with combined protection and control devices from its Relion® family of intelligent electronic devices (IEDs). Operator safety is enhanced with all medium voltage parts fully encapsulated in arc-proof cubicles.

Sugar has been successfully produced on the Ivory Coast for decades, and ABB’s distribution automation technology is helping to sweeten the success through enhanced digitalization.

@ABBPowerGrids #PAuto #Food #Côted'Ivoire @GROUPE_SIFCA

Compact OLED displays.

Midas Displays has introduced a range of micro and round OLED displays. These displays feature compact mechanical dimensions, exceptional brightness and contrast performance, and three different colour options.

Paul Banham, marketing director, Midas Displays said, "Our new micro OLED product range has been specifically designed and developed to meet the needs of the industrial market, and as a result the technical specifications, product quality and longevity of supply are in accord with industry requirements. The OLED technology used in the new modules has been derived from a commercial, wearable product range, and we fully expect demand for the new industrial grade products to be strong."

The micro OLED displays feature highly compact mechanical dimensions enabling these display modules to be used in a wide range of industrial equipment including hand-held, portable and wearable technology applications. An array of formats and resolutions are available including Portrait mode with 48 x 64 pixel resolution and module dimensions of 13.9mm (w) x 22.0mm (h) x 1.26mm (d), two Landscape mode modules with 64 x 32 pixel and 64 x 48 pixel resolution, and module dimensions of 14.5mm (w) x 11.6mm (h) x 1.26mm (d), and 18.46mm (w) x 18.1mm (h) x 1.3mm (d) respectively, and a Circular mode format with 128 x 128 pixel resolution and module dimensions of 36.98mm (w) x 41.23mm (h) x 2.05mm (d).

All modules are available in three different colour mode options: Blue on Black, White on Black and Yellow on Black. Excellent optical performance ensures bright, clear and concise images with a contrast ratio of 2000:1 and a specified brightness rating of up to 180cd/m². Viewing angles of 160° in both horizontal (left/right) and vertical (up/down) directions ensure the display image is easily visible from all viewing positions. Half-brightness lifetime is specified as up to 50K hours (depending on colour mode).

The micro OLED modules feature I²C, 3/4 wire SPI and 8-bit 6800/8080-series Parallel data interfaces and support 3V logic operation. The modules are fully compatible with the industry-standard SSD1306BZ graphics controller. TAB (Tape Automated Bonding) construction is used in the manufacture of the OLED modules, and an operating and storage temperature range of -40°C to +80°C enables reliable operation in extreme environments.

Compact size, low power and exceptional optical performance ensure that the new micro OLED displays are ideal for portable and wearable applications in industrial, commercial, leisure and medical market segments. All of the new micro and round OLED display modules are now available from Midas Displays sales channel partners and franchised distributors.

@MidasDisplays #PAuto

Faster 3D image processing.

Image quality is playing an increasingly important role in 3D vision applications. Manufacturers are taking this into account and offer even better industrial cameras. More powerful sensors, however, usually also mean larger amounts of data and therefore potentially longer processing times.

IDS offers a solution with its EnsensoSDK 2.2 release, that guarantees very fast processes and high clock rates. Stereo matching can now be supported by the Nvidia CUDA graphics card, which speeds up the process by about five times. This feature and other functions of the software development kit can be used with all cameras of the Ensenso series.

The modular Ensenso stereo cameras enable 3D vision and robot vision applications that are not only convincing in terms of precision, but also in terms of economy and speed. In addition to the modular system with two cameras, each with a CMOS sensor, and a projector for the exact detection of objects via a 3D point cloud, the manufacturer also offers a powerful software development kit (SDK).

Up until now, for example, 3D data could only be processed using a CPU. With the updated software development kit, however, stereo matching can now be GPU-based as well. This feature can specifically be used with Nvidia GPUs. Depending on the parameterization of the system, the additional computing capacity of the GPU accelerates the processing by about five times.

IDS also introduces a GUI tool (“NxProfiler”) which enables developers to evaluate and optimize processes. In addition, so-called virtual “Ensenso FileCameras" can be created from saved original data which users then can use to process data offline. The new EnsensoSDK 2.2 is now available for download.

@IDS_Imaging #PAuto 

Tech Day Event!

Following the success of its 2017 ‘Tech Day’ series, SolutionsPT has added an additional date for 2018 to support manufacturers in meeting the growing connectivity and security demands of the digital factory.

Taking place on 18th April 2018 at SolutionsPT’s headquarters in Cheadle (GB), the ‘Tech Day’ will comprise live demonstrations and workshops, showing how critical infrastructure and software applications have been developed to meet the need for highly available and insightful operational big-data. (Register below)

Attendees will be shown the latest features and functionality of the updated Wonderware System Platform 2017 and the newly introduced InTouch OMI Client. Delegates will also be given the opportunity to participate in a number of afternoon workshops where they can get hands-on with Wonderware System Platform and the Thin Client technologies that can deliver increased operational efficiency and insight into the industrial environment.

Highlights of the agenda will also include a presentation from Wonderware Product Manager Andy Graham on the steps required to build a secure architecture and an overview from Chris Whitehead, SolutionsPT’s Managed Platform Product Manager, on the company’s new managed services portfolio.

The events will run from 8:45am until 12pm, before heading into the afternoon hands-on workshops which will run until 16:15pm.

 @SolutionsPT #PAuto @WonderwareUK 

Triaxial accelerometer.

If you need a triaxial accelerometer that combines wide frequency range from, DC to 2kHz with exceptionally low noise, the choice has been very limited until now.

The new Type 8396A triax from Kistler has those characteristics plus excellent linearity and an integral signal amplifier for an analog voltage output all in a miniature, titanium housing weighing only 30 grams. With six ranges from 2g to 200g these new MEMS accelerometers are the answer to most demanding applications from automotive durability testing and road load data and aviation flutter testing to bridge structural monitoring and railway rolling stock testing and monitoring.

The new Type 8396A accelerometer uses a MEMS variable capacitance, silicon sensing element to simultaneously measures acceleration and/or low-frequency vibration in three mutually perpendicular axes from DC to 2,000Hz. The integrated signal amplifier provides a wide range of industry standard output signals options to interface with most current DAQ systems. The sensing element and electronics are contained in a lightweight, hermetically sealed, welded titanium housing with either a circular 9 pin connector or an integral cable. Ground isolation is obtained by mounting the sensor using one of range off-ground accessories or by adhesive mounting using the side of the sensor with the integral hard anodized plate.

The combination of wide frequency range, low noise and operating temperature from -55°C to +125°C combined with small size and mass make the new Type 8396A triaxial accelerometer ideal for applications wherever very low frequency measurements need to be made accurately, even under varying temperatures in exposed, outdoor environments.

#Kistler #Transport #PAuto

• You may also be interested in reading: Bob Lally – Piezoelectric sensing technology pioneer.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Advanced outdoor shelters .

A novel new style of outdoor shelter for process plant applications is being introduced by Intertec. Featuring a cooling system based on a hybrid combination of unpowered passive and active powered technologies, the shelter helps to ensure stable and highly reliable operating environments for control, analyzer and instrumentation electronics. The new shelters can greatly simplify the operation of field equipment in hazardous and remote areas.

A model with LED lighting effects
Passive cooling of field equipment enclosures is an influential weapon in the battle to protect electronics installed in hot and harsh environments. When configuring passive cooling systems there is a need for a fairly large difference between night and day temperatures. This means that passive cooling is usually suited for applications in arid climates. However, by making the passive cooling system hybrid, with the addition of one or more active powered cooling elements, it's possible to create semi-passive shelters that can be used in many different climates - even equatorial regions. If an active cooling element should fail for any reason - because of an electrical power loss for example - the passive cooling system retains enough capacity to keep the shelter cool for days, giving maintenance staff plenty of time to visit.

Passively cooled shelters work by exploiting the temperature swing over the climate's daily cycle. A buffer tank of water or other fluid provides the medium to store the coolness of the night and moderate internal temperatures during the day, via heat exchangers. Hybrid cooling can be achieved by additions such as solar-powered micro pumps to boost water circulation, or if mains electricity is available, by using a water chiller or air conditioner. Passively cooled shelters can also be made significantly smaller and lower cost by making them hybrid.

A model with LED lighting effects (see pic) that illustrate the natural circulation principle of passive cooling systems will be featured at this years Achema in June*. This demonstration model will also illustrate a radical new form of shelter configuration that can dramatically reduce plant building sizes, and greatly simplify construction and installation. Known as the PERI SHELTER, it makes all the system components that are required for normal operation accessible via the building's exterior. Panel-mounting enclosures on the exterior provide access to electrical connection and I/O termination points, and cooling systems. Touchscreen HMI panels can also be fitted to external walls, allowing operators on the ground to monitor a control element such as a PLC or make adjustments to control programs locally via an inspection door.

Among many design problems and costs that can be avoided by the PERI SHELTER's 'inside out' approach to layout are the need to make plant buildings blast proof and fire resistant because personnel might be inside, major reductions in size by eliminating desks, control panels, door opening spaces, aisles/walkways/escape routes etc, and much simpler internal atmospheric control requirements.

Intertec's PERI SHELTER concept meets a growing problem faced on process automation projects. Automation systems are becoming more complex, due in large part to ever more sophisticated safety technology. Adding such equipment into already crowded plant areas - often close to the process in hazardous areas - has become a major challenge and a major contributor to project cost overruns.

"PERI SHELTERS can cut project costs by millions of dollars, and cut months off of project timescales" says Intertec's Silvia Ludewig. "For turnaround projects in existing plants, the unmanned shelters can provide an alternative to installing larger and expensive manned buildings such as satellite instrument houses or remote instrument enclosures. They fit easily in crowded spaces, close to the process in hazardous areas. And, with the benefit of Intertec's unique hybrid cooling technology, they are also ideal for SCADA applications and other remote location applications."

A key contributor to the advanced environmental protection performance of Intertec shelters is construction from GRP (glass reinforced polyester) materials. The GRP panels employ a composite 'sandwich' construction to incorporate a very high degree of insulation, plus surface protection that can survive extreme challenges - including very high levels of UV and dust and sand abrasion. GRP is an inherently inert material that is virtually immune to corrosion and atmospheric pollutants. It is also resistant to a broad range of chemical media. The insulation in Intertec's shelters substantially reduces the total cooling power required compared with shelters fabricated using insulated steel or aluminium, and provides highly stable operating environments for sensitive equipment such as analyzers. Intertec's composite GRP panels use insulation layers bonded between GRP sheets. This style of fabrication eliminates 'thermal short cuts' between shelter interior and exterior that can result from the fixings often used with traditional insulated metal constructions.

*Intertec at ACHEMA, Frankfurt 11-15 June 2018, Hall 11.1, booth F61

#Intertec #ACHEMA18 #PAuto #Pharma

Industrial edge computer.

Harting’s MICA modular industrial edge computer is at the heart of a system for workflow optimisation at warehouse packing stations that offers the benefits of process optimisation for increased productivity as well as integrating incompatible hardware and software and simplifying the jobs of the packing operatives.
The system, requiring minimal outlay for fast return on investment (ROI) and ongoing reductions in operating costs, has proved its value in successful trials at Harting’s own warehouse packing facility in the company’s state-of-the-art connector manufacturing plant at Espelkamp in Germany.

The system is designed to address the challenges that are typically encountered where a customer order requires a wide range of separate component parts to be packed and shipped in one or more cartons. Previously, packers might have to interface with a range of different stand-alone computer control devices such as a weighing scale, a PLC that controls the packaging machine, and a printer for the labelling of the packaging films. In such a configuration, the employee would have to operate all these devices individually, enter the values manually into the management ERP system, and manually adapt work instructions.

By integrating a MICA edge computer at the packing station, the new Harting approach combines all these actions, automatically executing the intermediate steps and transferring all the data from one system to the next and into the ERP system. For example, using SAP data transfer via OPC UA to SAP MII (SAP for Manufacturing Integration & Intelligence), the work instruction can be transferred from ERP via RFC, transferred to MICA via JSON, translated in STEP 7 and loaded into the PLC.

The packer now has only one user interface. The number of manual work steps is drastically reduced by the integration, and the packaging process is significantly accelerated. By utilising other features of the modular MICA device, successive additional KPIs and extra processes can be captured through its operating software. For example, by integrating an RFID antenna function module with dual antenna ports, it becomes possible to identify both the tagged transport containers of packed parts and the employee’s personal ID card. The MICA computer can thus automatically log on and assign the packed parts to the employee’s unique identification record. As a result, the packing process information can be integrated directly into a piecework payment system.

By adding a single MICA device into the packaging process at a typical packing station, it becomes possible to reduce the overall packer’s process time by a factor of at least ten, representing a major productivity improvement.

Three key benefits of the system may be summarised as follows:

  1. Increased productivity at the packing station: Several separate operations that were previously carried out independently and manually are now automated and integrated by the MICA computer.
  2. Integration of incompatible hardware and software: The open software architecture of MICA allows communication between incompatible devices and integrates them into the factory ERP/MES system.
  3. Simplification of the packer’s workstation job: Several operations that were previously carried out separately and manually are now integrated and automated, leading to a tenfold improvement in productivity.

Further benefits of the MICA system result from the fact that the hardware is very compact and meets IP67 environmental protection standards, allowing it to be located in harsh factory and warehouse environments. In addition, the modular hardware design allows further enhancements and modifications to meeting changing application requirements.

#Harting #Pauto


Thomson Industries has announced the latest addition to their shafting product line, T-Case™ LinearRace® Shafting. Thomson T-Case™ shafting is a readily available and affordable automation solution designed to endure tough usage with optimal performance for demanding European maintenance schedules.

The high-quality shafting provides various benefits to automation manufacturers. For example, the steel used in hardened and ground T-Case™ is 1.1213 / CF53 for solid and 1.1221 / C60E for tubular shafts. Combining the strong material with superior grinding processes enables the shaft to successfully operate in the most demanding environments.

To ensure long life in transport-grade applications, T-Case™ is hardened to an exact specification of 60 - 63 HRC. A chrome-plating option is available with a standard thickness of 8 - 15 μm, which is used in applications where corrosion resistance is needed such as palletizing, railroad equipment, logistic systems, etc.

Thomson T-Case™ is particularly valuable due to its flexibility in application and great tolerance of non-machined installation surfaces when bundled with self-aligning, Thomson Linear Ball Bushing® bearings.

To meet specific application requirements, T-Case™ shafting can be cut and machined at the Thomson factory before distribution to customers. The availability of this service eliminates the need for a secondary step after shipping. Thomson also provides a fast lead time within a week.

@Thomson_Ind #PAuto