Friday, November 30, 2018

Phone & tablet in industry.

The Ex-Handy 10 Featurephone and the ATEX/IECEx Zone 1/21; Div. 1 version of the industrial tablet Tab-Ex 02 has been recently introduced by Pepperl+Fuchs.

The in-house developed Zone 1/21 certified 4G/LTE Featurephone Ex-Handy 10 with Android 8 operating system is the ideal enabler and companion for innovative industrial 4.0 applications in hazardous areas. The latest member of the ultra-robust Ex-Handy family, developed since 1994, enables the use of push-to-talk (PTT) solutions over 4G as well as private LTE and Wi-Fi networks. This ensures optimum network coverage in all areas and situations – with low network latency and excellent data transfer rates. Speakers positioned at the front of the mobile device provide optimal voice and sound quality – even in noisy environments.

Dedicated, easy-to-use side buttons – large PTT and red emergency button – allow quick access to PTT and alarm services via one-touch. In addition, the automatic, lone worker protection function can be implemented application-specifically and can (server-dependent) be integrated into the company's IT.

The high-resolution, brilliant display of the Ex-Handy 10 is protected by extremely resistant and scratchproof gorilla glass. It features protection class IP68 and withstands permissible ambient temperatures from -20 °C to +60 °C in harshest industrial environments. The feature phone offers maximum planning and investment security thanks to very long availability and support (5-year lifecycle) as well as global approvals (explosion-protection, country-specific product conformity and a wide variety of radio bands).

With the Android 8 operating system, continuous security updates via FOTA (Firmware Over the Air) and its own software development team, the Ex-Handy 10 is future-proof. In addition, its highly developed and powerful rechargeable battery paired with advanced energy management allows operating times above average. A consistent, compatible product ecosystem with its own 3.5 mm audio jack connector fixation concept and neues ecom Radio Speaker Microphone (RSM) as innovative PTT sets, scan applications and BLE beacons complete the offer.

The ATEX/IECEx Zone 1/21; Div. 1 version of the new industrial tablet Tab-Ex 02 is successor of the world's first explosion-proof Android tablet Tab-Ex 01. The Tab-Ex 02 combines highest performance with innovative applications such as augmented reality. Equipped with an Android 8 operating system, the Tab-Ex 02, based on the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active2, features a powerful Octa Core processor with 1.6 gigahertz and 3 gigabyte RAM.

It is ideally suited for industry 4.0-capable applications and simplifies data exchange with SCADA/DCS systems, merchandise management systems (SAP, IBM Maximo), project management systems and computer-aided system planning. The compact Tab-Ex 02 is the perfect and worldwide approved companion for various tasks, including inventory, material tracking, maintenance, supply chain and asset management up to a professional solution for lone worker protection.

@PepperlFuchs #PAuto #Safety #Ex

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Surge protection.

Harting has developed a protective circuit housed within a modular connector in order to protect common signals in the instrumentation and control area. This means that both digital and analogue circuits are securely protected.

Since these signals can be of different types, in addition to a modular combination for I&C signals with common reference potential (generally digital signals), Harting also offers a combination for differential signal transmission or for transmission without a common reference signal.

These signals are generally differential types such as bus interfaces up to 5 MHz or analogue signals such as 0/4-20 mA or 0/2-10 V. Both types – two-channel types for differential signals and four-channel types for signals with common reference potential – can transmit nominal 24 V DC and up to 0.5 A. The protection level is approximately 50 V, depending on the type.

Transients, which can disturb signal circuits and destroy electronic devices, are discharged to the ground via an appropriate spring element and the grounded Han-Modular® hinged frame. This ensures interference-free transmission of the signal.

When used correctly, the surge protection modules reduce the number of operating faults, increase the service life of the production line and ultimately increase plant uptime. Additional costs are avoided and the profitability of the production plant is maintained.

@HARTING_Group #PAuto 

Optimise measurement and transaction speed.

Get fast, quality measurements without a large data acquisition (DAQ) mainframe system in this new paper from Keysight Technologies. There are tips about how to select the right hardware and how to configure it to increase reading speed. Optimize they DAQ system for throughput, scanning speed, and accuracy with help from this white paper.

An optimised DAQ test solution can help to realize cost savings in the long run, higher throughput, higher sales revenue, and better equipment utilisation.

 @Keysight #DAQ


The Rittal energy-efficient Blue e+ cooling units are now also available in a roof-mounted version for the very first time. The units, which are suitable for enclosures from a size of 800 x 600 mm (W x D) upwards, have a cooling output of 1.3 kW. This means that cold air can also flow from above around the devices installed inside the enclosure, such as frequency converters. Alternatively, cooling can also be provided in combination with the new VX25 large enclosure system as a complete integration solution.

Roof-mounted cooling units are the top choice in control and switchgear engineering when heat has to be routed above the enclosures and then outside. This is the case, for example, when enclosures are bayed and there is enough space for the cooling units to be wall-mounted. Since ambient air is drawn in at the front of the cooling unit and then expelled again, there is no need to adhere to minimum distances to neighbouring appliances or to walls. The air routing within the enclosure is also optimal: The cold air is blown out in the front part of the enclosure and so ideally dissipates the heat from top-mounted components such as frequency inverters.

The new roof-mounted cooling units of the Blue e+ series, like the existing wall-mounted units, work with a combination of heat pipe and conventional compressor technology. Since neither a compressor nor a pump is called for when cooling via heat pipe, the energy consumption is very low. Only the fans, used to transport the air past the heat exchangers, need to be supplied with electricity. This cooling method works especially well if there is a large temperature difference between the inside of the enclosure and the surroundings.

The additional compressor in the cooling units only operates when a larger cooling output is required. The compressor cooling is also very energy-efficient: All the active components operate with speed-controlled drives. The cooling output is thus always exactly as high as required and less energy is consumed. Overall, depending on the ambient conditions and the application, cooling units of the Blue e+ series use 75 percent less energy on average than conventional compressor cooling units do. The lower temperature deviations within the enclosure mean that the service life of the components installed is extended.

The new devices also have a multi-voltage supply and are thus easy to operate at all common mains voltages and frequencies. This is a huge benefit, especially for those engineers who sell their machines worldwide.

Operation is comfortable and intuitive thanks to a modern touch display on the front, which is used to make the basic settings and to display the status messages. The touch display can also be integrated into the door of the enclosure as an option. Another option available is the IoT interface, which makes it simple to integrate the cooling unit in an Industry 4.0 (IoT) environment.

The Blue e+ cooling unit is also employed in the new Rittal integration solution. In this plug & play solution, the cooling unit is installed directly in the upper section of the VX25 enclosure. Instead of retrofitting a standard enclosure with a climate control solution, this integrated unit provides the user with a complete system consisting of an enclosure including climate control. Operation is easy via the touch display built into the enclosure door. The cooling unit can be easily withdrawn for maintenance purposes when the door is open.

@Rittal #PAuto 

Miniature microstepping drive.

Applied Motion Products’ STR2-nano microstepping motor drive, available from Mclennan, delivers advanced features for open loop motion control in an extremely compact package measuring just 34 x 35 x 16 mm (length x width x height). With selectable current control from 0.3 to 2.2 Amps/Phase and with a 24 VDC supply voltage, the STR2-nano is aimed at OEM machine and automated positioning applications where space is at a premium but performance cannot be compromised.

The STR2-nano has 16 selectable microstepping emulation/resolution settings from 200 to 20,000 steps/rev. Step + direction or CW/CCW pulse control is available and advanced digital current control technology features include automatic idle reduction for improved efficiency and lower heating as well as electronic damping through smoothing and step filters for enhanced anti-resonance and quiet performance. A 30-pin header connector and multiple dip-switches enable easy set-up and installation with no need for software. Built-in safety includes under-and over-voltage protection.

The tiny drive has an operating temperature range of 0 – 40 °C and may be heat-sink mounted or fan-force cooled for use higher current and more demanding start-stop performance. A wide selection of compatible permanent magnet microstepping motors from NEMA size 11 to 23 are available with full support from Mclennan.

The STR2-nano is a cost-effective drive solution for linear or rotary positioning for use in medical/laboratory equipment, small mechatronic and automated systems, power tools, battery portable instruments and many other industrial and research-based motion control applications where space saving and/or high performance is required.

#McLennan #PAuto @ampmotion

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Smart IIoT co-operation.

The HMS Solution Partner Program has been launched. This is a global program where HMS and its Solution Partners join forces to meet the growing need for smart IIoT-solutions among customers in all industrial fields.

Staffan Dahlström, CEO of HMS Industrial Networks commented: “HMS stands for Hardware Meets Software™ and this is really the essence of HMS’ Solution Partner Program, where our long experience in industrial data connectivity meets our partners’ ability to use the industrial data to deliver innovative IoT-solutions to customers all over the world. This new ecosystem of partners is an important step for HMS related to IIoT.”

By integrating their IoT software to HMS proven hardware, HMS’ Solution Partners help customers acquire, monitor, process and analyse data from industrial devices, machines and systems in an easy and secure way, solving business-critical challenges for the customers. Partners who join the program benefit from working with products from HMS’ leading brands Anybus®, IXXAT® and eWON®.

“Thanks to HMS Solution Partner Program, our customers will benefit from IIoT solutions that help improve their insight and business. The combination of HMS' hardware and our partners’ IoT software is a perfect foundation for smart and secure end-to-end solutions for performance monitoring, reporting, analytics, maintenance and more. Together with our competent partners, we make it easy for customers to extract value from their industrial data,” says Hans Larsson, CCO at HMS Industrial Networks.

@hmsnetworks #PAuto #IoT

Best performance recognised.

Bourns rewards Anglia’s demand creation focus*
Anglia  has been named 2018 Best Performing Regional Distributor in Great Britain by Bourns, the leading manufacturer and supplier of electronic components.

Bev McKnight, Distribution Sales Manager North Europe at Bourns, said, “What really sets Anglia apart in our network is their unremitting focus on demand creation. As a result, they have tripled their funnel of projects, which means that they are not only doing well now but are also in a position to maintain that performance in the future. Achievements this year include delivering the first European design win on a strategic new range of circuit breakers (Komatsulite products) for battery pack applications.”

Steve Rawlins, CEO of Anglia, added, “We are proud to receive this award from Bourns, one of our longest standing franchise relationships and our partnership is exceptionally close. This award is a tribute to the whole team working on Bourns, and especially the Field Application Engineers who identify and develop the opportunities and the internal and field sales teams who support the customer and turn the design-wins into business.”

*In the picture are from left: Jaqui Fretwell – Anglia, Business Development Director, John Bowman – Anglia, Marketing Director, Michaela Senior – Anglia, Sales Director, Andre Dey – Bourns (back row), Distribution Manager EMEA, Debbie Marriott – Anglia, Asset Manager, Steve Rawlins – Anglia, CEO, Ferdinand Leicher – Bourns, VP EMEA Sales, Bev McKnight – Bourns, Distribution Manager North Europe, Diana Heizler – Bourns, Inside Sales Rep – UK & Ireland, Achilles Chiotis – Bourns, VP Consumer Market Director 

@angliaComponent #Components #Bournes #Britain

Faster wiring!

Wiring is one of the most labour-intensive processes in control and switchgear engineering. In order to improve automation in this area, Rittal Automation Systems is offering the new Wire Terminal WT. The innovation can deliver an eight-fold acceleration in wiring processing speed for control and switchgear engineers.

Numerous steps are needed to wire control or switchgear units; the wire must be cut to length, stripped, crimped, labelled and finally, the finished cable must be routed and connected. Wiring accounts for roughly 50 percent of the total work required in creating an enclosure, the lion’s share of the operation in other words. Thus, a great room for improving efficiency, which can be achieved with automated processes.

The new Wire Terminal WT, a compact and fully automatic wire assembly machine, available in WT24 and WT36 variants, helps make wiring more economical and efficient. As many as 24 or 36 different wires can be produced fully automatically in cross sections ranging from 0.5 mm² to 2.5 mm², without any retrofitting. The appropriate wire bearings have to be selected, depending on the number of wires. Cutting to the required length, wire stripping and crimping operations are carried out without an operator having to intervene. The printing system (optional) can print the wires black or white. Wires processed in this way are optimally transferred to the downstream process steps by the controlled classification system, which consists of a 13-fold storage system with wire rail magazines that can accommodate up to 1,300 wires.

The Wire Terminal can be equipped with a ‘lift’ option that enables a quick changeover to a variety of different automatic crimping machines if different crimping machines are used for dissimilar cross-sections. The standard version incorporates the RC-I insulation stripping and crimping machine. This enables five different wire cross-sections from 0.5 mm² to 2.5 mm² to be processed without having to change the wire end ferrules.

Consistent data management is an important cornerstone for the maximum efficiency of automated workshop processes. The new Wire Terminal WT possesses the right interfaces for this. The data from construction planning with EPLAN Pro Panel can therefore be used seamlessly for wiring pre-assembly. Alternatively, the data can be directly entered into the machine by hand. The pre-assembled wires, which the Wire Terminal stores in the classification system, are available for wiring. This way, the wires are sorted according to need so that work can be optimally performed with the EPLAN “smart wiring” tool.

The Wire Terminal WT can speed up wire processing in control and switchgear engineering eight-fold. At the same time, fully automatic manufacturing guarantees a consistently high quality. An investment in automated wire processing of this nature also makes sense for small and medium-sized control and switchgear engineers. The investment can quickly begin paying off with as few as 300 enclosures per year.

@rittal #PAuto #Systems

Multi-purpose monitor.

The F190 is a versatile General Purpose Indicator from Fluidwell,  with continuous monitoring feature. Besides the focus on level, temperature and pressure applications (e.g. °C, °F, Bar, L, m3), the F190 can also work with other measuring units, like %, mA, RPM and more. Therefore, the F190 is a versatile system that suits many applications. Moreover, F190 allows the possibility to create your own custom unit with max. 8 characters.

The F190 accepts (0)4/20mA input signals from any type of analog measurement device. It offers the facility to set two low and two high alarm values. The F190 combines the functionality of the F090, F143, F153 and F170. Thanks to its ruggedness, the F190 withstands extreme weather conditions like rain, snow, sun, sandy deserts, salty atmospheres and temperatures between -40°C/-40°F and +80°C/+178°F without the need for expensive protective cabinets. All products from the F-series are robust by design: a truck can even stand on them.

The F190 has extensive mounting possibilities. Simply attach it to panels, to walls or on pipes. In fact, mounting, installing and programming the F-series is unparalleled easy and user-friendly. Your own commissioning crews can swiftly execute installation themselves, saving the cost, time and hassle of hiring external specialists.

The configuration of the F190 is done via a simple, logical and menu-driven structure, instead of complex hardware changes or actions. The alphanumerical descriptions enhance the understanding of the system and its settings, in contrary of regularly seen confusing abbreviations and difficult codes. F190 is, like all products in the F-Series designed according the ‘Know one, know them all’ – principle. Once familiar with an F-Series product, users can program ALL models in ALL series without the need for a manual. Fluidwell allows users to save on programming time and costs, during installation and with each setting modification.

@Fluidwell  #PAuto

Investing in calibration & training in Saudi Arabia.

Endress+Hauser has invested around  €3 million euros in a modern, state-of-the-art calibration and training center in the industrial city of Jubail, Saudi Arabia, thus strengthing direct contact with customers in the Middle East while supporting the country’s economic development.

Saudi Arabia wants to expand the private business sector and become less reliant on oil production, two key goals of the Vision 2030 program. “It was this vision that inspired us to create the new calibration and training center,” said Mohammed Abdellah, Managing Director of Endress+Hauser Saudi Arabia, during the inauguration ceremony. “With this new center, we are supporting the country to achieve these reforms and can also increase the local added value by offering local solutions.”

The training center features a classroom with interactive technology, an extensively equipped workshop and a field bus training lab. It offers practical, hands-on training programs designed to impart knowledge on measurement technologies and process control systems that are in demand by the hydrocarbon, power and water & wastewater industries. Young Saudi engineers and university graduates will be able to use the facility to acquire technical know-how in accordance with the latest international standards. Local technical resources can enhance their knowledge and stay competitive with the customized trainings offered in the center.

The 2,700-square-meter facility houses a modern calibration center, the only vendor-managed gravimetric calibration facility in the region, from which the company will offer manufacturer-independent calibration services for measurement instruments. Endress+Hauser also offers reliable on-site calibration, leading to cost savings and a reduction in production downtime. “For us, it’s important to be able to address our customers’ needs in a flexible manner and to ensure that they are optimally managed,” said Matthias Altendorf, CEO of the Endress+Hauser Group.

The new calibration and training center is part of the Group’s strategy. For almost two decades Endress+Hauser was represented in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by a local representative, Anasia Industrial Agencies. To optimize customer support in the region, Endress+Hauser entered into a joint venture with Anasia in 2012, enabling the Group to be directly present and close to the customers in the region. Endress+Hauser Saudi Arabia currently has 50 employees. The goal of the new investment is to strengthen the Group’s presence in the important Saudi Arabian market, as well as across the entire Middle East.

@Endress_Hauser  #PAuto

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Hall-effect sensor IC.

Allegro Microsystems Europe has announced the release of its A17301, a new Hall effect sensor IC ideal for two-wheeled vehicles, particularly in position and timing applications like speedometers and tachometers for engine control.

Integrating electromagnetic capability (EMC) components into a small SIP package, the A17301 is a robust solution for digital ring-magnet sensing or ferromagnetic target sensing when coupled with a back-biasing magnet. This new device eliminates the need for external filter capacitors while improving reliability and reducing the cost of a final sensor assembly. The IC incorporates dual Hall-effect elements with 2.2 mm spacing and signal processing that switches in response to differential magnetic signals.

“The A17301 uses Allegro’s differential architecture, which inherently avoids the flatline and chatter issues that single Hall element solutions often face,” explained Bob Fortin, Vice President of Allegro’s Sensor Business Unit. “This part is ideal for obtaining speed and duty cycle information for position and timing applications.”

The A17301 contains sophisticated digital circuits to reduce system offsets, to calibrate the gain for airgap independent switch points, and to achieve true zero-speed operation. Running mode recalibration provides immunity to environmental effects such as micro-oscillations of the target or sudden air gap changes. The use of a digital peak detector for output switching control ensures that the input signal is continuously and accurately tracked, regardless of the amount of signal shift between output edges.

Allegro’s A17301 is available in a 3-pin SIP (suffix UC). The package is lead (Pb) free with 100% matt-tin lead frame plating and an operating ambient temperature range of -40°C to 160°C.

@allegromicro #Transport

Indoor air quality.

As a Health Safety and Environmental Consultant, Matthew Brown has experienced increased numbers of enquiries from organisations looking to investigate indoor air quality because of its effects on staff health and performance. Such work involves the monitoring of multiple parameters, and in a recent example Matthew rented a TSI QUEST EVM-7, one of the latest indoor air quality monitors from Ashtead Technology.

In response to health complaints from staff in a three-storey office complex containing approximately 800 staff, Matthew was approached and asked to investigate any possible effects from indoor air quality. “In the past, it would have been necessary to operate several instruments simultaneously,” Matthew explains. “But the QUEST EVM is able to monitor almost all of the pollutants of greatest concern, so the investigation work was significantly quicker and easier.”

With no natural ventilation in the building, air quality was controlled by a heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, and Matthew spent around 6 hours surveying the locations most likely to present air quality problems. Some of the staff had suggested that they may have received infections from the air, so in addition to the data provided by the instrument, Matthew also took samples for subsequent microbiological analysis.

The TSI QUEST EVM-7 is able to run from an internal rechargeable battery for up to 8 hours, monitoring Temperature, Relative Humidity, Air Velocity, Particulates (PM2.5, PM4, PM10 or TSP) Carbon Dioxide and VOCs. A separate toxic gas sensor provides the option of Carbon Monoxide, Chlorine, Ethylene Oxide, Hydrogen Cyanide, Hydrogen Sulphide, Nitric Oxide, Nitrogen Dioxide, Oxygen or Sulphur Dioxide. The instrument also features an internal datalogger and a sampling pump if offsite analysis is required.

A large display with intuitive control enables rapid set-up; choosing logging and averaging rates for example. The display also allows the user to view trend graphing for measurements.

As a Gold Channel Partner for TSI Instruments, Ashtead Technology operates a fully equipped service and calibration laboratory from its facility in Sandy, Beds. As a result, Ashtead is able to ensure that these instruments, including the QUEST range, operate to their full capability.

Data from the instrument were compared with workplace exposure limits and were found to be acceptable; as were the microbiological results reported by the laboratory. However, Carbon Dioxide levels rose during the day, so it was recommended that flow rates should be increased in the afternoon. The building itself was 15 years old, so it was recommended that an assessment should be undertaken to check that the building management system was designed for, and able to cope with, the current level of occupancy. It was also recommended that the operation, maintenance and cleaning of the building management system should be better documented so that the organisation could demonstrate defensible processes if called to do so.

Commenting on the advantages provided by the QUEST EVM-7, Matthew says: “I know that Ashtead offers this instrument for sale, but for me it was more cost-effective to rent the unit for this small project.

“The instrument arrived clean, calibrated and ready for immediate use with an easy-to-use start-up procedure, and the ability to monitor such a wide variety of parameters with one lightweight instrument, meant that the whole job was simple to perform.

“With the benefit of the instrument’s data we were able to present a very professional report; appeasing the concerns of staff and recommending future actions for management.”

@ashteadtech #Environment @_Enviro_News 

Smallest micro switch.

Their smallest ever microswitch with 5A rating has been introduced by Omron Electronic Components Europe

Andries De Bruin, Senior European Product Marketing Manager, Omron says,  “The D2F-5 microswitch will push designers to minimize their application size. With a rating of 5A, these subminiature switches are ideal for high current applications and have a minimum durability of 10,000 actions.”

The new D2F-5 switch offers great ratings benefits and is incredibly small at just 5.7mm x 12.7mm and a height from 5.5mm depending on the operating lever chosen. These switches incorporate a snapping mechanism with two highly precise split springs that ensure long service life. Flux penetration is prevented by using insertion moulded terminals. The switch is available in variety of terminal variations including self-clinching PCB, left angled, right angled terminals, solder terminals and compact solder terminals.

Applications include building automation, ventilation and temperature control, safety and security, smart meters, lifts and elevators.

@OmronAutomation #BAS

Safe enclosure!

The new Rittal VX25 large enclosure system offers electrical engineering companies significant added value thanks to its technical features, ease of assembly and high levels of safety. Now, all the benefits of the VX25 are also available in stainless steel and NEMA 4X versions. This way, Rittal is making its innovation fit for the highest demands in terms of corrosion protection and to meet demanding conditions that involve dust, as well as splashes and jets of water.

This is now available in a 100% stainless steel version to meet the highest demands for corrosion resistance. In addition to the frame structure, doors, panels and the gland plate, all the external parts such as 180° hinges and comfort handle variants are also made of stainless steel.

While the sheet steel and stainless-steel enclosure types have IP 55 and NEMA 12 protection categories as default, the optional NEMA 4X version with its corresponding IP 66 category protection offers increased protection. This means that the electrical and electronic equipment in the VX25 is reliably protected against dust, water splashes and jets, even under demanding conditions.

In order to achieve the high NEMA 4X protection category, the enclosure had to undergo a water jet test, among other things. This procedure (“hose-down” test), in which all gaps with seals were examined for leaks using a jet of water with a flow rate of over 240 litres per minute for a test period of 40 min/30 s (6 mm/s per seal length), confirmed that no water could penetrate the enclosure under comparable conditions. Furthermore, the test procedure includes a check of the dust protection, corrosion resistance, and protection against damage caused by external ice formation.

The almost identical design of the two VX25 enclosure types means that the engineering of the interior can be transferred a 100 percent from the stainless-steel enclosures to the NEMA 4X enclosures. This way, electrical engineering companies can save both time and money in engineering.

When VX25 stainless steel enclosures also need to be equipped with energy-efficient cooling technology for applications in demanding environments, the new Blue e+ cooling units in stainless steel are now also available to electrical engineering companies.

@Rittal #PAuto 

Measuring Brillion scattering.

Viavi Solutions is the only manufacturer which has developed a BOTDR system that is able to determine if a change in the Brillouin scattering* in an optical network has been caused by stress or a change in temperature. Even over long distances, these anomalies can be localized at an accuracy of a few meters. At Laser Components, these measuring instruments are available in two versions.

- As part of a stand-alone OTU-8000 or a comprehensive ONMSi system, BOTDR measurement is a welcome addition to 24/7 surveillance of critical infrastructures. A single fiber for the test signal is sufficient to monitor the entire cable over long distances (up to 200 km).

- In an MTS-8000 modular multi-test platform, the BOTDR solution offers additional measurement options for the deployment and maintenance of high-speed networks. The technician can check cables between 100 m and 200 km on site; at distances of up to 10 km, a resolution of just one meter can be achieved.

Brillouin measurements are used to monitor gas pipelines, overhead lines, and bridges. The Viavi solution can be used, for example, to determine whether a fault in a district heating pipeline is due to temperature changes or mechanical influences.

Brillouin scattering, named after Léon Brillouin, refers to the interaction of light and material waves within a medium. It is mediated by the refractive index dependence on the material properties of the medium; as described in optics, the index of refraction of a transparent material changes under deformation (compression-distension or shear-skewing).

@LaserComponents #PAuto #Optical

Monday, November 26, 2018

User friendly universal temperature transmitters.

With the new generation of universal temperature transmitters, FlexTop 2212 and 2222, Baumer is expanding its proven range of products. With integrated micro-USB port, automated cable compensation and a fast sampling time of less than 50 ms, it stands out from other commercially available products and is also suitable for demanding applications in a wide variety of areas.

The digital transmitters with 4 ... 20 mA analog outputs are powered through the current loop. The model 2222 also offers HART communication. The sensor inputs can optionally be configured for resistance thermometers, thermocouples, resistance sensors and voltage signals. Depending on requirements, a 2, 3 or 4-wire input can be selected. This makes the transmitters very flexible in their application, keeps stocks low and saves costs. The integrated standard interface allows simple and direct programming at any time and in any place. An additional interface is not necessary.

The multi-colored indicator light provides a visual indication of the status of the measured values. This simplifies diagnostics and helps in troubleshooting. Automatic cable compensation eliminates complicated calculations, reduces the work involved in calibration and guarantees accurate measurements regardless of the length of the cable.

The FlexTops 2212 and 2222 are prepared for direct display connection using UnitCom cables. This allows for comfortable operation on site by touch screen and rules out conversion errors. They are molded in silicone rubber, which makes them insensitive to humid environments.

The two mounting screws with standard 33mm spacing and pressure springs guarantee reliable sensor contact in DIN 43729-compatible heads, even when there are vibrations.

@BaumerGroup #PAuto

Draw wire Sensors.

Applied Measurements are now an approved draw wire sensor distributor of the high precision Micro Epsilon draw wire sensors in Britain.

They have two versions of the draw wire sensors readily available with fast delivery times.

The industrial, high accuracy & robust range and the compact, low cost range are ideal for OEM and high volume applications.

Industrial Draw Wire Sensors Key Features:
  • High Accuracy <±0.01% of Full Scale Output
  • Extreme Long Range of up to 0-50m!
  • Robust Aluminium Housing for Harsh Industrial Environments
  • IP65 Dust Tight and Water Tight Protection Rating
  • Absolute or Incremental Encoder Versions
  • Both Analogue and Digital Options
  • Customised Versions
@AppMeas #PAuto

Business development at water industry supplier.

Ashridge Engineering provides control, protection and measurement solutions to the water industry. With a new range of data loggers, leak and burst detection equipment, level and pressure transmitters, valve controllers and specialist sensors and switches.

James Luckett
James Luckett has recently been appointed as Business Development Manager for the company.

He commented: “Ashridge have some exciting new products launching in 2019 and I am looking forward to bringing these to market. It’s a great opportunity for me to provide Ashridge’s existing and new customers with value through products and innovation.”

James has spent the last four years working as Key Account Manager for South West Water Business Services supporting public and commercial customers through understanding their water and waste water needs, challenges and opportunities. Prior to this, he spent twelve years working in the telecoms sector, firstly with Orange and then latterly with EE where James’ main focus was Business Development and Sales with the latest technologies and the emergence of M2M.

Mark Burnett, UK Director for Ashridge, adds: “We’re delighted to welcome James to the team. His sales experience and drive will be a great boost to our commercial activities in the UK and key international markets.”

@AshridgeE #Water #PAuto @_Enviro_News