Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Ultrasonic Leak Detectors.

Beha-Amprobe has introduced new ultrasonic diagnostic tools for HVAC/R, mechanical and electrical inspection and troubleshooting, the Beha-Amprobe ULD-400-EUR Series Ultrasonic Leak Detectors. Combining advanced filtering technology with wide ultrasonic frequency response, the ULD-400-EUR Series allows users to quickly and easily locate gas leaks in the most noisy and challenging environments.

They are ideal for testing compressed air systems, plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems, valves tanks and pipes, heat exchangers, boilers and condensers, air conditioning and refrigeration systems, and motors and machinery.

Compressed air is so widely used that it is often regarded as the fourth utility and it is the most expensive energy source across all types of manufacturing and process plants. Any leaks can represent a significant source of wasted energy in industrial or commercial environments and can result in unnecessary high bills.

When equipment begins to fail due to an air or gas leak or vibration, or electrical discharge, the leakage point emits an ultrasonic sound wave that is above the natural range of human hearing. The Beha-Amprobe ULD-400-EUR Series Ultrasonic Leak Detectors convert this ultrasonic sound into an audible range signal that can be used to pinpoint the exact location of the equipment failure.
The strength of the leak can be clearly seen on the large LCD display bargraph and, by listening to the converted audible sound emitted via the headphones, helps identify the source of the leak and differentiate between air leaks and electric discharges. In extremely noisy environments, where there is strong ultrasonic noise generated by running machinery or equipment, the Receiver’s filter function can filter out up to three main noise frequencies which would otherwise hide the noise of the leak.

When working in unpressurised systems, or if the pressure is not sufficient to detect or verify a leak with the Receiver alone, an optional Transmitter can be used to generate the ultrasonic signal. This approach can be used, for example, to detect air and water leaks in car windscreens and side windows, in fluid and gas tanks, and in building windows, doors and roofs.

#TandM #HVAC @BEHAAMPROBE

WLAN test platform.

Anritsu and EMITE have announced their latest combined solution for testing the latest IEEE 802.11 WLAN standard. The new Anritsu Wireless Connectivity Test Set MT8862A has been successfully integrated in combination to the EMITE E600 Reverberation Chamber to test OTA TRP/TIS performance of IEEE 802.11ax devices in a repeatable environment. With built-in communications protocols and optimized performance for WLAN testing, the MT8862A + EMITE reverberation chamber can characterize with high reliability the performance of the latest devices in the market.

The new integration has been able to successfully measure total radiated power (TRP) and total isotropic sensitivity (TIS) OTA performance for IEEE 802.11ax devices. Being able to test the latest WLAN standards keep EMITE and Anritsu in the edge of technology for helping customers and service providers deliver their WLAN solutions to the market with total confidence in the performance.

“We are proud once again to develop a world’s first capability for testing 802.11ax Over-The-Air with the aid of Anritsu’s unique Wireless Connectivity Test Set MT8862A and our E600 Reverberation Chamber WLAN OTA test platform. The unique capabilities of the Anritsu-EMITE WLAN OTA Test Platform cannot be met by competitors, and some of our major customers have already shown extreme interest”, said David Sánchez, CEO of EMITE.

“WLAN OTA performance test demand is recently increasing in order to secure the brand position with high-quality WLAN products. The IEE802.11ax will be a standard WLAN technology in the future from the latest technologies and features viewpoint, and we are also proud to release the OTA test solution collaborated with EMITE’s leading-edge chamber products to the world-wide market”, said Hideo. Zuinen, Product Manager, IoT Test Solutions Div., Anritsu Corporation.

 #Comms #TandM @AnritsuEMEA @NapierPR @EMITEIngenieria

Bus newsletter reflects present crisis.

The latest issue (March 2020) of the CAN Newsletter has been distributed.

CiA have postponed the iCC 2020, and have withdrawn all face-to-face events. This includes CiA technical meetings, seminars, the CiA technology days in Spain, etc. Most of the CiA staff is now in home-office with just a few in the CiA office.

All online services are continued as usual. The CAN Newsletter is to be published as scheduled in early June. Product news will continue to be published almost daily online. The CAN Newsletter is a good opportunity to monitor developments in the CAN community.

The association has started selling the iCC 2020 proceedings. They contain all 22 papers and the keynote speech. They may be ordered from the CiA office and they will be distributed by email in PDF format.

CiA has additionally scheduled two free-of-charge webinars, in which Reiner Zitzmann and Holger Zeltwanger (MD_CiA) will present the trends provided in the iCC papers.

Regarding technical trainings, CiA is going to offer online in-house seminars. The agenda is customised. One session lasts three hours. If more time is needed, multiple sessions may be booked, which may be scheduled for different days.

#PAuto @CANopen

Software wizard for workpiece probe measurement.

CNC machine tool operators now have an easy means of performing probe measurements of parts and tools on the shop floor

A new software option from CNC specialist NUM dramatically simplifies measurement cycles during CNC machining processes. Designed expressly for ease-of-use, the software employs graphical guidance techniques to completely dispense with the need for CNC machine operators to have any G-code programming experience. It is likely to be of especial interest to machine shops seeking to enhance their process verification or increase the throughput of precision parts.

Supplied in the form of a software wizard for use with any of NUM’s latest-generation Flexium+ CNC systems, the new option accommodates all standard probe measurement cycles for parts and tools. For maximum versatility, there are 17 different workpiece measurement routines and four probe calibration routines, plus two fixed probe calibration and cutter length pre-setting routines. The system also offers six measurement routines specifically for use on milling machines.

Each routine provides unambiguous guidance throughout its respective measurement cycle, effectively automating the process. The user is first prompted to specify the technological data for the measurement, such as the feed rate and probing speed, followed by preparatory data such as the approach and starting positions, and input and output data specific to the selected cycle.

Once a measurement cycle has been initiated by the operator, all probe positioning can be handled completely automatically by the CNC machine. The probe stylus is fully protected against collision with the part in the working environment, with any error being signalled to the CNC system and causing an immediate stop. The software includes full management of the RTCP (rotation tool centre point) function, to handle inclined coordinates inside the measurement circle.

NUM’s probe measurement guidance option brings a new level of flexibility to CNC machine tool use. Its advanced capabilities include complex tasks such as measuring the width of a rib/web and the mid-point for a paraxial probing movement, measuring the diameter and centre of a bore or a boss by means of four points, measuring the angle of an oblique surface by probing along the third axis, and vectorial measurement of a bore or boss by three points.

#PAuto @NUM_CNC #CNC

Accurate and stable digital manometer.

The adoption of pressure sensors in consumer goods and wearables, and their increasing use in industries such as automotive and medical, has led to the need for higher levels of precision pressure measurement for their development and calibration. The new Yokogawa MT300 satisfies the high accuracy measurement and long-term stability requirements of these advanced applications, with multiple models for gauge, absolute and differential pressures.

“We are excited to be able give our European customers even better precision pressure measurement with high accuracy and long-term stability,” says Terry Marrinan, Vice President Europe, ASEAN & Oceania, for Yokogawa’s Test & Measurement Business Unit: “Yokogawa is already appreciated as the market leader in power measurement. With the launch of the MT300, even more engineers can now benefit from our capabilities and high levels of precision and reliability.”

The MT300 now makes use of the well known proprietary silicon based resonant sensor technology, offering the high levels of accuracy and stability required for use as an international calibration transfer standard.

The MT300 has an absolute accuracy of pressure measurement of 0.01% with a guaranteed period of 12 months. With an informative, intuitive colour display and a battery powered option, it is ideally suited for an array of pressure based applications, from ventilation extraction systems to vacuum packaging and even suction cup palletizing.

Four models are available for gauge pressure, covering the ranges from 10 kPa to 3500 kPa. The absolute pressure model has a range of 130 kPa, while the three differential pressure models have ranges from 1 kPa to 700 kPa.

The instrument therefore meets the needs of a wide range of applications, from pressure leak testing in a vessel, to the airspeed measurement of hair dryers. Depending on the model selected, measurement intervals down to 50 ms are achievable with the /F1 option, allowing the measurement of very rapid transient pressure variations such as in applications using a differential pressure flow transmitter.

Using the High Resolution Display (/R1 option), pressure measurements can be more accurately displayed and visualized. In addition, the increased resolution, especially in calibration environments, reduces the uncertainty of the entire calibration process.

When multiple pressure variables need to be measured and recorded simultaneously, up to four MT300 units can be interconnected and synchronised to a personal computer via GP-IB, USB or Ethernet. This not only eliminates measurement variations due to fluctuating atmospheric conditions but also simplifies the entire automation process.

 #TandM #PAuto @Yokogawa_Europe  @YokogawaIA @ArmitageComm

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Industrial Gigabit PoE+ switch.

UBF hold a wide range of injectors (midspan) and switches (endspan) for Fast Ethernet PoE and Gigabit Ethernet PoE according to the standards IEEE 802.3af, IEEE 802.3at and IEEE 802.3bt, which are also available with extended temperature range.

Separate power cables are no longer required to supply cameras and access points with operating current. For some years now it has been possible to use the data cable for the required operating voltage.

This is an inexpensive, simple and secure way to connect cameras and access points wherever there is no infrastructure for a power supply.

This process works so well that many manufacturers have no more separate power supply connections on their devices. These devices take the required operating current only from the data line.

But what if there is not the typical 230V AC or 48V DC or 51V..57VDC voltage available for the feeding devices (PSEs), but rather 12V DC or 24V DC, as can often be found in control cabinets, isolated systems or on vehicles?

The injectors that are often included in delivery with the cameras and access points cannot be used here. The voltage source does not match the injector, nor can these devices be used under the various temperature conditions. There is also not always enough space to install a separate injector for each end device.

Strategic obsolescence management.

The rapid spread of the Corona virus (Covid-19) puts a massive strain on both the German and international economies. Long before the current crisis, STW has developed a service that reduces the default risks to a minimum and guarantees long-term availability of STW components through component and obsolescence management. This means STW remains able to deliver its products.

As a manufacturer of electronic assemblies for tough and rough operating conditions, the long-term availability of products is essential. The STW product lifetime of more than ten years, for example, is well above the standard in the automotive sector.

Nevertheless, STW, like all other manufacturers of electronic assemblies, is affected by the changes in the electronic component market and – as can be seen currently – unpredictable crises. The ever shorter life cycles and faster innovation cycles of the manufacturers initially stand against the desire for long-term availability. In addition, some component manufacturers change their products over the course of their service lifetime in terms of e.g. color, shape, function, place of manufacture, test site, etc. Some products are discontinued completely and are then no longer available (obsolete). And in extreme cases, companies may have to shut down their operations completely due to drastic economic changes.

Updates on such changes reach STW in the form of PCNs (Product Change Notifications) or PDNs (Product Discontinuation Notifications).

For unprepared manufacturers, discontinuations in particular represent a major challenge. The effort involved in searching for a replacement type, the resulting redesigns or component storage mean high costs.

In order to be prepared for such challenges, STW's "Component and Obsolescence Management" intervenes at a much earlier stage.

Of course, stable processes within STW are indispensable for such a forward-looking approach. Further support includes access to a professional database and membership of COG Deutschland e.V. (Component Obsolescence Group), which has more than 150 members throughout Germany.

This way customers are involved in the life cycle planning of the future product from the initial project phase, where strategic component decisions are made to guarantee a long lifetime of the assembly group. Regular reviews during the product life cycle ensure that the risk of sudden component discontinuation is minimized. STW thus guarantees its customers functionality, quality and the ability to supply the products for years to come.

At STW, the currently unclear and critical situation due to the Corona pandemic is of course viewed with great concern. Up to now, STW has not experienced any economically induced delivery difficulties and is able to continue to offer its customers good and reliable service despite adapted working conditions.

#PAuto  #coróinvíreas #COVID19 #coronavirus @Sensor_Technik @PresseBox

Extremely quiet vibration exciter systems.

MB Dynamics (MB) has announced the 600th successful field installation of its Energizer™ extremely quiet vibration exciters for buzz, squeak and rattle (BSR) testing.

Offered in four unique sizes and models, and under the tradenames of Energizer BLACK, BLUE, RED, and SILVER, respectively, each vibration exciter offers its own unique peak force and maximum payload specifications. The exceptionally low operating background noise of the MB Energizer Series actually fulfills Noise Rating Curve 18 requirements. When running a typical S&R random vibration profile, Energizer Series noise levels are consistently below 28 dB(A) and at less than 1 Sone N10 Stationary Zwicker Loudness. These features allow an end-user to effectively support a variety of demanding BSR testing and evaluation requirements while reducing risks of measurement uncertainty caused by the presence of unwanted vibration exciter noise within the BSR test environment.

Among Series models, the Energizer SILVER vibration exciter, in particular, has been formally designated for the support of automotive industry subjective and objective BSR evaluations as set forth within GMW14011, GM7293TP, BMW PR311-2 and PSA, “specification bruit parasites”, as well as within several Hyundai engineering standards, making the Energizer Series truly industry best-in-class among its peers for any such requirements.

The robust design of each MB Energizer Series vibration exciter incorporates a proprietary, permanent magnetic-based technology. That technology is combined with the patented, quiet and stiff frictionless suspension of the Energizer Series’ moving element, thereby eliminating the need for noisy cooling fans and blowers. Each Energizer Series vibration exciter system further includes 2:1 and 3:1 force multiplying lever arms, thereby increasing exciter force output by 2X or 3X, respectively, along with air spring load support of up to 90 kg for vertical testing.

For non-BSR work, as such BSR aging and durability testing, the Energizer Series further offers forced air cooling. This feature helps an end-user to double uncooled vibration exciter force outputs. Thermal shutdown protection is also included to prevent the vibration exciter from overheating. Also offered is a chamber readiness kit, for proper use of the Energizer Series within environmental test chambers operating from -40°C to +65°C, including humidity.

The MB Energizer Series features trunnion bases for either vertical or horizontal operation. The vibration exciters are also available with end-user choices of multiple mounting table sizes. Each table is large enough for test items, yet small enough to minimize speaker effects which can otherwise radiate unwanted noise. Horizontal Moving Tables (HMT) are available for quiet horizontal testing using the same patented quiet flexures. They further incorporate quiet, no oil-film slip tables and guidance bearings for additional payload support during X- and Y-axis testing. A series of air casters and air lifter accessories are also available for moving the Energizer Series vibration exciter over smooth floors or the tops of a T-slot base plate. Other accessories and customization may be available, as well as test engineering service support. Please consult the team at MB Dynamics for applications assistance.

 #PAuto #MBDynamics

Installation Testers with free Digital Multimeter & Software.

Until 30th June 2020 and while stocks last, Fluke UK is offering two 1660 Series Multifunction Installation Testers with a free Digital Multimeter (DMM) plus data management software. The Fluke 1664 UK-DMM comprises a 1664 FC Multifunction Installation Tester with a free Fluke 115 DMM plus free Fluke DMS Data Management Software; the Fluke 1663 UK-DMM comprises a 1663 Multifunction Installation Tester with a free Fluke 114 DMM plus free Fluke DMS Data Management Software.

The Fluke 115 DMM is ideal for electrical and electronic testing in field service, industrial and applications where more than the basic functions are needed, and the Fluke 114 DMM is ideal for electrical troubleshooting and straightforward “go/no go” in residential/commercial testing. These offers and other Fluke Spring Specials may be found on their website  under Where to Buy/Seasonal Promotions

Safety and performance are two of the most critical requirements for any electrical system. Good quality insulation, a properly working grounding system and active protection assure the safety of people, electrical systems and buildings, and protect them against electrocution, fire and other equipment damage.

The Fluke 1660 Series of Multifunction Installation Testers put more power in users’ hands by quickly and efficiently testing fixed installations to BS7671 17th Edition Wiring Regulations. They are designed to verify insulation resistance, loop impedance, resistance of the earth connect, resistance to earth, RCD performance in TT and TN systems, phase sequence, and loop/line impedance and RCD tests in IT systems. Fluke DMS Data Management Software uses the captured results from the Fluke 1663 or 1664 for data recording, offers easy-to-use administration and reporting and provides printing of test reports.

The Fluke 115 technicians’ DMM is a general-purpose troubleshooting tool. Its simple, one-handed operation and compact design meets the needs of a wide variety of field service technicians. With a CAT III 600V safety rating, it measures true-RMS voltage and current to 600V/10A as well as resistance, continuity, frequency and capacitance for quick verifications. The compact Fluke 114 electricians’ DMM is the perfect troubleshooting tool for go/no go testing. With a CAT III 600V safety rating, it is designed for easy one-handed operation. Its AutoVolt capability automatically switches to measure AC or DC voltage, whichever is present. The LoZ function helps identify so-called ghost voltage and prevent false readings. It displays true-RMS voltage readings and measures frequency, continuity and resistance.

The Fluke 1664 FC is the only installation tester on the market that helps prevent damage to appliances that may be inadvertently connected to the system under test, and it also makes it easy to share test results over a smartphone using Fluke Connect®. The 1664 FC features an Auto Test function that does 7 installation tests in one sequence, reduces the number of manual connections, decreases the possibility of making errors, and reduces test time. It also ensures compliance with BS7671 17th Edition Wiring Regulations.

The wireless 1664 FC model is part of Fluke Connect - the industry’s largest system of software and wireless test tools. Measurements from the tester can be wirelessly transmitted to the Fluke Connect app on smartphones or tablets and automatically uploaded to FlukeCloud™ Storage, eliminating transcription errors. Technicians can collaborate in real time with other colleagues with ShareLive™ video calls, increasing productivity in the field. Measurements from the 1664 FC can be combined with measurement data from multiple Fluke Connect test tools to create and share comprehensive reports from the job site via email.

 #TandM @FlukeCorp 

Monday, March 30, 2020

Support for ventilators.

Anglia’s new COVID task force aims to speed the design and production of ventilators and other essential medical equipment.
Anglia Components has announced the formation of a COVID task force to coordinate and allocate available inventory and FAE resources to support customers designing or manufacturing ventilators and other vital medical equipment to help address the COVID-19 emergency.

Steve Rawlins
Steve Rawlins, CEO of Anglia commented, “At Anglia, we are committed to supporting all of our customers, we are especially doing everything that we can to get the design and production of essential medical equipment ramped up as quickly as possible, giving our amazing NHS staff the tools that they need to save lives. In order to make sure that these enquiries receive high priority we have set up a dedicated COVID task force who can direct our FAE technical support and reserve any available inventory for these projects before we even receive an order – something we normally would never do. We are also enjoying fantastic support from our suppliers with this initiative, for which we thank them. For example, many of our suppliers are now supporting the supply to medical customers on a priority basis where we don’t have inventory ourselves, helping to greatly shorten the standard lead-times.”

He added, “Since responding to the Call for Help issued by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (GB) we have already supported several customers in ramping up production quickly on medical ventilators and other critical products. It is worth noting that projects that need priority go beyond the ventilators themselves. We have customers for example who are involved in manufacturing critical systems which guarantee power to this vital medical equipment.”

In this time of global crisis Anglia’s support has been strengthened and extended to provide assistance to companies getting critical medical equipment out to hospitals and surgeries quickly. This fast-track service is resourced with a dedicated team to ensure Anglia stays in a strong position to support all of its customers’ needs whether they are manufacturing medical equipment or not.

Anglia holds AS9120 aerospace accreditation and can provide full lot traceability back to the original manufacturing batch, this enables them to give customers the additional levels of assurance they are looking for.

Anglia currently holds a high level of inventory at its Wisbech distribution centre, many of these electronic devices are relevant for use in medical equipment. Where it doesn’t have stock of a required part, the Anglia COVID task force is working closely with suppliers to prioritise those deliveries. The Anglia FAE team is supporting the effort by offering its considerable experience of medical design, and the company is also prioritising shipment of free development kits and samples to medical customers through its Ezysample service.

#Medical #coróinvíreas #COVID19 #coronavirus @angliaLive @NeeshamPR

Reinforcing the Open Integration network.

How can field instruments and components be easily integrated into automation systems? The answer to this question is becoming increasingly important as industrial production digitalisation progresses. The Endress+Hauser Open Integration partner program unites 13 manufacturers that want to ensure the streamlined interaction of their products.  Softing Industrial Automation joined the partner network at the beginning of the year.

Jörg Reinkensmeier - E+H
“We go well beyond the established test methods within this program by scrutinizing the functionality of complete system architectures in a lab environment,” explains Jörg Reinkensmeier, Marketing Manager at Endress+Hauser. “We do that for specific fields of application or customer solutions. After successful completion of the tests, the so-called reference topologies are published in the form of mutual recommendations.”

The Open Integration cooperation partners test and document the interaction of their products for typical process automation applications. Users profit in two ways by being able to combine the best products for each application and through fast and smooth commissioning. Automation technology suppliers value the advantages of the Open Integration program as well. For these companies, it’s important to be able to detect potential problems early and solve them prior to installing their products at the customer site.

Thirteen companies currently belong to the program. All the partners are suppliers of control technology, fieldbus infrastructures, measurement technology or actuator technology: Auma Riester, Bürkert, Festo, Flowserve, Hima Paul Hildebrandt, Honeywell Process Solutions, Mitsubishi Electric, Pepperl+Fuchs, Phoenix Contact, Rockwell Automation, Schneider Electric, Turck and recently Softing Industrial Automation.

Thomas Hilz - Softing
Softing Industrial Automation is a leading provider of software and hardware products designed to integrate technologies and data in factory and process automation environments. “Our companies have enjoyed many years of successful cooperation, which has now manifested itself in our decision to join the Open Integration partner program,” says Thomas Hilz, Vice President Strategic Accounts at Softing Industrial Automation.

“The reliability and outstanding quality that we know from Endress+Hauser is also a top priority at Softing Industrial Automation. The company, and I personally, are looking forward to the coming years in which we will be helping our partners with the connectivity of their sensors.”

“Softing Industrial Automation strengthens our partner program with further expertise in the area of data exchange and providing information at the field level,” says Jörg Reinkensmeier. “Apart from networking process control technology, connectivity is playing an increasingly important role for IIoT solutions. Our aim is to exploit this potential together with all of our Open Integration partners.”

#Pauto #IIoT @Endress_Hauser @SoftingIA

Imaging pioneer passes!

Former managing director of Stemmer Imaging in Britain, David Hearn, passed away on March 21st 2020 after battling a long illness. Since 2004, when Firstsight Vision became the first company to join Stemmer, up until his retirement due to ill health last year, David led the Stemmer Imaging UK business from strength to strength.

David Hearn
1960-2020
Arne Dehn, Stemmer's CEO, said: “David was an amazing person and leader whose extraordinary passion helped create the success of our vision business in the UK and he also greatly influenced our industry in general. Formats that have become highly regarded in our industry and our company such as the STEMMER IMAGING handbook and the Technology Forum were initiated by David and to this day reflect his innovative outlook.”

David’s first involvement with vision was working for Data Translation selling PC based data acquisition and imaging processing hardware and software. He then became director at the Optimas Corporation and later set up Vortex Vision in 1997. Wilhelm Stemmer took a stake in this business and the first products that David sold were very similar to those that Willi was selling in Germany.

In 2001, David and Mark Williamson brought their complementary businesses together and formed Firstsight Vision, who originally acted as distributors in Britain for Stemmer Imaging before becoming the first wholly owned subsidiary.

Mark Williamson, corporate marketing director and current managing director at Stemmer Imaging UK, remembers: “David started Vortex Vision within a month of me starting Pinnacle Vision. We even met to discuss starting up together, but our competitive natures meant we went our own ways. However it wasn’t too long before we both realized that together we could be stronger, and when Imaging Technology was acquired by Coreco (now Teledyne DALSA) we took the step to join our companies. David was a truly inspiring leader whose humour and compassion were second to none.”

David was a hugely popular figure in the office and was a master of the quirky turn of phrase which quickly became known as ‘Hearnisms’. He was also renowned for his fun initiatives for the sales team and his motivating and humorous self-made awards as well as the famous bell ringing ceremony for every order intake, which became a tradition throughout the company.

Arne Dehn concluded: “Today it was the company’s turn to ring the bell in honour of David. He will be sorely missed and we wish to extend our condolences to his wife Penny and the rest of his family.”

@stemmerimaging

Ultra-Low-Flow.

The QLF Series in-line ultrasonic flow meter, introduced by Flow Technology (FTI), is for use in ultra-low-flow low viscosity liquid applications.
“The QLF’s construction, excellent accuracy, and ability to measure very low flow rates of clean, low viscosity liquid make it a great fit for a range of applications and industries,” said Matt Zajac, Flow Technology marketing manager.

The QLF meter’s high accuracy and repeatability is achieved through the unique measurement section within the meter body where flow is conditioned and Delta T measured along its axis. The meter’s principle of operation measures the time difference of an ultrasonic wave traveling with and against the flowing medium. The time difference is directly proportional to the fluid’s flow rate. Temperature is measured via an RTD embedded into the flow meter body.

The QLF in-line ultrasonic flow meter is a compact, rugged, versatile, cost-effective solution for measuring ultra-low flow in a number of industries, such as aerospace, agricultural, automotive, chemical, oil & gas, industrial, and pharmaceutical. The meter’s construction makes it the meter of choice for many high purity and corrosive fluids. Typical measurement application examples include: Small engine fuel consumption; chemical injection systems; water treatment chemical skids and sample stations for cooling towers, boilers and membrane filtration systems; aircraft fuel flow stands; diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) consumption; liquid chromatography; and side stream filtration.

The compact QLF ultrasonic meter has no moving parts, non-wetted sensors and no obstructions in the flow stream to cause in increase in pressure drop. Available for 1/8-inch piping, the meter’s flow range is 0.001 to 3.5 GPM. It is accurate to +/-0.5% of reading plus zero stability, and repeatability is +/-0.2% over 10:1 turndown. The meter handles a temperature range of 14°F to 176°F (-10°C to 80°C) and has analog, scaled frequency and Modbus RTU outputs.

#PAuto @FlowTechnology

Friday, March 27, 2020

LED and Light Guide mounting.

Essentra Components have seen that for approximately the last three decades LEDs have taken over from incandescents in electronic equipment, then in higher power electrical applications and most recently of course in domestic/public decorative lighting and general illumination. This popularity has led Essentra to become market-leaders in the manufacture of mounts, spacers and cable clamps which make the installation of LEDs a simple and inexpensive task.

Covering an informative description of the LED market, their advantage, colour availability, areas of use and installation, this guide deals with installation considerations as well as factors such as orientation and use of light pipes.

Drawing on their many years of worldwide experience in this field, they have produced an “LED Light Guide for product and panel building” which may be viewed on their website here.

#PAuto #EssentraComponents @tradeandtech

Coast with the rolls!

In Europe’s biggest roller coaster, the Helix at the Liseberg amusement park in Gothenburg (S), POG 10 HeavyDuty incremental encoders from Baumer monitor the speed of the carrriage's drive as it approaches the start ramp. The HeavyDuty technology guarantees high reliability and precision under extreme environmental conditions – serving up both thrills and reassuring safety for riders.
Liseberg in Gothenburg is Sweden's largest amusement park. The Helix roller coaster is one of the attractions that swirls up an adrenalin kick. With a 1380 meter track, Helix is the longest looping roller coaster in Europe and the second longest in the world. It hurls its riders at up to 90 km/h through six loops and exposes them to up to five times their own bodyweight. This is the first time anywhere in the world where half of the riders, Helix takes up to 28, sit facing backwards, making the ride even more exciting. Before the start, the riders have to be brought to the start ramp at a height of 41 meters. Controlled asynchronous drives with 315 kW of power are used to move the carriages into the start position. The speed of this drive is recorded by the original Hübner Berlin POG 10 HeavyDuty encoder from Baumer. No easy task, as the roller coaster is freely exposed to the elements – heat from the sun, moisture from rain or wind currents. Hence the decision to go for HeavyDuty encoders from Baumer, making sure the riders experience the thrill as a pleasure too.

Reliability is critical
The POG 10 incremental HeavyDuty encoder and its sister model, the HOG 10 with hollow shaft, are among the most versatile product ranges of the Baumer HeavyDuty encoders. They deliver reliable speed data in a host of potential applications and operate under the toughest conditions. As a result, they help prevent failures and maintain the availability of machines and systems. This saves downtime costs in a host of applications. With the roller coaster, it even makes a valuable contribution to the safety of human life – a malfunction in the drive of a carriage would at best be annoying for the riders, and at worst a life-threatening experience.

When is an encoder "HeavyDuty"?
"HeavyDuty" is neither a protected expression nor the name of a standard. The HOG 10/POG 10 product range of Baumer Hübner, however, has generally been considered the defining "original" for 25 years now. The features that set this range apart and against which the segment is benchmarked are:
• Mechanical resilience: resistance to hard shocks, vibration and forces on the rotary shaft for many years
• Impermeability: sealed against dirt, dust and moisture
• Electrical resilience: electronic components inside the encoder shielded against electromagnetic fields and powerful output drivers
• Precision: reliable signal delivery, allowing a precise open-loop and closed-loop control of drives and generators

"HeavyDuty" is an all-encompassing performance promise. It guarantees that an encoder will function reliably and precisely at all times over a prolonged period and under adverse conditions.
The HeavyDuty technology of the POG 10 guarantees high reliability under challenging environmental conditions through numerous specific features. Thanks to solid and generously dimensioned wall thicknesses and a warp-resistant design, the die-cast housings are extremely robust and highly resistant to vibration and shock. Bearings at both encoder shaft ends and the metallic incremental disk offer huge power reserves and unparalleled durability through extreme resilience to axial and radial forces. For outdoor use, in a roller coaster for example, the excellent anticorrosive properties of the CX category of HeavyDuty encoders to EN ISO 12944, achieved through an optimal choice of material and high-resistant coating, are also extremely important. These properties allow the encoders to be used even on or in the ocean, in the Arctic, in the tropics or in the desert.

The combination of labyrinth and shaft seals also protects the inner workings of the HeavyDuty encoders from solid, moist and paste-like contamination. This sealing concept conforms to protection classes IP 66 and IP 67 within a broad temperature range of up to 95 degrees Celsius. Current-insulated bearings ultimately protect the ball bearings of the encoder from current flashovers, and this averts any impairment of the lubricant effect. The result is an almost indestructible full package that effectively prevents potential malfunctions and failures, even during tough continuous use in a roller coaster. This is all the more important as a replacement can get very costly – not because the encoder itself is expensive, but because it is typically mounted in barely accessible locations, as is the case on a roller coaster.

HeavyDuty as an all-encompassing performance promise
HeavyDuty means highly resilient. This is not only about a tight, solid housing and protection against the elements. The intrinsic values have to be right as well. "Of course, it's always the strong ones, so to speak, that are used when the going gets tough, explains Steffen Günther, Head of the HeavyDuty Business Unit at Baumer. "Yet HeavyDuty offers an all-encompassing performance promise: such encoders must, first and foremost, function under extreme conditions at all times. Secondly, however, their signal accuracy must not suffer under these adverse conditions. For an encoder to be called HeavyDuty, it must be absolutely durable, impermeable and precise."

Reliable precision is ensured by the interference-immune scanning function with highly robust, optical circuits (Opto-ASIC). This guarantees optimum electromagnetic compatibility with a burst strength for high-voltage pulses of up to 4 kV. In addition, the Enhanced Monitoring System (EMS) continuously checks numerous encoder functions, swiftly detects connection and encoder errors and transmits the encoder status to the inverter or to the control via an error output. The HeavyDuty encoders achieve the best possible SinCos signal quality through the LowHarmonics technology for outstanding control quality, low drive heat-up and high energy efficiency. The incremental square signal outputs also have short-circuit proof, powerful transistor drivers for peak currents of up to 300 mA. They ensure reliable signal quality even over long-distance transmissions of up to 350 meters.

These features – resilience and precision – make an important contribution to ensuring that the Gothenburg roller coaster riders are brought to the start ramp safely and at the correct speed. A good thing too, since this ascent to 41 meters is thrilling enough without any failures.

Baumer guarantees to keep this all-encompassing performance promise every time with original Hübner Berlin technology through rigorous sample tests and by putting each and every HeavyDuty encoder through a full inspection before it leaves the factory. Resistance to electromagnetic fields, vibration, shocks, dust, hose water, salt spray and much more is ensured on test benches during series production. Detailed quality certificates confirm that these tests have been passed and give the customer the confidence that their encoder won't leave them high and dry.

Baumer's undisputed world leading position as a supplier of original Hübner Berlin HeavyDuty encoders is another such guarantee. The manufacturer can draw on experiences garnered in this encoder class since the 1950s. For 25 years now, the HOG 10/POG 10 product range has been considered the Non-Plus-Ultra in the segment. An original, often copied by the competition, but never equaled, in pursuit of offering more "Beyond the Standard" – more precision, more functionality, more resilience and more benefits for the user. A "more" that can be achieved only through the know-how created from decades of experience with the subject.

It can be assumed that the riders on the roller coaster in the Liseberg amusement park have no idea what's going on. This promise of resilience and precision, however, keeps the operators safe in the knowledge that their ride will never become a roller coaster of feelings for them.

#Baumer #Sweden #Encoder @mepaxIntPR

Measure for corona prevention.

FeverScreening App determines information about health status within milliseconds.

The concern about getting infected with Corona is currently present worldwide - not only in private life, but also in professional life and in public spaces. The virus has become a major challenge for numerous German companies and public authorities. Every employer wants to protect his employees as best as possible and therefore take effective preventive measures in this context.  Automation Technology (AT), has recently developed an innovative solution for the prevention of possible corona infected people - the so-called "FebriScan".

"It was important for us to offer a tool that not only works quickly but also reliably and can be used in a flexible manner. The Blackbody is immensely important for access control, as its reference value ensures that a highly accurate result is always obtained under all conditions. Therefore our FebriScan can be used everywhere and is also manageable in terms of costs", says AT CEO Michael Wandelt.

This is an access control system specially programmed by AT that is based on the interaction of an intelligent infrared camera from the IRSX-I series, a high-precision temperature reference body (blackbody) and a specially developed app for measuring body temperature. The special features of this tool: the fast measuring process, the high accuracy of the measurement as well as the uncomplicated setup. The installation of the three elements is very flexible and can be adapted and configured for different access areas. The FebriScan can be used either stationary in the entrance area of every company or mobile in public places such as railway stations, airports or public authorities.

If the access control is ready for use, the camera together with the blackbody measures within milliseconds whether the person has fever or whether this symptom typical for corona can be excluded. The temperature image is evaluated using the FeverScreening App developed by AT and the result is displayed on the screen as a numerical value and in the form of a red-green display. In this case, red stands for increased temperature or fever, while green indicates a harmless state of health.

#Medical #ATAutomationTechnology @PresseBox @PbConsumerDE  #coróinvíreas #COVID19 #coronavirus

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Wireless accelerometer.

Wireless accelerometer according to LoRaWAN™ specification with edge computing for condition monitoring minimizes downtime, maximizes availability and reduces installation costs

Scalable, reliable and more compact wireless sensors for remote condition monitoring help companies get the most from their assets by minimizing downtime, maximizing availability and reducing installation costs. Further, enhanced condition monitoring systems are key to improving the uptime of machinery. To provide this level of performance in critical machinery in industrial applications, TE Connectivity has designed the 8911 wireless accelerometer.

The 8911 is a compact, LoRaWAN™ wireless accelerometer with edge computing for condition monitoring.

Key benefits of the 8911 wireless accelerometer include:

  • LoRaWAN™ Class A: The LoRaWAN™ specification is a low power, wide area networking protocol designed to wirelessly connect battery operated devices to the internet. This protocol provides longer transmission distance and is less susceptible to external signal interference. It also offers secure means of expanding condition-based maintenance into plant areas where the cost to install wired systems is prohibitive, making data available to existing process control and information systems. LoRaWAN™ can be implemented on a managed network or on a customer’s own private network.
  • Edge computing: The 8911 wireless accelerometer provides ambient temperature and calculates FFTs in the device. It transmits the relevant top eight peak frequencies and combines a sensor, data collector and a LoRaWAN™ radio into one compact, battery-operated device.
  • Compact: The 8911 wireless accelerometer is designed with a corrosion resistant stainless steel case and plastic cover measuring 1.25” hex x 3.1” height, the same as existing cable versions. Its mounting footprint and stud size are standard to enable fast installation on existing and new machinery.
  • Reliable: Robust signal preventing interference and drop out. The rugged stainless steel sensor housing with IP66 rated o-ring seal allows the sensor to perform well in harsh environments.
  • 10-Year battery life: This sensor has up to 10 years of battery life based on a certain sampling interval. It uses a piezo-electric sensing element, which has the advantage of high bandwidth, superior measurement resolution and ultra-low power vs MEMS solutions, enabling longer battery life and enhanced machine failure detection.

“The 8911 wireless accelerometer combines a sensor, data collector, digital signal processor, and radio into one compact, battery-operated device that measures both vibration and temperature data,” said Bjorn Ryden, director of product management for TE’s sensors business. “We are confident that our customers will benefit from this product and be impressed by its ability to provide top performance in continuous health monitoring of critical industrial machinery.”

#PAuto @TEConnectivity 

Low cost high-performance data-acquisition unit.

RS Components has introduced a low-cost, next-generation data-acquisition system that offers the ability to quickly and dynamically sample more signals simultaneously. This data-acquisition system (DAQ973A) is shipping now from RS in the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions.

Manufactured by Keysight Technologies, a world-leading test and measurement equipment provider, the new DAQ973A data-acquisition system is a three-slot modular mainframe unit that comes with a choice of nine plug-in modules and offers a sampling rate of 800 kSa/s. Keysight has re-used its measurement engine from its high-end test and measurement equipment inside the DAQ973A to deliver proven measurement performance, modular flexibility and universal inputs with built-in signal conditioning. The unit also offers a built-in 6½-digit (22-bit) digital multimeter with a DCV accuracy of 0.003%. Similar to the existing DAQ970A system, this new system comes with additional GPIB connectivity.

Key features of the unit include a scan rate of up to 450 channels, delivering speed and accuracy to achieve fast results; up to 120 channels per system; and a large selection of switch, RF and control plug-in modules, including a new four-channel simultaneous sampling digitizer. The unit can also measure and convert 12 different input signals, including temperature with a thermocouple, RTDs and thermistor; DC/AC volts; two- and four-wire resistance networks; frequency and period; and DC/AC current and capacitance.

Also released is a new four-channel simultaneous sampling digitizer module with 800 kSa/s sampling. This module is an addition to the existing eight modules in the data-acquisition system. These modules work with both the new DAQ973A system that comes with GPIB, LAN and USB, as well as the existing DAQ970A system that comes without GPIB.

Typical users are expected to be test engineers and technicians across a wide range of professional and industrial applications, including R&D and bench-testing prototypes; design verification for environmental, durability and regulatory applications; in automated testing and process monitoring in manufacturing environments; as well as monitoring and troubleshooting in service and maintenance roles. However, the unit is also expected to be used in educational establishments.

Additional features of the DAQ973A include a large 4.3-inch colour display, plus GPIB, LAN and USB connectivity. In addition, users can interface the unit via the manufacturer’s BenchVue DAQ software, which includes enhanced time- and frequency-domain measurement capability.

#PAuto #TandM @RSComponents; @designsparkRS @Keysight @Publitek

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

PIM analysis over fibre.

The IQ fibre Master™ MT2780A multi-port CPRI-based RF and PIM analyser just introduced by Anritsu, is the first instrument to perform true PIM analysis over fibre and present RF spectrum results derived from IQ data. The MT2780A reduces test costs and time by providing field engineers, field technicians, and third-party contractors with a single instrument to conduct RF interference measurements and PIM troubleshooting on LTE-based systems using CPRI front haul infrastructure.

The IQ fibre Master leverages patented PIM over CPRI and RF over CPRI measurement capabilities that allow tests to be conducted on the ground, significantly reducing tower climbs. Field engineers and technicians can use the MT2780A to scan the uplink RF signals of a remote radio head (RRH) for in-band interference while simultaneously conducting PIM over CPRI measurements. Supporting all Tier 1 LTE base station radio manufacturers, the single instrument solution can determine if KPIs are being affected by interference or PIM.

Analysing CPRI IQ data allows users to view a radio’s uplink spectrum for interference troubleshooting. The IQ fibre Master measures PIM over CPRI with four SFP inputs, providing the ability to compare multiple bands and sectors, as well. Measurements are performed on live cell tower traffic signals, providing a unique method to conduct real-world testing that results in improved accuracy and no system downtime for test. As measurements are derived from baseband IQ data, the IQ fibre Master can make measurements on any frequency RRH, or combination of frequencies of the RRH, providing a very cost-effective solution.

The IQ fibre Master analysis results provide a full PIM diagnosis. It will report the presence of PIM, whether it is internal or external, and the distance to PIM. In addition, the unique and proprietary PIM heatmap quickly displays which transmitter contributes the most PIM. This collective diagnosis data shortens the entire PIM hunting exercise by directing field engineers and technicians to the most probable location and cause of the issues.

For on-going monitoring it can be installed at cell sites to conduct long-term PIM over CPRI measurements and provide analytical information. PIM-related problems, such as intermittent PIM occurring on specific days and times or changes in PIM due to base station load during the day, can be measured in this configuration. Reports of the measurements can be generated and used for comparative analysis.

The IQ fibre Master MT2780A also serves as a band-less PIM testing solution that can be a carrier’s first test tool when identifying an interference problem and its location. This helps to determine the most efficient course of action to follow.

All LTE bands are supported by the unit.  Extremely compact and lightweight, it weighs only 1 kg (2.2 lbs.) and measures 185 mm x 133 mm x 55 mm (2.1 in x 7.3 in x 5.2 in), so it fits in the palm of the user’s hand.

#TandM @AnritsuEMEA @NapierPR

Wireless network solution for digitalised production.

Different sensors and electromechanical switches, but also actuators and command devices, can be integrated in this wireless network solution. They all transmit and receive data via the sWave.NET® wireless standard developed by steute for precisely such applications.

Access Points collect data from the wireless sensors and actuators and forward them to a Sensor Bridge which acts as a service manager, responsible for passing the data on to superordinate company IT platforms. The result is uninterrupted communication from the shop floor all the way up to the management levels of the customer's IT system. A state-of-the-art dashboard provides clear visualisation of the status of all terminal devices integrated in the network.

One characteristic of the nexy software is its simple adaptation to individual requirements. For diverse applications, such as eKanban or AGV fleets, appropriate solutions are already available. An additional key feature is the fact that this network solution is open: steute has its own wide range of wireless network-compatible sensors, but if an application should demand the integration of other sensor types which steute does not provide, these sensors can simply be fitted with an sWave.NET® module and then also be used within the network. This opens up the possibilities for using and expanding the wireless network enormously.

In the latest version, all connected sWave.NET® field devices can receive new firmware updates remotely. Updates are sent to the Sensor Bridge and from there distributed throughout the local network. In this way, all terminal devices always run on the latest software with minimum effort required. In addition, users are able to store the current configuration of the Sensor Bridge and thus the entire parameterisation of the wireless network on an FTP drive automatically. In this latest software version, the Sensor Bridge also communicates with the SAP system of the user via an additional SAP connector.

#PAuto #NEXY @mepaxIntPR

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Picking apples for cider!

The Somerset (GB) based Fruit Harvesting division of SFM Technology Limited, is widely recognised as one of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of advanced fruit harvesting machines. Its SFM Samurai is a self-propelled apple harvester that harvests fallen fruit and is widely used in the cider production industry.
With its 800 mm pick-up head, the multi-operational machine clears a passage between rows of apple trees and scoops up the fruit which is cleaned and stored in an integral 3 tonne capacity hopper whilst a powerful blower cleans the row by propelling any missed fruit to the next row. With the capacity to harvest up to 100 tonnes of apples each day, the machine is designed for optimal navigation through the narrowest of orchard rows thanks to its SFM developed four-wheel steering system that uses Novotechnik RFC4800 series angle sensors, supplied by Variohm EuroSensor, to monitor each axle position to ensure complete front and rear wheel synchronisation.

Novotechnik’s RFC4800 series ‘touchless technology’ non-contacting angle sensors are well proven for steering position feedback on agricultural machinery and other mobile machinery applications. Its widespread use also extends to cost effective rotary position feedback tasks in construction equipment, industrial and automation technology and medical engineering. The robust and durable sensor features a 12-bit resolution (0.09 degrees) in a compact two-part design comprising a position marker in the form of an encapsulated magnet that is typically attached to a rotating shaft component and a physically separate and fixed sensor electronics encased in an environmentally sealed housing.

The wear-free and completely ‘touchless’ sensor offer a practically unlimited operational life and with no bearings required and no need mechanical couplings, installation is straightforward. The RFC4800’s compact dimensions suit space restricted areas and the separate magnet and sensor arrangement is less sensitive to axial and radial alignment tolerances and can also operate through non-magnetic materials if required - allowing uncomplicated mechanical interfacing. Furthermore, with the sensor’s absolute position output signal and the permanently fixed alignment between magnet and sensor, there is no need for elaborate calibration on set-up or a need to reset the steering position on start-up or when restoring power to the vehicle.

The RFC4800 series is available in single channel or multichannel versions with dual redundant output. Nominal sensor electronics housing dimensions are around 48 mm diameter x 14 mm thickness with 38 mm PCD mounting, whilst a choice of optional encapsulated magnet housings are nominally 28 mm diameter and 15 mm thick. Other magnet options include bolts, separate magnets and shaft adaptors.

A wide choice of output signal options include voltage, current and ratiometric as well as fieldbus interfaces for CAN and SAEJ1939, IO-Link, SSI and SPI. Environmental sealing can be specified for IP67 or IP69 and the sensors generous operational temperature extends to -40 °C to +105 °C.

@Variohm @sfmtechnology #food

Making remote working work!

Strictly speaking this is not really automation as we would know it but it is perhaps something that can help some of us in our work - especially for those organisations unused to working remotely.

GForge is helping businesses adapt to the coronavirus threat by making it easier than ever before to use a collaboration platform to empower remote workers.

“There are a wide range of options to enable teams to remotely work together – you can email back and forth, you can do online Skype or Zoom meetings, you can use Slack or Microsoft Teams,” says Tony Bibbs, President of GForge. “GForge provides all the advantages of those programs and much more. The GForge platform is sophisticated, yet it is easy to learn and to use. You don’t have to be a technical genius. If you know how to use a computer, you can use GForge!”

For organizations new to using collaboration platforms or new to GForge, the company is offering GForge in both SaaS or on-premises formats for free for up to 12 months. GForge can be installed on-premise in one minute, (See video below), or you can get started instantly using our SaaS platform at next.gforge.com.

Both options provide the following:
  • Messaging system to help facilitate online meetings
  • Ways to plan, distribute and track teamwork
  • Document sharing and knowledge management
  • Team collaboration tools like integrated chat, notifications, and email support
To support the teams who are suddenly transitioning to remote work, GForge is also offering the following services free of charge:
  • Identify the best hosting options for your organization.
  • We will configure GForge to conform to the processes of your organization.
  • One free online training session for users.
  • One free online training session for administrators.
  • Weekly reviews to ensure your teams are getting the most out of GForge


#PAuto #TandM #coróinvíreas #COVID19 #coronavirus @gforgegroup

Monday, March 23, 2020

Gas analyser manufacturer offers help!

The British Government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has issued a call to manufacturers seeking support in the supply of ventilators and ventilator components as part of the response to Coronavirus.

James Clements
Despite a healthy order book for gas analysers, Signal Group has responded positively; formally expressing a willingness to help. “As a developer and manufacturer of precision gas analysis equipment, we are accustomed with the technologies involved in the reliable, measured flow of contaminant-free gases,” says Signal’s MD James Clements. “We have the necessary expertise, experience and appropriate manufacturing equipment, so we would welcome the opportunity to help in any way we can.”

They are also seeking organisations with skills in design/specification, rapid prototyping, product assembly and certification/regulation/testing, so Signal has also offered its services in this regard. Speaking in response James Clements said: “We are waiting to hear if our offer of help is accepted. For the time being, we are carrying on with our normal work, with as many staff as possible home-working and only essential staff coming in to the Camberley (GB) factory, whilst maintaining appropriate social distancing.”


#Medical @GasAnalysers  @_Enviro_News #coróinvíreas #COVID19 #coronavirus #Britain

Friday, March 20, 2020

Titanium-housed for US flow meters.

The Daniel™ T-200 is a titanium-housed transducer, for Emerson's gas ultrasonic flow meter product line, marking the first use of metal 3D printing to enhance the acoustic performance of ultrasonic flow meters in custody transfer applications. The T-200’s robust design provides increased reliability, uptime and safety while achieving the highest accuracy class attainable in gas measurement.

In an ultrasonic flow meter, transducers generate acoustic signals that are sent back and forth across the fluid stream. The difference in the transit times of these signals is used to determine the fluid flow velocity. Signal quality and strength are critical to measurement accuracy, which is paramount in custody transfer applications. An error of only 0.1% can equate to hundreds of thousands of euros annually in a large diameter high pressure pipeline.

“The T200’s mini-horn array could not be made without metal 3D printing technology, making it transformational to the sound quality and performance achievable through a titanium barrier,” said Kerry Groeschel, director of ultrasonic technology, Emerson. “Emerson is committed to developing innovative solutions that help our customers achieve safer, more efficient operations.”

The meter’s all-metal housing provides a barrier from corrosive hydrocarbon fluids and wet gas, thereby extending the life of transducer components and ensuring stable performance. This unique design allows the meter to be hydrotested with transducers in place, steam cleaned while in the operating line and blown down with no limits on the rate at which the meter can be depressurised.

The T-200 can also be safely extracted while the meter is under pressure without special high-pressure extraction tools, which reduces the possibility of greenhouse gas emissions during extraction. The capsule which contains the piezoelectric crystal used to produce ultrasonic sound waves is retractable as a single piece for simplicity and ease of use.

The new design is rated for a wide range of operating conditions, including pressures from 1 bar gauge (barg)/103 Kilopascal (kPa) to 255 barg/25,855 kPa and temperatures from -50 to 125 degrees Celsius.

#Pauto @DanielFlowNews @EMR_Automation @Emerson_News @HHC_Lewis

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Precision sensor application development support.

Introducing ADI MeasureWare a new flexible platform that allows TE customers to rapidly develop a precision sensor application without a deep understanding of precision analog or sensor design

TE Connectivity has announced today its integration with ADI MeasureWare, a plug and play suite of hardware measurement kits and software studio tools to help fulfill the growing need for precision measurement across multiple industries including precision agriculture, machine health monitoring, electrochemistry and other areas requiring precise measurement. As a result of this integration, TE customers are able to quickly develop a precision sensor application – from prototype to production (SoC solution ADMW1001) – without the need for a deep understanding of precision analog or sensor design.

“We are excited about the integration of TE sensors with ADI’s MeasureWare platform,” said John Tuley, IoT business development – Sensor Solutions business. “MeasureWare combined with TE sensors enables our customers to quickly display precision sensor data on a cloud platform and focuses engineering time on end use case validation rather than hardware design.”

ADI’s MeasureWare solutions are built to interface devices with the world around them, allowing users to more effectively measure the datasets necessary to their respective projects, such as temperature, weight, humidity, pH, pressure, etc. MeasureWare also offers flexibility to adjust and change measurement parameters as a project evolves.

Partnering with ADI’s MeasureWare is part of TE Connectivity’s ongoing efforts to provide design engineers, at any level, with best in class engineering support and tools to create amazing new products for industrial, IoT, medical and commercial applications.

TE has a number of sensors available to support the MeasureWare platform, with planned additions rolling out in the coming months. To view TE’s current sensor availability with MeasureWare, click here.

#PAuto @TEConnectivity @ADI_News

Scholorships program opened in USA.

Emerson has announced the application period is now open for its 2020 ASCO Engineering Scholarship Program for U.S. college students*. The merit-based scholarships are awarded on the candidate's potential for leadership and for making a significant contribution to the engineering, instrumentation, systems, and automation professions. Recipients may also be eligible for an Emerson internship.


Over the past 12 years, $120,000 in ASCO engineering scholarships have helped to support the academic success of 24 students planning careers in engineering. An additional $24,000 in grants have assisted education research projects at the engineering departments of the colleges where the recipients were enrolled.
Emerson will award two U.S. engineering students a $5,000 scholarship each, host them at "The Amazing Packaging Race" at PACK EXPO International (Nov 2020), and grant their colleges' engineering departments $1,000 for research support.

"Challenges and opportunities in science and technology are greater, more rewarding, and more demanding than ever — for both students and industry," said Andy Duffy, vice president of sales for fluid control and pneumatics at Emerson. "At Emerson, we know there is no better investment to drive innovation than to support the learning of today's students — and tomorrow's workforce."

The scholarship recipients will be announced at PACK EXPO International on November 11 in Chicago. There, Emerson will host the recipients at its Amazing Packaging Race, a fun and educational event in which teams of college students from around the country compete to gather points by completing tasks at specific PACK EXPO booths.

The deadline to apply is May 1, 2020.

"Emerson's commitment to global support in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education is deeply rooted in our heritage," said Gordon Muir, president, industrial automation at Emerson's Automation Solutions business. "With our ASCO Engineering Scholarships, we look to emphasize and celebrate STEM, highlighting the tremendous impact these skillsets have on the future workforce. Other corporate programs, from We Love STEM Days for elementary students to Post-Graduate Co-Op Programs, bring a multitude of opportunities to thousands of students around the world to explore STEM education — and to contribute, innovate and succeed in their careers, industry, and future."

*The scholarship is open to U.S. citizens and legal U.S. residents. Applicants must have completed their sophomore year in a bachelor's degree program or be enrolled in a graduate program at an accredited U.S. educational institution at the time of application.

#PAuto @EMR_Automation @ASCOValve @Emerson_News @packexposhow

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Non-contact temperature measurement.

RS Components (RS) has introduced the new Fluke TiS20+ and TiS60+handheld infrared thermal imaging cameras. Offering easy one-handed fixed-focus image capture, these new Fluke infrared imagers are ideal for engineers and technicians new to thermal imaging, allowing accurate non-contact temperature measurement from a safe distance to reveal invisible thermal issues that cannot otherwise be detected.

TiS20
The TiS20+ is an entry-level thermal imager intended as a troubleshooting tool for electricians, first-line industrial maintenance and HVACR technicians. Able to measure temperatures between –20°C and +150°C, it features a ruggedized 3.5-inch touchscreen and 120x90 infrared detector resolution. The TiS20+ offers exceptional battery life covering over 5 hours of continuous operation, while a sleep mode saves battery consumption between inspection points.

TiS60
The TiS60+ is a higher-resolution device that helps maintenance teams to identify smaller problems from further away. Also featuring a 3.5-inch touchscreen, it offers 320x240 detector resolution and an extended measurement temperature range from –20°C to +400°C.

Both new thermal imagers feature Fluke’s IR-Fusion technology, which automatically captures a visible light image at the same time as each infrared image. The camera blends the two images together, pixel for pixel, so the user can view a full infrared display, full visible light, or various combinations in between — selected by sliding a finger across the screen. The precise location of any thermal issue can then be pinpointed even if the infrared contrast is low and there is little structure to the infrared image.

The TiS20+ and TiS60+ are both compatible with Fluke Connect desktop software, which allows recording and sharing of thermal images in real time via smartphones or tablets, or automatic upload to the cloud. Professional reports can be created in minutes, capturing full radiometric data to support maintenance programmes.

Further time savings are provided by Fluke Connect Asset Tagging software, which scans a QR code on each asset at the time of image capture and automatically sorts the images by asset — potentially eliminating hours of work at the computer manually sorting images one by one.

The Fluke TiS20+ and TiS60+ measure 26.7x10.1x14.5cm, weigh 0.72kg, are designed and tested to withstand a 2m drop, and are water and dust resistant to IP54. Both imaging cameras are available now from RS in the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions.

#TandM #PAuto  @RSComponents @FlukeCorp @Publitek

Power analyser.

Two new options and implemented a firmware upgrade for its WT5000 Precision Power Analyzer have been released by Yokogawa.  The enhancements are designed to help companies improve performance when developing or evaluating electronic devices such as EV-related equipment or systems for solar and wind power installations.

The new DS option centres on waveform data streaming, while the focus of new G7 option is IEC harmonic, voltage fluctuation and flicker testing. In addition, a new firmware version is released that offers Modbus/TCP and raw socket communication, a navigation settings menu, webserver functions and the evaluation of multi-phase motor control.

“In line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs], there is an ever-greater need to protect the environment and develop clean energy solutions,” states Kelvin Hagebeuk, Marketing Manager at Yokogawa T&M Europe. “The introduction of enhanced functionality and the new options for our WT5000 Precision Power Analyzer meets the need of customers looking to reach higher levels of performance of electronic devices used in EVs and renewable energy systems.”

The Yokogawa WT5000 is a Precision Power Analyzer that offers exceptional measurement accuracy of ±0.03% combined with stability, noise immunity and plug-in modular flexibility to meet the measurement needs of those developing energy-efficient systems.
“The WT5000, which is the flagship model of our power analyzer WT series, now offers greatly extended capabilities for companies measuring power consumption and efficiency as part of their development cycle,” explains Terry Marrinan, VP Sales & Marketing Yokogawa Europe and South-East Asia. “Utilizing the latest power electronics technology, engineers can capture the variations of electric energy in more detail and use this information to optimize the development and design effort.”

In the development or evaluation of EV or renewable energy systems, continuous waveform output or synchronization between numerical data and waveform data is required. As well as benefitting from the highly accurate numerical data collected by the WT5000, users of the new DS option can stream waveform data to a PC at sample speeds of up to 2 MS/s. Voltage and current waveforms, as well as motor signals, can be streamed, allowing engineers to study transient behavior simultaneously when measuring efficiency or energy consumption. Importantly, the waveform data is streamed without gaps, can be combined, and is synchronized with the numerical data. Any abnormal findings in the numerical data can be directly linked and evaluated in the waveform data.

The new G7 option, in combination with the harmonic, voltage fluctuation and flicker test software, means that data can be saved to a PC for assessment according to IEC61000-3-3. An IEC standard which specifies limits of voltage changes which may be produced by an equipment tested under specified conditions. This action will show a trend of parameters such as DC, dmax and Pinst (instantaneous flicker sensation).

In terms of the newly developed firmware functions, Modbus/TCP and raw socket communication enables easy connection between the WT5000 and Yokogawa recorder/PLC products, while the navigation setting menu and gain/phase correction functions support the use of external current sensors. Easy monitoring and operating of the WT5000 from a PC is facilitated by the company’s newly developed webserver functionality.

Users of the latest firmware can also take advantage of multi-phase motor control. The user-defined computations of the WT5000 now have presets to measure field-oriented control parameters which are used by inverters to simplify the control of multi-phase motors. Using these presets allows the evaluation of motor control to take place simultaneously with motor efficiency measurements.

#TandM @Yokogawa_Europe @YokogawaIA  @ArmitageComm