Thursday, April 2, 2020

Healthcare technologies being expedited.

Analog Devices (ADI) has announced a series of actions to support the global response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by expediting production of its healthcare technologies that can help fight COVID-19. These include critical measurement and control technologies that are used in medical equipment essential for diagnostics and treatment for COVID-19 patients, such as ventilators, respirators, diagnostic test systems, infusion pumps, patient monitors as well as in imaging systems, such as CT scanners and digital x-ray.

“ADI is committed to doing everything we can to ensure supply and expedite shipments of our healthcare products that populate the critical medical equipment being used in the front line of the fight against COVID-19. We are also leveraging our domain expertise in partnership with biosensor companies, research hospitals and the international Open Source Ventilator project to deliver breakthrough technology and provide design assistance where it is needed most,” said Vincent Roche, President and CEO. “Our team is proud to support the courageous members of the medical community, who are working so hard to get us through this, and the patients that are acutely affected by COVID-19 around the world.”

To address the increased needs of our healthcare customers, ADI is taking the following actions:

  • Analysing order backlog daily to identify and prioritise customers who are manufacturers of critical medical equipment as the supply environment becomes increasingly difficult for them.
  • Dedicating manufacturing lines to increase production of healthcare components to meet the higher demand for these products from healthcare customers.
  • Providing manufacturing teams with protective equipment, social distancing guidelines and clean workplace practices to ensure their health and safety.
  • Working with local governments worldwide to ensure ADI’s facilities or subcontractors’ facilities remain in operation so they can continue producing this essential healthcare technology.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an unprecedented impact around the world. ADI is committed to doing its part to advance the health and safety of its team members, customers and the public at large.

#Medical @ADI_News #coróinvíreas #COVID19 #coronavirus

Camera with polarisation sensor.

A polarisation sensor makes details visible that remain hidden to other image sensors. IDS now offers the IMX250MZR 5 MP sensor from SONY with integrated on-pixel polarisers in the uEye CP camera family. The models ensure better object detection in cases of low contrast or light reflections. They also provide a convenient way of detecting fine scratches on surfaces or the stress distribution within transparent objects.

Both USB3 Vision and GigE Vision are available as interfaces. Using polarisation filters, the sensor generates an image with four polarisation directions in a single image. Based on the intensity of each directional polarisation, the polarisation angle and the degree of polarisation can be determined. This makes it versatile – for example, for checking residues on surfaces before further processing or for removing reflections for traffic monitoring.

Thanks to their innovative, patented housing design and the very high manufacturing quality typical of IDS, the compact industrial cameras also make designers’ hearts beat faster. With dimensions of only 29 x 29 x 29 millimetres, the models are ideal for space-critical applications. Screwable cables also ensure a reliable electrical connection.

#PAuto @IDS_Imaging @mepaxIntPR

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.


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.


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