Thursday, May 17, 2012

Measuring low level acceleration

ServoK-Beam High Sensitivity Capacitive Accelerometer

A single axis, high sensitivity, capacitive accelerometer for measuring static acceleration or low-level, low-frequency vibration is now available from Kistler Instruments. The new ServoK-Beam accelerometer has high resolution, excellent frequency response and insensitivity to thermal transients and transverse acceleration making it ideal for a wide range of applications from modal analysis of large structures and vehicle dynamics to measuring seismic effects on structures during earthquakes and aerospace ground testing.

The measurement range of ±3 g, wide static and dynamic frequency response from zero to 500 Hz and ultra-low noise of 4 μgrms below 100 Hz are combined with sensitivity of 1,200 mV/g, high immunity to thermal transients 1,500 gpk shock rating and low transverse acceleration. The ServoK-Beam is a three terminal, variable capacitance sensor, made by a bulk Micro Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) process. The sensing element and conditioning electronics are integrated into an hermetically sealed titanium housing with a mass of 95 grams. A hard anodized housing provides ground isolation and the unit is powered by a bipolar supply between ±6 and ±12 V DC.

The safe installation solution for cable ducts

 G10 Safety - less is more

AS-Interface is the world’s most widely-used interface concept, which has simplified automation through quick connection technology via flat cables. The integration of safety on AS-i was a further important step towards an end-to-end solution which set new standards in terms of simplicity, clear overview and cost-efficiency.

Where other solutions require hardware, AS-i Safety impresses with reliable communication and intelligent-logic software. In installation technology, it is common to connect digital IOs via distributors or modules with several IO ports. In the case of safety solutions, superfluous parallel wiring or a parallel system environment often still predominate, which are rendered unnecessary with AS-i Safety.

Where safe components need to be implemented in PLe in a decentralized manner, either the AS-i interface can be integrated in the safe end device, or a complete, two-channel AS-i module can be used for connection. Many different AS-i integrated devices, or sufficient space in which to install the modules are necessary as a result. Pepperl+Fuchs convincingly puts an end to this dilemma with the world’s smallest G10 safety module featuring IP68/69k protection.

Any safety switch with dry contacts can be connected to this ultra-compact module in a modular fashion. Whereas the flat cable previously had to be fed out of the cable duct, direct installation within the cable duct is possible thanks to the unit’s low height of <23 mm. All that can be seen from outside is the round cable outlet to the safe end device. The one-piece housing enables flat cables to simply be fed through, contacted via round, gold-plated pins, while being tightly sealed at the same time, by means of a single screw.

The G10 safety module does not even require screw-mounting because it is so small and lightweight. It’s brilliantly simple and the smaller size and weight ensure a new level of extra functionality.

New Test + Measurement catalogue

Fluke has announced availability of its new 140-page full-colour 2012/2013 Test Tools Catalogue which can be obtained free via their web site - either by requesting a copy to be sent in the post, or by immediate download as a pdf version.

The new catalogue contains complete descriptions of features and specifications for Fluke's full line of test tools. Sections include handheld digital multimeters, basic electrical testers, ScopeMeters, installation testers, field calibration tools, power quality tools, clamp meters, digital thermometers, thermal imagers, insulation testers, EX test tools, portable appliance testers, indoor air quality tools and accessories.

An introductory section covers all the tools recently introduced, such as the Fluke Ti100/TiR100 Series of light, rugged Thermal Imagers; the Fluke 430 Series II 3-phase Power Quality and Energy Analysers, the first tools to use a patented algorithm to measure energy waste and quantify its cost; the Fluke 1654B Multifunction Installation Tester; and the Fluke 750 Series Documenting Process Calibrators.

There are also pages covering money-saving Combo Kits, Fluke After Sales Service, Fluke Web Portals which help with troubleshooting and the correct tool selection in industrial maintenance, electrical and process applications, and on safety issues and other application/background articles.

Partnership to offer "complete solution!"

Schneider Electric and Krohne have announced a partnership to provide customers with a complete solution including Schneider Electric’s PlantStruxure process automation architecture and Krohne’s instrumentation offer. This combination allows for easy integration of the complete solution, which enables customers to achieve increased energy efficiency, productivity, and process optimization.

"We are building this partnership on the shared values of search for simplicity, drive for innovation and Voice of the Customer oriented developments. I am confident that the partnership of Schneider Electric's global expertise in energy management and process automation, coupled with Krohne's world class expertise and engineering capabilities on both standard and customized Instrumentation solutions, will prove to be a winning combination for our customers," says Cyril Perducat CTO of Schneider Electric Industry Business.

David Orgaz, Vice President, Process Automation Systems of Schneider Electric, adds: "The integration of Krohne's best in class instrumentation offer with Schneider Electric's PlantStruxure offer will deliver some great synergies and superior customer benefits and is very much in line with what we hear in terms of what our customers need to cope with the evolving challenges in process and energy management."

Michael Dubbick, co-CEO of the Krohne Group, adds: “The collaboration agreement with Schneider Electric is a strategic partnership of high importance for Krohne worldwide. We have already worked together on several major projects in the past. Based on this experience, we strongly believe that the combined engineering experience of our two global companies, together with the Schneider Electric PlantStruxure system for plant automation and energy management, will become a real success story.

This collaboration is in accordance with our company strategy and supports our goal to grow sustainably by establishing long-term relationships with our business partners.”

Stephan Neuburger, co-CEO of the Krohne group, says: “The customers of Schneider Electric will benefit from our highly skilled sales and service staff. We look forward to contributing our engineering and application knowledge to projects in different industry segments such as Oil&Gas, Water&Wastewater, Food&Beverage as well as Metals, Minerals and Mining. In these vertical sectors, Krohne has already proven its unique level of expertise by not only resolving standard applications but also those which demand innovative, customised instrumentation solutions.”

Schneider Electric’s PlantStruxure process automation architecture helps customers achieve energy and productivity improvement objectives by creating a single environment to measure energy use, process data, asset utilization and machine performance. To achieve this, KROHNE delivers matching and integrated measurement solutions for flow, level, pressure and temperature measurements as well as analytical tasks, providing the necessary information to monitor and optimize plant processes that involve liquid, gaseous or solid mediums.

Delivering cryogenic liquids certifiably

Custody transfer solution includes the Coriolis transmitter and MID-approved printer with the option of a flow computer
Micro Motion® Coriolis flowmeters now have additional MID certification for custody transfer. The certification covers the F100 model from the F-Series product range, for truck deliveries of cryogenic liquids, such as argon, nitrogen and oxygen. This new certificate from NMi (Nederlands Meet Instituut) adds to an already wide range of MID approvals for the measurement of liquids and gases under normal and cryogenic flow conditions.

Micro Motion Coriolis flowmeters already have European, Asian, Australian and U.S. approvals for cryogenic liquids in custody transfer applications. The flowmeters provide accurate and repeatable readings of mass flow, density, and temperature, making them ideal for critical measuring applications.

The additional certification means that Emerson can now offer cryogenic liquid re-sellers and distributors a compact, reliable and accurate solution for their delivery trucks that meets the MID requirements for direct mass flow measurement in custody transfer deliveries. The complete Micro Motion solution includes the Coriolis transmitter and MID-approved printer, with the option of a flow computer.

In detail, the certification covers the Micro Motion F100 Coriolis Flowmeter and ATEX and IECEx IIC approval, for use with cryogenic liquids with flow rates between 3.5 - 450 kg/min, densities between 700 and 1500 Kg/m3, and temperatures down to -200°C. The ambient temperature range is from -40 to +55°C. These Micro Motion Coriolis flowmeters meet the requirements of the MID guidelines; environmental class M3/E3 and accuracy class 2.5, which specify an accuracy of 1.5% for the meter and 2.5% for the complete measuring system.

All European Union countries, plus Norway and Switzerland, have committed themselves to standardise all custody transfer applications using one set of rules and guidelines. This will allow easier and smoother transfer of liquids and gases between EU member countries. By 30th October 2016, all countries are required to have the applications to comply with these rules as stated in the Measuring Instruments Directive (MID) 2004/22/EC. Cryogenic liquids also fall under these regulations.

"Emerson Process Management offers a wide range of MID approved products and MID consultancy services," said Stephane Tritz, Vice President Flow Europe. "By providing MID certificates with products for single usage or to be integrated into a system, customers can focus their attention on their system design."

Investment signals the company’s commitment to next generation industrial engineers.

ABB has invested close to £1 million and signed a 10-year agreement with Imperial College London (GB) to support a new carbon capture pilot plant teaching facility located at the university’s central London campus. Further supplemented by a series of sponsorships for Imperial’s chemical engineering undergraduates, ABB’s investment and involvement in the project signals the company’s commitment to shaping the next generation of industrial engineers.

Using a combination of ABB’s instrumentation, drives, motors and process automation equipment, the control room provides students with hands-on experience of pilot-scale industrial plant operations and is the only facility of its kind in an academic institution in the world. The pilot plant will be used in undergraduate teaching with the aim of equipping students with the practical skills needed for a career in industry.

The agreement between ABB and Imperial gives the university access to the most advanced control and instrumentation technology available from any supplier, as well as life cycle services and support for the installation. In return, ABB has access to the carbon capture pilot plant for its own use and will use the facility for customer demonstrations and training, staff learning such as inter-divisional training, hands on experience for its apprentices and product testing and software evaluation.

“The pilot plant is a global showcase for the latest and best process control and instrumentation technology in use at one of the world’s leading engineering institutions,” says Martin Grady, General Manager, Oil, Gas and Petrochemical - UK, ABB Ltd. “We will be able to trial new technology in a low risk, well-managed environment to gather Beta site test data. It also gives ABB a great platform to train its staff and customers on a real pilot plant. Quite simply, there are very few industrial companies that have utilised all the leading-edge technology that Imperial College is featuring within this pilot plant.”

To further support its involvement with Imperial, ABB is providing four summer placements of eight to ten weeks per annum in its British operations. In addition a summer placement in Brisbane (AUS) will be awarded to a student on the university’s exchange programme, after spending their third undergraduate year in Australia. One final year student will be selected from previous summer students to have their final year tuition fees paid by ABB.

ABB’s involvement in the project is aimed at raising the awareness among chemical engineering graduates of the benefits of a career in control and instrumentation engineering. The investment is seen as a shop window for presenting the opportunities available throughout the ABB organisation, particularly at one of its main execution centres for oil, gas and petrochemical automation in St Neots, Cambridgeshire (GB) and its measurement products activities in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire and Workington, Cumbria (GB).

“By investing in the pilot plant and the awards, we are effectively investing in our own future, by making sure that ABB will have ready access to a stream of bright young engineers,” says Grady. “One of our biggest problems is finding enough suitably qualified engineers to fill the ever growing range of opportunities we can offer. Obviously if engineering in the UK flourishes, then we flourish too.

“The move by ABB is partly in response to government initiatives aimed at rebuilding the manufacturing base of the UK and re-establishing the important contribution that engineering makes to people’s everyday lives. The UK needs to increase its base of skilled engineers if it is to grow its manufacturing sector towards its potential. We believe that the pilot plant will support education by giving tomorrow’s engineers hands-on exposure to real-life technology. This pilot plant really brings the real world into the classroom for the first time."

In recognition of ABB’s support for the new carbon capture pilot plant, Imperial has named the hi-tech centre-piece of the installation the ABB Control Room. The ABB Control Room houses the extended operator workplace (EOW) and the distributed control system, System 800xA, from where operators can control and supervise the plant.

With many international students also studying at the College, the facility will help to position Britain as the global centre of excellence and expertise for engineering education. For ABB, there is the added attraction of building awareness of its technologies and capabilities across a global audience.

“The increasingly global nature of the projects we are working on, particularly in the oil, gas and petrochemical sectors, means that engineers from the UK and elsewhere are being called on to work in many different regions worldwide,” concludes Grady. “Our aim is to use the plant to create a lasting association between the real-life problems that students will encounter once they qualify and the technology and capabilities available from ABB that can help solve them.”

“The pilot plant contributes to making Imperial the leading international centre for practical, hands-on chemical engineering education and training,” says Dr. Daryl Williams, Director of the Pilot Plant Project at Imperial. “We were looking for a global control and instrumentation partner to work with us on the carbon capture pilot plant. The opportunity for both parties was immense. It provided a once in a lifetime opportunity to influence the training and education of thousands of young chemical engineers over the next 20 years at one of the world’s premier chemical engineering departments.”

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Advances in sensors!

IFSA has just published the first book from Advances in Sensors Book Series, Vol.1,

It’s titled "Modern Sensors, Transducers and Sensor Networks" and includes dozen collected sensor related, advanced state-of-the-art reviews written by experts from academia and industry. Coverage includes current developments in sensing nanomaterials, technologies, MEMS sensors design, synthesis, modeling and applications of sensors, transducers and wireless sensor networks, signal detection and advanced signal processing, as well as new sensing principles and methods of measurements.

Account manager for South of Ireland!

Peter Cullen has been appointed Account Manager South for Rockwell Automation Ireland. In this role Peter will be responsible for the sales of Rockwell Automation products and services including Process Automation Systems, IT/MES, Drives, Components and Customer Service Management Solutions.

Peter has nearly 20 years of industry experience with AT/IT Solutions business and has demonstrated track record of Relationship Based Sales and Leadership skills which he brings to our organization. His strong strategic outlook and critical thinking skills will be essential to ensure we deliver market leading products, services and customer solutions to ensure long-term value for our clients.

Peter previously represented ProsCon Ltd for seven years in the Irish Market and has also worked for Douglas Control & Automation and Jacobs Engineering.

Peter earned his degree in Cork Institute of Technology and went on to achieve a Higher Diploma in Marketing & Management from University College, Cork (UCC), a Postgraduate Diploma in International Business from Dublin Business School and an MBS from University College Cork.

US automation community college co-operate!

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) has approved and is fully to support the creation of a U.S. Automation Community College Consortium.

Community Colleges In The USA
The Automation Federation presented the Automation Community College Consortium concept to a very receptive AACC during a recent visit to Washington, D.C. The AACC recognized the valuable work the Automation Federation is undertaking with community colleges for the creation of an automation curriculum. This curriculum is key to achieving the Automation Federation’s goal of building the “Next Generation of Automation Professionals.”

Automation is the central factor in the continued global competitiveness of the U.S., and more specifically in the revitalisation of manufacturing. Current estimates show that thousands of new automation professionals are needed annually to fill critical manufacturing and other automation-related jobs as the baby-boomer generation enters retirement. Unfortunately, the replacement workforce to fill these vital positions is critically lacking. We must begin to educate the “Next Generation of Automation Professionals” today to avoid an adverse impact on the ability of their industry to grow and compete globally in the future.

It has identified community colleges as an invaluable resource for providing the education and training needed to establish the “Next Generation of Automation Professionals.” The Automation Competency Model (ACM)—developed by the Automation Federation and the  Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor—is the tool that will assist the colleges in the development of automation educational curricula for future automation professionals. The ACM is designed to help individuals prepare for job opportunities in the automation profession and to aid existing professionals in attaining the knowledge and skills for improving job performance.

The Automation Federation, with the support and assistance of the AACC, is to bring the colleges and the model together through the development of the U.S. Automation Community College Consortium. Together, the Automation Federation and the AACC will introduce the ACM and the consortium to the member colleges of the AACC. The member colleges that comprise the consortium will use the ACM as the framework for developing an automation curriculum that will result in two-year degree programs in specific automation arenas and provide an educational track leading to a four-year degree program in automation, engineering and technology.

Vice President of Economic Development and International Programs for the AACC, Jim McKenney, said, “The AACC and the Automation Federation have been working together to make our community college members aware of the ACM and the value it brings to the development of automation curricula. Building on our past efforts, the creation of the U.S. Automation Community College Consortium will significantly advance our progress toward the development of automation curricula and related degree programs.”

Cleveland Community College located in Shelby (NC USA), has become the first community college to join the consortium. In addition, Cleveland Community College has recently established an Automation Center of Excellence for the study of automation. The automation curriculum offered at Cleveland Community College is based on the ACM.

“Cleveland Community College is excited about working with the Automation Federation and future consortium members through the AACC to help the U.S. maintain our industry leadership and advance the workforce of the future nationwide,” said Cleveland Community College Department Chair, Industrial Services, Mitchell Sepaugh.

“The partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges to build the U.S. Automation Community College Consortium is a noteworthy example of the significant progress the Automation Federation is making in expanding the use of the Automation Competency Model for the good of the profession,” said 2012 Automation Federation Chair, Leo Staples. “And, once the U.S. consortium and curricula are established, we hope to use them as a model for other nations to incorporate into their institutions of higher learning.”

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Rugged industrial pressure sensors

New IP Series from Honeywell offers a pre-configured combination of the most popular features and options for industrial monitoring applications.

Honeywell has expanded its industrial pressure sensor portfolio with the new Honeywell IP Series of industrial pressure sensors.

This new product line includes two new models, designed to offer reliable, repeatable pressure measurements in a variety of industrial manufacturing environments and applications. Pre-configured with the most popular features and options for typical industrial monitoring applications, Honeywell’s Model IPG1 and IPG2 offer robust pressure measurement performance with accuracies of 0.15 % and 0.25%, respectively.

“The new IP Series of sensors from Honeywell is compatible with a wide range of media, including liquids, chemicals, and gases and are designed to perform in demanding industrial environments where consistent measurements over changing temperature ranges or spikes is essential,” said David Baucus, senior product manager for Honeywell Test and Measurement products. “Honeywell’s IP Series offers a combination of popular product features cost-effectively packaged to provide reliable, repeatable performance for many types of rugged industrial monitoring applications.”

Typical users for this product include customers in transportation, industrial, medical, and oil & gas industries. Typical applications include heavy equipment hydraulic and pneumatic monitoring, process and factory automation, component and material test, and process monitoring (such as: hydraulic, pneumatic, fluid, tank, and leaks.)

Built on Honeywell’s time-proven Sensotec pressure platform, the Model IP pressure product is CE certified and offered in common psi (5 to 10,000) and bar (0.5 to 700) ranges. Unlike other pressure sensors on the market, Honeywell’s line of IP sensors includes temperature in its Total Error Band (TEB) configuration, offering increased measurement confidence and eliminating the need for supplementary calculations by the user.

Portable FTIR gas analyser!

Gasmet Technologies has launched their DX4040 – a portable FTIR gas analyser that enables the field measurement of literally thousands of gases.

The DX4040 is the second generation of the world’s first truly portable FTIR analyser which brought laboratory grade gas analysis into the field, and thereby brought the benefits of multiparameter FTIR gas analysis to monitoring applications involving industrial safety, medical gases, fumigants/pesticides, soil gas, contaminated land, first responders/hazmat, fire investigation, toxic industrial chemicals, chemical warfare agents and many others.

The new instrument is easier to use and more flexible than its predecessor. However, Gasmet CEO Mikko Suuntala says: "The most important development lies in the ability of the device to identify unknown gases in the field (at the touch of one button) when using a new version of the unit's Calcmet™ software on a Windows tablet pc."

Users of the DX4040's predecessor will be pleased to learn that the unknown gas identification capability is retrospectively applicable to existing DX4030 analysers when using the new software and a tablet PC.

The Calcmet™ Pro software makes it possible to retrospectively identify almost any gas from the recorded spectra. However, for those users investigating known species the unit can be used with a handheld Bluetooth PDA running Calcmet™ Lite and incorporating a 3G modem, camera and GPS so that time and location are assigned to each analysis. Using the DX4040 with a PDA is a popular choice because it enables the simultaneous display, in almost real-time, of up to 25 gases.

Summarising the benefits of the DX4040 Mikko Suuntala says: “This instrument is unique; it is able to identify both organic and inorganic compounds, whilst also storing sample spectra for post-measurement analysis using a chemical library of over 5000 compounds. There are no sensors that might need future replacement and operation is extremely easy; no sample preparation is required and calibration is simply a zero check with nitrogen or air.”

Mercury wetted reed relays

Mercury wetted relays remain a good choice for some applications due to the fact that they have no contact bounce, have a high power rating and offer a very low and stable contact resistance, with over one billion operations. While they do not meet the requirements of the RoHS directive, there are many applications that are exempt from this, for example, medical equipment, instrumentation, military applications, servicing, upgrading or expanding pre RoHS equipment. One special application involves relays featuring two change-over switches with a common open time. These are used in data acquisition systems using the ‘Flying Capacitor’ technique, this gives superb isolation between the source and the device measuring it.
Pickering Electronics manufacture a very wide range of mercury wetted relays, from large high power devices to very small single-in-line types.  Many mercury types from other manufacturers are no longer available so if you have a mercury relay requirement this is a useful source for them.

Fieldbus power supply

New fieldbus power supply to offer 25% saving with N+1 redundancy and online diagnostics

The 9180 Series redundant fieldbus power system featuring N+1 Redundancy, on-line diagnostics and modular flexibility has just been released by MTL Instruments. The fieldbus power system is designed to provide redundant power for eight Foundation™ fieldbus H1 segments for use with all fieldbus systems. It is optimised for use in general purpose and hazardous area High Energy Trunk architectures which, with the appropriate wiring components, supports fieldbus devices using all hazardous area protection techniques.

Power for the eight fieldbus segments is provided by two groups of up to three 919x-FP 4-segment power modules, operating in N+1 redundant configuration (load sharing). For redundant applications requiring 250 to 500mA current per segment, three 9191-FP power modules are fitted on the carrier for each 4 segment group. For redundant applications initially requiring up to 250mA current per segment, two 9191-FP modules are fitted on the carrier, with the option of adding a third power module to allow for future segment power expansion. The advantage to the operator is typically a 25% saving in initial capital cost compared to a conventional 1+1 redundant architecture along with lower lifetime operating costs.

The 9191-FP power modules have a high output voltage and current that is capable of powering heavily loaded segments and long cable lengths. It should be specified for all safe area projects and Zone 2/Division 2 applications except for those requiring voltages below 32V for energy-limited spurs.

Failure alarms and galvanic isolation are incorporated into each 919x-FP module, whilst passive inductors and terminators on each fieldbus segment contribute to deliver the highest level of availability. Pluggable surge-protection components for each fieldbus trunk are available as an option reducing the installed cost of providing surge protection on fieldbus networks. The 9180 Series provides easy integration with all the major DCS suppliers including Yokogawa, Emerson DeltaV, ABB 800xA, Honeywell Experion PKS and the Invensys I/A Series.

The 9180 Series power system is just one component of the recently created FieldPlus brand initiative from MTL that is designed to make fieldbus component selection as easy as possible based on the network architecture being employed. System integrators, specifiers and engineers alike can benefit from MTL’s range of differentiated fieldbus solutions, providing assistance in selecting the optimum architecture to deliver customer value on the website. The FieldPlus™ brand brings together MTL’s range of fieldbus products enabling you to easily recognise a suite of products designed with the Industrial Networks values of Intelligence, Flexibility, Safety and Control.

Relay & switch drawings now available to download!

Omron Electronic Components Europe has made 2D and 3D CAD drawings for the overwhelming majority of its electromechanical solid state relays and switches as well as its connectors and sensors available for instant download online.
The drawings are published on the portal run by Traceparts, a leading CAD software company with nearly a million registered users and a database of millions of parts including electronic components.

Commenting, Mark Jones, COO of Omron Electronic Components Europe, said, “Now, customers can quickly find a 2D or 3D CAD drawing of the Omron component they need for their design, and download it instantly in native formats for popular CAD systems or industry standard CAD formats. This will enable engineers to design PCB layouts much quicker and more efficiently. Technical specifications and datasheets are already available on the Omron website.”

By registering on the Traceparts website, Omron customers can readily search the catalogue of Omron components, view the components and configure them to suit their specific requirements then download a 2D or 3D CAD model in their preferred format.

Hygienic enclosures!

Rittal’s Hygienic Design (HD) Enclosures

Where there is an emphasis on stringent hygiene requirements and ease of cleaning, Rittal’s Hygienic Design (HD) enclosures, with a protection category of IP69K, provide a key element in the design of open processes in the food industry and clean rooms.

Available in a number of sizes and utilising their HD system accessories, the following benefits have been designed into the stainless steel cases and enclosures. Simple cleaning with inclined surfaces of 3° on all sides and 10° on the front cover to prevent debris remaining on the enclosure surfaces; an all round gap free silicone seal between enclosure door or cover; seam free construction and hygiene compliant hexagon locks and fixings.

For easy assembly and maintenance, standard items which include captive quick release cover locks on terminal boxes and a one-piece easily replaceable silicone seal as well as interchangeable door hinges internal to the enclosure. For component installation and greater flexibility internal rails are supplied with 6.25mm hole pitch, KL support rails that can be fitted directly and in the compact enclosure, a mounting plate.

Programmable power

Programmable power supplies provide 1700 watts in 1U height

Ametek Programmable Power has introduced a higher power version of their high density 1U rack height programmable power supply. The Sorensen XG1700 is available in 12 different models with maximum output voltages up to 600 volts and currents up to 220 amps.

The new Sorensen XG1700 series offers the highest power level currently available in a 1U full rack casing. Front ventilation ensures that units can be stacked at full density without the need for ventilation spaces above or below.

High frequency, soft switching technology is used to provide low output noise coupled with high power efficiency. The technology also minimises the stress on the switching devices thus providing high higher mean time between failure (MTBF).

The 1700 watts of output power can be provided in both constant voltage and constant current modes, and special fold-back modes can be selected if required. Bus controlled auxiliary output voltages are available for switching connection relays or for other switching requirements.

The Sorensen XG series comes as standard with USB 2.0, RS-232, RS-485 and non-isolated analogue interfaces to provide a comprehensive set of options to connect to a PC or other network device. Isolated analogue, LXI compliant Ethernet and GPIB interfaces are available as options

The Sorensen XG series is exclusively available in Great Britain from TTid.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Graphic designer products

Xara's new version 8 Designer products - Xara Photo & Graphic Designer MX (v8) and Xara Designer Pro X (v8) are now available.

Both products are super-fast, easy-to-use single integrated programs that provide all the tools for a range of graphic design tasks that would normally require three or more separate ‘suite’ programs; iIllustration, photo editing, advanced page layout, web graphics and animations – and in the case of Designer Pro building complete websites and online presentations.

Xara Photo & Graphic Designer MX and Xara Designer Pro X are the world's highest performing graphics software titles, with their speed enabling more complex and realistic graphics to be created more easily and in less time.

Xara Photo & Graphic Designer MX is ideal for any graphics enthusiast, small company or academic user that requires the best value general purpose photo and graphics design tool.

Xara Designer Pro X is the flagship of the Xara product line, the ultimate all-in-one creative tool. As well as the website design features, it provides tools that might typically be required by professional designers such as PANTONE®, CMYK, color separations and PDF/X. It also supports multiple processors for even faster performance.

New features in Xara Photo & Graphic Designer MX and Xara Designer Pro X include:
  • Powerful Color Erase /Selection to enhance (change color, adjust brightness, blur, etc) or make parts of photos transparent based on the selected color.
  • Photo hue adjustment to change the color tint of any part of a photo.
  • An innovative new Shape Erase Tool that can perform both vector erasing or path adjustment, as well as 'soft mask' painting to perform detailed soft-edged erasing of vector, text and photo objects.
  • A new Text Styles feature that offers an efficient and powerful way of controlling the global appearance of text. Generates CSS compatible styles.
  • New Inline Graphics for embedding symbols and icons into text.
  • Many new Template Designs including a selection of modern new print templates, such as greeting cards, brochures, business cards, CD covers and certificates, plus many new categorised clipart designs.
  • Many other Photo Tool improvements and additions including the integrated Panorama stitching tool, a more efficient ‘Optimize all images’ function and ability to optimize images upon upload.
  • Media Exchange. All titles in the MAGIX/Xara range can share media files with each other and with some important third party services such as Flickr and Facebook.
In addition to the above features Xara Designer Pro X includes:
  • A Shape Builder Tool to ‘paint’ onto an existing shape to enlarge it, add new areas or adjust the shape or outline. This compliments the new Erase Tool to provide two basic new shape editing tools, that are entirely vector in nature (resolution independent, fully editable) that can edit vector outlines of shapes, or provide soft air-brush like painting and erasing.
  • Smart object positioning and page resizing which automatically adjusts the size of a web page and position of objects as you enter more text
  • Embedded fonts – website creators are no longer limited to a small list of websafe fonts, but can use just about any font (assuming the font allows website embedding).
  • New resizable JavaScript Widgets, such a smooth photo slideshows and an interactive Chart Widget for embedding high quality charts into documents or websites.
  • MP3 player widget - just drop an MP3 audio file onto the page, and this will embed a fully cross-platform compatible audio player (including iOS for iPad and iPhone) into your website. This joins the existing MP4 player that does the same for MP4 video files.
  • Create numbered lists and graphical bullet points - using Xara's vector graphics capabilities you can now design your own graphics for use in numbered and bulleted lists.
Managing Director, Charles Moir commented “The Adobe approach of selling separate, expensive programs to perform the common creative editing operations is fundamentally wrong in our opinion. Modern documents (whether printed, PDF or web document) should not need separate tools to edit the text, the graphics or the photos. This is not just a costly process, in time and money, but totally inefficient.  Xara's approach offers not just dramatically better value, but we believe it makes the software considerably faster and easier to understand and learn.“ 

Sniffing the way to environmental conformity

Thames Water uses analysers to meet stringent environmental standards

Mogden Sewage Treatment Works is one of five in the London (GB) area being upgraded by Thames Water, to ensure the stricter treatment standards to be introduced by its regulator, the Environment Agency, in 2013 are met. As Mogden is situated in a densely populated area and part of the upgrade project includes modifying the digesters, Thames Water has added new odour monitors around this area, which all use industry-leading Jerome hydrogen sulphide analysers and are linked to the SCADA network. ABLE supplied the eight Jerome 631-XE analysers used to expand the number of monitors from the five existing boundary monitors to 13, all of which are located in strategic positions around the site.

Exclusively available in Britain and Ireland from specialist supplier of process control solutions and analytical instrumentation, ABLE Instruments & Controls Ltd., the Jerome range of hydrogen sulphide analysers reliably offer the resolution, accuracy and range to measure the concentration of hydrogen sulphide to meet the stringent trigger levels set out in the site’s odour management plan.

All 13 odour monitoring systems consist of an IP67 enclosure housing a Jerome hydrogen sulphide analyser, with an air sampling inlet pipe, a thermostatically controlled enclosure heater to maintain the temperature in cold weather, and a power supply designed, built and supplied by ABLE Instruments & Controls Ltd. Each analyser samples the ambient air every 5 minutes and transmits a 4-20mA analogue signal to the site’s SCADA system. Should any measurement exceed the very strict 15ppb (parts per billion) limit, this is displayed in the central control room indicating which analyser has created the alarm. Thus investigations can be carried out quickly in targeted locations.

While some hydrogen sulphide analysers suffer from cross interference induced errors relating to the presence of sulphur dioxide, water, carbon dioxide or carbon monoxide, the rugged Jerome with its patented gold film sensor, offers a very high specificity to hydrogen sulphide enabling accurate readings down to 3ppb with a resolution of 1ppb. Designed originally with an integral rechargeable battery pack as a portable unit for immediate detection and measurement, the Jerome 631-XE offers an optional data logging module for unattended sampling as well as 4-20mA or 0-2V analogue outputs.
The latest Jerome Hydrogen Sulphide analyser is the J605 which features a longer life battery, on-board data logging and USB communication, as well as being easier to use and maintain.