Friday, September 28, 2012

Pressure/DP Transmitters based digital resonant sensing!

The digital evolution continues with the release of the new industry standard for pressure measurement 

The new EJA series of pressure/differential-pressure transmitters is the latest addition to the Yokogawa range of industrial sensor products based on the company’s unique DPharp digital resonant sensing technology.

Targeted at mid-range applications in industries such as chemicals, petrochemicals, oil & gas, power generation and refineries, the new EJA offers an exceptional price/performance specification by adding new levels of functionality and performance compared with the original EJA. The first generation of the EJA series of transmitters was originally launched in 1994, and to date approximately five million units have been delivered to customers all around the world. Additional features incorporated in the new EJA series include multi-sensing capability, higher-speed response, safety as standard and a more user friendly indicator, all packaged in a more compact and lighter transmitter.

The multi-sensing capability means that a new EJA differential pressure transmitter will be able to simultaneously measure both differential and static pressure. A single new EJA differential pressure transmitter will thus be able to measure both the liquid level and the pressure in a tank: something that could only be done traditionally by using two pressure transmitters.

The response time - the time from the detection of a pressure change to the change in the output of an electric signal - has been brought down to 90 ms, which equals the capability of Yokogawa’s premium EJX series. This faster response time will now allow the new EJA transmitters to be used in high-speed applications such as turbine surge control.

The new EJA also complies with the International Electrotechnical Commission’s (IEC) IEC61508 standard on the functional safety of electrical/electronic devices and is suitable for use in safety integrity level (SIL) 2 applications in single mode and SIL 3 applications in dual mode. Independent certificates and reports, from both TUV and, come as standard to support this statement: a feature that is unique to Yokogawa’s DPharp sensing technology.

The compact and lightweight design of the new EJA transmitters means that they weigh 30% less than earlier models. At the same time, however, they have LCD indicators that are nearly twice the size of those on the earlier versions and provide comprehensive information on process variables, units and alarms.

New USB-configured 2-wire transmitters

Acromag’s new TT230 series of isolated transmitters are designed to provide easier installation and setup. These signal conditioners are only 12.5mm wide for high-density mounting on DIN rails and provide a convenient USB connection to a PC for simple, precise configuration using Windows software. A number of models are available to isolate and convert thermocouple, RTD, voltage or current input signals to a 4-20mA output. These two-wire instruments are loop-powered and support both source or sink output wiring connections on the current loop with a 12-32V DC supply. A ruggedized design features -40 to 80°C operation, electrical noise immunity, and surge protection. CE and UL/cUL Class 1 Division 2 Zone 2 hazardous location approvals are pending.

“The Acromag TT230 Series represents the latest innovations and state-of-the-art advancements in signal conditioning technology. Our two most exciting innovations include simple USB configuration and a universal sink/ source 4-20mA output to accommodate virtually any process measurement/control application. All units support both 4-20mA sinking (2-wire) and sourcing output (3-wire) device wiring to eliminate confusing model selection,” explained Don Lupo, process group sales and marketing director.

Each model accommodates a variety of signal types. Thermocouple units accept eight different sensor types (J, K, T, R, S, E, B, N), as well as ±100mV inputs. RTD units accommodate 2-, 3-, and 4-wire 100 ohm Platinum sensors or 0-900 ohm linear resistance inputs. Voltage models convert bipolar signals from ±10mV to ±150V DC with multiple selectable ranges. The current units are widely adjustable to support ±20mA, 0-20mA, and 4-20mA DC input signals.
All models deliver high accuracy, superior noise resistance and fast response times. They also demonstrate excellent linearity and stability with very low temperature drift. Software calibration eliminates zero/span pots, DIP switches, and pushbuttons for easy programming of ranges, over/under scale thresholds, and fail-safe settings.

Many other features add greater flexibility. Programmable over/under range and fault/alarm levels enable identification of a “runaway” process or broken sensor. Selectable up/downscale failsafe modes ensure a safe, predictable shutdown with a NAMUR-compliant fault response.

Acromag has designed and manufactured measurement and control products for more than 50 years. With a headquarters near Detroit, Michigan and a global network of sales representatives and distributors, Acromag products are sold worldwide. They offer a complete line of industrial I/O products including process instruments, signal conditioning equipment, data acquisition boards, distributed I/O modules, and network communication devices. Industries served include manufacturing, water services, power generation, mining, defense, and transportation.

Mobile app for fittings

Brennan Industries has introduced a mobile application that provides easy access to the Brennan product catalog and product cross-reference tool.

The mobile app, optimized for iPhone and Android devices, gives users quick access to more than 30,000 Brennan products, product comparison information and the company’s contact information.

Available here on their website, the app features an easy-to-navigate product catalog that is broken down by categories and includes specifications for each product. Also available through the app is the product cross-reference tool that allows users to compare Brennan products side-by-side with competitors’ products to determine the best value.

“When we were developing the Brennan mobile app, we wanted to give our customers a convenient tool to access the information that they need from their smartphone while they’re out in the field,” said Bill Jarrell, vice president of marketing and operations at Brennan Industries.

Mobile app users who want more information about Brennan or how to contact the company can find their nearest location, contact phone number and email address and a Brennan overview video conveniently through the app.

Test & inspection service ensures welds are fit for purpose

Usually regarded as the most economical way of joining two or more metal components, in terms of fabrication costs and materials usage, welding technology is central to many engineering and manufacturing processes, from producing wings and fuselages in the aerospace industry and platforms and pipelines in the energy and petrochemicals sector, to automotive and rail components, white goods and metal furniture. Since these welded joints are subject to various loads and fatigue during their service life, possibly giving rise to safety and quality issues, it is vital that rigorous testing and inspection procedures are applied, to examine the structure of completed welds and their conformation to specification, as well as determining the skill levels of the welding operators.

Keighley Laboratories offers a comprehensive weld testing and inspection service, including welding procedure consultancy and approval, welder qualification tests, on-site weld investigation and, through its newly-upgraded Test House, a complete range of destructive, non-destructive and metallography testing facilities.

Under the direction of Divisional Technical Services Director, Matthew Mellor, the weld test and inspection team’s resources are broadly divided between the specialist aerospace field, led by Peter Hanson, and general commercial welding, headed up by Jeremy Duignan, both of whom are fully qualified metallurgists. Unusually, Matthew, Peter and Technical Director, Keith Blower, are also approved by the Civil Aviation Authority as Weld Specimen Supervisors, able to witness and verify critical aircraft-related welding on the authority’s behalf and invigilate at customer sites.

Keighley Labs is UKAS accredited for weldment testing and certification across a growing list of professional specifications, including relevant commercial BS EN ISO and ASTM standards and aerospace primes like BAE, Rolls Royce, Westland Helicopters, Airbus, Bombardier and the CAA, with the final assessment process now underway for NADCAP approval.

The team is familiar with testing weld coupons only millimetres thick in titanium, aluminium, nickel and cobalt alloys and other exotic metals for aerospace fabricators, as well as carbon steel and stainless steel test plates several inches thick for commercial welders and manufacturers. It covers all forms of welded joint, including butt or groove welds, fillets, lap, edge and tee joints, corners and cruciform, both plate-to-plate and tube-to-tube in similar or dissimilar materials, which are produced using all manual and automated welding methods, from stick and oxy-acetylene techniques, to TIG, MIG, MAG and plasma arc, even brazing and soldering.

Keighley Labs employs a complete array of test and inspection procedures to qualify welding procedures, welding operators and welding processes, by examining completed welds to establish their quality, integrity and compliance with specifications. Non-destructive testing techniques extend from visual inspection to check for surface defects and weld sizes, through to magnetic particle, liquid penetrant and ultrasonic examinations for detecting surface and near-surface discontinuities invisible to the naked eye, locating weld leaks and any internal flaws, in addition to meeting specific codes and specifications. Radiographic inspection for determining the internal soundness of welds is also provided on a sub-contract basis.

Weld coupons are also examined for soundness, strength and toughness using a range of mechanical testing equipment in Keighley Labs’ on-site Test House, which includes a dedicated CNC machine for producing weld test plates from customer-submitted samples. Options here include Brinell, Rockwell, Vickers and Knoop hardness testing, for providing information about metallurgical changes caused by welding, weld bending for evaluating the ductility and soundness of welded joints, Charpy and Izod impact testing for measuring resistance to mechanical shock, and digital equipment for fatigue life testing.

In its newly-enlarged Optical Suite, Keighley Labs offers metallographic inspection of sections of welded joints, at macro levels up to 50x magnification and micro examinations up to 1000x, employing powerful stereo microscopes. Metallurgy is used to check the extent of the heat affected zone and any weld defects such as cracks, pores, swivels and lack of fusion. Meticulous surface preparation of samples is essential for revealing details of the microstructure and the suite boasts semi-automated precision cutting, grinding and polishing equipment.

With customers as far afield as South Africa and the Mediterranean, as well as closer to hand amongst the North West Aerospace Alliance, of which it is a member, Keighley Labs enjoys strong demand for its weld test and inspection services, with a track record of repeat business.

“We have a good reputation within the aerospace industry and amongst commercial fabricators and, given the increasing need to comply with welding procedures and employ skilled welding operators, it is an expert service that many customers and their clients value,” says Keighley Labs’ Peter Hanson. “Being independent, we have no vested interest in any particular welded joint, we’re just concerned with whether it passes or fails. If it fails, we can identify precisely why it did so and offer remedial advice for meeting the required specification.”

“A good looking joint was often considered a reliable indicator of a high quality weld, but surface appearance alone does not guarantee good workmanship, internal integrity and compliance with welding procedures,” he adds. “Nowadays, you need access to non-destructive mechanical and metallurgical examination techniques to judge whether a weld is fit for purpose and achieves the necessary acceptance criteria. And that’s what we do.”

Temperature profiling success stories online

Datapaq® has just digitally published Application Success Stories, an online anthology of end-user case studies describing the successful usage of Datapaq in-process temperature profiling products and systems in a broad range of industrial applications.

A sampling of the applications discussed in the digital publication includes: drying of contact paste in solar cell manufacturing, measuring the temperature profile of the drying/curing process of foundry feeding sleeves, HACCP validation for large cooked hams, and surveying multiple measurement points in the production of sterile silicone breast implants. A number of stories are also included for applications in the automotive industry.

Each success story presents a situational question, and details the solution and benefits achieved through implementation. The publication is available on the Datapaq website and can be viewed online on a computer or mobile device, and downloaded for later reading. In addition, Datapaq is running a special offer for new success stories submitted by end-users and published on the website. Visit our website to learn more.

Arlene Lucas-Starrh, Senior Global Marketing Communications Manager commented, "We are pleased to make these success stories available to those searching for a solution to their temperature profiling application. These are real customer experiences with our products, and users in similar circumstances will be able to find an answer that is relevant to their needs."

Thursday, September 27, 2012

New Ethernet interfaces include patch cables

Harting has expanded its har-port family of service interfaces with RJ45 Ethernet versions complete with patch cables already fitted. As a result, users will no longer need a socket, as would be the case with versions incorporating an RJ45 coupler and separate patch cables.

The new interfaces are available with cable lengths ranging from 0.2 m to 5 m. They are designed for 1/10 Gbit/s Ethernet, and meet the requirements of transmission category Cat.6/class EA.

The har-port product range now covers service interfaces for RJ45 and USB, available as coupler versions or versions with fitted cables. These are complemented by an extensive range of accessories including protective covers and name plates, providing the user with all the conventional interfaces needed for switch cabinets, machines and other applications with easy access from the outside.

Shovel vibration

Collaboration brings improved reliability that can reduce downtime of massive shovels

Emerson Process Management has entered into an agreement with P&H Mining Equipment Inc. of Wisconsin (USA) the world’s largest manufacturer of mobile mining equipment, to extend vibration monitoring to P&H mining shovels. Emerson’s onboard monitors will recognise excess vibration in key shovel components and notify operators in real time – enabling users to take corrective action in time to prevent unexpected shutdowns and possible damage to the huge excavating machines.

The global agreement covers continuous vibration monitoring of the hoist, crowd, and swing systems on P&H Centurion® controlled shovels. Vibration monitoring will be offered on all new P&H shovels, and all existing Centurion controlled shovels can be retrofitted to include vibration monitors.

Emerson has broadened the CSI 6500 system’s monitoring capabilities from rotating equipment to recognise and capture non-repetitive vibration in mining machines. Vibration data captured online by permanently installed sensors and multiple CSI 6500 Machinery Health™ Monitors will be integrated with the onboard P&H PreVail® Remote Health Monitoring System. The online data will also be continuously fed to Emerson’s AMS Suite predictive maintenance software, which works in concert with the PreVail system to spot potential operating issues.

The PreVail system currently monitors key operating parameters such as motor currents, temperatures, and drive information. An onboard historical database enables troubleshooting of suspected problems and predicting future performance. Information from shovels operating anywhere in the world is transmitted through P&H’s MinePro network to its headquarters in Milwaukee for diagnostic and consultative support as needed.

"Emerson and P&H see an impressive opportunity to make users aware of potential problems, and we’re investing together to make that a reality," said Ron Martin, Vice President/General Manager of Emerson’s Asset Optimization and Lifecycle Care business. "Our technology enables early and accurate detection of anomalies for users whose equipment operates round the clock in harsh, often remote environments."

"Emerson’s AMS Suite and our PreVail monitoring systems fit together very well," said Bob Hicks, Manager of Product Technology at Joy Global, parent company of P&H Mining. "Both are designed to raise early warnings of potential trouble, but they cover different aspects of shovel operation. Emerson’s patented method of processing vibration data preserves peak amplitudes of stress waves emitted by deteriorating equipment. Our analysts find this information very helpful in trending and evaluating fault development."

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Industrial software in 3D!

The Siemens Industry Automation Division has now acquired a number of software companies and, in so doing, has consolidated its leading position in the industrial software market.

The latest expansion is the acquisition of VRcontext, Brussels, (B). The announcement was made at the Digital Plant Congress in Würzburg,(D). With its Walkinside product family, VRcontext is one of the leading developers of 3D visualization and training software for displaying complex engineering data in the shipbuilding and plant construction industries. This acquisition will help Siemens to further strengthen its established position in the industrial software market. The parties agreed not to disclose details of the purchase price.

VRcontext was founded in the year 2000 and is represented around the world by numerous strategic partners, dealer networks and a branch office in Houston, Texas, USA. Walkinside 3D visualization software is currently in use in plant operation, maintenance and servicing in more than 200 companies in over 30 countries. Whatever the system used, the software directly accesses all plant information to display the current status of a plant in visually appealing, realistic 3D graphics. VRcontext has specialized particularly in remote offshore installations for the oil and gas industry.

With Walkinside, the company has created a globally accepted standard for 3D visualization in the process industry. "The integration of the Walkinside 3D visualization and training software of our long-standing partner VRcontext into our industrial software portfolio will benefit our customers significantly. Using intelligent 3D models can make plant engineering and operation safer and more efficient in many sectors of the industry," said Eckard Eberle, CEO of the Siemens Industrial Automation Systems Business Unit, to which VRcontext will be assigned.

Walkinside will be the perfect supplement for Comos, the Siemens software solution for holistic plant management, in providing fast access to 3D engineering data from the basic and detail engineering phases. A standard interface links Comos bidirectionally with Walkinside. The geometric elements from a virtual reality model are linked to the latest plant information throughout  the entire plant lifecycle. Highly complex plant models can thus be represented realistically in three dimensions, with Comos acting as a global data center. As a result, up-to-date plant data is always available as a 3D model in all lifecycles and can be used not only for engineering and monitoring purposes, but also for operation and training. Service and maintenance work can be planned efficiently and maintenance times reduced.

Running out of space!

First came Stuxnet with the gradual realisation that this was a serious threat to industrial automation. And remember that was only in July 2010! As the ramifications of this started to set in more and more articles, blogs and opinions on it were published.
Professor Peter Frohlich of Beldon expressed it well, “Stuxnet has demonstrated what experts have long feared – the entry and penitration of embedded computer systems into all areas of industry means that we now all face a potential risk from computer malware.”

We commented a few times in our blogs as the realisation of what a threat this represented for the first time to industrial processes. There were so many papers, and opinions being published that we decided to inaugurate a page entitled "Stuxnet-process-cyber-security-threat-links!"

Soon however we learned of various sons and daughters of Stuxnet and so we renamed our page rather unwieldingly, if there is such a word, "Stuxnet, Duqu, Flame, Gauss and all that!" But our hackers are producing new dangers with various names that to continue adding the name of the latest threat as it occured would lead an impossibly long page name.

So what are we doing about it?

We've decided to rename the page yet again as "ICS & SCADA Security" and leave it at that.

We've just added a link to Tofino's latest item which is on the distructive Shamoon virus which has wreaked havoc in Saudi Arabia.

Tank farm automation

Elimination of trenching and long-distance cabling reduces material and labour costs, as well as engineering and project execution time
Wireless integrates Raptor tank gauging to expand tank farm automation
Tank farm automation is now easier, faster and less costly with the integration of Emerson Process Management’s Rosemount® Raptor tank gauging systems and Smart Wireless technology. System installation costs can be reduced up to 50 per cent by wirelessly connecting the tank farm to the control room, with the added benefit of reducing implementation time by as much as 60 per cent. The savings free up budget for expanded automation of tank farms.

The Raptor system with Smart Wireless technology, features a complete line of Emerson’s new ‘state-of-the-art’ Rosemount® tank gauging components, including high precision radar gauges that use self-configuring, 2-wire, high speed FOUNDATION™ fieldbus technology. The combined communications technologies enable use of a wide range of standardised equipment. The resulting Raptor system forms a network of digital intelligence that improves inventory management, loss control, overfill avoidance, and maintenance efficiency throughout the plant.

Many tank storage facilities that could benefit from modern, non-contact gauging currently use obsolete signal wiring, or are not connected from the tank storage area. Retrofitting an obsolete gauging system is expensive and time consuming because the distance between storage tanks and the control room can be more than one kilometre, requiring extensive trenching and cabling.

As a result of budget restrictions, some plants continue to experience maintenance problems caused by communications limitations and low performing mechanical tank gauges and instruments. Now, with Smart Wireless technology, a new radar-based Raptor system can be installed without new long distance signal wiring. This will radically reduce material and labour costs, as well as engineering and project execution time.

"The wireless-empowered tank gauging systems are effective in new installations or for upgrading existing sites," commented Mikael Inglund, Technical Product Manager, Emerson Process Management. "Our customers struggle with the costs of replacing aged wiring, obsolete measurement instruments, and proprietary gauging systems. Our wireless Raptor systems give them the flexibility and freedom to implement an effective modernisation strategy. They can be changed out and wirelessly integrate new gauging systems one tank at a time. Most upgrades are done without taking the tank farm out of service."

Emerson’s Rosemount brand is the global market leader in tank gauging systems. The systems are custody transfer-approved and can be applied on many types of storage tanks, including fixed roof and floating roof tanks. Applications range from light products such as LPG, LNG and gasoline, to heavier products like crude oils and asphalt.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Temperature monitoring

Temperature monitoring system now supports industrial rugged analog communication

Raytek has expanded its MI3 product line for non-contact temperature monitoring by a new communication box with four analog outputs that are galvanically isolated from the power supply as well as from each other. The new 6TE DIN rail communication box connects up to four MI3 sensing heads. Each signal output can be configured as 0/4..20 mA current or 0..5/10 V voltage output. Users can thus easily update existing measurement points to state-of-the-art non-contact infrared technology from Raytek, without any changes to the communication infrastructure.

The new analog box features an optically isolated relay output and a USB interface for comfortable pre-configuration. Each of the four analog outputs can be assigned to each sensing head, transmitting either measurement temperature or internal head temperature. The modular MI3 system provides very cost-efficient solutions especially for applications with multiple measuring points.

In addition to the analog box it includes a choice of digital communication boxes, optionally with Modbus and Profibus interfaces or fully sealed in an IP65-rated metal housing. Unique features of the complete line include digital communication from sensor to communication box, multiple sensing head design with up to eight sensors per communication box (for the boxes with digital outputs), automatic head registration for plug and play, and – directed particularly at OEMs – the world’s smallest stand-alone infrared pyrometer in a 28 x 14 mm stainless steel sensing head. MI3 sensors are more dynamic and versatile than any in their class, covering the full temperature range in one wavelength model. Long wavelength (8-14 µm) models are available for measurement ranges of -40 to 600 °C and 0 to 1,000 °C. A special sensor for glass measures temperatures from 250 to 1,650 °C at 5 µm. Short wavelength sensing heads with integrated laser sighting for 500 to 1,800 °C (1 µm) or 250 to 1,400 °C (1.6 µm) provide highly accurate measurements even in case of emissivity changes. The robust MI3 sensors have excellent EMC characteristics and can be used in ambient temperatures of up to 120 °C – that no extra cooling is required simplifies installation and cuts costs.

Raytek furthermore supplies the dedicated DataTemp MultiDrop software including many sophisticated functions and complementing the MI3 system as a valuable solution for all kinds of applications, e.g. printing, food processing, asphalt production, plastics processing, and machine condition monitoring.

Interface Module for load cell conditioner

Bridge completion module enables broader application of strain gauge amplifier

Mantracourt have announced the release of a Bridge Completion Module (SGABCM), a small retro-fit PCB which facilitates connecting a half or quarter-bridge strain gauge to their SGA Load Cell conditioner.

An important feature of the Bridge Completion Module is that it is easily installed. It simply screws into the existing load cell connector on the SGA amplifier module. It also has on-board screw terminal connections that accept a wide range of bridge completion resistors, enabling on-site installation without soldering equipment.

Mantracourt's market leading SGA Strain Gauge Amplifier is a high performance signal conditioner for single or multiple strain gauge bridge sensors such as load, force, pressure and torque. The SGA offers a wide bandwidth and a wide input signal range. The device can be powered from AC or DC supplies providing excitation for up to 4 x 350 ohm strain gauge bridges.

"In many ways, this is a small and simple device, but it is enabling engineers to connect an increasingly diverse range of sensors to our amplifier module," said Kelly Voysey, Sales and Marketing Manager at Mantracourt. "The Bridge Completion Module is a good example of how our engineers are working with instrumentation professionals around the world, helping to develop truly effective measurement technology."

The quarter bridge strain gauge circuit, together with its completion resistor can be wired for compression or tension (stretching) giving a positive output and half bridge strain gauge devices are simply connected to the BCM module via the screw terminals, with no additional components required.

The Bridge Completion Module has high stability resistors (5ppm/°C) fitted for the ‘fixed’ arms of the bridge, and screw terminals are provided for a ‘Shunt Calibration’ shunt resistor to be fitted, to periodically check the integrity of the strain gauge(s), wiring and calibration. A ‘Remote Shunt Calibration’ can be performed by energising a miniature 24V relay fitted to the BCM. Multiple SGAs in an installation can be shunt calibrated simultaneously.

Optical time-domain reflectometers

Yokogawa has added four new models to its AQ1200 Series of handheld multi-function OTDRs (optical time-domain reflectometers), bringing the total number of products in the range to seven. The new instruments, which include one triple-wavelength model and three high dynamic range versions, are particularly relevant to FTTx (fibre to the home etc.) applications, and mean that Yokogawa can now offer a complete product line up to satisfy virtually all the differing requirements for installation and maintenance testing of the various types of optical fibre networks in different European countries.

The new AQ1200E is a triple-wavelength instrument that offers testing at the standard in-service wavelengths of 1310 and 1550 nm for testing network quality at the installation stage. In addition, for maintenance test purposes and to prevent interference with in-service signals on active networks, a third wavelength of 1625 nm is used in conjunction with a cut-off filter. As a result, it provides a complete cost-effective package for both installation and maintenance applications on live networks.

The other three new models - AQ1205A, AQ1205E and AQ1205F - are high dynamic range versions, and all provide up to 42 dB dynamic range for operational testing in passive optical networks (PONs) incorporating up to 64-way splitters. The AQ1205A offers wavelengths of 1310 and 1550 nm, while the AQ1205E and AQ1205F are triple-wavelength models, each with two ports: one for the communication wavelengths and the other for the maintenance wavelength.

A new feature in the AQ1200 Series is the measurement assist function, which incorporates a macro bending search capability, multi-trace analysis, an event marker edit mode, and a multi-core measurement function. In addition to the standard OTDR and fault location functions, the AQ1200 Series offers a number of options including visual fault location, optical loss testing with a light source and an optical power meter, and an Ethernet “ping” test.

Even though a large, easy-to-see 5.7-inch colour LCD display is incorporated, the instruments are small (A5 size) and lightweight (1 kg) for ease of field use.

I.S Vibration analysis!

ATEX Zone 0 approval enables users to safely monitor critical machinery health in hazardous areas

The CSI 2125-IS Machinery Health Analyser from Emerson is an intrinsically safe vibration analyser. It is certified for use in intrinsically safe IECEx and ATEX Zone 0 and Zone 1 hazardous areas. It also expands Emerson’s route-based machinery analyser portfolio so that users can access predictive diagnostics from hazardous areas of their operation. This enables users to make better decisions around machinery health for their entire plant, without compromising safety.

The CSI 2125-IS delivers similar route vibration analysis capabilities that users already expect from Emerson’s CSI 2130 Machinery Health Analyser and also includes Emerson’s patented PeakVue technology, providing the earliest indication of bearing and gearbox wear. It is the first intrinsically safe vibration analyser with PeakVue analysis capabilities.

Users of the CSI 2125-IS can customise alarm parameters and integrate collected data with AMS Suite asset management software for deeper analysis and collaboration with other machinery health technologies like oil and infrared analysis. The integration of field data with asset management functionality delivers an in-depth view of machinery condition and enables economical prioritisation and planning of corrective action.

The instrument is compact, lightweight, can operate for up to eight continuous hours, and features a touch screen for easy use in the field.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Wire harness software

EPLAN has taken over the development and sales rights to Harness Expert, the established 3D/2D software for wire harness engineering. The contract between software developer Linius Technologies and EPLAN Software and Service was signed in June of this year. This extension to its range will allow EPLAN to offer its customers even more comprehensive support for all aspects of cable project management.

Providing considerable potential in the domestic and international markets the strategic purchase of the Harness Expert software will allow EPLAN to tackle new segments of industry, including apparatus engineering, rail and specialist vehicle technology, aviation, telecommunications and medical technology. This new software is the perfect compliment to EPLAN Electric P8, the company’s own CAE solution, which has previously handled the engineering of single wires and sheathed cables in the control cabinet and field components.

New environmental face

As a result of recent growth, environmental instrumentation company Quantitech has added a further engineer to the company’s service team. Phillip Grant has 11 years of experience as an aerospace engineer, in addition to two years of experience as a field service engineer in the calibration and maintenance of gas monitoring equipment.

Commenting on the need to expand Quantitech’s service team, Technical Director Jim Monaghan said “The volume of service contracts that we deliver has grown considerably recently so we have made further investments in our resources for technical advice, installation, service, calibration and maintenance.The addition of someone with Philip’s experience will further enhance our service capability and we are delighted to welcome him to the team.”