Friday, September 6, 2013

New President announced

Keith Barnard has joined PAC as the Company President. Keith has over 17 years of experience in plant management, manufacturing, and operations. Keith comes to PAC from Flowserve where he worked for 7 years. He held several positions, including the Vice-President of Manufacturing, Vice-President of China Operations, and Vice-President of General Industries and China Sector.

“I am thrilled and honored to join the PAC group,” said Keith. “PAC stands as a global leader of advanced analytical instruments and with my global operations and business development background, I am excited to contribute to the continued success the PAC group has delivered.”

“I am pleased to welcome Keith to the role of President of PAC,” said Tim Winfrey, Group Vice President for Roper Industries. “Keith is a passionate leader with more than 17 years of global experience excelling in General Management, Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, and Project Management. He brings with him skills that will greatly assist him with his new role at PAC, including the Manufacturing Management Program, a Master Black Belt in Six Sigma, and many Master Black Belt certifications in Lean Manufacturing.”

Keith started his career at General Electric where he worked as a productivity engineer, quality manager, and was promoted to plant manager. From there, he worked at Dresser as the General Manager. Keith earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M.

Outdoor version of industrial connector

Harting has introduced an outdoor version of its innovative Han-Yellock® industrial connector system featuring specially selected materials and a surface structure designed to withstand salt mist and industrial exhaust gases as well as ultraviolet radiation.

The new outdoor version features a virtually continuous black appearance, and consequently blends harmoniously with the identifying feature of Harting’s established Han® M connector series. The push buttons for the connector’s locking mechanism are in a contrasting colour like other Han-Yellock® products, and feature a metallic surface in order to withstand the effects of harsh outdoor environments.

The durability of a connection with IP 67 protection is a major challenge for seals, especially in outdoor areas influenced by ultraviolet radiation and ozone exposure. The Han-Yellock® connector system features interior sealing contours, so that UV radiation cannot affect the sealing material and the functionality of the connector is maintained over a long period.

The outdoor version of Han-Yellock® connector is available in sizes 30 and 60, covering cable entries in sizes from M20 to M40. It features the same ease of wiring, no-tool assembly and simple handling as the standard Han-Yellock® family.

Access plant HMI from anywhere!

In response to the increasing demand for access to plant-floor data on the move, Wonderware United Kingdom and Ireland, a division of SolutionsPT, now supplies Wonderware InTouch Access Anywhere, enabling access to plant HMI securely from anywhere, using any device with full InTouch HMI functionality.

The new solution will enable users to access their data securely inside any HTML 5.0 compliant web browser which can connect with other InTouch applications anytime, anywhere, via any mobile device. Users are not required to install any software on their devices, making it easy to manage and maintain.

Sue Roche, General Manager at Wonderware, comments: “Providing this level of unparalleled, secure access to real-time plant information, without compromising functionality, enables today’s workforce to improve operating efficiencies and drive real-time business optimisation whilst minimising cost.”

This new addition to Wonderware’s mobile range complements its strategy to provide and improve real-time visualisation and collaboration at multiple levels of an organisation. This new offering also brings HMI visualisation capabilities to mobile devices, extending the company’s operations management software portfolio.

InTouch Access Anywhere software is the latest offering in this progressive suite of mobility solutions, which now includes workflow, reporting, analytics, visualization, maintenance management, operator training, data gathering and procedure management.

Website relaunch

A new website has just been released for the Ircon pyrometer brand. Sites in German, French, Spanish, and Chinese will follow shortly.

Established on the market since 1962, Ircon infrared pyrometers perform with accuracy and repeatability in the harshest and most volatile conditions, where precise temperature measurement and control is required.

The new website presents the wide range of Ircon products for non-contact temperature measurement in industrial processes. The application-driven content will help guide visitors to the temperature measurement solutions best suited for their industry or need. Users can quickly find the optimal infrared solution simply via their application in metals, glass, or plastics processing, in the manufacture of photovoltaic modules, the packaging or paper industry, and other areas.

The site also contains comprehensive information on temperature measurement via infrared technology, tutorials on specific applications; contact forms for pricing, service, and calibration requests; and hotline numbers for the international service network. Further information includes news, dates, events, and an employment portal for jobs within the Fluke Group.

Clean vehicles, clean water - innovative M&C technology!

Some 1.5 million cubic meters of waste water are treated every year at Frankfurt Airport. Since last year, airport operator Fraport has been using an emulsion separatingplant in its special-purpose and service vehicle washing system which has improved operational reliability and adherence to limit values as well as driving down costs. Instead of
visiting regularly every one or two weeks, the disposal vehicle now only needs to come once in three months.

The innovative measurement and control technology used in the treatment plant installed by Swiss supplier Aquasant was provided by the Siemens Industry Automation Division.

A member of the Fraport workforce covers a good 50 kilometers every day checking the water
supply and treatment plants installed at this busy airport, carrying out round-the-clock surveillance to ensure that stipulated purification standards are adhered to and systems are running
smoothly. The plants in question include three light fluid separators serving the bodywork and vehicle workshops and the special-purpose and service vehicle washing stations. These separators are used to treat waste water contaminated with oil and gasoline – also referred to as light fluids. Depending on the throughput of waste water, a disposal vehicle used to arrive once or twice a and refill the system with fresh water. The new emulsion separating plant used to treat the waste water directly at source saves Fraport both time and money.

The Simatic WinCC flexible operator control and monitoring system from the Siemens Industry Automation Division controls the plant, ensuring the efficient use of operating equipment by logging all data from the measuring devices and continuously adjusting the process to the
current level of water contamination. A 19 inch touchscreen panel allows the Fraport team to
keep a continuous eye on the process. Depending on their user rights, team members are able to
set parameters or switch the system to manual if servicing work is required. WinCC flexible
logs and archives not only alarms, operating messages and process data, but also compliance
with the German waste water treatment standard ATV H260. This simplifies the process of ATVcompliant reporting and the maintenance of a daily operating log. Additional logs indicate trends and the current power consumption of the pumps. Certified Siemens Solution Partner Aquasant, which worked together with Fraport to develop and implement the emulsion separating plant, uses a model to link directly into the plant from its office, to carry out remote analyses, give Solution Partner Aquasant, which worked together with Fraport to develop and implement the emulsion separating plant, uses a model to link directly into the plant from its office, to carry out remote analyses, give our experience with the devices used in other projects for the pre-purification of waste water”, says Project Leader and Aquasant CEO Roman John.

In the one and a half years since its installation, the system has already treated over four million liters of waste water – the equivalent of around 80 liters every minute. “Since eliminating the need for two-weekly maintenance and disposal of the gasoline separator waste products, we have made noticeable savings in terms of time and costs”, says Michael Starke, in charge of separation technology maintenance at Fraport. “The plant runs smoothly and achieves higher capacity, while
waste water values have been significantly improved.”

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Flow monitoring for oil & gas!

Expro Meters has entered into a strategic sales representative agreement with KROHNE Australia Pty Ltd. Under the terms of the agreement, KROHNE Australia will act as a reseller of Expro Meters’ SONAR based flow monitoring systems for upstream and midstream oil and gas applications in Asia and Australia.

The SONAR product range comprises cost-effective, non-intrusive flow meters and measurement services for individual well, flowline and overall field production surveillance, enabling oil and gas producers to realise increased value from their wells and fields through improved production monitoring, optimisation of well performance, increased efficiency and reduced metering costs.

Patrick Matthews, Managing Director of KROHNE Australia, commented: “The sales agreement with Expro is a strategic partnership of high importance for KROHNE in Asia and the Pacific. Partnering with a leading oil and gas service company such as Expro Meters is very exciting for us, as we have targeted the oil and gas sector as a high growth area for KROHNE. The SONAR range adds perfectly to the KROHNE portfolio and we have been applying SONAR flow technology to difficult applications outside of oil and gas for several years. Based on this experience, we strongly believe that the combined flow knowledge of our two global companies will offer our oil and gas customers both unique and powerful solutions. We also believe this relationship will enhance our position to establish a Centre of Excellence for Reservoir Management & Wet Gas Metering in Asia”.

“KROHNE is a recognized leader in providing reliable, high-quality products to the oil and gas sector. The KROHNE Asia organization has extensive reach throughout the region, and they have a track record of responding to and exceeding customers’ needs by offering innovative technical solutions. Additionally, the KROHNE Asia organization has technical knowledge of and years of experience with SONAR metering technology. This combination makes them a uniquely qualified strategic reseller for us in Asia”, added Craig Watterson, Expro Meters Global Sales Manager.

Sonar-based flow measurement technology was introduced to the oil and gas industry with the deployment of the first downhole, fibre optic multiphase sonar flow meter in 2000. The PassiveSONAR™ meter was introduced in 2003 as the first-generation clamp-on SONAR meter. It is well suited for high liquid loading multiphase flows typical of black oil wells and low pressure gas wells. In 2009, Expro Meters introduced ActiveSONAR™, the second generation clamp-on SONAR meter. The ActiveSONAR™ meter is well suited for gas and gas condensate wells in heavy schedule pipes. Expro Meters utilises both types of clamp-on SONAR flow measurement products to address the wide range of flow line conditions encountered in oil and gas applications, and has exclusive rights to SONAR flow measurement technology in topside upstream and midstream oil and gas markets.

Valve controller with stainless steel housing for corrosive environments!

Fisher® FIELDVUE™ DVC6200 stainless steel housing and sealed construction prevents corrosion damage to components

The Fisher® FIELDVUE™ DVC6200 digital valve controller family, from Emerson,  gains added capability with its all stainless steel housing that withstands the corrosive atmospheres often experienced in chemical plants, pulp and paper mills, as well as near-shore and offshore oil and gas installations.

All DVC6200 series instruments utilise a patented linkage-less, non-contact feedback design to detect valve position. This valve positioning technology eliminates any travel feedback issues caused by corrosion, high cycle or high vibration applications.

In addition to external protection, corrosion resistance is found within the stainless steel housing with the digital controller’s fully encapsulated printed wiring boards. Internal component protection is further enhanced by a separate, weather-tight field wiring terminal box that isolates the field wiring connection from other areas of the instrument.

With over one million units installed worldwide, FIELDVUE digital valve controllers prove highly suited to difficult process environments, where they provide unmatched valve operation. The DVC6200 series is offered with CSA, IECEx, ATEX and FM hazardous area approvals as well as other certifications/approvals. It is also listed in the Lloyd’s Register for industrial, marine and offshore use.

Flowmeter has no metals in the fluid path

The F-462N Series flowmeters from Blue-White Industries feature metal-free wetted parts, making them ideal for use in many ultrapure applications where contact with metal could contaminate fluid.

The high capacity F-462N utilizes precisely engineered ridges, molded into the meter body, to guide PTFE floats. Calibrations range is 2.0 to 80 GPM/8.0 to 300 LPM.

Constructed of molded Polysulfone, F-462N meters are more resistant to higher heat and pressure, as well as many chemicals, than many plastic flowmeters. Maximum fluid temperature is 200 degrees at 0 psi. Maximum working pressure is 150 psi/ 10.3 bar at 70 degrees F/ 21c. An optional splash shield is available.

Additional features include: Polysulfone 2” F/NPT fittings with KFM O-Rings and half union adapter connections, socket fusion fittings are also available; permanent direct reading scales.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Discover the latest technological advances in the design & test of RF & microwave systems

National Instruments UK & Ireland and AWR invite engineers, researchers and technicians to discover the latest RF and Microwave technologies, techniques and applications at a free one-day event. The RF and Microwave Symposium will take place on 24th September in Hitchin (GB) and on 26th September at their regional headquarters in Newbury (GB)Throughout the day, delegates will learn how to optimise spectrum analyser measurements, implement phase-coherent MIMO systems and introduce real measurements alongside simulation in the design process. 

Entitled Applying Modular Instrumentation to Reduce the Cost of Test, the keynote presentation will explore how NI’s modular, software-defined RF platform can help to lower the total ownership cost by reducing the number of legacy instruments needed, aiding in the insertion of new technology and reducing sustainment costs. 

The symposium offers delegates a choice of two tracks tailored to specific interests; Wireless and Communications or RF and Microwave. Delegates choosing the Wireless and Communication track will gain first hand insight into how they can use automation to solve challenging problems in the RF and wireless industry. In addition, delegates will review key technology enhancements and test challenges associated with new standards such as IEEE 802.11ac and LTE Advanced. 

The alternative track focuses on microwave, RADAR, RF and signal intelligence, with topics including the design and simulation of RADAR systems and PXI technologies for RF record and playback. Delegates will also learn valuable tips and tricks for capturing and demodulating off-the-air signals.

Material of choice for tomorrow's offshore enclosure applications

Enclosure designs for protecting offshore equipment are evolving rapidly to combat the widespread problem of corrosion, and to meet industry demands for higher levels of safety and reliability, and new functionality. At Offshore Europe 2013 this week, Intertec is highlighting advanced enclosure materials and fabrication techniques for offshore applications that provide solutions meeting both current and projected future trends.

Among the demands satisfied by enclosures made from Intertec's unique GRP (glass reinforced polyester) based composite materials are superb resistance to the corrosive forces of the offshore environment, an ability to make pressurised explosion proof (Ex p) enclosures in any size - not just the small types that are commonly available - as well as the ability to withstand blast forces and jet-fires.

All oil and gas platforms have 'hazardous areas' where the atmosphere is potentially flammable and electrical equipment must be made explosion proof. Traditionally, such equipment is installed in protective 'flameproof' (or Ex d rated) enclosures. One marked current trend offshore is a move away from flameproof cabinets towards other types of explosion proof protection such as Ex e (increased safety) or Ex p (pressurised). This is because of numerous issues including corrosion - most Ex d enclosures are fabricated from metal - problems from the build up of condensation, and a need for routine maintenance to ensure good sealing.

Intertec's Ex p or Ex e enclosures have an intrinsic performance advantage over similar metal enclosures for the offshore environment. This stems from the use of a composite 'sandwich' material with high-performance GRP sheets enclosing internal insulation, and environmental protection provided by a gel-coat surface layer. Intertec's GRP material is almost as strong as stainless steel yet is some 75% lighter - which makes it particularly desirable for offshore use. This material offers exceptional resistance to ‘corrosion’ - it does not rust or degrade in any meaningful way, allowing maintenance-free lifecycles of 30 years. Another benefit of Intertec’s unique approach is the surface gel-coat, which is around an order of magnitude thicker than the protective paint coatings sprayed onto metal. Intertec has documented examples of enclosures and cabinets that have survived over periods of 30 to 40 years in petrochemical environments - with local atmospheres containing corrosive chemicals such as sulphuric acid.

Another key attribute of the material - compared to metal - is very high thermal resistance. Internal insulation greatly reduces the energy required to 
heat or cool equipment. Intertec's composite fabrication technique also makes it easy to build enclosures that have no ‘thermal short cuts’ - conductive links between interior and exterior - avoiding cold-spots (or hot spots) that lead to condensation. This can be much more difficult to achieve for any metal-based enclosure.

The composite material can also be prepared and treated in numerous ways to deliver other useful properties for offshore applications. Enclosures can be constructed to withstand extremely high pressures such as offshore winds (240 km/h), for example, or the blast pressure of an explosion. Another possibility - and one which is expected to be subject to more regulation in the near future - is the ability to utilise different insulation materials and construction techniques to construct higher-performance fire-resistant walls to separate hazardous and non-hazardous plant areas. Intertec's walls can even protect against rapid-temperature-rise hydrocarbon pool or 'jet' fires – resulting from the continuous escape of pressurised flammable media. This innovative fire-resistant enclosure technology has recently been tested and demonstrated to maintain internal temperatures below 60 degrees C for periods of two hours, for example.

For added versatility, Intertec is able to make these advanced enclosures in any size. Flameproof enclosures have been commonly used for offshore electricity power supplies for example, but one trend today is to replace local gas turbine power generating equipment with high voltage supplies cabled from the shore. The transformer and other electrical equipment required for this application can be quite large, and Intertec is able to easily provide corrosion-proof and maintenance-free enclosures protected by Ex p or Ex e techniques for such applications.

Next generation analysis for gasoline!

New analyser significantly increases customer profitability through reduced analysis time and increased instrument uptime

PAC has just released the AC Analytical Controls® Reformulyzer M4 (M4), which provides fast group type analysis of gasoline and gasoline blend streams using multi-dimensional gas chromatography.

“We are proud to announce the release of our next generation product, Reformulyzer M4, the fastest and most versatile analyser on the market, combining the analyses of Paraffins, Olefins, Naphthenes, Oxygenates, and Aromatics all in one instrument,” said David Tran, PAC Vice-President of Product Management and Marketing. “The M4 significantly reduces the total cost of ownership and increases the instrument uptime through the improved trap performance. Its quick and accurate analysis enables refineries to make timely decisions to keep their products on spec and optimise their operations. This same advantage allows independent labs to improve their capacity by almost doubling the number of samples they can process.”

Other group type analysis instruments can take 75 minutes to run. The M4 reduces this by approximately 50% to 39 minutes. In addition, because of improved durability, the M4 traps do not need to be replaced as often, which significantly decreases maintenance costs. This improvement, combined with the improved sample capacity, can reduce the total operational cost per sample by 50% when utilising the M4 around 90%.

Compliance with international standards is an absolute imperative in the hydrocarbon industry. Refineries and independent labs must follow strict procedures and methods to certify end products. The M4 is the worldwide accepted industry standard for EN ISO 22854, and also fully complies with ASTM D6839, ASTM D5443, IP 566, and SH/T 0741.”

AC Analytical Controls by PAC is the worldwide recognised leader in gasoline and gasoline blends testing with over 30 years of industry experience. AC introduced the first multi-dimensional gas chromatography instrument in 1981. Since the Reformulyzer Classic was introduced in 1992, there have been over 500 installations. The Reformulyzer M4 continues to be a leader in the industry and is the fifth generation analyzer.

Resistors provide heat in space probe

Yesterday we talked about Keeping Cool in heated enclosures so we couldn't avoid mentioning this very different application where the opposite is required!

ARCOL Resistors has a great deal of experience of providing products for custom requirements but faced a unique challenge when asked to provide resistors for a space programme.

The THEMIS heliophysics constellation of satellites was commissioned by NASA to investigate what causes auroras in the Earth's atmosphere to dramatically change from slowly shimmering waves of light to wildly shifting streaks of colour. Discovering what causes auroras to change is intended to provide scientists with important information on how the planet's magnetosphere works and the important Sun-Earth connection. Now in its sixth year in space THEMIS is helping to show how even small variations in the magnetosphere can sometimes cause extreme space weather.

These satellites have proven to be so reliable that NASA has been able to repurpose two already in-orbit spacecraft to extend their useful science mission in a new project known as ARTEMIS (Acceleration, Reconnection, Turbulence and Electrodynamics of the Moon’s Interaction with the Sun). This additional use has removed the need to build and launch new spacecraft, saving NASA tens of millions of dollars.

Arcol were commissioned to provide a highly reliable heat source to protect the sensitive data gathering and processing electronics and proposed their HS range of high power resistors. The resistor design process started in 2007 when a number of the products were tested for out gassing when exposed to 10-6 - 10-9 torr conditions. SSL Berkeley undertook the design confirmation process to ensure that the resistors provided the appropriate thermal range under worst case conditions. From those tested, the ARCOL parts were found to have the lowest out-gassing characteristic. This was due to ARCOL’s unique moulding process producing a highly reliable insulation that ensures the case is completely filled, minimising voiding and imperfections.

Further, there was the requirement to withstand rigorous preparation processes applied from mechanical and electrical characteristics modelling to ultrasonic cleaning with Isopropyl alcohol for installation in the module. It was through this process that the HS type device was tested and selected by the Space Sciences Laboratory at Berkeley for inclusion in the THEMIS module.

ARCOL's HS Series are a range of high quality, high stability high power wire-wound resistors which are packaged in a compact and robust aluminium casing designed for direct heat-sink mounting or panel attachment using a thermal compound to achieve maximum dissipation of heat into the surrounding environment. The resistive element is wound onto a high thermal conductivity ceramic former ground to a close tolerance finish ensuring maximum contact for rapid heat transfer. The element is encapsulated into the aluminium housing by a transfer moulding process which ensures a good humidity seal and a permanent compression fit. The encapsulant is a high temperature moulding compound and the special ARCOL mould tool design ensures accurate concentricity of the element inside the housing ensuring a high level of voltage protection.

Key specifications include; RoHS compliance and manufacture in line with the requirements of mil -18546 and IEC 115. Standard temperature coefficients are typically < 1K 100ppm Std. > 1K 25ppm.

Tony Daly, Sales Manager of ARCOL Resistors, comments; “Arcol has over 60 years of experience in manufacturing resistors and regularly provide custom designs to meet extreme requirements. Our HS series of power resistors are accepted as the industry standard design and footprint manufactured in the UK, very competitively priced and available on low minimum order quantities.”

The HS series of resistors are available in 10 standard power ratings from 10 to 600 watts. Liquid-cooled versions are also available extending the range from 600 to 900 watts. Ohmic resistance values are available over the range R005 to 100K, depending on wattage.

Designed for ease of assembly the HS series offers 7 different termination options, more than any comparable product. A wide range of thermal transfer accessories are available as are customised resistor values and terminations.

ARCOL’s HS series power resistors are optimised for stability, linearity and reliability, making them suitable for many renewable energy, power supply, traction and industrial applications including; inverter/converter, snubber, braking resistor, inrush limiter, balancing resistor, voltage divider, capacitor discharge , cross over, shunt and power supplies.

Portable genius!

The new Druck DPI 620 Genii Series combines an advanced multi-function calibrator and HART /Foundation Fieldbus communicator with world-class pressure measurement and generation.

10% off list price plus FREE UKAS Calibration

Classic Technology, who market Druck products in Ireland has an unbelievable offer - 10% off the new Druck DPI 620 Genii Series list price PLUS free UKAS Calibration.
Offer ends 30 September 2013.
This ultra-compact electrical, frequency and temperature calibrator and HART/Foundation Fieldbus communicator provides simultaneous measurement and source capabilities for the setup, testing and calibration of most types of process instruments including transmitters, transducers, gauges/indicators, switches, proximity detectors, counters, RTDs, thermocouples and valve positioners.

Full future-proofed HART/Foundation Fieldbus device description ibrary
The powerful memory in the new DPI 620 Genii is enough to support the full HART and Foundation Fieldbus DDLs. A newly developed state-of-the-art HART and Fieldbus modem ensures reliable communication and avoids dropouts.

A new digital platform with 512 MB RAM ensures that the Genii can process even the most complex device descriptions in real-time. Free software updates ensure that Genii is always be up to date, even when new devices are released.

New Interface
Unique among calibrators, the DPI 620 Genii is driven by a touch and swipe interface, making it faster and simpler to access every function in this world-class multifunction calibrator.

Fully loaded
The enhanced Genii memory allows you to fully load datasheets, manuals and supporting documentation for every device, ensuring that your engineers always have the latest information at their fingertips.

Intuitive communication
Familiar touch commands and flatter more intuitive command menus mean engineers can be up and running in minutes.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Repeaters reduce wiring costs and increase system reliability

A range of CAN repeaters under the IXXAT brand has been launched by HMS Industrial Networks. These well-proven products enable coupling of two or more CAN network segments, provide them with galvanic isolation, and eliminate the effects of EMI (Electromagnetic Interference).

The CAN repeaters are offered under HMS’s recently acquired IXXAT brand and enable machine builders and system integrators to use extended CAN topologies including tree or star topologies. Furthermore, the integrated galvanic isolation provides a built-in protection against over voltage and the anti-noise circuit of the units eliminates the effects of EMI. IXXAT repeaters are especially designed for use in industrial environments, meeting high demands for robustness, temperature ranges and safety.

How it works
With the use of a repeater, it is possible to build independent electric segments that can be optimally terminated in terms of signals. The repeater substantially increases system reliability, partly because it increases the signal quality, and partly because it makes it possible to isolate malfunctions – keeping the remaining CAN-system fully operational. Furthermore, the implemented monitoring function detects CAN lines which are disturbed or malfunctioning. These lines are disconnected automatically, thus allowing the remaining network to continue functioning normally. After the fault has been eliminated, the disconnected segment is automatically reconnected to the network.

Depending on the type of repeater, the CAN lines are protected among each other and against the power supply up to 4 kV. In addition, the built-in CAN bus choke provides protection against signal peaks and the additional anti-noise circuit helps eliminating effects of EMI like heavy noise on the CAN-bus.

Wide range of use cases
“The IXXAT CAN repeaters are based on proven technology and we feel that it is now time to offer these to a wider international market,” comments Thomas Waggershauser, Product Marketing Director for IXXAT solutions at HMS. “IXXAT CAN repeaters has helped users to extend topology and improve robustness of CAN-networks since 1992 when IXXAT presented the world’s first CAN repeater. Use cases vary from customers wanting to reduce the lengths of their CAN wiring, to users who need to galvanically isolate CAN lines and rebuild CAN-signals. One common example is wind turbines with fiber-optic wiring in the blades. The CAN repeaters are used for isolation in case of a lightning strike and to refresh signals to use low-service slip-rings. CAN repeaters are a great tool for any system integrator or machine builder working with CAN since it allows them to substantially reduce wiring complexity and improve system reliability.”

The IXXAT CAN repeaters come in several different variants, both for copper and fiber-optic wiring.

iAutomation app for iOS for flow!

Siemens Industry Automation Division has introduced their Sitrans Connection Apple iOS communication application, designed for use with all Sitrans F US clamp-on ultrasonic flowmeters. Sitrans Connection enables direct communication between an Apple iOS device (iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch) and any Sitrans F US clamp-on ultrasonic flowmeter to enhance all metering functionalities, including programming, operational review, data logging and download.

The Sitrans Connection app provides greater mobility, making connectivity possible without the need for a laptop computer. The app also features full menu visibility and a complete alphanumeric keypad for easier navigation and programming, which is especially useful for meters with limited displays. In addition, Sitrans Connection provides Siemens technical experts with a live link to the meter for instant diagnostic review and programming, reducing the need for on-site service (Wi-Fi or cellular service required).

Sitrans F US clamp-on ultrasonic flowmeters are tailored for measuring flow in a wide range of applications belonging to various industries, including oil and gas, water/wastewater, HVAC, power generation, chemical and petrochemical.

Automate Solan Oil platform off Scotland

Emerson Process Management’s PlantWeb™ technologies will enable oil producer to manage offshore platform remotely from onshore centre in Scotland

Premier Oil has awarded Emerson Process Management, a €12.9 million (US$17m) contract to automate a new offshore production platform in the Solan oil field on the British Continental Shelf. Emerson’s technologies and services will enable Premier (operator and 60% owner of the field)  to safely and efficiently manage the platform 160 km west of Scotland from an onshore operations centre in Aberdeen.

Designed for unmanned operations, the platform could serve as a model for future developments in marginal fields, where such operations can help increase profits as well as worker safety. The Solan field is expected to produce approximately 40 million barrels of oil, with an estimated initial production rate of 24,000 barrels a day by the end of 2014.

As the project’s main automation and electrical contractor, Emerson will provide full project services including project management, detailed design, configuration, acceptance testing, commissioning, and start-up support, all as part of a complete solution.

"We are delighted that Premier recognises the value of our complete automation solutions for offshore operations," said Steve Sonnenberg, president of Emerson Process Management. "Our industry specialists look forward to helping Premier turn their vision of a remotely operated platform into a safe, efficient, and profitable reality."

The integrated solution will use Emerson’s PlantWeb™ digital plant architecture, including its DeltaV™ digital automation system, DeltaV SIS™ process safety system, CSI 6500 Machinery Health™ Monitor, and AMS Suite predictive maintenance software. Other elements will include Emerson’s Rosemount® pressure, temperature, radar level, and vortex flow transmitters; Micro Motion® Coriolis flowmeters; and Roxar™ sand monitors and multiphase flowmeters.

Emerson will also provide electrical switchgear, uninterruptible power supplies, and satellite telecommunication equipment, as well as an operator training solution that simulates real-world situations to prepare operations personnel for incident management.

Keeping cool!

Rising ambient temperatures can lead to overheating electrical panels. Appropriately selected enclosure cooling solutions can prevent a large proportion of failures by limiting the maximum temperature to which equipment is exposed.

Rittal’s range of cooling products includes fan-and-filter units, air/air heat exchangers, thermoelectric coolers, cooling units, air/water heat exchangers and chillers. Fan-and-filter units force the cool, clean air surrounding panels through them, whereas air/air heat exchangers recirculate the air inside the enclosure, cooling it down using only the temperature of the ambient air and therefore may be used in dirty environments.

Cooling units and air/water heat exchangers may be used to cool the air inside an enclosure to a temperature lower than that of the ambient, again recirculating the air inside the enclosure and are suitable for contaminated at-mospheres. Cooling units provide a stand alone solution and air/water heat exchangers use water and a remote chiller.

Rittal also have a comprehensive range of climate control products and are able to assist in determining whether climate control is necessary. Rittal’s self-adhesive thermal labels provide an easy and accurate means of measuring the internal temperature of existing electrical enclosures. They also have the equipment and specialist knowledge to undertake thermographic surveys, identifying areas in which equipment may be at risk due to high temperatures in a written report, supported with thermal images.

RiTherm, a software package that allows climate control requirements to be both quickly and easily calculated, may be used to guide you to the most suitable, correctly dimensioned climate control solution.

LED power supplies have 5 year warranty

Stadium Power manufactures competitively priced LED drivers for a wide range of indoor and outdoor use in LED based lighting and signage applications.

Seven standard ranges are available which feature advanced specifications including; full universal AC input range, active PFC (Class C), over voltage and over current protection, IP67 rating for indoor and outdoor applications, free air convection cooled, optional output voltage and current control and -25°C +70°C operating temperature range. Custom designs are available to meet specific power requirements or environmental conditions.

Models include the encapsulated low cost, high efficiency, single output DC:DC MDL LED driver. Offering a wide input range, step up or step down operation, PWM and analogue dimming control and up to 24W output at 300-1000mA the MDL is intended to drive LED strings from 2V to 28V.

Two open-frame models, the 48W SA48CV and 60W SA60CC, feature active power factor correction (PFC) to EN61000-3-2 PFC Class C. The SA60CC provides constant current and dimming control available via PWM, 0-10Vdc or 0-5Vdc.

Enclosed models include the low cost, low standby power SA10CC which is a 10-18W led driver cased to Class ll requirements and features low conducted and radiated EMC. The HPF10 10W model may be programmable via external voltage, potentiometer or PWM.

For outdoor or use in harsh environments the HSF LED driver IP67 rated for indoor and outdoor applications, is available with output power from 60-300W and an optional low cost range rated from 10-28W is available. With an operating temperature range of -25°C to +70°C the HSF LED power supply is free air convection cooled and offers optional output voltage and current control.

Stadium Power now offers customers the ability to buy its LED Drivers and a wide range of other standard products direct from the new ecommerce section of its website. The “buy online” range includes AC-DC power supplies, DIN Rail PSUs, EN54 power supplies, battery chargers and EMC Filters. Online orders will be available for fast delivery from stocks held in the UK. Discounts of up to 50% are possible on high volume orders placed for online stock and delivery is free on orders over £50.

New person joins international management team

Mr. Heng Song Lim has joined the international sales management team for AMICRA Microtechnologies' state-of-the-art portfolio of die bonders, flip-chip bonder systems, dispense and test systems, wafer Inking and other advanced technology solutions and services.

Heng Song Lim brings his proven global business acumen in the electronics industry to his new position at AMICRA. Prior to joining AMICRA, he served as Asia Pacific Business Manager for Nordson March Plasma System Inc., marketing advanced plasma equipment for die and wire bonding for semiconductor assembly. Before that, he worked for eight years as Sales and Marketing Manager at Shinkawa Singapore Private Ltd., and for nine years at ESEC (Asia Pacific) Private Ltd, where he rose from Sales and Marketing Engineer to Manager.

In addition to his broad-based professional experience, Heng Song Lim has an impressive educational background, with an MBA degree from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology/Singapore Institute of Management University. He holds a bachelor degree in business administration, a graduate diploma in marketing management and in management studies, plus an NTC-2 degree in electronic engineering from Singapore Technical Institute. "We are very pleased to welcome Heng Song Lim to our successful international management team," said Johann Weinhändler, Managing Director of AMICRA. "We are looking forward to a long-term fruitful relationship."

With the strategic management and leadership of Dr Johann Weinhaendler, Horst Lapsien and Rudolf Kaiser, and the dedicated team of highly experienced technical and manufacturing professionals, AMICRA has amassed more than 15 years of know-how in advanced micro-assembly solutions for the semiconductor back-end applications, fiber optics, LEDs, optical sensor and opto-electronics, and MEMS manufacturing.

AMICRA's state-of-the-art die bonder is the AFCPlus, a die bonder and flip-chip bonder that offers exceptional precision and extremely high placement accuracy. AFCPlus is designed for ultra-high-precision bonding at an accuracy of +0.5 µm at 3 Sigma. New to the AMICRA portfolio is the NOVAPlus die bonder and flip-chip bonder system, a dual-head die bonder / flip-chip bonder, which offers high precision bonding (+2.5 μm at 3 Sigma) and high speed (<3 2013="" a="" also="" and="" are="" at="" both="" events.="" exhibiting="" francisco="" href="" in="" industry="" leading="" other="" presented="" recent="" san="" sec="" semicon="" systems="" target="_blank" the="" they="" were="" west="">Semicon Taiwan 2013
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Collaboration in silicon-based power devices and LEDs.

The Nanoelectronics research centre imec and Veeco Instruments are collaborating on a project aimed at lowering the cost of producing gallium nitride on silicon (GaN-on-Si) -based power devices and LEDs.

Barun Dutta, imec’s Chief Scientist, commented, “The productivity, repeatability, uniformity and crystal quality of Veeco’s metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) equipment has been instrumental in helping us meet our development milestones on GaN-on-Si for power and LED applications. The device performance enabled by the epi has helped us realize state-of-the-art D-mode (depletion mode) and E-mode (enhancement mode) power devices. Our goal is to establish an entire manufacturing infrastructure that allows GaN-on-Si to be a competitive technology.”

Imec's multi-partner GaN-on-Si research and development program gathers the industry to jointly develop world-class GaN LED and power devices on 200 mm silicon substrates compatible with a 200 mm CMOS-compatible infrastructure. By joining forces at imec, companies share costs, talent and intellectual property to develop advanced technologies and bring them to the market faster.

Jim Jenson, Senior Vice President, General Manager, Veeco MOCVD, commented, “We have been working with imec on this program since 2011 and are encouraged by our progress. Our work is mutually rewarding, as we are both focused on being able to realize lower costs while maintaining world-class performance on GaN-on-Si devices. This technology can be used to create lower cost LEDs that enable solid state lighting, more efficient power devices for applications such as power supplies and adapters, PV inverters for solar panels, and power conversion for electric vehicles.”

Veeco’s MOCVD equipment features excellent film quality and low defects, which are key for effective GaN-on-Si processing. It also incorporates Veeco's Uniform FlowFlange® technology for superior uniformity and excellent run-to-run repeatability. Low maintenance TurboDisc® technology enables highest system availability, excellent particle performance and high throughput.

Monday, September 2, 2013

IR Thermometer for high temp environments

Fluke has introduced a new, high-end Infrared (IR) Thermometer with upgraded performance particularly for use in high-temperature environments, such as glass, cement and petrochemical works, in metal refining and smelting, and electrical power production. The new Fluke 572-2 has a 60:1 distance to spot ratio for accurate measurements well away from inaccessible or potentially dangerous locations.

The rugged, easy-to-use Fluke 572-2 IR Thermometer can stand up to tough industrial, electrical and mechanical environments, offering temperature measurement from -30degC to +900degC with dual laser siting for fast, accurate targeting. It also offers contact temperature measurement with a thermocouple bead probe. The three soft-key buttons allow quick navigation, via the graphical display, of advanced features to adjust emissivity (using a built-in material table), to start data logging for up to 99 points of data, or to turn alarms on and off. USB connectivity enables captured data to be downloaded to FlukeView® Forms Documenting software, provided with the 572-2, for graphing, analysis and reporting.

MIN, MAX, AVG and DIF functions help to quickly identify problems, while audible and visual HI and LOW temperature alarms provide instant alerts to measurements outside the user’s set limits. The backlit display is adjustable to a higher level to ensure easy reading in variable lighting conditions. Supplied with a K-type thermocouple bead probe for contact measurement from -40degC to +260degC, it is also compatible with other standard K-type mini-connector thermocouple probes.

The Fluke 572-2 can be mounted on a tripod and comes complete with a durable hard plastic carrying case.

Dew point analyser for hire in Europe

Transportable hydrocarbon dew-point analyser to rent makes verification of natural gas quality easily accessible

Michell Instruments’ new Condumax II Transportable Hydrocarbon and Water Dew-Point Analyser is now available to rent in Europe. It allows users to make spot-checks of hydrocarbon and water dew point – critical parameters of natural gas quality – at any point in their process or pipeline.

With its affordable cost, the rental instrument provides companies in the whole gas industry with complete flexibility to verify the accuracy of their online hydrocarbon dew-point analysers with no need to make capital expenditure.

The Condumax II Transportable has a robust transport case with conditioning and sample hoses suitable for performing supervised measurement sequences. Typical applications for the instrument include investigations into the performance of hydrocarbon reduction processing by natural gas producers or spot-checking the quality of natural gas at key points in a pipeline, as well as many others at anywhere in the natural gas supply chain.

As Michell’s technical consultant, Andy Benton, explains, ‘The Transportable Condumax II provides a totally flexible analyser package for investigations into natural gas quality – which means that it could be employed anywhere in the natural gas supply chain, from processing plants through to pipeline transmission, and by large users such as electricity generation companies. So it’s important that the system can be loaded into and out of a pick-up truck for transport to sites where operation is fully automated in providing sensitive and highly repeatable measurements.’ This ease of use reduces the reaction time of test measurements as well as the cost.

The Transportable Condumax II is certified for use in hazardous areas around the world, including ATEX, IECEx, CSA and GOST, with specific local certification available.

Other Michell products available to hire are the portable dew-point hygrometers – Easidew Portable, MDM300 and MDM300 I.S. These allow quick and easy spot-checks to be made of water dew point in a number of processes from compressed air systems to natural gas (with the intrinsically safe version).

Michell products are marketed in Ireland by Instrument Technology.