Friday, June 13, 2014

Service package for Ethernet switches.

Harting has introduced a 5-year service package that provides users with additional protection beyond statutory warranty claims for their Ethernet switches in the event of a product or workmanship defect.

Harting Ethernet switches are optimally designed for scenarios in harsh industrial environments. High availability, network security and high reliability are the decisive technical characteristics necessary for the operation of an Ethernet network in industrial environments.

In order to provide even more protection beyond the time limits for statutory warranty claims, these Ethernet switches can now also be purchased together with a 5-year service package. Plainly put, this means that within the first five years there will be no cost to the user for repairs or replacement equipment in the event of a product or workmanship defect.

Compact, wireless, high performance pulse generator.

Quantum Composers® announced that they have officially begun shipping the new Emerald Series of Pulse and Delay Generators. With new smaller, faster, smarter technology this unit will have advanced specifications such as 5ps timing resolution, 15ps channel to channel jitter and low “Period Jitter” at <40ps RMS. This model also features incredibly compact packaging and Bluetooth wireless technology that was recently introduced to the industry by Quantum Composers engineers. Additionally, a new custom software application is included with the unit so that users can easily program their instrument using a simple graphical interface on their PC.

This is the third addition to the new line of compact, affordable units that feature easy programming combined with high precision specifications to create a whole new class of delay generators. These units have been designed to provide all the high end specifications and features necessary to compete with the industry leading Stanford Research Systems DG535 and DG645 Delay Generators. With their full set of programming modes and industry leading 2 year warranty, these units are expected to quickly become a staple for applications like LIDAR, LIBS, PIV and in many University Physics and Chemistry Labs. 

Will Bomar of Quantum Composers says, “These Digital Delay Generators have far more functionality than any other units in the marketplace.  The models full functionality offers a wide range of complex pulse trains that no other units in the market can perform.  Customers demanded a simple to use, more robust solution that can be reused again and again for different applications. 
“Our new line of pulse generators were designed to be plug and play solutions whose durability and broad features stand the test of any application.”

Quantum Composers is a leading manufacturer of digital delay generator and laser system technology since 1993. Founded in Bozeman, Montana, an already accelerating high tech center for electro-optic startups in the northern Rocky Mountain Region, Quantum has become an internationally recognized pioneer in the electro-optics marketplace. Their services feature the design and development of precision pulse generators and custom laser systems for micromachining applications.

Fully automated and centralised detection!

GlaxoSmithKline wants to continue inspecting its products itself. Now, using equipment from Keyence, it can fully automate its production lines and in the process, reduce the risk of human error to a minimum.

GlaxoSmithKline Banks on the
Flexibility of Keyence's Vision Systems.
Their site in Evreux (F) covers 18 hectares and has 100,000 m2 of buildings. It employs 2,000 people and produces 130 million boxes of inhaled forms (aerosols, inhaled products) each year. Eighty-five percent of its production is exported to 130 countries with AFSSAPS, MCA and FDA approval. Every minute, 15,000 patients around the world take a dose of medication produced at GSK Evreux. This high production volume entails a highly complex traceability system.

One of the inhaled forms produced by GSK is the Diskus, a multidose powder inhaler that delivers a metered dose of medication. The marking of each Diskus is checked using a three-camera XG vision system. The first camera uses OCR to check an in-house code that is engraved with a YAG laser. The second checks the placement and diameter of the label; this inspects it for tears and makes sure that the legal notices printed on it are legible. The label is printed on a white background at a rate of 110 to 150 strokes per minute. The last camera is used to check a special label with a black background used for the Japanese market.

"We were looking for a vision system that did not require any direct operator intervention and thus would eliminate the risk of incorrect adjustments," explains Christophe Fourcin of GlaxoSmithKline. "Operators simply enter the code of the product to be inspected into the PLC controlling the vision system. That way they don't have to deal with the complex matter of programming the thirty or so sizes used.

"The very nature of the detection performed means that we have to routinely make changes to the vision system. That's one of the reasons why we chose Keyence's XG vision system. We wanted to have a tool that was ours and that we could modify as needed. With competing brands, reprogramming takes time and money. We have to wait for the estimate and then wait again for the new programming to be done. It makes us feel somewhat hog-tied. With the XG, we're in control and can even contact Keyence for assistance."

"It was easy to set up. Keyence's engineer provided us with the programming template so that we could go on from there. I make the necessary changes myself, which I learned how to do during a one-day training session provided by Keyence. The language is intuitive and the programming tools aren't that complicated. As a result, we were self-sufficient in no time. Lastly, it has a decent GUI,

"The vision system integrated very easily with the PLC. We also noticed that detection is stable over time and does not cause any false rejects. Determining the right inspection settings is very easy with the XG Series."

The XG VisionEditor software toolset is intuitive, fast, flexible and allows fully customisable programming. Its flowchart functionality allows users to create programs simply by dragging and dropping processing ́blocks ́. It also features a range of algorithms and filters. The system's flexibility also stems from the fact that users can add C-language source to create custom algorithms and filters. "The flowcharts enable us to quickly see which functions should be used," explains Mr Fourcin.

Debugging tools and a trace log (a log that traces the program's I/Os and sequencing and the commands and I/Os in the PLC) allow the vision program and the interface with the PLC to be tested to reduce integration time.

The XG vision system is part of GlaxoSmithKline's full process control system. "Our aim is to reduce human intervention to a minimum in order to increase the reliability of our processes. The next step is to control the PLC remotely with a takt time solution. Once that is done, detection with the Keyence system will be fully automated and centralised," concludes Mr Fourcin.

Flanged process viscosity sensor!

PAC recently released its latest 393 flanged process viscosity sensor. The 393 sensor’s new design is configurable to the end user’s needs; it has numerous industry standard process connection options, including ANSI, DIN, and RTJ flanges. With these new connections, it is easy to install CVI’s patented sensor technology in petrochemical  plants and refineries, including hazardous areas.

CVI’s technology is based on the oscillating piston method, which has only one moving part with no mechanical linkages. The sensor electromagnetically drives a piston through a fluid in a controlled measurement chamber at a constant force. Proprietary circuitry analyzes the pistons two-way travel time to measure the absolute viscosity. The sensor is constructed of all 316L stainless steel and the piston is constantly mixing the sample and scrubbing the measurement chamber clean.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Guided wave radar level transmitter to SIL 3.

The Rosemount® 5300 Guided Wave Radar (GWR) level transmitters are now certified to IEC 61508 for safety instrumented functions up to SIL 3. Companies in the oil and gas production, refining, petrochemical, chemical and power industries can now benefit from the accuracy, reliability and flexibility of the 5300 Series GWR for safety-critical level applications such as overfill prevention and dry pump protection.

The functional safety assessment was performed by the independent global organisation exida. It covered SIL 2 rated safety applications in a single configuration, and SIL 3 rated safety applications in redundant mode. The certification means that the Rosemount 5300 GWR is suitable for continuous level measurement in safety instrumented functions up to SIL 3, as defined in IEC 61511 for applications in the process industry.

Traditionally, fixed point-level devices have been used for overfill prevention and dry pump protection. The Rosemount 5300 GWR provides all the benefits of continuous level measurement, including the actual product surface location − confirming that the level sensor is functioning correctly. The high and low level alarms are set up locally or remotely during the installation and configuration process.

Proof testing is required at regular intervals to confirm that the overfill and empty tank protection functions result in the desired system response. These conditions can be simulated either locally using a HART-compliant master, such as a Rosemount Radar Master or a Field Communicator, or remotely using Emerson’s AMS Suite software. By removing the need to perform traditional wet tests, which require the tank to be under or overfilled, the cost and risks associated with proof-testing are considerably reduced.  

The Rosemount 5300 Series is a two-wire GWR for challenging level and interface measurements on liquids, slurries and solids. The Direct Switch Technology (DST) function increases measurement reliability and capability. In addition to improving the signal-to-noise ratio, DST enhances the ability to handle disturbing factors, longer measuring ranges, and lower dielectrics, even with a single probe. Maintenance-free operation improves uptime, and advanced configuration and extensive diagnostic information is available through the RadarMaster and EDDL-based user interface.

• See also "Radar level measurement best practice," a paper by Rosemount's Sarah Parker! (10/9/2010)

Vision technology forum success!

The first large scale Stemmer Vision Technology Forum in Britain, took place at Silverstone, the home of the British Grand Prix and proved to be a big success with around 350 participants.

The event was the latest in a series of Europe-wide Vision Technology Forums organised by Stemmer Vision and their European Imaging Academy. It featured over 40 technical presentations held in five parallel sessions covering a comprehensive range of vision technologies, as well as hands-on workshops for 2D and 3D vision systems and a mini trade show with over 30 exhibitors.

Mark Williamson, Director – Corporate Market Development at Stemmer, said: “This proved to be a very popular event and we have not only had very positive feedback from many attendees but have even received some orders as a direct consequence. We believe that it is the largest event of its kind dedicated to machine vision in the UK this year. Indeed some of the sessions on camera technology, illumination and optics were so heavily subscribed that they were run for a second time later in the day. The hands-on workshops were also hugely popular.”

The mini trade show attracted exhibitors from Europe, USA and the Far East, and provided a unique opportunity for visitors to see some of the latest products and technologies for the first time in Britain. Visitors were also able to meet system integrators and gain contacts in the growing area of automation as well as networking with experts in the field of machine vision.

“By structuring the event to provide free refreshments and lunch in the main exhibition hall, we were able to maximise the time visitors had available for networking and looking at exhibits in between attending presentations”, continued Williamson. “Although the VISION show in Stuttgart returns to the world exhibition schedule later this year, many engineers in the UK are unable to attend an event overseas, so the Vision Technology Forum provided a great opportunity to catch up with the latest in the world of vision in a very informal but informative environment.”

As an added bonus, visitors were able to listen to a lunchtime presentation by special guest speaker Richard Noble OBE, who is spearheading the Bloodhound SSC project, a British effort to take the world land speed record to 1000 mph and a project of which Stemmer state they are proud supporters.

Visualisation made easy!

Fully integrated: scalable HMIs part of the Kollmorgen Automation Suite

Kollmorgen is extending its automation portfolio with new HMIs. The type AKI panels are available in three performance classes with 16:9 screens sized between 4’’ and 21’’. From a price and performance point of view, the essential differences between the AKI-A, AKI-B and AKI-C are definition, processing power and the variety of connection and communications possibilities.

HMIs are fully integrated without further interface
in the automation and motion control system. 
Since the Kollmorgen Visualization Builder 2.0 is also fully integrated into the Kollmorgen Automation Suite 2.7, machine and plant manufacturers can utilise all the advantages of a fully-harmonised automation and motion-control-system.

With their ARM9 processor, the type AKI-A HMIs are tailored to standard applications in which display screens with between four- and ten-inch diagonals and a limited connectivity are adequate. The functionally more advanced AKI-B panels cover screen sizes of 7, 12 and 15 inches. The powder-coated units with their Atom processors offer improved processing power in combination with expanded connections for serial communication and audio as well as USB and Ethernet. The AKI-C class covers flexible HMIs having screen sizes between 12 and 21 inches and a fully-fledged industrial PC with i7 four-core processors.

All of the AKI family members are seamlessly connected as an open platform into the Kollmorgen Automation Suite, which speeds up the development of automation and visualisation solutions without interposed interfaces. Front side the displays achieve IP65 standard and due to the smooth design of the units, they may be used in hygienically-demanding environments in the packaging, foodstuffs and drinks sectors.

Space saving range of USB data sockets!

An extended its range of space saving Digital XLR connectors has been announced by Cliff Electronics. Mounted in an industry standard XLR connector shell the Cliff Digital XLR range offers users highly efficient use of panel space and the manufacturing convenience of making the same panel cut-out for all analogue and digital connector requirements.

USB data connection to audio, broadcast, AV (audio-visual), lighting controllers, instrumentation and industrial equipment is becoming more common as digital signal and control options increase and more information needs to be transferred between portable equipment, smart phones, tablets and other data storage devices which can also be powered or charged while connected.

The recent introduction of the unique Cliff Dual USB2 connector, which provides two isolated and independent fully USB compliant sockets in a panel space-saving single XLR receptacle, has generated demand for further variants.

A further two new Digital XLR connector types have now been introduced. These are USB2 gender changer feed-through sockets available as either USB2 A to B or B to A versions. The XLR housings are constructed from rugged zinc/nickel metal fitting the universally popular 23.6mm diameter XLR panel cut-outs. These connectors can be mounted at the rear or front of the panel.

The original Cliff Dual USB2 connector has signal output pins configured to facilitate either direct soldered PCB mounting or connection by header cable and Cliff Electronics are happy to provide customers with standard or custom designed header cables to meet individual system requirements. Cliff will soon be offering further variants of these Dual USB2 XLR sockets 

The XLR connector style body shell was selected by Cliff as it is widely used in the audio/broadcast industries, is an industry standard panel cut-out and offers maximum panel mounting density to system designers.

John Hall, General Manager of Cliff Electronics, comments; “This extension of our Digital XLR range is being welcomed by our customers and distributors. The Cliff Digital XLR range is are the first products from our aggressive development programme which will include further USB connectors as well as Ethernet and other data connectors, primarily in XLR and other industry standard shells. We welcome enquiries for customised data signal connector variants to suit end users applications.”

Website for embedded design engineers!

A new website launch coincides with a landmark for Nohau UK – its 25-Year Anniversary.

This comprehensive website is designed to be an invaluable resource for Embedded Electronics Design Engineers and Purchasing Professionals. It’s very easy to navigate through the pages which provide detailed information on the company's main principals: Abatron; Frontline; ITTIA; IXXAT; Parasoft; ProfiShark; and Quadros Systems.

The new website also contains a wealth of useful information that will lead Embedded Engineers to an elegant and cost-effective solution to their latest design challenge.

The new website is divided into the following main sections:

Development Tools section – this covers Protocol Analysers for Bluetooth; CAN; Ethernet; USB and NFC. Also covered are JTAG/BDM products.

Hardware section – this details CANbus Bridge, Gateway and Repeater products. Serial Data Probes are also covered.

Software section – this includes RTOS; Database and Protocol Stack products.

Testing section – this covers EtherTest and Code Quality products.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Pin down the sedimentation process #PAuto

The OPTISYS SLM 2100 optical measuring system for sedimentation profile measurement and continuous tracking of sludge blanket has been introduced by Krohne. It allows for reliable tracking of sedimentation layers in industrial and municipal applications, e.g. in sedimentation bassins of power plants, waterworks etc., as well as sludge blanket measurement in clarifiers and sludge thickeners in sewage treatment plants.

OPTISYS SLM 2100 is the successor of the OPTISENS OAM 2080 sludge blanket measuring system, but has been completely re-engineered to extend its area of application to sedimentation processes. It uses a optical suspended solids sensor, which is submerged into the basin. Unlike ultrasonic-based sludge level meters, the optical measuring principle is not subject to echo returns from walls or separating zones as well as signal damping by fluff or floating sludge.

It is the first sedimentation measuring system to offer three measuring modes: measurement of sedimentation profile, two-zone monitoring and zone-tracking. For sedimentation profile measurement, the system directly measures the suspended solids concentration at all heights as the sensor travels through all layers of the medium. The two-zone monitoring feature enables to monitor the heights of two predefined concentrations, e.g. fluff and sludge. It can be used to prevent sludge washout into the next stage.

For continuous level measurement of a predefined concentration, also known as zone-tracking, the optical sensor moves within the medium until it detects the concentration and follows or tracks this zone continuously. This can be used e.g. to monitor the change of the sludge blanket level when de-pumping the sludge. Here, OPTISYS SLM 2100 can replace two measurements commonly used in this application: with an ultrasonic level meter, disturbances of sludge blanket can lead to false measurements or even loss of signal for the ultrasonic device. To compensate for this, an additional turbidity measurement is installed in the depumping line. Both can be replaced by the new OPTISYS SLM 2100.

The integrated signal converter of the OPTISYS SLM 2100 is the well-known MAC 100 multiparameter converter for analytical measuring devices. It shares the same operating concept as Krohne flow and level signal converters and thus supports quick familiarisation. Krohne is the only measuring instruments manufacturer to offer a common operating concept for both physical and analytical parameters.

OPTISYS SLM 2100 has two 4…20mA outputs that communicate height and concentration according to the selected measuring mode. Inputs include a rake guard switch that protects the sensor from being catched by the rake. Also maintenance mode and interim measurements can be started remotely via digital inputs.

Both sensor and housing are made of stainless steel. The protection rating IP54 housing has a build-in fan to cool down electronics in hot environments. It also houses a heater for cold conditions to prevent the cable and mechanics from freezing. As option, an integrated spray cleaning system cleans both the sensor and the transport cable following each measuring cycle, keeping maintenance costs to a minimum. While this was standard with the previous system, it became an option as in many applications the clear zone is sufficient to clean the sensor, and thus the base price of the system is lower.

• Krohne products are marketed in Ireland by DWN Instrumentation.

Hazardous area remote terminals!

Eaton has launched a new MTL GECMA RT remote operating terminal, which enables plant managers to reduce operation costs, optimise productivity and increase plant safety. This terminal has a unique modular design and is a next generation remote terminal which features state-of-the-art technology to offer unparalleled levels of safety, making it ideal for use in hazardous EX zone areas in chemical, pharmaceutical, refinery and oil and gas industries worldwide.

It consists of five electronic modules; the display unit, power supply, communications modules, keyboard and mouse. The terminal’s modularity means upgrades to existing installations are quick and easy, which can save time, and minimise costly maintenance and downtime. Traditionally, the whole unit would have to be dismantled off site, but now with MTL GECMA RT, individual parts can be replaced simply on site, increasing plant availability.

Of vital importance, the modules are individually approved to global hazardous certification for Zone 1 environments. This offers safe handling on site and independent of the housing, and guarantees high reliability - worldwide.

The MTL GECMA RT features a couple of unique safety functions. First is a unique intrinsically safe cable for secure data transmission. Users can specify an Ethernet or fibre optic cable between the control room and remote terminal, with no need for additional external cable protection. This provides a saving of approximately 50% of wiring cost.

Secondly, the terminal features a unique visual alarm to immediately warn users in the event of a process failure. The alarm visualization system checks the correct data transmission to the display in real time and alerts users by way of a flashing red icon, enabling them to act straight away to rectify the problem. The MTL GECMA RT is the only remote operating terminal of its kind on the market to feature a visual alarm – other terminal screens typically freeze if there is a process fault – and it is expected to help plant managers reduce downtime and associated operating costs.

Available from stock and pre-tested, the MTL GECMA RT operating terminals are designed to enhance visualization within plant processes using displays ranging from 19 to 24 inches, with full HD versions offered in 22 and 24 inches. Displays are of the highest industrial quality and to ensure the best readability, the terminal incorporates optical bonding and LED-backlit technology resulting in a high resolution image in a low power display.

The USB interface future-proofs investment and allows easy expansion for additional connected devices, such as scanners or printers. MTL GECMA RT also supports WLAN and Bluetooth. MTL GECMA RT is available with a large range of cost effective specialist housing options. The flexibility of the design allows engineers to customise the housing to suit their application and the slimline stainless steel housing can be mounted to the floor, ceiling or other suitable stable object as required.

“Plant managers are under increased pressure to reduce costs, optimise productivity and increase plant safety and our new MTL GECMA remote terminals have been designed to meet these specifications and fit process needs,” says Axel Tischendorf, MTL GECMA Product Line Manager, Eaton’s Crouse-Hinds division. “The driving force of our investment is based on the knowledge and understanding of our customers’ requirements and the new generation of terminals is built on over 15 years’ experience in the industrial market.”

MTL products, part of Eaton’s Crouse-Hinds portfolio, provide leading electronic instrumentation and protection capabilities for the process control industries. Key applications include intrinsic safety, fieldbus, industrial networking, surge protection, HMI and visualisation, gas analysis and alarm management.

Automation in power attracts!

Many of the best and brightest minds in the power generation industry convened last week in Scottsdale (AZ, USA) to discuss the pressing challenges in instrumentation and control, and present strategies and solutions to overcome them.

The 57th ISA Power Industry Division (POWID) Symposium is perhaps the largest conference in the world dedicated to automation, control systems and instrumentation in power generation, attracted almost 200 attendees and 18 exhibiting companies.

The opening session featured a keynote address by Robert Romanosky, Ph.D., of the US Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory; a panel discussion on key industry issues and potential solutions; and a luncheon speech by W.J. “Jim” Lane, the mayor of Scottsdale, that profiled the local area and its electric power history.

The symposium also featured a student program that attracted 25 undergraduate and graduate student guests from seven prominent universities: Nirma University in India, Texas Tech University, West Virginia University, University at Albany, State University of New York, University of Texas at El Paso, Oregon State University and the University of Connecticut.

More than 70 peer-reviewed technical papers—highlighting the latest topics and innovations in instrumentation, controls, security, and business systems and automation technologies—were presented. The key issues and trends affecting all energy sectors, including fossil fuels, nuclear power, and renewables, were discussed and examined.

The event paid particular attention to:
  • Maintaining the reliability of power generation amid fluctuating load demand
  • Safeguarding essential data through advanced cybersecurity
  • Satisfying increasingly stringent environmental controls regulation
  • Improving competitiveness and operating results—now and in the years that follow
In addition to the technical presentations and sessions, the conference delivered:

  • Informative vendor exhibits by key suppliers
  • The opportunity to earn valuable Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • Undergraduate and graduate student presentations
  • Numerous social and networking activities

Automating Oil Sands project in Canada!

Honeywell Process Solutions has been selected by Suncor Energy to provide automation systems for a new multi-billion dollar Fort Hills Oil Sands project in Alberta (CDN). Honeywell will supply technology to integrate the site’s control and safety systems, manage alarms, and provide advanced simulation software that enables critical operations planning and operator training.

As the Main Automation Contractor (MAC), Honeywell will play a key role in helping the facility achieve its future productivity and operational efficiency goals. The facility is expected to be operational in late 2017.

“Choosing an automation provider is a critical decision, one that you will live with for years to come,” said Frank Whitsura, vice president, Honeywell Process Solutions. “Honeywell has a proven track record of reducing risk on projects of this magnitude, delivering on-time and on-budget, and contributing to the ongoing safety, reliability and efficiency of the operation and lowering overall lifecycle costs.”

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers forecasts production from the Canadian oil sands to exceed five million barrels a day by 2030, up from 1.8 million barrels a day in 2012.

“As energy demand continues to grow, the Canadian oil sands have become an important resource,” said Whitsura. “Honeywell has the expertise to fully integrate this project’s assets, from monitors and sensors in the field, to system controls, to planning and logistics. Suncor will also be able to use our innovative technology to run a wide range of simulations that will help maximize the efficiency of the operations.”

European automation centre for drive specialist!

Drive technology specialist WEG has combined its automation expertise and resources and opened a new automation centre at its site in Unna (D).

The company has opened a new European automation centre to improve support for its customers and to further strengthen its automation components business in Europe. In addition to locating its European automation specialists in the new centre, WEG is opening a shop with test stands, a training centre and warehouse space for automation components.

With the main objective of concentrating forces in one location to boost awareness of WEG's  frequency inverters, soft starters and servo drives in Europe, the new centre will be led by both Fábio Gonçalez, the recently appointed EME Automation Manager and head of the Automation Centre, and Bernd Kaiser, Automation and Drive Systems Manager at WEG Germany. The company is also recruiting new employees for the expanded premises and relocating experts from other sites to Unna.

The opening of the new automation centre brings together WEG’s staff and its expertise from the German headquarters in Kerpen with those of its subsidiary Watt Drive to a single location.  This leads to an even closer integration of Watt Drive gear technology, particularly technology for relatively low power levels, with automation components such as frequency inverters.

The in-house training centre for automation topics and the dedicated test stands in the shop enable WEG to better respond to customer needs and increase customer awareness of WEG's automation portfolio. Now frequency inverters, soft starters and servo drives for example, can be set up, repaired and modified with custom software at the centre in Unna. The experts can also look after the layout of complete electrical cabinets.

“In the last few years we have constantly expanded and optimised our sales organisation in Germany,” says Klaus Sirrenberg, Director Low Voltage Products at WEG Germany.  “Establishing the automation centre is a strategic move to increase customer awareness of our automation portfolio in Europe. In Brazil we are the market leader in automation, but in Europe we are presently primarily known as a manufacturer of electric motors. Our goal is to be regarded as a solution provider, and the new automation expertise centre enables us to get even closer to our customers and offer them improved support. I think we're heading in the right direction.”

To create room for the automation centre, WEG has expanded its premises at the Watt Drive site in Unna to cover several floors and now occupies the entire office building. This move also provides space for further growth in the sales and service functions. In addition, WEG is leasing more warehouse space to handle its growing European portfolio of automation products.

Waterproof connectors!

Intelliconnect (Europe) has extended its market leading Pisces range of IP68 waterproof connectors to include additional connector and cable termination options.

The range now includes SMA, TNC and N Type cable plug options which may be connected to a wide variety of cables including many LMR, RG, Semi-Rigid and Semi-Flexible cable types.
These product enhancements extend the range of potential applications for Pisces connectors to include 75 ohm variants for video camera security applications, environmental monitoring ocean buoys, traffic cameras (ANPR), coastguard/HM customs patrol boats, military radios/communication systems, environmental monitoring and water management and vehicle tracking.

All Pisces connectors are designed to meet the requirements of US MIL-PRF-39012, MIL-STD-348 and IEC: 169-8. Waterproofing meets IP68 per IEC 60529, (NEMA 6P or better), tested to a 20 meter water depth in an unmated condition for duration of 4 hours. Operating temperature range is -65°C to +165°C, corrosion (salt spray) performance is to MIL-STD-202, Method 101 and moisture Resistance is to MIL-STD-202, Method 106.
Roy Philips, Managing Director of Intelliconnect, comments, “Intelliconnect is now widely considered to be the world leaders in this highly specialised field and our connectors are designed into a number of life-safety and medical electronics applications which require rugged and reliable waterproof connector solutions.”

In addition to Intelliconnect’s renowned fast turnaround custom designed connector service their extensive standard range includes IP67 and IP68 rated interconnect solutions for harsh environments including N Type, SMC, SMA, TNC, Push-Pull and ABMS (harsh environment MCX). The SSMA is a smaller version of SMA which provides higher frequency performance. The male contact is designed to be the same size as the cable conductor so that it can be used as the mating pin for optimised VSWR ((Voltage Standing Wave Ratio - a measure of how efficiently radio-frequency power is transmitted from a power source, through a transmission line, into a load).

The SMC is a low cost high quality connector with a threaded coupling which provides excellent broadband performance with low reflection DC to 10 GHz. It conforms to the interface dimensions of MIL-STD-348 p and offers a form-fit-and-function alternative to other connector sources.
Intelliconnect Pisces waterproof RF connectors are also suitable for a number of further applications including: high quality antennas, personal locator beacons, cochlear Implant devices, petrochemical monitoring equipment, and traffic indication systems.

Pisces waterproof RF connector designs are available for most Coaxial/Triaxial/Twinaxial waterproof connector groups. Standard models include high frequency waterproof connectors, to both commercial and MIL standards and are available on short lead-times. Intelliconnect offer complete flexibility to meet customer requirements, with custom designs available within 24 hours.

All Pisces connectors are designed to meet the requirements of US MIL-PRF-39012, MIL-STD-348 and IEC: 169-8. Waterproofing meets IP68 per IEC 60529, (NEMA 6P or better), tested to a 20 meter water depth in an unmated condition for duration of 4 hours. Operating temperature range is -65°C to +165°C, corrosion (salt spray) performance is to MIL-STD-202, Method 101 and moisture Resistance is to MIL-STD-202, Method 106.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Ethernet trouble shooter special pricing!

Nohau UK is offering special Introductory Pricing for the Brand-New Comcraft PROFISHARK 1G All-in-One GigaBit Ethernet Troubleshooter.

The Comcraft PROFISHARK 1G is a fully-featured, compact and easy-to-use tool for network service engineers. With everything in a pocket-sized box, the only additional hardware required is a laptop with a free USB 3.0 port. It even uses the USB port on the attached laptop for its power.

This instrument is the perfect tool for the field engineer as well as long-term traffic collection. It uses a USB 3.0 connection to an attached PC with speeds up to 5 Gbit/s, allowing the PROFISHARK 1G to monitor full-duplex 10/100/100 BaseT Ethernet traffic at wire speed.

Compatible with open source WireShark protocol analysis software, it can measure event timing in nanosecond precision, which allows real time analysis of aggregated and buffered traffic. The PROFISHARK 1G has the ability to capture any type of frames (pause frames, VLAN tagged etc), any encapsulated frames, CRC errors frames, any frames between 10 bytes and 10 Kbytes.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Single-channel multiband recording and playback system.

Pentek has introduced the first member of the Talon® recorder series, the Model RTV 2601 single-channel multiband recording and playback system. This recorder is part of the new Talon Value Series of rackmount recorders for laboratory and benign environments.

The RTV 2601 represents Pentek’s best value in a single channel recording and playback system. Equipped with a 200 MHz, 16-bit A/D, it is ideal for recording signal bandwidths up to 80 MHz with over 80 dB of spurious free dynamic range (SFDR.) The 800 MHz, 16-bit D/A reproduces recorded signals and also serves as a powerful complex waveform generator.

Equipped with a 4 TB storage array, these 4U rackmount systems are ready for off-the-shelf delivery. “We often receive customer requests for quick delivery,” stated Chris Tojeira, product director of Recording Systems. “The popular, well-equipped configuration we chose for the RTV 2601 allows us to ship directly from stock. And, our cost-sensitive customers really appreciate a price tag under $20,000.”

The RTV 2601 includes a user-programmable digital downconverter (DDC) and digital upconverter (DUC), for recording and playing back signals with bandwidths ranging from a few kHz up to 80 MHz. Flexible center frequency tuning handles IF signals as high as 700 MHz. Providing 4 TB of data storage, the six hot-swappable front-panel disk drives can be easily replaced by empty drives when full.

Ease of Operation
All Talon recorders are built on a Windows 7 Professional workstation and include Pentek’s SystemFlow software, featuring a GUI (graphical user interface) and API (Application Programming Interface). The GUI provides intuitive controls for out-of-the-box turn-key operation using point-and-click configuration management. Configurations can be easily stored and recalled for single-click setup. The GUI also includes a virtual oscilloscope and spectrum analyzer to monitor signals before, during and after data collection. The C-callable API allows users to integrate the recorder control into larger application systems.

Pentek provides a Talon Recording System Simulator for evaluation of the SystemFlow software package.

Precision flow engineering & research centre in Europe!

Engineering design team in Romania dedicated to developing flow measurement technologies that help users gain insight and better control processes

A Technology Design Centre has been established by Emerson at its Cluj-Napoca campus in Romania to support the Micro Motion® flow and density product lines and Roxar measurement technologies.

With a focus on the development of the latest Micro Motion density and viscosity product lines, Emerson has recruited mechanical engineers from the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca and from other technology areas within the organisation. The engineers will focus on product development and enhancements that will address density and viscosity measurement challenges.

“Supporting customers locally is a key Emerson strategic initiative,” said Andy Dudiak, vice president and general manager of Emerson’s Micro Motion business unit. “Recent investments in buildings and manufacturing technologies reflect this priority and we’re delighted to now have engineering resources on-board to further support this commitment.”
Emerson’s newly established engineering design team mean business at the Cluj-Napoca facility

The new engineers join an established group in Cluj-Napoca focused on Roxar product development. Working together provides a broad, experienced team environment that is a natural incubator for continuous improvement and technology advancements. Using a best-practice model to place engineers and testing capabilities within close proximity to manufacturing facilities, additional laboratories are under construction to support mechanical, electrical and flow testing.

The first team of engineers supporting Micro Motion product development recently joined the organisation. Emerson will be looking to recruit more engineers over the next five years to support flow and density product lines. Over time, it is expected that additional engineers will be recruited to support the full Micro Motion product portfolio.

The new building in Cluj-Napoca, Romania is part of a US$60 million investment the company is making to meet growing demand for its flow measurement products and services in Europe and other regions. The new building provides 18,800 square metres of space for manufacturing, calibration, research and development, and customer training facilities for Emerson’s Micro Motion, Rosemount® flow, and Roxar flow products. The facilities provide modern and spacious production capabilities, as well as offices for engineering and customer support services, and will fulfil the highest market demands for quality and traceable calibration.

Transitioning is currently underway for Emerson’s flow products, with full capability for all technologies expected to be in place by the end of 2014. The new facility adds to Emerson’s current European network, including the existing Flow Technology Centre in Ede in The Netherlands.

Details of August Water/Wastewater symposium released!

Don’t miss the Early Bird Discounted Rate – Register by June 15!

Book Here!
!News Flash!

Early-bird registration for this ISA WWAC Symposium has been extended to 1 July 2014.

This year’s ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium (#WWAC) features 33 technical speakers. This 3-day symposium (5-7 August, 2014, Orlando, FL, USA) is focused on the challenges associated with automation and instrumentation in the water and wastewater sectors. It features 2 full days of presentations on each day, a tour of a local water/wastewater facility, a general reception, networking events, a poster session, and a supplier showcase.

The keynote, from Thomas W. Sigmund, P.E., Executive Director of NEW Water, is entitled A Vision for the Water Resources Utility of the Future (Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 8:15am) and there will be a forum session to further discuss this topic.

Keynote abstract:
Thomas Sigmund
The Water Resources Utility of the Future (UOTF) Task Force was created by the (US) National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) in 2012 to bring together industry experts to identify opportunities and challenges faced by clean water agencies and to identify forward looking solutions, some of which are being implemented today. The UOTF will transform both the way traditional wastewater utilities view themselves and how they will manage their operations and relationships with their communities and contributions to local economies. The Blueprint presents a vision for the future of clean water agencies as well as a series of actions to deliver the vision.

Originally technical engineering entities, today’s utilities now embrace sophisticated management approaches and are transforming themselves into managers of valuable resources, partners in local economic development and a member of the watershed community seeking to deliver maximum environmental benefits at the least cost to society. This presentation will present a vision for these new utilities and explore how instrumentation and automation are key to delivering on that vision.

Register by June 15 to get early-bird pricing for the 2014 ISA water/wastewater and automatic controls symposium. Register for only $325 – special early-bird ISA member rate ($125 discount).

• Please note that ISA headquarters has been doing an upgrade of their online registration system.
If there are any problems with the online registration, the paper forms should be used or call ISA customer service directly at +1 919-549-8411. 
Forms can also be sent in via fax to +1 919-549-8288.
There will also be a number of guest and invited speakers including Tom DeLaura, Chair, WEF Automation and Information Technology Committee & Vice-President, Eramosa Engineering International and Michael Sweeney, Florida Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) & Deputy Executive-Director, Toho Water Authority. Last year DeLaura was named ISA’s Water and Wastewater Industry Division Member of the Year.

The 2014 symposium will therefore offer an unique opportunity for automation, instrumentation and SCADA professionals in the water and wastewater sectors to share ideas, network and earn continuing education credits.

The event includes two full days of technical speakers/presentations, networking events, a poster session, and a supplier showcase. A tour of a local wastewater treatment facility, and two short courses on SCADA Cyber Security and Troubleshooting Instrumentation & Control Systems are optional.

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Flooded airflow cooling solution!

Rittal have recently provided high quality TS IT server racks, with a customised chimney venting solution, for data centre provider Datum who required cost effective cooling technology when developing their flagship Farnborough (GB) facility.
After research Rittal’s roof mounted chimney module, a one piece duct assembly on top of the TS IT enclosure for airflow management, was found to work perfectly with the patented ecofris cooling solution from Keysource.

A reliable passive system requiring no fans or electrical connections, the chimney module permits the hot and cold air to be separated efficiently, eliminating the hot aisle, as the exhausted heat is contained within the chimney system.

Utilising Rittal chimney modules allowed the cooling system in the room to work to its’ full potential, delivering a PUE of 1.2 or less, achievable even with a partial load.

Dominic Phillips, MD of Datum said “The result is a complete alignment of our energy efficient goals with those of our clients delivering a reduced carbon footprint and cost”.

New Director of Global Sales at Headwell

Tom Breen has joined Headwall Photonics as Director of Global Sales.  He brings with him significant experience across many of the end-user markets served by Headwall. He will be responsible for managing Headwall's growing worldwide sales activities and strategic opportunities for hyperspectral and Raman imagers as well as the Company's OEM integrated spectral instrumentation.

Tom Breen
Prior to joining Headwall, Tom held executive leadership positions at UTC Aerospace Systems where he was responsible for sales and business development of airborne and hand-held products. He also served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for General Dynamic's Axsys Technology Division in Nashua, New Hampshire. Other senior management positions at L-3 Communications, BAE Systems, and Lockheed Martin provided Tom with the background that will allow Headwall to grow its business in the hyperspectral imaging market.

"We are thrilled that Tom has joined our team," said Headwall CEO David Bannon. "His background complements our commercial growth plans seamlessly and he will be a terrific asset in tackling a market that is experiencing very robust growth. Tom has had significant success in building high performance sales teams coupled with exceptional customer relationships."

"I am very excited to be joining Headwall at a period of tremendous momentum for the Company and the industry," said Tom. "As a leading supplier of spectral instrumentation, Headwall is uniquely poised to expand and deliver hyperspectral sensors and OEM instruments for remote sensing and in-line applications."

Headwall's award-winning Hyperspec and Raman imagers are used in commercial and military airborne applications, in advanced machine-vision systems, for document and artifact care, for plant genomics, in medicine and biotechnology, and for remote sensing. A unique differentiator for the Company is Headwall's patented all-reflective, aberration-corrected optical technology that is fundamental to every system it produces.

Tom is a published author, with numerous works produced for IEEE, SPIE, and AAAE. Tom's educational background includes MBA and BSEE degrees from Northeastern University in Boston.