Thursday, April 30, 2015

Advancements in test equipment capabilities centre around LTE & M2M Communications!

Wireless communication serves as a focal point for business development, and wireless test equipment end users such as network operators as well as service providers foresee significant opportunities in machine-to-machine (M2M) communication and long-term evolution (LTE) network infrastructure technologies. Hence, developments in wireless communication test equipment will revolve around LTE, M2M communications, and the need for solutions that can be easily deployed across the live network infrastructure.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Analysis of End Users’ Perspective on the Global Wireless Communication Test Equipment Market, finds that while North America continues to offer significant opportunities for wireless communication testing and monitoring vendors, Asia-Pacific is fast-evolving into a hotbed for growth. The study is based on a survey of wireless test equipment customers, including network operators, network equipment manufacturers, contractors, and telecom and wireless consulting firms.

Vehicle dynamics system does everything!

The new Correvit® S-Motion vehicle dynamics test system from Kistler uses proven optical measurement technology for non-contact measurement of speed and slip angle. Correvit technology was first introduced in 1981 as the world’s first optical speed and distance sensor and Kistler have continuously improved the technique. The new version uses the latest technology to deliver the highest levels of accuracy and repeatability

The S-Motion offers an ideal solution where high precision measurement of distance, speed (absolute, longitudinal, transverse) and angle are required for dynamic vehicle testing, e.g. steady-state circular-course driving (ISO 4138). Accelerometers built into the unit provide longitudinal and transverse acceleration data which is integrated with the optical speed and slip-angle information to provide significantly reduced signal noise and a high measurement frequency of 500 Hz with a minimal signal delay of 6ms.

In addition, an integrated GPS receiver enables the determination of position and time and integrated angular rate sensors allow pitch and roll angle and rotation around the vertical axis of the vehicle to be measured. Further signals such as levelled acceleration or curve radius and the conversion of speed to any point of the vehicle, e.g. centre of gravity or rear axis, are calculated inside the sensor.
These additional signals provide the test engineer with the ability to acquire the large number of measurands required for standard dynamic driving tests and simplifies the instrumentation of the vehicle whilst minimizing application errors.

Correvit S-Motion sensors provide unparalleled accuracy on all standard testing surfaces, even under the most challenging conditions. They feature high-quality optical elements, the latest optoelectronic components and state-of-the-art high-performance signal processing based on DSP and FPGA‘s.
With the Correvit® S-Motion non-contact system, Kistler has provided all of the capability demanded by current driving dynamics testing in one, compact, easy to mount and install unit which may be moved from vehicle to vehicle simply and quickly. Eliminating the need for a precision GPS system to provide vehicle motion data ensures that testing is never dependent on satellite availability.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Celebration of young people’s interest in science and technology.


As strategic alliance partners of FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), the International Society of Automation (ISA) and its umbrella organization, the Automation Federation, took part in last week’s FIRST Championship, an annual international celebration of young people’s interest and participation in science and technology.

More than 18,000 students from around the globe, from ages 6 to 18, gathered 22-25 April in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), to put their engineering skills and scientific know-how to the test in four different age-specific, team-oriented FIRST programs. This year’s championship event drew more than 900 student teams from 40 countries around the world.  

An FRC team makes some final adjustments on
its robot before the competition last week.
A centerpiece of the four-day event was the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), which combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of designing and building robots. The competition provides students, from grades 9 through 12, with the opportunity to use sophisticated software and hardware, learn from professional engineers, collaborate, earn recognition, and qualify for millions of dollars in college scholarships. In all, more than 75,000 high school students, comprising more than 3,000 teams, participated in 56 FRC regional competitions.

In support of this year’s FIRST Championship, ISA and the Automation Federation hosted an informational exhibit where student competitors could learn about the automation profession and how to plan for careers in the field. 

This event continues to amaze me each and every time I go,” proclaimed Steven Pflantz, an electrical and automation engineer and ISA and Automation Federation leader who has now attended all five FIRST Championship events held in St. Louis. “The positive energy from all these kids having fun, being challenged and competing in this way is uplifting and awe inspiring. This is a remarkable and talented group of young people, and a lot of them are potential future automation professionals.”

Pflantz was among a select group of practicing automation professionals from the St. Louis area---volunteering on behalf of ISA and the Automation Federation—that met with FIRST competitors and their family members to answer questions about career opportunities in automation and engineering.

Joining Pflantz, an Associate at CRB Consulting Engineers, at the ISA/Automation Federation exhibit were: 
“All of us came away highly impressed with how many of these young people are already mapping out their future plans,” Pflantz reports. “Based on the positive energy they are generating and the commitment they are demonstrating, I feel there are no limits or boundaries these students cannot reach.”

In addition to inspiring STEM-centered creativity and inventiveness, Pflantz says FIRST competitions help cultivate the practical skills that are required to succeed in the workplace.
“It’s not all just about building robots,” he points out. “Because FIRST stresses the importance of planning, project management and collaboration, these young people are gaining vital real-world experiences they can put to use in their future careers.”

A positive job market for automation and engineering professionals
Career options are bright in engineering and automation because the demand for qualified employees in these fields far outstrips availability. In the US, the number of science and engineering jobs over the past decade has grown three times more quickly than jobs in other sectors. At the same time, colleges and universities aren’t producing enough graduates to fill the jobs. Just half of college students who start with a science- or math-related major graduate with this type of degree, according to a recent report from the US Department of Commerce.

By one estimate, the US alone will need more than 120 million workers with advanced manufacturing skills by 2020. At the current pace, America will prepare less than half of that number.
Pflantz emphasizes that more needs to be done to encourage STEM learning among young people and to expand awareness about careers in automation and engineering. “Automation and control professionals need to get the word out about the advantages of pursuing a career path in engineering and automation,” Pflantz declares. “As working professionals, we can play an important role in helping young people decide what to do, and make better decisions as well as providing mentorship during the initial phases of their careers.”

Faster hardware-in-the-loop testing!

ETAS K.K. and Maplesoft has announced the successful connection between LABCAR, the hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) testing system from ETAS, and MapleSim, the advanced system level modeling tool from Maplesoft. Initial projects have shown that using MapleSim models resulted in more than 15 times faster implementation compared to other similar products.

LABCAR is an HIL testing system for automotive electronic control units (ECUs). With its open and modular system architecture for simulation models, software, hardware, and test automation, and its time-synchronous ECU access, LABCAR is easily scalable and well suited for integration with third-party hardware, software, or simulation models. MapleSim offers a modern approach to physical modeling and simulation, dramatically reducing model development and analysis time while producing fast, high-fidelity simulations.

MapleSim includes the ability to export models to a variety of formats, including the Functional Mockup Interface (FMI). FMI is an industry standard for model definition, designed to facilitate the sharing of models across different tool sets for co-simulation and model exchange. Since LABCAR supports the FMI standard, engineers can incorporate their MapleSim models directly into their LABCAR testing environment. Engineers also have the ability to export MapleSim models as Simulink® S-functions, and incorporate them in the LABCAR testing environment. In these ways, LABCAR users can take advantage of the extremely fast, high fidelity simulation code produced by MapleSim when testing their electronic control units.

The seamless integration of MapleSim models into the LABCAR HIL environment significantly increases productivity for LABCAR customers. Typically, models developed early in the design phase must be modified, by hand, before they can be used in the HIL test and validation phase, in order to make them fast enough for use in a real time testing environment. However, MapleSim’s unique technology produces extremely fast simulation code, without sacrificing model fidelity. As a result, engineers can use the same models in both phases of the project, saving them time and giving them highly accurate simulation results.

“Everyone benefits when companies like ETAS and Maplesoft support the FMI standard for model exchange and co-simulation,” says Dr. Laurent Bernardin, Executive Vice-President and Chief Scientist at Maplesoft. “The seamless integration of MapleSim models in LABCAR makes it easy for engineers to leverage the strengths of both tools, without having to spend time trying to manually make the tools connect.”

“Our goal is to give engineers a flexible, effective testing environment, and MapleSim with FMI connectivity helps us do that,” says Dr. Tobias Kreuizinger, Senior Manager for Test & Validation Solutions. “The combination of the high performance LABCAR environment with extremely fast, high-fidelity MapleSim models means engineers can perform even better testing of their control and diagnostic functions in less time than ever before.”

Simpler wiring of connectors!

The innovative bridge block multiplier technique first introduced by Harting in its Han-Yellock® connector family has now been extended to many other connectors in the Han® series. By incorporating the additional contacts within the connector housing, the bridge block offers users the benefits of simplified wiring and reduced space requirements.

The bridging function, which would previously have been implemented in external terminal blocks in the switching cabinet, is implemented in the connector quickly with minimal wiring effort, reducing installation time and maintenance requirements. In addition, the fact that much less space is required conforms with the trend of miniaturisation in industrial installations.

The bridge block itself acts as an adaptor and offers, in the space required for three Han-Modular® inserts, room for up to 15 Han E® pin contacts. Three socket holder rows can be freely selected and inserted. From the normal one-to-one contacting up to the bridging of five contacts, there are many more variants available from the existing Han-Yellock® portfolio.

With its compatibility with the Han-Modular® hinged frames, the bridge block can be applied in all hinged frame applications from a size of 10B. In addition, it can be combined with Harting’s Han-Eco® lightweight connector family and the Han-Modular® docking frame to achieve an exceptionally high level of flexibility.

Team to develop Certified Pre-Owned channel!

Microlease has named Paul McCloskey as Board Level Director dedicated to developing Certified Pre-Owned (CPO), a comprehensive programme to address a growing customer demand. It also named three senior executives, Philippe Suel, Jean Bernard and Neil Whitehead, who will report to him and oversee the CPO channel in specific European regions.

Paul McCloskey
Commenting, Paul McCloskey, said, “Microlease’s mission is to help customers acquire, use and dispose of their test equipment assets with maximal financial efficiency. The Certified Pre-Owned programme is central to that mission. It creates the opportunity for buyers to realise a risk-free financial saving by acquiring quality, guaranteed instruments at a much reduced cost. For customers who are using the Microlease Asset Management service, it provides the opportunity to achieve the best possible financial return on quality surplus test equipment.”

The Microlease Certified Pre-Owned programme is based on instruments sourced from the Microlease rental fleet as well as the growing number of blue-chip companies whose test assets it manages. A number of quality instruments that have been taken in part exchange are also included. Each instrument is inspected, refurbished and calibrated according to a 23-step certification programme and carries a comprehensive Microlease warranty. It includes instruments from leading manufacturers including Keysight Technologies, Anritsu, Rohde & Schwarz, Tektronix, JDSU and EXFO.

Paul McCloskey was previously Director of European Sales at Microlease and is a Board Director. He has spent 28 years at the company and has 38 years’ experience in electronics test and measurement. He started his career as an electronics design engineer with Lucas.

Ten years of industry collaboration!

Boulting Technology recently celebrated ten years of PROFIBUS UK membership. The company has successfully been keeping up to date with all the technology developments in the last decade through continuous staff training and development.

“Manufacturers today strive for efficiency through automation,” explained Gordon Mullis, managing director of Boulting Technology. “Industrial automation is not just about excellent networking and communications, but also requires a comprehensive system integration approach.

“Boulting Technology’s team of engineers draws on experience from a diverse range of industries, processes and platforms. With our membership of PROFIBUS UK and the high level of training and support made available over the last ten years, we have been able to consistently provide the best solutions to our clients.”

• The PROFIBUS group was established in 1993 and Boulting Technology joined shortly after. To date, Boulting Technology has supported some thousands of PROFIBUS PA, PROFIBUS DP and PROFINET applications. The projects have ranged from complex chemical processing plants to electricity generation and from anaerobic digestion processes to treatment of water and waste applications.

"Stars of the show!"

Visitors to AQE 2015 in Telford (GB 22-23 April), were treated to a practical demonstration of real-time simultaneous multigas analysis when Quantitech’s Dominic Duggan enlisted the help of three attendees to assist in the demonstration of the Gasmet portable FTIR gas analyser, the DX4040.
"Will you try our analyser?"
Seeking to explode the myth that FTIR gas analysis is complicated, Dominic encouraged participants to conduct the analysis without any prior training. One person held the analyser, whilst another briefly pressed the button on a can of ‘Air Duster’ – a dust removal spray. At the same time, the third volunteer held out the instrument’s PDA so that live data from the analyser (via Bluetooth) could be displayed for the audience.

“The attendees were surprised to see how many compounds were in the ‘Air’ and how easily speciated data could be generated for a wide range of gases,” Dominic commented. “My presentation included descriptions of this instrument’s application in Greenhouse Gas research, hazardous incident assessment, environmental investigation and research at NASA, but the practical demonstration helped AQE visitors to see how this technology could help in their daily work.”

Reflecting on the success of the event, Dominic said: “As a specialist event, almost every visitor to AQE 2015 was a potential customer for Quantitech, so the quality of the leads that we received was extremely high.”

The Quantitech stand was also staffed by Antti Heikkilä from Gasmet Technologies in Finland. He said: “I am delighted with the number of enquiries that we received from outside of the UK. As a specialist event, AQE 2015 is obviously very attractive to anyone with a professional interest in air quality and emissions monitoring.”

Calibrate & create FDA-compliant audit trail for pH, oxygen, conductivity & chlorine sensors.

Endress+Hauser has introduced Memobase Plus calibration software for pH, oxygen, conductivity and chlorine sensors. The software turns a PC into a calibration laboratory, providing complete traceability of test solutions, sensors, calibrations and measurements.
Calibration reports are generated automatically as a PDF document, or as a CSV file that can be exported to Excel or similar software for further processing.  An audit trail, user administration settings and passwords guarantee security. Memobase Plus is FDA 21 CFR Part 11-compliant.

Memobase Plus is capable of managing four different sensor types simultaneously: pH (glass and ISFET); dissolved oxygen; ORP, conductive and inductive conductivity; and chlorine.

The software provides guided, step-by-step instructions for the correct calibration procedure required by each sensor. A Live-Graph function provides visual control during the calibration, enabling appraisal of sensor condition. It also provides full traceability of all testing equipment and reference solutions. “As found, as left" measurements can be performed to assess measurement uncertainty before calibration.

Memobase Plus constantly monitors Memosens sensors and keeps logs to document the entire sensor life cycle. It maintains time stamps for adjustment and deactivation with explanations, an operating hours counter to help analyze sensor condition, and a calibration timer to help schedule calibrations. Operators can view a numerical and graphical display of primary and secondary measured values with a zoom function and a time bar.

Reports include all the information required for sensor calibration, maintenance and audit trails—including old and new calibration values, delta values, and calibration history charts with slope and zero point. Reports are subdivided into Measure, Calibrate, Sensors and Reference Solution categories for fast retrieval of specific data. A sorting and filter function helps users find data more quickly. Reports are available on the PC screen, and can be exported as a PDF document or a CSV file.

For security purposes, as defined in 21 CFR Part 11, the computer-generated audit trail function is protected from intentional or accidental modification. The audit trail tracks operator entries including operator name and ID—along with actions creating, modifying or deleting records. The entire audit trail is retrievable throughout the record’s retention period. Users cannot modify or delete audit trail information

System access and modification are allowed only by person(s) with “Administrator” rights. Access requires an electronic signature consisting of a unique Identification-Password combination. The software can be configured to force users to renew their password periodically, such as every 30 days.

Per 21 CFR, Memobase Plus is a closed system, with access restricted to only those persons designated to handle the unit or who are responsible for the contents of the recorded data.

Moisture and hydrocarbon dew point in natural gas!


The world’s most established hydrocarbon dew-point analyser and the latest generation of tuneable diode laser spectroscopy moisture analyser are now available in a single package to help gas companies ensure the quality of their pipeline transmission gas. Moisture and hydrocarbon dew point are the key parameters in gas quality standards for custody transfer of transmission pipeline gas and reliable measurements are vital for pipeline operators.

Michell Instruments’ Condumax II is the most frequently installed hydrocarbon dew point analyser around the world. The recently launched OptiPEAK TDL600 represents the latest developments in spectroscopy, with improved sensitivity and accuracy along with the ability to automatically cope with changing background gas compositions. The combined system provides users with the benefits of both systems in an easy-to-install package. It has a smaller footprint than two analyser systems: this reduces costs and also saves on space.

The package includes both analysers and a combined sample conditioning system to ensure a steady sample flow which is at a uniform pressure and temperature. It is fully certified for installation in hazardous areas worldwide, with certifications from ATEX, CCSAUS and IECEx.

• Michell products are marketed in Ireland through Instrument Technology.



Module of the year 2014!

congatec tells us that the conga-MA3 COM Express was recognised by Intelligent Systems Source (ISS) as COM Express Mini Type 10 Module of the year. ISS aggregates information to help systems engineers find the best solution for their embedded application. 

“The Intelligent Systems Source community searches 1,000’s of products each month. ISS was ecstatic to find congatec produced the communities’ most sought after COM Express Type 10 module amongst a very competitive group. Leading industry partners, like congatec, are what makes ISS the leading source for embedded technology.” James Pirie, Intelligent Systems Source Project Manager.

“congatec is extremely excited about the success of the conga-MA3 COM Express Type 10 module. We are pleased to receive the recognition from ISS and their award for COM Express Type 10 module of the year,” states Dan Demers, Director of Marketing for congatec in the Americas.


The conga-MA3 is congatec’s first COM Express Mini Type 10 module with a size of 55 x 84 mm and based on the Intel® Atom™ E3800 series of processors. Features of the latest Intel Atom generation include its single chip design, an L2 cache able to be shared by multiple cores, and a much faster Intel HD graphics engine than the previous generation. The highlights of the module include its ultra-dense design, onboard soldered memory and onboard eMMC support. The conga-MA3 is also available in an extended temperature operating range of -40C to +85C. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tunable diode laser spectrometer.

Yokogawa is releasing the TDLS8000 tunable diode laser spectrometer in May 2015. This new product can quickly make in-situ measurements of gas concentrations in combustion and heating processes that are employed in the oil, petrochemical, electric power, iron and steel, and other industries.

As the successor to the TDLS200 laser gas analyser, the TDLS8000 offers improved reliability and operability. With this new product, Yokogawa aims to capture a greater share of the gas analyser market by offering a solution that will make it possible to improve plant efficiency and safety.

Development background
Companies are always looking for ways to optimise processes by saving energy, reducing CO2 emissions, and improving safety and one way to do this is by optimising the air-fuel ratio in the combustion process. To accomplish this, sensors are needed that can continuously monitor the concentration of O2 and CO+CH4 in the radiant section of fired heaters.
The TDLS200 laser gas analyser is capable of quickly performing in-situ measurements of the concentration of near-infrared absorbing gases such as O2, CO, CO2, and NH3. Since the TDLS200 was released in 2008, its high accuracy and precision have earned it a good reputation in the marketplace, and it has gone on to become one of the best-selling instruments of its type in the global market (based on a Yokogawa market survey).

The TDLS8000 is being introduced as the successor to the TDLS200 to satisfy the need for improved operability and to allow for greater adaptability in difficult applications.

Product features
1. Highly reliable measurement
The TDLS8000’s laser module includes a newly developed reference cell board that improves the reliability of absorption peak detection, which is an important step in the spectral area method. In addition, the receiving unit employs a new auto gain function that can automatically optimise detection sensitivity depending on the measurement object. By increasing the signal-to-noise ratio (S/N ratio), this improves the reliability of measurements taken in coal combustion and other processes where there is high particulate loading. Designed to meet the requirements for SIL2 certification (certification pending) defined by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the TDLS8000 will play a key support role in ensuring the safe operation of plants.
2. Improved operability and maintenance efficiency
The TDLS8000 comes with a large 7.5-inch LCD touch screen that can display a greater variety of data. The touch screen replaces the push button interface used with preceding models, making the setting of parameters easier and more intuitive. The light source module containing the laser diode is fully sealed and damage resistant. To facilitate troubleshooting and reduce downtime, this module is able to store up to 50 days’ worth of raw data that can be accessed anywhere in the world by, for example, a Yokogawa response centre.
3. Compact size
The redesigned TDLS8000 is just three-quarters the size and weight of the preceding model, allowing it to be installed in a greater variety of locations.


The TDLS8000 is expected to be certified to the IECEx, ATEX (Europe), FM (U.S.), cFM (Canada), and TIIS (Japan) explosion-proof standards. It will be suitable for installation in hazardous areas that require the use of an explosion-proof enclosure.
Major target markets include industries such as oil and gas, petrochemicals, chemicals, electric power, iron and steel, and ceramics
Applications include measurement of O2 concentration in fired heaters for improved safety and lifecycle management; measurement of CO concentration during combustion process; measurement of amount of moisture in hydrocarbons and corrosive gases and measurement of ammonia concentration for leak detection during DeNox process.

Global leadership in connectivity and convergence.

We are living a connected life in a connected world. Our smartphone is our gateway to the world and very soon we will be able to connect our glasses, watch, thermostat, lights, door locks and car. The connected life market has been valued by Frost & Sullivan at over $700 billion by 2020, but are companies prepared to drive and manage this change to stay ahead of the rapidly evolving world in which we live?  

Highlights of the Frost & Sullivan GIL 2015 congress in London (GB) include a groundbreaking keynote address showcasing global leadership in connectivity and convergence driven innovation in healthcare through the 100,000 Whole Human Genome Sequencing Project led by Genomics England. The Chief Scientist spearheading this most important project globally on genomics and personalised medicine, Professor Mark Caulfield, will explore this project. Furthermore, Nina Bjornstad, Country Manager at Google for Work UK&I, will deliver Google for Work's vision on the importance of connectivity to drive growth.

Frost & Sullivan will present new findings and the key trends that will drive growth and change. Senior Partner and Director Dorman Followwill will introduce the New Convergence Business Models; Senior Partner Sarwant Singh will discuss the Global Trends in Connectivity and Convergence, and Practice Director Ankit A. Shukla will introduce Techvision 2020. The conference will be followed by the 2015 Frost & Sullivan Growth Excellence Awards Banquet. 


Over 200 industry leaders are expected to convene from all over Europe to share ideas and strategies to make their business choices successful.

5 Year long life Oxygen sensor.

Oldham's CTX 300 gas detector now has a long life Oxygen sensor.

The CTX 300 is a 4-20 mA analog gas transmitter designed for industrial applications in unclassified

The new design is lead free and has an operational life of five years. The range is from 0 to 30% vol. O2 and the sensor operates from -40° to 50°C continuously allowing new opportunities in low temperature applications.

This new Oxygen sensor completes the range of our current 2 year life O2 sensors. It carries a full 4 year warranty and is compatible with any existing CTX 300 O2 detectors from the field.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Voltage drop simulators!

EM Test has introduced the VDS 200Q Series, a four-quadrant voltage drop simulator that can source and sink current using a programmed voltage in both positive and negative polarities. The amplifier generates dips and drops, short interruptions and voltage variations to simulate a wide range of phenomena occurring on a vehicle wiring harness.

With unlimited operation from -15V to +60V, this powerful DC voltage source simulates a wide number of battery supply waveforms used by manufacturers in the automotive industry as well as for international quality standards. Uses include military, avionics and automotive testing environments.

The VDS 200Q Series are fast bipolar amplifiers which operate across all four quadrants that sink as well as source current. This allows the new simulators to drive capacitive loads and absorb energy feedback from the device under test (DUT) up to the nominal current.

A very low source impedance of less than 10mΩ and a high bandwidth of 150kHz (full signal) enables these new sources to support low voltage drop, class-leading inrush current and extremely fast recovery.

The unique QuickStart feature allows parameters to be adjusted during test to evaluate the DUT’s susceptibility level. And, while many manufacturer-specific waveforms such as pulse 2b (per ISO 7637-2) and pulse 4 (per ISO 16750-2) are pre-programmed, adding an external signal generator allows the VDS 200Q to generate even more complex waveforms.

Test routines are quickly programmed using the intuitive front panel with menus and function keys. The optional ISO control software automatically configures according to the connected EM TEST generators and provides an easy to use interface for accurate control and reporting functions. The EM TEST standards library is continually updated with the most current international and automotive manufacturers’ standards requirements.

TÜV-certified solutions for safety implementations.

With the IXXAT Safe portfolio of ready-made safety I/O modules and safety protocol software, HMS Industrial Networks offers TÜV-certified solutions for implementing secure communication into industrial devices.

The solution includes TÜV-certified safety protocol software for CIP Safety and Functional Safety over EtherCAT (FSoE), as well as certified and ready-to-use PROFIsafe I/O modules for integration into customer devices. Implementing safety functionality can be complicated, which is why the HMS safety development team offers support to customers during their safety implementation. HMS also offers development of customer-specific OEM solutions.

IXXAT Safe T100
A highlight within the IXXAT Safe offering is the ready-made IXXAT Safe T100 module – a complete solution for easy and fast integration of safe I/Os using a safe communications protocol. The Safe T100 module is integrated directly into the customer product or system – for example welding systems, drives, counter terminals etc. Thanks to the comprehensive architecture of the safety hardware and software, pre-certified by TÜV Rheinland, the use of the IXXAT Safe T100 considerably simplifies the development of devices and systems with safe communication. It also reduces development time, cost and risk.

The IXXAT Safe T100 is designed to work together with HMS’s Anybus CompactCom modules for fieldbus and industrial Ethernet communication. In this solution, CompactCom acts as the pathway through the unsafe network and safe communication is implemented using the "black channel" principle.

In addition to the first version now released – the IXXAT Safe T100/PS for PROFIsafe on PROFINET – additional variants will soon be available, such as for CIP Safety on EtherNet/IP or FSoE. Special requirements in terms of form factor, connectors, or the number of I/Os, can also be met through specific OEM implementations offered by HMS.

Safety protocol stacks
In addition to the ready-made Safe T100 module, HMS also offers protocol stacks for FSoE and CIP Safety on EtherNet/IP or SERCOS. Just as for Safe T100, the protocol stacks are also certified by TÜV, enabling easy implementation of safe communication on suitable hardware. By using a pre-certified safety protocol stack, customers benefit from significantly faster development time as well as lower costs and risks. Integration of the stacks can be carried out by the device manufacturers themselves, but HMS is ready to assist with implementation, porting, and certification services.

A huge step forward in HMI & SCADA.

Advantech’s Industrial Automation Group (IAG) has launched "a new huge step forward in HMI/SCADA software" with a HTML5 based Business Intelligence Dashboard.

Building on the success of previous versions, WebAccess 8.0 is a leap forward in the design of SCADA software. Going beyond SCADA, WebAccess 8.0 is also a HTML5 Business Intelligent Dashboard that can be opened from anywhere on any HTML5 compatible browser. The Business Intelligent Dashboard analyses data and helps managers make decisions as to what to do and WebAccess 8.0 also provides developers with the tools to design their own widgets and applications and the integration of Microsoft Excel reports. Through HTML5, a limitless number of users, with varying access levels are able to read information and make changes from wherever they are using either the Internet or Intranet.

The front-end of WebAccess 8.0 is the dashboard, and through this HTML5 graphical user interface users are able to monitor and diagnose issues with their end devices. Through the use of many built-in widgets, customers are able to watch and analyze equipment to see the information that they want. The large number of pre-built widgets gives users the ability to get going immediately without the need to program extra functions.

WebAccess 8.0s three open interfaces, allows it to become an IoT Platform and gives developers the opportunity to develop applications from the bottom up. The Web Service interface allows partners to integrate WebAccess data into applications and application system. The pluggable widget interface lets developers write their own widgets to run from the dashboard. Thirdly, the WebAccess API allows developers to write DLLs to use in Microsoft Windows applications. This open source approach to development gives users the greatest amount of flexibility for those who require it.

WebAccess 8.0 goes beyond SCADA by providing the ability to produce reports in Microsoft Excel. Included is a set of Excel templates or users can build their own report templates to generate daily, weekly, monthly and yearly reports to help predict the status of equipment.
WebAccess 8.0 is helping deliver device information across the cloud in era of the Internet of Things and will help integrators of water treatment plants, facility management systems, renewable energy systems etc.

Connector provides better protection for conduit.

Harting has introduced a new version of its established M12 connector with a conduit which provides the attached cable with additional protection against external influences, making it ideally suited to tough applications in industrial scenarios.

The new "M12 with conduit" solution offers IP protection class 65/67, and can be readily applied in temperatures ranging from -40°C to +85°C. In addition, the standard housing now accommodates plastic tubing of a nominal 10 mm width, providing customers with the option of adding further protection by simply fitting a plastic tube.

The connector and the associated cable are joined with a reliable crimping method, and can be supplied either in 4-pole (d-coding) or 5-pole (a-coding) configurations, both as plug or socket. In order to achieve the corresponding protection classes and provide strain relief, seals for various cable diameters from 4.5 to 8.8 mm are included in the package

IE3-compliant motor switching and protection solutions.

WEG has developed IE3-compliant switchgears to ensure excellent reliability when operating IE3 high-efficiency motors, despite higher inrush currents compared to IE2 motors.  As a result of using the new switchgear, users can be confident their drive system provides the highest levels of energy efficiency over a long service life, enabling them to reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) while complying with current environmental regulations. 

“Although using premium efficiency motors is now mandatory, the choice of low-voltage switchgear, such as motor protection circuit breakers, is still left to the user. To ensure reliable equipment operation despite higher inrush and starting currents typically found in IE3 motors, users should always consider IE3 compatibility when selecting low-voltage switchgear,” says Zoltan Schaaf, Manager Low Voltage Switchgear at WEG in Germany. “As a leading manufacturer of premium (IE3) and super-premium (IE4) electric motors, WEG has developed extensive expertise in IE3 equipment conformity and all of WEG's current switchgear and protection devices can be used without restriction to ensure the reliable operation of IE3 motors.”

With European Regulation 640/2009/EC coming into force last January, motors with rated power from 7.5 to 375 kW sold in Europe must now achieve at least IE3 energy efficiency levels or IE2 standards if they are equipped with a variable speed drive. To meet this challenge, motor manufacturers have had to rethink their motors’ design, for example, by placing more copper mass in the stator while developing thinner silicon steel laminations in the iron cores, optimising air gaps, larger conductors in rotors and improving cooling systems. These changes make IE3 motors more inductive meaning they usually have lower rated operating currents, higher inrush currents and higher starting currents than IE2 motors. WEG’s comparison tests with IE3 and IE2 motors having the same rated power have demonstrated that - in the lower power range - the starting current of an IE3 motor is about five per cent higher and the peak inrush current about 20 per cent higher.

These tests also demonstrated that WEG’s motor protection relays in the RW series (bimetallic) and new RW­_E series (electronic) are not affected by the IE3 motors’ higher starting or inrush currents. Additionally, WEG has upgraded its CWM, CWC and CWB series of contactors to accommodate higher inrush and starting currents, without any adverse effect on the mechanical or electrical service life. 


Of all motor protection devices, motor protection circuit breakers are particularly exposed to the higher inrush and starting currents of premium efficiency motors, due to their high sensitivity. With this in mind, WEG  has raised the trip level of its MPW series of motor protection circuit breakers from 12 times to 13 times the maximum rated operating current to ensure IE3-compliance and is planning to raise it further to 15 times the maximum rated operating current to meet future IE4 regulations. 

Signage for an efficient turnaround.

Field operators in the physical plant often face a labyrinth of pipes and instruments relying solely on past training and experience to know where they need to be. To easily navigate the ever evolving COG physical plant, Brady offers durable signage solutions for a more efficient turnaround.

Numerous applications
Durable Brady signage can be used in a number of ways to support field operators. Gauges and fluid containers can be marked to show allowable ranges or levels, lubrication points can be identified and equipment labelled with a barcode linking to maintenance history or supplier information to easily re-order parts. Checklists and procedures can be attached to the equipment itself to optimise compliance, and pipe contents, flow direction, source and destination information can be displayed where they are needed.

Printable Onsite
Durable Brady signs can resist UV exposure, weathering, extreme temperatures and chemicals and can be printed on-site using a Brady printer and pre-defined templates. The BBP™85 Label Printer can print the largest signs on-site.The BBP33 Sign and Label Printer is especially useful for a multitude of smaller size COG identification applications. A Brady printer on-site eliminates the need to order new signage at the last minute and instead enables you to quickly print additional identification when needed.

Making AS-Interface be made even better.

Pepperl+Fuchs is setting a new and innovative standard for AS-Interface IP20 modules in the form of an easily accessible push-in connection at the front of the device. The crimped wire ends can be inserted directly into the push-in terminals. The entire wiring harness is guided downward, meaning there is no need for the upper cable ridge/cable duct. This not only provides a sophisticated solution for the switch cabinet wiring, but also saves on space and ensures clarity.

In switch boxes, modules featuring this connection can be mounted flush on the upper edge of a switch box, without impairing the installation. The transparent hinged cover, which can be snapped into place at multiple points, ensures a clear view through to the digit display at all times and enables the terminal functions to be color-coded internally. The terminals can be removed individually and are coded to prevent them from being mixed up, meaning devices can be replaced without any problems.

The IOs are displayed and diagnostics are performed centrally by means of backlit numbers. There is no need to assign labels to LEDs. This setup also ensures that information can be read even in dark conditions. Dual LEDs are used to indicate overload of an output on a channel-specific basis.

The terminal contacts for AS-i and AUX, which are bridged internally, achieve the full 8A, eliminating the need for double wire end ferrules at terminal points.

The sensor supply for the module can easily be switched between an internal supply from AS-i and an external supply through AUX. This reduces the range of devices required.

As a result of the reliable functional isolation between AS-i and AUX, decentralized system components can be safely deactivated using these modules by disabling AUX. This saves on costs and increases plant availability.

"For those wanting increased efficiency when it comes to AS-Interface in the switch cabinet, the KE5 is the solution to choose," said a spokesman.

• Pepperl+Fuchs products are marketed in Ireland by Insteco.

DIN rail mounting type and 1/8 DIN panel type controllers.

Yokogawa has released a number of new UTAdvanced® series controllers. The new controllers include four DIN rail mounting type controllers and one 1/8 DIN panel type program controller. This is part of Yokogawa’s ongoing effort to expand its controller business by satisfying market needs and giving customers a greater range of choices.
Development background
UTAdvanced series controllers are mounted on furnaces and other types of heat process-related industrial facilities for the measurement, display, and control of operating variables such as temperature, pressure, and flow rate.
In recent years, it has become more common for equipment manufacturers to integrate the setting, manipulation, and display functions of programmable logic controllers (PLC) and other embedded control devices on touch panels and other types of user interfaces, and to mount the hardware on DIN rails inside panel boxes. There is an increasing need for such DIN rail mounting type controllers.
The UTAdvanced series controllers come in two sizes: 1/4 DIN and 1/8 DIN. While 1/4 DIN controllers are more popular because they have large display panels and provide a wider range of I/O signal choices, there are certain applications where space is at a premium that require a smaller device. For just such applications, Yokogawa has added more 1/8 DIN controllers to its product lineup.
Product features
1. DIN rail mounting type controllers
New UT55A, UT52A, UT35A, and UT32A DIN rail mounting type controllers are now available. They all comply with the global DIN standard and thus can be easily mounted in panel boxes.
2. 1/8 DIN panel type controllers
With its 1/8 DIN product line-up, Yokogawa provides its customers with a variety of space-saving options to choose from.
  • 1/8 DIN panel mounted program controller
    Compact in size, the new 1/8 DIN UP32A panel type program controller can control based on patterns that are preset along the time axis (program-pattern control).
  • 1/8 DIN dual-loop controller
    The cost-effective and space-saving dual-loop 1/8 DIN UT32A-D controller can carry out the functions of two controllers.
  • Non-isolated remote input option for UT32A (Only available outside Japan)
    A new optional function is available for the UT32A that allows a target setpoint value to be remotely set via a signal from another instrument (UT32A/RSP).
  • Economy-type temperature controllers  (Only available outside Japan)
    For customers who prefer a simple and cost-effective temperature controller design, the UT32A-R, UT32A-V, and UT32A-C single-output temperature controllers are now available. In contrast to conventional models that come with relay, voltage pulse, and current outputs, these new economy-type temperature controllers have just one output.
Major target markets include companies that design and manufacture machinery, air conditioning systems, power equipment, and other items for use in industries such as electrical equipment, machinery, chemicals, foods, semiconductors, and automobiles
Applications include measurement, display, and control of temperature, pressure, and flow rate; alarming; programmed control; and display of operating conditions in heating, cleaning, sterilisation, and other processes in R&D and manufacturing

Web remote tools for spectrum analyser.

Anritsu Company has introduced Web Remote Tools for its Spectrum Master™ MS2720T handheld spectrum analyser that allows the instruments to be controlled from any web-enabled device, including laptops, tablets, and smart phones, over an Ethernet link. Web Remote Tools gives field technicians greater flexibility when conducting measurements and makes it more time- and cost-efficient to conduct RF spectrum monitoring, as well as test Remote Radio Heads (RRUs) and other inaccessible radio units at 3G and 4G base stations.

Once configured, a field technician’s laptop, tablet, or smart phone can be used to control the Spectrum Master handheld spectrum analyzer, download files, or view monitoring results. The easyTest feature of Spectrum Master simplifies complex spectrum monitoring requirements and allows for one-button measurement sequences directly from the web-enabled device. Transferring test results is simplified with Web Remote Tools, as all instrument files, directories and sub-directories can be downloaded as a zip file.

Setup is very quick with Web Remote Tools. Short-range links of up to 300 feet can be created using a pocket Wi-Fi router. Long-range links can be easily established via wired backhaul, as well. Up to five traces per second can be updated using the Spectrum Master fast mode feature, for unprecedented responsiveness.

Multiple Spectrum Master handheld spectrum analyzers can be controlled with one device using Web Remote Tools. Microsoft Windows, Android, iOS, and Linux operating systems are supported. The device must have a current version of either Chrome or Firefox to use Web Remote Tools.

Anritsu’s Spectrum Master handheld spectrum analyzers provide excellent flexibility in field environments for locating, identifying, recording, and solving communication systems problems. Compact models cover 3 GHz, 4 GHz and 6 GHz frequencies, and high-performance analyzers go to 43 GHz, offering benchtop quality measurements in dynamic range, sensitivity, and phase noise. With advanced marker and limit line capabilities, the Spectrum Master handheld analyzers can meet a variety of field measurement needs, including spectrum monitoring, interference analysis, RF and microwave measurements, broadcast proofing, or Wi-Fi and wireless network measurements.

Position sensors for medical, testing and industrial applications.

Hoffmann – Krippner offers a wide range of LVDT sensors from its German partner company INELTA for contactless and wear-free path and position detection.

The LVDT sensors operate on the principle of the differential transformer and are suitable for use in many applications, such as medical technology, industrial, seafaring, in testing facilities, machinery construction, special purpose machines and agriculture.

Thanks to the housing made from chemically nickel-plated steel with IP65 type of protection (optional IP68) and a temperature range of -25 to +85°C, which can be expanded on request, the LVDT sensors are suitable for use in harsh environments. Due to their external thread, the devices are easily installed and adjusted. Unlike competing smooth designs, there is no need for them to be clamped with grub screws which can damage the housing and distort the measured value. The connection takes place via a M12 connector or a cable.

They are available as M12 or M18 versions with external thread and capture measuring lengths of up to 2, 5, 10 or 20 mm, depending on the model. It is actuated by an unguided core or a switch with internal spring. The linearity tolerance of the sensors is ± 0.5%.

The M18 sensors come with integrated electronics and a current or voltage output. For the M12 models, users can choose between various signal amplifiers which generate output signals ranging from 0 to 5 V, 0 to 10 V, ± 5 V, ± 10 V, 0 to 20mA or 4 to 20mA.


Custom sensor designs with other configuration options, such as improved linearity tolerance or individual calibrations, are also available.  An online configuration guide and questionnaire with optional capabilities are provided to make it easy for design engineers to create their own custom designs.

Making force testing easier!

Designed to measure brake pedal force, the CCGBP brake pedal load cell, from Applied Measurements, is an essential tool to the automotive industry, testing the reliability of a vehicle’s braking system with ranges from 0-50kg up to 0-200kg. This highly versatile brake pedal load cell can also be used on other pedals within the vehicle.
Compact
Standing at a tiny 12.5mm high, the CCGBP brake pedal load cell is small enough to fit in the tightest of spaces and along with its integral mounting and loading plate, can deliver fast and simple installation directly onto the pedal. Plus, we can even customise the mounting plates and dimensions to make the load cell suit your specific application.

Need to measure brake pedal force on an even smaller pedal? Coming soon to the range is the CCGBPM miniature brake pedal load cell. Smaller than the standard CCGBP brake pedal load cell, this miniature version is small enough to fit on the pedals of a motorbike and will be available with measuring ranges from 0-50kg up to 0-200kg as standard.

Radial strain gauge arrangement
The CCGBP brake pedal load cell has a radial strain gauge arrangement which helps to minimise reading errors due to eccentric and off-axis loading, giving you more accurate data. That’s not all, we are so convinced of its robust design and stainless steel construction that the CCGBP brake pedal load cell and the miniature version CCGBPM both come with their 3 year warranty.

Instrumentation
As with all our transducers, the CCGBP brake pedal load cell can be provided with our wide range of instrumentation and is available on a 4-6 week lead time:

  • In-line ICA miniature amplifiers (for mounting on the transducer cable) provide voltage or current outputs.
  • TR150 hand held indicator – Has a dual range facility allowing calibration in 2 separate engineering units. Also features TEDS functionality and optional RS232 data output.
  • INT2-L digital indicator allows for customisation of software for your exact application.
  • T24 range of wireless radio telemetry delivers wireless monitoring.
  • DSC-USB load cell interface converts the transducer input into a digital USB output direct to your PC.
  • SGA load cell amplifiers – For a high stability, high speed, conditioned analogue output.

Drive & motor solutions energy benefits lauded in Sweden.

The energy-saving benefits of using Emerson drive and motor solutions have been highlighted in a test report on electric motors by Energimyndigheten (Swedish Energy Agency).
The agency commissioned the test to investigate claims made by manufacturers of electric motors in various efficiency classes, when used in conjunction with a series of different variable speed drives.

The investigation (Swedish) showed savings of around 5,700 kW hours per year can be achieved from a single Leroy-Somer Dyneo® LSRPM 15kW electric motor from Emerson, equivalent to the entire annual household electricity consumption for a four person household.

The independent tests, the first of their kind in Sweden, follow amended EU legislation which concerns the efficiency of electric motors in industry. Since January 2015, all new electric motors of powers from 7.5kW up to 375kW covered by the Ecodesign directive must meet minimum EU efficiency requirements of IE2 class when supplied by an inverter and IE3 when supplied DOL.

Energimyndigheten subsequently analysed the motor’s performance in conjunction with four variable speed drives, which adjusted the output according to need by controlling the speed of the electric motor.

If one efficiency class was defined as 20 per cent less losses between two measures, the results showed how Dyneo® improves efficiency by an equivalent of one entire class better than Emerson’s competitors’ products, and close to three efficiency classes above IE3 induction motors in the pump example.

Compressor applications would give even higher differences as Dyneo® keeps its superior efficiency across the full speed and load ranges.

The Dyneo® LSRPM motor from Emerson, using HPM technology (hybrid permanent magnet) was tested both with a Unidrive M600 drive from Emerson, and a model from one of Emerson’s competitors. The optimized motor and drive package from Emerson clearly showed an improved efficiency, as a result of both drive and motor being engineered specifically to work together.

The first example assumed a situation where an electric motor is supplied by a drive and used to drive a pump. The electric motor with the pump was installed in a system where there is constant pressure, but where the pump flow ranges from idling operation to the peak load. Under these conditions, the results show that in a year, this solution can save up to six per cent of the cost of electricity with a Leroy-Somer Dyneo® permanent magnet motor from Emerson Industrial Automation.

Electric motor systems are estimated to account for around 65 to 70 per cent of the total electricity used in industry, and almost 40 per cent of total global electricity use. They often run round the clock, throughout the year, and can be used to drive fans, pumps and compressors, or power systems such as elevators, escalators and large air conditioning or refrigeration units.

It is estimated that more efficient electric motors could save around 135 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity annually in the EU by 2020, more than Sweden's current total annual electricity use.

Eric Coupart, from Leroy-Somer, said: “We wholly welcome the findings of the investigation, which confirms how Emerson drives and motor solutions, purchased as packages, deliver not only proven reliability but also the best return and life-cycle cost on the market.”

• The Swedish Energy Agency, which has been in operation since 1998, is the country’s national authority for energy policy issues. Its aim is a sustainable Swedish energy system, through the support of renewable energy, improved technologies, climate measures, and a smarter use of energy.

Strain gauges built on advanced sensors technology!

Micro-Measurements® has launched a series of products built using its Advanced Sensors strain gauge technology. Addressing the growing demand for the sensors needed to manufacture precision transducers, Micro-Measurements Advanced Sensors strain gauges offer a tighter resistance tolerance, improved gauge-to-gauge repeatability, and better stability than standard strain gauges, while their advanced fabrication process helps to significantly reduce lead times.

As the foundation of consistently reliable and precise transducers, Micro-Measurements Advanced Sensors strain gauges are built on a new manufacturing process using state-of-the-art equipment and tooling. This results in tighter-tolerance products with shorter manufacturing lead times as compared to conventional manufacturing techniques. Customers who have tested these new gauges in their transducer products have reported more repeatable test data when compared to previous generation conventional gauge types. 

These sensors process has also allowed for the development of a new multi-axis gauge that incorporates both a tee-rosette and dual-shear gauge on the same backing. 

"A major challenge faced by transducer manufacturers is sourcing high-performance strain gauges with tight tolerances, long-term stability, and high reliability that are readily available from stock or with short lead times at competitive prices," said Jim Johnson, Micro-Measurements Advanced Sensors technical sales manager. "With its Advanced Sensors products, Micro-Measurements has achieved all this and reconfirmed its position as a world leader in strain measurement technology."

Samples and production quantities of the first Advanced Sensors strain gauges are available now, with short lead times. Please contact customer service for delivery times for standard orders. 

Vapour Pressure and Colour Opacity process analysers on show!

Icon is exhibiting its industry leading Vapour Pressure and Colour Opacity process analysers at the 60th ISA (ISA) Analysis Division Symposium in Galveston (TX USA - 26-30 April 2015).

Icon’s Vapour Pressure has revolutionised the measurement of vapour pressure for crude oil, gasoline, LNG condensate and liquefied petroleum gas in an extensive range of production, transportation and storage applications. Utilising Icon’s breakthrough non-contact measurement for a highly accurate, highly repeatable measurement performance, Vapour Pressure greatly enhances process control and ensures process safety.

Meanwhile Icon’s Colour Opacity provides dual measurement analysis of the purity, clarity, contamination or concentration of liquid fuel. Its advanced dispersive spectrometer module brings greater precision to the measurement of colour, opacity or concentration, avoiding the sensitivity losses and low transmission characteristics that compromise existing technologies.

Icon is a Vendor Sponsor of the Symposium, a unique forum that presents new and innovative processes and analytical technologies, developments, and applications; as well as expert-led training, technical presentations and social functions for more than 250 automation professionals from around the world.
Icon is exhibiting at Booth 219, with the opportunity to meet the Icon team and view the Vapour Pressure and Colour Opacity analysers up close.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Conductivity measurement with remote sensor for increased flexibility.

Baumer has added a new model to its range of CombiLyz conductivity meters. In addition to the compact AFI4, the AFI5 version with remote sensor is now also available. This new CombiLyz version includes two individual components: the inductive sensing element and the transmitter with integrated CombiView display. These components can be installed separately from each other and connected via a cable.

Installing the transmitter and inductive sensor separately offers ultimate flexibility in terms of their installation position. Whilst the sensor can be integrated to best effect in the process, the transmitter with an integrated display can be attached in a way that is resistant to vibration. This ensures clear and convenient readability whilst simultaneously extending life time. The transmitter with integrated display CombiView is suitable for wall and tube installation and can therefore be adjusted optimally for any angle. With its resistance for ambient temperatures up to 85°C and reliable, precise measurements even under extreme conditions, the CombiLyz AFI5 has a multitude of uses – especially in limited spaces and for applications with strong vibrations.

Otherwise, the AFI5 has the same reliable technical features as the compact version. With its IP 69 K protection class and entirely stainless steel design, the hygienic version can withstand even the toughest conditions. The CombiLyz can be used for example in CIP and SIP processes, for monitoring concentrations in liquids, or for phase separation of different media. Altogether there are 14 selectable measurement ranges from 500 µS/cm to 1000 mS/cm. This includes the concentration, temperature, current output, switching states and device status in addition to conductivity.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Peri metering pump.

Designed for smaller municipal water and wastewater systems, the ProSeries-M® M-2 peristaltic metering pump from Blue White, is well suited for injecting the aggressive, and/or viscous chemicals, often used in water treatment.

The thoughtfully engineered Flex-A-Prene® dual-tube assembly is uniquely designed and now available for the M-2. Unmatched tube life and high pressure capability (110PSI) reduces pump maintenance and replacement costs. Multiple patents are pending.
M-2 has an intelligent control system that permits connection to SCADA systems, and other remote controllers.

M-2 features include: exclusive TFD (Tube Failure Detection) system, U.S. Patent 7,001,153 and 7,284,964; a 5 year manufacturer’s warranty; feed rates from .01-15GPH/.28-56.2 LPH; 200:1 turndown ratio; NSF Listed Std.61.

Free data logging and monitoring software.

Mantracourt has announced that it will be now be providing its acclaimed T24LOG100 data logging software free of charge with every purchase of products within its T24 wireless sensor range.

The T24LOG100 software allows the user to view and log up to 100 channels of wireless instrumentation data simultaneously, whilst also offering a range of sophisticated maths functions that will enable engineers to optimise system monitoring and control software.

“The T24LOG100 package has been developed in house, and provides a reliable and accurate solution for the collection of data,” said Kelly Voysey, Marketing Manager at Mantracourt. “This new version has had a makeover in terms of the graphical interface, but it very much retains the intuitive nature of the previous version, and the many intelligent functions and features of the original version.”
Using the T24LOG100, the user is able to display a sensor value in a resizable window and channels can be setup with user-defined algorithms that can be used to calculate a multitude of maths functions. Visual displays and noise indicator alarms can also be set to indicate under and over range, as well as loss in communications. The T24LOG100 can log at a user-defined rate, on demand, on entering and leaving a pre-set overload and during an overload. The data collected is generated in a CSV format, enabling external analysis.

“The T24 wireless instrument range has enjoyed amazing success on a worldwide basis, and the T24LOG100 software has played an important role in this success,” said Kelly Voysey. “We are also able to supply a version of the T24LOG100 software that carries bespoke branding such as company colours, logo etc. However, there will be a charge for this version.”

A three minute video is shown above. This video runs through the T24LOG100 software’s main features, including: simple display with alarms and overload, logging to .csv, web server for remote viewing, report generation and visual mapping.

The T24 wireless telemetry system enables the user to transmit data from sensors such as load cells, temperature, pressure, voltage, current and displacement devices to a wide range of T24 receivers, which provide both analogue and digital outputs. The T24 system allows the user to overcome the limitations of cable systems.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Regulatory monitoring, process control and environmental/safety applications to be strengthened by acquisition!

Gasmet Technologies Oy (Gasmet), one of the world’s leading manufacturers of gas monitoring equipment, is a technology innovator within the environmental instrumentation sector. The company’s products are employed globally in regulatory monitoring, process control and environmental/safety applications by some of the world’s major organisations. With ambitious growth plans, Gasmet recognises the need for significant investment and has therefore agreed the sale of 100% of Gasmet shares, for an undisclosed sum, to Nordic growth capital investor, Alder. Gasmet’s existing management team will continue running the company.

“Climate change and environmental protection represent two of the world’s greatest challenges, so Gasmet is ideally placed to exploit the opportunities that they present. For over 15 years Gasmet has established clear technological leadership in its markets and has built a sound foundation for future growth. This acquisition is a long-term investment to help drive Gasmet‘s future success in accordance with our strategy to support the development of strong Nordic companies in the environmental technology sector,” says Dag Broman, Partner at Alder.

“We are delighted to have secured this investment,” says Gasmet’s resigning Chairman and previous majority owner Dr Petri Jaakkola. “Gasmet has developed innovative, robust technologies that comply with relevant international standards, and we have established a global network of highly trained subsidiaries and distributors that deliver excellent service, so we have a solid platform for growth. Alder has a strong track record in helping environmental technology companies to realise their potential so there is a good fit between the two organisations.”

With longstanding experience in various management positions in the gas analysis market with Sick, Maihak and Durag, Jens Höhne has been appointed the new Chairman of the Gasmet Board. He says: “Combining deep expertise with complete ownership of FTIR gas analysis technology, Gasmet delivers superior value to the environmental and process markets, which creates highly interesting opportunities in both existing and new markets, and I am very excited to be part of the new team to help realise this potential.”

Extended trim range power modules.

Excelsys has introduced their new family of extended trim range powerMods to complement the existing UltiMod and Xgen platforms. These modules; XgM XgN XgP XgQ are available with nominal output voltages of 5V, 12V, 24V and 48V respectively and each can be dynamically trimmed down to 1V. This feature offers unparalleled flexibility to system designers who need dynamic control of output voltages over extreme voltage ranges. With output power levels from 200W to 288W these modules are ideal for a broad range of applications in the Medical, Industrial and other markets.
These new extended trim range power modules expand the existing range of Excelsys powerMods and can be used in any of the UltiMod, Xgen-Ultra Quiet, Xgen-High Power or XF Hi Rel/Mil COTS Modular platforms. These platforms are all certified to EN60950 for Industrial applications and EN60601-1 2nd and 3rd Edition for Medical applications, fully meeting the stringent creepage and clearance requirements, 4KVAC isolation and <300ua 5="" 92="" a="" all="" also="" and="" are="" come="" complete="" compliant="" current.="" deliver="" dips="" efficiencies="" emc="" emission="" excelsys="" f47="" immunity="" interruption="" leakage="" manufacturing="" meeting="" new="" p="" power="" products="" relevant="" requirements.="" semi="" semiconductor="" solutions="" standard="" standards.="" supply="" the="" these="" to="" up="" voltage="" warranty.="" with="" year="">

The XgM, XgN, XgP, XgQ, powerMods can be connected in parallel or series for higher current and higher voltage solutions. Other features include -40°C start up.

Typical applications for Excelsys extended trim range powerMods include Lasers, Imaging and Diagnostic Equipment in the Medical Market along with Industrial Applications including Test and Measurement, Automation, Robotics and Printing.  

Fixture interface for boundary scan for PXI automatic test systems.

The Peak Group has added a new boundary-scan fixture interface to its portfolio of automatic test systems based on its partnerships with National Instruments (NI), GOEPEL electronic and Virginia Panel Corporation (VPC).

The new PXI 1149/VPC(x) Pull-Thru receiver ensures an outstanding signal quality in the interface between GOEPEL electronic's PXI/PXIe SCANFLEX(R) Boundary Scan controllers and test fixtures, and completely eliminates the complication of any kind of manual wiring in the configuration of the interface. 

The new Pull-Thru adapters are designed to improve the integration quality and seamless combination of structural test technologies with functional test in volume manufacturing. As well as the actual JTAG signals, the new Pull-Thru adapter offers additional connections for GOEPEL electronic's dynamic I/O signals for enhanced handling of all Embedded System Access (ESA) technologies. As a result, it provides the ability to test and program highly complex boards, including on-chip flash programming, with significantly reduced test points, in some cases without the use of traditional test points or probes at all.

The new unit is fully compatible with the scalable Mass InterConnect system from VPC using Pull-Thru Receiver series G20, G20x, G40 and G14x. Using this option, users can now easily combine JTAG/Boundary Scan with the PXI Interface Test Adapter (ITA) solutions from VPC to create a high performance reliable fixture interface.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Always the right connection.

For more than 15 years, Pepperl+Fuchs has been offering exactly the right connection technology for your automation solution. Whether in the field of mechanical engineering, welding, material handling, mobile applications, or in the process industry—we supply connection technology tailored perfectly to your application.

Connectivity portfolio from Pepperl+Fuchs
M8 and M12 round plug connectors, as well as valve connector cordsets, multichannel junction blocks, and Y splitters, are standard components in the automation sector. With over 500 employees, Pepperl+Fuchs has been producing connection technology in all conceivable variations to the highest quality standards for more than 15 years. In our Competence Center in Hungary, Pepperl+Fuchs houses the entire injection molding technology arm of the corporate group, producing customer-specific solutions and ready-made plugs too in highly competitive conditions.

With perfectly connected global logistics, all connectivity products are produced at the site in Hungary in LEAN optimized processes. Gold-plated and gas-tight crimped contact pins ensure the highest vibration resistance and durability of products. The automated 100% inline functional check and the use of high-quality materials and lines from renowned German and European manufacturers guarantee the familiar quality of Pepperl+Fuchs.

With our distribution centers in Mannheim, Singapore, and the United States, we stock a wide range of connectors for customers worldwide, delivered quickly and dependably, within Europe for instance in just 48 hours. We produce and deliver non-stock variants within two weeks.
With our wide range of connectivity products, Pepperl+Fuchs offers connection technology for many applications. Pepperl+Fuchs provides reliable sensors and connection technology from a single source—genuine added value for your supply chain.