Thursday, June 30, 2016

Continuing the European exploration tradition.

John O’Sullivan has has over 20 years’ experience in the automation and control sector delivering solutions to the life-science industry in Ireland. He is currently Engineering Director with Douglas Control and Automation.

He has always had a fascination with aviation and space, leading him to gain his PPL in 2003 and to study Astronomy and Planetary Science with the Open University. He was awarded a Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science and a Diploma in Physical Science by the OU some years ago as well as a Diploma in Project Management from the Cork Institute of Technology. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the European Space Agency (ESA) Astronaut Corps in 2008.

He has now published “In the footsteps of Columbus” (ISBN-10: 3319275607), telling the story of the ESA astronauts and their work on board the International Space Station over its first decade and how they have lived on board, helped construct the space laboratory and performed valuable scientific experiments.

ESA has contributed the Columbus science laboratory as well as the Copula, the Leonardo PMM and the ATV supply ship to the station’s infrastructure but it is the human endeavour that captures the imagination. From brief visits to six month expeditions, from spacewalking to commanding the Earth’s only outpost in space, ESA astronauts have played a vital role in the international project.

Extensive use of colour photographs from NASA and ESA depicting the experiments carried out, the phases of the ISS construction and the personal stories of the astronauts in space highlights the crucial European work on human spaceflight.

Published by Springer Praxis it may be purchased directly from the publisher as a paperback or as an e-book.

New analyser plant.

Endress+Hauser is expanding its manufacturing facility for Raman analyzers. Wholly-owned subsidiary Kaiser Optical Systems is investing US$8.6 million to develop the Ann Arbor, (MI USA) location, which will more than double in size.
“The new facility will be the core of our future Raman-spectroscopic analyzer manufacturing,” said Tim Harrison, Managing Director of Kaiser Optical Systems. The instruments, which will be deployed in both process control and laboratory environments, are designed for analyzing the composition and properties of solid, liquid and gaseous substances.

The new two-story facility, which is slated to open in mid-2017, will increase floor space from 3,500 to 8,100 square meters (38,000 to 87,000 square feet). “Our state-of-the-art manufacturing will allow us to produce higher volumes, while maintaining the high quality standards our customers demand,” he emphasized. The existing buildings will be renovated after completion of the new plant. Kaiser Optical Systems plans to create up to 50 jobs in Ann Arbor over the next few years.

@Endress_US  #PAuto #USA

PXI source measure unit.


National Instruments (NI) has announced the NI PXIe-4135 source measure unit (SMU) with a measurement sensitivity of 10 fA and voltage output up to 200 V. Engineers can use the NI PXIe-4135 SMU to measure low-current signals and take advantage of the high channel density, fast test throughput and flexibility of NI PXI SMUs for applications such as wafer-level parametric test, materials research and characterisation of low-current sensors and ICs. 
“Our in-line parametric tests require us to acquire millions of data points, often with leakage current in the picoampere range,” said Dr. Bart De Wachter, Researcher at IMEC. “The new NI PXI SMU allows us to accurately measure these low-current signals while benefiting from the speed improvements offered by the PXI platform and the flexibility of programming the system with LabVIEW.”

Engineers can use modular NI PXI SMUs to build parallel, high-channel-count systems in a compact form factor and benefit from up to 68 SMU channels in a single PXI chassis that can scale to hundreds of channels to address wafer-level reliability and parallel test. Additionally, users can increase test throughput by taking advantage of a high-speed communication bus, deterministic hardware sequencing and a digital control loop technology to custom-tune the SMU response for any device under test. They can also control the SMU response through software, which removes unnecessarily long wait times for SMU settling and offers the flexibility to help minimise overshoot and oscillations even with highly capacitive loads. 

“Increasing complexity in semiconductor devices requires us to rethink the conventional approach for research, characterisation and reliability measurements, and that’s been a key motivator for our SMU investments in PXI,” said Luke Schreier, Director of Automated Test at NI. “NI SMUs reduce test time, increase channel density, and now, offer even better measurement quality with 10 fA sensitivity.”

Delivering the ease of use expected from a box SMU, the interactive soft front panels on NI PXI SMUs can be used for making basic measurements and debugging automated applications. The driver features help files, documentation and ready-to-run example programs to assist in test code development, and includes a programming interface that works with a variety of development environments such as C, Microsoft .NET and LabVIEW system design software. Engineers can also use NI PXI SMUs with NI’s TestStand test management software, simplifying the creation and deployment of test systems in the lab or production floor.

Agreement fosters embedded and enterprise IoT devices.


Mouser Electronics has announced a global distribution agreement with VIA Technologies, Inc., a global leader in the development of highly integrated embedded platform and system solutions for machine-to-machine (M2M), Internet of Things (IoT), and smart city applications.

“We are excited about this agreement with Mouser Electronics, a company well-known for its worldwide distribution and support system,” said Richard Brown, Vice-President of International Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “By partnering with Mouser, we can capitalize on their expertise in delivering the newest technologies to engineers to expand our customer base around the world.”

The VIA product line, now available at Mouser Electronics, consists of a series of powerful, highly integrated boards and modules that enable the rapid development of embedded system designs based on industry-standard PicoITX and ETX form factors. The VIA EPIA-P910 integrates the advanced performance of a 1.2GHz VIA Eden® X4 processor with a media system processor (MSP), and a rich set of inputs and outputs (I/O) and connectivity features, including two USB 3.0 ports, one Gigabit Ethernet port, one Mini HDMI port, and one VGA port. The VIA EPIA-M910 is available with a 1.2GHz VIA QuadCore E-Series (with fan) processor, 1.6GHz VIA Nano® X2 E-Series processor, or a fanless 1.0GHz VIA Eden X2 processor. The board also includes an MSP, onboard HDMI and VGA ports, two 18/24-bit LVDS connectors, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, and support for up to eight USB 2.0 ports and eight COM ports.

The VIA ETX-8X90 is a highly-integrated embedded multimedia module with native ISA/PCI support for legacy expansion cards and applications. Powered by a 1.2GHz VIA Nano X2 E-Series dual-core processor and VIA VX900 MSP, the board offers exceptional processing and multimedia performance and provides an easy upgrade path for existing ETX devices. The VIA VAB-600, VAB-820, and VAB-1000 Pico-ITX boards combine rich I/O connectivity with low power consumption to offer a choice of ultra-reliable, cost-efficient ARM platforms. The VAB-600 features an 800MHz processor, the VAB-820 a 1.0GHz quad core NXP system on chip (SoC), and the VAB-1000 a 1.0GHz dual core VIA Elite E1000 SoC.

“VIA’s highly integrated solutions provide the flexible and reliable platforms that design engineers need to quickly create robust prototypes and speed time-to-market for embedded and enterprise IoT devices,” said Andy Kerr, Vice President, Supplier Management for Mouser Electronics. “Through this partnership, Mouser can bring VIA’s innovative platforms to an even broader range of customers worldwide.”

 @MouserElecEU @VIAmkt #PAuto #M2M #IoT


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Differential pressure flowmeter calibration training.

The International Society of Automation (ISA) and its Premier Strategic Partner for calibration, Beamex will co-host a free webinar 26 July 2016 on differential pressure flowmeter calibration.

David W Spitzer, one of the presenters
The webinar, which will be held from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, will feature three automation experts: David Spitzer, PE, founder of Spitzer and Boyes; Ned Espy, Technical Director at Beamex; and Roy Tomalino, Professional Services Engineer at Beamex.

Flow measurement systems can be critical to control process safety, efficiency and cost-effectiveness—especially when custody transfer and billing are involved. As a result, periodic flowmeter calibrations are needed to ensure the proper, accurate operation of many process plants and systems. Calibrating flow measurement systems in a flow laboratory, however, can be cumbersome and expensive. This webinar will bring clarity to differential pressure flowmeter calibration and provide a best-practice approach to partially calibrating flowmeters in the field.

“As a trainer, I continually ask my students, ‘What do you want to know more about? Is there an application that needs to be demystified?’ Flow calibration is consistently among the top three answers. This webinar will take a look at calibrating flow using a common differential pressure (DP) transmitter. We will teach the audience what is possible to accomplish on the plant floor, without a flow calibration laboratory,” explains Tomalino at Beamex.

“ISA is pleased to partner with Beamex on free webinars that provide useful and practical information to many of our members and customers, and others in the automation community,” says Jennifer Infantino Halsey, ISA's Director of Marketing & Communications. “This particular webinar is designed to help prevent costly mistakes that often occur during the measurement of flow."

@isaexchange @BeamexGlobal  #PAuto #ISAuto 

Busy gas detection zone in November!

Gas detection has always been an important component of the WWEM events, but organiser Marcus Pattison says: “Following the publication of important new guidance on confined space entry and a new standard for toxic gas detectors, the Gas Detection Zone at WWEM 2016 will be busier than ever.

“Past events have shown that the Gas Detection Zone is hugely popular with health & safety managers and staff that have to work in confined spaces or areas where there is a possibility of exposure to toxic or explosive dusts and gases.”

WWEM 2016 is scheduled for Telford (GB) on 2nd and 3rd November, incorporating Conferences, Workshops and an Exhibition covering water, wastewater and environmental monitoring. Attracting delegates from around the world, the WWEM events have become important diary dates for anyone with a professional interest in environmental and occupational safety testing and monitoring.

The Council of Gas Detection & Environmental Monitoring (CoGDEM) is a WWEM partner. CoGDEM Director Leigh Greenham says: “We are delighted to once again participate in the development of the hugely popular WWEM Gas Detection Zone, which will provide visitors with the chance to see innovative new gas detection instruments; some of which will be displayed for the first time.

“WWEM 2016 will also provide an opportunity for visitors to attend free workshops and seminars which will be relevant for engineers and managers from utilities and from processing and manufacturing industries. Visitors to the Gas Detection Zone will improve their knowledge of the latest standards, guidance and technologies relating to all forms of gas detection. Subjects covered will include: confined space entry; new standards and guidance for toxic gas detectors; the selection of apparatus; new gas sensor development; all complimented by a variety of topical case studies.”

#WWEM16 #PAuto @CogdemCO

Monday, June 27, 2016

Automation in water plant!

Modular products from Delta have been selected as part of an innovative automated system installed recently at a major water treatment facility in Romania. The solution, which is based on Delta modular hardware architecture components that include PLCs, industrial Ethernet switches, HMI, motor drives and around 1400 I/O points, is providing drinking water and wastewater treatment plant automation for a population of around 30,000 people in Sebes, Petresti and Lancram in central Romania.

The installation was devised by system integrator Costruzioni Dondi SpA, and involved providing a distributed control system to principal plant processes such as pumping stations and water level monitoring equipment.

The control system architecture comprises supervisory, network and control layers. A third party SCADA system with two redundant servers providing data acquisition and archiving in the supervisory layer, as well as process control and monitoring services via remote control.

In the network layer, Delta Managed Industrial Ethernet Switches with network redundancy technology and TCP/IP fibre optics (in ring topology network) are able to deliver tolerance to any network failures with a self-recovery time of less than 20ms. Here, data access protection is provided through a firewall.

The actual control layer for local visualisation and operation is made up of various Delta products, including three new generation, modular AH500 PLCs plus I/O modules, a DOP-B 7” colour touchscreen HMI, 1400 I/O points and CP2000 sensorless vector control (SVC) drives. SVC offers timely response to load torque increase/decrease which satisfies customer requirements for load changes while enhancing motor performance and helping reduce energy consumption.

“There are many reasons we opted to use Delta products for this important installation, including their excellent cost-to-performance ratio,” explains Valentin Tuturiga, Project Manager at Costruzioni Dondi. “In addition, the scalability of the modular Delta products was important, while the development software was provided free of charge. We also liked the ease of communication with Delta’s technical support team, who were able to help us whenever we required advice.”

The benefits for the water treatment plant have been wide-reaching and include higher productivity, reduced operating costs and better utilisation of staff with dependable process automation, communication and information management. This is in addition to easy control of pumping stations and monitoring of water levels. Furthermore, fast and efficient alarm management enables engineers to react quickly to failures and malfunctions, which in turn provides better environmental compliance and monitoring.

“The implementation of this project is a complete success and now serves as a model for other water treatment plants in Romania,” concludes Mr Tuturiga. “In fact, we have recently completed a further two installations in Neamt County and just placed an order for Delta PLCs and inverters for another three new projects.”

#Romania #PAuto #Water

Multi-functional CAN-to-Ethernet gateway.

The new IXXAT CAN@net NT 200 is a CAN-to-Ethernet gateway which allows users to connect CAN and Ethernet. Thanks to its two operating modes, CAN@net NT can be used as CAN-Ethernet-CAN bridge and as CAN-to-Ethernet gateway. Equipped with two CAN interfaces, it supports an even wider range of use cases compared to the well-known CAN@net II.

The CAN@net NT (now in new black housing)
allows users to connect CAN and Ethernet
Linking of CAN networks
One of the key features of the CAN@net NT – which is especially useful in e.g. building automation – is the ability to separate CAN networks that are distributed over large areas. CAN@net NT couples the CAN networks via a backbone Ethernet system, allowing existing infrastructures to be used. This segmentation also increases the reliability and stability of the overall system.

Enables remote access
Designed for high performance in harsh environments, another common application for CAN@net NT is remote access to CAN networks via Ethernet – e.g. in wind power plants or in the manufacturing sector. CAN@net NT enables service staff to get access to plants all around the world, simplifying control, service and monitoring of CAN-based plants, reducing costs and downtime significantly.

Besides the bridge operation, linking two CAN networks via Ethernet, the CAN@net NT 200 can also be directly accessed from Windows, Linux, VxWorks or QNX based systems as well as from embedded systems, by using a simple ASCII protocol over a standard TCP/IP socket.

CAN@net NT supports all CAN baud rates from 5 kBit/s to 1 Mbit/s, as well as simultaneous use of 11 and 29 bit identifiers. The TCP/IP-based protocol ensures that no CAN messages are lost when transmitted over Ethernet. The device configuration is easily made by using a Windows configuration tool.

More variants of the CAN@net NT, with PC interface operation mode, 4 CAN channels and CAN FD support will soon be released.

@HMSIxxat #PAuto #Ethernet

Contribution recognised!

During the recent AGM of the Ireland Section of ISA the part of Read-out in publicising the third ISA Food and Pharmaceutical Division Seminar (FPID2016) was acknowledged. The Food and Pharmaceutical Division of ISA is one of the most active in the Society.

Dave O'Brien (L) and Eoin Ó Riain
This was a held for the first time outside North America and was proclaimed as a great success with well over 200 attendees benefiting from the expert information shared over a period of two days.

The ISA Ireland section has made a substantial contribution to the ISA since 1977 providing officers for the international organisation over the years, Indeed currently there are two Section members serving, Billy Walsh and Brian Curtis. Indeed this year one of them, Brian Curtis, has been nominated for the position of President-Elect Secretary. This position is filled by election of the members and voting for this position, and other leadership positions will be announced later.

Dave O'Brien, who was Chairman of the FPID Seminar (and a future District 12 - EMEA - VP) made a presentation to Read-out's Eoin Ó Riain at the AGM. Eoin Ó Riain, himself a former ISA VP,  in turn thanked the ISA for this acknowledged and praised in turn the trojan work done by the Ireland Section members and hailed the international co-operation which led to this successful event.

 #FPID16 #ISAuto #Ireland

Friday, June 24, 2016

Vibration filtering accelerometers and tilt switches.

Memsic has announced a unique new family of acceleration and tip-over sensor components that includes four new sensors, the MXD6240 and 41AU, MXC6244AU, MXC6245XU.

These new sensors provide tip-over and acceleration sensing in a wide range of Automotive, Industrial and Consumer applications, such as motorcycle and off-road vehicle tip-over detection, vehicle navigation and Digital SLR camera horizontal position detection.

“For years, high vibration environments have caused problems for accelerometers, forcing customers to widen the full scale range of the accelerometer to prevent clipping and move to a more powerful and expensive microprocessor capable of higher sampling rates and heavy filtering needed prevent aliasing and recover the signal of interest,” said James FennellyMemsic Product Marketing Manager. “The 624x family gives customers a new cost effective choice that works well in these high-vibration environments, and is the only accelerometer with these unique vibration-filtering properties.”

The 624x Family uses MEMSIC’s proprietary thermal accelerometer technology that utilizes heated gas molecules to sense acceleration instead of a mechanical beam structure, the transducer exhibits a natural low-pass frequency response with virtually no mechanical resonance and extremely high accuracy over a range of temperatures. This makes the devices extremely well suited to harsh and/or high vibration environments, where competing sensor solutions can exhibit false readings or other errors due to resonance.

The MXD6240 and MXD6241AU are autonomous inclination sensors with 8 built-in, pin-programmable tip-over angle thresholds from 40 to 70 degrees making them ideal for tip-over applications where no microcontroller is available. If the device orientation with respect to vertical exceeds the programmed threshold angle, the digital output changes state to alert the system to a tip-over or fall-down event. In addition to the transducer’s inherent low-pass response, an internal anti-vibration filter provides >45dB attenuation above 25Hz, and >60dB attenuation above 50Hz, setting it apart from all other tip-over sensors in the market.

The MXC6244AU and MXC6245XU are complete 2 axis I2C interface accelerometers each with 1 mg of resolution. The MXC6244AU is ±8g full scale range device. It includes the internal anti-vibration filter and the 8 angle thresholds. They are programmable through the I2C interface.

The MXC6245XU is a ±2g full scale range device and is targeted at cost sensitive applications not requiring the programmable anti-vibration filter or the 8 programmable tip-over angle thresholds. It offers 12 bits of resolution (1 mg) and has the same outstanding over temperature bias performance of typically 0.1 mg/C.

The 624x family offers a full range of functionality, features and performance to serve the diverse needs of different applications. The fully autonomous MXD6240/41 eliminate the need for a micro controller and can replace older mechanical pendulum solutions in motorcycles and off-road vehicles. The MXC6244AU can be used directly in Engine Control Units (ECUs) for the same application thereby allowing for the elimination of a separate tip-over module. For applications not requiring the enhanced vibration rejection or programmable angle thresholds, the MXC6245XU still delivers the excellent over temperature performance of the MXC6244AU at the lowest cost.

 @MEMSsensortech #PAuto 

Gender changing connections!

Cliff Electronics have added two new connectors to their very successful range of XLR-Format Feedthrough Data Connectors. The new chassis mounted “gender change” sockets are available in USB2 A-to-B and B-to-A versions and allow designers to integrate USB2 networking and data feeds into professional equipment for broadcast, lighting, audio and industrial applications.

In line with the rest of the Cliff Feedthrough connector range these new sockets are designed to fit into the industry standard 24mm diameter XLR connector panel cutout simplifying panel design and manufacture and improving design aesthetics.

Both the USB A-to-B and USB B-to-A gender feedthrough sockets are finished in nickel plate and a socket sealing cover is available to prevent the ingress of dust. All versions of Cliff’s Feedthrough connectors are in full production and available direct from Cliff and via major Distributors in the UK and Europe.

John Hall, General Manager of Cliff Electronics, comments; “Our new gender changing feedthrough connectors offer system designers added flexibility when providing system connectivity, ensuring compatibility with all combinations of connecting leads.  Our cost effective and market leading range of Feedthrough connectors continues to evolve and to be designed-in to an ever growing range of applications. Our traditional audio broadcast market continues to grow and we are now finding many more applications in instrumentation and industrial markets where our ability to provide custom solutions is welcomed.”

Cliff’s growing range of feed-through connectors  are all packaged in the widely used 24mm diameter XLR connector format and depending on model are available in black plastic or with a rugged die cast aluminium fascia finished in nickel or black to enhance the high quality, high performance and prestige image of this new product range.

Other models in the range provide Digital and Optical Feed-Through connectivity in formats including high speed USB Type – C, USB3 to USB3 in all gender changing configurations - A-A, A-B and B-A. Also available are all popular data and Ethernet connectors including USB 2.0 and 3.0, LC and SC fibre (Duplex & Simplex), UTP and FTP RJ45s in both Cat6 and Cat5e (shielded and unshielded), Toslink, RCA Phono and HDMI and blanking plates. Further options will continue to be introduced throughout 2016 and custom design enquiries are welcomed.

All versions, metal and plastic, share the same features and dimensions and offer a complete range of very cost effective audio, data, and fibre connectors, all of which can both front or rear mounted into industry standard 24mm XLR connector mounting holes. The new FT Series are simple to mount into any panel designed to accept XLR connectors including instrumentation, control and rack panels, wall-plates, etc. For ease of assembly the Cliff FT Series are available with standard or countersunk mounting holes. Bezels are available in 7 colours to identify the function of FT connectors when fitted to a control panel

The FT Series offers true feed-through connection, allowing standard cabling to be used to connect at both front and rear, eliminating the need to solder or terminate the connections and simplifying and speeding up assembly.

Cliff’s FT series has already found widespread use in a multitude of system integration applications for custom I/O solutions. Typical applications include broadcast, AV installations, systems integration, home theatre, automation, solar power and a growing range of industrial applications including instrumentation, industrial control and data acquisition.

@CliffUK #PAuto 


Hyperspectral imaging training.

Stemmer Imaging’s new dedicated British Customer Centre at its Tongham offices is devoted to customer activities and will host a free hyperspectral imaging training day on July 5th 2016. The completely refurbished 2-storey building not only houses a dedicated training room and a break-out area but also has a state of the art customer evaluation laboratory.

The new training room provides a comfortable learning environment, while the dedicated break-out area is ideal for networking during training sessions and any group activities that may form part of the courses. The brand new customer evaluation laboratory is equipped with the latest vision technology and will allow technical experts to work with customers on their own samples to find the best solution for their needs. The new centre will also be home to an expanded technical laboratory to accommodate the increasing levels of extended projects being handled on behalf of customers.

Mark Williamson, Director - Corporate Market Development, said: "It is great to have a completely separate building (our 3rd on the Tongham site) that we can devote to customer activities. Training is an important part of the added value that Stemmer Imaging offers its customers and the European Imaging Academy runs regular, practical hands-on training in a variety of different imaging topics. We are delighted that they will be running our inaugural 1-day free training for hyperspectral imaging."

“Hyperspectral imaging opens up new innovative inspection possibilities for machine vision users,” he continued. “The absorption behaviour of organic objects in the near infrared wavelength range can provide information on their chemical structure for identification and separation. Hyperspectral imaging is especially suited for the pharmaceutical and medical industry, for food processing, recycling, mining, wood processing and for document inspection, wherever ingredients and substances, which cannot be detected by conventional colour or monochrome images, need to be identified and separated reliably. The new ‘Perception Studio’ software from our supplier, Perception Park, means that specialist know-how in spectroscopy and time-consuming programming is no longer required. Based on this innovative software technology, Stemmer Imaging has offered complete hyperspectral systems since January 2016.”

• The 1-day training course is based on practical application examples and live demonstrations. This will cover not only the use of the Perception Studio software, but also the specific hardware components needed for hyperspectral imaging, such as spectrographs, cameras with different interfaces, special IR lenses and optimised illumination for the relevant range of wavelengths and much more.  Registration for this free training.

@stemmerimaging #PAuto #Training

Online humidity calculator.

With the online humidity calculator from E+E Elektronik, humidity-related parameters can be calculated quickly and easily. In contrast to other programs, it takes into account the measurement uncertainties. The E+E humidity calculator is now also available as a free app for mobile devices. The app for Android or iOS operating systems can be downloaded from the Google Play or Apple App Store. The app also features a pressure dew point calculator.

Based on known ambient conditions, the E+E humidity calculator converts among all humidity-related parameters, such as relative humidity, dew point / frost point temperature, water vapour density, mixing ratio, partial water vapour pressure and specific enthalpy. Calculations can be made in metric (SI) as well as imperial (US) units.

Unique is that the E+E humidity calculator takes into account measurement uncertainties in the calculation. This means that realistic and reliable total uncertainties can be calculated based on the accuracy specification of the measuring device.

The app also features a pressure dew point calculator specifically tailored for compressed air applications.

Thanks to the intuitive operation the humidity calculator is very easy to use. The conversions and calculations can be saved or sent as a PDF. The online humidity calculator also offers the option of copying the results to an Excel file.  This online version of the E+E Humidity Calculator is available in 8 languages, while the app is available in German and English.

• E+E Elektronik products are marketed in Ireland through Instrument Technology.


#PAuto #Epulse

LIMS distributorship for France Italy and Switzerland.

Autoscribe Informatics has appointed Ritme as its distributor for the Matrix Gemini Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) in France, Italy and Switzerland. Ritme has been selling scientific software and offering software support since 1989, with the prime objective of helping its customers make the best use of their software solutions.

John Boother, President at Autoscribe Informatics said: “Following on from our recent successes in the USA, we are also keen to expand our penetration into European markets. With three offices and a staff boasting qualified scientists from a number of disciplines, Ritme has a field-based and in-house team of native speakers that work closely with customers both before and after product purchase, which exactly mirrors our own approach. Ritme’s well-established consulting services will facilitate and drive successful LIMS projects.”

Ritme CEO, Thierry Berton, commented: “Matrix Gemini LIMS is an important extension to our scientific software portfolio allowing our customers to efficiently manage their laboratories. The flexibility of Autoscribe Informatics LIMS solution allows either Ritme, or our customers, to configure a solution that meets the exact needs of each laboratory. The configuration tools provide easy adaption of desktop and web based applications without the use of any software scripts or coding. It makes it the perfect choice for laboratories that need to adapt their LIMS as the working practices in the laboratory change. In addition, the ability to run fully tailored state-of-the-art LIMS offline is a critical selling point for many labs with high data protection policies.”

@AutoscribeLtd  #TandM #LIMS

Hoods and housings!

Harting has extended its range of Han® HPR series hoods and housings, these are designed for safety-critical applications in harsh and dynamic environments, such as railways and rail vehicles.

The Han® HPR series offers flexible, robust and secure connectivity, and the latest series are optimised for rail industry requirements. Han® 24 HPR EasyCon and Han® HPR enlarged housings make use of the proven Han-Modular® inserts and are compatible with the whole of the extensive range, including more than 50 high-current, signal and network modules in countless combinations.

The packing density of the new series is increased by a full 33 percent over previous models in the range. The new frames can handle eight Han-Modular® single modules (instead of the previous maximum of 6).

The choice of housing will depend on the application. The Han® HPR enlarged housing is distinguished by its impressively compact external dimensions. However, for applications calling for ease of assembly Han® 24 HPR EasyCon housing is first choice, with a two-part housing and abundant cable space. This housing also offers the capability to add additional customer-specified elements for strain relief or cable shield connection.

The new frames can also use the recently announced Han® HC Modular 350 earthing contacts which can help maximise previous investments and provide ease of assembly. Termination techniques available for use are axial screw, crimp and screw termination. Therefore customers can connect the PE contact with the same termination technique used for other contacts.

#Transport @Harting

Emissions monitoring certification awarded.

The Gasmet Continuous Emissions Monitoring System (CEMS II e) and the portable (DX4000) FTIR analysers have been awarded an MCERTS certificate (Sira MC030014/08) demonstrating compliance with the MCERTS Performance Standards EN15267-3 & QAL 1 as defined in EN 14181. The certificate demonstrates enhanced performance across an extended range of gases.

The MCERTS certificate confirms the performance of Gasmet’s FTIR analysers for the measurement of CO, NO, SO2, NO2, N2O, HCl, NH3, H2O, HF, CO2, O2, CH4 and CHOH. However, Quantitech MD Ken Roberts says: “Customers will be particularly interested in this certificate because of the exceptionally good figures for Hydrogen Fluoride, and the data for Nitrogen Oxide and Formaldehyde are also very significant because no other FTIR is certified down to 150 mg/m3 NO in 40 vol-% water and no other instrument is approved for Formaldehyde at all.”

FTIR is an extremely popular multiparameter emissions monitoring technology; able to monitor almost any gaseous compound. This means for example, that the Gasmet CEMS II e and the DX4000 are able to provide monitoring data for up to 50 compounds simultaneously.

The technology in all of Gasmet’s FTIR analysers is essentially the same and benefits from continual product development. It is this work that has enabled the dramatic improvements that are demonstrated by the MCERTS award.

• More about MCERTS

See also Quantitech acquired by Gasmet Technologies (April 2016)

@Quantitech #PAuto #FTIR #MCERTS #Gasmet

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Wirelessly-monitored storage tank emergency vents.

Emerson has introduced wirelessly-monitored Enardo 2000 emergency pressure relief vents (EPRVs) that provide safety control by managing abnormally high storage tank pressures in the oil and gas, chemical, petrochemical and pharmaceutical industries.

Under normal operating conditions, an EPRV remains closed. The immediate knowledge of an open position can be vital and should warrant quick investigation. However, because these EPRVs are located on top of storage tanks, they are difficult to monitor. Site managers are increasingly looking for ways to increase safety and efficiencies.

“Though EPRVs represent the last line of defence against tank overpressure, they have largely remained unmonitored,” said Steve Attri, product manager for Emerson Process Management. “Along with the recent introduction of wirelessly-monitored pressure vacuum relief vents (PVRVs), more information is now available to quickly identify and resolve pressure issues that can impact safety and emissions.”

The new product design consists of a proximity indicator and wireless transmitter integrated with an EPRV. The proximity indicator senses movement of the emergency vent. ‘Open’ or ‘closed’ signals are received by the wireless transmitter and can be sent to a control room via a WirelessHART® gateway.

@EmersonProcess #PAuto #Pharma #Oil

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Keeping better track of complex processes.

The new MANTA widescreens from R. STAHL HMI Systems visualise even complex production systems in process plants in a clear, concise and comprehensive manner. The 22", 24" and 24" WU displays with high resolutions up to 1920 x 1200 pixels are exceptionally bright and rich in contrast, which is rare for industrial applications. They are available in various enclosure versions with an analogue-resistive membrane or as a glass touchscreen.

The cleanroom-compatible design of these HMIs meets all requirements according to FDA and GAMP, making the widescreens ideally suitable for operation in the food, pharmaceutical and fine chemicals industries. R. STAHL supplies industrial-grade types for non-hazardous areas as well as explosion-protected widescreen HMIs for zones 1, 21 and 2, 22. They are available as KVM systems, Thin Clients or Panel PCs for very variable integration into many different system architectures.

As an option, the devices can be fitted with a range of country-specific keyboard layouts and equipped with an additional input device such as a joystick, mouse, trackball or pointer touchpad. Barcode and RFID readers can be integrated as well. On request, R. STAHL HMI Systems will also design special solutions tailored to fit specific customer requirements.

• Stahl products are marketed in Ireland by Douglas Controls & Automation.


#Stahl #PAuto #HMI

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Push Button Switches.

A range of rugged illuminated pushbutton switches from Dailywell Electronics are available from Diamond Electronics. All Dailywell products are manufactured in their own ISO 9001:2000-certified factories and carry international safety agency approvals.

Peter Hall, Sales Director of Diamond Electronics, comments, “Our new range of waterproof, rugged pushbutton switches adds to our wide range of switching products and offers our customers a high quality very competitively priced switch.”

Typical applications include access systems, office and factory control systems, instrumentation, alarm systems and medical products.

Four series of metal switches are available with a variety of illumination options. The 16mm diameter MPB16 is available with either an illuminated ring on the button or an illuminated ring and power symbol. The push to make action is rated at 2A/36VDC, is available in black or silver anodised and has an operating temperature range of -20 to +70°C.

The 19mm diameter MPB19 series also offers an illuminated ring on the button, illuminated ring and power symbol or an illuminated centre spot and is available finished in stainless steel, nickel plated brass or aluminium alloy. 

The final new metal pushbutton is the MPB22 a 22mm diameter model, available only with an Illuminated ring and finished in either natural stainless steel or black anodised

Both the MPB19 and MPB22 are available with single and double throw change-over switching options rated at 3A/250VAC and have an operating temperature range of -20 +55°C

All the MPB series are rated to IP67, offer white, red, yellow, green or blue LED illumination or no illumination option and connection is via solder terminal or flying leads

Also available from Diamond Electronics is the low cost PAS series of sub-miniature pushbutton switches available in chromium or brushed nickel finish. The PAS family have a diameter of 17.50mm and single pole momentary or latching contacts and IP67 rating.  Connection is via solder lug, flying leads or through-hole soldering. The small diameter rugged design makes them ideal for control panels and arduous applications including defence. Cap colours available are white, black, red, orange, yellow, green or blue with LED illumination in white, red, yellow, green or blue.

 @diamondelec #PAuto

PE module connection.

Harting has announced an additional Han-Modular® PE module for the pluggable connection of large PE (Protective Earth) cross sections of between 10 and 35 mm2.  This newly available connector complements the 50 different connector modules already available in the Han-Modular® range.

The hinged frame of the Han Modular® series already features two integrated PE connections for the 0.5-10mm² cross-section range. The new connector means that cross-sections of between 10 and 35 mm² can now also be made using a pluggable PE module. This effectively means that special cables with reduced PE are no longer necessary, and inexpensive and globally available standard cables can be employed instead.

Kevin Canham, Product Manager at Harting Ltd., said; “We’ve seen great interest in Han-Modular® from several engineers and project managers involved in off-shore wind who are looking for plug-&-play solutions that will reduce the time needed to install turbines. This addition allows the system to be used on much larger cables capable of carrying higher currents and therefore offers solutions to more of the issues faced in offshore installation projects.”

The PE module is simply mounted in the hinged frame; due to its construction it creates a secure, electrically conductive connection from the PE contact to the hinged frame and the outer housing. The protective earth connection is pre-leading and complies with standard IEC 61984.

The module is available in two different termination technologies, crimp and screw termination. The crimp version is ideal for applications in which the power contacts are currently crimped, and any crimping tools used with other Han-Modular® connectors can still be used since the crimping zone is identical across the range. The version with axial screw termination has the advantage that no special tool is required, as termination can be performed using a 4mm hexagonal torque screwdriver.

@harting #PAuto 

Power & data connectivity at workstations.

Schneider Electric has announced the launch of its Desk Unit range. The advanced suite of products combines industry leading modular design flexibility, quality and ease of installation. The comprehensive range has been engineered for commercial and residential applications, to provide elegant and practical solutions for power and data connectivity at work stations. Effortlessly blending design with functionality, the new range can be fully customised and tailored to meet customer demands and easily retrofitted in order to account for their changing needs. The ease of installation, significantly reduces the time of install by up to 50%.
Schneider's On-Desk-Unit
The new range comprises five core product families:                                                                            
  • IDU – In-Desk Units – facilitating unrestricted individual access to power, media and data right on the table or desktop
  • PTU – Pop Up Tower Units – fit perfectly in any working environment. The range is ideal for integrating power and data connections in tiny spaces
  • FDU – Flush Desk Units – an easily accessibly range for supplying electricity to workstations
  • ODU – On-Desk Units – perfect for commercial installations such as meeting rooms, offices or desk sharing environments
  • UDU – Under Desk Units – designed as a simple electricity supply unit for office workstations and permanently installed devices
“With our innovative modular approach to product design and installation, Schneider Electric’s new Desk Unit range ensures that customers can meet the demands of today and tomorrow with equal ease, combining different functionality as and when it is needed” said Joe Crawford, customer marketing and offer manager at Schneider Electric Ireland. “Furthermore, with integrated USB chargers within the range, we are ensuring that our users remain constantly connected in today’s digital age. It’s all part of our wider commitment to provide technologies that ensure Life Is On everywhere, for everyone and at every moment.”

Product family highlights within the range:

IDU - In-Desk Units – brings flexibility to the desktop for environments such as conference and training rooms. Minimal depth also ensures no restriction on leg movement under the desk or table, even where the units are fitted near the edge.

Key features and benefits:
  • Provides access to power, media and data
  • Brush inserts to prevent the cables becoming lodged
  • Configuration can be freely selected thanks to the modular solution
  • Power sockets individually fused at 3.15A in accordance with BS6396
  • 0.2m lead to Wieland GST 18i3 plug
PTU – Pop Up Tower Units – Installation is incredibly simple thanks to a lock ring securing mechanism, while users simply press down with their thumb to raise and lower the Pop Up Tower units.

Key features and benefits:
  • Press down to raise the pop up tower
  • Fast and easy to install
  • Suitable for desk or table tops
  • Power sockets individually fused at 5A in accordance to BS6396
  • 0.5m lead to Wieland GST 18i3 plug

ODU – On-Desk Units – Ideally suited for meeting rooms, offices or desk sharing environments where flexibility is needed.

Key features and benefits:
  • Can be mounted to a desk or table quickly and easily with the mounting brackets or can be free standing
  • Preferred configuration can be selected using the modular solution
  • Power sockets individually fused at 3.15A in accordance to BS6396
  • 0.2m lead to Wieland GST 18i3 plug
The Desk Unit range also includes a number of Select Custom Modules, for easy product customisation; and an extensive range of GST Power Leads and Connectors with integrated earth connection, available in different lengths.


@SchneiderElec #PAuto 

MES specialist appoints sales & marketing VP in North America.

We recently reported the appointment of Robert Perks as VP of Werum's North American operation.

Shawn Opatka
Werum IT Solutions has also appointed Shawn Opatka as Vice President Sales & Marketing there. In this role, Mr. Opatka will direct Werum America’s team of sales and marketing managers, working to ensure that Werum’s best-in-class MES solutions deliver unrivaled customer satisfaction. He succeeds Jan-Henrik Dieckert, who is moving to Werum’s global headquarters in Luneburg, (D), where he will assume the new role of Senior Head of Sales EMEA.

Mr. Opatka is an accomplished, results-driven sales professional with more than 15 years of sales experience in the IT sector of the life science and process industries. He has deep experience in sales and sales management, territory management, sales engineering, marketing, product development and sales support. In addition, he is an exceptional communicator with demonstrated success in building relationships at every level.

Before joining Werum, Mr. Opatka worked for more than eight years in various management positions at Emerson Process Management in the USA – most recently as Global Sales Director MES. In this role, he was responsible for global sales and marketing of Emerson Process Management’s life science solutions, including the Syncade product platform.

@Werum #PAuto #MES

Monday, June 20, 2016

Current sensors and renewable energy.

Harting has released information for the first time about the uptake of its current sensors by the renewable energy industry.

Cabinet housing current sensors!
Their current sensors are presently ensuring the continuous and reliable operation of wind turbines for major wind farm installations around the world. One of the world’s major wind turbine manufacturers is using 1000A rated Harting HCS 1000 Hall-effect sensors to monitor the input & output power feeds of the main power inverter.

The current sensors are directly linked to the main wind turbine control cabinet. The galvanically isolated, induced secondary measuring currents produced are proportionate to a primary system operating current. If they fall outside an allowed working range, e.g., sensing an over-current condition, the sensors can provide system shut-down protection to prevent operational failure.

Similar system failure prevention and condition monitoring of electrical power conversion can be also applied to the other renewable energy applications of wave, tidal and solar power.

Harting’s Current Sensors can be used with primary currents in the range of 100A to 3600A, measured with a high degree of accuracy and are available in both open and closed loop styles.

Howard Forryan, Product Market Specialist at Harting Ltd, said: “Harting current sensors offer some key technical performance benefits over our competitors in the market, for example, high immunity to interference, an extended operating temperature range and a more stable housing construction for harsh environment applications. In addition, Harting provides increased levels of customer service and support by offering customised solutions for low volume demands. Such customised solutions include optional I/O connectors and full EMC screened cable assemblies, depending on project requirements”.

#energy @Harting #Power #PAuto 

Rigidity in a linear actuator.

Thomson Industries has released an educational video that provides design engineers with best practice tips on how to increase the rigidity of a linear actuator.

Chad Carlberg
“Linear actuators are designed to handle loads axially,” said Chad Carlberg, Product Line Specialist for Linear Actuators at Thomson. “One of the most common failure modes of linear actuators is side loading.” This occurs when a force exists that is perpendicular to the axis of rotation.


In the video, Carlberg describes how stroke length can affect design: “The longer the stroke length, the more susceptible an actuator is to binding or bending of the screw.” He goes on to explain how to increase the rigidity in an actuator: “A nut guide can be added for additional load support, and a design engineer could increase the ball screw diameter to add rigidity to the linear actuator.”

@Thomson_Ind #PAuto 

Miniature pressure transducer. #PAuto #Interface #GP50

The Model 188 miniature flush diaphragm pressure transducer is  part of Interface Force's GP:50 range of pressure sensors and transmitters for hazardous and harsh environments. This unique sensor has been developed to fit into restricted spaces, yet offers pressure measurements up to 10,000psi with accuracy to ±0.05%FS.

It has been constructed as a single all-welded piece in high performance, rugged stainless steel. Its flush port design eliminates any dead volume making it perfect for high viscosity fluid pressure measurements without any port clogging or plugging. This transducer is ideal for use in the oil and gas industry as well as more diverse applications such as paint and adhesives dispensing, food processing and sludge and slurry pressure measurement.

As with all sensors in the GP:50 range, the Model 188 is supplied with a NIST traceable calibration certificate and has also been rated for high shock and vibration applications. A number of field options are available including extending the operating temperature range from -54ºC -+121ºC to +177ºC.


 #PAuto #Interface #GP50

Major British award for asset management consultant.

The Asset Management consulting and training services company MCP, is celebrating the award of Britain’s highest accolade for business success -The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2016.

The Award recognises MCP's growing export success to 50 countries worldwide, with recent significant increase in sales to North America, Asia, Europe and the UAE where a complex Change Management programme for Dubai Airports has been completed.

Their extensive portfolio of business improvement consultancy and training services has allowed MCP to support national and multinational blue-chip organisations’ drives to improve performance and reduce cost.

#PAuto #MCBeurope

Fanless PSU.

The CoolX600 Series is the new, revolutionary, convection-cooled modular power supply platform from Excelsys Technologies which delivers an incredible 600W without fan assisted cooling from a very compact 8.5 x 4.5 x 1U package. The only fanless modular power supply on the market, the CoolX600 offers system designers best in class efficiency and reliability in addition to the most comprehensive feature set and specifications available. An industry leading 5 year warranty ensures quality, reliability and the lowest total cost of ownership.
Key features and options include 600W output with natural convection cooling, no fan/airflow required. This results in higher system reliability, with typically 25% longer lifetime than competitors. In addition, the CoolX600 leads the market with conversion efficiencies of up to 94%. CoolX600 provides higher input surge protection of 4KV Line to PE for operation in harsh environments, reverse energy protection without the use of external blocking diodes as well as safety certified operation at altitudes of up to 5000m. An incredible 24W, medically isolated, auxiliary supply is available as a standard feature, offering effectively another output for system intelligence, control, displays etc. With optional Digital Communications available the CoolX600 provides the most flexible, highest specification modular power supply on the market.


The CX06S is available with full safety certifications to IEC60950 2nd edition for industrial applications whereas the CX06M carries IEC60601-1 3rd edition & IEC60601-1-2 4th edition (EMC) for medical applications. Stand-out medical features include BF rating (Body Floating), dual fusing, 2 x MOPP.
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The CoolX600 can be populated with up to 4 CoolMods, providing up to 4 isolated DC outputs ranging from 2.5V to 58.0V. The CoolX Platform offers maximum flexibility with analogue and digital control. In addition, outputs can be configured to the required set point voltages and connected in parallel/series for higher output current/voltages. CoolPacs can be paralleled for higher power and N+1 Redundancy applications. The CoolX platform is completely user-field-configurable so customers can configure and reconfigure without voiding warranty or affecting safety. Mounting options include base, side and DIN Rail alternatives.
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Dermot Flynn, Sales Director of Excelsys Technologies, comments, “As the originator of the compact, user configurable power supply Excelsys has once more moved ahead of the competition with the new 600 watt CoolX600. This revolutionary design raises the bar by designing out forced air cooling and, at a stroke, increasing reliability while eliminating noise. These market leading features make CoolX600 the ideal solution for medical, industrial and defence electronics markets”.
Typical applications include clinical diagnostic equipment, medical lasers, dialysis equipment, radiological imaging, surgical robotics and clinical chemistry. Industrial applications included test and measurement, industrial machines, automation equipment, printing, telecommunications and audio equipment. With a feature set designed for high reliability harsh environment electronics, other application includes naval and ground based radar, communications, test and measurement.

• CoolX600 products have the following safety agency certifications; Medical; EN60601 3rd Edition and 4th Edition compliance, 2 MOPP, Dual Fused and BF rating. For industrial applications; EN60950, EN62386-1, ISO9000, SEMI F47 and for Defence and Aerospace; MIL810G and MIL461 certified and CE101/102.
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#excelsys #PAuto 

Friday, June 17, 2016

Gas analysis workshop report.

Gasmet Technologies organised a meeting in Lisbon, immediately prior to the CEM 2016 conference and exhibition in May, to provide delegates with an insight into the wide variety of applications for which FTIR technology is employed.
The measurement of greenhouse gases (GHGs) was a particular focus for the event, with presentations from a number of speakers outlining the advantages of simultaneous multigas analysis with Gasmet’s fixed and portable FTIR analysers. Dr Joseph Storlien from Saint John's University, Minnesota USA, described his work with portable Gasmet FTIR analyzers in the measurement of soil flux GHGs. He explained how robust field-use instruments such as the DX4040 enable faster, easier collection of monitoring data; delivering more data points than the more costly and time-consuming methods that rely on laboratory analysis.

Dr Storlien summarises his presentation in a short video that can be viewed on the Gasmet YouTube channel. This webpage also features a video demonstrating how to employ portable FTIR for soil gas analysis.

Prior to the Lisbon meeting, Gasmet received notification that its CEMS II e continuous emissions monitoring system had successfully completed EN 15267-3 testing for the analysis of low range Hydrogen Fluoride, low range Nitrous Oxide, Methane and Formaldehyde. “This means that it meets the performance specifications in European directives and also the more stringent specifications in the type approval standard EN 15267-3 for a larger number of components than any other FTIR in this market,” commented Gasmet’s Antti Heikkilä. Here is brief video explaining the importance of this certification.

The newly certified emissions analyzer was the highlight of Gasmet’s booth at CEM 2016, the industrial emissions monitoring conference that also took place in Lisbon. “Focusing as it does on continuous emission monitoring, CEM 2016 could not have been better timed,” says Heikkilä. “The Conference was attended by international delegates from key sectors such as Power Generation and Waste Incineration, so there was enormous interest in the new performance data for our FTIR analyzers.”


#FTIR #Gasmet

Multicomponent dynamometer.

The stationary, multicomponent dynamometer from Kistler Instruments has been designed specifically for measuring forces and moments in all three axes produced during high performance cutting processes with high accuracy and signal quality for the precise analysis of drilling, cutting and grinding at high removal rates.

The compact piezoelectric dynamometer has an extremely robust structural design combined with a wide measuring range from a few Newtons to 30kN in all three directions making the Type 9139AA suitable for demanding applications where both low and high cutting forces are developed.

The patented design has integrated temperature compensation which eliminates the effect of heat generated during the cutting process to minimise signal drift. This ensures that forces generated by processes that create large amounts of heat may be measured with great accuracy. A high natural frequency was a key issue in Kistler's development work and extensive FEM analyses were carried out to optimize the design and structure so that natural frequencies of about 3 kHz are achieved despite the dynamometer's size. This ensures that the measurement signals generated by the cutting processes are captured accurately, even at high tooth passing frequencies.

The large number of threaded holes simplify mounting workpieces on the dynamometer whilst the widely used Fischer flange connector concept with the same pin configuration as other Kistler stationary dynamometers make it simple to change the measuring platform using the existing cables and charge amplifiers. The dynamometer is corrosion-resistant and protected against penetration by splashing water or cutting fluid to IP67 when used with the appropriate connecting cable. The Type 5070A multi-channel charge amplifier is especially suited to interface with the dynamometer, although other charge amplifiers with suitable operating parameters may also be used.

 @KistlerAlert #PAuto 

New MD at leading environmental monitoring & occupational hygiene testing company.

Following the acquisition of Quantitech by Gasmet Technologies, Ken Roberts has been appointed as the company’s new Managing Director.
Ken Roberts

“This is an exciting and challenging role,” Ken says. “Keith Golding ran this business for over 33 years, creating a strong reputation for high quality products with outstanding levels of service, and I am greatly looking forward to the next phase of Quantitech’s development.

“There are significant growth opportunities in the UK and Ireland, particularly in the emissions monitoring sector, and we will be investing in the resources needed to make that happen.”

Ken has over 35 years of experience in the monitoring instrumentation sector, beginning in 1981 as a junior service engineer and progressing rapidly to senior management positions. His career to-date has included 11 years as Managing Director of a British gas detection and emissions monitoring business, which experienced high levels of growth under his guidance.

Looking forward, Ken says: “As a subsidiary of Gasmet, FTIR analysers will be a key focus for Quantitech, however, we will also offer an important range of other technologies and systems as part of our strategy to help customers demonstrate regulatory compliance, improve process efficiency, and protect health, safety and the environment.”


@Quantitech #PAuto #Gasmet

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Gas Detection Controller.

The new MX 32 alarm and control system is now available from Tyco Gas & Flame Detection.

Designed to meet SIL1 requirements, the new MX 32 is a compact, low-profile controller that continuously monitors gas detection. It uses the same platform as the MX 43 that has already proven to be a very high performing and reliable controller.

The new MX 32 manages both digital lines and analog channels and covers all needs for a wide variety of gas monitoring applications. Its digital technology allows up to 8 detectors to be distributed on two lines for increased savings. The unit allows two inputs for Wheatstone bridge sensors.

 @TycoGFD #PAuto

What will be important in RFID?

RFID tomorrow is growing: more topics, more forums, more speakers, more internationality, and more information. Brand new for 2016, a second forum will be held on the Developer Day with 10 presentations on software and integration as well as presentations on successful projects. Thus, the number of forums grows to 6, and the numbers of lectures rises to 52.

RFID tomorrow 2016

• 19th and 20th September 2016 in Duesseldorf, (D)
• Location: Van der Valk Hotel, close to Dusseldorf Airport
• International conference program with 52 presentations in 6 specialist forums
• 37 top RFID companies in the exhibition
• 30+ SpeedLabs (workshops) with live demos held by the RFID-providers
• Networking, inspiration and exchange of ideas in more than 2,000 square meters in the Van der Valk Airporthotel,
RFID tomorrow 2016 is an intense, unique congress experience which features an exhibition, SpeedLabs, and a conference, in a concentrated working atmosphere over 2,500 square meters Duesseldorf (D), very close to the airport, which is held from 19th to 20th September.

Two congress days – two points of view:
Developer Day and User Day with over 50 lectures in six specialist forums!
Two congress days – that means more information about RFID from different perspectives: technology, integration, and practice. 52 speakers will talk about their RFID experiences, provide impetus, and invite dialogue. 37 exhibitors will present the latest hardware developments and integration solutions. The experts are looking forward to hearing your questions and project ideas and discussing concrete solutions with you.

Developer Day, 19th September - presentations by RFID technology experts – aimed at process managers, employees of technology companies, and systems integrators. Participants are invited to discuss the latest technological developments, successful projects, visions, and future challenges with RFID experts.


User Day, 20th September - the focus in on practice. The motto is: from RFID users, for (potential) RFID users! RFID project managers and decision-makers speak first-hand and in detail about their project implementation, from the project initiation to the integration to the roll-out. RFID solutions which have already been realised show how users from industry, maintenance, supply chain, security, ticketing, retail, and healthcare successfully optimise their processes with RFID and make them future-proof.


#RFID @rfidimblick #PAuto

Precision metering pump.

Blue-White®’s all New Proseries-M® MD-3 Chemical Metering Pump, provides Precision Chemical Metering for the Treatment of Municipal Water & Waste Water.

The Hybrid MD-3 Diaphragm Metering Pump has 2000:1 turndown, and provides smooth chemical dosing with no pulsation dampener required. With 380 strokes per minute, the Proseries-M® MD-3 provides a remarkably steady flow.

The MD-3 is built to provide long service life at high pressures and no pressure regulator is needed. The patent pending design is 50% more energy efficient than similar units now on the market.

Straightforward all inclusive ordering: A single model includes all necessary components for installation. And the drop-in-place design of the MD-3, along with conveniently built-in controls, make installation and set-up fast and efficient.

The PVDF wetted end fittings allow for more than 14 inlet and outlet configurations.
MD-3 is equipped with a Zero-maintenance brushless DC drive.

@BlueWhiteInd #PAuto #Water