Friday, September 9, 2016

Installation tester special offer in Britain.

Until 31st December 2016, Fluke UK is offering its latest top of the range installation tester, complete with data management software at a special promotional price. The Fluke 1664 FC Installation Tester puts more power in users’ hands by quickly and efficiently testing fixed installations to BS7671 17th Edition Wiring Regulations, protecting appliances that may be inadvertently connected to the system under test, and making it easy to share test results over a smartphone using Fluke Connect®.

The Fluke DMS Data Management Software uses the captured results for data recording, offers easy-to-use administration and reporting and provides printing of test reports.

The Fluke 1664 FC features the patent pending Insulation PreTest™ function that detects if an appliance is connected to the system under test and will stop the test while also providing a visual warning. Insulation PreTest helps avoid accidental and costly damage to peripheral equipment. Also new to the 1664 FC is an Auto Test function that does 5 required installation tests in one sequence, ensuring compliance with BS7671 17th Edition Wiring Regulations. This reduces the number of manual connections, decreases the possibility of making errors, and reduces test time by up to 40% compared to previous Fluke models.

The wireless 1664 FC model is part of Fluke Connect - the industry’s largest system of software and wireless test tools. Measurements from the tester can be wirelessly transmitted to the Fluke Connect app on smartphones or tablets and automatically uploaded to FlukeCloud™ Storage, eliminating transcription errors. Technicians can collaborate in real time with other colleagues with ShareLive™ video calls, increasing productivity in the field. Measurements from the 1664 FC can be combined with measurement data from multiple Fluke Connect test tools to create and share comprehensive reports from the job site via email.

The new Fluke 1660 Series is designed to verify insulation resistance, loop impedance, resistance of the earth connect, resistance to earth, RCD performance in TT and TN systems, phase sequence, and loop/line impedance and RCD tests in IT systems.

#Britain #Pauto @FlukeCorp #TandM

3-D profile sensor.

The new LMI Gocator 2100 Series of self-contained 3D profile sensors, from Stemmer, has been introduced to replace Gocator 2000 models. The Gocator 2100 Series combines improved VGA sensors with a host of other improvements in size, connectivity and measurement tools, at a highly competitive price point.

The Gocator 2100 series brings advanced 3D smart imaging capabilities to a wider market, providing factories with a greater range of tools to improve efficiencies in product validation at a fraction of the cost of sophisticated 2D solutions. Laser line measurements of cross-sectional shapes of parts and materials surfaces can be collected to create 3D point clouds representing whole parts for performing volumetric measurements. The same sensor can also generate highly detailed laser intensity images for use with common 2D image processing software.

Improvements in the new models include a smaller footprint for easier integration into tight spaces and existing control systems; standardized connectors and cables for reduced system complexity; low latency communication with Gigabit Ethernet communication; and Gocator Firmware 4.x support offering the latest measurement tools such as Part Matching.

This easy-to-use scanning and inspection solution is pre-calibrated and delivers advanced capabilities to handle even the most complicated inspection tasks. It features the same growing set of 2D and 3D measurement tools ?and real-time visualization found in LMI’s high-performance sensors.

Available in 5 models offering a measurement range from 80 to 800 mm, the series is fully scalable, allowing multiple sensors to seamlessly link together to handle wider targets. With no additional software to install, Gocator’s out-of-the-box setup and configuration is fast and easy. In addition, users can also easily upgrade to other Gocator models, including the higher resolution Gocator 2300, without reconfiguring their operations.

Gocator profile sensors offer the flexibility for easy integration into production facilities for inspection and control. Extensive output support on Gigabit Ethernet, digital and analog out allows direct communication with existing production line systems, minimizing engineering and maintenance costs. Built-in PLC protocols greatly simplify integration with PLCs.

@stemmerimaging #PAuto

DCS worldwide - Analysis!

ARC Advisory Group has just completed fresh market analysis and associated research on the worldwide market for distributed control systems (DCS).

This ARC market research explores current and historical market performance and related technology and business trends, identifies leading suppliers, and provides five-year global forecasts for the distributed control systems market. This new research is based on ARC’s industry-leading market research database, extensive primary and secondary research, and proprietary economic modeling techniques.

See also:
Some Random Takeaways from ARC’s “Latest and Greatest” DCS Study
Paul Miller, ARC, 8/9/2016
The research includes competitive analysis; five-year market forecasts by region, industry, hardware, software and services, sales channels, end customers, and more. This year’s report also includes a new segmentation for new projects versus modernization and expansion projects.

This year’s report also includes a comprehensive discussion on current qualitative trends in the evolution of the DCS. This includes the impact of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) on DCSs and the potential impact of recent end user initiatives to move to more open and interoperable process automation platforms.

Larry O'Brien
Larry O’Brien, Vice President of Research, ARC Advisory Group and principal author of this study says, “ARC has been following the DCS market closely for 30 years and we believe the technology and the market are both on the verge of significant disruptions. This is due to a combination of the intense cost pressures that owner-operators now face in major end user industries and the rapid convergence of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT).”

This new research is available in a variety of formats to meet the specific research and budgetary requirements of a wide variety of organizations. These include:

  • Market Intelligence Workbook (Excel) - personalized spreadsheet includes up to five years of historical data in addition to the current base year market data and five-year market forecast. This workbook enables licensed users to freely manipulate the data to make it easier to analyze the latest data for business intelligence and generate custom reports.
  • Comprehensive Market Outlook Study (PDF) – provides an executive-level summary of the current market dynamics, market forecasts, and competitive analysis, plus an overview of strategic issues. Also includes in-depth quantitative and qualitative research into the current market, future and historical trends, plus competitive analysis.
@arc_advisory #PAuto 

Automation Lab opened in Limerick! @MitsubishiElect #PAuto #Education @UL #Ireland

The Mitsubishi Electric Automation Laboratory, based in University of Limerick, was officially opened last month by Minister Denis Naughten T.D. of the Department for Communications, Climate Action & Environment. Accompanying Minister Naughten in the opening was Professor Don Barry, University of Limerick (UL) President and Ciaran Moody, Mitsubishi Electric Ireland General Manager. The laboratory is a custom designed workspace aimed to expose Technology & Engineering students to the needs of modern automation and manufacturing, from robotic control and controller programming to vision systems.
L TO R: Dr. Alan Kelly (Automation Lecturer in the UL School of Engineering), Minister Denis Naughten T.D. (of the Department for Communications, Climate Action & Environment), Ciaran Moody (Mitsubishi Electric Ireland General Manager) and Professor Don Barry (President UL).
Mitsubishi Electric have worked closely with UL for a number of years. The Mitsubishi Electric Automation Laboratory is just one element of a number of collaborative projects in existence between the University and the market leading technology company. “The key goal of this Automation Laboratory is to ensure that these students receive training in the most up to date equipment available. Mitsubishi Electric and UL are committed to safeguarding the future supply of qualified engineers in the automation industry. We believe this relationship will flourish over the coming years” Ciaran Moody, General Manager for Mitsubishi Electric Ireland on the opening of the Automation Laboratory.

During his speech the Minister, who is a scientist by profession, commended the good relationship that has developed between UL and Mitsubishi Electric, and highlighted the importance of Industry and education working closely together, “It is important for students to get hands on practical experience which will stand to them. I think all involved in University of Limerick and Mitsubishi Electric should be complimented for this initiative.”

The addition of the Mitsubishi Electric Automation Laboratory allows UL students to receive invaluable experience in the automation world before stepping foot into industry. Speaking at the opening of the Laboratory on Wednesday August 31st, President of the University of Professor Don Barry, also emphasized the need for closer Industry and educational relationships, “this event illustrates the importance of academia and industry working together and most importantly, it welcomes those who are at the beginning of their careers in manufacturing engineering research.”

Dr. Alan Ryan, Automation Lecturer in the UL School of Engineering, was also present on the day. Dr. Ryan played a key role in the Mitsubishi Electric – UL Laboratory partnership and was a prominent figure in the laboratory design and build concept. He has worked at the University for a number of years and was proud to be involved in the initiative. “Here in UL we pride ourselves in producing graduates with skills required by industry, the opening of the Mitsubishi Electric Automation Laboratory ensures that our manufacturing and technology undergraduate students will experience the latest emerging technologies in a real hands on practical manner. This improves the student experience here in University but also ensure that our graduates have the knowledge, technical and collaborative skills which are vital in the industrial environment. Our collaboration with Mitsubishi Electric Ireland has resulted in a state of the art teaching and learning environment and I look forward to on-going collaboration over the coming years to ensure our graduates maintain contact with the ever changing trends in the automation space.”

@MitsubishiElect #PAuto #Education @UL #Ireland

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Ex Floodlights.

The new 6125 series (for zone 1) and 6525 series (for zone 2) floodlights from R. Stahl are designed for challenging environments such as chemical, food and oil and gas extraction. Offering a service life is of 50,000 hours, they feature high corrosion resistance supported by a robust IP66/67-rated enclosure.

Energy-efficient LED technology makes this new generation of flexible floodlights for hazardous areas shine. High-quality TIR lenses minimise scattered light and glare effects and enable light distribution focussed on angles of 10°, 40° or 120°. The devices are therefore not only suitable for spot and wide-angle lighting, but can even be installed as pendant lights. The new 6125 series (for zone 1) and 6525 series (for zone 2) floodlights achieve excellent luminous flux: 21,000 lm in versions with 210 W power consumption and 12,000 lm in 120 W models. With this luminaire efficiency of 100 lm/W, they are not only far more efficient than conventional HID lights, but also require significantly less maintenance.

The lens panel modules are equipped with hinges for easy installation, maintenance and repair of the removable components. Even under extreme conditions, the service life of these products is specified at 50,000 hours of operation at maximum ambient temperatures. Their superior durability fully enables them to sustain challenging environments e.g. in the chemical industry or in oil and gas extraction over the long term. Their high tolerance for ambient temperatures in a very broad range from -40 °C to + 60 °C is a stand-out feature in this product class. Featuring a corrosion-resistant body and comparably low weight, these floodlights are an especially good choice for onshore and offshore applications. Special designs with heat sinks made from sea-water-resistant aluminium are also available.

For some applications such as general lighting in production and storage facilities in the food industry, they can be ordered with a scatter protection for the glass front panel. The robust enclosures provide IP66/67 ingress protection and a very high shock and impact resistance (IK10). They are available either in powder-coated steel sheet or stainless steel versions.

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

#Stahl #PAuto 

Dairy producer reduces refrigeration energy use substantially!

A Belgium-based producer of dairy products is achieving minimum energy savings of at least 18% from its refrigeration process as a result of switching to Dyneo permanent magnet motor technology from Control Techniques & Leroy-Somer. The solution, which also features a Leroy-Somer Powerdrive high-power modular drive, is being used in an industrial refrigeration system that cools milk after pasteurisation or sterilisation.

Based near Ghent, Inex specialises in products including milk, chocolate milk, buttermilk, fermented milk, yoghurt, cream and butter. The company, founded in 1898, manufactures and packages both fresh and long-life produce for large European retail chains and multinationals. It has around 440 employees and annual sales of circa €150 million.

Since refrigeration is a key element in the manufacturing process, optimum operation and reliability is paramount. As part of a recent investment package, Inex acquired four new industrial refrigerator systems based on Sabroe SMC 106E reciprocating ammonia compressors. At the time, the company had heard good reports of permanent magnet motors and wanted to install one as a trial. As a result, three of the compressors were supplied with standard Leroy-Somer IE2 (90kW) asynchronous AC motors, and one with a Leroy-Somer IE4 (105kW) synchronous permanent magnet motor from the Dyneo range.

The refrigeration systems are used to cool water to 1°C, which in turns cools milk to around 4°C. The installation operates almost continuously, but at variable load. Here, the benefits of permanent magnet motors come to the fore as their performance retains almost constant partial load, unlike standard asynchronous motors, generally leading to a reduction in energy consumption.

To put the theory to the test, Control Techniques and Leroy-Somer’s experts visited Inex after the installation was complete. They discovered that the refrigerator operating with the Dyneo permanent magnet motor was delivering significant energy savings.

Using a digital energy analyzer, the drive and motor experts made a series of power measurements comparing two refrigeration units working at the same conditions. One featured the LSRPM280SC-T synchronous magnet motor (105kW) running at 1500 rpm and Leroy-Somer Powerdrive, while the other housed the standard LSES280MK-T (90kW) asynchronous motor running at 1487 rpm and a competitor drive.

It was found that energy savings were being achieved using the permanent magnet motor across a range of different load profiles. Depending on the type of measure – involving number of pistons, speed, evaporation temperature and condensation temperature – the calculated energy savings were between 18-21%, taking into account any losses from the drive and the motor.

@EmersonIndAuto  #Pauto #Food

2-Slot USB/LXI Modular Chassis.

Pickering Interfaces are launching their new 2-Slot Modular Chassis (model 60-104) which offers a small, lightweight form/factor ideal for portable, benchtop and space restrictive applications. The chassis is designed for desk or rack mounting and features remote control via USB or LXI Ethernet. Remote control over a network enables the switching function of a test system to be located as close as possible to the target equipment.
The chassis supports one or two Pickering 3U PXI modules. Possible systems include switching matrices up to 1104 crosspoints, 396 channel multiplexer or up to 36 channels of programmable resistor/sensor emulation.

“For quite some time, we have had requests from our customer base for small form/factor switching system to address portable applications as well as the need for switching to be as close to the UUT as possible. We now address those needs with the addition of the 60-104 2-slot USB/LXI chassis to our catalog. We feel that there will be a lot of demand by the test community for this product.” commented Keith Moore, CEO at Pickering Interfaces.

The 2-slot chassis is USB 3 compatible and has a fully compliant LXI interface. These communications standards enable the chassis to be controlled directly through standard interfaces found on most personal computers and tablets that support HTML5; allowing for a very practical route into a variety of applications in the modular test and measurement market.

@Pickeringtest  #PAuto #TandM

Pressure transmitters introduced!

Viatran has introduced its Model 24A/34A Series to the global marketplace.

The Viatran Model 24A/34A Series is a family of general purpose industrial pressure transmitters, designed for optimal application versatility and reliability. Their rugged construction features all stainless steel housings and wetted parts for high resistance to humidity and corrosion. Customers can choose from among 34 unique standard ranges, with available selections between 3 and 5000 PSI (0.2 and 345 bar), along with choices of gage, sealed gage, absolute and vacuum pressure types. Units are also compact and lightweight (10 oz /283 g), facilitating their ease of installation within space constrained environments.

Model 24A Series pressure transmitters feature a 0-5 Vdc output signal, while the Model 34A series features a 4-20 mA output signal. A nonlinearity specification of ≤±0.25% is standard, with optional improvement to ±0.15% or ±0.10% (BFSL). Choices of electrical connectors include a weather-resistant industry standard DIN 43650 connector, a 6-pin Bendix connector, a direct coupled cable, and others. Isolated shunt calibration, extended temperature performance and zero adjustment are also optional.

In addition, Viatran offers a number of accessories for the Model 24A/34A Series, including a direct mount digital indicator and power supply; mating electrical assembly; and ruggedized connectors and cables. Special configurations, ranges, outputs, formats and connectors are available upon request. Please consult the factory for details.

Typical applications for the Model 24A/34A Series include engine test stands, turbine rockets, diesel engine internal combustion, emissions testing, production test stands, compressors, pumps, stamping presses, rolling mills, die casting, hydraulics, and off-road vehicles.

#Viatran #Pauto @EmbassyGlobal

Wireless torque measuring and monitoring.

TECAT Performance Systems is now shipping its new WISER 4000 wireless torque measuring and monitoring system for automotive, industrial, energy, and aviation applications. Featuring shunt calibration, TECAT's latest WISER system is designed to simplify instrumentation verification for users while allowing them to check calibration of the system in the field.

The WISER 4000 has been enhanced with two additional programmable analog outputs and higher-speed recording, and it is available with custom-built remote enclosures to protect the system's remote unit and battery from damage due to debris.

"The WISER 4000 offers a number of features that make it a faster, more flexible, and reliable tool for a wide range of applications, whether it's monitoring strain in automotive flex plates, measuring in-flight torque and horsepower data on experimental aircraft, or being used as input conditioning for analog sensors," said Don Keating, vice president of business development at TECAT Performance Systems. "From Automotive Testing Expo Europe in Germany to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in Wisconsin, the system has been generating a lot of buzz at key events over the past few months, and we couldn't be more excited to say that it is now available to our customers. Furthermore, older systems in the field can be upgraded to include most of the WISER 4000's advanced features. More information on our upgrade program will be available soon."

TECAT's WISER systems are the smallest, lightest, and most power-efficient solutions available for the measurement of torque, acceleration, pressure, temperature, distance, and magnetization. The WISER 4000 comprises three subsystems. The remote unit consists of the data capture electronics connected to Micro-Measurements strain gages, a transceiver, and a long-life battery. The base unit plugs directly into a PC USB port and houses an antenna, transceiver, and up to four analog outputs. The output is wirelessly transmitted between the remote and base unit via 2.45 GHz radio frequency (RF) signals at distances up to 100 feet in line of sight. The WISER Data Viewer software is used for system configuration and calibration, live monitoring, and data logging. The WISER 4000 enables positive and negative shunt calibration with two independent shunt calibration legs using 100 kΩ resistors.

In addition to measuring torque, the WISER 4000 has the optional ability to measure 3-axis acceleration, barometric pressure, and ambient temperature, all within a small footprint measuring 36 mm x 23 mm x 4 mm. On-board data logging with triggering capability allows high-resolution data to be collected on the remote unit without PC or DAQ connectivity, while remote flash enables firmware upgrades without removal of the system from the unit under test.

 @TECATSystems #PAuto 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Automation maintenace & reliability afloat down under!

Shell Australia has chosen Emerson to provide automation maintenance and reliability services for Shell’s Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) facility.
Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) facility. Photo courtesy of Shell.
The size of six aircraft carriers, Prelude is the world’s largest floating production facility. It will process natural gas collected from subsea wells 475 kilometres (almost 300 miles) offshore from Broome, Western Australia.

Since 2010, Emerson has served as Main Automation Contractor on the Prelude project, responsible for process control and monitoring technologies that will help Shell operate Prelude FLNG safely and efficiently. Under the new multi-year support contract, Emerson experts working both onshore and offshore will provide ongoing reliability and maintenance services for an even broader range of equipment.

Emerson and its local business partner, Western Process Controls, will provide equipment monitoring, diagnostic services, spares support, and maintenance for the facility’s control and safety systems, as well as thousands of instruments and valves.

Two expert Emerson engineers on-board Prelude will work with other team members who remotely monitor the facility’s automation from Shell’s operations centre in Perth. The centre’s high-tech Collaborative Work Environment will also enable the Emerson team to consult with Shell specialists as they use a proactive maintenance strategy to detect potential concerns, identify corrective actions, and arrange for delivery of any required equipment to the facility.

Prelude is under construction in Geoje, South Korea, before moving to Australia to begin operations. The facility is expected to remain on station at least 25 years as Shell and its partners develop gas reserves in the Browse Basin’s Prelude and Concerto fields.

IIOT Security Guide for Design Engineers.

Icon Labs has published a resource for embedded designers working with Internet of Things (IoT) applications: a white paper focusing on “Device Security for the IIoT” (pdf). Developed with Renesas Electronics America, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, as a deep-dive guide for design engineers developing networked and web-connected equipment and solutions, the white paper outlines security requirements for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices and software solutions that are available today for securing these devices.

The IIoT is driving investment in new technology and manufacturing methodologies as companies rush to capitalize on a predicted trillions of dollars of economic gain. Unfortunately, traditional security solutions do not scale down to support the RTOS-based devices that make up the bulk of the IIoT. New solutions and approaches are required for these systems that perform critical functions in factories, the electric grid, transportation infrastructure, and other industrial segments.

“It is critical for system engineers to address security issues at every layer, from the sensors and actuators, to the controllers and the connected operations and business systems,” said Julian Psaila, Director, Marketing, General Purpose Unit, at Renesas Electronics America. “Although traditional IT-endpoint security and network-monitoring solutions protect IT business applications, such solutions won’t work for the embedded devices closest to the physical systems, which must be protected against cyberattacks by integrating security directly into the devices themselves.”

“Minimising vulnerabilities requires specialized security software,” said Alan Grau, CEO of Icon Labs. “To support enterprise security standards, embedded devices must incorporate the following key features: secure boot code, secure application updates, tightly controlled authentications, and secure communication protocols.”

The white paper covers new IIoT security platforms, as well as access control, security protocols, asymmetric and symmetric encryption, hardware security modules, intrusion detection, secure boot, secure firmware update, Data at Rest (DAR) Protection, and security management & visibility.

 #Icon_Labs #PAuto #IoT

Software to manage plant resources enhanced!

Version R3.31 of Yokogawa's Plant Resource Manager PRM® software tool for the centralised management of large amounts of data from plant monitoring and control devices as well as manufacturing equipment has just been released.

PRM R3.31, an upgrade to R3.30, includes a new function that enables PRM to link with a computerised maintenance management system and a new data display function that enables field maintenance personnel to access data that is useful for locating and responding to device failures. With this latest PRM release, Yokogawa aims to offer customers a solution that enables their maintenance personnel to work more efficiently.

Development Background
Manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to improve maintenance efficiency by using software tools like PRM that can centrally manage large amounts of maintenance information and other types of data from plant monitoring and control devices as well as manufacturing equipment, and there is a constant need to quickly identify device failures that can interfere with the safe operation of plants. To better meet such needs, Yokogawa has reinforced the functions of PRM.

This latest version of PRM enables the seamless management of the process of detecting and responding to device failures. This has been achieved by linking PRM to a computerised maintenance management system that is used to draw up maintenance plans and manage the progress of maintenance tasks. With this new PRM version, field maintenance personnel can also access key performance indicator (KPI) reports on device availability and other indices that until now have been mainly available for use by management. This facilitates the identification of failure causes so that appropriate countermeasures can be taken.

1. Linking of instrument status information with maintenance work information
The PRM works with Maximo®, an IBM® maintenance solution. Upon detection of a device failure, PRM issues an instruction to Maximo to draw up a task plan and begin the process of managing the progress of task execution. With PRM R3.31, a symbol (maintenance mark) is displayed over the device icon in the device navigator window that communicates the current state of the task that is being managed by Maximo. This ensures seamless management of the failure detection and resolution process. PRM R3.31 is compatible with the latest Maximo versions, 7.5 and 7.6.

2. Efficient access to field asset KPI reports
Field asset KPI reports contain data about the availability of instruments, the number of instruments that are in an abnormal state, warning status, other states, and the number of alarms and events and their ranking. Until now, this information has been used mainly by management. With PRM R3.31, maintenance personnel can now directly access field asset KPI reports via the PRM user interface, and this information can be used to detect potential device abnormalities, identify and analyse failures, and consider necessary countermeasures.

3. Compatible with new I/O device
In June 2016, Yokogawa released a new I/O device for the CENTUM® VP R6.03 integrated production control system that simplifies the task of upgrading from CENTUM CS, CENTUM CS 1000, or CENTUM CS 3000. PRM R3.31 supports this new I/O device. When PRM R3.31 is linked to this I/O device using the HART communications protocol, failures and other device statuses can be quickly identified.

Major Target Markets
Industries such as oil and gas, petrochemicals, chemicals, iron and steel, pulp and paper, electric power, and wastewater treatment.

Plant field device maintenance, plant operations.

@YokogawaIA  #PAuto

Strategic marketing VP appointed.

Red Lion Controls has appointed Ron Salerno as Vice President of Strategic Marketing to lead product management and marketing. Based at Red Lion’s North American headquarters, Ron reports directly to Red Lion President Mike Granby and serves on the leadership team.

Ron Salerno
Prior to Red Lion, Ron was Director of Marketing and Business Development within the Process Instrumentation division at Siemens, where he spent almost twenty years. In this role, he ran product marketing, business development, vertical sales and engineering support. Earlier in his career, he held business development, product management and engineer positions for a variety of Siemens divisions.

“Ron’s twenty-plus years of industry experience makes him the perfect fit to lead Red Lion’s product management and marketing teams,” said Granby. “As our company continues to grow, I am confident that Ron’s experience in strategy development will continue to bring Red Lion’s products to the forefront of the industrial automation and networking space.”

Ron holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Villanova University and an MBA from LaSalle University.

“I am excited to be joining Red Lion, who has a strong track record of helping customers drive productivity across industrial applications,” said Salerno. “This role will allow me to collaborate across the organization to strategically align goals to further support Red Lion’s overall business objectives and ‘Customer First’ commitment to customers and partners.”

• Red Lion products are marketed in Ireland by Instrument Technology.

@redlioncontrols  #PAuto 

T/c simulator.

Pickering Interfaces has introduced their first Millivolt Thermocouple Simulator Module.

PXI Thermocouple Simulator Modules (series 41-760) are ideal for simulating the operation of a thermocouple. They are available in a choice of 8, 16, 24 or 32 channels—each channel providing a low-voltage output across two connector pins capable of providing ±20mV with 0.7µV resolution, ±50mV with 1.7µV resolution and ±100mV with 3.3µV resolution, covering most thermocouple types.

These new thermocouple simulators use two wire outputs with a remote output reference sense to ensure the modules deliver accurate low-level voltages, even if the system has common mode voltages present. In addition, each simulation channel is also able to provide an open circuit setting to simulate faulty wiring connections to a sensor. For improved accuracy, each channel of the Low Voltage Source carries accurate calibration data stored on the module. The module also includes a calibration multiplexer for module test and verification purposes.

The 41-760 simulator modules can be connected straight into the thermocouple measurement system. To aid in this, Pickering offers a connector solution that has 8, 16, 24 or 32 copper twisted pairs terminated with mini copper thermocouple plugs. Pickering can also supply connector blocks that convert the module’s 78-pin connector to terminal blocks to ease user wiring, or design alternative customized interconnections solutions.

The introduction of the PXI thermocouple simulator modules builds on Pickering Interfaces growing PXI simulation product line that includes standard and precision programmable resistors, including RTD and strain gauge simulation.

@Pickeringtest  #PAuto #TandM 

Online product configurator for power supply units.

Excelsys Technologies have redesigned their online power supply configurator to include the newly introduced CoolX series of 600W convection cooled power supplies alongside the very successful UltiMod, Xsolo and Xgen product ranges.

Dermot Flynn, Sales Director of Excelsys Technologies, comments, “Our configurator now includes our complete range of user configurable and single output power supplies simplifying power supply selection for system anywhere in the world. Customers will get the optimum solution recommended, access to supporting technical documentation as well as the opportunity to engage with our global Applications Engineering support. ”

Their range of user configurable and single output power supplies, with their unique plug and play architecture, allows system designers to define and build ‘instant’ custom power supplies from the simple to use online configurator. The unique part number generated may be used to buy the product specified from any of Excelsys global channel partners.

The configurator just requires the input voltage, output power requirements, and application type (Medical, Industrial/ITE or Hi-Rel COTS). Additional features including output control options, reverse fans, acoustic noise, low leakage current, conformal coating and extra ruggedisation may also be added. The configurator processes the supplied information, applies any necessary deratings required due to input line and fan choices and will recommend a unique, custom power supply optimized for the specific application.

If the requirements of the project are outside the range of the configurator the Excelsys application engineering team will usually be able to offer a solution based on two or more power supplies connected is series or parallel.

Typical applications for Excelsys power supplies include medical clinical diagnostic equipment, medical and cosmetic lasers, dialysis equipment, radiological imaging and clinical chemistry, industrial test and measurement, industrial machines, automation equipment, printing, telecommunications, audio equipment and high reliability harsh industrial electronics, radar, (Naval, Ground Based), communications, communications, IT, wafer fabrication, optical inspection, wire bonding, automated test equipment and  test and measurement systems.

#Excelsys_Technologies #PAuto #PSU

Best pharma solutions provider.

Werum IT Solutions has been named “Best Pharma Solutions Provider” at this year’s Asian Manufacturing Award ceremony. With this, the deciding jury of industry experts acknowledged Werum’s innovations and continuous advancement of its PAS-X Manufacturing Execution System. Its specialized solutions help pharma manufacturers in Asia increase efficiency, improve productivity, and meet regulatory requirements.

The Asian Manufacturing Award honors control, instrumentation, and automation product manufacturers and service providers who have delivered the best solutions to address today’s engineering and manufacturing challenges. First held in 2012, the annual competition is organized by Contineo Media, publisher of high-circulation Asian trade magazines such as Pharma Asia and Control Engineering Asia.
“A special thank you to our customers, because they are the foundation for this recognition,” says Rüdiger Schlierenkämper, CEO of Werum IT Solutions GmbH. “We are very proud to be recognized as ‘Best Pharma Solutions Provider’ for our PAS-X manufacturing IT product and services offering. The award motivates us to continue developing innovative, high quality software products that address the challenges of the pharma industry – such as Manufacturing Intelligence and Industry 4.0 (Internet of Things) – together with our customers.”

David Margetts, Managing Director, Werum IT Solutions Ltd., Thailand, who received the Asian Manufacturing Award during the gala ceremony in Singapore, adds: “Earning the Asian Manufacturing Award is a remarkable achievement we want to share with our customers, partners and employees. We would like to thank all of our customers for their trust and commitment.”

• Picture shows David Margetts (right), Managing Director, Werum IT Solutions Thailand, receiving the Asian Manufacturing Award.

@Werum #PAuto #Pharma #Asia

Lab Conference to focus on priority pollutants.

Laboratory analysts from around the world will congregate in Telford (GB) on 2nd and 3rd November to focus on the testing, monitoring and analysis of water, wastewater and environmental samples. Featuring a wider range of conferences, workshops, demonstrations and an international exhibition, WWEM 2016 will be even larger than previous WWEM events, which stretch back over eleven years.

The first day of the WWEM 2016 Conference will address a laboratory environmental analysis theme; entitled ‘Priority Pollutants Legislation: Issues for Industry and Potential Solutions,’ (delegate cost £50 - ca €60-). Speakers from ALcontrol, DEFRA, Atkins, United Utilities, Southern Water, Welsh Water, Arcadis and Flameless Energy Solutions will discuss regulations, compliance, analytical issues and remediation solutions.

Prof. Clive Thompson
ALcontrol’s Chief Scientist Prof. K. Clive Thompson and Technical Director Paul Gribble will chair the morning session. Clive Thompson says: “Priority substances are those that must be monitored and controlled in surface waters. At the end of last year the Water Framework Directive was updated and as a result laboratories will need to develop and demonstrate technical capability to measure the additional compounds recently added to the priority substances list with a December 2018 deadline. These substances are: dicofol, perfluorooctane sulfonic acid and its derivatives (PFOS), quinoxyfen, dioxins and dioxin-like compounds, aclonifen, bifenox, cybutryne, cypermethrin, dichlorvos, hexabromocyclododecanes (HBCDD), heptachlor/heptachlor epoxide and terbutryn. However, the very low detection limits together with the required precision and accuracy targets represent a very significant challenge to analytical laboratories and these issues will be addressed in the Conference presentations. Also, since these regulations apply to EU waters it is highly likely that the implications of the Brexit vote will also be raised in the discussions.”

The afternoon session will be chaired by Tony Harrington, Director of Environment at Dwr Cymru Welsh Water. Practical considerations will be discussed in addition to potential solutions to some of the issues identified in the morning presentations. These will include some potential remediation techniques, an alternative to land recycling of sludge and robust analytical techniques for PFOS/PFAS analysis.

WWEM organiser David Hellyer says: “We are particularly excited this year because so many of the exhibitors will be either launching new products at WWEM 2016, or showing them in public for the first time.” Examples include a dual filter system from Labman, which they say will “revolutionise water sample preparation.” Similarly, SEAL Analytical will launch new digestion blocks with branded consumables, which it expects to “sell like hot cakes.” Blue Scientific will launch a new TXRF spectrometer and PerkinElmer will unveil a brand new ICP.

Parker Hannifin’s stand will feature a new THM analyser, Labmedics and Skalar will both launch new discrete analysers and ITS Europe will demonstrate a handheld photometer that pairs directly with a smartphone/tablet. Visitors to Aquamatic’s stand will be shown a number of exciting new technical features which are available across the whole water/wastewater sampler range.
Most of the exhibitors with new products will be giving live demonstrations and workshops, offering visitors an opportunity to ask questions, ‘get their hands dirty’ and learn a great deal more than would ever be possible with a web search.

@WWEM_Exhibition #Laboratory 

Automation priorities post Brexit: Survey Report!

GAMBICA, the Trade Association for Instrumentation, Control, Automation and Laboratory Technology in Britain, has published a report that summarises the priorities and planned actions of its members following BREXIT vote to leave the European Union. Over the months of July and August 2016, GAMBICA ran a survey with member companies and this report analyses the results.

In terms of priorities, Access to the Single Market came out as highest by a clear margin, ranked number one by 79% of participants and in the top 3 by 92% of participants. It was also ranked number one priority by all sizes of company and both manufacturers and non-manufacturers.

Access to Skilled Workers came out as the next priority, especially for manufacturers and medium / large companies. Influence on Standards was also in the top 3, for both small and large companies and again particularly for manufacturers.

In terms of actions in the shorter term, there was a theme of employment freezes, exchange rate monitoring and postponements of investment decisions. Longer term, the high level of uncertainty is a cause for questioning future investment, expansion and partnerships.

"The results of the survey give GAMBICA a clear direction for all our areas of operation, whether we are influencing government policy, regulation or standards. We know that access to the single market and skilled labour are critical in bringing stability and that both standards and regulation are essential to support that goal," said a statement.

@gambica #PAuto #TandM #Laboratory

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Express service means faster motors, servos & drives!

The new Express Availability service from Control Techniques and Leroy-Somer (CT & LS), means a large range (0.09 up to 500 kW) of motors, servos, geared motors, drives, options and accessories are now available to be shipped directly to customer premises quickly and reliably.
In-depth research showed clearly the need for short lead times with drive and motor products. The majority of customers, expect deliveries within a minimum of two weeks, with some demanding quicker than that in emergencies. Perfectly adapted to match these needs, the Express Availability program is a strong and reliable commitment to ship our products in 1 to 10 working days with an optional express transport in 24H in Europe in case of emergency.

Express Availability helps CT & LS ensure its customers maintain continuity of production while minimising their requirement for on-site spares and stock. The short, clear and reliable lead times outlined in the Express Availability charter make it simple for businesses to reduce inventory and capital commitments.

The service is open to all customers, including OEMs, distributors and end-users, and covers most standard products, packages, options and accessories. Through a specific URL or QR code, all customers have a direct access to the detailed lead time grids posted in our public website.

The Configurator, a comprehensive tool for product selection, will also progressively indicate the Express Availability lead time at every step of the product selection process. This dynamic tool is helpful for customers to configure products not only based on technical but also lead time specifications.

Annabelle Bretaudeau, from CT & LS , said: “Express Availability gives our customers quick and easy access to high efficiency and performance technologies from a single source. Essentially, our leading variable speed packages are available in a much shorter time frame.

“The service demonstrates a continued commitment from Control Techniques and Leroy-Somer to support our customers by providing high-speed delivery performance for the widest range of products.

“Express Availability has already been used by our customers, and early indications are that they have been overwhelmingly positive about their experiences.”

@EmersonIndAuto #PAuto 

Robust RFID reader.

Harting’s new Ha-VIS RF-R300 UHF RFID reader is a highly flexible unit which combines extremely robust construction for use in the toughest industrial environments with flexible modular software that allows it to be tailored to a wide range of applications.

“It is often a challenge to meet individual customer requirements flexibly with standard products, as individuality usually means increased cost”, comments Gavin Stoppel, Product Manager at Harting Ltd.: “The new Ha-VIS RF-R300 reader addresses this challenge by adding modular software design to its extremely robust hardware and standardised software interfaces, making it ideal for tailored customer solutions.”

With its software virtualisation concept derived from Harting’s award-winning MICA open modular industrial computing platform, the new reader allows specific project and customer software to be installed alongside standard Harting software. The modular software means that the reader can support a range of communication protocols, and the architecture also makes it possible to create and support customer-specific variants.

Supported communications protocols include LLRP, OPC-UA and MQTT (MQ Telemetry Transport). Support for these and customer-specific variants is enabled by a software container concept based on embedded virtual computing. A LINUX base system contains the actual function containers, which can be easily replaced if necessary.

Additional functions such as project-specific direction recognition algorithms and individual decisions based on additional information from sensors or transponders can be added later in an extra software container. This does not limit the system integrator to specific programming languages: anything supported by LINUX can be used.

The new Ha-VIS RF-R300 is 100% compatible with Harting’s GS1 EPCglobal® certified Ha-VIS Middleware. This allows users to create standards compliant RFID solutions. With this combination, system integrators can concentrate on solving the customer’s requirements, saving time and money being unnecessarily dedicated to the RFID application.

All connections on the compact housing meet the highest industry standards. The robust M12 Harting connectors for both the Power-over-Ethernet connection and the eight GPIO (general-purpose inputs and outputs) with optional external power supply are suitable for rugged project environments.

The Ha-VIS RF-R300 UHF RFID reader offers a maximum UHF output power of 0.5 W on the two RP-TNC connectors, allowing it to easily fulfil all the tasks of a mid-range reader. Depending on the antenna and the coaxial antenna cable used, the reader is easily capable of reaching the maximum allowable UHF power of 2 W ERP radiated at the antenna.

“With this new product, Harting is offering one of the most flexible UHF RFID readers on the market”, adds Gavin Stoppel: “The Ha-VIS RF-R300 is an important building block that customers can use to turn their Integrated Industry plans into reality.”

@Harting #Pauto 

Ball screw assembly.

Thomson Industries has released an educational video that demonstrates simple techniques to help design engineers identify ball screws assemblies.

“Customers needing to replace worn ball screw assemblies sometimes aren’t sure exactly what kind of assembly they are using,” said Randy Hamper, Senior Design Engineer at Thomson. “We created this video to demonstrate some simple techniques to help determine whether they have a metric - or inch-based assembly and to understand how ball screw and lead dimensions are used to characterise ball screws. Following these simple steps will shorten the time it takes to replace worn assemblies and run their processes with new precision.”

Ball screw assemblies differ according to whether they are metric or inch scale, by the ball circle diameter and by the number of leads on the screw. In this two-minute video, Hamper shows how to tell instantly whether the assembly is metric - or inch-based by looking at the ball return path. He demonstrates how to measure ball screw circle diameter with callipers, how to wrap a string around the threads to aid in determining whether it is a 1, 2, or 4-start screw and how all of these measurements play out in ball screw assembly naming conventions.

@Thomson_Ind #Pauto 

Clamp Multimeter.

The Beha-Amprobe ACD-14-PRO-EUR Dual Display 600 A TRMS Clamp Multimeter has been introduced. It has a large backlit LCD dual display that simultaneously displays voltage and amperage measurements to speed troubleshooting, including voltage drop tests.

The ACD-14-PRO-EUR offers a complete range of measuring functions for electrical and HVAC applications.

Voltage drop testing is required by International Electrotechnical standards (IEC 60364-6, IEC 60364-5-52). It defines the maximum percentage of the voltage drop between maximum voltage at zero current and minimum voltage at maximum current, ensuring electrical equipment and motors are working within specified voltage to avoid potential damage or malfunction of electrical appliances. The dual display on the ACD-14-PRO-EUR allows technician to easily monitor both variables at the same time.

The ACD-14-PRO-EUR features True-RMS for accurate voltage measurements in noisy electrical environments, low pass filter for current and voltage measurements on variable frequency drives, and in-rush current measurements to verify maximum current surge during motor start-ups. Its amp-tip function enables precise measurement of low current down to 0.1 A on small diameter wires for reliable, accurate measurements.

For HVAC technicians, the ACD-14-PRO-EUR measures temperature with the included thermocouple, capacitance for start-up and run capacitors, and dc micro amps for flame sensor testing.

“The Beha-Amprobe ACD-14-PRO-EUR is packed full of features so electrical and HVAC technicians can do more with a single tool,” said Beha-Amprobe Business Unit Manager, Jarek Bras. “By measuring and displaying voltage and amps concurrently, the ACD-14-PRO-EUR quickly tests compliance to the voltage drop test to avoid malfunction of electrical appliances.”

The Beha-Amprobe ACD-14-PRO-EUR is safety rated with measurement category CAT III 600 V and comes complete with test leads, banana plug K-type thermocouple, two AAA batteries, manual, and carrying case.

 #Beha_Amprobe #TandM #PAuto

Rugged TFT display.

KOE have announced the introduction of a new 8.0-inch Rugged+ TFT display module. The TX20D203VM0BAA features WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) resolution, a 15:9 wide aspect ratio, extended operating temperature range and IPS (in-plane switching) technology which provides exceptional image quality when viewed at any viewing angle.
The Rugged+ 8.0-inch display is designed for use in high reliability industrial, medical, marine, automotive and aerospace applications where consistent and guaranteed operation under extreme temperature, mechanical shock and vibration are a necessity. KOE's Rugged+ display modules derive their optical and environmental characteristics from the exacting standards used in automotive specification display modules

For dedicated human-machine interface applications, IPS display technology delivers exceptional colour saturation and image stability, high contrast and deep black levels with 176° wide viewing angles (vertical and horizontal). The 8.0-inch display features a contrast ratio of 700:1 and a white LED backlight with a brightness of 550cd/m² and a specified 70K hour half-brightness lifetime. These features ensure that display images are bright, colourful and concise.

Jason Tsai, Marketing Manager, KOE, said, "The new 8.0-inch display uses IPS technology, which delivers excellent optical performance with wide viewing angles and highly consistent colour reproduction. KOE's Rugged+ displays have been purposefully developed to have robust mechanical, electrical and environmental characteristics that are highly resistant to shock, vibration, electro-static discharge and temperature variation."

The 20-pin LVDS data interface supports 8-bit RGB which enables a colour palette of up to 16.7M colours. The 8.0-inch display module has mechanical outline dimensions are 189.5mm (w) x 119.4mm (h) x 11.6mm (d) and an active display area of 174mm (w) x 104.4mm (h). An operating temperature range of -30°C to +85°C and storage temperature range of -40°C to +90°C is supported. The display module weighs 270gram.

KOE's Rugged+ TFT display modules are suitable for many varied applications including aerospace, industrial automation, in-vehicle, marine, medical, point-of-sale, process control and signage. The new 8.0-inch Rugged+ TX20D203VM0BAA TFT display module is available immediately from KOE's sales channel distribution partners.

 #KOE_Display #PAuto 

Special offer for test & measurement kits.

Until 31st December 2016, Fluke UK is offering a T150 Voltage and Continuity Tester and an LVD2 Volt Light with a 15% saving over the manufacturer’s recommended price, plus a free toolbelt, as part of its Autumn promotions campaign.

The Fluke T150 is the high-end member of a family of rugged two pole testers offering fast test results the way you need them. Built with state-of-the-art measurement and safety technology, they feature large, easy-to-use buttons, bright backlights, and clear audible and physical indicators designed for any work situation.

The Fluke LVD2 Volt Light is a non-contact AC voltage detector and LED flashlight combined into one easy to use pen-style design. It is a CAT IV 600V rated non-contact detector which includes dual sensitivity, turning blue 1 to 5 inches from the source and red when at the source. This offer, TOOLBELT-PROMO, and other special offers may be seen on their website.

The Fluke T150 features high-quality construction, including a heavy-duty moulded case, wiring with WearGuard™ wear indicator, a sturdy battery case and durable probe protector. It offers four ways to indicate AC/DC voltage: a clear, instantly visible LED indicator, a bright digital display of the measurement value, an audible continuity test (with on/off setting), and vibration to provide tactile feedback so electricians know there is voltage present. It has CAT IV 600V, CAT III 690V safety ratings and also measures resistance.

The toolbelt houses both products plus space for plenty more.

@FlukeCorp #TandM #PAuto #Britain

Rotation rate sensors win award!

Partnering with distributors to explore markets that are relatively untapped has proved a winning move for ASC.

Based on its recent analysis of the market for acceleration and rotation rate sensors in the rail industry, Frost & Sullivan has recognised Advanced Sensors & Calibration (ASC) GmbH with the 2016 European Frost & Sullivan Company of the Year Award. ASC boasts exceptional customer satisfaction rates in the demanding acceleration and rotation rate sensors market, thanks to its robust solutions and ability to deliver complete process chains. Its advanced technology and strategic focus on markets with sizeable potential has helped it establish a strong brand within the railway and automotive industries.

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated excellence in devising a strong growth strategy and implementing it. The recipient has shown strength in terms of innovation in products and technologies, leadership in customer value, as well as speed in response to market needs. In short, the award looks at the emerging market players in the industry and recognises their best practices that are positioned for future growth excellence.
"The Germany-based company has stayed ahead of the curve in an extremely competitive market by broadening its product line and concentrating on key areas in end-user industries. While most rail vehicle sensor suppliers offer solutions related to rail vehicle diagnostics, ASC’s expanded portfolio has products for both rail and railway infrastructure monitoring," said Frost & Sullivan Senior Research Analyst Krishna Achuthan. "Additionally, its expertise in other major industries, such as automotive and wind energy, has given it a wider market reach."

Over time, ASC’s product line has grown to include sensors for three major infrastructure monitoring systems. These are condition monitoring for the wind energy and industrial markets; structural health monitoring for vibration measurements on bridges and buildings and track monitoring for testing railway tracks and their bed strength. Furthermore, in 2015, ASC launched three new integrated electronic piezoelectric (IEPE) sensor product groups for a wide range of accelerometers in high-frequency and high-temperature applications.

One of ASC’s key moves included commencing operations in lucrative, yet untapped markets. It launched a number of sales operations in various regions by partnering with major distributors in Europe and China. This strategy helped ASC increase its sales by 27% in 2015. ASC is now looking to replicate this success in the markets of Israel, United States, and Canada. ASC’s launch of its product line in South Korea and Russia by the end of 2016 will make it a truly global company.

ASC’s quality products and delivery of best-in-class customised solutions with minimal processing times are its biggest growth drivers. It has smartly backed its portfolio of standard sensors with custom-made products that can be produced in the required quantities. The company is also the exclusive sensor distributor of Honeywell International and Systron Donner Inertial in the Germany, Austria, and Switzerland (DACH) region.

"Apart from an outstanding product line, ASC has fostered close customer relationships by offering a superior customer service experience. Its service team comprises an efficient workforce that can repair accelerometers from almost any manufacturer," noted Krishna. "ASC’s solutions enable the use of first-rate plug connectors and low microphonic cables in areas with small radii and sharp edges, which has allowed it to excel in both repair and calibration service sectors."

By developing the finest products for a diverse user base, ASC has sold to market giants such as Audi, BMW, Daimler, Fiat, MAN, and Iveco in the automotive industry. In the railway industry, it has Alstom, Siemens AG, DB Systemtechnik, and Balfour Beatty Rail, Strainstall and Italcertifer, among others as key customers. Its emphasis on R&D has helped it evolve with current market trends and industry standards and eventually, enjoy considerable success in a challenging market.

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated excellence in devising a strong growth strategy and implementing it. The recipient has shown strength in terms of innovation in products and technologies, leadership in customer value, as well as speed in response to market needs. In short, the award looks at the emerging market players in the industry and recognises their best practices that are positioned for future growth excellence.

The right Equipment in the right hands at the right time.

Microlease has launched its Railway Tool Boxes, simplifying access to the essential equipment needed to manage and maintain the multitude of electrical, electronic and communications systems used on today’s railway.

George Acris, Marketing Director, Microlease says, “Railways are massively diverse in their use of technology. Safety is always paramount, but alongside there is the ever present and growing customer expectation of added value services such as Internet Access which needs to be continually satisfied. Systems that need to be maintained and continuously available extend from safety critical line power, signalling and communications systems to passenger service Wi-Fi and ticketing systems which have a very direct impact on revenue. The Internet of Things (IOT) provides opportunities for the railways to streamline their operations but adds a further layer of devices that communicate and need to be commissioned, monitored and repaired. Microlease is making its test experience accessible to all those in the railway industry responsible for maintaining those systems, helping them ensure that they always have access to the latest high performance test instruments that they need without the burden of maintaining and calibrating those instruments themselves."

The diversity of systems on the railway continues to grow, and ensuring that teams working on maintenance, repair, installation or commissioning projects have the right test tools to hand is a real challenge. Microlease has applied its experience of the instrumentation market to create Railway Tool Boxes to take the guesswork out of ensuring teams always have the correct electrical and electronic test gear to complete their tasks. The Tool Boxes can be applied to a wide range of systems, including signalling, communications, passenger services such as Wi-Fi in trains and stations, trackside surveillance, and self-service ticket machines.

Configured by Microlease experts who understand the challenges of the railway business and environment, the Tool Boxes shortcut the test-equipment procurement process and gives flexibility to tailor the equipment list to meet individual requirements. Microlease can provide a wide variety of equipment for testing items such as fibre installations, copper cables, control units, electrical actuators and drives, pumps, relays, and wireless equipment, which are used extensively throughout rail networks beside tracks as well as in stations, offices and depots, public areas, and on rolling stock. Examples of the kind of instruments that can be included are:

• Monitoring and managing the use of power is integral to the safe and economical operation of the railway. The Fluke 435 and Dranetz HDPQ to meet the special demands of the rail industry and enable installers to verify the power consumption of installed units, assess power quality, and troubleshoot interference coupled on power lines.

• Equipment to help ensure the health of copper cabling throughout rail signalling, communication, CCTV and telecom infrastructures. These include the Megger TDR-2000 for testing connection integrity and pinpointing faults, and the RadioDetection RD-8000 for locating cables that may be hidden underground, or in cavities or walls. For access work on copper access networks the Aten ACT6000 Advanced Communication Tester, covers all current DSL technologies as well as legacy protocols such as POTs, T1 E1 etc.

• Instruments to monitor trackside optical cables. OTDR equipment such as the Viavi MTS-4000 or Exfo FTB-1, which help verify signal-path integrity and identify the location of faults. These cables are particularly vulnerable to environmental stresses, such as vibration caused by passing trains which can lead to poor link performance resulting from high Polarization Mode Dispersion (PMD). The Exfo FTB-5500 PMD Analyser can identify these issues.

• Analysers to help visualise wireless network coverage such as the Fluke Networks Aircheck, and the Viavi JD-785 Base Station Test to test the specific GSM-R base stations. Systems like the Ascom TEMS Investigation or Rohde & Schwarz Romes, used with the TSMA scanner, help test cable-to-antenna connections and GSM/W-CDMA/LTE coverage.

• A broad selection of troubleshooting instruments like the Fluke Ti300 and Tix500 handheld infrared camera with LaserSharp® autofocus, the Fluke Connect® mobile app and connected tools. Customers can also support predictive maintenance initiatives with the aid of their Tool Box, taking advantage of equipment like the Fluke 810 vibration monitor which is ideal for detecting wear in machinery, as well as easy to use, flexible recorders like the Yokogawa DL850 or Sefram DAS 1400 for monitoring sensed data over time.

In addition to extensive choice and powerful equipment capabilities, the new Railway Tool Boxes deliver the affordability and convenience that comes with all Microlease rentals. Customers benefit from low up-front investment and freedom from equipment-maintenance overheads.

Microlease has been assessed and certified through the RISIQUE supplier scheme for the British and Irish rail industry (Certificate 15059). Through the Tool Box concept Microlease offers the railway industry access to the test instruments it needs on any basis from short term rental to leasing, ensuring that train and infrastructure operators can make the most effective use of their tight capital and operating expenditure budgets.

@microlease #Transport #Railway #PAuto

Monday, September 5, 2016

Cable identification printer.

The new BMP™61 Label Printer is portable, fast and can handle a lot of identification challenges thanks to its wireless connectivity and a wide range of durable labels to print on.

High performance
Brady’s new thermal transfer BMP™61 Label Printer is designed for quick and efficient identification of wires, cables and components. With high performance materials that can handle the toughest industrial identification applications, the BMP61 Label Printer is a durable partner in the field and a dependable workhorse in the shop.

If only the best can match your performance, the rugged and reliable BMP61 Label Printer will be your ultimate identification companion of choice, all day, every day, for years to come.

Main printer features
The rugged, portable BMP61 is available in a wifi-enabled version compatible with the LabelMark label creation software and Brady mobile apps. Simply create or send label designs with a smartphone to the BMP61 Label Printer for extremely fast and easy label creation on the job. Alternatively, use the printer’s USB-ports to quickly copy large lists of label designs from a computer. Review your label before printing on the large colour touchscreen to avoid wrong prints and material loss. Check the on-screen indicators to verify whether you have enough ink and labels left to complete the job.

A label for your needs
The rugged, thermal transfer BMP61 Label Printer is compatible with 600 labels and ribbons. Each combination represents a durable identification solution designed to endure extreme contexts and to keep cables and components identified in the most demanding industries. BMP61 can print sleeves, self-laminating labels, raised profile labels, tags and other identification solutions in a vast range of materials, sizes and colours up to 50.80 mm wide.

To answer customer-specific identification needs, Brady can create customised labels in personalised shapes or dimensions, in specific colours or layouts or with your logo already present on the label. Simply insert the custom label in your BMP61 Label Printer to solve your identification challenges.

The BMP™61 Label Printer offers a lot more features to support cable and component identification. Contact Brady at for more information and discover the printer’s full potential!

@bradycorp #PAuto

High-Performance Fanless Embedded Computers.

Adlink Technology has announced its new MXC-6400 Series of high-performance expandable fanless embedded computers, featuring 6th generation Intel® Core™ i7/ i5/ i3 processors (codename Skylake) and the QM170 chipset. Along with leading performance, high storage density from 4x 2.5” SATA drives, and rugged fanless construction withstanding operating shock up to 50G and vibration to 5Grms, the MXC-6400 Series fully meets the needs of Intelligent Transportation Systems for rolling stock, maritime operations, in-vehicle infotainment, and high-speed data processing and mission-critical industrial automation.

Leading Performance
The MXC-6400 Series’ 6th generation Intel® Core™ i7-6820EQ/ i5-6440EQ/ i3-6100E processors boost computing power by up to 70%, delivering 100% faster graphics performance than previous Matrix generations, up to 3 independent displays are supported, accelerated HW media codecs enable Ultra HD 4K, dual-channel DDR4 2133MHz SO-DIMM sockets accommodate up to 32GB of memory, and PCI and 2 PCIe Gen3 x8 (or 1 PCIe Gen3 x16) slots fully optimize expansion.

High Storage Density
Adlink’s MXC-6400 Series is equipped with 4x 2.5” SATA III installation capability with RAID 0/1/5/10 support, via 2 hot-swappable 2.5” SATA III trays and 2 internal 2.5” SATA III ports, and 1 CFast socket. Storage maintenance burdens are relieved, and massive, flexible storage capacity combines with built-in data security to better empower intelligent transportation systems and niche IA markets.

Easy Maintenance
Adlink’s MXC-6400 Series simplifies such ownership tasks as installation and maintenance with a front-mounted I/O array providing support for up to 3 independent displays via 2 DisplayPort and 1 DVI-I ports enabling up to 4K UHD resolution, 2 software-programmable RS-232/422/485 + 2 RS-232 ports, 3 Intel® GbE ports with teaming function, 6 USB 3.0 ports, and 16CH DI and 16CH DO.

Smart Choice for Intelligent Transportation System
The MXC-6400 Series delivers an optimal solution for intelligent transportation operations such as passenger information system and CCTV systems for rail transport and maritime control centers. 4x 2.5” SATA capability meets the large storage challenges of media streaming and surveillance content, and 4K UHD resolution support via DisplayPort delivers crystal clear imagery as required by high-res maritime navigation systems. Fanless rugged construction withstands up to 50G shock and 5Grms vibration and operating temperatures of -20°C to 70°C (with industrial SSD or CFast), for reliable 24/7 operation in the most demanding environments. Rigorous operational verification testing assures the reliability and ruggedness critical for complete functionality in harsh industrial environments.

@ADLINKTech_usa #Pauto

Ruggedised and waterproof Piezo switches.

The ONPOW range of rugged and waterproof Piezo electric push button switches has been launched by Diamond Electronics. Using pressure sensitive Piezo elements, which avoid the reliability issues of touch sensing alternatives, mounted in solid, sealed metal housings the devices are ideal for a wide range of HMI applications including external access control and door entry systems, ticketing machines for parking and bus tickets etc., public washrooms, medical equipment, fuel pump stations, industrial equipment, water control and mining control systems.

Peter Hall, Sales Director of Diamond Electronics, comments, “Our range piezoelectric technology based switch products offer highly reliable industrial switches that are among the most robust and cost effective HMI solutions in the market. Silent operation is a major benefit for medical systems and other low ambient noise environments.”

Manufactured from aluminium or stainless steel, Diamond Electronics range of piezo switches may be customised with bespoke graphics or text for a customer’s specific application. LED illumination in spot or ring format may be specified providing visual indication of action and enhancing the appearance of the end product. Sealed to IP65 as standard the Diamond Electronics range of piezo switches may be designed in to applications where aggressive chemicals are in use or where high humidity coupled with extremes of temperature may compromise the function or reliability of other switching technologies.

@diamondelec #PAuto