Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Video wall for control rooms.

A new 4K DLP® Laser Video Wall with Xtra Slim form factor from Delta, is ideal for control room applications. Its 4K 70” cubes have a depth of 560mm, making them the thinnest DLP® laser cube in the world. Furthermore, it offers unmatched brightness of 2,400 lumens at ≥98% uniformity, creating yet another industry benchmark.
Each display is equipped with multiple laser modules that work in tandem, not only creating stunning visuals, but also achieving higher energy efficiency and longer operating life, thus ensuring they are virtually maintenance-free.

This innovation provides industry-leading 4K engine resolution (3840 x 2160), which is four times that of standard HD (1920 x 1080). This means that users get four times the data content that could be achieved in the same size of HD video wall cube for monitoring and surveillance purposes. This is hugely important given the growing market of 4K IP cameras to support surveillance and monitoring operations worldwide. As a result, DLP® display units need to match the 4K cameras and source device resolutions to achieve wider surveillance areas.

The 4K DLP® surveillance area is much bigger than HD DLP®, helping operators maintaining a round-the-clock vigil to monitor, analyse and act on any suspicious activity. These advantages also translate to public safety applications, whereby the monitoring map can be four times wider than a HD DLP® monitoring area. In fact, almost control room application will benefit, including traffic monitoring, disaster control and broadcasting.

Along with clearer and more distinct picture quality, Delta’s ground-breaking Xtra Slim 4K DLP® Laser Video wall offers many advanced functions. For instance, when the monitored area is still in HD resolution, displaying on a 4K DLP® display is not a problem. In fact, it is possible to open four original HD resolution PiP (picture-in-picture) windows within the same screen.

The Delta Xtra Slim 4k Laser Video wall can accept 4K input signals at 60Hz and pixel clock frequencies up to 594MHz, while support capability is offered for DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 2.0 interfaces. Further advantages include wide viewing angle and true redundancy. In addition, the system carries IP6X certification thanks to its built-in intelligent system, Intelli-Sense, a unique and intelligent auto correction system that ensures enhanced system performance and long life without external intervention.

#Delta_Electronics #PAuto 

3-Phase Electrical Energy Loggers.

Fluke has introduced the Fluke 1732 and 1734 Three-Phase Energy Loggers, intuitive, easy-to-use tools with professional-level energy data gathering capabilities.

They enable a broad category of maintenance professionals to confidently gather energy data, while the accompanying new Fluke Energy Analyze software enables users to compare multiple data points over time to build a complete picture of energy usage, which is the first step to reducing the cost of energy bills. The Fluke 1734 is a member of the Fluke Connect family, enabling the user to access and share data remotely with a team via the Fluke Connect® app.

Even well-run facilities can experience energy waste, most commonly through equipment and system inefficiencies or by operating at expensive times of the day. The Fluke 1732 and 1734 negate the need for expensive power quality analysers operated by engineers with advanced training, whose cost and skill barriers have made energy audits impractical for many facilities. The 1732 and 1734 are streamlined energy logging tools with a straightforward, intuitive design, allowing technicians to carry out load studies and energy logging right out of the box. The results provide facility managers with the information necessary to identify and prioritise energy saving projects.

The compact Fluke 1732 and 1734 energy loggers conduct key measurements of voltage, current, power, and power factor to identify areas of energy waste. All measured values are logged automatically and can be reviewed during logging. Common setup errors are rectified, through re-engineered cables, digital check and auto-correct of all connections, and an on-screen wizard for interval setup. They have the highest safety rating in the industry (600V CAT IV / 1000V CAT III) and can be powered directly from the measured circuit eliminating the need to find a power outlet. While both models feature two USB ports for fast data downloads to PCs or standard memory sticks, the 1734 includes the capability to capture data from Fluke Connect modules and use the Fluke Connect App to create reports and share important data while in the field.

Data logged by the 1732 and 1734 can be imported into the new Fluke Energy Analyze Plus software for further processing and archiving. The software allows users to analyse energy or load profiles, including zoom-in and zoom-out on details; add comments, pictures, and other information to data; overlay different logging sessions; create reports; and export measurement results.
The higher-end Fluke 1736 and 1738 models extend the capabilities for professionals requiring more in-depth details about power quality.

The Fluke 1734 is part of Fluke Connect - a system of more than 40 wireless test tools that communicate via the Fluke Connect app, or Fluke Connect Assets software, a cloud-based solution that gathers measurements to provide a comprehensive view of critical equipment status - allowing technicians to view, record, and share measurements from the clamp in real time via their smartphones or tablets and automatically upload them to Fluke Cloud storage along with tags and the GPS location of assets.

@FlukeCorp #TandM #PAuto

Remote switches!

As part of its comprehensive range of switching solutions, Herga Technology offers electric, infrared, USB and pneumatic hand control switches for demanding medical and industrial applications. The range covers ergonomic designs that are easily adapted through a comprehensive ordering system for the number and level of switches (buttons/bellows), colours, labelling, lead length, connection type and more.

Herga’s 6310 electric series is available in standard or heavy-duty versions for up to eight switching functions with switching capacity options of 24 V at 1A or 250 VAC at 10A. The 6310 is also supplied as an infrared version with receivers for up to eight coded channels or as a bellows-type pneumatic switching version for up to six functions, and can be supplied complete with Herga’s air switches. A programmable USB switching version for 1 to 3 button functions is also supplied in the 6310 body style.

Other models include stylish electric and pneumatic switched versions specifically aimed at medical patient handling, therapy and mobility applications where the electric hand switching range meets the 2014/35/EU voltage directive with environmental protection ratings up to IPx8. Herga’s hand control range fully compliments its foot-switching products which are available as electric, pneumatic, USB, infrared and Bluetooth® technologies.

Herga also offers custom-built versions available to match customer livery and machine designs. For hand or foot actuated machine switching, Herga’s project-gate design and manufacturing process ensures thorough product development from the first concepts all the way through to production and beyond to lifetime product support. Customised applications can include combined switching technologies as durable and ergonomic controls that enhance OEM’s industrial machinery and medical equipment products.

@HergaTechnology  #PAuto

Gateways for ProfiNet IRT.

HMS Industrial Networks has released new versions of their widely-used Anybus gateways for PROFINET IRT. The new versions allow machine builders and system integrators to connect any industrial device, machine or network to PROFINET IRT and comply with all the latest requirements of PROFINET specification v2.3 and onwards.

What are Anybus gateways?
Anybus gateways enable communication between machines and industrial networks, especially focusing on fieldbuses and industrial Ethernet. Anybus X-gateways connect any two industrial networks while Anybus Communicators connect non-networked devices via a serial line (RS232/422/485) or a CAN interface to all major fieldbus and industrial Ethernet networks.

New network combinations launched within the Anybus X-gateway range
All Anybus X-gateways for PROFINET IRT* are now upgraded to be conform to the PROFINET v2.3 specification, allowing up-to-date and conform connectivity between PROFINET IRT and a vast number of different industrial networks such as EtherNet/IP, EtherCAT, Modbus-TCP and PROFIBUS.

New Anybus Communicators allow serial devices to communicate on PROFINET IRT
HMS can now also offer Anybus Communicators for PROFINET IRT allowing any serial (RS232/422/485) or CAN-based device to communicate on PROFINET IRT v2.3. All gateways are conformance tested for network compliance.

Anybus gateways allow users to comply with the demands of the AIDA group
“The new PROFINET IRT v2.3 standard sets high demands when it comes to PROFINET network performance,” comments Markus Bladh, Product Manager at HMS.

“Since we always aim to be compatible with the latest network standards, we have implemented our award-winning network processor Anybus NP40 in the new gateways to handle the demands of PROFINET standard v2.3. This means that users can comply with the demands of the AIDA-group (the German Automobile Manufacturers) and deliver automation equipment that is up to their standards, simply by connecting an Anybus gateway.”

Key technical characteristics
All new versions support PROFINET RT Class 1 and 3 and come with a PROFINET IRT Ethernet cut-through switch implemented in the module’s processor – ideal when true low microsecond latency is needed. The gateways are conformance-tested to support Class A, B and C. PROFINET IRT Device/Slave settings can be made either via the built-in web interface, or by importing the provided .GSDML file into engineering tool of the controlling PLC.

* IRT stands for Isochronous Real-Time – meaning that data exchange cycles are usually in the range of a few hundred microseconds up to a few milliseconds. The difference to real-time communication is essentially the high degree of determinism, so that the start of a network cycle is maintained with high precision. The start of a network cycle can deviate up to 1 µs (jitter). IRT is required, for example, for motion control applications (positioning control processes) because these devices need to be synchronized. (Wikipedia - ProfiNet)


@HMSAnybus #PAuto

Monday, February 27, 2017

New connector design!

The S series connector is one of the initial designs of the LEMO Push-Pull connector system.

The S series product range will now also include a new outershell design using LEMO's famous chocolate bar shape.

The product uses the S series half-moon inserts and is fully compatible with the existing S series sockets on the market. Both straight plug and free socket use the collet of the B series, thus offering a slightly different cable range than the existing S series.

#Lemo #PAuto 

Trace oxygen analyser.

The XZR400 oxygen analyser from Michell Instruments is designed to measure trace levels of oxygen in pure, inert gases such as nitrogen, argon, helium and carbon dioxide. Capable of detecting oxygen down to 0.01 parts per million, the analyzer is used to ensure the purity of gas produced by cryogenic air separation.

The XZR400 uses Michell’s MSRS zirconium oxide oxygen sensor, which contains a metallic sealed reference and ensures long-term repeatability of measurements. The MSRS means that no reference air is required. The technology is non-depleting which gives the sensors a long life span of over seven years. Calibration is required every three to six months and can be carried out with just one calibration gas saving time and money.

The XZR400 range features four configurations: rack, wall, bench mount and transportable. All models include an intuitive touch-screen interface for quick and easy operation, barometric pressure and digital flow meters as standard. One or two 4-20 mA outputs are available and other options include digital outputs such as Modbus RTU over RS485 protocol, RS232, internal or external sample pumps and process pressure correction.

• Michell Instruments are marketed in Ireland by Instrument Technology.


@Michell_Inst #Pauto 

Testing Bluetooth!

Anritsu Corporation has upgraded their MT8852B Bluetooth Test Set to support the latest Bluetooth Core Specification version 5. The MT8852B is the market leading RF measuring instrument for design proving and production test of a wide range of products that integrate Bluetooth technology. It supports Basic Rate (BR), Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) and Bluetooth low energy (BLE) measurement of transmit power, frequency, modulation, and receiver sensitivity required by Bluetooth RF test specifications
In December 2016, Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) announced the launch of Bluetooth 5, designed to meet the needs of an evolving industry that demands a global wireless standard to provide simple, secure connectivity. This latest version of Bluetooth focuses on new communications technologies for implementing longer range communications at faster speeds while maintaining low power consumption to support smartphones and IoT applications. And with this comes the requirement for measurement solutions that support these new specifications. 

These new options for the MT8852B support the full range of PHY layer (RF) tests required by the new Bluetooth 5 specifications for designing and manufacturing Bluetooth devices and SoC, especially tests for 2-Mbps Low Energy PHY (2LE), which greatly improves battery life, and for Bluetooth Long Range (BLR), which extends communications over longer ranges of several hundred meters.


Although the MT8852B has supported the earlier Bluetooth Low Energy specification, this upgrade adds new measurement options for the 2LE and BLR specifications. New test cases can run as part of test scripts to simplify test-case creation and cut test times. The MT8852B implements 2LE and BLR measurements by direct connection and can control the device under test (DUT) either via USB, 2-wire RS-232 HCI Direct Test Mode (DTM), or USB–Serial conversion adapter interfaces.

@AnritsuEMEA #TandM #Anritsu

Approval for load cells.

ZEMIC’s BM24R ring torsion load cell, available exclusively in Britain through Variohm EuroSensor, has been awarded ATEX and IECEx approval across its full load range from 60 kg to 60t.

The stainless steel low-profile load cell is hermetically sealed and has an IP68 rating and integrated static overload protection up to 13t. The optional ATEX and IECEx approvals join OIML approval for the BM24R making the load cell suitable for legal-for-trade weighing and load calibration applications in explosive environments where flammable substances are present or where flammable dusts occur through materials processing. The compact load cell is available in seven sizes spanning 63 mm to 140 mm nominal diameter and heights from 10 mm to 69 mm.

The BM24R is particularly suited to high hygiene and food industry weighing applications where washdown is required and harsh environments prevail but is also well proven in process control, bulk handing, hoppers, silos and belt scale weighing. Along with other mounting accessories, a tank mount kit is available up to a 13t working range. Variohm EuroSensor provides comprehensive technical support for the BM24R and all other ZEMIC load cells.

@Variohm #PAuto #Ex @ZemicEurope

LIMS in food & agri-industry.

The Agrihealth Group of companies, a leading provider of services that directly support the agricultural and food production industries across a number of countries, has purchased a Matrix Gemini LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) from Autoscribe Informatics. The LIMS will be used by the Group’s veterinary laboratory.

Agrihealth veterinary laboratory is a busy facility based in County Monaghan (IRL) and specialises in the analysis of various types of agricultural and food samples. Much of the analysis carried out is for salmonella and campylobacter for the poultry industry. The laboratory has developed a rigorous set of quality processes which are audited externally on a regular basis.

Agrihealth conducted a thorough evaluation of LIMS from 5 vendors as part of a tender process. Peter Hutchinson, Chief Information Officer at Agrihealth, said: “We asked for practical demonstrations from all of the vendors to see how they would handle the variety of samples that our laboratory has to deal with. We chose Matrix because of its flexibility, combined with the overall response from Autoscribe. It was quite clear that they understood our specific needs and the requirements of the veterinary process in general. We also received excellent references from existing users”.

Thanks to its configuration tools, Matrix Gemini offers a highly configurable modular and scalable package without the need for custom programming. With full integration of Microchip, Vet XML and VeNOM codes, it provides comprehensive tracking and monitoring of samples from booking-in through testing to result reporting and sample disposal. Since Agrihealth offers other veterinary services, Matrix Gemini provides the flexibility to include additional veterinary processes without needing to rewrite any code. Audit trails, time and date stamping of all actions, version control of all reference data such as test definitions help compliance with regulatory requirements.

Implementation of Matrix Gemini is well under way at Agrihealth. “The implementation process has gone very smoothly”, said Peter Hutchinson. “We recently attended a 3-day training course at Autoscribe’s headquarters which has been extremely useful”.


@AutoscribeLtd  #LIMS #Food #Ireland #PAuto

New generation of passive harmonic filters.

Schaffner is setting a new benchmark with its product offering of harmonics mitigation solutions. Ecosine evo harmonic filters utilise superior technology to reliably control excessive power line harmonics with an evolutionary modular product concept.

With the new ecosine filters FN 3441, FN 3451 and FN 3453 (pictured) Schaffner does now also offer dedicated filters which are designed for three-phase diode rectifiers with a DC-link choke included in the drive. They guarantee compliance with the toughest requirements of IEEE-519 and other stringent international power quality standards while being the most designed for purpose and compact passive harmonic filters available on the market.

The filters offer excellent performance at rated power with minimal reactive power even at partial or no-load conditions. With the installation of the new ecosine filters the electrical infrastructure and its utilization are much more efficient and reliable. Added benefits of installation include increased service life cycle of electrical equipment and reduced energy costs.

The ecosine evo filter series modular design concept, which now includes filters for drives with and without a DC-link choke, offers flexibility unique in the marketplace. It allows Schaffner to provide customers with an optimal solution by offering base modules that are dedicated to the drive technology.  These can easily be configured to meet specific application and customer needs as well as installation requirements by merely plugging in add-on modules. This modular concept allows the new Schaffner filters to provide tailored solutions for all applications, aligning product offerings with the international market requirements and customer expectations.

Ecosine evo filters FN 3440/41 FN 3450/51 and FN 3452/53 are rated for 50 Hz/400 VAC, 50 Hz/500 VAC and 60 Hz/480 VAC grids, respectively, with standard power ratings available from 1.1 to 250 kW (1.5 to 300 HP for 60 Hz filters). They are available as open frame IP 00 and protection category IP 20 (IP 21 as an option). All filters are CE-marked, UL listed and RoHS compliant.


Ecosine evo filters are easy to install and maintain and are fully supported in Schaffner’s well known online power quality simulator SchaffnerPQS3 and can be configured using the new Schaffner ecosine evo online configurator.

@SchaffnerGroup #PAuto  #Power

Gas app on your phone!

In 2016 Gasmet launched a free App on both iOS and Android, providing anyone with an interest in gas monitoring with quick and easy access to an enormous volume of highly useful information. The App has now been downloaded hundreds of times by people from every continent, but to help users make the most of the App’s capabilities Gasmet has now published an explanatory video, which is available on the Gasmet YouTube channel.
The App is designed for anyone involved with emissions monitoring and contains a link to a library of information on 500+ compounds; providing IR spectra in addition to chemical formula, molecular weight, boiling point etc. for each gas. A dew point calculator predicts water and sulphuric acid dew points from H2O, O2, and SO2 concentrations provided by the user, helping stack testers and process engineers prevent problems relating to sample condensation. In addition, a Combustion Calculator provides estimates of oxygen levels for a variety of user-selectable fuels from variable inputs for moisture and CO2. A Unit Conversion tool is also available for almost any compound, providing mg/m3 to ppm and vice versa, at zero or 20 Deg C.

 @Gasmet_Tech  #PAuto

Group appoints new member!

The Advisory Board of the Krohne Group has appointed Dr.-Ing. Attila Bilgic Managing Director of Ludwig Krohne GmbH & Co KG.

Dr Attila Bilgic
He assumes global responsibility for research and development and extends the managing board of the Krohne Group alongside Michael Rademacher-Dubbick and Stephan Neuburger.

His main task is the "digitization" of the measuring devices and measuring systems, their networking and their integration among themselves, as well as with and into the digital systems of the users. The area of "smart sensors", which Krohne has pioneered with various research projects under his leadership, is also of particular significance. With more than 350 employees, the Group currently employs about 10% of all staff in research and development with a budget of approximately 8% of the total turnover (total turnover 2015: approx. €500 million).

The topic of networking has been predominant for the career of Dr. Bilgic: prior to joining Krohne, he held various positions in the “Communication Solutions” division of Infineon Technologies AG from 2000 to 2009, most recently as Director System Engineering. From 2007 to 2009, he was head of the Department of Integrated Systems at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. Since 2016, he has been a member of the board of the VDI / VDE Society of Measuring and Automation Technology. He is also a member of the German Physical Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers IEEE.

@krohnegroup #PAuto @KROHNE_USA

Friday, February 24, 2017

Tank inventory management software.

Endress+Hauser releases SupplyCare 3.0, an update to its IIoT application for tank inventory management. SupplyCare provides a complete overview of levels and product inventory in a company’s tanks and silos worldwide. Enhancements in SupplyCare 3.0 include hardware and software options allowing level, flow and pressure data to be displayed at a desk or handheld device regardless of location—and advanced inventory tools for forecasting, reporting, stock analysis and other functions.

SupplyCare Enterprise runs by default in an Apache Tomcat-environment on an application server as a service under Microsoft Windows. Operators and administrators access the application via a web browser from their desks or handheld devices such as smartphones and tablets. SupplyCare can create reports in various formats including Excel, PDF, CSV and XML. Data can be easily shared with and used by other systems and computing platforms.

SupplyCare 3.0 receives data from local I/O at a company’s tank farms and refineries; from third-party platforms such as control systems, data historians and ERP systems via OPC DA technology; and from email servers at gateways. This allows a company to monitor tank levels and inventories worldwide to help manage its entire operation. For example, SupplyCare 3.0 detects events such as falling below safety stocks or plan points, and sends e-mails to predetermined users.

Whenever there is a technical problem, such as a connection failure, SupplyCare sends alarm messages and e-mails to the system administrator and designated contacts. The system can receive measured values from two redundant data sources. In case of failure of the primary data source, the system switches automatically to the secondary data source.

Enhancements in SupplyCare 3.0 include SupplyCare Hosting SCH30 and Enterprise SCE30B software that provide inventory visualization, forecasting and reporting tools, stock analysis and reconciliation between plants, planning and scheduling inventory transfers, monitoring of alarms and events, and visualization of sites and stocks on a geographical map.

New IMS SXS70 Middleware enables the integration of SupplyCare data with ERP or MES systems. The middleware has four workflow modules that use standard data formats and connectivity methods such as XML, JSON, REST and SOAP. The middleware can connect directly to a company’s ERP system, or send data to customers or other parties via the internet.

New hardware enhancements include Fieldgate FXA42, a gateway that acquires data from local level, flow and pressure instruments; sends it to the local control system; and transmits it to SupplyCare via an integrated web server. Also new is the Connect Sensor FXA30, a battery-powered cellular gateway for remote monitoring of level, flow and pressure instruments in locations where power is not available. It transmits data to SupplyCare via a wireless cellular phone connection.

@Endress_Hauser  #PAuto @Endress_US

PCB connector.

Harting has introduced a 2-piece angled printed-circuit board connector which allows a standard M12 circular connector to be mounted in a configuration that allows access to space-saving switches.
The new M12 2-piece angled connector is available in the male and female variants as well as with A and D coding, making it possible to implement a variety of flexible configurations for supplying power to switches and other devices. The codings incorporate power-supply links and Fast Ethernet communication at up to 100 Mbit/s.

With its 90° angled construction, the M12 circular connector is ideally suited to mounting on printed circuit boards which are placed flat in a rack or a device, where it offers significant space-saving benefits.

@harting #PAuto 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The biggest network cyber threat!

Protect against the biggest threat in network security – your employees

A new course on Computer Network Security has been launched by Alison. Coming off the back of an IDC forecast at the end of 2016 that claimed spending on cybersecurity will grow to €96 billion ($101 US billion) by 2020, the course offers employers who are concerned about online attacks the opportunity to educate their employees at no charge.

Mike Feerick, Founder and CEO of Alison, said: “Given the grave risk hackers and other cybersecurity threats can hold for businesses worldwide, it’s logical that businesses would mitigate against that risk by educating their employees. Lloyd’s have reported that organisations lose more than $400 billion (€380b) per year to cyber-attacks, and one of the biggest threats organisations face is carelessness by their own employees resulting in critical information falling into the wrong hands.”

The course is a timely solution for companies looking to avoid becoming victims of preventable cyber-attacks. The content covered includes the core principles of network security, elements of risk management, physical security, methods of authentication and password security.

Mike added: “Since our course is available online for free, it’s a no-brainer that employers should ensure all of their employees achieve a pass mark in it before they are given access to sensitive information.”

The course is designed to give employees at all levels or anyone who wishes to learn more about network and computer security a comprehensive introduction to network security, and in particular for junior level IT specialists, computing students, and computer network engineers. Alison caters for a wide variety of vital workplace skills including business communication, public relations, marketing and entrepreneurship.

@AlisonCourses #Pauto #Cybersecurity

EX magnetic sensor withstands temperatures of down to -60°C.

Many users prefer non-contact sensors, especially in subzero applications, because, unlike electromechanical switchgear such as position switches, they do not run the danger of malfunctioning due to freezing moisture.

For this – admittedly highly specialised – application field, the .steute business unit "Extreme" has now developed a new series of Ex magnetic sensors. These cylindrical sensors of M20 diameter are cold-resistant down to -60oC and are also tested and approved according to ATEX and IECEx for use in gas Ex zones 1 and 2.

This makes them suited to environments which make up an increasing number of the customer queries received by steute – for example offshore plants installed in Arctic regions, or ships travelling through such regions, like gas tankers.

In these extreme conditions, the non-contact active principle makes sealing of the housings easier and guarantees durability: the mechanical lifespan of these sensors is over one million switching cycles, while the electrical lifespan has been calculated at 106 … 109 switching cycles.

The housing material – a high-quality fibreglass-reinforced Duroplast – guarantees that the high protection class of the magnetic sensors (IP 66 to IP 69) is maintained in these subzero temperatures, even after a 7-Joule impact test.

This set of features – particularly the large temperature range – makes the new series suitable for position monitoring of flaps, valves, lids and other moving components, for example in plants found in the oil & gas industry (onshore and offshore) or in the field of shipbuilding and port facilities. Other fields of application are handling systems on oil rigs and position monitoring on crane booms.

#steute #Pauto #EX

Network functions virtualization success.

Anritsu has successfully completed the 1st NFV Plugtests™ at the first of its kind event organized by the European Telecommunications Standardisation Institute (ETSI) with the scope of validating and testing Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) interoperability.

The event was organized by the ETSI Centre for Testing and Interoperability and took place between January 23rd and February 3rd 2017 at the 5TONIC Laboratory in Leganes (ES).

Anritsu participated with their MasterClaw™ vProbe VNF solution with the aim to validate interoperability with commercial and open-source MANO and VIM implementations.

Participants to the multi-vendor interoperability event included 13 VNF vendors, 9 MANO suppliers and 11 NFVI/VIM solutions. The Anritsu vProbe VNF registered a 100% success rate on the executed test cases, proving multi-vendor compatibility and market readiness.

“Anritsu understands how crucial these interoperability events are to help progress the industry towards Telco Cloud and we are pleased to have taken part in it. For Anritsu, the event has shown the advances on our journey towards cloud native Service Assurance and what our focus should be on next” stated Neil McKinlay, CTO Anritsu Service Assurance.

Part of Anritsu’s MasterClaw multi-dimensional Service Assurance solution, the MasterClaw vProbe is capable of passively monitoring NFV and SDN networks and services (vEPC, vIMS, vPCEF/PCRF, etc.) enabling use-cases such as network service troubleshooting, real-time service specific KPI monitoring, real-time streaming analytics, market leading CX and multi-dimensional network analytics solutions that are key to improving Customer Experience.

@AnritsuEMEA  #TandM @ETSI_STANDARDS

Reliable relays!

JPR Electronics stock a wide range of high quality relays from Finder. Established in 1954, Finder manufactures over 12,500 different products, including step relays, light dependent relays and many other products for industrial, commercial and residential applications.

Paul Raynor, Director of JPR Electronics, comments. "Finder relays offer a very reliable switching solution for mission critical or long operating life electronic systems and industrial applications. Over the past 60 years Finder have established an enviable reputation for their products and customer support which is highly valued by our customers. Design engineers and buyers buying electronic components from JPR should make Finder their first choice for relays."

The Finder relay range on offer from JPR includes standard and low profile, PCB socket mounted relays and DIN Rail versions with LED indication of actuation. SPCO and DPCO contacts are available with current ratings across the range from 1.25 to 16A and operating voltages of 5, 12 or 24VDC and 110 and 230VAC. Also available is a forcibly guided contact double pole relay series specifically designed to meet the increasingly stringent international safety standards required in plant, process, safety circuits, emergency stop and critical monitoring circuits. The forcibly guided contacts enable positive monitoring of contact state in compliance with EN50205 type B, and meeting IEC 62061 (2005).

JPR can also supply a bi-function IP60 rated plug in timer for use in conjunction with Finder 40 series relays.

Finder relays are form-fit-and-function compatible with many widely used industry standard relays giving designers’ access to cost effective, high quality, very reliable products. All Finder products carry international safety agency approvals.

@Jprelec #Pauto #Finder


High-reliability load pins.

VPG Transducers has introduced the Model 5113 and Model 5117 load pins.

Model 5113 and Model 5117 load pins provide reliable and repeatable measurements of force, tension, load, and overload parameters, with an industry best-in-class safe overload capacity of up to ±250 kN. Their robust design incorporates VPG’s own proprietary foil strain gage sensing technology, bonded onto a zinc-plated hardened alloy steel body. Units are highly compact, with the Model 5113 measuring 38 millimeters, and the Model 5117 measuring just 25 millimeters, facilitating their ease of installation within space constrained environments.

The load pins are offered in choices of three unique rated capacities from ±25 to ±60 kN. They further incorporate an embedded ratiometric voltage output converter and IP66 environmental protection. Alternate connector types, cable lengths and other customization options are available upon request. Please consult VPG Transducers for details.

The long-term stability and reliability of Models 5113 and 5117 make them an ideal choice for the support of virtually any control or safety system, including those operating under severe load and environmental conditions. Both models may be used as direct drop-in replacements for legacy load pin solutions, including those installed within typical off-highway and agricultural vehicle trailer hitch systems. In this instance, the Model 5117 is typically mounted onto the top arm, while the Model 5113 is installed onto the bottom arm. Other applications include off-road vehicles, plowing vehicles, cranes, hoisting gear, pulley shafts, winches, chain and brake anchors, bearing blocks, tensioning systems, elevators, floor conveyors, commercial and civil aircraft, chemical processing and R&D.

#VPG  #PAuto

Cryogenic connection!

Intelliconnect (Europe) Ltd, can now provide a wide range of Cryogenic interconnect products. These high reliability cable assemblies use only the highest quality materials including: stainless steel or niobium titanium cables and assemblies with bandwidths up to 40GHz and cupro-nickel cables, raw St/St and NbTi cables, crimp SMA and 2.9mm connectors, hermetic connectors, sealed adaptors, attenuators and low temperature hardware.

Intelliconnect cryogenic cables work to 2 K (-271.15°C) and typical applications include low temperature testing, medical and materials research.

With so many diverse applications for cryogenic cables Intelliconnect works closely with customers to find the optimum high reliability solution for unique custom designs through to high volume requirements. Customers can also specify their own cable assemblies using an online cable configurator from which Intelliconnect will provide a quotation by return.

All Intelliconnect cable assemblies and their market leading waterproof RF connector range provide fast delivery and very competitive pricing. Intelliconnect has its own brand of semi-flexible 0.085” (I405) and 0.141” (I402) cables designed to compete with Multiflex, T-Flex and Flexiform cables which are suitable for industrial, defence, security and test system applications. These cables offer a lighter, more flexible alternative to semi-rigid types making system assembly and interconnection easier. Any small reductions in performance compared with semi-rigid cables are more than compensated for by competitive pricing and compatibility with standard semi-rigid cable connectors.

Intelliconnect 50 ohm “Spiral Strip” shielded coaxial cables are flexible alternatives to semi-rigid coax and the unique shielding configuration offers a cost effective, low attenuation option. The use of strip/round braid composite shields results in low transfer impedance levels.
The construction exhibits the same attenuation characteristics as M17/130-RG402 and M17/133-RG405 cables. All the Intelliconnect Spiral Strip Shield coaxial cables have VSWR characteristics that meet or exceed similar size flexible constructions. The I402 and I405 cable types have been designed with diameters over the outer braids of 0.141” and 0.086” and have an operating temperature range of -55 to +200°C

Roy Phillips, Managing Director of Intelliconnect, comments, "Manufacturing cryogenic cables requires specialist skills and equipment and our investment in this market is being rewarded by steadily increasing sales. Our cable harness and RF connector business are both seeing excellent growth and sales of our UK designed and manufactured connector ranges are more competitive than ever thanks to the recent changes in exchange rates.”


@IntelliConnLtd #PAuto 

Humidity & temperature transmitter.

The highly accurate EE310 humidity and temperature transmitter from E+E Elektronik is dedicated for demanding process control. The modern multi-functional display with data logging function enables intuitive operation and offers an optimum overview of the measuring task. Extensive settings and diagnostics can thus be performed directly on the device.

The EE310 measures relative humidity and temperature, and calculates dew point temperature, frost point temperature, wet-bulb temperature, water vapour partial pressure, mixing ratio, absolute humidity and specific enthalpy.

The 3.5” TFT colour display shows simultaneously up to four measured or calculated values. All settings and even error diagnosis are easily performed with push buttons. The integrated data logger stores up to 20,000 values per measurand. The recorded data can be shown on the display, or downloaded via the USB interface for further processing.

The EE310 transmitter is available for wall or duct mount, as well as with remote probe. Various remote probes can be employed up to 180 °C (356 °F) and 20 bar (290 psi). The probes are also available as pluggable versions for quick and easy replacement.

The E+E proprietary sensor coating brings relevant advantages when it comes to use in harsh industrial environment. It protects the sensing elements from corrosive and electrically conductive contamination, which leads to reliable and long-term stable measurements.

The modular enclosure simplifies installation and maintenance of the EE310. The upper part of the transmitter, which accommodates the electronics and the probe, can be easily plugged off for service or adjustment, while the wiring remains untouched.

The measured values are available on two analogue outputs and the Modbus RTU interface. Two freely configurable relay outputs can be used for control or alarm purposes. Configuration and adjustment of the transmitter can be performed via display or with the free EE-PCS software using the USB interface.

• E+E Elektronic is represented in Ireland by Instrument Technology.


@epulse #Pauto E+E Elektronik

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Safety & environmental presented by dust!

Ashtead Technology, TSI and Britain's Health & Safety Laboratory (HSL) recently collaborated to deliver a workshop focusing on the environmental and safety hazards presented by dust and other particulate matter.


Well attended wokshop
Alan Hasson and Josh Thomas from Ashtead Technology provided an overview of the justification for dust monitoring in the workplace, and Nicholas Baxter from HSL described the requirements for Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE), including an explanation of the terms ‘adequate’ and ‘suitable’ with respect to RPE. He also highlighted the importance of the CE mark, correct storage of RPE, and Fit Testing. This was followed by a practical demonstration of FFRED (HSL's Face-Fit Respirator Demonstrator) which provided delegates with clear visualisation of the problems caused by badly fitted masks.

In the afternoon session TSI’s Maxine Dolloway (Health and Safety Direct Sales Specialist) provided a practical demonstration of TSI’s new SidePak AM520 Personal Dust Monitor, which is available with a selection of impactors (sintered metal filters) for different size fractions, including diesel particulates. This new model enables users to set both visual and audible alarms for pre-selected particulate levels.

TSI’s Nick Brown (Senior Regional Sales Manager) then demonstrated TSI’s Environmental DusTrak (EDT), which has recently received MCERTS approval. The EDT is quick and easy to set up; delivering live data via the Cloud from the instrument’s dust sensor, in addition to signals from other equipment – meteorological sensors for example. Nick explained that MCERTS is an Environment Agency scheme, which provides third-party confirmation that the EDT complies with stringent performance requirements. Typical applications for this equipment include industrial fenceline monitoring, traffic pollution monitoring and environmental monitoring before and during construction projects that have the potential to generate nuisance and/or hazardous dust.

The workshop, which took place at TSI’s headquarters in High Wycombe (GB), was attended by health, safety and environment managers and consultants from a wide variety of industries. George Foulger from the Clancy Group, a leading provider of multi-utility services, found the day very useful, commenting: “There was a good mix of both occupational safety and environmental monitoring information. The presenters were obviously very knowledgeable and the presentations were pitched at just the right level.”

Summarising, Alan Hasson says: “These workshops provide us with a great opportunity to let customers know about the latest technologies so that, together, we can choose the best instrumentation solution for their needs – both technically and financially.”  


 @ashteadtech  @TSIIncorporated @HSL_Solutions #PAuto

Labels catalogue released.

TE Connectivity (TE) has released its new Identification Solutions Catalogue to provide customers easy access to the full range of TE identification products and solutions. 

The comprehensive catalog includes identification solutions in the following product families:

  • PRINTABLE TUBING manage marker system and include the TMS System Six products that ensure operators can easily print, identify, pick, and then place printed markers onto wires or cables with ease.
  • PRINTABLE TAGS include tie-on cable marker tags used to identify large cables, wire bundles or pipes.
  • STANDARD LABELS are a cost-effective way to identify wires, wire bundles and equipment. The range of standard formats and materials have been developed over 40 years and manufactured to cover all known industrial needs.
  • PRE-PRINTED MARKERS from TE are well-established in the wire marking field. Over 60 years’ experience in manufacturing pre-printed markers ensure that the clip-on, snap-on and push-on wire markers are ideal products for low volume installers. 
  • PRINTERS, SOFTWARE & ACCESSORIES cover high volume and low volume. The software and materials are designed to meet stringent print performance needs. 

The catalog`s index provides a visual reference for customers to quickly locate a part in the catalog by image, part number or product description.

@TEConnectivity #Pauto

Speeding Formula students!

Test equipment sourcing specialist Microlease continues to support academia with the announcement that it has provided advanced instrumentation and technical assistance to the Team Bath Racing Electric (TBRe) project - as they prepare for Formula Student 2017. Held at Silverstone (GB) each summer, this event (which is staged in partnership with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers) looks to inspire the engineering professionals of the future, by setting them the challenge of designing and developing their own race cars then competing against each other. It has 130 different universities from over 30 countries participating every year, featuring both electrically-powered and petrol-driven race categories.
The TBRe team comprises 10 master’s students and 30 third year students from the University of Bath. Each of them are responsible for different aspects of this project, thereby forming the basis for their respective degree theses. In addition, there are another 20-30 first and second year students involved.
To help them in this project, Microlease has supplied the team with various pieces of equipment. They have been using a Keysight U5857A thermal imager for monitoring the temperature levels around the exterior of the battery pack to identity hotspots. This item has also been employed for an investigation of potential energy scavenging sources in the brake callipers, and next there are intentions for it to be included in motor control testing procedures.

A 34972A data acquisition unit from Keysight (with built-in thermocouple junction reference) is likewise being utilised in this project, for vehicle diagnostic purposes. This incorporates a pair of 20-channel 34901A multiplexing modules plus the multi-faceted BenchVue software package. Via the unit, data from a series of thermocouple-based sensors, located at different points throughout the battery pack, can be captured for subsequent analysis, so as to ensure that operational effectiveness of the vehicle’s battery/powertrain is maintained.

For the next stages of the project’s development Microlease will be providing a Keysight N6705B DC power analyser, along with associated software. This will enable comprehensive studying of the DC loads that the vehicle has to deal with during races, so that full optimisation of the battery resource can be achieved. The team are currently completing sub-system testing. They will be starting on system level testing and rolling road tests this spring, ahead of race day which takes place in July.

“This event is a unique opportunity for university undergraduates to gain real hands-on experience of taking an engineering project all the way from the drawing board right through to completion,” states Glenn Howard, Field Sales Engineer at Microlease. “By collaborating with TBRe on their Formula Student electric car, we are helping to nurture the next generation of engineers.”

“Microlease’s contribution has proved to be invaluable to the team over the last 8 months,” explains Seán Thompson, a senior member of TBRe. “As well as the kit they have given us access to, there is also the ongoing technical advice that has been provided. With their help, we have been able to make improvements to our design that have resulted in a clear competitive edge being derived.”


 @microlease #TandM @TeamBathRacingE @IMechE

Smart sensor company has new VP of Sales.

LMI has announced the appointment of Len Chamberlain as VP of Sales.

Len Chamberlain
Len has been with LMI for the past 3 years and has been instrumental in the growth of our global sales team. He brings a wealth of industry knowledge and business acumen to LMI with over a decade of experience working in senior roles in the 3D machine vision industry.

The announcement comes quickly on the heels of the company's move into a new Headquarters near Vancouver (BC CDN). The new building provides a large increase in manufacturing space to support the rapid growth LMI has been experiencing.

LMI HQ in Burnaby, BC, CDN

@lmi3d  #PAuto #Canada

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Instrument Training Course for Galway.

GRETB Training Centre run a 10-week full-time day course in Basic Instrumentation commencing March 2017. The course will be held in their Galway (IRL) Training Centre.

Participants will learn how to install and calibrate process monitoring devices. They will compile a portfolio of calibrations throughout the course which will form part of the final exam. Successful Learners will receive City & Guilds certification.

The course consists of:
• Induction to the course & training centre.
• Basic Electronics.
• Basic Pressure.
• Basic Level.
• Basic Flow.
• Basic Temperature.

Their past learners have found work in a wide range of Industries or have gone on to serve Instrument Technician Apprenticeships.

Entry requirements: 
Applicants will need a Craft Certificate in either Electrical, Fitting, Plumbing, or Mechanical trades, or alternatively a third level Engineering qualification.

Register on-line or call to your Local Department of Social Protection office.


 @GRETB1 #PAuto #Training #Ireland

GAMP5 complience in pharma industry.

The pharmaceutical industry is subject to strict regulatory requirements which demand a lot of time and effort to be spent documenting every step, process, and item. Itris Automation will be hosting a webinar in March 2017 to demonstrate how PLC Checker can help pharmaceutical companies more efficiently verify and document the GAMP 5 compliance of their PLC programs.

Part of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), Good Automated Manufacturing Practice (GAMP) is a set of guidelines regarding automated systems. These guidelines explain how to incorporate quality into each step of the manufacturing process to achieve the required quality of the finished product. Although not an obligation, most pharmaceutical companies choose to be compliant with GAMP, now recognised worldwide as a good practice. However, ensuring compliance and creating all of the required documentation is a laborious process.

In the webinar, you will discover an innovative way to address Appendix D4, “Management, Development, and Review of Software”, of the GAMP guidelines which will save companies time and money. Using PLC Checker, a unique static analysis tool dedicated to PLC programs, and the GAMP coding rules option, users can quickly and efficiently verify their level of compliance and automatically produce the necessary documentation.

Join the webinar to find out how you can save time and money in your GAMP 5 compliance process.

Karoline Beske, Export Director at Itris Automation, will conduct the first webinar in English on 20th March at 4pm (GMT+1) and a second in German on 27th March at 11am (GMT+1). Both webinars are free of charge and open to anyone. Book here.

@ItrisAutomation #PAuto  #GAMP #Pharma

Strategic alliance advances automation portfolios .

Yokogawa and eSimulation, recently entered into a strategic alliance, which will significantly expand the advanced automation solution portfolios of both companies to bring enhanced value to the North American oil and gas midstream industry.

“We have always been impressed with eSimulation’s technology and their track record of success in generating value,” said Gene Cammack, Director of System Product Marketing for Yokogawa Corporation of America. “Their management’s knowledge of midstream businesses is unparalleled. As a direct result of this relationship, Yokogawa has several major initiatives underway to structure our solutions for midstream applications.”

Mark Roop, President of eSimulation, also said he is pleased with the alliance. “eSimulation has been unlocking hidden value for its midstream clients since early 2000 by optimizing midstream gathering and processing assets. Our ability to drive midstream value has been significantly enhanced through our alliance with Yokogawa Corporation of America, a regional headquarters for a $3.7 billion global automation company. With this development, eSimulation is now able to offer a Comprehensive Midstream Optimization platform to manage gathering, processing, supersystems, and multi-supersystem profitability.”

The key sources of value for midstream operators resulting from this strategic alliance include:
• Capturing profit opportunities by modeling and optimizing both the operational and commercial interactions across connected, multi-gathering and multi-processing assets (supersystems)
• Maximizing gas plant profitability by determining optimal product recovery targets and energy burn rates given current inlet volumes/compositions, processing equipment capability (current fouling/efficiencies), producer contracts and current commodity prices
• Improving and maintaining operator competency using dynamic-model-based operator training simulators
• Monetizing investments in PSM documentation to help new and experienced operators alike to run the plant safely
• Managing oil, gas, and condensate inventories using state-of-the-art, cloud-based, gathering solutions
• Supporting greenhouse gas emissions reporting for the gathering system
• Offering the highest quality SCADA, plant control, analyzer, and field device infrastructure available in the market today. Yokogawa is unique in that it has a SCADA and control platform that is consistent across gathering and processing assets to control interactions from the wellhead to sales points in a safe, seamless fashion.

@YokogawaIA #eSimulation #PAuto

Solinoid valve offer.


Humphrey Products Company is offering a test valve free of charge to design engineers seeking to evaluate and specify solenoid control valves for current or future machine development.

iDP Series
Offer is limited to a selection from four proven product families of unique Humphrey direct acting solenoid valve technology developed and manufactured at their Kalamazoo, Michigan (USA) headquarters.

The Humphrey valves offered were specifically developed for the equipment or device manufacturer requiring reliable, cost effective control of fluid media in their product, from basic compressed air and vacuum media to the more difficult control of liquid chemicals and cleaning agents. Compact in construction and designed for flexibility, the valves can be engineered to fit in when space is constrained.

Product families are:
  • Balanced Valve Series of compact 3- and 4-port solenoid valves, covering the full pressure spectrum of vacuum to 125psi air or inert gases. Valves have excellent flow capacity, industry’s lowest leak rates, and are multi-purpose function.
  • iDP Series are media separated, direct acting solenoid valves specifically designed for difficult liquid chemicals and cleaning agents. Valves have proven experience in critical applications such as fluid control in dialysis and analytical instrumentation.
  • ProControl Valve Series: Proportionally controlled 2-port solenoid valves. Apply a variable electrical current to the solenoid and deliver a corresponding variable output flow of compressed air or inert gas.
  • HK5 Miniature Solenoid Valves are derived from Humphrey’s proven heritage of diaphragm-poppet valve technology featuring “No Leak, No Stick” performance.  The extremely flexible design, 12mm in width, fits into tight spaces.
@HumphreyProduct #Pauto

Programming language courses.

Alison, the large free e-learning platform, has launched two new courses on popular programming language R.* Although R is sometimes seen as a simpler programming language than others, there is a steep learning curve to begin with as it uses a different syntax model to most common languages.

The first course, Introduction to R for Data Science, is aimed at people who have a basic knowledge of data science that they want to expand on. It explains how R is used, and teaches the data structures and types found in R. The second course, R for Data Analysis, moves on to more sophisticated forms of data manipulation, with a strong focus on identifying underlying patterns and predicting trends in data-sets.

Social entrepreneur Mike Feerick, Founder and CEO of Alison said: “The trend toward Big Data is unstoppable, making the ability to analyse and comprehend data a vital skill in many lucrative fields of employment. Business analysts in sectors from finance and banking to government and the public sector – and everything in between – can benefit from taking these free courses to expand their knowledge.”

In the US, the average salary for an R programmer is paid between $76,000-100,000, and in the 2014 Dice Tech Salary Survey of over 17,000 technology professionals, the highest-paid IT skill was R programming.

Eric Corbett, Course Publishing Manager at Alison, said: “At Alison, we believe in empowering young people by enhancing what they learn through their formal education with both the soft skills and hard skills needed to succeed in the workplace. Shockingly, in most countries, programming still isn’t taught in schools, despite its obvious value to governments and organisations worldwide.”

The R language is widely used among statisticians and data miners for developing statistical software[6] and data analysis.


@AlisonCourses #Training 

40 Gigabit Ethernet switch.

An innovative SWE540 6U OpenVPX 40 Gigabit Ethernet switch has just been announced by Abaco Systems. It provides high speed Ethernet connectivity for Abaco’s latest generation of high performance computing solutions such as the SBC627 single board computer and the recently-announced DSP282A digital signal processor. This enables the company to deliver significant performance upgrades for its growing range of rapidly-deployable, complete, pre-integrated mission ready systems. These solutions target high performance embedded computing (HPEC) applications requiring the transfer of large amounts of data with the lowest possible latency such as radar, surveillance, situational awareness and imaging.

The rugged SWE540 is uniquely powerful and flexible, representing the only 6U OpenVPX 40GigE switch currently available that supports full Layer 2/3 features including hardware Layer 3 forwarding at fabric speed rates. Layer 3 switching and routing is a critical requirement for advanced security and complex networks. It provides dynamic routing over standard routing protocols, enabling a flexible range of network/fabric configurations and applications.

Superior patent-pending cooling technology limits system thermal load while still enabling the SWE540 to run at peak performance, further enhancing its robust reliability.

The SWE540 supports multiple OpenVPX profiles and uses the latest high performance switch silicon technology to support 40 Gigabit Ethernet performance across 20 ports, allowing configuration within demanding HPEC systems and a broad range of Abaco’s mission ready systems.
It also provides a straightforward, cost-effective upgrade for existing users of Abaco’s GBX460 switch, maximizing the long term value of customers’ investments while enabling a significant performance increase for those looking to achieve faster transfers of large amounts of data with lower latencies.

The switch features Abaco’s latest OpenWare™ switch management software, allowing it to be easily customized for specific customer requirements. OpenWare provides support for a wide range of network protocols and MIBs (management information bases) with extensive capabilities for multicast, Quality of Service, VLANs, and differentiated services. The OpenWare management interface may be accessed via serial console, SNMP, Telnet, SSH or web interface.

The combination of the SWE540’s hardware and the OpenWare switch management software delivers comprehensive security capabilities. Designed for deployment in security-sensitive mission critical applications, SWE540 features include denial of service attack prevention, user password mechanisms with multiple levels of security and military level authorization schemes including 802.1X and sanitization to allow the overwrite of non-volatile storage if a system is compromised. Survivability is also enhanced by ECC protection on the management processor memory which offers higher reliability in harsh environments.

“The SWE540 is representative of over 20 years of Abaco’s leadership in network switch design and network engineering for mission critical applications and will enable us to deliver a step-change in performance for Abaco’s mission ready systems and customer-built systems alike,” said Mrinal Iyengar, VP, Product Management, Abaco Systems. “Other 40 Gigabit Ethernet solutions offer limited routing capability – either by not offering L3 routing at all, or by limiting it to static routing. This provides far less flexibility, limiting the use to simpler, fixed networks. The SWE540 provides L3 forwarding in the switch fabric, supported by routing protocols such as RIPv3, OSPF and so on – making it ideally suited for networks that are more complex, security sensitive, or that will be required scale and be upgraded over time.”

The SWE540 is available in both air-cooled and conduction-cooled versions, and can optionally support four QSFP+ and two 1000BaseT ports on the front panel. Rear transition modules are available to enable access to 40 Gigabit and one Gigabit ports off the backplane.

#Ethernet @AbacoSys #Pauto 

Collars & couplings.

An expanded line of metric shaft collars, couplings, and mounting components suited for mechanical drive systems and structural applications has been introduced by Stafford Manufacturing Corp. of Wilmington (MA USA)

Stafford Metric Shaft Components feature over 800 items including the Grip & Go™ quick release handle which can convert a standard shaft collar into a rapidly adjustable locating device and Staff-Lok(tm) Shaft Collars that reposition without tools. New items include flange collars, face mounting collars, and heavy-duty shaft collars and couplings.

Available in 3 mm to 80 mm I.D. sizes, Stafford Metric Shaft Components are offered in aluminum, steel, stainless steel, and thermoplastics, depending upon style. Standard metric items include set-screw, 1-piece, 2-piece, and hinged styles along with couplings in 1-, 2-, and 3-piece styles, with or without keyways, and inch-metric shaft couplings and adapters.

Stafford Metric Shaft Components are priced according to construction and quantity. Price quotations and samples are available upon request.

#PAuto #Fittings #Stafford

Acquisition gives access to previously underexploited markets.

The Kistler Group has acquired Schatz AG in Remscheid (D). This acquisition gives the Kistler Group new potential applications in quality assurance in industrial manufacturing. The Schatz Group can now market its systems through Kistler's global sales network, giving it access to previously underexploited markets.
RtoL: Rolf Sonderegger, Kistler CEO, Dr Volker Schatz, MD Schatz AG & Martin Schatz, MD Schatz USA

Screw driving is still one of the most elementary basic processes in manufacturing making monitoring and inspection of screw connections extremely important in quality assurance, especially in the automotive industry. By acquiring the market and technology leader, the Kistler Group is strengthening its own position in quality assurance in industrial production. “The takeover is a logical step for Kistler in the implementation of its overall growth strategy," says CEO Rolf Sonderegger. "We want to use our measuring technology in even more applications and increase the number of complete systems and targeted services that we offer."

The Schatz Group develops, manufactures, and distributes laboratory systems for the analysis of screw connections, calibration equipment and test systems for torque tools, and portable measurement systems for random sample testing. The company also sup-plies the necessary network software and provides a calibration and repair service.

In 2015 the group generated sales of close to €16 million. It employs 75 people at its site in Remscheid (D). Following the takeover, Schatz Group products and services will be marketed through the global sales network of the Kistler Group. "This gives us better access to international markets and entirely new growth opportunities, not least due to an expanded product range," says Volker Schatz, CEO of Schatz AG. Customers of both companies will now be able to pull significant benefits from the advantages of the expanded portfolio, the global accessibility and the growth in know-how.

@Kistler_Group #Schatz #PAuto

Appointment targets industrial sensor market.

ZF Switches and Sensors have appointed Leonardo Aguirre as their new Business Development Manager. Leon has 15 years of experience within the sensor market specializing on industrial, automotive, aerospace, medical, defence and marine applications.

Leonardo Aguirre
With experience of selling in markets as diverse as Ireland, Britain, and other Europen territories both EU and non-EU.

Mark Mills, America, comments, "Leon has in-depth knowledge of linear, angle, proximity, gear-tooth and digital vane sensors. He will be responsible for liaising with our established traditional customer base and for the acquisition of new business. His experience and technical knowledge will enable us to offer excellent local application-based support."

ZF industrial solutions is headquartered in Auerbach, Germany and supplies major OEMs in markets including white goods and appliances, control engineering, vending, switchgear, tools, off-highway vehicles (construction, materials handling, landscaping) and home and building automation.

The ZF Industrial Solutions product range consists primarily of switch and sensor products previously sold under the former CHERRY brand, following ZF’s acquisition of the company in 2008. More recently innovative Energy Harvesting RF switch solutions have been added to the product offering, opening up new and diverse business opportunities in smart building and IoT applications.

@ZF_Group #PAuto @cherryswitches