Thursday, July 18, 2019

Head for EMEA section of power and thermal management leaders.

Delta has appointed Dalip Sharma to the role of President & Regional Head for Delta Electronics Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region. Mr. Sharma will be responsible for enhancing Delta’s growing presence in EMEA, a key region for Delta’s worldwide business development. He is based in Hoofddorp (NL), home to Delta EMEA’s headquarters.

Dalip Sharma
Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Sharma stated: “My vision for Delta EMEA is to further develop its status as a provider of IoT-based Smart Green Solutions developed to drive energy efficiency and lower carbon emissions in cities across EMEA. To realise that vision, I believe that we can leverage Delta’s formidable global resources to further accelerate the company’s growth and success across EMEA.”

While Europe, Middle East and Africa are some of the world’s most diverse regions with numerous untapped opportunities, they are also among its most complex. His vision is to work with Delta’s internal and external partners to implement strategies and local-market focus tailored to the needs of each territory, as they are strategic for Delta’s future growth.

Delta’s resources and unparalleled engineering expertise, will enable him and his team to respond successfully to the needs of customers in EMEA, by localizing products and tailoring support to suit the market’s requirements. To ensure Delta’s competiveness in the EMEA region, another key priority for Mr. Sharma will be to nurture innovation and agility within Delta, in order to respond to an ever-changing and evolving market and business landscape.

Mr. Sharma is an Electronics and Communications engineering professional with more than 27 years of experience and success in business execution, management and strategic development. His wealth of experience has been gained from working with pioneering companies prior to joining Ascom Energy Systems in 1999. Mr. Sharma joined Delta in 2003, when it acquired Ascom Energy Systems. In his previous role, he has acted as Managing Director of Delta India, and successfully led the company to become the market leader in various business areas by consistently delivering a strong performance over the years.

This appointment to the role of President & Regional Head for Delta Electronics Europe, Middle East & Africa Region is due to his proven and exceptional leadership qualities, and the pivotal role he has played in the continued success and development of the organization. Delta is confident that his skills and talents will ensure that he will deliver great value, while succeeding in further driving the progression and execution of the Delta’s corporate strategy both now and in the future.

#deltaww #PAuto #EMEA

Test probes, clips and plugs.

Cliff Electronics manufactures test leads for a number of market-leading electrical test equipment OEMs. In addition, customers can buy a wide range of test probes, croc-clips and plugs manufactured by Cliff for use with their own test equipment or as replacements for lost or damaged items.

Cliff probes and connectors are suitable for use by design and test engineers, PAT testers, electrical contractors and electrical test and repair facilities and are available direct or from a number of major distributors throughout Europe.

John Hall, Managing Director of Cliff Electronics, comments;“We have a great deal of experience in manufacturing high quality test lead sets for many well-known brands of test meters. Supplying test plugs and probes direct to end users not only widens the market we can service but also gives test equipment users an alternative and lower cost source for replacement components.”

Straight and right-angle test plugs are available with 2mm and 4mm diameters with options including spring loaded safety shrouds and stackable models which allow multiple connections to a single socket mounted on a panel or PCB.

Their test plugs are available for low and high voltage applications and comply with EN 61010 including section 2-031 for high voltage versions. Contacts are made from brass, nickel silver and phosphor-bronze, plated with tin, nickel or gold as appropriate. Standard colours are red, black, blue, green and yellow.

The test probes and crocodile clips have a 4mm connection socket, are designed to exceed the requirements of EN 61010 section 2-031 and are intended for use with instrumentation and test and measurement equipment. All materials used are tough and durable and suitable for indoor or outdoor use. Standard colours are red and black with other colours available on special order with minimum quantity requirements. Cliff test probes can be supplied to OEMs assembled to PVC or silicone cables.

Crocodile clip connectors can be used to connect to leaded components, terminals or busbars and can be supplied with a standard shaft for touchproof connection or an extended shaft for use with unprotected plugs.

Test probes are used in a variety of applications and provide a reliable means of testing bare or loaded circuits where a number of contact points must be accessed. They are supplied ready for direct cable connection or with collet strain relief, removable tip cover or retractable tip shroud and an option of an inbuilt 1000V fuse. Various sizes of spiked or lantern tips may be specified, and versions are available meeting CAT III 600V and CAT III 1KV.

#CliffElectronics #TandM #PAuto 

Structural health monitoring.

New from Leine Linde and available with full support from Mclennan, the ESR strain sensor is measurement concept that offers a novel alternative to conventional strain gauges through improved accuracy, signal quality and especially durability. Particularly suited to large-scale machine structural health tasks where load or force needs to be reliably monitored, the ESR utilises Leine Linde’s robust optical encoder technology coupled to a mechanical measuring arm arrangement which is fixed to the structure’s strain-prone components.

With its integral EnDAT bi-directional digital interface, the ESR’s high resolution output of 0.025 μɛ (μm/m) can be connected to almost all available machine control systems and additionally can offer stored application-specific data that may be used for machine functions, for instance for safety or other operational tasks. Application areas for the ESR can include but are not restricted to structural monitoring on bridges, cranes and towers, wind turbine blades, large machine frames, construction equipment, bulk material conveying lines and more.

The strain sensor arm design features passive temperature compensation, and its stress-free measurement principle offers a practically unlimited operation life. Operational temperature can be designed for -40°C to +100°C and the measurement range covers ± 5 000 µɛ with a working range of ± 17 500 µɛ. The unit will fit into a volume envelope of approximately 340 x 80 x 85 mm (L x W x H). The ESR also boasts an impressive shock and vibration rating to ISO 60068-2-26, and its IP66 environmental rating offers trouble-free use in harsh environmental conditions.

For use as a temporary strain measurement tool or for permanent installation, the ESR’s measuring arm design and mechanical interface can be custom-adapted to the application with variant options and accessories available for adhesive, screw, or magnet installation. Other options include various measurement reports, quality control certifications or DAkkS calibration.

 #Mclennan #BAS @LeineLinde @mepaxIntPR

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Level gauge optimises separation performance.

Emerson has enhanced its Rosemount™ 5300 Guided Wave Radar Level Transmitter to optimise separation process performance and prevent costly product ingress by accurately measuring a thinner top liquid layer in interface applications. The Rosemount 5300, which is the market leading guided wave radar for liquid level measurement (VDC Research 2017), can now also perform measurements to the top of a tank, enabling increased throughput and profitability. Additional new features provide greater ease-of-use, increased safety and enhanced performance in the most challenging level and interface applications.

Operators have long struggled to obtain the most accurate level interface measurements to increase the efficiency of separators and maximise profits. In addition, with large tanks able to contain millions of gallons of liquids, even a small volume inaccuracy can translate into millions of dollars in lost revenue.

In interface measurement applications such as separators, the top product layer must be of a certain minimum thickness for a guided wave radar transmitter to distinguish between the echoes from the two liquids. Previously, this minimum detectable thickness would be between 50 and 200 millimetres. Emerson’s unique patented Peak in Peak interface algorithm now enables the Rosemount 5300 to detect a top liquid layer of just 25 millimetres. This further prevents unwanted product ingress and enables the performance of a separation process to be optimised, helping users maximise operational efficiency and profitability.

The Rosemount 5300 can provide accurate and repeatable measurement to the very top of a tank when used with a large diameter coaxial probe, enabling users to optimise tank capacity and increase throughput. These probes provide the strongest return signal, have no upper dead band and are not affected by obstacles on the tank wall. High amplitude noise created as microwaves pass through the process seal between transmitter and probe has traditionally affected measurement accuracy at the top of the tank. Enhanced process seal design has enabled Emerson to eliminate this noise, facilitating accurate measurement to the top of the tank during both filling and emptying phases.

To increase measurement reliability and ease-of-use in upstream oil and gas applications, the Rosemount 5300 features a new factory-configured threshold setting, where the echo below the threshold is assumed to be oil and the echo above the threshold is assumed to be water. This eliminates double signal bounces that can be mistaken as an interface level measurement and enables more predictable behaviour. This creates a true plug-and-play device that simplifies installation and operation.

“Maximising tank capacity and increasing throughput are important objectives for end users, as this leads to increased profitability,” said Christoffer Widahl, product management lead with Emerson’s measurement and analytical business. “The ability of the Rosemount 5300 to accurately and reliably measure a thinner top liquid layer and right to the top of the tank, enables them to achieve this, even in the most challenging level and interface applications.”

To ensure the integrity of the transmitter in safety-critical applications such as overfill prevention and dry pump protection, verification reflector functionality enables comprehensive remote proof-testing of the device with 94% test coverage. This can be performed in minutes from the control room during operation and without having to raise the tank level to a potentially hazardous point, thereby reducing downtime, minimising risk and maximising the safety of both plant and workers. Compared with traditional diagnostics, which only monitor the transmitter electronics, verification reflector functionality can also be used to diagnose problems with the upper parts of the probe inside the tank, such as corrosion monitoring and other process-related conditions.

Further supporting increased ease-of-use, the Rosemount 5300 is now fully and easily configurable using a broad range of customer tools, with both the Device Descriptor and Device Type Manager configuration methods updated to the latest device dashboard. The device’s configuration software can now switch between Rosemount and NAMUR (Normenarbeitsgemeinschaft für Messund Regeltechnik in der Chemischen Industrie) alarm limits, thereby providing users with increased flexibility of choice.

@EMR_Automation  #PAuto @Rosemount_News @Emerson_News @HHC_Lewis

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Switch for e-bikest!

E-Bikes are becoming a more commonplace form of transport on our roads. The growing sales figures and increasing market share highlight their importance within the biking industry. E-Bike manufacturers are continually launching new innovations and technical advancements, such as manufacturer TQ-Systems who have initiated and established the market sector for premium class E-Bikes. They have technically revolutionized the market with its TQ HPR120S-Motor. An important component is the E-Bike sensor from ZF used for the measurement of the current riding speed.

For premium E-Bikes, all components must be qualitatively and functionally at their finest, from the drive to the battery and wiring. This is also valid for the speed sensor from ZF that in the TQ application delivers 18 pulses per rotation with 18-fold coding. This results in a much higher resolution as with standard sensors which in practice leads to a finer, more direct appeal of the E-Bike drive – especially at lower speed (e.g. for hill starts). The speed sensor mounted on the back wheel provides the system with precise information on the current speed. In combination with a torque sensor it enables a better alignment of the overall system. In addition, the ZF sensor is tamper-resistant and always submits precise results.

The E-Bike sensor is developed based on Hall technology and allows the customer to decide if the sensor should have a connector or a cable. The sensors need a continuous power supply of 4.5 – 20 VDC and measures frequencies between 1 and 2,500 Hz. They are designed for a temperature range from -20°C to +100°C and fulfill the requirements of IP67.

Originally, the ZF sensor has been developed for ABS applications. In addition to E-bikes, E-scooters are also a typical target market for the small and efficient sensor.

@zfswitch_sensor #Transport

TSN integration for Bus.

The goal set by PI (PROFIBUS & PROFINET International) to integrate TSN as additional Layer 2 technology in the PROFINET architecture has been reached with the current PROFINET specification V2.4. The specification work has been completed and the three parts of the document are available for download on their website.

Manufacturers and users alike can interoperably implement the advantages offered by TSN, such as future-proof IEEE Ethernet technology with higher bandwidth, deterministic, flexible network configuration and a large range of chips already available.

The user interface remains unchanged, i.e., the use of IO data, diagnostics and parameterization, since the new TSN mechanisms act largely on the underlying communication layers. This makes it easier for users to get started with the new technology.

Through the dedicated work of experts from many companies, the specification was prepared in just over a year in an intensive development and review process. The open discussion and many years of experience of the expert contributors in the respective working groups ensure an accurate and complete technical description.

In addition, both the initial implementations as well as concepts for the certification were created early on in parallel. The stability of the specification could thereby be tested and also demonstrated at trade fairs. For easy understanding of the functionality, a guideline is also available that clearly explains the fundamentals of TSN.

PROFINET specification 2.4 and IEEE specifications are necessary fundamentals above all for the developers of the basic technology of hardware and firmware. The device manufacturers then simply use the corresponding stacks or modules and no longer need to understand the details or even implement them themselves. As a result, device manufacturers can simply expand their existing PROFINET portfolio with TSN.

Of course, the specification will continue to be maintained in the familiar annual maintenance process so that new customer requirements, experiences from the field or technological developments can be integrated in an open and easy-to-understand way. This process supports the “living” PROFINET standard, which has proven itself a million times over and is still developed continuously, according to user needs and compatibility.

@AllThingsPROFI  #PAuto

Electrical measurement window.

Fluke has introduced an electrical measurement window which provides immediate access to voltage and current sensors inside an energised electrical panel. This offers decreased maintenance costs and reduced downtime. Power quality and energy measurements can be made using the external access points without opening the panel door, thus offering safer access and speedy connections.

The new Fluke PQ400 Electrical Measurement Window can be simply installed using a step drill bit and an electro-hydraulic hole punch. Three-phase voltage, current and ground connections cover most measurement configurations. Once installed, users can simply unlock the window cover, lift the lid and connect the analyser or logger leads. The Fluke PQ400 provides access to critical power quality and energy data to help reduce the risk of arc-flash and electrocution. Also by reducing the hazards associated with taking measurements on open panels, troubleshooting process time could be faster and connections can be made without impacting operations.

Automatic probe detection for Fluke 1740 and 1730 Series power quality and energy loggers and compatible clamps eliminate the need to open the cabinet to check the clamp model. Compatibility with standard 4mm shrouded safety-socket voltage test leads makes it easier to make voltage connections, increases safety by reducing the risk of accidentally touching live components and reduces the need for purchasing specialised voltage leads. The PQ400 is also compatible with the Fluke 430 Series Power Quality Analysers.

The PQ400 windows are safety rated to CAT IV 600V and CAT III 1000V. Full 360 degree rotation allows the electrical measurement window to be oriented in any direction.

@FlukeCorp  #PAuto #Electrical

VA meters for low flow!

New options for low flow measurement with variable area flowmeters have been introduced by Krohne: the H250 M40 with its extensive range of features and options is now available for very low flow rates, and the purgemeters DK32, DK34 and DK37/M8M have been re-assessed as SIL2 compliant.

The new H250 M40 low flow option combines the small measuring cones of the purgemeter DK37 with the extensive range of process connections, communication options and Ex-approvals of H250 M40. The new option is suitable for liquid flows starting at 0.16 l/h / 0.04 GPH and gas flows starting at 1.6 l/h / 0.06 SCFH.

Formerly rated SIL1, the purgemeters DK32, DK34 and DK37/M8M have been re-assessed as SIL2 compliant according to IEC 61508-2:2010 for the versions with NAMUR safety switches as well as for the NAMUR standard switches. Optional mechanical flow controllers or flange adapters are included in the SIL compliance. The SIL declarations of conformity and SIL safety manuals are available in the download center on their website.

@krohnegroup #Pauto @KROHNE_USA

Monday, July 15, 2019

Enhanced free sample service.

Anglia has upgraded Anglia Live, its e-commerce website, adding easier access to free samples, faster searches and improved keyword searching.

Customers with an Anglia Live credit account are now able to request free samples to support design evaluations and initial prototype builds directly from the site. Anglia has offered comprehensive access to free samples and evaluation kits for some time, but until now this service has been offered through a separate portal. Now, free samples are fully integrated with Anglia Live allowing customers to search stock and order samples from the same site.

David Pearson, Technical Director at Anglia, said, “Obtaining samples of a range of devices for evaluation on the bench in the context of a project is a key part of the design process. Anglia fully recognises that and our aim is to make access to free samples and development tools as quick and simple as possible.” He continued, “Anglia Live helps designers in their selection by prioritising results around parts which are profiled and recommended for new designs. Where devices have been discontinued by their original manufacturer or are subject to change notifications, these are clearly flagged as not recommended for new designs or removed from the site altogether.”

Other upgrades include extended coverage of industry standard part numbers included in the keyword search, allowing customers to cross reference more easily. The company has also harnessed best available technologies to improve the speed of response of the site, and especially to improve the search speed.

Anglia Live supports design engineers and purchasing managers at every stage as a project moves from design to volume production. Its features include a comprehensive parametric search engine covering all active supplier part numbers, including lines not held in stock, and cross-references over 2 million industry standard part numbers. All listings include live visibility of Anglia current and projected stock levels and any product change or termination notifications (PCN / PTN) issued by the supplier. Historic PCN and PTN information is also available. Anglia Live supports back and forward ordering, and allows customers to place orders on-line at their negotiated contract price. Registered users of Anglia Live also get access to Anglia Sigma, the unique vendor rating tool that provides customers with a complete overview of their business with Anglia in one convenient dashboard.

@angliaComponent #PAuto #Electronic 

Keeping pipelines safe and clean.

In order to cope with growing demand, Ashtead Technology has invested more than €223k (£200k) in its CCTV pipe inspection rental fleet over the last 6 months.

“We are continuously buying new technology,” reports Regional Sales Manager Jay Neermul, “but with more long-term national contracts in place, we have had to increase the number of cameras in stock, so that customers can choose the best and most appropriate equipment, wherever and whenever they need it.”

Recent examples of Ashtead Technology’s acquisitions include the iPEK Rovion ATEX crawler cameras and a range of MiniCam systems such as the iCam SOLOPro+ push-rod cameras with axial, pan & tilt and duo options, as well as the Proteus crawler cameras.

Eliminating the need for man-entry, a new floatation raft with EX Zone 2 certification has also been added to the fleet for applications with flowing water. With three powerful, angled, auxiliary LED light modules, the raft can be lowered in most manholes for the inspection of pipes from 60cm to over 200cm diameter.

A new portable trolley is also now available to store and transport all of the necessary equipment for pipe inspections. The trolley has been designed for Proteus inspection systems, and is particularly advantageous in applications with difficult access where inspections are undertaken at some distance from a vehicle. Jay says: “The raft and trolley were purchased in response to specific customer requests, and are good examples of the way in which we respond to customer needs by investing in the fleet and expanding equipment options for all of our customers.”

Commenting on the growth in long-term rental contracts, Jay says: “Many larger organisations have re-evaluated their instrumentation fleets and decided that rental represents a more attractive option – avoiding heavy capital investments and depreciation costs, whilst retaining access to the latest technologies.”

@ashteadtech #Environment @_Enviro_News 

Fomenting profitable growth in the field of bin-picking applications.

Stemmer Imaging AG has successfully concluded the acquisition of the Spanish group Infaimon S.L. today. The company is acquiring 100 per cent of the shares in the supplier of software and hardware for machine vision and robotics after approval of the transaction by all the relevant antitrust authorities.

The latest acquisition will be consolidated by Stemmer starting from 1 July 2019, as previously announced. The Management Board expects an additional revenue contribution of around €18 million and an EBITDA contribution of around €3 million in the 2019/2020 financial year.

“The acquisition is a gain on many different levels. United under the umbrella of Stemmer Imaging, together we can respond even more effectively to the changing market requirements and continue the profitable growth in the field of bin-picking applications. In addition we are now represented in all key European markets with our own locations and specialist staff. Over the past few weeks, we have been working with focus to ensure a smooth acquisition. We are therefore ideally prepared for a swift and successful integration,” says Lars Böhrnsen, CFO of Stemmer Imaging AG.

In closing this acquisition, the company successfully continues its international expansion strategy. The machine vision specialist is now represented in all key European markets with local branch offices. Headquartered in Barcelona, Infaimon S.L. has subsidiaries in Portugal and locations in Mexico and Brazil. These locations provide a solid foundation to enable Stemmer to expand into other countries such as the USA in the future. With the acquisition, they are also underscoring the strategic importance of state-of-the-art bin-picking solutions, an important capability in the context of Industry 4.0 applications which will further strengthen the company’s product and service portfolio.

@stemmerimaging #MachineVision @INFAIMON

Student STEM love in!

Students rose to the challenge of building robots and designing towers as Emerson hosted its latest We Love STEM day, to develop young people’s interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). More than 30 pupils aged 11 to 12 from three local schools took part, spending an enlightening day alongside Emerson employees and competing in fun, hands-on activities at the company’s facility in Slough (GB).

Emerson is committed to supporting STEM initiatives. ‘We Love STEM’ days, such as the one in Slough, are among the many events that the company either hosts or supports, with the aim of inspiring keen and talented youngsters to pursue a career in engineering and manufacturing.

During their day with Emerson, students from The Westgate School, The Beaconsfield School and Bourne End Academy each tackled a STEM tech challenge to build a robot. This enabled them to learn about ‘machine autonomous problem-solving’ and how to interpret and follow technical documents. The pupils also took on a STEM engineering design challenge to create a tower capable of supporting balls of varying sizes. This tested the students’ ability to work through the entire cycle of designing, building and testing a prototype.

In addition to these competitive challenges, the students were also given a tour of the Emerson manufacturing facility. This included interactive demonstrations of the various measurement technologies that are developed and manufactured there, and which are applied in industries such as oil and gas, power generation, and food and beverage production.

“Such a well-planned, inspiring day for our students,” said Alia Brammal, maths teacher at Bourne End Academy. “They were so engaged and loved all the activities. The girls have especially appreciated having their eyes opened to all the STEM opportunities.”

The event was co-ordinated by members of Emerson’s Women in STEM employee resource group, which provides employees with opportunities for volunteering, mentoring, networking and professional development.

“Fast-evolving digital technologies are transforming the way industrial process and manufacturing plants operate, so there is an increasing need for workers with excellent technical knowledge and skills,” said Emerson engineering project manager Adrianna Niedzwiecka, who organised the event. “However, across the UK there are not enough pupils, especially girls, studying the STEM subjects, resulting in a skills gap and a shortfall in the number of young people making their way into engineering and manufacturing. To help close this skills gap, it is vital for companies such as Emerson to do all we can to support STEM education and careers awareness.

“It was our pleasure to welcome so many enthusiastic students from our local schools, and we hope they have been inspired by what they learned in spending the day with us. STEM subjects are often perceived as being difficult, but we wanted to show that there’s plenty of scope to have fun with them too.”

Emerson’s ‘We Love STEM’ initiative was launched to help young people understand the significant impact STEM careers can have on the world, and it encourages talented students to develop their interest in STEM subjects. Thousands of students have attended employee-hosted ‘We Love STEM’ days at Emerson facilities around the world, and these events are just a part of the company’s efforts to help motivate the next generation of innovators. The initiative also provides a rich variety of resources in partnership with renowned science vlogger Hank Green, including inspirational videos and social media feeds, to empower future engineers.

@EMR_Automation  #STEM #England @Emerson_News @HHC_Lewis