Friday 26 February 2021

Programmable DC PSU.

The ADG-P Programmable DC Power Supply range has been added to Intepro Systems' power supply offerings. 

ADG-P Programmable DC PSU
The ADG-P provides high power density and output power, up to 100kW, in units that can be used as a standalone system or can be extended by parallel connections. Offering a wide voltage and current range, the ADG-P is a perfect solution for Renewable Energy, Smart Grid, and Electric Vehicle (EV) applications.

“The ADG-P series offers up to 100kW in a single unit, reducing the risk of interference from parallel connection signals as seen on other units requiring multi-unit parallel connections.” According to Joe Engler, one of Intepro’s Lead Engineers.

The ADG-P series has industry leading performance on ripple, response time, and voltage regulation. Intuitive local control via a 5” easy to use touchscreen and free user-friendly remote-control software simplifies systems integration. Operates in constant voltage, constant current and constant power modes with remote sensing for output line voltage drop compensation. Fully protected against over and under voltage, over current, overpower protection and over temperature protection.

The ADG-L series of programmable DC power supplies offers high power density, low noise, and tight regulation. The combination of DSP and PWM technologies has enabled significant advances in stability and measurements. The ADG-L series includes fourteen models with 4kW, 8kW and 12kW maximum output powers and Auto Range models are available to provide a higher output current at lower output voltage.

@InteproSystems @proactivefleet #PAuto 

Thursday 25 February 2021

Data analysis, visualization and report generation.

There is little doubt that the automotive industry leads the world in innovation. Crash tests, road tests, NVH analyses and engine test benches are all applications that create large amounts of data. The Kistler jBEAM software is designed specifically to provide an efficient and easy to use system for the analysis, visualization and report generation of large amounts of data. The jBEAM stand-alone, platform independent, multilingual system delivers better and faster analysis of the data and easy to interpret presentation using extensive visualization tools.

The Kistler JBEAM solution presents a highly flexible system that can be configured to precisely meet the demands of diverse applications. Intelligent data analysis recognizes patterns and identifies relationships with data evaluation tailored to specific measurement needs. System flexibility allows the creation of individual user interfaces and reports with scaling to maintain computing capacities in line with demand and requirements. Networking delivers globally managed measurement data whilst the special MDFS file system guarantees data integrity.

Kistler is well known for manufacturing precision sensors but delivering measurement data with the highest accuracy is only part of the story; data analysis of the same quality is essential to make the data useful. Whatever the reason for data collection, jBEAM interactively analyses the data quickly and efficiently and saves time by automatically creating reports in a wide range of standard file formats.
A complete system from day one but over time, as new features are implemented in response to user feedback and application requirements, jBEAM will evolve to meet the developing needs of the automobile industry.

#Kistler #Automotive #TandM

Oceanographic monitoring group appointments.

Two exceptional new members to the Teledyne Webb Research Glider team. Shea Quinn who is joining the team as the new Product Line Manager. Cordielyn Goodrich is a Customer Support Applications Engineer and member of the Glider Support Team.

Shea Quinn (top) and
Cordielyn Goodrich
When questioned about the potential impact of the new team members, Arnar Steingrimsson, Senior Director of Business Development – Vehicles, Teledyne Marine said, “We are excited to have Shea and Cordielyn join the Slocum glider team at Teledyne Webb Research. Both have a strong background in unmanned vehicles combined with existing connections to the Slocum user community and a customer centric approach that will both improve the overall Slocum customer experience and ensure that the Slocum glider maintains its position at the forefront of glider technology for years to come.”

In his new role, Shea is responsible for driving the product line development for the gliders and bringing voice of customer to the engineering and development process within the company. Shea will support the outside sales teams, agents, and customer base to assure that the products that are delivered meet customer expectations and specifications. Shea comes to Teledyne Webb Research from Lockheed Martin where he held several positions within the engineering group including most recently, Engineering Project Manager. Shea’s work experience at Lockheed includes a variety of unmanned and remotely operated vehicle projects. Shea earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at Villanova University and a Masters of Engineering in Systems Engineering and Project Management from Cornell University.

In Cordie’s new role, she is providing customer support and training for users, creating and updating user documentation, piloting TWR gliders, and assisting in final test of new vehicles and beta testing of new Slocum hardware and software. Cordie joins us from the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) where she was a Glider Research Specialist managing the Mid-Atlantic Glider Initiative and Collaboration (MAGIC) Lab. Cordie received her Bachelor of Mathematics from Washington College and a Master’s degree in Marine Studies from the University of Delaware, College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment.

• See also Oceanographic pioneer honoured (19/1/2021)

@TeledyneMarine @mrossiTDY #Oceanographic #Research

Monitoring airbourne particles an NO.

The Praxis/OPCube from South Coast Science, just launched clearly meets market demand as the first production batch has already sold. It has proven popular with customers looking for monitoring of ONLY airborne particles (PM1, PM2.5 & PM10) and NO, where raw as well as corrected sensor data is available to customers for validation purposes.

Britain's upcoming Environment Bill is set to adopt the World Health Organisation target for PM2.5 as a legal limit in the country and the Praxis/OPCube is an ideal, low-cost monitoring instrument to aid with compliance. It is well suited for air quality screening applications during episodes of temporary construction, on fence lines or longer-term deployment in urban environments.

As with its big brother, thePraxis/Urbann, high-quality Alphasense sensors provide proven sensing technology. It can also be deployed in a high-density monitoring network using the same data infrastructure and sampling rates as the Praxis/Urban so that in terms of accuracy and reliability, the two devices operate in the same league.

The Praxis/OPCube has a single gas sensor combined with a particulate monitor, which is sufficient for most environmental health contexts. The obvious benefit for the construction industry or other urban monitoring applications is that customers do not pay for redundant functionality or infrastructure.

As with the Praxis/Urban, the units are designed to update remotely, meaning the device firmware stays current throughout its lifetime and therefore ongoing maintenance costs are minimal.

Housings ready for assembly

Product specification:
• Robust - designed for long-term outdoor deployments
• Compact: 154x154x130mm, 2kg
• Local MicroSD card data storage and 4G mobile comms as standard
• Equipped with sensor for gas (selectable) + particulates + T + H
• Battery back-up in the event of power loss
• Same open-source design and data dashboard as Praxis/Urban

#SouthCoastScience #Environment, 

Air Velocity Sensor.

The EE680 air velocity sensor by E+E Elektronik is used to monitor the laminar flow in cleanrooms or on safety workbenches. The sensor precisely measures the air velocity up to 2 m/s (400 ft/min) and simultaneously also the temperature. It meets the requirements of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and is therefore ideally suited for the pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and microelectronics industries.

The flow sensing element used in the EE680 is based on the hot film anemometer principle and enables simultaneous measurement of air velocity and temperature. It provides accurate values from as low as 0.1 m/s (20 ft/min) and offers excellent long term stability and low angular dependence. The special E+E sensor coating makes the thin film sensing element highly resistant to H2O2 sterilisation and other aggressive cleaning agents.

Factory multi-point adjustment of the air velocity ensures high measurement accuracy over the entire working range. An adjustment point at 0.45 m/s (88.6 ft/min) takes into account the air flow range defined in the EU GMP directive for the manufacture of sterile medical devices. The measurement accuracy of the sensor is confirmed by an inspection certificate in accordance with DIN EN 10204-3.1.

With its smooth stainless steel enclosure and a sensor design optimised for laminar flow monitoring, the EE680 meets the requirements of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) in the cleanroom. The straight or angled design of the sensor with different probe lengths allows for wall or ceiling mounting at the ideal distance from the filter element, according to EN ISO 14644-3. The practical mounting flange and M12 stainless steel connector facilitate the installation and replacement of the EE680.

An LED ring integrated into the enclosure indicates the laminar flow conditions and the sensor status. Any deviation from the target state or operating fault can therefore be quickly detected. The preset threshold values and further indication options can be configured individually.

The measured values for air velocity and temperature are optionally available at the analogue voltage or current output, or at the RS485 interface via the Modbus RTU protocol. The type of measured value output can also be retroactively configured. Configuring and adjusting the EE680 is a particularly user-friendly experience with the help of an optional adapter and the free configuration software.

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

#EPulse #PAuto #Pharma

Wednesday 24 February 2021

Flexible training ensures efficient operation and maintenance of critical systems.

 A new global training programme aimed at supporting those responsible for operating and maintaining industrial data communications networks has been launched by Westermo. 

Offering flexible online and in-person training, the Westermo Academy will provide certified courses to network engineers wherever they are located around the world, ensuring they have the expertise needed to maximise the performance and reliability of industrial networks.

Having the right knowledge and skills are key to the successful implementation, operation and maintenance of industrial data communications networks. However, not all companies have the necessary expertise available in-house. Industrial networking is constantly evolving to create more complex, resilient and secure networks, and with data networks often the backbone of mission-critical systems, it is essential for engineers to gain regular training updates.

“Westermo has provided certified training courses since 2014, with hundreds of engineers attending a course on-site or at one of our training facilities,” explained Fredrik Oskarsson, product manager services at Westermo. “The launch of the Westermo Academy is a significant enhancement of our existing training services, ensuring that our certified courses are available around the world, but also increasing the flexibility and availability of training.”

The Westermo Academy includes a flexible online learning platform that allows courses to be selected and attended according to the learner’s needs, location and own timetable. All existing courses have been refreshed, to ensure they include the most relevant and up-to-date information and are provided in the most logical and easy to grasp format. Training can be delivered online or on-site/offsite, initially in English, but in local languages in the near future. Many of the courses give attendees hands-on experience to help improve familiarity with, and the efficient operation of, Westermo devices.

The training courses are delivered by industrial data communications experts, who also have industry experience aligned with specific applications. Currently, there are four courses available, with  an ‘introduction to IP’ and an ‘introduction to WeOS’ providing a gateway to the certified engineer courses focused on switching and routing. Additional courses will be made available that have introduction, fundamental, intermediate, advanced and expert levels of content.

“With data networks now an essential part of most operations, it is critical to have the available expertise to maintain these networks and be able to respond immediately should there be an issue,” said Ant Lane, Westermo Academy instructor. “With the Westermo Academy, what we offer is real world experience and knowledge that can help on-site engineers find a quick and practical solution.”

@westermo @WestermoUK @HHC_Lewis #Pauto #Communications

Thermal imagers for easier proactive maintenance.

Two new rugged, reliable and accurate thermal imagers, the TiS55+ and TiS75+ have been launched by Fluke. These are ideal solutions for carrying out preventative maintenance. 

Designed for one-handed use, the infrared inspection tools easily capture professional, high quality images of hot spots on machines and factory equipment, ensuring potential problems are caught before they lead to failures. Both the TiS55+ and TiS75+ provide a sharp, clear view of potential issues, and can be used by customers with no infrared imaging experience.

Jai Gandhi, Sales Program Manager at Fluke says: “The new TiS55+ and TiS75+ thermal imagers give maintenance teams the chance to move away from cumbersome clipboards and notebooks by adopting a wireless, one-step transfer of measurements. Quick and easy to use, the thermal imagers give customers the confidence to make maintenance decisions based on robust and traceable data, ensuring factory equipment can achieve maximum uptime.” 

Able to store around 500 images, the TiS55+ and TiS75+ come with built-in personal assistants that organise captured images and offer increased functionality by enabling users to add their own information. 

Key features include:
• Voice annotation – Users can record instant notes with up to 60 seconds of voice recording for each thermal image.
• IR-Photo Notes – Users can add visible light photos to the thermal image file and use those as a reference when analysing results.
• Asset Tagging – Users can scan a QR code on an asset to automatically organise and file thermal images. This eliminates data-entry errors by saving measurements directly from the camera and associating them with the asset record.

Offering extreme durability, the TiS55+ and TiS75+ thermal imagers are water and dust resistant (IP54) and have been engineered to withstand a two-meter drop. Both devices are powered by a lithium-ion rechargeable battery, offering up to three and a half hours of continuous use. Users can also set their own colour alarms, setting a maximum or minimum temperature threshold to highlight a particular hot spot or area of interest.

The TiS55+ and TiS75+ include wireless connectivity, allowing users to easily connect with PCs and portable devices such as iPhones and iPads. To aid collaborations with other maintenance staff, measurement data can also be shared using ShareLive video calls and emails. Users can save time and improve the reliability of their maintenance data by wirelessly syncing measurements using the optional Fluke Connect system.

The equipment maintenance software allows assigning images to assets automatically (via asset ID from camera) or manually and allows creation of work orders and easy comparison between different measurement types, such as mechanical, electrical or infrared images. The Fluke TiS75+ offers even greater functionality. The wide field of view enable users to capture the full scene, even in tight spots. It can also record up to five minutes of radiometric video to get a picture of temperature variations over time.

In addition to alerting about hot spots, the TiS75+ thermal camera detects areas at risk of moisture damage using a new dew point calculation feature. Once dew point is calculated, the camera will display the Dew Point Colour Alarm. Everything the camera displays that is at the dew point temperature and below will display as a thermal image. Everything above will display as a visual light image. This allows users to easily identify where condensation is occurring, and a scale of how far objects are below the dew point.

@FlukeCorp @FlukeCal @NapierPR #TandM #Pauto 

Tuesday 23 February 2021

Changing of the guard.

The founding generation (Therese Havemann, Klaus Havemann, Dr. Axel Hunsche) of German testing machine manufacturer TesT passing the baton to the succeeding generation (Jan Havemann, Arne Havemann, Julia Kiewitter (neé Hunsche) in the form of a spanner

Twenty six years ago, Dr Axel Hunsche, Therese Havemann and Klaus Havemann decided to found TesT. At that time, they were already able to contribute their experience and expertise in measurement and testing technology and mechanical engineering as a tried and tested team. This is how they laid a strong foundation for a company which has been successful on this day.

The second generation now follow in commitment to the SME family business. Julia Kiewitter (née Hunsche), Arne Havemann and Jan Havemann succeed to the management of TesT from 2021 as co-managing directors. They have already been well established in the company for years and have passed through all company divisions in various roles. 

In addition, due to their respective education in business administration, physics and mechanical engineering, the new management trio ideally complements each other professionally regarding the orientation of the company. At the annual company anniversary celebration in October 2020, the baton was already ceremoniously passed to the next generation in the form of a spanner. Julia Kiewitter, Arne Havemann and Jan Havemann are looking forward to embarking onto the future - together with the entire TesT family .

@PresseBox #TesT #PAut #TandM 

Keeping cool.

P&N Europe develops and produces high efficiency cooling assemblies, based on peltier technology. 

These assemblies can be developed in accordance to customers’ requirements to efficiency, performance and durability. As for the brand of cooling fans, heatsinks and all other equipment everything can be adapted to a customer’s requirements. The assemblies can be delivered including the right connectors and interfaces, with thermo-protection and suitable controllers. 

All peltier elements are developed and manufactured at P&N Europe’s mother company, P&N Technology. These thermoelectric modules listed among the best in the market.

@PresseBox #PandN #Cooling #PAuto

Monday 22 February 2021

Ethernet fieldbus controller acquires info.

Burster's new generation 9251 series fieldbus controller (available through Ixthus Instrumentation in Britain), supports PROFINET, EtherCAT and ETherNet/IP - and in combination with the well proven 9250 series universal instrumentation amplifiers make light work of sensor data acquisition for the Industry 4.0 age. 

Featuring automatic channel detection/addressing for up to eight 9250 instrumentation amplifiers and with flexible configuration using Burster’s DigiVision PC software via an integral USB interface, the 9251 has ample ability to simultaneously acquire and transfer large amounts of disparate sensor measurement data through the Ethernet fieldbus to PLCs, DAQ systems and other control systems.

Burster’s 9251 Ethernet fieldbus controller and 9250 instrumentation amplifier systems enable the flexibility to mix the customer’s preferred strain gauge, potentiometer, voltage or TTL sensor technologies. With rapid sensor set-up using Burster’s TEDS push-button auto-sensing facility, this extends to a manufacturer-independent choice that allows the integration of sensor data for complete machines and systems where high precision and real-time measurement of torque, force, vibration, pressure, etc., is required for extensive condition monitoring and preventative maintenance purposes – a pre-requisite of Industry 4.0.

The 9251 Ethernet controller also offers an optional analogue input with a ±10 V range that may be used as an additional measurement channel - allowing up to nine sensors per Ethernet fieldbus interface. This same option includes a PLC I/O channel (DIN61131) that may be used for tare, tare reset, or limit reset etc.

Their 9250 series instrumentation amplifier is based on 24-bit A to D conversion for highly accurate measurement with the sensor power provided by the amplifier module and no additional voltage source required. The amplifier may also be used independently of the fieldbus controller – its USB port and Burster’s DigiVision PC software may be used to configure autonomous measurement systems where a choice of sensor output and a range of other parameters can be called and set. As with many of its sensor products Burster can optionally supply these instrumentation amplifiers with DAkkS-certified calibration certificates.

The durable and compact 9251 and 9250 housings, finished in a polyamide material with metal support elements, feature DIN- rails mounting for convenient installation with the possibility to mount the amplifiers close to the sensor if required.

@IxthusInst @burstermeasure @mepaxIntPR #PAuto #Fieldbus

Performance in aerospace, security and space recognised.

Intelliconnect (Europe) Ltd  has been re-approved to the SC21 Silver Performance Standard Award for a third consecutive year by the SC21 Board of ADS, the Trade Organisation for the Aerospace, Security and Space Industry Supply Chain Programme.

The SC21 Board recognises this as a significant achievement which is nationally recognised and has offered their congratulations to the entire team at Intelliconnect for obtaining this important recognition award as part of their supply chain excellence journey.  

ADS has had over 850 active participating companies, ranging from SMEs to prime contractors, signed up to the principles of SC21, all engaged in demonstrating their continuous performance improvement.

Roy Phillips, Managing Director of Intelliconnect, comments, “It’s a great testament to our whole team that we have continued to meet the stringent requirements of SC21 during such a difficult year during which we actually managed to grow our sales by 30%. Since achieving our first bronze award in 2016 we continue to be focussed on continuous improvement, and I must thank all our staff for their great efforts. The award is recognised throughout our major markets and assures our customers that supply chain excellence is one of our key goals.”

SC21 is a change programme designed to accelerate the competitiveness of the aerospace and defence industry by raising the performance and reliability of its supply chains. International competition, together with the challenges posed by the Defence Industrial Strategy, necessitates rapid improvement in the effectiveness of British supply chains. At the same time British industry must ensure that it delivers competitive solutions for customers whilst maintaining profitable business growth.

Recognition can occur only after all of the SC21 required framework elements have been proved to meet the required criteria in terms of delivery, quality, sustainable improvement and the associated improvement frameworks including business and manufacturing excellence.

Meeting the requirements of the SC21 accreditation provides Intelliconnect with an important tool to manage and improve the company and has already had a positive effect on their business. SC21 provides a robust framework for operational improvements at minimal cost to the business by applying lean production principles and tools combined with a continuous improvement philosophy.

@Intelli_Connect @proactivefleet  #PAuto #Aerospace #Security #Britain

Multi rotary switch.

The new Elma MR50 multi rotary switch is now available from Foremost Electronics. Rugged rotary switches have a wide number of industrial applications and are indispensable in the agricultural vehicle sector where they are subjected to very harsh conditions.
“The market for compact robust electromechanical HMI products offering operators safe and simple operation and direct tactile feedback continues to grow in industrial and vehicle systems. While touch screens are increasing in popularity as an HMI solution, they are not always suitable for noisy, harsh environments or when operators may have to wear protective clothing such as gloves. The new Elma MR50 multi rotary switch offers a compact, rugged, flexible control product.” said Alan Vincent, Sales Director at Foremost.
The MR50 is an extremely small yet robust, multifunctional rotary switch providing the highest functionality and performance in a minimal space for compact control panels and portable devices. Front panel sealing to IP60 and IP68 and offering exceptional vibration resistance the Elma MR50 series is an ideal rotary selector for building site machinery and vehicles and agricultural applications.

This switch is highly customizable and has been used in applications as diverse as target aiming devices, night vision devices, interface solutions, two-way radios, cockpit applications (aircraft, automotive, construction machines), portable devices (communication, medical, rescue, sports, transportation, measuring, photo/video and test equipment.
With a diameter of just ½” (12.7mm) the MR50 provides up to 16 switch positions, with switching torques of up to 6 Ncm, and operates in either shorting or non-shorting mode. With gold-plated contacts (3-micron gold), the switch performs over the operating temperature range of -45 °C to +85 °C.

@proactivefleet  #4mostelectronics #Pauto #Agriculture #Automotive #Aeromnautics

Battery with long service life.

The new Li-Ion battery pack BP-LIO-1525 from Bicker Elektronik offers five times more charge / discharge cycles than conventional lead-acid batteries and thus guarantees a particularly long service life. The high-quality battery pack impresses both in industrial use and in medical technology applications with its approvals according to IEC / EN 62133-2: 2017 and UL 62133: 2017 Ed.2.

The BP-LIO-1525 has an integrated BMS (Battery Management System) to optimize service life and safety. The BMS monitors and controls the entire charging and discharging process for each battery cell in the energy storage system. The NTC temperature sensor, which is led outside, enables permanent monitoring of the Li-Ion cell temperature for charging optimization and operational safety.

In terms of system integration and economy (TCO), Lithium-Ion cells enable energy storage devices with space and weight savings of up to 75% - compared to conventional lead-acid batteries. Lithium is the lightest metal in the periodic table and has ideal electrochemical properties for providing high specific energy densities (Wh / kg). Also many times higher than with lead-acid batteries is the number of charging cycles and the realizable Depth of Discharge (DoD). Finally the service life under comparable operating conditions is up to five times longer.

With the help of the system present function, the output of the battery pack remains deactivated (output voltage = 0V) until the main current path is released by bridging the communication plug. Otherwise the BMS locks the MOSFET main switch permanently. Since the components on the BMS board run in standby mode, this power-saving function also increases the shelf life of the (charged) BP-LIO-1525.

The integrated cell balancing ensures a balanced and uniform charge of all cells, so that the full capacity of the lithium-ion battery pack remains permanently usable. This has a particularly positive effect on the service life, number of cycles and capacity of the energy storage. 

@bicker_de @PresseBox #PAuto #Medical

Friday 19 February 2021

Explosion-Proof/Flameproof field-mount enclosure.

The Moore Industries' BH Explosion-Proof/Flameproof Field-Mount Enclosure for Hockey-Puck Instruments provides excellent protection for field-mounted units, and meets standards for enclosing indoor and outdoor electronic instruments. 

The BH is designed for use in areas where explosion-proof/flameproof, dust-ignition proof, or intrinsically-safe approvals are required. Meeting NEMA 4X and IP66 ratings, the BH housing is resistant to ultraviolet rays and chemicals. Its high-impact structure protects instruments even in harsh field conditions. This housing includes two metric or NPT conduit side entry ports and an optional third bottom port for temperature sensor connection.

The BH can be ordered with a choice of glass or solid covers. The online Moore Industry catalog has easy-to-download information such as free CAD drawings and specifications. CAD drawings for the BH enclosure can be accessed quickly by clicking on the 3D cube in the lower corner of the BH product photo. The pop-up viewer provides a rotating view, and you can download the 3D CAD model in several popular file formats. The specifications are located in the data sheet on the BH instrument housing catalog pages. 

@MII_Worldwide #PAuto #Safety

Automated optical inspection enhanced.

Mycronic is to offer Aegis Software’s FactoryLogix® software solution with their K-Series 3D AOI (Automated Optical Inspection) equipment platform through an extended agreement between the two companies. 

For more than twenty years, Aegis Software and Mycronic have maintained a synergistic and mutually beneficial relationship, and this expansion offers exponential benefits to their respective customers. With this recent amendment, programming support is now enabled for the majority of Mycronic’s equipment, potentially enabling FactoryLogix to become a single-point programming tool for the entire MYPro assembly line. The powerful combination of Aegis Software and Mycronic AB are empowering manufacturers to accelerate New Product Introductions faster with less machine downtime, ultimately driving increased productivity and competitive advantage.

Clemens Jargon, SrVP HF Division, Mycronic AB, stated, "As manufacturers increasingly look for ways to streamline processes further and accelerate productivity, FactoryLogix will be an important tool for our customers to take the complexity out of automation and achieve powerful benefits."

“Successful two-decade-long corporate relationships are not very common, and we are proud to have had that with Mycronic. We look forward to continuing together with them on this journey by offering collaborative solutions that deliver next-generation factory automation and transformation,” said Jason Spera, CEO of Aegis Software. “FactoryLogix and Mycronic are enabling manufacturers to dramatically shorten time-to-market, maximize productivity, drive operational excellence, and exceed customer expectations. We are pleased to continue to deliver Aegis solutions through our longtime partner Mycronic.”

FactoryLogix is a holistic and modular platform that delivers leading-edge technology with easily configurable modules to support and execute a discrete manufacturer’s strategy towards Industry 4.0. FactoryLogix manages the entire manufacturing lifecycle: from product launch to material logistics, through manufacturing execution and quality management, to powerful analytics and real-time dashboards. This end-to-end platform is helping companies accelerate product introductions, streamline processes, improve quality and traceability, reduce costs, and gain greater visibility for competitive advantage and profitability.

@FactoryLogix @Mycronic #PAuto #MES 

Neuer Termin für verschobene Konferenz.

In English

Ursprünglich war die iCC als zweitägige Konferenz in Baden-Baden (Deutschland) im März 2020 geplant. 

Aufgrund der Covid-19-Pandemie wurde sie verschoben. Die 17. internationale CAN-Konferenz (iCC) findet vom 14. bis 17. Juni statt. Die Veranstaltung ist an vier Halbtagen geplant, so dass Teilnehmer aus Asien, Europa und Amerika sich zu akzeptablen Tageszeiten einwählen könne. 

Das Programm der verschobenen Konferenz wurde beibehalten. CAN XL, die dritte Generation des CAN-Protokolls, ist das Thema mit dem höchsten Neuigkeitsgrad. Selbstverständlich, aktualisieren die Sprecher ihre Vorträge. Neben CAN XL gibt es selbstverständlich noch weitere interessante Themen, die auf der Konferenz behandelt werden.


Die erste iCC fand 1994 statt. "Sie gilt als qualitativ hochwertige Fachkonferenz, die alle OSI-Schichten abdeckt," erklärte Holger Zeltwanger, CiA-Geschäftsführer und iCC-Programmkomitee-Vorsitzender. "Wer sich über die neuesten Informationen bezüglich CAN austauschen möchte, sollte an dieser Veranstaltung teilnehmen.“


Am Ende jedes Konferenztages gibt es eine Frage-und-Antwort-Sitzung, in der alle Sprecher des Tages anwesend sind. Da es keine Tischausstellung mit informellen Pausengespräche gibt, bietet der Veranstalter alternativ an jedem Konferenztag den CiA-CAN-Coffee-Chatraum an. In ihm können zwanglos alle Themen angesprochen werden – auch die, die nicht im offiziellen Konferenzprogramm stehen.

@CANopen #PAuto

Conference goes on-line.

Auf Deutsch

Originally, the iCC was planned as two-day conference in Baden-Baden (D). However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was postponed. 

The 17th international CAN Conference (iCC) will now take place as an online conference from June 14 to June 17. Now, the iCC is scheduled on four half-days allowing people from Asia, Europe, and America to participate jointly at a convenient time. The program is intended to be the same as of the postponed conference. The most interesting topic is CAN XL, the third CAN data link layer generation. Of course, the speakers are updating their papers and some additional presentations are given, or if necessary new papers will be acquired. Besides CAN XL, there are a lot of other interesting topics covered by this conference. 

The first iCC was held in 1994. “It is regarded as a technical high-level conference for CAN technology covering all OSI layers,” said Holger Zeltwanger, CiA Managing Director and iCC program committee chair. “Who likes to discuss the latest information on CAN technology should attend this event.”

At the end of each conference day, there is a question and answer session provided, in which all speakers of the day are present. Unfortunately, the iCC is not accompanied by a tabletop exhibition. Therefore, is also no opportunity for informal talks as usually possible in the breaks. Alternatively, CiA offers the CiA CAN Coffee (C3) chat rooms for such informal meetings. These chat rooms can be used to discuss different topics, which are not in the official conference program. The possibility of private breakout chats is under consideration.

Early birds get a discount on the conference fee. CiA plans a supporting program with ‘open’ CiA technical group meetings and CiA webinars.

@CANopen #PAuto 

Thursday 18 February 2021

Miniature stepper-gearmotors and drive.

The new range of Micro Motors miniature stepper-gearmotors and a simple dipswitch-configured single-axis stepper drive are the latest new products from Mclennan.  

The four stepper gearmotors each offer a wide choice of spur-gear reduction ratios for maximum application flexibility and combine with the user programmable drive to provide a competitively priced and compelling solution for basic motion control tasks. The easy-to-use drive features a choice step and direction input control or various emulated ‘brushless’ speed modes and will particularly suit OEMs and end-users that need uncomplicated and affordable position- or speed-based miniature power transmission control.

The innovative MM003AT/21-22 stepper motor drive requires an external 12 to 30 V DC or 12 to 24 V AC power supply and has dipswitch selectable current output of 160 mA or 330 mA. The corresponding motor torque and speed varies according to supply voltage and current settings. The PCB mounted drive features screw terminal strip connections for power and control signal inputs that include a 5 to 30V square wave signal for step/direction control as well as a clockwise/anticlockwise direction input - used in conjunction with a choice of 5V, 10V or 4…20 mA input levels for proportional speed control. An onboard trimmer is also available for acceleration/deceleration control in all modes. The dipswitch is used to select the various control modes as well as a select a fixed direction for the emulated ‘brushless’ speed modes. There is provision on the drive board for two sizes of motor connection. With dimensions of 33 x 33 x 14 mm and weight of 10 grams, the tiny drive is easily installed on the customers equipment with a single hole mounting.

Through the four stepper-gearmotor models, that cover a wide choice of gear reduction ratios, typical maximum holding-torque and speed specifications are up to 1500 mNm at 2 RPM and 220 mNm at 150 rpm. Variation in these specifications would be anticipated when used with the MM003AT/21-22 stepper drive and Mclennan are on hand to discuss specific applications and help with selection or other stepper drive solutions that may be more suitable for the customer’s application. The four gearmotor models are extremely durable with the gear unit components well proven in Micro Motors’ range of DC brushed and brushless gearmotors. All have metal housings and provision for simple face mounting and torque-matched output shafts. They are also compact - the maximum overall length of the 40 mm diameter gear unit is just 52 mm. The gearmotors and drive specifications are comprehensively covered in a 12-page brochure available for download.

Mclennan works closely with Italian company Micro Motors and other selected global motion control component manufacturers, and with its own in-house design and manufacturing capability, offers complete integrated mechatronics assemblies with, linear and rotary positioning tables, customised mechanics, gearheads and other power train components. Motor technologies include brushed and brushless servo motors, stepper motors, small AC motors and complementary gear unit drive technologies together with motion controls and software for competitively priced multi-axis motion sub-systems for use throughout industrial and OEM automated machine control applications.

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Holding steady through 2021.

Endress+Hauser has weathered the crisis year 2020 in good shape. However, the Group’s consolidated sales fell – strongly influenced by exchange rate effects – by almost 3 percent to just under €2.6 billion. Even a strong laboratory business could only partially offset the shortfalls in process automation, which was hit harder by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.*

Bridging  the physical distance to customers in
the pandemic with digital & emotional proximity
While sales development last year fell well short of targets, the Group maintained profits at a strong level. “Endress+Hauser’s financial solidity has not suffered during the crisis,” emphasized Chief Financial Officer Dr Luc Schultheiss. The company was able to avoid short-time work and even slightly increased employment. At the end of 2020, Endress+Hauser had more than 14,400 employees worldwide, over 100 more than a year ago.

Endress+Hauser has always remained able to deliver despite the pandemic. “We have bridged the physical distance to our customers with digital and emotional proximity,” said Chief Executive Officer Matthias Altendorf. He sees the company as well equipped, even if the next few months continue to be dominated by the coronavirus crisis: “Our innovative strength is unbroken. Endress+Hauser will launch more product innovations in 2021 than ever before.”

The impact of the pandemic continues to affect individual market regions, customer industries and fields of activity very differently. Nevertheless, Endress+Hauser has made a good start to the current year. The Group expects growth in the single-digit percentage range in 2021 but sees profits under increased pressure. The company does not expect a fundamental recovery in the global economy until the end of the year.

@Endress_Hauser @Endress_US @Endress_CA @Endress_UK #PAuto #Automation #coróinvíreas #COVID19 #coronavirus

Wednesday 17 February 2021

The journey of a global leader in connector & cable solutions.

Founded in Switzerland in 1946 in Morges along the Geneva lake shore, LEMO® took its name from the company's founder, the current CEO’s grandfather, engineer Léon Mouttet. 

Originally a manufacturer of contacts in noble and rare metals, the company took a major step forward in 1957 with the invention of the Push-Pull self-latching connector. 

Today, the company offers a rich portfolio of interconnection solutions: cables, connectors and cable assembly services. LEMO's high quality Push-Pull connectors are found in a variety of challenging applications including medical, industrial control, test and measurement, audio-video and telecommunications. The third-generation family-owned company, with a staff of 1800 employees, is represented worldwide through 20 sales offices and multiple production sites in Europe, USA and Asia.

This is their 75th anniversary video.

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Vibration testing of bolt connections.

TesT has launched the next generation of Junker testing machines with transverse displacement amplitude control. This new technology allows simulation of the conditions in the field even more realistically.

A bolted connection often bears a lot of responsibility: e.g. in railroad or aeronautical engineering. But what can it withstand and how long before it loosens? The Junker test has always been the preferred method to get the required answers for quality assurance. It is used in particular to measure the service life of a bolted connection under dynamic transverse load. But the established method still had its weaknesses. 

Up to now, it has only been possible and standardized on a vibration test stand to adjust the transverse stroke without specimen before the test. During the test, however, the actual resulting stroke declined because the bolted connection was tightened. If the bolt then loosened during the test, the stroke continued to change. 

In the field it is ultimately the forced transverse stroke that leads to the loosening of bolt connections. In order to enable a more differentiated test setup, the new TesT 208.200kN allows to control the transverse stroke in a closed loop as desired during the running test. The transverse displacement amplitude can be kept constant. Any desired ramps or other sequences can be simulated. 

The product innovation already anticipates the new aviation standard ISO 16130, which describes amplitude regulation during the execution of experiments as preferred. It meets DIN 65151, DIN 25201-4, DIN 16130 and can be used to test all elements of bolt connections and locking systems. With the 208.200kN, TesT has further developed the Junker test decisively, setting new standards in the quality assurance of bolted joints. 

@PresseBox #TandM #Safety

Steel adaptor range expanded.

Eaton has relaunched and expanded its steel adapter portfolio in the EMEA areas, with more than 2,000 part numbers to be offered starting in the first quarter of 2021.

Steel adapter configurations include:
• ORFS (O-Ring Face Seal)
• BSPP (British Standard Pipe Parallel thread)
• NPTF (National Pipe Thread)
• ORB (O-ring Boss Seal)
• Split Flange
• SAE 37 Degree Flare (JIC)
• Metric Terminal ends

Standardized to fit almost any hydraulic fluid conveyance application, Eaton’s broad steel adapter portfolio spans many sizes and end connections. Already proven in the North America and Asia Pacific markets, Eaton’s steel adapters enable the highest performing hose assemblies for a wide range of industries, such as mining, oil and gas, renewable power, and transportation. When Eaton hoses and steel adapters are combined as a complete system, the resulting assemblies can support much higher operating pressures — up to 125 percent above Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) standards.

Eaton’s steel adapters also come with Dura-Kote™ plating as standard. This innovative plating technology offers up to 10 times better corrosion protection than SAE standards, preventing red rust for a minimum of 720 hours. As a result, Dura-Kote™ enables a longer in-application lifespan for Eaton’s steel adapters, as well as an improved appearance, no incompatibility issues, lower maintenance costs, reduced downtime and less chance of leakage. Additionally, Eaton’s steel adapters maintain a 4:1 safety factor across all configurations and sizes to protect both people and equipment.

“Our comprehensive steel adapter portfolio offers huge advantages for customers in EMEA,” commented Christian Kuenstel, product manager connectors, Eaton EMEA. “We combine the proven ability to enable outstanding hose assembly performance with a wide range of designs that can meet varied application demands. Exceeding industry specifications for both operating pressures and corrosion resistance, our steel adapters can unlock much greater value for customers.

“As a global business we can offer the availability, fast delivery times and competitive prices customers need to succeed in today’s market. “We can also provide bespoke steel adapter testing and certification to help our customers meet their specific application demands.”

Adhering to strict SAE design criteria, Eaton’s steel adapters are rigorously tested to ensure they provide the best possible performance in conjunction with other Eaton products. Manufactured in ISO-certified facilities, Eaton’s steel adapters also undergo the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) Product Part Approval Process.

@eatoncorp @NapierPR #PAuto #EMEA

New 5G RF regulatory test system.

The RF Regulatory Test System ME7803NR from Anritsu is a solution for regulatory compliance testing of 5G communications systems.

The newly developed RF Regulatory Test System ME7803NR uses the Radio Communication Test Station MT8000A as a simulated 5G NR base station in combination with a spectrum analyzer and signal generator to implement ARIB/ETSI/FCC-compliant FR1 RF tests. In addition, the measurement efficiency and quality of 5G terminals are assured by the easy-to-operate GUI and built-in calibration function for improved reliability. It is a platform that can perform spurious tests and interference tests, which are difficult for customers to build their own test environment.

Key Features
• Supports World Regional Frequency Bands. Certified North-American, European, and Asian bands as well as other future regional bands to be deployed (5G NR Bands and 5G NSA mode LTE Bands for LTE Anchor) are supported.
• Maximizes Value of Customers’ Prior Equipment Investment. Customers can configure the ME7803NR test system by adding their own Anritsu standalone test equipment, such as the MT8000A, MT8821C, MS2840A/MS2850A, MG3710E, MG3694C, etc., to minimize additional required hardware purchases.
• Common Regulatory Tests. The MT8000A and MT8821C used by the ME7803NR can share SAR/OTA/EMC tests.
• Calibration Function for Better Reliability. The built-in calibration function for use when changing the connection configuration improves measurement stability and measured value reliability.

The ME7803NR makes it easy to evaluate whether the RF performance of 5G terminals meets regulatory requirements as well as simplifies evaluation of whether radio-waves are being used efficiently or not, helping 5G market penetration. Anritsu expects its new ME7803NR to play an important role in deploying commercial 5G mobile network services by facilitating the spread of 5G terminals.

The RF Regulatory Test System ME7803NR supports FR1 RF regulatory compliance tests of 5G NR terminals. It is used with the Radio Communication Test Station MT8000A simulating a 5G NR base station, the Radio Communication Analyzer MT8821C operating as an LTE Anchor, and with various other test equipment and dedicated software to implement required 5G RF Regulatory (ARIB/ETSI/FCC) Conducted tests using 5G NR Non-Standalone (NSA) mode call connections.

@Anritsu @AnritsuEMEA @NapierPR #5G #TandM 

Tuesday 16 February 2021

Smart temperature.

Rugged field transmitter provides innovative functionality, improved measurement performance, and ease of use for applications in harsh environment conditions.

The iTEMP TMT142B, a new generation smart temperature transmitter with Bluetooth has been launched by Endress+Hauser. The transmitter delivers highly accurate and reliable measurements, wireless communication via Bluetooth, and user-friendly operation—all packaged in a robust single-chamber field housing. The technology offers significant improvements in process efficiency and plant availability while reducing costs.

In industrial process engineering applications, temperature transmitters are an important link between temperature sensors in the process and the higher levels of automation. Measurement instruments are often installed in difficult-to-access locations, which frequently makes commissioning, operation and servicing more difficult.

To address these and other issues, the transmitter features a highly secure integrated Bluetooth interface that enables users to wirelessly visualize measured values, NAMUR NE 017 diagnostic information, as well as perform configuration tasks. The device is extremely easy and fast to operate using your phone or tablet and the Endress+Hauser SmartBlue app. No special tools required. Access to the device is password-protected, and Endress+Hauser security provisions for Bluetooth communication complies with the highest standards.

The newly developed backlit display provides excellent readability under all environmental conditions, both in the dark and bright sunlight. Diagnostic messages are highlighted when the normally white background turns red.

The conversion of different sensor signals into a stable, standardized output signal (4 to 20 mA) represents a logistical challenge as it often requires multiple transmitter variations. To meet this challenge, the configurable single-channel device transmits converted signals from resistance sensors (RTD), thermocouples (TC), resistances (Ω) and voltage transmitters (mV) via the 4 to 20 mA signal or the HART 7 communication.

iTEMP TMT142B temperature transmitter is designed for safe operation in hazardous areas as certified by international approvals (ATEX, CSA C/US, IECEx). Safe operation is enhanced by the incorporation of an integrated overvoltage protection that protects the device from damage and permits continued functionality after common upset events.

@Endress_Hauser @Endress_US @Endress_UK #PAuto 

Ethernet connections.

The ODU MINI-SNAP® for Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) enables Ethernet connections via copper cables with a single twisted wire pair, while allowing for the voltage supply of terminal devices via PoDL – Power over Data Line. The simpler design of the new generation of connectors and the associated weight and space reduction are good for designers and developers in various areas.

SPE standards and use:

• 1000BASE-T1 (IEEE 802.3bp)
• 1000BASE-T1 (IEEE 802.3bw)
• 10BASE-T1 (IEEE 802.3cq)

The maximum bridgeable distances of the standards vary between 15.40 and 1,000 meters. SPE is currently being introduced in new automotive generations, replacing CAN and other bus systems. In the future, communication, controls and security functions will be managed uniformly via Ethernet. The field of industrial automation is also keen to benefit from this. Here, SPE allows the barrier-free connection of devices, sensor and actuator technology and a great deal more.

SPE is available for the ODU MINI-SNAP® series L / K and for the ODU-MAC® series.

The properties summarized:

• Limits with unshielded cables according to OPEN ALLIANCE
• Limits with shielded cables according to IEC 63171-6
• 1 Gbps up to 15 m
• Up to IP68
• 5,000 mating cycles
• Push-Pull locking
• Cable assembly: various lengths and overmoulded varieties.

@PresseBox #ODU #PAuto #Automotive #Ethernet

Red, hot and humid? Finding out!

NASA’s Perseverance rover, launched in July 2020, is scheduled to land on Mars on the 18th February 2021. The Perseverance is carrying several scientific instruments on board, including Finnish-made humidity and pressure instrumentation.

All eyes will be on the sky with the Perseverance rover as it lands on Thursday. 18th February 2021. The Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) has provided Perseverance with measurement instrumentation. Equipped with Vaisala’s sensors, FMI’s instrumentation will be used to provide accurate and reliable pressure and humidity measurements in the extreme conditions of Mars.* 


On a quest to find answers
Landing on Mars will be a thrilling moment. The true test of success, however, will be the entire mission as the rover operates in the Red Planet’s extreme conditions. Perseverance will spend at least one Mars year, equal to around two Earth years, exploring the landing-site area.

The rover is expected to land on the ancient river delta in Jezero Crater, which is the optimal place to find traces of ancient life. To collect data and samples from the Red Planet, NASA is working together with a group of trusted scientific partners.

The FMI’s instrumentation is part of the Spanish-led consortium’s Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer (MEDA). The MEDA instrumentation kit is basically a Martian weather station that takes a wide range of atmospheric measurements: temperature, wind speed and direction, pressure, relative humidity, and the amount and size of dust particles. Vaisala’s pressure and humidity sensors onboard Perseverance are similar, but more advanced, to those sent to Mars on the Curiosity rover in 2012.

“The rover’s equipment needs to operate in the harsh Martian environment, with very low pressure conditions and cold temperatures, and it must be able to resist possible global dust storms. In addition to the environmental aspects and potential dangers of the landing itself, the distance between Mars and Earth makes the mission challenging. There is no one to fix the instrumentation if something goes wrong,” says Maria Genzer, Head of Planetary Research and Space Technology Group at FMI.

Meteorological observation network on another planet When landing, the Perseverance and Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity will operate around 2000 km from each other. Together they will help create a small-scale atmospheric observation network on Mars. This is the first step towards the wider observation network being planned for Mars in the future.

“Mars and Earth are like rocky sisters. They both have seasonal variation, ice caps, similar declination of axis, length of day, and rocky consistency. Mars offers us a basic model of Earth – without vegetation, water, human life, cities, and other ‘noise’ we encounter on Earth,” says Genzer. “Interplanetary atmospheric research offers us tools to better understand our current habitat, and who knows what other findings there might be.”

“We are excited to provide our world-leading sensor technology to a Mars mission once again. Our accurate and durable HUMICAP® and BAROCAP® sensors will enable high-quality humidity and pressure data even on the Red Planet and lay the foundations for the atmospheric observation network on Mars,” says Samuli Hänninen, Vice President of Vaisala’s Products and Technologies.

The Mars 2020 mission is part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program. The Perseverance rover is designed to better understand the environmental conditions and geology of Mars and seek signs of ancient life. The mission will collect and store a set of rock and soil samples that could be returned to Earth in the future.

@VaisalaSuomi, @VaisalaGroup @NASAPersevere @_Enviro_News #Astronautics #Automation

* Space-proof technology on Mars by Vaisala and FMI: Episode 1

Monday 15 February 2021

Application programming interface launched.

Anglia Components customers can now integrate information and functionality offered by Anglia Live into their own Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) environment following the launch of a new API (Application Programming Interface). 

The free of charge Anglia API allows customers to access inventory, pricing and availability data in real-time directly from Anglia Live in their own business system, and then place orders directly with Anglia within that system for speed and simplicity.

Commenting, David Pearson, Technical Director at Anglia, said, “Anglia Live has always been one of the most complete and transparent ecommerce platforms in the industry. It offers live up to date and comprehensive information not only on pricing and current inventory levels, but also current lead times and long-term availability. Our customers can place and progress orders, at the relevant price-break or their negotiated pricing as appropriate. The launch of Anglia’s API now allows customers to access this information and functionality in real-time from within their own business system and work with us there just as they would on Anglia Live, making the ordering process even simpler.

“Another important feature of the Anglia API is that customers can, within their ERP, access results from the comprehensive parametric search engine covering all active supplier part numbers and cross-references to millions of manufacturer and industry recognised part numbers.”

@angliaComponent @NeeshamPR #PAuto #ERP

Electric linear actuator.

Thomson Industries has launched the Electrak LL electric linear actuator, a long-life, high-duty-cycle component designed to work in the harshest conditions and offer superior environmental protection. In addition to having improved functionality dedicated to high duty cycle applications, the Electrak LL comes standard with all the performance, reliability and durability features that have made Thomson an industry leader in linear actuators.

With increased UV resistance capabilities, a long-life ball screw and nut assembly, and a long-life manual override design, the Electrak LL actuator is built to last. “The Electrak LL actuator is designed to deliver long life in harsh conditions and utilizes an improved sensor design that offers an integrated, robust solution to our customers. This new actuator is designed to last up to 600 kilometers, which is more than 10 times longer than the standard actuator,” said Anders Karlsson, Product Line Specialist – Linear Actuators at Thomson.

The load-bearing design of the Electrak LL electric actuator features two bearings to handle bidirectional load, as well as a built-in, brushless motor and motor drive system. This system provides constant speed regardless of the load and delivers the safety functionalities of the Thomson Electronic Monitoring Package. Eliminating the need for standalone controls, these integrated features provide constant monitoring of critical parameters such as end-of-stroke, voltage, current and temperature.

The actuator can withstand temperatures from -40° to +85°C (-40° to +185°F), and is CE and RoHS compliant, making it easier for operators to interact with and control operations, and providing a better user experience in all environments. Its coated, painted and sealed housing is rated to IP69K (static) and IP66 (dynamic) standards, meaning it resists corrosion from UV radiation, water jets, high-temperature/high-pressure washdowns and other forces. 

Such high environmental resistance makes Electrak LL electric actuators ideal in outdoor applications such as pantographs, couplers, steps, access lifts and gravel bins. Standards and safety regulations for railway equipment can be very demanding and require rigorous testing to ensure compliance, and the Electrak LL was built to comply with railway standards EN 50155, EN 60077 and EN 45545.

Long-life actuators such as the Electrak LL are also valuable on the plant floor for high-duty cycle applications such as material handling and logistics operations. For example, automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and logistics trains often run 24/7, exposing their components to excessive wear and tear, however, the durability of these actuators extends replacement intervals significantly.  

@Thomson_Ind#Pauto #Transport