Thursday 31 March 2022

Condition monitoring and predictive maintenance.

With the foundation of the new subsidiary Sensirion Connected Solutions, Sensirion has expanded its technology and product portfolio to cover the whole value chain from sensor technology to data analytics and complete solutions. Sensirion Connected Solutions combines sensor technology know-how with advanced data analytics, connectivity and cloud technology to offer easy-to-use and scalable products for emission monitoring and predictive maintenance.

Fugitive methane emissions from various industries including the energy sector contribute significantly to overall global greenhouse gas emissions. Sensirion Connected Solutions has developed a continuous methane leak detection system, “Nubo Sphere”, enabling companies in the energy sector to monitor their assets remotely and to fulfill new regulations and ESG requirements. The end-to-end solution Nubo Sphere provides high-performance emission monitoring, localization and quantification at low total cost of ownership. The compact and robust design ensures reliable operation and high-fidelity data insights from any natural gas infrastructure at all times.

“At Sensirion Connected Solutions we focus on developing scalable and easy-to-use end-to-end solutions that help our customers to improve the reliability and efficiency of their operations,” says Felix Hoehne, General Manager at Sensirion Connected Solutions.

With the acquisition of the machine diagnostics start-up AiSight, Sensirion Connected Solutions complements its product portfolio offering a complete solution for the growing field of condition monitoring and predictive maintenance for industrial equipment. Machine breakdowns and unplanned downtime significantly increase production cost and maintenance complexity. AiSight’s solution combines high-performance vibration sensors with artificial intelligence-based data analytics to automize machine diagnostics generating actionable insights from anomaly detection to failure prediction and root cause analysis. This provides manufacturing companies with an easy-to-use and scalable tool to reduce unplanned downtime and optimize their maintenance processes.

@sensirion #PAuto #Emissions

Industrial Ethernet switches.

Impulse Embedded now supplies the new Moxa EDS-4000 and G4000 series of Industrial Ethernet Switches. Systems integrators can now design futureproof industrial networks that strengthen operational resilience in industrial applications such as power, transportation, factory automation, rail, smart cities, ITS and marine.

The new EDS-(G)4000 series of industrial Din-Rail mounted switches are the next step in the modernisation of Moxa’s Industrial Ethernet Range. 68 different models offer from 8 to 14 ports and support a comprehensive range of network speeds up to 2.5Gbit/s network bandwidth. Optional features include PoE, and support of various forms of communication media including Ethernet, SFP, multi-mode and single-mode fibre. AC and DC input versions are available with a wide operating temperature range up to -40°C to +75°C.

Designed with cyber security in mind, the EDS-4000 and G4000 boast the world’s first ISA/IEC 62443-4-2 compliant networking range ensuring that the switches themselves are cyber secure in design and function. ISA/IEC 62433 compliance is a series of network standards developed by the ISA99 committee and adopted by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), offering a flexible framework to address security vulnerabilities in Industrial Automation and Control Systems (IACS) in the present day and the future.

The compact DIN-Rail switches have been created with a flexible removable design that allows the user to rotate the power inputs between two settings - vertical and front-facing. Combined with its compact size allowing for space-restricted installations, this modular power design allows for easy replacement of the power unit in the event of failure without having to remove the complete device.

MX-NOS is Moxa’s secure network operating system that features a comprehensive selection of device management features. It uses an intuitive HTML5-based web UI for consistent cross-device usability and harmonious integration with other Moxa software suites like MXview, allowing users to easily and effectively monitor and visualise their industrial network topology and devices.

@ImpulseEmbedded @Moxa_Europe @proactivefleet #PAuto #Communications

Secure wireless battery management system.

Analog Devices has announced its Wireless Battery Management System (wBMS) is certified to the highest standard of automotive cybersecurity engineering and management. ISO/SAE 21434 is the new standard for cybersecurity risk management throughout the lifecycle of the vehicle from concept, product development and production, to operation, maintenance, and decommissioning of electrical and electronic systems. 

TÜV NORD Mobilität, the assessor for this qualification, affirmed that ADI’s wBMS is the first automotive system that it has certified for ISO/SAE 21434. The assessment confirmed that ADI performed appropriate assurance measures within the product development to fulfil the CAL 4 requirements.

Since announcing the industry’s first wBMS with General Motors in 2020, ADI has brought this technology to mass production as a turnkey solution for vehicle manufacturers with security designed in at every level. The transition of battery packs from wired to wireless connectivity enables automotive manufacturers to scale their electric vehicle fleets into volume production across a wide range of vehicle classes, and wBMS provides the modularity, flexibility, and scalability to streamline the design and assembly processes with connector-free batteries. With this reliance on wireless communication, ensuring transparency, security, and ease of deployment for the system are critical.

“We conducted an intensive assessment to verify that ADI’s wBMS conforms to ISO/SAE 21434 requirements. With ADI considering the CAL 4 classification conditions throughout product development, the cybersecurity assurance measures complied with the highest requirements,” said Leif-Erik Schulte, Senior Vice President at TÜV NORD Mobilität. “This system certification is a key element to build trust across the full electrification ecosystem – from energy storage to OEMs to consumers – to support EV adoption and help reduce emissions.”

According to a recent McKinsey report, ‘Cybersecurity is becoming a new dimension of quality for automobiles …Cybersecurity will be nonnegotiable for securing market access and type approval’ in the future. The CAL 4 classification according to the ISO/SAE 21434 standard requires strong risk assessments to proactively identify any component, application programming interface (API) or software function that could be vulnerable to a cyber-attack.

“Personal vehicles are a major contributor to global warming and accelerated EV adoption plays a critical role in achieving a sustainable future,” said Roger Keen, General Manager of Battery Management Systems at Analog Devices. “Improving the security and accuracy of EV batteries removes roadblocks in end-users’ buying considerations and advances OEMs’ decisions to expand their EV offerings. With this certification, ADI can provide ongoing transparency and seamless deployment within the EV battery supply chain to progress our vision of a greener world. It further accelerates the speed to market for our customers by saving their cybersecurity development time and associated infrastructure investment.”

@ADI_News @tuevnord #Automotive #Cybersecurity

Wednesday 30 March 2022

Co-operation ensures compatibility of LTE, WLAN and Bluetooth®.

EMITE and Anritsu Corporation have announced a combined solution for testing the compatibility of different connection technologies such as LTE, WLAN and Bluetooth® wireless technology.

The Anritsu Wireless Connectivity Test Set MT8862A, Radio Communication Analyzer MT8821C and Bluetooth Test Set MT8852B have been integrated with the EMITE E600 Reverberation Chamber. The solution allows the testing of OTA TRP/TIS/TPUT performance in a repeatable environment. With integral communications protocols and optimized performance for testing, the EMITE reverberation chamber and Anritsu platforms can reliably characterize the different coexistence scenarios of the latest devices.

In tests of coexistence scenarios of WLAN with LTE and Bluetooth technology, and LTE with WLAN and Bluetooth technology, the new integration has been able to measure total radiated power (TRP), total isotropic sensitivity (TIS) and physical TPUT OTA performance indicators in market devices.

By providing the ability to test and implement the latest standards, EMITE and Anritsu ensure customers and service providers can deliver fully compatible solutions to the market.

“We are pleased to combine the abilities of Anritsu’s platforms and our E600 Reverberation Chamber to provide unique solutions for our customers. New features have been implemented based on market needs and working closely with our customers. Some of the leading companies in the telecommunication sector worldwide have shown interest in this solution for their OTA platforms,” said Javier Paredes, CSO of EMITE.

Shinji Hoshino, Director, IoT Test Solutions Div., Anritsu Corporation, said, “IoT use cases combining several technologies are increasing, and the market requires an efficient test platform. We are proud to work with leading global companies to provide these solutions. Anritsu’s long experience in bringing test solutions to the communications market will bring these benefits to the IoT test market too.”

@EMITEIngenieria @AnritsuEMEA @Anritsu @NapierPR #TandM

Equipment analysis.

ADISRA InsightView is a cloud-based software platform for securely collecting local or remote machine and process data, consolidating it into easy-to-understand visual information and reports, and therefore providing the insights that users need to improve operational efficiency.*

Effective and resilient digital transformation calls for platforms like ADISRA InsightView so end users can easily apply their machine and process expertise to developing advanced analytics, without needing to know automation and programming specifics. ADISRA InsightView is configurable using simple drag-and-drop templates, but it can also be customized if necessary. With the proper user credentials, analytics results can be securely visualized on desktop PCs, browsers, tablets, and mobile devices. Reports can be printed, saved, and shared as needed. With ADISRA InsightView, users can illuminate the entire manufacturing lifecycle and improve efficiencies on a machine, a production line, an entire factory, or across many sites.

Standardized frameworks
Overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) is a recognized industry method for quantifying equipment performance. It is based on the availability of production equipment, the performance of that equipment, and the quality of resulting products. ADISRA InsightView provides built-in tools for aggregating real-time and historical data so OEE can be represented into a simple to understand and intelligent dashboard.

Another common metric is known as the “six major losses,” which consist of planned stops, unplanned stops, small stops, slow cycle, production rejects, and startup rejects. Again, ADISRA InsightView provides a concrete and manageable way to categorize these losses, making it easier to see where improvements can achieve the most beneficial impact.

End users looking to develop advanced analytics are usually experts in their equipment, but perhaps less familiar with complex IT systems. ADISRA InsightView makes analytics easily available to everyone by following a software-as-a-service (SaaS) licensing and delivery model. Users benefit from performing minimal required computing system configuration and fast deployment while receiving the latest updates, all for a small monthly fee.

ADISRA InsightView works with ADISRA SmartView or other HMI/SCADA packages to collect data and transmit the data to the cloud. ADISRA products work together or independently depending on user requirements.

OEE and advanced analytics are accessible to anyone
The ADISRA InsightView technical and deployment model is architected for ease of use by all types of OEMS and end users. It is an economical way for them to rapidly receive the benefits of adding advanced analytics to any type of equipment or production system.

* ADISRA InsightView is accessible for testing by scheduling a webinar demo here

#adisra #PAuto #Manufacturing

Products and physics teams strengthened.

AMETEK Land has named Dr Fiona Turner to the position of Global Head of Product Management. Additionally, Dr Tim Godden has been promoted to Physics Section Manager to continue the physics development.

Fiona joined the company in 2010 as a Physics Section Manager with a Ph.D. in Physics from Cambridge University and a Bachelor of Science degree with honours in Physics from Manchester University. Prior to joining AMETEK Land, Fiona gained extensive experience in imaging and laser technology as the Senior Application Engineer at Ingenia Technology and the Head of R&D at Laser Rail.

Tim holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. in Physics from The University of Sheffield. He joined AMETEK Land in 2019 as a Design Physicist and has extensive experience in 3D imaging and quantum dot detector technology. His previous roles include research and development, and Application Scientist at Phasefocus, Ltd. and a Physicist at Innovative Technology, Ltd.

Building on her extensive training and experience in physics, technology, and applications within the company, Fiona is now responsible for implementing product strategies for new and existing AMETEK Land product lines to maximise growth. Fiona will also be responsible for developing a robust product roadmap to ensure AMETEK Land maintains its position as a thought leader through the delivery of technical content, publications, and a strong patent pipeline.

To support this move, Tim Godden will build on the strong physics offering that Fiona has developed for all product lines to deliver differentiated world-class products and technology.

Fiona will report to David Primhak, Director of Development and Product Management, who commented: “This move will ensure we futureproof our product development within the industry. AMETEK Land has a fantastic product portfolio that we’re continuously building, and Fiona’s experience and training will drive this forward.”

Dr Peter Drögmöller, Director of Innovation and Technology, added: “Both of these promotions are well deserved and will keep AMETEK Land at the forefront of our physics development and new product innovations. Tim’s education and experience are second to none. We’re excited to see how the physics research and development will grow under his leadership, building on Fiona’s strong base.”

@landinst @codacomms #PAuto #TandM

Compact and reliable power supplies.

Flexible installation options and a wide operating temperature range ensure these power supplies work safely and efficiently in a wide variety of applications. 

A new line of products have been introduced by IDEC Corporation to its power supply family with the PS3V Series. These switching power supplies provide an excellent price/performance ratio and build upon the previous generation’s reputation for reliability and functionality, while adding new features like push-in connections for simplified installation.

Electrical efficiency
The PS3V power supply family accepts a wide input voltage range from 85 to 264VAC, and it provides an output of 5, 12, and 24VDC with capacities ranging from 15 to 150W, both depending on the model. Output voltage is user adjustable ±10%, and the 24VDC versions deliver efficiencies ranging from 83 to 88%.

Flexible form factor
A robust yet compact metal housing protects the PS3V power supply, and it can be mounted in four orientations, by direct panel mount or DIN rail bracket. Mounting brackets are the same as for the previous PS3X series, providing easy upgrade options. Models are available with traditional screw terminals, or with safe and efficient push-in terminals for rapid one-step wiring. A wide operating temperature range from -25 to +70 Degrees C ensures these power supplies work in the most challenging environments.

Ratings and support
PS3V power supplies have UL61010 and cUL approvals and are safety extra-low voltage (SELV) listed (all models pending). A QR code is printed right on the product, enabling easy user access to the latest instruction manuals. The five-year warranty provides confidence for users to specify these power supplies in processing and packaging equipment, portable machines, valve and gate control, control panels, and many other industrial applications.


Improved Cloud-Hosted industrial control platform.

Zedi Cloud SCADA platform moves to Microsoft Azure for superior scalability and tighter security to help industries meet sustainability goals

The scalability, data protection and threat intelligence of Emerson's Zedi™ Cloud SCADA software-as-a-service control platform has been improved by moving it to the Microsoft® Azure cloud platform. The more robust cloud host enables customers to securely scale their supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems quickly and easily to achieve environmental, social, and governance (ESG) commitments, better safeguard critical business assets, and empower users to adapt their operations to changing requirements while mitigating risks and operational costs.

Most industrial operations are challenged to efficiently meet cost reduction targets and demonstrate actions to attain sustainability goals. The Zedi Cloud SCADA platform uses advanced automation and software, including proven machine learning algorithms and artificial intelligence, to build predictive models that lead to autonomous operations over time, helping support sustainability efforts in oil and gas, water/wastewater and other data-intensive industries. Critical data from those predictive models can then be stored in an operation’s data historian to more easily track and trend performance and emissions and demonstrate compliance to regulators.

“By moving to Azure, we can better provide managed IIoT services across the edge and cloud that easily connect, monitor and control assets around the world with multi-layered security, increased global data centres, and enhanced infrastructure,” said Nathan Pettus, president of Emerson’s process systems and software business. “The change improves Emerson’s already strong positioning to lead successful digital transformation efforts for several industries, providing solid and sustainable results with a vastly scalable, cloud-based solution that’s highly secure and extremely cost-effective.”

The move to Microsoft Azure provides the best scalability and enterprise-level functionality of all available cloud platforms. Users can add or remove assets as needed to manage traffic spikes, which is particularly useful as organisations acquire other businesses and need to scale rapidly to accommodate new assets and bring them online quickly. Azure also provides greater hybrid cloud flexibility to enable users to work remotely while maximising existing on-premises assets for a faster path to safe and effective autonomous operations.

“I'm excited to see our customers expand their use of Microsoft products,” said Gary Nafus, vice president, manufacturing, Microsoft U.S. “The ultimate win is building trust with our customers when they select our products for critical operations, as we aim to continue to empower their business and tech efforts. I look forward to seeing Emerson’s use of Microsoft Azure to help power their Zedi Cloud SCADA platform – improving performance, ultra-high data resolution, and more flexibility for increased scalable and collaborative work. ESG efforts are very important today and this expansion will help push those efforts forward in a strong way.”

The Zedi Cloud SCADA platform helps personnel manage advanced analytics in formats that present authorised end users with clear, easily understood data accessible in the cloud anytime from anywhere. This improved access to intuitive data enables easy remote monitoring of assets, helping users improve operational performance even in rugged, dangerous or distant locations. Increased layers of cybersecurity and the more robust network afforded by the Azure platform enable customers to further protect data for advanced continuity of operations.

@Emerson_News @EMR_Automation  @Azure @HHC_Lewis #PAuto #SCADA

Tuesday 29 March 2022

Easily monitor process fluids in real time.

Many processes require fast reactions to changes or errors. LiquiSonic® from SensoTech GmbH reliably detects these deviations within seconds. Warnings can be issued via a variety of data interfaces - even by e-mail. Thus, users are always informed about the status of their process.

Chlorine and caustic soda are essential chemicals whose production is indispensable for downstream chemical processes. Due to the immense production volumes, small deviations and errors in the individual production steps can mean large financial losses. For this reason, complete and accurate process monitoring is important. LiquiSonic® offers a process monitoring system that meets these high requirements.

Precise monitoring of the starting materials already shows its advantages during the preparation of the brine. With LiquiSonic®, the concentration of the sodium chloride solution can be precisely adjusted down to 0.1 m%. Maximum saturation prolongs the life of the membranes during electrolysis and saves energy during subsequent concentration of the sodium hydroxide solution.

After electrolysis, the caustic soda solution (NaOH) still has to be freed from unwanted NaCl residues and then concentrated to the usual purity. With LiquiSonic ® , this process can also be monitored and controlled in real time. High plant efficiency and unbeatable product quality are the result.

After the chlorine gas has been produced, the challenge is to reduce its process-related water content. For this purpose, hygroscopic sulfuric acid is used as a drying agent. The smallest deviations in acid concentration cause poor drying results and high costs or long-term plant damage, eg, due to rust. LiquiSonic ® allows checking the sulfuric acid concentration with an unbeatable accuracy of up to 0.03 m%. Poor chlorine drying results are thus a thing of the past.

@PresseBox #SensoTech #PAuto 

All topics driving the process industry to be addressed at congress.

Researchers, developers and users will meet to discuss the latest technical developments and solutions for the current challenges in the process industries.

This year, for the first time, ACHEMA will fully integrate the congress into the exhibition programme. All congress sessions will take place either on stages directly in the exhibition halls or in the immediate vicinity of the exhibition groups. Another change to the Congress is that there will be five theme days instead of three this year. Daily highlight sessions within the respective topics will emphasize additional topics, ensuring that all topics driving the process industry are addressed.

"True to the ACHEMA motto 'Inspiring Sustainable Connections', we are bringing together what belongs together," says Dr Andreas Förster, Executive Director of DECHEMA and organizer of ACHEMA. "Application and research go even more hand in hand at ACHEMA 2022 thanks to the closer thematic and spatial integration of the exhibition and congress programme."

• On Monday (22 August 2022), the theme "Hydrogen Economy" will kick off the event: As we move towards a climate neutral future, hydrogen will play a central role in the transformation of the process industry, the transport sector and the energy system The process industry is already the main user of hydrogen. The focus of the first theme day will be how to leverage its further potential in the future.

• Production without the use of fossil raw materials is an important and ambitious goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the process industry. The idea of ​​fossil-free production is simple, but there are still many unanswered questions. These will be addressed by the “Fossil Free Production” theme day on Tuesday (23 August 2022).

• The focus topic of ACHEMA, "The Digital Lab", will be part of the Wednesday (24 August 2022) theme day on "Perspectives in Laboratory & Analytics" : Data from all areas of research and production converge in the laboratory. Modular, automated and fully networked, the digital laboratory is a central component for process development and quality assurance. The Highlight Session on this topic and the Congress will complement the theme day.

• The continuous hot topic of "Digitalisation in Process Industry" can be found as part of the new exhibition group "Digital Hub" (Hall 12.1) and also as a focal point of the Congress program agenda on Thursday (25 August 2022): "Data is the new gold" is a phrase used often enough, but how can this treasure be harnessed? How can data be used in business models? And how can data security be guaranteed?

• The last day of the congress on Friday (26 August 2022) will focus on "Novel Bioprocesses and Technologies": New biopharmaceuticals, bio-based fine chemicals or biotechnological recycling all require new (production) processes. Changes in these processes are especially driven by advances in synthetic biology, automated laboratory technologies, integrated bioprocesses, innovative bioreactor concepts, novel downstream technologies and advanced modeling. ACHEMA 2022 will serve as the global showcase for these developments.

At the ACHEMA Congress, researchers, developers and users will meet to discuss the latest technical developments and solutions for the current challenges in the process industries. In total, the Congress will feature more than 115 sessions. In the five highlight sessions, users, technology providers and thought leaders will discuss where we are today and what the process industry can expect in the future. While the congress sessions will focus on application-oriented research and the development from proof-of-concept to the threshold of market entry, the PRAXISforums will focus on current production issues, best practices and ready-to-use technologies via short presentations – always with application in mind. With the exhibition and the closer integration of the various components.

@ACHEMAworldwide @PresseBox #PAuto

Commitment to a sustainable future.

“The European Clean Hydrogen Alliance allows us to learn together with our partners and continue to improve our portfolio of products and solutions for the hydrogen industry,”
Green hydrogen has the potential to decarbonize entire industry sectors.
The European Clean Hydrogen Allianc (ECH2ae has been joined by Endress+Hauser.  The company is thus supporting the development of a clean and competitive hydrogen industry in Europe. The goal is to achieve CO2 neutrality in the process industry by the middle of the century through the introduction of hydrogen technologies. Working together with other industry partners, Endress+Hauser wants to support the efforts being made toward a sustainable future.

Paul Borggreve
Green hydrogen is considered one of the keys to decarbonization in many sectors and a core element of the energy transition. The European Clean Hydrogen Alliance will play a crucial role in the implementation of the EU’s hydrogen strategy. “With our membership, we want to support initiatives aimed at decarbonization and achieving climate goals to make an active contribution to a sustainable future,” said Paul Borggreve, Corporate Director of Marketing at the Endress+Hauser Group.

Valuable contribution to sustainable development The alliance, a European Commission initiative, brings together players from industry, science, government and the private sector to mobilize resources and develop an investment agenda that promotes the production and utilization of renewable hydrogen and creates a concrete project pipeline, thus building the foundation for a sustainable and competitive hydrogen ecosystem in the EU.

Hydrogen, the most practical alternative to fossil fuels, has the potential to enable the transition to a CO2-neutral future in a wide range of sectors. This includes the oil & gas and chemical industries, as well as steel and cement manufacturing, where avoiding emissions is especially difficult. “Green hydrogen is a key component in the energy transition,” adds Jens Hundrieser, European Regional Industry Manager for Energy & Metal. Comprehensive portfolio for hydrogen applications

Endress+Hauser already boasts a broad portfolio of products for critical process measuring points in the production, storage and utilization of hydrogen. These include laser-based gas analyzers for determining the quality of gases, flow metering solutions and level measurements in liquid hydrogen tanks.

Endress+Hauser instruments fulfill the highest process and environmental safety standards. Among other things, hydrogen applications require instruments that can withstand high process pressures of more than 1,000 bar or extreme temperatures as low as -253 degrees Celsius. “The European Clean Hydrogen Alliance allows us to learn together with our partners and continue to improve our portfolio of products and solutions for the hydrogen industry,” concludes Paul Borggreve.

@Endress_Hauser @Endress_UK @ECH2A #Environment #PAuto #Europe

BNC connector developed.

A BNC connector version has been added to Cliff Electronics popular SLIMS FeedThrough Connector range. Widely used for RF, Test and Measurement equipment and security systems the BNC version is available in both 50Ω and 75Ω impedances.

John Hall, Managing Director of Cliff Electronics, says "The new BNC version of our SLIMS FeedThrough connector opens a wide new marker for us in RF, wireless and security systems. Our FeedThrough connectors allow systems designers to integrate many different types of connector on to a standard 19” rack panel with just one type of cut out and use off the shelf connecting cables, greatly simplifying assembly."

The narrow form factor of their SLIMS range is widely used by audio, broadcast, data and communications systems manufacturers in the USA and becoming more popular in Europe for increasing panel density and for products being exported to North America. Other applications for the new SLIMS BNC FeedThrough connector include education and laboratory devices.

This connector rage offers a more compact alternative to their very popular 26mm wide XLR form factor product range, the new SLIMS connectors are just 19mm wide allowing up to 20 to be mounted in a 1U, 19” rack panel, rather than just 16 of the existing XLR design.

Other SLIMS versions available are the widely used data connector types RJ45, HDMI and USB 2 and 3. Supplied in either a black plastic shell or nickel silver metal, SLIMS connectors may be mounted to the front or rear of control panels, have assembly options of 3.2mm plain holes, countersunk holes or 2.5mm plain self-tap holes. The mounting holes are on the central vertical axis of the connector.

Cliff’s FeedThrough connectors allow standard, off the shelf, connecting cables to be used for internal connectivity, simplifying and speeding up system assembly and facilitating easy repurposing of equipment.

#CliffElectronics #PAuto #TandM

Three-way miniature solenoid valve.

Compact, configurable three-way valve offers new options for high-flow, precision gas control in oxygen therapy and analytical devices.

Emerson has expanded its ASCO™ Series 090 line of miniature solenoid valves, adding a new three-way Series 090 valve configuration to enable lighter, more space-efficient solutions for gas control in oxygen therapy, compression therapy and gas analyzer devices.

“The introduction of the three-way Series 090 miniature solenoid valve offers product designers greater freedom to develop new valve and manifold solutions for analytical and therapeutic applications,” said Sven Richter, Vice President of the Analytical & Medical segment at Emerson’s Automation Solutions business. “Products like the new ASCO Series 090 valve, together with Emerson’s Rapid Engineered Solutions capability, help our OEM, original-equipment manufacturer, customers to bring outstanding products to markets more quickly, while improving the internal production and cost efficiencies essential to long-term competitiveness.”

Originally developed as a two-way valve for air and inert gases in portable medical devices, the Series 090 valve features a compact architecture, small (10.8 millimeter) footprint and 50 million cycle life for maximum reliability. And, because the new three-way configuration of the Series 090 valve can perform the same mixing and diverting functions as a pair of two-way valves, it further simplifies the design of small, high-precision gas delivery systems for oxygen and other home-care devices.

Like all Series 090 valves, the new three-way valve is built to maximize gas flow, with a flow-to-size ratio that is well suited to portable medical device applications. The valve body is molded from polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) plastic, with seals made of durable fluorocarbon (FKM) elastomer. The Series 090 actuator combines high reliability with low power consumption, so battery life and device longevity are maximized. The Series 090 valve is also compliant with all relevant Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and Conformité Européenne (CE) directives.

@Emerson_News @ASCOValve @ASCO_EU @mepaxpr #Medicine, #PAuto

Monday 28 March 2022

Expanded testing and troubleshooting IP networks .

The LinkIQ™ Cable+Network Tester has been upgraded to expand the tester’s ability to test and troubleshoot IP networks, and support users in 12 languages. This new software is shipping in all new LinkIQ units and is available as a free upgrade to existing customers*. 

While systems integrators and network administrators need to verify cabling performance to ensure network performance, they also need to ensure that the user’s traffic can reach its destination,” stated Robert Luijten, Field Marketing Director, Fluke Networks.

“Our network test features give these professionals visibility into network connectivity and response time of key resources, allowing them to verify and troubleshoot end-to-end network issues.”

The new release includes:

  • Expanded network testing – With version 1.1, customers can now verify connectivity and response time to key network devices with one touch of the screen. LinkIQ can now be configured to perform IPv4 or v6 ping tests and will display the response time for four pings to a target device of the user’s choosing. The test results display the DNS and DHCP servers and the gateway router. LinkIQ also displays the IP address of the nearest switch. The new version of LinkWare PC includes this information in its test reporting.
  • Two-pair cable tests – Cable performance tests up to 100 Mb/s can be specified for two-pair cables, widely used in industrial environments.
  • Language support – The LinkIQ user interface now supports 12 languages.
  • Reporting – A new version of the LinkWare™ PC software, the industry's de facto reporting solution, is also available. This new version provides reports including the expanded network testing, allowing users to document their work.

The 1.1 software release is available in the LinkIQ Cable+Network Tester, which can be purchased from Fluke Networks resellers worldwide or on-line.

* Current owners can access and download the new firmware and LinkWare PC from the Fluke Networks website here.

@FlukeNetDCI @FlukeCorp @NapierPR #TandM

Multi-turn absolute encoders.

Wachendorff’s WDGA series multi-turn absolute encoders are well-proven for their highly precise performance, robustness, and long working life for precision measurement and motion control applications across a broad range of industries. With a single turn resolution of up to 16-bits and a multiturn capability to 43 bits, their EnDra® magnetic encoding technology offers an impressive angular measurement accuracy of +/- 0.09°, coupled with a feedback cycle time up to 50 µsec that suits high performance servo drives. 

The microprocessor-based Hall-effect scanning principle provides a compelling and cost-effective alternative to more fragile linear and rotary optical encoders. Available with full support from Wachendorff’s exclusive British distribution partner, Variohm EuroSensor, the WDGA series’ extensive choice of housing styles, shaft dimensions, safety, and protection levels offers maximum application-matching flexibility, which is further complemented with the wide choice of communication interfacing options including CANopen, CAN SAE J1838, SSI and RS485, PROFINET, PROFIBUS, EtherCAT and a Universal-IP version.

The WDGA series magnetic and non-contacting Endra design offers many significant performance benefits. Unlike competitive multi-turn absolute encoders, the technology does not require a wear-prone gearbox and has a very low current consumption from a regular 10 … 32V DC power supply without the need for batteries. These benefits help contribute to much-reduced axial length dimensions, even when considering an amply designed bearing arrangement that allows significantly high axial and radial shaft loads - ensuring maximum compactness whilst maintaining excellent durability for demanding heavy-duty measurement tasks.

As standard, housings and shafts are IP65 sealed with IP67 and IP68 options through the WDGA series whilst a choice of synchro flange, clamping flange, or blind hollow shaft mounting is available in housing diameters of 36 and 58 mm. The variously available communication options include data output for position, speed and acceleration, encoder cam, plus scaling capability and comprehensive diagnostics - all backed up with commissioning and interfacing software.

With virtually no maintenance required, the WDGA series has an extremely long working lifetime. The confidence Wachendorff has in its product reliability extends to a five-year warranty. Application areas for Wachendorff’s WDGA series absolute, and other encoder product lines and measurement systems include, but are not restricted to, construction and agricultural machinery, wind energy, crane & hoist, AGVs, machine tool, food and beverage, packaging and many more.

@Variohm #wachendorff #PAuto 

Friday 25 March 2022

Tackling climate change in Germany.

A new "50 Global Sustainability & Climate Leaders" programme demonstrates how the leading companies in Germany are relying on EnOcean technology to deliver carbon-neutral strategies. The campaign offers a platform for companies to provide sustainable and green solutions, and thus campaign against climate change.

The EnOcean Alliance is participating in the “50 Global Leaders” program by TBD Media, in which leading business figures highlight their approaches to achieving climate change and sustainability goals. The companies are all members of the EnOcean Alliance, an open association of around four hundred companies in the building and IT industries. EnOcean devices require no cables, no battery to operate, so are very sustainable as well as flexible.

Graham Martin
Introducing the initiative, Graham Martin, CEO of EnOcean Alliance says: “Buildings use 40% of our entire energy and they are responsible for about 36% of our CO2 emissions. If we are going to meet the United Nations and other climate goals, it is absolutely necessary that we make our buildings energy efficient including retrofitting our entire existing buildings.”

Partners in the movie include Microsoft’s IoT business lead at Azure BD, two vice presidents of T-Systems MMS company, the Product Marketing Director of Embedded & Wireless at Rutronik, and the CEO of Dussmann Service Deutschland.

Microsoft’s IoT business lead at Azure BD,Thomas Frahler explains, “Microsoft joined the EnOcean Alliance in 2019 with the goal to drive more standardisation in intelligent building control. With this partnership, Microsoft wants to help companies adopt digital technologies quickly and help them build their own digital competencies.”

An example of this is cited by Dussman’s CEO, Philipp Conrads, “The corona pandemic has shown that there is a change in the way people are using offices and are working of course. So, we have decided to implement a user-oriented cleaning concept whiich is ensuring that not only personnel but also products are deployed and utilised more sustainably and in a more efficient way.”

@EnOceanAlliance @TBD_Media @NeeshamPR #Climate #Germany

Thursday 24 March 2022

How to quickly prototype 4x machine vision applications on one small embedded system.

Embedded vision components are ever popular and being incorporated into a plethora of applications. What all these applications have in common is the need to pack more functionality into tight spaces.

Often, it is advantageous for these systems make decisions on the edge. To enable such systems, including the ability to prototype quickly, Teledyne FLIR has introduced the Quartet™ Embedded Solution for TX2. 

This customized carrier board enables easy integration of up to 4 x USB3 machine vision cameras at full bandwidth.

To highlight what the Quartet with Spinnaker SDK pre-installed can enable, we describe steps taken in developing an ITS (traffic systems) inspired prototype running four simultaneous applications, three of which use deep learning for:
• Application 1: License plate recognition using deep learning
• Application 2: Vehicle type categorization using deep learning
• Application 3: Vehicle color classification using deep learning
• Application 4: See through windshield (past reflection & glare)

This very practical paper includes (1) a shopping list, (2) development time for each application, (3) number of training images required, and finally, actions to optimize overall system performance.

@flir @mepaxIntPR #PAuto

Wednesday 23 March 2022

Making a more efficient sausage.

Getting under the skin of sausage manufacturing efficiency

Stamp to be issued in late April 2022
The Irish Post Office is issuing a series of stamps celebrating the Irish Breakfast. An important component in the ever popular "fry" is the sausage. Coincidentally we have received details of a sausage manufacturing application. Markus Huuhtanen from Vaisala explains how speed, efficiency and quality can be gained by using in-line refractometers to monitor and control sausage artificial casing processes.

Traditionally, sausage skins were made from the small intestine of meat animals, especially pigs, but also sheep, cattle and goats. These so-called natural casings have been utilized for centuries, but in recent decades artificial casings have become popular in many markets. Artificial casings include collagen (often derived from animal skin), cellulose (from plant materials), plastic, and more recently alginate (from seaweed).

Markus Huutanen - Vaisala
The growth in artificial casings has been prompted by a number of factors, including the high costs that result from the number of processes necessary to create the natural casing product. Also, natural casings tend to be variable in length, diameter and thickness, so it is more difficult to streamline sausage production, and the process incurs a heavier labour requirement. In contrast, continuous accurate monitoring of the artificial casing process removes the requirement for manual sampling and testing, and enhances both process efficiency and product uniformity.

Alginate casing
Alginate is found in the cell walls of brown algae which is a large group of multicellular algae, including many seaweeds located in colder Northern Hemisphere waters. An important feature of alginate is its ability to hold many times its own weight in water, making it a naturally gelling substance.

As a film-forming natural polymer, alginate can be used as a casing for sausages through its gel formation with calcium ions. During the production process, meat mixture is extruded to form the sausage, and a layer of sodium alginate is simultaneously applied (co-extruded) to the outer surface, before a calcium chloride brine solution is used to for dehydration and to induce gel formation. This creates a layer of calcium alginate film on the sausage, which provides the strength and flexibility required in a sausage casing.

The salt content in the brine solution is very important and needs to be closely monitored because it affects the colour, texture and overall quality of the sausage.

The main advantages of co-extrusion over natural casings are:

  • Lower purchase cost
  • Ideal for automation
  • Low labour requirement
  • Product consistency
  • Flexibility – can be used for many different types and size of sausages
  • Stored as alginate powder, so no refrigerated storage necessary
  • Speed and throughput
  • Suitable for vegetarian, vegan and Halal (if alginate)

Monitoring alginate brine with in-line refractometers The brine solution is stored in a brine tank, and spent brine is recycled to this same tank. Consequently, the brine is constantly diluted by the moisture that is removed from the casing gel. It is therefore necessary to monitor the salt solution so that the correct amounts of salt can be added to the brine solution. This function is performed by the Vaisala refractometer which monitors the salt content in real-time.

There are two possible locations for the refractometers; directly in the brine tank itself, and a second refractometer can be installed in the salt supply tank.

Refractometer in 3inch pipe
The Vaisala refractometer measures the refractive index (RI) of the liquid, which correlates directly with the salt concentration of the brine solution. In-line RI monitoring with automatic feedback control enables process operators to ensure consistent and reliable operations; thereby protecting product quality and reducing downtime. In contrast with many other liquid concentration methods, the Vaisala refractometer is extremely accurate and reliable and needs no regular maintenance. Importantly, these refractometers are not affected by particles, bubbles, crystals or colour, so they can be employed in a wide variety of solutions for measuring liquid concentration. The Vaisala K-PATENTS refractometers are also 3-A Sanitary Standards and EHEDG certified, which is essential for food processing equipment.

The refractometers produce mA and Ethernet output signals that allow automatic operation of the process. Moreover, the refractometers can be calibrated to read the concentration of NaOH in g/L, wt-% or any other engineering unit preferred by the factory.

Co-extrusion with collagen gel
In addition to alginate gel, it is also possible to use collagen gels in sausage manufacture. Collagen casing is largely derived from beef and pig hides, but it offers most of the speed and efficiency advantages presented by alginate gels.

After co-extrusion with collagen gel, sausages are passed through a brine solution in a similar manner to the alginate gel process. Vaisala refractometers are able to continuously monitor the process as outlined above, to ensure that the correct salt concentration is maintained and product quality is protected.

Emphasising the importance of the brine measurement, a sausage manufacturer in the USA said: “We treat co-extruded sausage casing with dipotassium phosphate to control the moisture, which directly affects the color and texture of the final product. Too much moisture in the casing makes the sausage too dark and the texture too chewy, while too little means the sausage will be too light and the texture too soft. The Vaisala K-PATENTS® refractometer helps to keep the moisture at the specified level, ensuring a standardized end product.”

Cellulose sausage casing Vaisala refractometers are also used in cellulose sausage casing processes. In this application a cellulose fiber cloth is used to create the sausage casing, but first the cloth is desulfurized by passing it through a Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH) bath. Also known as caustic soda, this solution is supplied from a tank, and spent caustic is returned to this tank. Consequently, the NaOH concentration needs to be replenished because caustic is lost in the cloth during the impregnation process. A Vaisala refractometer is therefore employed, in a similar manner to the alginate and collagen applications above, to continuously monitor (in this case) the NaOH concentration and ensure accurate replenishment.

Refractometer Control Room

In-line refractometry is the ideal technology for controlling the artificial sausage casing process. By providing continuous data, refractometers enable sausage manufacturers to control many of the key product quality features.

Unaffected by particles, bubbles or colour, the same technology is used for monitoring liquids in a wide range of other industries including semiconductor, chemical and refining, pulp and paper, textiles, pharmaceutical, brewing, beverages and of course food.

The popularity of cellulose and alginate casings is growing as manufacturers look for ways to lower costs, expand production and improve consistency whilst improving product quality, process efficiency, speed and flexibility. However, in order to take advantage of these benefits it is necessary to be able to continuously measure process liquids with a technology that is accurate, reliable and able to operate in challenging conditions. The Vaisala K-PATENTS refractometers meet that requirement and therefore help to meet the world’s growing passion for high quality sausages.

@VaisalaGroup @_Enviro_News #PAuto #Food

Graphics-rich computing platform.

The new AMD-based Kontron D3714-V/R mini-STX single board computer (SBC) is now available from Review Display Systems (RDS). Able to support four independent displays, with resolutions of up to 4K, the highly integrated Kontron D3714-V/R is ideally suited for use in a wide range of embedded systems such as digital signage, information terminals, ticketing kiosks, medical displays, thin clients, and ultra-small industrial PCs.

The Kontron D3714-V/R mini-STX motherboard series supports fan-less operation with AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 and R1000 series processors. Exceptional graphics performance is provided with the integrated AMD Radeon Vega GPU (graphics processor unit) providing support for up to three DisplayPorts (V1.4, including DP++ support) and one HDMI port (V2.0b), driving display resolutions of up to 4K (4096 x 2160 pixels).


The board also offers dual channel 24-bit LVDS, an embedded DisplayPort V1.3 (4K), 8-bit GPIO and HD audio onboard. Other interfaces include USB 2.0, USB 3.1 (Gen1/Gen2) and SATA III. An M.2 SSD interface (Key-M: 2230/2242/2280) enables the connection of SSD storage. Additionally, the motherboard supports M.2 WLAN/Bluetooth (Key-E: 2230) and the AMD-integrated TPM V2.0 enables a high security standard for trusted computing.


Depending on the graphics performance requirements, three different motherboard versions are available. The V2 variant is equipped with the AMD V1605B processor (Quad Core 2.0/3.6 GHz), GPU @ 1.1 GHz, eight compute units and supports four displays. The R2 variant is based on an AMD Embedded R1305G (Dual Core 1.5/2.8 GHz), GPU @ 1.0 GHz, three compute units and supports three displays. The R1 version uses an AMD R1102G (dual core 1.2/2.6 GHz), GPU @ 1.0 GHz, also three compute units and supports two displays.


The D3714-V/R is Kontron's first completely new motherboard development following the acquisition of Fujitsu's industrial motherboard division. The new product implements the compact mini-STX format which features dimensions of just 140mm (h) x 148mm (w). An operating temperature range of -10°C to +60°C is supported.


The Kontron D3714-V/R mSTX SBC will operate with a Microsoft Windows 10 or Linux-64 operating system. Review Display Systems can create bespoke options for both firmware and OS support, such as custom embedded Windows system images, and exclusive configurations to provide corporate branding or logos on BIOS start-up splash screens.


Designing and delivering fully integrated embedded systems, Review Display Systems can provide bespoke custom solutions for the integration of computing hardware, high resolution displays, touchscreens, interconnect, mechanical fixtures and fittings, firmware, and OS support.

@ReviewDisplays @ReVis_Solutions #Pauto 

Compressor booster performance.

 An advanced test cell has been developed to monitor the functionality and performance of a compressor manufacturer’s compression boosters prior to dispatch. Humidity measurement represents a key element of the testing procedure and the company’s engineers have therefore deployed the latest Indigo-compatible, plug-and-play Vaisala humidity and temperature probe HMP4. Developed specifically for high pressure applications, the HMP4 is ideal for applications of this nature.

Vaisala’s Marc Mangelschots says: “The new Vaisala Indigo family takes industrial measurement to a new level, with interchangeable probes, smart transmitters and Indigo Insight PC software; helping users to streamline their processes and make more informed and timely decisions.”

The boosters are compact, transportable diesel driven piston compressors that increase air pressure from a 25 bar input pressure to a 350 bar discharge pressure. The boosters are supplied to customers around the world in rental, service industry and well drilling applications. Their popularity is due to their transportability, reliability, ease of use, compact footprint, safety and efficiency. 

Humidity is an important factor in the performance of compressors because the compression of atmospheric air causes the condensation of water in the compressed air line. Drying is therefore necessary, and the techniques for removing moisture from compressed air include cooling plus separation, over-compression, membranes, absorption and adsorption drying.

Explaining the role and importance of the humidity and temperature probes in the test cell, Marc says: “The HMP4 humidity probes are used to measure moisture content in both the suction and discharge air. This allows the operators to estimate the performance of the booster at different humidity levels and to evaluate the water separation efficiency of the water scrubbers on the booster. These measurements also enable estimation of the heat load on the booster coolers, which is derived from condensation during intercooling.

“The test cell therefore performs a vital role in ensuring the quality, reliability and performance of the boosters. This is especially important because our client’s customers frequently operate in remote locations where reliability and low maintenance requirements are essential.”

Designed to operate under high pressure, the Vaisala Humidity and Temperature Probe HMP4 is usually deployed in industrial applications involving high pressures and where measurement performance and stability are essential. In common with Vaisala’s other humidity sensors, the HMP4 sensor offers a number of major advantages including long-term stability and insensitivity to condensation, dirt and most chemicals. 

The probe employs Vaisala’s HUMICAP® technology, which is a capacitive thin-film polymer sensor consisting of a substrate with a thin film of polymer deposited between two conductive electrodes, which electrically forms a capacitor. The sensing surface is coated with a porous metal electrode to allowing the humidity to freely move into the active polymer. The thin-film polymer either absorbs or releases water vapor as the relative humidity changes, and this alters the dielectric properties of the polymer film and thereby the capacitance of the sensor, which is converted into a humidity reading. Humidity measurement accuracy is ±0.8%RH, and temperature accuracy is ±0.1 °C.

Vaisala is the original innovator of the thin-film capacitive humidity measurement technology, which has become the industry standard in humidity measurement. In fact, this Vaisala technology has been employed by a variety of space agencies. NASA, for example, used it on missions to Mars, and famously in 2015, enabled the Mars Science Laboratory, the Curiosity rover, to find the first traces of ancient water on Mars.

The HMP4 is one of Vaisala’s latest smart, plug-and-play probes, and is compatible with the Indigo series of transmitters. Conveniently, for field calibration, device analytics, and configuration functionality, the probe can be connected directly to a PC through Vaisala Insight PC Software.

The HMP4 probe can be used as a stand-alone measurement instrument through the Modbus RTU interface. However, the test cell has been fitted with the Vaisala Indigo520 Transmitter. Marc says: “In this application the most important feature of the Indigo520 transmitter is the digital communication that is used to send data to our automated data acquisition system.

“The accuracy and reliability of the sensors is of paramount importance, but particularly useful additional feature of the probes is their LED-indicator (green/red/blinking) which allows for easy troubleshooting during test cell start-up.”

@VaisalaGroup @_Enviro_News #Manufacturing #Pauto

Tuesday 22 March 2022

Labeling appointment for EMEA.

TSC Printronix Auto ID promotes media specialist to EMEA to boost awareness of its consumables capabilities

Neil Baker
Matching labels and other media to the demands of industry applications is something Neil Baker has been doing for over 20 years. His recent promotion as TSC Printronix Auto ID’s EMEA Product Manager Consumables will see him sharing that knowledge wider, on both specific media projects and with thermal printing hardware sales.

Neil has been working for TSC Printronix Auto ID since 2017, managing sales in Britain, Ireland, South Africa and BeNeLux. His familiarity with the company’s printing hardware, combined with some 20+ years’ global sales experience in the labelling and auto id industry, make him ideally placed to grow the consumables division and increase its profitability across the whole of EMEA. He’ll not only be overseeing existing supplier relationships but will also be building supplier infrastructures where none exist within the region.

“It’s rewarding to be given this new responsibility within the company. Over the years I’ve acquired a real understanding of label materials and advising customers on the best media for their specific applications. It gives them peace of mind to know that the media, especially RFID tags, have been tested and verified by us to ensure they’ll work at optimum efficiency. We’re adding to our portfolio of supplies all the time, including more sustainable solutions, so it’s a very exciting time for me to be going out to a wider market to identify consumables opportunities for both the TSC and Printronix Auto ID brands,” says Neil.

Amine Soubai, Managing Director TSC Auto ID Technology EMEA GmbH described the promotion as further evidence of the company’s goal of improving its solutions. “Neil has already proved his sales acumen and we’re delighted to see him take the next step and grow our consumables division and own the supplier relationship to vendors into TSC Printronix Auto ID.”

@tscprintronix @PresseBox #EMEA #PAuto

Miniaturized CO₂ sensor.

Sensirion has launched a new product in its SCD4x miniaturized CO₂ sensor series. The SCD42 has been designed for products that fall under California’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24), and is therefore perfectly suited for US HVAC applications.

“Smart building ventilation systems leverage a CO₂ sensor to optimize indoor air quality while keeping energy consumption at a minimum. Thanks to its compact size and easy assembly, the SCD42 lowers the hurdle for integrating a CO₂ sensor into ventilation systems. I am excited that the SCD42 will help boost people’s well-being and reduce our buildings’ carbon footprint,” 
says Marco Gysel, CO₂ Sensors Product Manager at Sensirion.
High levels of carbon dioxide (CO₂) compromise humans’ cognitive performance and well-being. Thanks to new energy standards and better insulation, houses have become increasingly energy efficient. However, CO₂ produced by human metabolism can accumulate rapidly indoors. Therefore, CO₂ is a key indicator for indoor air quality. Measuring indoor CO₂ concentration enables smart ventilation systems to regulate ventilation in the most energy-efficient and people-friendly way. Moreover, indoor air quality monitors and other connected devices can help to maintain a low CO₂ concentration for a healthy, productive environment.

SCD4x Gadget
The SCD42 is Sensirion’s newest addition to the SCD4x product line. Specifically designed for products that fall under California’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24), the SCD42 offers unmatched cost effectiveness for the US HVAC market. This disruptive innovation is based on the principle of photoacoustic sensing and combines minimum size with maximum performance to open up numerous new possibilities for integration and application. The SCD42 offers an accuracy of ±75 ppm at 400–1000 ppm. SMD compatibility and its small footprint allow cost-effective and space-saving integration to increase device manufacturer’s freedom of design. This integrated, best-in-class humidity and temperature sensor enables superior on-chip signal compensation and additional RH and T outputs. Finally, the large supply voltage range (2.4–5.5 V) and the robust resistance to external stresses make the SCD42 the perfect fit for all kinds of customer needs.

@sensirion #HVAC #BAC

Monday 21 March 2022

Photoluminescence spectrometer upgrade.

Edinburgh Instruments has introduced a new upgrade for its photoluminescence spectrometers, designed and manufactured at their global headquarters in Scotland.

The MicroPL upgrade enables the study of spectral or time-resolved photoluminescence of samples in the microscopic scale by converting an Edinburgh Instruments photoluminescence (PL) spectrometer into a combined spectrometer and microscope system. A wide range of microscope configurations, source coupling and detector options are available enabling both steady state and fluorescence lifetime microscopy, as well as automated maps.

Key Features:
• Spectral and Time Resolved: Suitable for any type of photoluminescence experiment
• Customisable: Tailored to any application and upgradable in the future
• FLIM Add-On: Accessible and user-friendly fluorescence lifetime mapping
• Plug & Play: Easy to swap between MicroPL and FLS1000 Photoluminescence Spectrometer or FS5 Spectrofluorometer standard sample holders
• All-In-One Software: Including data acquisition, analysis and presentation

Roger Fenske, CEO, says "We are delighted to expand the functionality of our photoluminescence spectrometers. Not only is our new PL microscope option fully configurable, it can also be upgraded with additional capability in the future. This ensures that our products keep evolving as new research trends emerge."

@Edinst @Techcomp_Ltd #Laboratory #TandM