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ATEX Zones 1 & 20 made easier with new 80 GHz compact radar

VEGAPULS C22 15m range sensor, with sealed lateral cable entry, ideal for confined spaces. This ATEX IEC Zone 1/20 compact 80 GHz radar level device has a threaded mounting for easy installation to measure liquids or solids.

VEGA have always developed their sensors with approvals for use in hazardous areas. The new 80 GHz compact series designed for the water and environmental industry is no exception, and heralds a new feature, by offering the first compact radar with an ATEX/IEC certification class ‘by encapsulation’. This means the fully enclosed, ready-cabled, IP68 protected device is suitable for operation, without any barrier required, in Zone 1/Zone 20 hazardous area and cabled back to any standard/safe area SCADA control system, controller, transmitter, telemetry or datalogger.

Simple solution for many applications

It provides a great solution for many applications – for example, monitoring sludge level in sealed vessels or open channel flow in Zone 1 hazardous areas – at remote sites with battery powered telemetry systems – as long as the transmitter/controller equipment is properly sited in a ‘safe area’. Resulting costs and complexity normally associated with barriers, isolators, special cabinets or hybrid electrical designs, are thus removed. The device set up and operational monitoring is done wirelessly via Bluetooth using iOS/Android App or PACTware with a PC, from a convenient, safe area (subject to programming equipment approvals.)

Dual certified and available on-line

The units are also dual certified with ATEX/IEC to provide a pan-global classification in the same device, e.g. particularly useful for plant and equipment manufacturers who export their goods. As usual, there is a separate option for Zone 0 EX ‘ia’ versions with intrinsic safety where required.  VEGA always recommend that you consult with accredited experts regarding any hazardous area applications. Information, pricing, specifications and more detail on this certification and others, can be found under the section for VEGAPULS C21, C22, C23 radar sensors at vega.com/uk.

 

 

Level monitoring simplified: local and remote

Featuring an IO-Link interface for reliable data acquisition and easy parameterisation, as well as conventional analogue and switching outputs, the new LR-series level transmitters from ifm electronic provide accurate, convenient and reliable level monitoring for liquids in all types of tanks and vessels. In addition, when they are used in conjunction with ifm IO Key remote IoT gateway, the new level sensors offer a versatile and cost-effective solution for remote monitoring of storage tanks.

The small size of LR level transmitters makes them easy to install even when space is limited, while their wide operating temperature range of -25 to +80 ºC and their IP69K ingress protection rating allow them to operate reliably even in harsh environments. They are available with probe lengths from 10 to 200 cm and the probes can, if necessary, be shortened by the user to suit specific applications.

LR level transmitters are currently available in versions with one switching output and one 4-20 mA or 0-10 V analogue output, with two switching outputs and with four switching outputs. All versions feature an IO-Link interface which can be used for reliable transmission of measured values even in the presence of electrical noise, and also for on-line or off-line parameterisation using an IO-Link master or a PC.

In applications where remote monitoring of levels is required, the IO Key remote IoT gateway is an ideal partner for the new level transmitters. It supports up to two level transmitters (or other IO-Link sensors) and transmits data wirelessly via the GSM mobile network. Requiring only a 24 V DC supply and access to the GSM network for operation, IO Key modules are fully preconfigured and need no SIM card.

Precision Blackbody & Dry-block Temperature Calibration Sources

Eurolec Instruments makes a range of industry-leading temperature calibration sources that allow you to verify the readings from both probe and infrared thermometers, giving you the confidence in knowing that your measurements are accurate.

Ensuring the accuracy of your temperature measurement instruments is essential to meet health and safety and industry-specific standards, regulations or guidelines. Making sure that your thermometers are reading accurately is an essential part of this process and using a reference calibration source made by Eurolec will achieve this.

Unlike other calibration sources available on the market

The CS Precision range of calibration sources designed and manufactured by Eurolec Instruments is unlike most other calibration sources available on the market, both in terms of build quality and capability and that they incorporate blackbody and dry-block technology in one unit. All calibration sources within the CS Precision range come equipped with the ability to calibrate both probe thermometers and infrared thermometers.

The CS Precision range of temperature calibration sources is designed to be able to calibrate to temperatures ranging from 40˚C below ambient temperature, up to 200˚C, and come with resolutions of either 0.01, or 0.1. The CS High-Temperature calibration source uses dry-block technology to calibrate probe thermometers up to temperatures of 650˚C. It can be used to calibrate all types of temperature measurement of any make or model.

The CS Series is available in three different variants, each of which provides a highly accurate and incredibly stable output, which is ideal for the calibration and servicing of reference thermometers, as well as multi-purpose probe thermometers and infrared temperature measurement instruments.

Key Features

  • 7 probe insert holes as standard (1 x 2.5mm, 3 x 3.5mm, 1 x 5.5mm, 1 x 6.5mm, 1 x 8.5mm)
  • Blackbody temperature source for the calibration of infrared thermometers
  • Dry-block temperature source for the calibration of probe thermometers
  • PID controller with platinum film sensor
  • Highly accurate and stable temperature source
  • Standard RS232 output with optional USB connection for calibration automation
  • Test point for reference thermometer for increased accuracy.

Variants

CS173: Temperature range of +30°C to +200°C | Resolution 0.1

CS174: Temperature range of 40˚C below ambient to +85˚C | Resolution 0.1

CS175: Temperature range of 40˚C below ambient to +85˚C | Resolution 0.01

All variants in the CS Precision series include a temperature control system and a pocket for a reference thermometer, allowing for greater accuracy of the calibration system.

Need a Reference Thermometer too?

Eurolec’s range of reference thermometers are calibrated to UKAS standards so the user can be assured of the highest levels of accuracy. The range includes precision reference thermometers which include a high accuracy Pt100 1/10th DIN probe, and a 5-point UKAS Certificate of Calibration. Each certificate will indicate deviations from standards at the following temperature check points: -18°C, 0°C, 40°C, 70°C and 100°C.

For everything measurable there’s Eurolec

Eurolec has 40 years’ experience in the design, manufacture and supply of high-quality temperature and pressure instrumentation, our range of precision thermometers, probes, infrared thermometers, manometers and temperature calibration sources are exported globally, providing instrumentation solutions to a wide range of markets and applications.

At Eurolec Instruments, we provide the highest levels of product quality and service. Through our commitment to continued product development, we constantly seek to improve our products so that they meet the demands and challenges that our customers face.

We supply measurement and calibration solutions for the food processing/HACCP, pharmachem, engineering, laboratory, maintenance, QA, automotive and environmental sectors.

Buy online!

Visit: https://eurolec-instruments.com

Email: sales@eurolec-instruments.com

Telephone: +353 42 933 3423

eSOL keynote presentation at the Arm DevSummit 2020

eSOL took part in the recent Arm DevSummit 2020 US/EMEA (October 6-8) and APAC (November 4-5) virtual conferences as a Global Sponsor. Rolland Dudemaine, eSOL Europe’s Vice President Engineering, delivered a keynote presentation entitled “Getting the best performance of today’s and tomorrow’s Arm cores with eSOL”. This presentation focused on the unique and vital role of multicore systems in delivering the necessary performance uplift required by embedded and Edge Computing applications.

The eSOL presentation, upon which participants commented favourably, formed part of “The Journey to Autonomous” track of the conference. In his presentation, Rolland took a closer look at the many challenges developers are facing when using lock-based SMP RTOS architectures for embedded applications with high performance demands. SMP RTOS architectures can limit the maximum performance of multicore systems. The solution to this problem developed by eSOL is eMCOS, a scalable, high-performance RTOS based on the company’s innovative Multikernel architecture.

eMCOS unleashes the full performance potential of heterogenous multicore hardware. It also supports the multi-process POSIX and AUTOSAR standards for maximum code reusage, and is ASIL-D certified. On-demand access to Rolland’s presentation – and indeed to all keynote speeches, technical sessions, panel discussions and workshops – is available on the event’s registration page. A blog post by Rolland on this same topic is also available here.

To learn more about eMCOS, simply visit the eSOL website.

Announcing the 2020 Flow Control Innovation Awards winner and honorable mentions

Companies presented with awards include: FLEXIM AMERICAS Corporation, Dwyer Instruments, Emerson Automation Solutions, Endress+Hauser, and GF Piping Systems.

For more than 20 years, Flow Control’s annual Innovation Awards program has recognized the latest solutions in fluid and gas handling applications. The program accepts nominations from companies that would like to submit their technology breakthroughs in process instrumentation, and the winners are determined by a reader voting process.

We would like to thank everyone who participated in the awards program by nominating or voting. And, congratulations to the winner and honorees. We hope to see your solution nominated next year.

Watch this video to learn more about the 2020 Innovation Awards winner:

 

The following case studies highlight the technology solutions from the 2020 Innovation Awards winner and honorable mentions.

 

Winner: FLUXUS ST

FLEXIM AMERICAS Corporation

Nonintrusive steam meter improves accuracy and reliability of steam measurement

Steam is a commodity and necessity for many industries in the world. Whether it is used for heating a building or as a heating source for an industrial application such as heating a vessel, the measurement of steam is essential. Clamp-on flow measurement for liquids with the transit-time principle has been around for over 40 years. Fifteen years ago, nonintrusive gas flow measurement was introduced, but measuring steam with clamp-on ultrasonics remained elusive. For ultrasonic meters, dry saturated steam is like a gas except the temperatures are much higher.

FLEXIM’s Clamp-On Ultrasonic Steam Meter is available in both permanent and portable versions. FLEXIM offers excellent low flow sensitivity — an aspect of steam measurement that challenges most meter technologies. Anyone who needs to measure steam consumption knows their steam meters may not pick up the low flow rates associated with off-peak times.

The FLEXIM steam meter is for saturated steam measurement with a maximum temperature of 356°F and a minimum pressure of 44 psig. The pressure and temperature range allow this meter to be used in HVAC applications as well as some industrial heating applications. A second type of noninvasive steam flow meter is planned to be released by FLEXIM for higher temperature and pressure applications, up to 750°F for saturated and superheated steam.

The challenge

The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) always had an issue with the measurement of the main steam line exiting the boiler. This line feeds approximately 1/3 of the campus or rather all the campus dorms. They could never get a good balance between the boiler output and submeters in the buildings. The meter was a DP transmitter, and it was challenged to pick up the low demand — low flow rates — during the summers. They allocated funds to create a metering location on the condensate return, and then they heard about FLEXIM’s new steam meter.

The solution

A local sales representative, Kirk Running with Advanced Process Solutions, identified FLEXIM as the solution.

“UMD was already using FLEXIM clamp-on meters and decided to give the steam meter a try,” Running said. “The meter was installed by a FLEXIM field engineer; the entire installation took less than one day to complete. With the installation complete, the university for the first time had reliable measurement of the boiler, and they saved money in the process.”

Courtesy of FLEXIMThe FLEXIM installation was done on a 6-inch schedule 40 carbon steel pipe that is measuring steam at 350°F and 111 psig. The steam meter uses transit time or “time of flight” principle, which should be familiar to those who use ultrasonic flowmeters. The new 721 platform offers enhanced programming software and a faster processor that reduces the effect of noise on the meter.

The FLEXIM G721.ST permanent steam meter has a built-in data logger that will store all meter diagnostics that are examined in order to verify a good flow signal as well as operating parameters such as mass flow, flow velocity, flow totals and other important operational data and diagnostics. The installed meter also uses BACnet communication to connect and communicate to the university’s building automation system. This provides real-time data to the university and allows the facility and power plant personnel to monitor steam usage.

“The UMD operations manager was excited to have the more accurate steam flow measurement online with minimal effort,” Running said.

UMD is in the process of linking up all the energy and water flow data to an HMI that will display real-time usage. There is also student involvement with monitors in the student engineering building, revealing real-time water and energy usage. This will allow students to see the results of conservation projects on campus. For example, they can have a contest to see which campus building can reduce water consumption the most.

The meter can improve the accuracy and reliability of steam measurement, all without any process interruption.

In addition, the flowmeter technology covers a wide range of applications — liquids, gases, steam, extreme temperatures, extreme velocities (high and low), and extreme pipe sizes (large and small).

 

Honorable Mention:

IEFB Insertion Thermal Energy Meter

Dwyer Instruments

Insertion thermal energy meter eliminates downtime during installation

The IEFB Insertion Thermal Energy Meter by Dwyer Instruments Inc. is used for measuring fluid velocity and energy consumption in heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems. It includes a flow sensor and two built-in temperature sensors to achieve these measurements.

The flow sensor uses electromagnetic technology and works on the principle of Faraday’s law, where a conductive liquid moving through a magnetic field produces a current proportional to the velocity of the liquid. Devoid of moving parts while inserted into the flow of liquid in a pipe, this allows the product years of trouble-free service without compromising on accuracy of flow measurement.

The two temperature sensors measure the supply and return water temperature, allowing the built-in temperature meter to calculate delta measurement in chiller and boiler applications. This temperature delta in combination with the flow measurement allows the built-in calculator to measure, understand and thus help optimize the heat energy performance in commercial and residential building applications.

Courtesy of Dwyer InstrumentsThe IEFB has a useful feature that allows it to be installed on an existing heating or cooling system without having to drain the pipe. This is achieved with the help of a hot tap fitting used in combination with a shutoff valve. Installers would first need to prep the pipe with a magnetic drill and install the shutoff valve. Once the hot tap is threaded onto the valve, the valve can be opened and the flow sensor can be introduced into the pipe, while the pipe is still full of liquid.

The hot tap feature proved useful to Baumer Technologies in India when they installed the flow meter on six existing chillers at the Phoenix Market City Mall in Mumbai. Spread across 4 million square feet, this mall includes 2 million square feet of retail space, 14 movie screens and 70 restaurants. Business never stops here.

Downtime for air-conditioning units in hot and humid Mumbai would mean loss of business for its tenants. Once the shutoff valve was in place, installation and commissioning of each sensor took less than 40 minutes per chiller.

This means that the businesses could continue working on the floors below, while the Baumer engineer, Soman George, completed the task in the plant room on the roof, with ease of installation.

Post installation, the heat energy optimization conducted on account of this installation immediately helped the mall save money on energy costs and bring about reduction of up to 15% on energy bills. While all six chillers would run during weekends and during peak load conditions, major savings were achieved by automatically switching off two chillers, and sometimes three, when foot traffic in the mall is much lower during the weekdays.

Dwyer’s IEFB Insertion Thermal Energy Meter not only delivers results post installation but also brings savings to its customers with its quick install mechanism, eliminating downtime during installation.

 

Honorable Mention:

AVENTICS Series AF2 Flow Sensor

Emerson Automation Solutions

Packager uses smart airflow sensor to reduce compressed air leakage

A leading consumer goods manufacturer had broad goals for improving energy efficiency and reducing waste in its production systems. One area they investigated was compressed air, which is used to drive a range of pneumatic systems in their packaging equipment.

The company was concerned with the total energy efficiency of its existing production lines, seeking technologies to identify sources of compressed air leakage and ways to correct it so that it could be retrofitted onto existing production systems. In addition, the manufacturer wanted to visualize the data any new sensor captured and then incorporate that data with ease into existing production analytical software platforms.

Courtesy of EmersonThe company worked with its packaging equipment supplier to find the right solution for this challenge. They chose Emerson’s AVENTICS AF2 Series airflow sensor that monitors air consumption in their machine’s pneumatic systems and enables fast action when leaks are detected. The AF2 is designed to help optimize energy consumption, prevent machine downtime and cut costs.

Courtesy of EmersonTo demonstrate the value of analyzing compressed air leakages as a way to improve energy efficiency, the packaging equipment supplier first used Emerson’s AVENTICS Smart Pneumatics Analyzer (SPA) to collect and visualize the compressed airflow data on multiple machines. This specially developed, portable device can be plugged into an existing machine via the compressed air supply and have an instant analysis of key machine characteristics, such as compressed air consumption and possible leakages.

Based on the results of using the SPA, the consumer goods manufacturer decided to install the AF2 airflow sensor on every machine station to continuously monitor the flow of air and detect leakages.

The AF2 not only determines the flow but also the current pressure and temperature in the feed line, enabling advanced diagnosis of the system operating parameters. It features a small size, making it easy to install into existing systems.

Data captured by the AF2 sensor is forwarded to the control either via standard switch or analog outputs or through IO-Link. Data can also be communicated directly via the Ethernet interface using OPC UA or MQTT. This allows information on the current or cumulative energy consumption to be passed straight to the relevant parent system without requiring the machine control.

In this specific application, the AF2 sensor with OPC UA was integrated with the air preparation unit and shutoff valve. The Smart Pneumatics Monitor, an IIoT gateway, collects and aggregates data from multiple AF2 sensors to show total air consumption.

The manufacturer has been able to proactively reduce compressed air consumption through leak detection, realizing its goal of reducing compressed air leakage by 5%. In addition, the manufacturer was able to retrofit the AF2 sensor into existing machines, adding the ability to visualize data via OPC UA into their production management and analytics tools.

 

Honorable Mention:

Promag W

Endress+Hauser

Electromagnetic flowmeter solves challenges with straight-pipe mounting requirements

Electromagnetic flowmeters are one of the most commonly used measurement devices in the water and wastewater (W/WW) industry. They are used extensively in a variety of W/WW applications from 1/12- to 120-inch pipe sizes. Typical applications include monitoring influent, effluent, return activated sludge (RAS), waste activated sludge (WAS), water and chemical feed/dosing injection. Electromagnetic flowmeters are highly accurate, repeatable, have no pressure loss, monitor flow in both directions and have a long lifecycle of 15 to 20 years without replacement.

Endress+Hauser developed an electromagnetic flowmeter sensor to support customers and engineers by eliminating challenges when it comes to straight-pipe mounting requirements both upstream and downstream of the meter. These challenges include mounting the electromagnetic flowmeter too close to piping elbows, t-fittings, misaligned seals, insertion devices, butterfly or gate valves or if there is process buildup in the piping, which creates turbulence in the flow profile that can lead to inaccurate flow readings and totals.

If an engineer was designing a 36-inch line for a municipality, it would require approximately 21 feet of straight pipe run for a traditional two-electrode electromagnetic flowmeter to perform with ±0.5% of rate accuracy. For this same example, Endress+Hauser’s unrestricted mounting multiple electrode (six electrodes) Promag W series flow tube with enhanced coil system and advanced signal processing electromagnetic flowmeter can eliminate the straight pipe run requirements and the associated cost of installation without sacrificing ±0.5% o.r. accuracy.

In addition, Endress+Hauser electromagnetic flowmeters can be verified in place to the original wet calibration without end users having to remove the meter from the process. W/WW treatment plants run 24 hours a day, and removing flowmeters for recalibrations is challenging, time-consuming and costly. Large-size meters can be particularly challenging as the 36-inch electromagnetic flowmeter previously mentioned weighs approximately 1,700 pounds, which makes removal and replacement difficult.

Municipalities can offset this meter verification challenge by using Endress+Hauser’s Heartbeat Technology. The electromagnetic flowmeter verification is performed while leaving the electromagnetic flowmeter in place and does not require shutting down the process. This internal verification method can be performed via the transmitter’s faceplate, a laptop with Ethernet cable via webserver, Endress+Hauser’s Field Xpert SMT70 industrial tablet/HART communicator or through the plantwide distributed control system (DCS). Once the verification is complete, the customer can print a detailed report to maintain for their records.

 

Honorable Mention:

GF Signet 2580 FlowtraMag Meter

GF Piping Systems

Full-bore magmeter fits requirements for high accuracy in short pipe run

Water Innovations Inc. (WI), a designer and manufacturer of DI water and wastewater treatment systems in California, chose the new GF Signet full-bore 2580 FlowtraMag magnetic flow meter for its ability to install in tight spaces, high accuracy and other innovative new features.

Having used GF Signet instruments exclusively since 2005, the company was excited about the release of the new 2580 FlowtraMag, especially after having used it during beta test development. The new meter was installed to replace its Signet’s 2537 paddlewheel sensors.

WI was particularly looking forward to utilizing the FlowtraMag for quality assurance and quality control at the new state-of-the-art portable exchange deionization (PEDI) resin regeneration facility operated by its sister company, Aqua Exchange LLC (AE).

In combination with a GF Signet 2850 conductivity sensor that measures feedwater and another that measures product water resistivity, AE utilizes the FlowtraMag to precisely total the gallons of deionized feedwater before product water quality diminishes. This allows verification of the loading capacity of every single lot of ion exchange resin that AE produces.

A crucial requirement for the company was meter size, as they needed to install the magmeter in a very tight space. The 1-inch FlowtraMag offered roughly 80% less space of a 3X inlet and 2X outlet straight pipe run. Designed especially for shorter inlet and outlet pipe lengths, the FlowtraMag succeeded in fitting their space limitations, while providing accuracy of ±1% of reading and repeatability of ±0.5%.

Setup was simple using the GF Configuration Tool Bluetooth App with its intuitive interface and easy wireless connection. Once their custom parameters were set, monitoring and adjustments on the FlowtraMag can be easily handled via smartphone.

With Aqua Exchange’s business and reputation built on supplying customers high capacity high-quality portable exchange deionization vessels, they count on the FlowtraMag to be accurate, reliable and user-friendly.

SICK’s PBS Pressure Sensor Has More ‘Plus’ Points

SICK has upgraded its pressure sensor offering with the versatile and multifunctional PBS Plus, combining electronic pressure control, measurement and real-time monitoring in one IO-Link enabled device.

The next-generation SICK PBS Plus combines application versatility and high-machine availability with an improved measurement capability between 0.4 and 1000 bar (gauge pressure).  The high 0.5% accuracy, and a scalable analogue output with 5:1 turn-down ratio, supports the ability to set even small measurement ranges to suit the application.  With IO-Link as standard, PNP/NPN and analogue outputs available, the SICK PBS Plus can ably turn its hand to many process switching, measurement, and pressure data feedback duties.

The highly corrosion-resistant stainless-steel membrane and IP67 heavy-duty plastic housing make the PBS Plus a robust and economical solution for common process applications, such as measuring system pressure, hydrostatic level measurement or monitoring cylinder pressure in hydraulic presses.

“Many of our customers already appreciate the  highly-visible on-sensor display of the SICK PBS together with the ability to rotate the device, so that the electrical connections, display and control buttons can be aligned in the best orientation to suit the installation.

“The beauty of the PBS Plus is its versatility to be put to work on a wide range of duties for which previously it would have been necessary to order or store several different variants,” explains Darren Pratt, SICK’s UK.  “With the easy configuration benefits afforded by IO-link, the PBS Plus can be simply adapted to many different measurement and switching requirements.”

The SICK PBS Plus pressure sensor also provides users with a wealth of additional data.  It can send process data via IO-Link to the control as measured values in bar, as well as displaying and transmitting process temperature readings in °C. The sensor records and counts over-pressure events, as well as logging operating hours together with high and low pressures and temperatures. It therefore aids process resilience and provides valuable data for condition monitoring and predictive maintenance.

Set up of the PBS Plus is straightforward using the three push buttons and on-sensor display. There is also no need to convert the IO-Link process data, as it is transmitted automatically as measured values.  With a choice of gauge pressure ranges from 0 to 0.4 bar up to 0 to 1000 bar, absolute pressure range of up to 0 to 25 bar, and vacuum measuring ranges available up to -1 to +24 bar, there is a PBS Plus for almost all applications. The pressure units on the display can be changed to psi, MPa, kPa, kg/cm2 as required.

 

For more information please contact Andrea Hornby on 01727 831121 or email andrea.hornby@sick.co.uk.

www.sick.co.uk

New low cost Compact 80 GHz level sensors

Extended family for water and waste industries

VEGA has extended its proven VEGAPULS family for continuous level measurement. The new radar instrument series is based on the latest FMCW 80-GHz technology and, thanks to a specially developed radar level microchip and low price, it represents a real alternative to ultrasonic technology. It makes it highly economical for those applications found in the water/wastewater sector, or auxiliary applications in process automation. The compact loop powered radar is available in two versions: as compact model with a cable connection housing and as standard model with fixed cable connection (IP68) .

 

Strong focusing ensures measurement without the jumps

With 80-GHz technology, the radar beam is much more focussed and can be aimed at the measured medium with pinpoint accuracy. As a result, narrow shafts or deposits on vessel walls or internals such as pipes or pumps cannot create false signals and jumping outputs. So in contrast to ultrasonic technology, radars very rarely require false signal suppression in busy wet well shafts.

 

No dead zones  for measurement in confined spaces

One special advantage of these new sensors is they have no dead/blanking zone, thus enabling them to measure right up to the top of the vessel. Typical areas of application are  areas where space is limited with measurement or head-space, like underground assets; like CSO’s and sewers, in culverts, underside of bridges, pipes, as well as small tanks or hoppers when capacity is at a premium .

 

Handles Build Up

Sensors constantly struggle with the problem of build up, maintenance call outs to ultrasonic devices  ‘needing a wipe’ are widely reported in the sector. This is because contamination or condensation on the ultrasonic sensor face can greatly affect the reliability of the measurement signal and enlarge the dead zone. Using radar technology, the situation is different, a combination of the measuring principle and optimized signal processing enables these radar sensors to ignore interference caused by build up on their antenna system, which means they are immune to the effects of condensation and highly resistant to dirt and normal build up levels, reducing nuisance outages and cleaning.

 

Chemicals and EX approval

Storage and buffer tanks supply the chemicals for waste water treatment processes. The new radar sensors can exploit their strengths here, as they can be installed in very confined spaces and small process fittings. Or they can look through plastic tanks and safely measure the chemicals inside. Even if the medium generates gases, the sensors remain unaffected and deliver reliable measuring results. In addition, they have an Ex approval for flammable media. So it makes them highly versatile for use in a wide range of applications.

 

Reliable level values independent of process and environmental influences

Due to their physical measuring principle, ultrasonic sensors are easily affected by ambient conditions: for example, the transit time of sound changes with temperature, like warming by the sun or varying vapour and gas composition, these can all affect measurement accuracy. Strong winds, rain, or even fog, can damp the emitted sound waves and restrict their measuring range. Radar sensors, however, are not affected by these conditions – or  even pressure, vapours, gases or vacuums –  they continue with accurate readings.

Open channel flow measurement needs the highest possible accuracy and stability due to the root calculation of the flow formula. In outdoor applications, whether in rain or intense sunlight, the new radar sensors perform accurately without any temperature effects.  One example is flow rate measurement in the main inlets of the sewage treatment plant. The focused,  high performance of the new radar sensors, enables precise measurement and therefore a reliable calculation of wastewater flows.

 

Low power for remote sites and telemetry

Because of these immunities, the new compact radar sensor is ideal for monitoring of river and flood levels. Its measured values are crucial for being able to react quickly and correctly in the event of flooding. Radar sensors can monitor river levels without being affected by temperature stratification/fluctuations, high winds, rain or heavy mist.  Even at a distance of 30 meters from the water surface, a radar transmitter delivers level readings with millimetre resolution. They also offer SDI12 and Modbus outputs, and all devices have a sub 10 second start up cycle, making them highly suitable for use with battery powered telemetry outstations and loggers.

 

Bulk solids level monitoring too

Another example, is lime silo level measurement, which is used to stabilize the effluent pH value, this is an ideal application for the new instrument series. Bulk solids can be measured reliably with no effect from dust generated during the filling process. Thanks to strong signal focusing, build up and deposits on the container wall or on the sensor face itself are no problem.

 

Optional controllers and Bluetooth built in

The radars also have an optional controller for local display, extra outputs and level alarms. Both sensors and controllers can be easily and safely adjusted via Bluetooth with a smartphone or tablet – ideal for harsh environments, operational safety or Ex areas.

 

Foremost introduce Control Panel and HMI Enclosure Systems, Support Arm Systems and Coupling Towers, from TEKNOKOL

 

Foremost Electronics, the engineering-led Essex based importer and specialist distributor of electromechanical components, announces a new distribution partnership with TEKNOKOL. 

Based in Turkey, TEKNOKOL is a manufacturer and supplier to world-leading integrators of control panels.

The Teknokol family of products support machine manufacturers in providing ergonomic machine control panels. TEKNOKOL products are designed to enhance  the Human Machine Interface (HMI) experience. The panels are designed to incorporate support/suspension arm components and include industry standard VESA mounts for monitors and separate panels to incorporate keyboards. All TEKNOKOL enclosures are modular and configurable suiting a wide range of applications.

Two enclosure series are available from TEKNOKOL; ECO line and TKP for light and heavy duty service respectively. The internal depth of the enclosure can be selected to suit a particular application, with deeper versions available known as the X90 Solution featuring hinged access.

Standard features include IP65 protection, anodised aluminium colour, RAL 7035 corner couplings, and RAL 7016 corner covers. TEKNOKOL can provide custom-coloured couplings and covers upon request, as well as machining for LCD screens, buttons, switches, etc.

TEKNOKOL Support Arms (Suspended) provide the articulated connection between the ECO / TKP enclosure to the host machine. A comprehensive choice of parts is available to build a support arm for 40 – 60 – 120kg loading. Assembly benefits from being modular.

Coupling towers provide a solution for installations where the panel or support arm  cannot be directly attached to the host machine. The towers are hollow providing a secure conduit to contain peripherals such as cables, sockets, etc. The Towers are supplied with a floor mounting base. Available in heights of 2.0, 2.5, or 3.0m with profiles of 150×150 or 200×200 mm.

Emma Kempster, Key Account Manager, of Foremost Electronics, comments;” We are very pleased to be the UK distributor for TEKONOL. Their HMI cabinets and accessories are perfect for our rapidly growing sales to panel builders and systems integrators. These high quality, very flexible products will be welcomed by our customers.”

For more information call +44 (0)1371 811171, email sales@4most.co.uk or visit http://www.4most.co.uk/

Isothermal Technology Ltd (Isotech) is offering a limited number of free reference cards

Isothermal Technology Ltd (Isotech) is offering a limited number of free reference cards with essential data for those working in temperature calibration. The laminated cards include the Industrial Platinum Resistance Thermometer Tables (IEC 60751 Ed2 2008), tolerance classes, thermocouple colour codes and other useful data.

The giveaway takes place in Isotech’s 40th Anniversary Year. Founded in 1980, the company has become a world leader in temperature metrology and can help with both temperature calibration services and the supply of high accuracy temperature measurement and calibration systems.

Our ISO 17025 accredited laboratory can calibrate your temperature standards to the lowest uncertainties with many of our clients being other calibration laboratories. Isotech has the lowest uncertainties of any privately owned laboratory.

Other instruments available include Isotech’s range of Portable Dry Blocks and Liquid Baths that cover the temperature range from -100°C to 1200°C whilst larger laboratory cryostats, liquid baths and furnaces cover from -196°C to 1300°C.

Please email to request your copy

info@isotech.co.uk

www.isotech.co.uk

Fluke 1660 Series Multifunction Installation Tester and FREE DMM money-saving offers

Fluke UK is offering two money-saving offers of 1660 Series Multifunction Installation Testers with a free Digital Multimeter (DMM) and free software. The Fluke 1664 UK-DMM comprises a 1664 FC multifunction installation tester with free Fluke DMS Data Management Software and a free Fluke 115 Digital Multimeter; the Fluke 1663 UK-DMM comprises a 1663 multifunction installation tester with free Fluke DMS Data Management Software and a free Fluke 114 Digital Multimeter. These offers may be purchased at a local Fluke authorised distributor.

The Fluke 1664 is the only installation tester on the market that helps prevent damage to appliances that may be inadvertently connected to the system under test, and it also makes it easy to share test results over a smartphone using Fluke Connect®. The 1664 FC features an Auto Test function that does 5 required installation tests in one sequence, ensuring compliance with wiring regulations.

Fluke DMS Data Management Software uses the captured results from the Fluke 1663 or 1664 for data recording, offers easy-to-use administration and reporting and provides printing of test reports. The compact Fluke 115 true-rms DMM, with a CAT III 600V safety rating, is designed for electrical and electronic testing in field service, industrial and other applications where more than basic functions are needed. Featuring a large white LED backlit screen, which is ideal when working in poorly lit areas, it measures DC and AC voltages to 600V and captures MIN/MAX/AVG readings. The Fluke 115 also measures resistance, frequency and capacitance, and tests continuity. The Fluke 114 true-rms DMM, also with a CAT III 600V safety rating and backlit screen, is ideal for electrical troubleshooting and straightforward “go/no go” in residential/commercial testing. It also tests frequency, continuity and resistance.

The Fluke 1660 Series of Multifunction Installation Testers put more power in users’ hands by quickly and efficiently testing fixed installations to local wiring regulations. They are designed to verify insulation resistance, loop impedance, resistance of the earth connect, resistance to earth, RCD performance in TT and TN systems, phase sequence, and loop/line impedance and RCD tests in IT systems.

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

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

Information about all Fluke products can be obtained via the Fluke web site at www.fluke.co.uk.