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Track assets more efficiently with fully customisable RFID labelling solutions

Smart RFID labelling enables industry 4.0 efficiencies in identification and management of components, products, machinery and tools. The scope of efficiency savings generated by RFID identification may be realised at several company levels from manufacturing to customer operations. Brady leverages all of its capabilities as a worldwide identification expert to deliver custom RFID solutions that solve our customers’ identification challenges.

Discover Brady’s complete RFID solution >>

Your tailored solution that includes an RFID label designed for your environment, up to an automated RFID system.

  • RFID labels: Custom shaped, printed and programmed and ready to apply or ready to be finalised at your premises.
  • Print at your premises: Programme, print, serialise or finalise custom RFID labels at your premises.
  • Capture data: Capture data from or add data to your RFID labels from a few centimetres in HF/NFC up to 16 metres in UHF, not limited by line of sight.
  • Integrate & automate: Automatically capture data from your RFID labels at programmable intervals with fixed scanners, and send the data to your ERP-system.

We can assist you in finding the right combination of products to solve your identification need.

Download the Guide “An RFID solution for your needs” >>

And how did other companies benefit? Read our case studies:

  • Drive forklift picking efficiency with RFID labels
  • Highly efficient medical device shipping and installation with RFID

Check out our case studies!

Brady Corporation

Wildmere Industrial Estate

Banbury, Oxon OX16 3JU

Tel: +44 (0) 1295 228 288

csuk@bradycorp.com

www.brady.co.uk

ifm offers vibration monitoring without wires

Powered from an internal battery with a life of at least four years, wireless vibration sensors in the new VW range from ifm electronic are fast and easy to install even in difficult-to-access locations. Since they require no wired connections of any kind, the new sensors offer a convenient and cost-effective way to upgrade critical machinery by adding condition monitoring for by adding condition monitoring for key mechanical components.

VW vibration sensors are designed for use in conjunction with ZB0929 network gateways, with which they communicate wirelessly using an intelligent mesh topology that combines data security with reliability. Gateways can be connected to the plant network or fieldbus system using either an Ethernet cable or one of the supported wireless options, which include NB-IoT, LTE CAT 1, Wi-Fi and 2G GSM. Each gateway can support up to 30 sensors, making it easy to set up comprehensive monitoring systems even for complex machines.

Data provided by the VW sensors includes v-RMS values over the range 0 to 25 mm/s and 10 to 1000 Hz, and temperature from -40 to +85 ºC. The data can be visualised and analysed with the ifm LR SmartObserver software package, which also has provision for setting alarm points, or it can be used directly in systems based on the ifm moneo IIoT platform.

Two versions of the VW sensor are available: the VW001 has a single measurement axis, while the VW002 has three mutually perpendicular measurement axes. Both types have an IP68 ingress protection rating and an operating temperature range of -40 to +85 ºC, allowing them to be used in the most demanding of industrial applications. Available accessories include an M8 magnetic and stainless-steel adhesive mounting adaptors.

https://www.ifm.com/gb/en/shared/product-news/2020/smart-vibration-monitoring-without-cabling

Silicon Designs announces immediate availability of its complete product portfolio for aerospace testing

April 23, 2021 – Kirkland, Washington, USA – Silicon Designs, Inc. (www.SiliconDesigns.com), a leading designer and manufacturer of highly rugged commercial- and inertial-grade MEMS capacitive accelerometer chips and modules for zero-to-medium frequency instrumentation applications, today announced the immediate availability of its complete product portfolio for aerospace testing, including inertial navigation systems.

As both a 100% veteran-owned small business and an entirely U.S.-based manufacturer, Silicon Designs has supported both government and private-business aerospace programs since 1983. The company was founded, in large part, thanks to R&D funding it was awarded under a U.S. Small Business Administration Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) grant. With it, Silicon Designs began immediately designing, developing, and manufacturing custom MEMS capacitive accelerometers with integral amplification for the U.S. Navy. Today, the company continues to faithfully supply the military and aerospace sectors with cost-effective, high-performance standard and custom MEMS capacitive accelerometers for surface mount and wired implementations.

For inertial guidance, navigation, and control (GN&C) applications, including UAVs, Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV), Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) and Robotic Control systems, as well as photography and weather drones, the low-cost Silicon Designs Model 1525 Surface Mount Accelerometer Series is recommended. Offering industry best-in-class low-noise performance, the miniature, nitrogen damped, hermetically sealed Model 1525 combines both a MEMS capacitive sense element and a custom integrated circuit, the latter of which includes both a sense amplifier and ±4.0V differential output stage. These combined features make the Model 1525 Series ideal for GN&C zero-to-medium frequency instrumentation applications requiring high-repeatability, low noise, and maximum stability. Units are available in five full-scale ranges, from ±2 g to ±50 g, reliably operating over standard temperatures from -40°C to +85°C. Series units are relatively insensitive to wide temperature changes and gradients. A calibration test sheet is supplied with each unit, showing measured bias, scale factor, linearity, operating current, and frequency response characteristics.

For aircraft vibration monitoring, flight & flutter testing, and NVH testing, single axis Model 2220 and 2240 series MEMS capacitive accelerometer modules offer measurement stability, both AC and DC acceleration response, reliable high- and low-temperature operation, and low power consumption. These low-noise accelerometers are +8 to +32 VDC powered and offered with either a buffered ±4V differential output or 0.5V to 4.5V single ended output, along with an internal voltage regulator and reference. The Model 2220 series is housed in an anodized aluminum case, while the 2240 series features a hermetically sealed titanium case with a removable plug and cable. When ordered off-the-shelf in standard ranges of ±5 g, ±10 g, and ±25 g, these modules offer necessary DC response capabilities for low-frequency, high-precision aircraft flutter testing. The ±50 g, ±100 g, and ±200 g range modules further offer the necessary shock and vibration measurement capabilities for higher-impact landing gear monitoring and testing. Units within these specified ranges may be also used to support payload testing, as well as externally mounted accessories such as drop tanks, weapons, and radar antennae system enclosures (radome). They feature a simple four-wire connection and weigh as little as ten grams. Their low-impedance outputs can drive up to 2,000 feet of cable.

All Silicon Designs MEMS capacitive accelerometer modules and JCC/LCC chips are 100% in-house tested, programmed, calibrated, and verified within a climate chamber as to ensure their utmost measurement accuracy and reliability. Units are also fully calibrated and serialized for traceability prior to their shipment. Other aerospace applications supported by Silicon Designs include spacecraft and satellite testing; aircraft seat ejection testing; landing gear testing; Helicopter Attitude Heading and Reference Systems (AHRS); dynamic platform stabilization; buffering, Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS); in-flight structural testing, aerospace component durability testing; systems performance testing; modal analysis; and global regulatory compliance testing. For additional information, visit www.SiliconDesigns.com.

About Silicon Designs, Inc.

Silicon Designs was founded in 1983 with the goal of improving the accepted design standard for traditional MEMS capacitive accelerometers. At that time, industrial-grade accelerometers were bulky, fragile, and costly. The engineering team at Silicon Designs listened to the needs of customers who required more compact, sensitive, rugged, and reasonably priced accelerometer modules and chips, though which also offered higher performance. Resultant product lines were designed and built to surpass customer expectations. The company has grown steadily over the years, while its core competency remains accelerometers, with the core business philosophies of “make it better, stronger, smaller and less expensive” and “let the customer drive R&D” maintained to this day.

Ultra 4 MCERTS Status

As part of our new Asset Management Period (AMP) in the UK Water Industry, it is now a requirement to monitor any spills going into a storm tank – regularly referred too throughout the UK Water Industry as UMON3. Part of this requirement is to ensure that all flow is recorded to a specific standard, so that water utilities are confident in the reliability of their flow readings.

MCERTS provides a framework of standards for the safe and reliable monitoring of liquid flow and is widely used throughout the UK Water Industry to ensure that water bodies are working towards the same standards, to protect our sewage networks and local environments.

Pulsar Measurement have a long and experienced history with MCERT’s with 2 products already achieving MCERT status, including the FlowCERT and DUET twin transducer and the FlowCERT Lite and dB3 with double sunshields. We are pleased to announce the addition of Ultra 4 and dB3 with double sunshields to our list of MCERT Certified products.

The Ultra 4 and dB3 with double sunshields have been future proofed for the purpose of UMON3 and UMON4 in the UK Water Industry and are specifically designed to monitor stormwater overflows. The sophistication and advanced features of this new and improved unit allows water companies across the UK to comply with the new directive in a small, compact, and easy to use controller, enabling it to be a small but crucial building block in a much bigger development. The non-contacting nature of the Ultra 4 and ultrasonic technology means there is little to NO maintenance required for this system and helps make life easy for utility companies across the nation.

For more information on the Ultra 4 or MCERT Certification scheme, visit our website.

Introducing KDP

 

KDP operate in the Industrial Automation, Safety systems, Environmental monitoring, Transportation and Aerospace markets. 

We are the UK distributor for Wilcoxon Sensing Technologies and Vigor Technologies. Our industrial sensors are perfect for a wide range of applications that include the measurement of vibration, displacement, angle and position:

  • Accelerometers
  • Temperature sensors
  • Inclinometers
  • 4-20mA sensors
  • Tiltmeters / Levelmeters
  • Wireless sensors
  • Biaxial/Triaxial sensors
  • Hazardous Area sensors
  • HART® sensors
  • 3D Laser sensors
  • Marine sensors
  • Mounting hardware / accessories

We can also build all your cable assemblies, from high-quality one-off prototypes to low-medium volumes and we can even support your electronics design and manufacture through to full box build assembly and test.

We manufacture a range of signal conditioning instrumentation that when coupled with the correct sensors, connectors and cables provides a complete high-quality measurement chain that can be relied upon in the most demanding applications.

kdpes.co.uk

Protecting industrial networks from accidental or intentional sabotage is a high priority these days

Although the focus is usually on external attacks, internal threats can be just as damaging and almost as common. Procentec, the global leader in diagnostic and monitoring solutions, will be presenting new OT cybersecurity tools during its Virtual Product Launch on Thursday, the 8th of April.

Join engineers, technicians and managers from around the world to discover four new Procentec products, plus a number of exciting Osiris features that will help you to:

– Control what software is installed on your decentralized network
– Spot any sudden and potentially critical changes to your devices
– Facilitate the onboarding, training and reassignment of technicians
– Create an effective line of defence against internal and external intrusions

That’s not all…

Besides these innovative security solutions, you’ll also get to see:

–    Procentec CTO Matthew Dulcey and cybersecurity expert Jeremy Butcher (FOX-IT) be interviewed on the difference between IT and OT security, plus the importance of security in an OT environment.

–    Anders Hansson, the CMO of HMS Networks, chat with Procentec CEO Pieter Barendrecht about their valuable partnership and the market opportunities it offers.

–    The much-anticipated launch of Procentec’s Academy, which will be providing product and protocol training to all our clients and partners.

–    CEO Pieter Barendrecht speak about the importance of security in OT, while he upholds the Procentec tradition of a rooftop BBQ

Sign up
Click here to register: https://releases.procentec.com/

Can’t make it on April 8? No worries. Procentec will be keeping the product launch page open for a few days after the event to all those that have registered, so you can catch up with all the content at your leisure.

About Procentec
Procentec is a global leader in diagnostic and monitoring solutions for the Industrial Automation Market. It develops and manufactures automation products for PROFIBUS, PROFINET, Industrial Ethernet, EtherNet/IP and EtherCAT. Some of its products are the most recognized solutions on the market today, including ProfiTrace, ProfiHub, ComBricks, Osiris, Mercury and EtherTAP.

It is also a certified PROFIBUS and PROFINET Competence and Training Centre. The Procentec Academy has certified over 4,000 engineers to implement and maintain their PROFINET and PROFIBUS networks to the highest standards available. In addition, experienced consultants assist on projects around the world, advising on architecture, engineering, training and commissioning.

New Signet 2580 FlowtraMagTM Meter Offers High Accuracy and Lighter Weight

GF Piping Systems has introduced the full-bore, Signet 2580 FlowtraMag™ magnetic flow meter designed specifically for high accuracy flow measurement in short pipe runs. High accuracy is achieved for these problematic runs with a new sensor design that has shorter inlet and outlet pipe lengths. The shorter run requirements after flow disturbances, such as elbows, valves or pumps, enable users to fit these flowmeters into tighter spaces that otherwise would not be possible with other flow technologies.

All thermoplastic construction provides superior corrosion resistance for long, maintenance-free service life. Available in pipe sizes DN25 (1″), DN50 (2″) and DN100 (4″). The PVC body with titanium or Hastelloy electrodes has no moving parts, and is two to three times lighter in weight compared to traditional metal magmeters. The FlowtraMag offers certified factory calibration, accuracy of ±1% of reading and repeatability of ±0.5%

Streamlined monitoring and complete versatility is provided via the meter’s broad communications capabilities across multiple platforms. These include frequency, digital (S3L), and active or passive analog 4-20 mA. Visual LED indicators make sensor status clear and easy to read. Unlike other meters that can only connect to flanges, the 2580 can connect to union ends in sizes DN50 (2″) or less, and flanges in DN100 (4″) sizes.

Users can configure and calibrate the 2580 to the parameters required for their systems using the GF Configuration Tool Bluetooth® App. After customising parameters for averaging, low flow cut off, and spanning the 4-20 mA output, users can then monitor and adjust performance settings in the 2580 on their Android or iOS device. Additionally, adaptive flow measurement in both the forward and reverse direction is possible.

The new flow meter can be used in a wide range of applications and industries. Applications include water treatment skids, chemical processing and transport, batch processing, water distribution, cooling towers, reverse osmosis, scrubber systems, metal recovery and landfill leachate, and many more.

For more information see the below video:

GF Signet 2580 FlowtraMag Meter

Download the FlowtraMag brochure

The 2580 features CE, UL, CUL recognized components, and is RoHS-compliant. It is manufactured under ISO 9001 for Quality, ISO 14001 for environmental management, and OHSAS 18001 for occupational health and safety. For more information, visit www.gfps.com/uk or contact uk_processautomation@georgfischer.com

Fulton. The best kept secret in thermal fluid technology

The Fulton name has been synonymous with heat transfer solutions since the company first introduced the vertical tubeless steam boiler in 1949 and Fulton was established in Bristol in 1966. Today, Fulton is still one of the world’s leading manufacturers and produces an unrivalled range of multi-fuel-fired steam and hot water boilers but, as Carl Knight explains, Fulton isn’t a name many have considered when specifying thermal oil systems. Until now!

Often referred to as a steam boiler manufacturer, Fulton also specialises in heat transfer solutions and as such considers all options – steam, hot water and thermal fluid – when responding to a customer’s requirements. In many cases, and to meet current trends, systems are manufactured as ready-to-ship, skid-mounted or packaged plant rooms; and are sold with training courses, service contracts and extended warranties to eliminate any areas of concern throughout the lifespan of the system.

Fulton’s thermal technology

Fulton’s thermal fluid heaters feature a four-pass, high-efficiency design that pre-heats combustion air. Their compact construction can, like many Fulton heat transfer systems, be skid-mounted with circulating pumps, expansion vessels and related pipework; and the range includes models with heat outputs to 3500kW with standard operating temperatures of 345°C (temperature outputs of 400°C are also available with optional heater enhancements and suitable thermal fluids).

A combined expansion tank and de-aerator that has been designed by Fulton allows nitrogen to be introduced to protect the thermal fluid from oxidisation, which means that the tank does not necessarily have to be situated at the highest point in the system. This is a particular advantage where plant room height is restricted or when a system is skid-mounted for a compact installation.

“Design and manufacturing resources for each thermal fluid project are shared and coordinated with Fulton Thermal Corporation in the USA but, no matter where your product originates, it will always be produced to the highest quality in a facility that is wholly owned and managed by the Fulton Group, which still remains a privately-owned family business.” says Carl.

The smallest of Fulton’s thermal systems is the twelve-model, electrically-heated FT-N range. Its compact, vertical design has the capacity to operate at temperatures up to 340°C and its low-Watt density elements provide low film temperatures and long element life. Heat outputs range from the 22kW FT-N0075 to the 504kW FT-N1720.

Fulton’s other vertical thermal system is the highly-efficient FT-C, an eleven-model range with outputs from 235kW to an impressive 4.1mW and operating temperatures to 345°C. The Fulton FT-C offers a compact, fuel-fired, four-pass heater design to allow for high fluid velocities and low film temperatures, which translates into system longevity. The FT-C’s compact design gives it the ability to be skid-mounted and means minimal floor space is required.

Fulton’s largest thermal fluid heater is the three-pass horizontal FT-HC, which features eight models with heat outputs from 0.7mW to 5.9mW and operating temperatures to 345°C. While the largest in terms of heat output the FT-HC is still compact and, like Fulton’s other thermal heaters, can be packaged as a skid-mounted system and is available with low emission gas burners and alternative fuel capabilities.

Thermal fluid versus steam

Fulton is well placed to offer customers an unbiased review of their heat transfer requirements and can compare thermal systems to conventional steam and electric alternatives. What is also essential is that Fulton’s new and existing customers are given the right advice, and Carl looks forward to ensuring that thermal fluid systems are recognised as a viable alternative to other heat transfer systems for many applications.

But, as Carl explains, at what point does thermal become the best or most cost-effective solution for a process?

“The choice between adopting steam or thermal systems is determined by the requirements of the process and its temperature range. In general, if the process requires a temperature above 0°C and below 180°C, steam is usually the first choice. However, if the required process temperature is below 0°C or above 180°C, thermal fluid is often the better solution.” says Carl.

He goes on to say that thermal systems, unlike steam, provide useable temperature with very little pressure, no flame, fewer regulations and lots of control.

Thermal technology in action

Steam is often a traditional source of indirect heat for brewing but, with an increase in micro-breweries and resurgence in craft brewing, the regulations and additional ongoing investment required for running a pressure-based system often adds too much cost when considering steam as a heat transfer solution. So when Rebellion Beer Company was looking to replace its ageing steam boiler system, they turned to two of the UK’s major thermal fluid specialists for help.

So when Rebellion decided that an upgrade to its original brewing equipment was required, and with its steam boiler reaching its end-of-life, they started reviewing heat transfer options.

“Having met with two suppliers to discuss the project, we were impressed with Fulton’s enthusiasm and interest in getting involved with what turns out to be one of only a handful of brewery-based thermal fluid projects in the UK.” says Mark Gloyens. “Fulton’s FT-C 240 vertical coil thermal system will save money on energy bills as it’s easily turned on/off as required and with minimal heat-up time. In contrast, the old steam system needed to be turned on in the morning and left running regardless of steam demand.”

The system also provided value-for-money, because thermal fluid heaters are non-pressurised and therefore not subject to pressure regulations. Additionally, Rebellion prefers to operate its thermal system at lower temperatures of around 135°C to ensure a quality product, making thermal fluid an ideal source of heat.

The system is also simpler than steam and was therefore less expensive to set-up and maintain. Additionally, Fulton’s FT-C is more compact than the steam system, which has freed up essential space for other process equipment.

As Fulton’s Carl Knight explains, unlike steam, thermal systems provide useable temperature with very little pressure and a variety of cost savings should therefore be expected. The additional control provided by thermal also allows multiple, easy and accurate temperatures throughout a single system that can also include cooling. There are also no freezing hazards, they provide rapid start-up/shutdown with minimal heat losses and there’s no requirement for blowdown or condensate losses.

“Whole life costs can also be cheaper because they require fewer insurance inspections, which minimises production downtime and shut down. There’s also no water treatment or chemical dosing requirement, therefore no waste disposal and minimal maintenance costs.” says Carl.

Fulton’s system is now used throughout Rebellion’s processes. From the mashing-in and wort boiling processes, to heating the CIP system.

Summarising, Carl says that Fulton are experts in all heat transfer solutions and because they offer a complete range, they are well placed to offer customers an unbiased review of their requirements.

For further information on its thermal fluid systems, call Fulton on 0117 972 3322, email sales@fulton.co.uk or visit www.fulton.co.uk.

Track assets more efficiently with fully customisable RFID labelling solutions

Smart RFID labelling enables industry 4.0 efficiencies in identification and management of components, products, machinery and tools. The scope of efficiency savings generated by RFID identification may be realised at several company levels from manufacturing to customer operations. Brady leverages all of its capabilities as a worldwide identification expert to deliver custom RFID solutions that solve our customers’ identification challenges.=

Discover Brady’s complete RFID solution >>

Your tailored solution that includes an RFID label designed for your environment, up to an automated RFID system.

  • RFID labels: Custom shaped, printed and programmed and ready to apply or ready to be finalised at your premises.
  • Print at your premises: Programme, print, serialise or finalise custom RFID labels at your premises.
  • Capture data: Capture data from or add data to your RFID labels from a few centimetres in HF/NFC up to 16 metres in UHF, not limited by line of sight.
  • Integrate & automate: Automatically capture data from your RFID labels at programmable intervals with fixed scanners, and send the data to your ERP-system.

We can assist you in finding the right combination of products to solve your identification need.

Download the Guide “An RFID solution for your needs” >>

And how did other companies benefit? Read our case studies:

  • Drive forklift picking efficiency with RFID labels
  • Highly efficient medical device shipping and installation with RFID

Check out our case studies!

Brady Corporation

Wildmere Industrial Estate

Banbury, Oxon OX16 3JU

Tel: +44 (0) 1295 228 288

csuk@bradycorp.co

www.brady.co.uk

 

797PCP Pump Systems for Continuous Volumetric Dispensing of 1K and 2K fluids

  • These new pumps provide a highly controlled volumetric dispensing of one-part and two-part fluids
  • These new pumps of Nordson EFD offer precise, repeatable 1K and 2K fluid volumes as small as 0.01 mL per revolution with deposit volume tolerances equal to +/- 1%
  • The design of the 797PCP is based on the progressive cavity principal where its core components — a rotor and stator — form a perfectly sealed metering chamber. As it rotates, the pump allows continuous volumetric dispensing that is unaffected by external factors such as changes in viscosity, fluctuating fluid pressure, and the full-to-empty effect in syringe barrels.
  • Both the standard and 2K pumps work best when controlled by either 7197PCP-DIN or ValveMate 7197PCP controllers allowing for precise adjustment of dispensing parameters. The DIN rail version offers an intuitive web-based interface. The ValveMate version offers an intuitive touchscreen interface.

https://www.nordson.com/en/divisions/efd/products/volumetric-systems

Contact details

Nordson U.K. – EFD Division

Dunstable, U.K.

Phone +44 (0) 1582 666334

uk@nordsonefd.com