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The Sempre Group launches guide to metrology in medical device manufacturing

To help British medical device manufacturers understand the value in integrating metrology into production, industrial metrology supplier The Sempre Group has released Metrology in Medical. The whitepaper explores how medical device manufacturers can use measurement equipment and data to improve quality throughout the product lifecycle. The whitepaper can be downloaded for free on The Sempre Group website here.

The medical device industry in the UK and Ireland is highly competitive. Ireland, for example, is one of the largest exporters of medical products in Europe, with annual exports of over 12.6 billion euros. As a result, medical device manufacturers are constantly looking for new ways to streamline validation, improve productivity and gain a competitive edge in the market.

This whitepaper explains how considering the role of metrology earlier in the process and integrating metrology into every stage of a medical device’s product lifecycle enables manufacturers to develop a more efficient and traceable process. It explores the factors to consider when searching for a metrology supplier, how metrology software can improve traceability and the benefits of automating reporting processes.

“There is no room for error when bringing a medical device to market,” explained Jason McGlynn, commercial manager for Ireland at The Sempre Group. “Even the smallest defect can have dangerous consequences for patients, so manufacturers must document every step of the product lifecycle to prove a device meets its intended purpose.

“Metrology is vital to gathering this accurate and traceable evidence, but is often only used at the end of production to validate final parts,” added McGlynn. “By creating an effective quality management strategy and integrating metrology into production from the outset, manufacturers can improve traceability to ensure regulatory compliance while streamlining production.”

The Sempre Group provides UK and Irish manufacturers with the bespoke solutions and expert support needed to improve quality at every stage of a medical device’s lifecycle. The company regularly introduces new and innovative metrology systems and software from a range of leading global suppliers to find the right solution to any measurement challenge. The Sempre Group is also on hand to install systems, train staff and calibrate equipment to ensure measurements are valid in the long term — The Sempre Group is one of a few UK companies that offers UKAS certified calibration for Micro-Vu Optical CMMs.

TE Connectivity earns spot on Forbes list of America’s Best Employers for Diversity

TE Connectivity, a world leader in connectors and sensors, has been ranked among America’s Best Employers for Diversity by Forbes, following an independent survey of U.S. workers. The list includes 500 companies with at least 1,000 American employees that respondents rated favourably based on survey questions about age, gender equality, ethnicity, disability, LGBTQA+ and general diversity.

The external recognition comes as TE continues to focus its efforts to ensure inclusivity and diversity are core to every aspect of its business, from its workplace to its community involvement to its business partnerships.

“TE Connectivity is deeply committed to ensuring our global workforce and the partners with which we work reflect the diverse markets and customers of the world we serve,” said CEO Terrence Curtin. “By creating an environment in which we want all of our team members to feel welcome, we are building a better company that empowers everyone to contribute to a collaborative culture. We’re proud to receive this recognition from Forbes.”

TE’s inclusion and diversity efforts have been recognised around the world. The Human Rights Campaign regularly honours TE as a Best Place to Work for LQBTQ Equality in the United States and Mexico. The Top Employer Institute has included TE in its annual workplace ranking in Germany for the past 12 years.

Hanwell relaunch makes iSense for keeping tabs on vital shipments

Since the coronavirus pandemic took hold there has been a dramatic explosion of e-commerce sales and a sharp increase in the number of online retailers, but how can these outlets keep track of the integrity of goods when transporting from one distribution centre to another location?

Conditions during the journey are hugely important – and just what award-winning Hanwell Solutions is addressing with the relaunch of an enhanced version of iSense, an innovative self-contained transmitter which facilitates remote monitoring using a wide range of parameters via wireless 3G mobile technology.

One of the biggest challenges for companies that are really committed to the integrity of their supply chains is obtaining real-time information on the environmental conditions of their products whilst on the move. Hanwell’s pioneering iSense unit provides total visibility of an operation as well as compliance data – ultimately helping to reduce the amount of product lost from temperature damage.

It’s not only the temperature and humidity in trucks that iSense can measure, it can also remotely access locations that previously seemed inaccessible, including buildings, machinery and infrastructure. A number of different sensors can be attached in order to monitor energy, pressure, structural stress and many more.

Sending alerts to mobile devices, laptops or PCs if parameters are breached, iSense monitors a huge variety of conditions, from the state of a fridge or freezer containing life-saving drugs and vaccines stored in a hospital, or pressure levels of a hazardous liquid in an oil tanker, to the shock and vibration affecting a bridge, as well as keeping check on the energy consumption of a school.

Linked to Hanwell’s EMS, iSense transmits comprehensive analysis and historical data via 3G  mobile technology to a central database for immediate viewing, recording and assessment. This prevents the need for staff to travel to remote locations for readings, saving on time and money, and with the added bonus of real-time data, rather than retrospective results given by data loggers. The range has been designed to comply with the RoHS and WEEE EU directives and carries the CE mark.

Among iSense’s many features are 3G mobile technology, non-intrusive design, easy installation and up to five-year battery life which all come as standard. Each iSense unit has durable hardware for harsh conditions or remote storage monitoring and the most accurate sensors on the market.

Derek Richardson, Hanwell’s International Sales Director, explained: “With the recent massive growth in internet sales and thus a surge in transportation of goods across and beyond the UK, it’s become ore important than ever that companies can closely monitor the integrity of their shipments or freight, wherever they’re headed. Data loggers are fine for retrospective monitoring but, as well as its multitude of other features, a solution like iSense gives an instant notification in the event of a breach even if you’re not on site, allowing for immediate investigation and, if possible, rectification.

“Our engineers have really pushed the boat out with this latest upgrade. At Hanwell we pride ourselves on being ahead of the curve with class-leading technology and peerless solutions for practically any market sector. There’s no doubt that the new improved iSense will help us continue to uphold that reputation for years to come.”

Farnell adds new Smart Bench Essentials series from Keysight

Farnell has expanded its market-leading portfolio of test and measurement equipment with the introduction of the new Smart Bench Essentials series from Keysight. Seamlessly integrating multiple instruments into a single solution for maximum productivity and value-for-money, the Smart Bench Essentials series provides full connectivity between the instruments and the cloud. It is an ideal solution to support educators and students teaching and learning remotely, as well as professional engineers seeking a test solution which is fully connected and integrated to enable working from home.

The Smart Bench Essentials series features a compact form factor that delivers a holistic family of test bench products with exceptional connectivity features. Comprised of a DC power supply, digital multimeter and function generators that work with the popular Keysight 1000X oscilloscopes, the Smart Bench Essentials series provides an innovative bench experience, revolutionising how engineers make remote measurements and collaborate with their peers. An instrument stacking kit, available as part of the series, enables engineers to set their Smart Bench instruments up in an attractive and space-saving 2×2 layout, saving bench space and improving user experience.

The Smart Bench Essentials series now available from Farnell includes:

  • The Triple Output DC Power Supply (EDU36311A) provides three 90W electrically isolated channels supplying clean and reliable power. The package features intuitive and easy-to-use interfaces with manual control or programming by USB or LAN. A signature video graphics array (WVGA) provides users with information from instrument set up to output status. The low acoustic noise output power supply is protected against over voltage, over current and over temperature operation.
  • The 5.5-digit Digital Multimeter (EDU34450A) is a compact, modern digital multimeter (DMM) designed for bench applications. It can measure 11 different input signals including DCV, DCI, True-RMS ACV, ACI, 2- and 4-wire resistance, frequency, continuity, diode test, temperature, and capacitance. Other key features include a 5.5-digit resolution, up to a 110 readings/s measuring rate for speed-critical tests, and generous internal memory allowing for prolonged data-logging. This high performance, low-cost DMM has a 7-inch dual-measurement colour display, USB and LAN connectivity, USB flash drive support and software for remote control and data logging.
  • The 20MHz Function / Arbitrary Waveform Generators series includes a single (EDU33211A) and two channel (EDU33212A) instrument that can be coupled in amplitude and frequency, and triggered externally. Functions include six built-in modulation types and 17 popular waveforms to simulate common applications for testing. It has a 16-bit arbitrary waveform capability with a memory capacity of up to 8M samples per channel. An intuitive, information-packed front-panel interface with a 7-inch colour display offers simultaneous parameter setup, signal viewing and editing for simple operation. USB and LAN interfaces and onboard software provide remote connectivity, while the front-panel USB thumb drive port offers convenient file management.

James McGregor, Global Head of Test and Tools at Farnell, said: “We’ve seen a global shift to learning and working from home in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Innovative solutions such as this Smart Bench series enables students, teachers and professional engineers to work just as effectively, efficiently and safely at home as they did previously in the on-site lab. High service distribution is about more than just stocking and shipping the products our customers need, it’s also about providing solutions to real world challenges and the holistic connected solution the Smart Bench series offers will bring about genuine change to the engineer’s experience whether in the lab, at home, or further afield.”

Keysight’s complete portfolio of instruments include a common user interface and software that enables users to easily connect instruments anywhere around the world. Customers can easily integrate multiple instruments which can be configured, controlled and monitored from a single screen. By leveraging Keysight’s PathWave Benchvue software as well as the new Remote Learning or Lab Manager software, data can be shared across teams working in different locations.

Farnell provides free technical support to customers 24/5 via in-house test and measurement specialists, as well as access to online resources, data sheets, application notes, videos and webinars.

The Smart Bench Essentials Series from Keysight is available from Farnell in EMEA and element14 in APAC.

New ‘Tech Edge’ video series from OnLogic dives deep into industrial computing

To help answer common technology questions, and to shed light on issues specific to the industrial computer hardware industry, global computer manufacturer and IoT solution provider, OnLogic, has launched a new video series called Tech Edge. The series will include tech tips, industry news, how-tos and deep dives into everything from common connectivity standards and system mounting, to the latest technologies from Intel, AMD and OnLogic’s software partners like Inductive Automation, IGEL and EdgeIQ.

“Our goal with this series is to bring the conversations and problem solving that’s happening every day behind the scenes here, to a wider audience who could benefit from the solutions we’re providing our customers,” said OnLogic Engineering Manager, Hans Brakeley. “The tech education landscape is full of information about consumer technology, which is fantastic, but for industrial computer users it can be hard to wade through it all and find the information they actually need. With Tech Edge, we’re looking to bridge that gap and offer a resource for engineers, project managers and anyone who’s building IoT, Industry 4.0 or edge computing solutions.”

The first episode of the series explores the technology and engineering that allows some industrial computing solutions to be built without the use of fans, which are usually required to keep internal components cool. Tech Edge videos utilise a combination of an on-camera presenter, detailed hardware visuals, graphics and diagrams to illustrate what are often complex concepts as clearly and simply as possible.

Other currently available videos in the series include an exploration of the latest Intel Atom, Celeron and Pentium processors (formerly known as Elkhart Lake), a 60 second breakdown of the PCIe connectivity standard, and an overview of the current state of USB connectivity. Upcoming videos will cover DIN Rail mounting, smart SCADA in a factory setting and how Intel’s NUC systems are used in industrial applications.

Tech Edge is now available on the OnLogic YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/OnLogic/, where viewers can subscribe and comment with suggestions for future episode topics.

HENSOLDT appoints Celia Pelaz to the Management Board

HENSOLDT has announced the appointment of Celia Pelaz to the Management Board of the company as of 1 July 2021. As Chief Strategy Officer, she will be responsible for the strategic positioning of HENSOLDT as well as its business development. In addition, Celia Pelaz will continue to lead the Spectrum Dominance and Airborne Solutions division as well as HENSOLDT Ventures. With this step, the Management Board of HENSOLDT will be expanded from three to four members.

Johannes Huth, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of HENSOLDT: “With the expansion and more diverse line-up of the Management Board, HENSOLDT is preparing the ground for further growth as a global brand. Celia Pelaz has been a perfect fit for HENSOLDT for years. She stands for expertise, strategic foresight and innovative strength. I look forward to working with her.”

Thomas Müller, CEO of HENSOLDT: “I am delighted that Celia Pelaz, a highly experienced, very tech-savvy and widely respected colleague, is joining the Management Board. She has been playing a key role in shaping and driving forward many of our strategic initiatives and, above all, our internationalisation in recent years. In addition, she has perfectly positioned HENSOLDT in the strategically important areas of cyber, artificial intelligence and data mining. With her as Executive for Strategy and Business Development, we are ideally equipped to further expand HENSOLDT’s position as a leading European champion in the field of defence and security electronics.”

Celia Pelaz has been with HENSOLDT and formerly Airbus for 19 years. Since April 2018, she has been responsible for the Spectrum Dominance and Airborne Solutions division. Prior to that, she was Head of Strategic Business Development. In addition to strategic topics, this role also included corporate communications, HENSOLDT’s international businesses and the company’s M&A activities. Before that, Celia Pelaz held various management positions at Airbus and its predecessor companies. Celia Pelaz holds a degree in engineering from the Bilbao Chamber of Commerce University (Escuela Universitaria de la Cámara de Comercio de Bilbao).

Miniature pressure scanner increases accuracy

EvoScann’s highly miniaturised differential pressure scanner has increased its accuracy levels by 5x, when compared with its previous capabilities,  firmly placing it as the most accurate scanner at this level in the market.

Engineering developments and continuous improvements have enabled the EvoScann P8-D to deliver full-scale accuracy which is 5x better than before. Full scale accuracy was 0.5% and is now 0.1% in the key 100mbar and 200mbar ranges, which represents much greater accuracy in the data produced.

Used in aerodynamic testing environments, the P8-D is an eight-channel, digital pressure scanner providing direct true differential measurement in engineering units.

Managing Director, Paul Crowhurst said, “We are thrilled with the results we are achieving. Customers were happy with the original P8-D pressure scanner, but we felt we could do better. Our culture of continuous improvement led to these exciting developments and now our customers can have even more confidence in the measurements achieved.”

The P8-D miniature pressure scanner is small enough to fit in tight spaces, enabling engineers to gain valuable data from previously unreachable areas.

For more details on the EvoScann P8-D pressure scanner, full details are available at EvoScann.com or call +44 (0)1264 316470

Sensirion and Burnon International establish distribution agreement

Sensirion has announced its new partnership with Burnon International. Under the distribution agreement, Burnon International is authorised to sell Sensirion products to its customers. With this new distributor on board, Sensirion strengthens its distribution network in China.

As a leading IC products distributor and solutions provider in China, Burnon International offers 18 years of distribution experience and 18 branch offices in Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The experienced team of application engineers provide customers with multi-level technical support services to meet their different needs. Burnon’s Application Design Center (ADC) have developed various application solutions for industrial control, consumer and automotive market.

Sensirion, an international company with Swiss roots, is known for its high-quality and reliable environmental and flow sensor solutions. Based on Sensirion’s extensive experience in the industrialisation of CMOS-based microsensors, Sensirion’s products are applied in the medical, automotive, consumer, and industrial end markets, including analytical instruments. The innovative sensors can be found for example in air purifiers, demand-controlled ventilators, smart home applications and medical instruments to enhance health, improve efficiency and provide safety as well as comfort. The company offers also technical resources, services for design and helps customers to speed up the development cycle and accelerate new products to market.

Commenting on the partnership, Joe Yeung, Vice President of Marketing at Burnon says: “We are very excited about the partnership with Sensirion. Sensirion’s wide portfolio of environmental sensor is an excellent offer for our customers. This opens up the possibility to create new smart devices for a safer environment, improve our comfort and increase energy efficiency.”

Florian Hirsch, Director Channel Sales at Sensirion comments: “We are very pleased to announce Burnon International as new distributor in China. Burnon, with their strategic fit will help us to continue our success story in this key region. Their technology focus, support level and field application competence lay the essential business foundation for a successful partnership and long-term growth with many new customers. We are extremely excited about this collaboration and welcome Burnon as new channel partner of Sensirion.”

Stork Solutions uses Powelectrics IIoT kit to ensure happy herds

Stork Solutions has delivered a Powelectrics IIoT solution to ensure that cattle always have a good supply of fresh water to drink.

Stork supplies bespoke end-to-end instrumentation solutions, encompassing water, waste and power management systems, remote site and environmental monitoring. More https://stork.solutions/

For this project, Stork’s customer is a mixed arable and cattle farm in a remote area, which is not on mains power. The water trough is fed from a large tank located near the farm buildings, but some distance from the grazing areas. The trough has a simple float which opens a valve when water drops and closes it once the trough has refilled.

Prior to automatic remote monitoring, the feeder tank needed to be checked regularly by busy farm employees and could run out during periods of heavy usage before this happened. This would mean the cows had no water in the trough, which could compromise the welfare of the herd, especially during a prolonged warm, dry spell, such as the Spring and Summer of 2020.

Stork has now installed a submersible pressure sensor in the tank and Powelectrics’ Metron4 telemetry hardware. Level readings are reported regularly to Powelectrics’ MetronView cloud and visible on any web-enabled device.

MetronView also generates alerts to both Stork and the farm management, if water drops below a user-defined level, allowing for a timely refill and ensuring the cows never go thirsty.

Sam Drury, Stork Solutions MD, commented: “This solution had delivered exactly what the customer needed. Since the installation they have always known when to refill the water tank and the cows have always been supplied.

“The Metron4 technology is pretty much ‘fit and forget’, requiring very little maintenance.

“I have tested the device thoroughly. It is reliable, robust and flexible with the 4 channels and I am offering it into a range of process control and automation applications with great confidence.”

For this project, Stork installed a solar-powered Metron4 due to the lack of external power. It is completely independent and can report as frequently as every 10 minutes. Metron4 telemetry hardware can also be battery and externally powered.

It supports 2G & 4G, offers operational temperatures – 25 to +65°C for global deployment and comes in an IP67 enclosure.

MetronView is a secure, scalable, intuitive and customisable cloud delivering sensor data & alerts on any web-enabled device. It also offers a common API to allow data to be drawn into other platforms.

Powelectrics offer 30 years’ experience in sensing and remote monitoring.

Powelectrics’ ‘connected sensor’ solutions are employed in many industries including chemicals, pharmaceuticals, Adblue, fuels, oils, LPG, lubricants, food and beverage, waste & recycling, landfill & leachate, agriculture, utilities, pumping and environment, rail and security.

For further information or to discuss your application, please call Powelectrics on +44 (0)1827 310 666, use this contact form or send the team an email – sales@powelectrics.co.uk

The Sempre Group supplies CNC tool correction software

To help manufacturers reduce scrap and reworking with proactive tool correction, industrial metrology specialist, The Sempre Group now supplies Reaction Plan Manager (RPM) software. The automated instruction-based software analyses measurement data calculates offset and provides tool correction instructions in real-time on the shop floor. The software is compatible with any CNC machine type, so UK and Irish manufacturers in a range of industries can benefit from this technology.

Once installed, RPM software collates data directly from the coordinate-measuring machine (CMM), analyses measurement data and automatically produces a digital report on machine position. Operators can then follow machine adjustment instructions and adjust the tool offset before any parts are manufactured out of tolerance.

“Data analysis can be a time-consuming task, even for the most experienced operators,” explained Mike John, managing director at The Sempre Group. “Using RPM software is like having an extra in-house engineer 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It carries out the calculations and tooling decisions on behalf of the operators, saving time that employees can use to focus on jobs that require more human intervention.”

The software works on an automated paperless system that allows process control information to be analysed by an operator in real-time, without the need for a specialised engineer to assess calibration. Data analysis can be exported as a report when required, improving communication between operators and managers and the manufacturing business and its customers.

Engineers can also link RPM software to compatible SPC software, such as Prolink, to derive more value from measurement data. By integrating this metrology software into the production process, operators no longer need to spend valuable production time analysing measurement information — the software decides for them. As a result, manufacturers can benefit from a reduction in downtime, a reduction in costs and an increase in part quality.