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Alrad appointed British representative for Apogee scientific cameras

Alrad has signed an agreement to sell the Apogee range of scientific cameras in the British Isles.

Ian Alderton, sales director, commented: “The Apogee product range is an exciting addition to our already extensive portfolio and gives us the opportunity to offer an even greater selection of camera products to our customers. We are very proud to be able to offer the Apogee range of products in the British Isles and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship between the two companies which we are sure will benefit many of our customers”.

The Aspen series is the newest in design innovation from Apogee Imaging Systems. Aspen increases cooling performance in a smaller package, improves stray light baffling, adds a Network interface with a built-in web server, supports dual output CCDs up to 16Mhz and sets a new standard in shutter reliability.

www.alrad.co.uk

Instrumentation magazine celebrates 45 years in print!

The July/August issue of Instrumentation magazine is celebrating the Anniversary of when the magazine was launched – in 1968. View the digital issue here!

Over the last 45 years, instrumentation technology has changed beyond recognition. As a result, this special Anniversary issue looks back on 45 years of technology – from sensors and non-contact measurement, to gas monitoring solutions, data acquisition and torque monitoring.

Readers will also be able to find out about present day solutions, and discover what can be expected during the next few years.

Fill in the form here to receive printed or digital versions of Instrumentation.

Analysers enable fast measurement of water activity in perishable food and pharmaceutical products

Water activity in perishable foods and pharmaceutical products influences their shelf life, affecting such properties as the quality, stability, taste and aroma. Now, however, product samples can be analysed quickly – typically in less than five minutes – using Rotronic’s water activity analysers and probes.

Of additional benefit to users, the probes can be exchanged rapidly when calibration is due – no adjustment is needed due to the digital interface.

One example is the benchtop HygroClip 2 version of the company’s laboratory grade water activity analyser with AirChip3000 digital technology – the HygroLab C1. This instrument features four interchangeable probe units, which enable sensing stations and insertion probes to be connected for simultaneous Aw measurements to indicate product quality.

 The HygrolabC1 is available in a set that includes the benchtop Aw instrument, HW4 validated software, sensing station, a sample holder, sample liners and humidity standards so users can check sensor performance. The HW4 software, which is FDA 21 CFR Part II, enables remote monitoring on a PC, with measurements available graphically and in tabular form.

Also available from the company are portable Aw analysers designed for fast offline process checks and for goods inwards product quality assurance, including a handheld version with interchangeable probe, and a sensing station that connects via USB to a PC running the HW4 software.

Rotronic                        

T: 01293 571000                             

www.rotronic.co.uk

State-of-the art lab opened for wireless communications teaching and research

Agilent Technologies and Tyndall National Institute at University College Cork have opened a state-of-the-art laboratory for research and teaching in next-generation wireless communications.

The new laboratory will enable advanced training and research on radio frequency integrated circuits for high-speed wireless data communications for video applications and contactless sensors for biomedical and security applications.

The laboratory is named after the 1909 Nobel prize-winning Italian scientist, Guglielmo Marconi, who moved to Ireland in to carry out his research. 

“We welcome the €800,000 investment from Agilent and the Higher Education Authority of Ireland, in the Marconi Laboratory at Tyndall,” said Kieran Drain, CEO Tyndall National Institute. “This laboratory houses the latest industry-standard equipment and will ensure that the research team and students led by Dr. Domenico Zito continue the excellent work in emerging RF Communications at Tyndall.

Tyndall researcher and Science Foundation Ireland Stokes Lecturer, Dr. Domenico Zito, said: “Having a laboratory equipped with a unique set of Agilent instruments for high-frequency, low-noise measurements up to 110 GHz is of great value to our researchers and students. We are very grateful to Agilent for their donation in CAD tools and instruments and the HEA) investment in establishing the Marconi Lab as a worldwide centre of excellence in low-noise, high-frequency measurements.”

The equipment in the lab includes a four-port PNA-X with ultra-low-noise receiver and five extension modules; a signal source analyzer with microwave down-converter and six extension modules; a millimetre-wave source module; and a small arsenal of very expensive cables, devices and units, up to 110 GHz.

www.agilent.com

ESX®-IOXp – a powerful, low-cost control solution

Sensor-Technik UK is proud to introduce the ESX®-IOXp – the latest electronic control unit for mobile applications is the second member of the low-cost control product family. The ESX®-IOXp is a fully-fledged freely programmable control unit with 2 independent CAN interfaces and an additional RS232 interface. Programming takes place in the widely accepted CoDeSys development environment from 3S-Smart Software Solutions in accordance with the international programming standard IEC 61131-3. This makes familiarization easy and exceedingly simple to realise control functions.

The ESX®-IOXp is an inexpensive real-time control unit, providing multiple input and output options, whilst maintaining the high level of quality, reliability and accuracy that have become synonymous with STW products. Utilising an automotive standard housing, the ESX®-IOXp offers a powerful, yet low-cost, control solution.

Sensor-Technik UK is the UK and Ireland distributor for Sensor-Technik Wiedemann. A member of the Wiedemann Group of companies, it was set up in 2001 as a distributor and system integrator of the STW product range. Sensor-Technik UK complements its extremely capable range of hardware with innovative engineering services. From software to cable looms, Sensor-Technik UK is your one-stop-shop for control, measurement and integration.

Contact:

Mark Wood (General Manager)

Sensor-Technik UK Ltd,

Unit 21M, Bedford Heights Business Centre,

Manton Lane, Bedford,

MK41 7PH

Tel: (+44) 01234 270770

Email: info@sensor-technik.co.uk

Web: www.sensor-technik.co.uk

Petrobras evaluates FOUNDATION for Remote Operations Management for use in ambitious hydrocarbon industry projects

The Fieldbus Foundation conducted the first live demonstration of its FOUNDATION for Remote Operations Management (ROM) technology at the Petrobras research and development facility (Cenpes) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Held on April 30, 2013, the demonstration was attended by Petrobras company executives and automation industry media from around the world.

Said to be first development of its kind integrating remote input/output (I/O), ISA 100.11a, WirelessHART, wired HART, and FOUNDATION fieldbus H1 protocols into a single, standard data management environment, FOUNDATION for ROM extends the capabilities of FOUNDATION fieldbus to wired and wireless devices installed in some of the world’s harshest and most remote locations. This open, non-proprietary solution provides a unified digital infrastructure for asset management in applications ranging from tank farms and terminals to pipelines, offshore platforms, and even original equipment manufacturer (OEM) skids.

Petrobras is interested in specifying FOUNDATION for ROM technology for the ambitious projects it is undertaking in the upstream and downstream hydrocarbon industry. The company has a record-setting $224 billion capital spending plan through 2015, with most of the investments targeted at the upstream sector on the highly publicised Pre-Salt area of the Santos Basin.

Reliance Industries (India) has also agreed to host FOUNDATION for ROM field demonstrations, and additional end user demonstrations in Japan, the Middle East and Europe are being planned.

The Petrobras Centro de Pesquisas Leopoldo Américo Miguez de Mello, also known as Cenpes, is the largest oil and gas research center in the Southern Hemisphere. During the field demonstration and press day event—the first step to show the capabilities of FOUNDATION for ROM before it is specified for commercial projects—a series of tests were performed on a distillation process pilot plant to evaluate the use of fieldbus-based ROM devices with wireless protocols for remote applications.

Miguel Borges, who is employed at the Cenpes facility, believes FOUNDATION for ROM can be an enabling technology for remote applications on Petrobras’ offshore platforms. “The Fieldbus Foundation’s ROM solution is attractive to us, since we want to gain access to diagnostic information from devices installed at our remote sites,” said Borges. “Petrobras is committed to investing in this type of technology, and is seeking the most effective solutions available in the marketplace.”

Borges added, “For Petrobras, the primary objective of this live demonstration was to verify that we could access and use remotely, with FOUNDATION for ROM, all the operational functionalities available locally. Another objective was to check the interoperability of ROM devices of different manufacturers over the backhaul. We found this technology provides very easy and quick integration, and is transparent to the user.”

The live FOUNDATION for ROM technology demonstration took place inside the Center for Collaborative Visualisation (NVC), also known as ‘The Egg’. During the functional testing, Petrobras technicians accessed device diagnostics in wireless devices, including device status. Integration of video was demonstrated through observation of a control valve to determine if the valve was open or closed. A temperature sensor for a HART temperature transmitter was also pulled to show how the diagnostic alert would be visible in the same context as a FOUNDATION fieldbus H1 device.

Whether operating on a wired or wireless HSE backhaul network, the FOUNDATION for ROM solution enables automation end users to bring device data into the FOUNDATION fieldbus infrastructure, which provides a single source of data management, diagnostics, alarms and alerts, data quality control, control-in-the-field capability, and object-oriented block structure.

FOUNDATION for ROM

ADSANTEC announces new UK representative

US based ADSANTEC Corporation (Advanced Science and Novel Technology) has appointed Aspen Technologies as its UK representative.

The company specialises in providing cutting-edge custom built ASICs for the test and measurement, telecommunication, and computing markets. Its products are designed for applications up to 60GBps and include a portfolio of over 120 products, ranging from individual ICs to board level systems like PRBS generators. These products are suitable for production testing of ‘Gigabit’ telecoms components and sub-systems, providing 18GBps, 34GBps and 44GBps PRBS signals at a fraction of the cost of a more conventional BERT tester.

www.aspen-electronics.com

Status Instruments announces mobile website

Status Instruments has developed its website for use on a smartphone.

According to the company, the mobile website allows engineers to quickly browse all its products, check specifications, search for specific items and even access full data sheets.

Ian Pullin, managing director, said: “It is impossible to ignore the ever increasing use of smartphones for internet searches and the huge call for mobile websites that comes with that. With this in mind we have created a mobile website that gives our customers everything they need in an easy, user friendly, mobile design.”

www.status.co.uk

OTT Hydrometry to demonstrate the latest technologies at national drainage event

OTT Hydrometry is to participate in a national drainage event near Wisbech on Wednesday 17th July 2013. Organised by the Association of Drainage Authorities, the event provides an opportunity for the suppliers of products and services in the field of water level management to demonstrate their capabilities.

A wide range of the latest technologies will be featured on the OTT stand (marquee stand EX17) including the market leading Pluvio raingauge, radio and GSM telemetry, web-enabled dataloggers, water flow meters and water level sensors employing technologies such as radar, pressure transducer, shaft encoder and bubble principle . The stand will also provide visitors with an opportunity to see the latest remote monitoring systems for both surface and groundwater.

OTT MD Simon Wills says: “This demonstration event only takes place every 3-4 years, but flooding, drought and water supply are constantly in the news, so I hope that as many people as possible will take this opportunity to come and see our latest monitoring technology, as well as all the engineering equipment and services that will also be there.”

adademo2013.co.uk/pre-register

 

Micro-Measurements introduces StrainBlog – essential online resource for engineers

Comprehensive blog features extensive tutorial and technical content on all aspects of high-precision stress and strain measurement

Micro-Measurements, a Vishay Precision Group, (VPG) brand, announced a powerful online resource for engineers using strain gages: StrainBlog.com. The comprehensive blog features a wide range of tutorial and technical content covering the latest techniques for obtaining accurate, reliable strain and stress data while providing a forum in which engineers throughout the strain gage and transducer industries can receive help with their applications.

StrainBlog provides convenient one-stop access to the latest technical notes for a variety of strain gage applications; case studies offering an in-depth look at unique customer uses; tips and tricks from Micro-Measurements’ team of experts; and short videos featuring demonstrations, mini-lectures, and seminars. Content is archived and sorted by month for enhanced searchability.

The blog features links to RSS feeds, while a live Twitter feed streams the latest news from StrainBlog. With one click, users can easily share useful articles, tips, and videos with friends and co-workers. Following a simple registration process, they can also share their own expertise by leaving helpful comments for other readers. 

StrainBlog is built upon the expert knowledge and years of experience from the Micro-Measurements technical team, which has been serving the engineering community since 1962. Readers may connect with this valuable resource by clicking the contact link provided on the blog and get answers to application-specific questions.

“More than a blog, StrainBlog is an online community for everyone involved in the high-precision measurement of stress and strain,” said Yuval Hernik, Micro-Measurements senior director of applications engineering and marketing. “Here, anyone can find valuable information and expert advice on all aspects of experimental stress analysis and the use of strain gages in transducer applications — from pre-production prototype evaluation to failure analysis and the creation of complete weighing and measurement solutions.”

Visit www.strainblog.com to access StrainBlog and become a registered user. Follow Micro-Measurements at twitter.com/strain_gage