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NHS trusts Ellab’s monitoring solutions for vital services

Following the acquisition of Arena Instrumentation UKAS calibration services, Ellab UK has extended its footprint in NHS Trusts across the country. The business, whose UK monitoring solutions business is based in Letchworth, has recently won orders to supply a range of hospitals in the Midlands and North of England with temperature monitoring equipment.

The latest contracts are for monitoring the environment across hundreds of points in a huge variety of departments from mental health facilities, critical care and maternity wards to operating theatres, pharmacy rooms and X-ray departments. Supporting the NHS is a key driver for Ellab. As a framework supplier it now offers the complete package – equipment, documentation and project delivery.

IceSpy wireless monitoring systems from Ellab Monitoring Solutions are also keeping temperature tabs on the conditions in the hospitals’ fridges and freezers. This ensures that drugs and vaccines are fit for purpose before being administered to patients in the battle to stop the spread of Covid-19 and the latest variant Omicron.

The UK’s leading manufacturer of wireless environmental monitoring equipment says its solutions are ideal for tracking the storage conditions of flu and Covid-19 vaccines, which must be maintained at low temperatures. Coronavirus jabs require real-time temperature monitoring. Any deviation from the predefined parameters could see the vaccine rendered ineffective.

NHS Trusts require quick and easy-to-view real-time monitoring and reporting of conditions, enabling quick response and correction – preventing loss of product and ultimately protecting patients from being administered a vaccine that has been transported or stored outside of the permitted temperature range. IceSpy is a cost-effective solution that looks after vaccines over a sustained period of time, verifying at the point of use whether those temperatures have or haven’t been breached. An alarm alerts users of exposure to unacceptable temperature variations.

Marcus Stacey-Bradbury, UK Commercial Director at Ellab UK, says some hospitals had incurred losses because stored drugs had been either too hot or too cold. That’s why IceSpy was specified for maintaining the effectiveness of vaccines, as well as monitoring drugs cabinet in almost all departments including clinics, diabetics units, gynaecology and resus. Ellab also has its Tracksense Pro data logging system that can take a reading every second, that provides a report to pinpoint hot or cold spots for qualification & validation purposes.

He explained: “These are massive projects, with up to 250 temperature monitoring points across several sites. The Trusts have gone for a SaaS solution which sends all the data to a cloud server. All we do is pop the probes into the fridge or freezer, connect to the base station and we look after everything else remotely. There is minimum disruption to hospital services, much to the delight of the matrons!

“When products are lost, it’s mostly through breaching correct storage temperatures. We feel duty-bound to help the NHS – we understand the pressures that they are working under. They provide healthcare for us so we provide them with the tools to help them do that in a very safe and stable environment. It’s all about providing the equipment that helps hospitals deliver fantastic services.”

Wireless temperature monitoring systems from Ellab are being used in pharmaceutical, healthcare and food facilities across the world, where climate control within fridges and freezers is vital to keep vaccines safe during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.

Contrinex ultrasonic sensors help get to the ‘meat of it’ on a bin wash-line

Contrinex’s ultrasonic sensors are trusted by a meat-processing plant to check that bins are empty before washing. Their high performance and reliability enable the plant to increase its productivity and eliminate breakdowns when washing empty meat bins.

An ultrasonic sensor is mounted above the conveyor, looking down at the bins on a conveyor as they travel towards a wash machine. The sensor checks for meat residues, rejecting any contaminated bins before they can reach the automated wash station. The previous system was unreliable, resulting in breakdowns and frequent interruptions to the washing process.

Customer application

An industrial meat-processing company conveys portions of meat around its factory in food-grade plastic tote bins. Between batches, the empty bins must be washed before reuse, however, some bins can still contain sizeable pieces of meat. If this meat is allowed to remain in the tray and enter the wash station, it can accumulate in the washing machine, causing blockages and breakdowns.

To prevent this, a sensor system must reliably detect the presence of meat residues in the bins as they travel along the conveyor. The sensor should identify all non-trivial residues and divert contaminated bins before they enter the washing station. The ideal system would require little or no regular maintenance, and ideally be mountable some distance away to enable easy cleaning and be suitable for a hygienic environment.

Old systems with spring-loaded wand-actuators in contact with the box were unreliable and require regular adjustment and the contact probes need frequent, time-consuming cleaning. An ultrasonic sensor-based system offers the potential to work on a fit-and-forget basis.

Customer solution

Contrinex ultrasonic sensors, available from PLUS Automation, are ideal for presence and level-sensing applications, and this application uses an M30 diffuse sensor. The 20 to 130cm operating range of this metal-bodied, IP65-rated device is ideal because detection is independent of the target’s colour, shape, material or surface structure.

On detection of a contaminated box, a mechanical diverter shunts the box to a separate conveyor for manual emptying.

Evaluate tomorrow’s cars today: Ansible Motion reveals most versatile dynamic driving simulator for end-to-end vehicle development

Designed to be capable of validating the technologies needed to enable megatrends of electrification, autonomy, driver assistance as well as HMI and vehicle dynamics, Ansible Motion has revealed full details of the production Delta series S3 Driver-in-the-Loop (DIL) simulator.

Its most sophisticated, high-performance, dynamic driving simulator to date, the Delta S3 simulator satisfies a growing demand for high-fidelity, high-dynamic, human-centric vehicle simulations in both road and motorsport applications.

Designed and manufactured in-house in Hethel, Norfolk, Ansible Motion’s all-new AML SMS2 Stratiform Motion System is at the heart of the Delta S3’s dynamic capabilities, delivering a best-in-class and refined physical experience. The Delta S3’s scalable architecture also means that it can be built and delivered in multiple size options, making it ideal for a broad range of automotive product development use cases such as expert driver assessments, chassis dynamics, powertrain driveability, ADAS and active safety function calibration, V2X studies and HMI design evaluations.

Sustained motions ideal for evasive actions or autonomous parking

Drawing on feedback from its growing customer base of some of the leading global OEMs and Tier One suppliers and more than a decade of simulator development in the field, Ansible Motion’s all-new Delta series S3 delivers accelerations beyond 1G, velocities above 5m/s and class-leading frequency response. The simulator is capable of full 360° dynamic yaw rotations, and a set of engineered linear rails – scalable from 4 to 10 metres in length – enables sustained, independent sway and surge motions for a more immersive and representative experiences for manoeuvres such as aggressive lane changing and autonomous parking, and anything in between.

Flexible for both road and track applications

Another key innovation from Ansible Motion is its patent pending mechanism that carries the cabin. This system offers a further three degrees of freedom (heave, pitch and roll) to the vehicle motion profile. Crucially, this novel design means a vehicle cabin up to 500 kg can be exercised dynamically in all six degrees of freedom (the maximum possible for defining the motion of a body), at any point. This solution avoids the usual, complex interactions between multiple motion controllers in the control system, which can lead to inconsistencies in the motion depending on the current position or velocity of the vehicle, and it eliminates the drastic reductions in usable motion space that can occur with parallel motion systems. It also dramatically reduces the complexity of controlling and tuning the motion system for different use cases. This has practical implications for Ansible Motion’s customers: The Delta S3’s proprietary motion control system means human evaluators can experience the full range of vehicle behaviours from low-dynamic to high-dynamic with smooth, nuanced motion and extremely low latency. This is mission critical when real people wish to participate in virtual test drives so they can safely and efficiently evaluate tomorrow’s vehicles today.

“Our new Delta series S3 addresses a requirement from both OEMs and Tier Ones for a highly capable and versatile driving simulator – a single virtual environment that delivers everything needed to convincingly engage real people with the automotive product development process, early and often, sometimes well before prototype vehicles exist,” says Ansible Motion’s director, Kia Cammaerts. “We have always focussed on achieving high-dynamic and high-fidelity motion for all six degrees of freedom that define a vehicle’s movement. The new Delta series S3 simulator expands on this in all areas, ensuring it’s a dependable tool that meets the demands necessary to validate future automotive technologies.”

With simulation now a key enabler for vehicle manufacturers to develop their ever-increasing range of new vehicle technologies and advancements, Ansible Motion is ensuring that the Delta series S3, as a single tool, is a capable, effective and an appropriately leading-edge means of supporting the varied requirements of OEMs around the globe.

Test collision avoidance systems safely

Vehicle dynamics and chassis development engineers are set to welcome the Delta series S3’s ability to achieve high dynamic responses in heave, pitch and roll, while the linear rails provide the opportunity to do 1:1 motion cueing for lane change manoeuvres, and the rapid changes of direction for developing onboard safety technologies such as stability control and collision avoidance systems.

Validate interactions with pedestrians

For validating urban driving systems, the Delta series S3’s 360° yaw capability, complemented by the new 360° panoramic vision system, will be particularly beneficial in eliminating the human immersion inconsistencies that have been a barrier for many drivers in trusting driving simulators to assist in the pre-protype development of certain systems such as blind spot and pedestrian detection systems.

Connect and drive a powertrain located anywhere in the world

Powertrain engineers will relish the Delta series S3’s ability to replicate the greater accelerations and nuanced dynamics required to develop and tune their systems. In addition, the Delta S3 utilises the latest version of Ansible Motion’s AML DDB Distributed Data Bus, a powerful, synchronous real-time computing environment with open and modular software architecture that enables connectivity to the external simulation environments and Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) test benches required for drivetrain developments. Effectively, this means the Delta S3 provides an opportunity for engineers and evaluators to actually drive a car with a brand-new combustion engine (ICE) or electric powertrain unit that may be operating on a dyno in a completely different location.

Open architecture

Mindful of the flexibility that has historically endeared Ansible Motion driving simulators to development engineers, the Delta series S3 still provides an open software and hardware architecture which allows the use of almost any solution for real time vehicle modelling, scenario simulation, graphical rendering or supplemental cueing, whether they be provided by Ansible Motion or a third party.

The announcement of the new Delta S3 simulator follows a period of sustained growth for the Norfolk-based specialist. To cater for the increased demand for driving simulators, fuelled by the increasing complexity of vehicles as well as the restrictions on travel during the pandemic, Ansible Motion has grown its in-house software, mechanical and electrical design, and manufacturing teams, and expanded its facility to produce its newest simulators in quantity. Ansible Motion recently received The Queen’s Award for Enterprise for demonstrating impressive growth in overseas profits and significant year-on-year sales growth over the past three years of operations.

A video showing the simulator in action is available here https://youtu.be/kOgSOOjpBQI

TE Connectivity ranks among Clarivate Top 100 Global Innovators for 11th year

TE Connectivity has been recognised for the 11th straight year by Clarivate as one of the Top 100 Global Innovators 2022, demonstrating TE’s consistent ability to bring new technology to the markets it serves, even amid recent global business challenges.

The annual report from Clarivate, a global leader in providing trusted information and insights to accelerate the pace of innovation, recognises the organisations that demonstrate consistent, above-the-bar innovation excellence and which sit at the very top of the global innovation ecosystem. The Top 100 program uses informatic techniques targeting innovation excellence to compare tens of millions of ideas, across thousands of baselines, through billions of calculations, to discover the 100 innovators at the pinnacle.

“Innovation is one of our company’s four core values and is truly at the heart of everything we do,” said CEO Terrence Curtin. “We have worked hard to create an environment where all of our employees are encouraged to look for innovative solutions to our customers’ toughest challenges as we co-create the technology that will enable a safer, sustainable, productive and connected future.”

TE engineers and inventors have earned or applied for more than 15,000 patents throughout the company’s history that enable electric and autonomous vehicles, faster data centres, smarter factories, cleaner energy and life-saving medical devices.

“Global inventive activity today is far higher, more diverse and more complex than a decade ago, when we first launched Top 100 Global Innovators,” said Clarivate Chief Product Officer Gordon Samson. “The Top 100 Global Innovators 2022 exemplify above-the-bar excellence in innovation. We congratulate this year’s Top 100 companies. They demonstrate the capabilities, consistency and creativity that are delivering new value and ingenuity for the world.”

The Clarivate Top 100 Global Innovators 2022 come from 12 countries and regions. Learn more about Top 100 Global Innovators 2022 here.

New Conductive Elastomer Engineering Handbook is complete guide to EMI shielding

The latest edition of Parker Chomerics Conductive Elastomer Engineering Handbook has been updated, making it easier than ever to select the right materials and products for any EMI shielding application.

Comparing different materials and their benefits, the handbook features a quick reference guide showing common materials suitable for use in commercial and military applications. The guide lists common conductive elastomer materials together with appropriate fillers and binders for them.

It also assesses their level of shielding and corrosion resistance on aluminium and details whether the materials meet the requirements of MIL-DTL-83528.

Information on the performance of sheets and extrusions has also been updated, with new test data on compression and deflection behaviour.

Another feature is the improved part number builder for moulded parts, making it easier to build the part number for the product the Design Engineer wants.

With an extensive section on conductive elastomer gaskets, advice on selecting materials for corrosion resistance, a detailed section on physical performance and a comprehensive catalogue of Parker Chomerics products, the Engineering Handbook is a complete guide to designing Conductive Elastomer applications.

Download your free copy of the Conductive Elastomer Engineering Handbook here: Engineering Handbook

Alternatively. you can copy the link below into your browser:

https://www.parker.com/Literature/Chomerics/Parker%20Chomerics%20Conductive%20Elastomer%20Engineering%20Handbook.pdf

Hard copies are also available to engineers based in Europe.

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Vayyar expands global footprint with new Japan office

Vayyar Imaging, the global leader in 4D imaging radar, is set to open a new office in Tokyo, Japan, as the company intensifies its advanced engagements with leading enterprises. Vayyar Imaging Japan LLC will spearhead the company’s continued expansion in the APAC region, primarily in the senior care and automotive industries.

The newly assembled team is comprised of experts from across the senior care, automotive and semiconductor sectors. The office will specialise in business development, system application and marketing.

Vayyar’s senior care solutions are deployed in facilities and private homes around the world, providing real-time activity monitoring that supports automatic fall detection and a wide range of behavioural insights, enabling person-centred care.

Sensors mounted on walls or ceilings constantly monitor the surroundings, delivering exceptional resolution across an ultra-wide field of view in all conditions, including pitch darkness and even dense steam, making them ideal for use in bathrooms and bedrooms where privacy, as well as safety, is key.

The solution’s multifunctionality allows facilities to reduce the number of single-purpose sensors installed in residents’ rooms, providing rich data that creates a comprehensive view of health and wellbeing.

“Establishing an office in Japan is a vital step in our global expansion, enabling us to deepen our existing relationships with many of the world’s leading healthcare and automotive players and to redefine numerous other verticals,” said Raviv Melamed, Vayyar Co-founder and CEO. “We look forward to continuing our close collaborations with Japanese partners, improving safety using best-in-class imaging radar technology.”

Vayyar’s automotive platform enables cost-effective advanced safety applications across the In-Cabin Monitoring Systems (ICMS), ADAS/ARAS, and AV domains. Built around a high-performance radar-on-chip array of up to 48 transceivers, it delivers exceptional resolution across an ultra-wide field of view in all road conditions, while protecting user privacy.

“We are very proud to be advancing Vayyar’s goal of providing affordable, multifunctional radar-on-chip platforms to Japan’s leading automakers and suppliers and senior care providers, which can leverage our uniquely versatile technology to protect some of society’s most vulnerable people,” Melamed added.

Rohde & Schwarz and VIAVI Solutions jointly offer O-RAN Radio Unit conformance test solution

Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) and Viavi Solutions have partnered to offer an integrated solution for conformance testing of O-RAN Radio Units (O-RUs). The two companies, leaders in wireless communication test and active in specifications development in the O-RAN ALLIANCE, have combined their industry-leading capabilities. Central to the joint solution is the O-RU Test Manager which provides a seamless user experience. The solution will be demonstrated at MWC Barcelona 2022, February 28-March 3, at the Rohde & Schwarz Booth #5A80.

O-RAN is making radio access networks more open, disaggregated and flexible. Opening the network architecture can foster innovation, accommodate individual needs and enhance network effi­ciency. Therefore, O-RAN is experiencing rapid advancement and growth in the technology ecosystem. The O-RAN ALLIANCE includes over 300 service providers, vendors and research institutions, and the number of participants in O-RAN Global PlugFest 2021 doubled from the previous year.

Network disaggregation as in O-RAN brings new challenges in terms of interoperability between the network equipment of dif­ferent vendors. Fronthaul conformance tests, defined by the O-RAN ALLIANCE, ensure that the evolving O-RUs are interoperable with the O-RAN distributed unit (O-DU). The joint test solution already supported benchmarking and validation tests at multiple locations during PlugFests and will now be showcased at MWC Barcelona 2022. It includes:

  • The R&S SMW200A vector signal generator, R&S FSVA3000 signal and spectrum analyser and the R&S VSE signal analysis software from Rohde & Schwarz, to emulate a real-world radio environment by generating, capturing and analysing RF signals, extended for O-RAN applications.
  • The TM500 O-RU Tester from VIAVI, implementing the O-RAN Distributed Unit (O-DU) side of the M-plane and C/U-plane functionality necessary to configure the interface with the O-RU and exchange of I/Q data over the Open Fronthaul.
  • The O-RU Test Manager application, providing a single point of control for the integrated system, simplifying testcase workflow while allowing deeper data inspection and analysis as needed.

“The number of companies involved in O-RAN continues to grow, including traditional network operators and network equipment manufacturers, as well as new vendors, system integrators, chipset developers, OTICs and other labs,” said Alexander Pabst, Vice President Market Segment Wireless Communications at Rohde & Schwarz. “This large ecosystem will benefit from a partnership of two industry leaders, including the long-standing experience in RF testing and high-performance test and measurement solutions from Rohde & Schwarz, and VIAVI’s experience in network emulation, including demonstrator competency and CUSM plane generation.”

“Both VIAVI and R&S have collaborated with top service providers and vendors on rolling out previous generations of mobile technology, and our partnership delivers a best-of-breed approach with a unified customer experience,” said Ian Langley, Vice President and General Manager, Wireless Business Unit, VIAVI. “As software and hardware become disaggregated in O-RAN, testing has proven invaluable in helping the industry identify and fix potential issues earlier in the development cycle, so the technology can move from lab to trial to live deployment.”

At MWC Barcelona, R&S Stand #5A80, VIAVI and R&S will jointly demonstrate O-RAN WG4 fronthaul conformance testing. An O-RU Reference Design is validated by VIAVI’s automated TM500 O-RU tester with R&S SMW200A vector signal generator, R&S FSVA3000 signal and spectrum analyser and the R&S VSE signal analysis software.

New “UNI” universal signal conditioner for SIRIUS DAQ systems

Dewesoft announce the release of a powerful new UNI (Universal) signal conditioner for SIRIUS DAQ systems. UNI conditioners are capable of handling all popular sensors on the market today, including strain gages, IEPE accelerometers and microphones, voltages, currents, LVDTs and more. The module is based on SIRIUS DualCoreADC technology, which provides >160 dB of dynamic range. The amplifier also directly measures voltage from ±10 mV to ±100 V. Improved excitation current accuracy provides a constant current supply for quarter bridge strain gage applications.

SIRIUS UNI supports TEDS Class 1 and 2, which means that TEDS compatible sensors are automatically identified when they are connected, and easily set up in the software. The included DewesoftX software has a user-editable sensor database that makes setting up your tests faster, easier and more error-free than ever before.

Although the UNI module comes with a DB9 connector as standard, various LEMO connectors are available upon request. UNI is available in both isolated and non-isolated versions, and with or without a counter input which is perfectly synchronised with the analog input.

Like many other Dewesoft signal conditioners, SIRIUS UNI is compatible with the company’s line of DSI adapters. These small adapters plug into SIRIUS UNI and convert it to handle a wide range of other input types, including LVDTs, low and medium level currents, charge sensors, thermocouples and more.

SIRIUS UNI Main Features:

  • Directly accepts Full/Half/Quarter bridge strain gages (120 Ω and 350 Ω), IEPE accelerometers and microphones, voltages from ±10 mV to ±100 V, resistance measurements, RTD temperature sensors, and potentiometers.
  • Accepts charge accelerometers, thermocouples, LVDT and current inputs via DSI adapters (a variety of shunts are also available for current measurements)
  • High dynamic capabilities (>160 dB)
  • High acquisition rate (200 kS/s) and 70 kHz bandwidth
  • TEDS support (Class 1 and Class 2)

Software Included

All Dewesoft DAQ systems include award-winning DewesoftX software. DewesoftX combines data recording features from several data interfaces and packs in very strong signal processing features for vibration analysis, structural dynamics, vehicle testing, NVH, power analysis, acoustics, aerospace, monitoring and more. DewesoftX offers advanced data recording, data analysis, data visualisation, reporting features, and more.

For more information about the SIRIUS UNI universal amplifier, please visit:

https://dewesoft.com/products-news/sirius-uni-universal-amplifier

16 channel miniature pressure scanner delivers true-differential measurement

Innovators and manufacturers of the highly successful EvoScann pressure scanner series, Evolution Measurement, have launched the next in the series, a new pressure scanner that delivers 16 channels of true-differential measurement.

EvoScann P16-D continues to deliver highly accurate, fast-response measurements as its P16-A predecessor, however the true-differential measurement removes the need for manual calculations, vastly increasing efficiency, resolution and overall measurement quality.

Since initial launch in 2017, the EvoScann P-Series miniature pressure scanners have been a huge success. The unique, compact dimensions have enabled users to make critical measurements in previously inaccessible areas, addressing the challenges of aerodynamic testing of a wide range of items from wind turbine blades, to aircraft wings to Formula One cars. The EvoScann range has allowed aerodynamicists to gather measurements as close as its possible to get to the area of interest in the test article, gathering data as quickly and accurately as possible. Often the scanners are mounted inside the model for even more powerful results.

Whilst the P16-A delivered 16 channels of fast accurate data, customers wanted a true-differential version to provide greater efficiency when translating data. The P16-D has the same rugged exterior which allows the scanner to be subjected to high operating temperatures and strong vibrations, making it perfect for on-vehicle use whilst delivering accuracy levels of 0.1%.

Weighing-in at less than 45g including the 1 metre cable and fully encapsulated in carbon fibre, with a single communications and power lead, EvoScann P-Series is ideal for a wide range of applications where it can be placed within a structure to avoid any disturbance to air-flow.

“The EvoScann P16-D represents the most accurate 16 channel, true-differential miniature pressure scanner commercially available.” said Paul Crowhurst, Managing Director of Evolution Measurement.

Paul added, “Over the past five years, the EvoScann range has incorporated 8, 16 and 64 channels models, which are contributing to the efficiency of vehicles both on land and in air. Our developments in highly accurate, miniature scanners have led us to become the preferred supplier for many aerodynamicists, which has, in turn, facilitated our involvement in developing bespoke scanners for exciting new applications.”

EvoScann P-Series is designed to allow quick and easy customisation of the product to suit a wide range of applications, allowing users tailor the instrument to suit their requirements and taking measurements into places never before possible.