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Cambridge-based sensor company sees sharp increase in export demand

Zettlex is seeing increased demand for IncOders from Germany, France and USA. Mark Howard, Zettlex general manager, said: “We are seeing a rapid growth in demand for our inductive encoders from overseas markets. Exports now account for more than half of our total revenues. In particular, Germany is now our fastest growing overseas market. As Germany is one of the world’s largest and most sophisticated markets for position sensors, we are delighted that our IncOder products have stimulated such a positive response from this market.”

Zettlex has further expanded its IncOder range of precision angle encoders, with the range now including a choice of more than 500,000 product variants, including new versions with improved accuracies, more connector options and more electrical output options (including a 0-10V option). The company also customises IncOders to suit specific OEM requirements.

IncOders are suitable for precision measurements in harsh environments such as industrial, medical, defence and aerospace equipment – where electrical contacts, optical or capacitive sensors may prove unreliable or where traditional inductive sensors are too bulky or expensive.

Co-located events a great success

Feedback from exhibitors and visitors to the Sensors & Instrumentation, Machine Building & Micro|Nano|Mems shows was very positive this year.

The events took place at the end of September at the NEC, Birmingham, and featured a wide range of exhibitors displaying a mixture of brand new products and examples from their product ranges. Exhibitors were pleased with not only the number of visitors who attended but also the quality, commenting that they received high quality enquiries; couldn’t complain about the footfall; were kept very busy; had interesting conversations; and that there was lots of potential business.

National Instruments was just one company that signed up to attend the 2014 event during this year’s show, with Kyle Voosen from the company adding: “Thanks for a great show!”

The seminars, meanwhile, were highly popular this year, in some cases with standing room only in the seminar suites.

The Sensors & Instrumentation show featured a diverse variety of products – ranging from sensors, pressure and flow instruments, and test and measurement equipment, to connectors, thermal imagers and enclosures. The Machine Building event covered technologies ranging from motion control equipment to bearings and machine frameworks; and Micro Nano Mems covered injection moulding, precision components and laser systems.

The three events took place alongside the Mediplas and TCT Live shows, an interesting event which included such technologies as 3D printing, prototyping, product development and additive manufacturing.

In fact exhibitors reported that the co-location worked well, with a steady flow of visitors between events.

Details on the 2014 event will be announced soon. Keep an eye on the show websites and the Sensors & Instrumentation Facebook page for more details.

 

Video highlights use of foil resistors in strain gauge calibration

Vishay Precision Group has announced that its Vishay Foil Resistors brand (VFR) has released a new video that demonstrates the shunt calibration of strain gauges using Bulk Metal Foil resistors.

According to the company, foil resistors provide long-term accuracy and stability regardless of the operating environment, and are an alternative to using certified weight standards for calibration. 

To illustrate how strain gauge measurement systems can be calibrated electronically using VFR Bulk Metal Foil precision resistor shunts, the video employs a demonstration setup utilizing a half bridge connected to a Micro-Measurements 350 ? / 350 ? strain gage beam. To detect any change in resistance when under load, the bridge is deflected by a precisely known amount using a VFR precision resistor in parallel with one side of the strain gage. The amount to be deflected corresponds to the deflection caused by a specific weight standard and is calculated using the well-known parallel resistance formula: ‘product over the difference.’

 

Study online for a qualification in instrumentation and automation solutions

Endress+Hauser has developed my|eCampus, a web-based training programme for industrial process engineering which enables people to study for a qualification in instrumentation and automation solutions in their own surroundings, at a convenient time.

Both students and people already working in process engineering industries can use the interactive programme to develop their understanding of measurement technology, devices and application solutions.

The training programme comprises of twelve basic technical subjects. The first unit ‘Basic concepts in measurement technology’ is available free of charge. Subsequent training units are available in subjects including Coriolis mass flow measurement, calibration basics and pH instrumentation, among others. Most units are designed to be studied in just one hour. commitments. The company can also prepare individual, customised e-learning programmes on request.

Trainees can choose to study individual courses or take out an annual subscription, and little or no technical knowledge is required prior to completing the modules, explains the company.

New website for temperature measurement products

Raytek has announced a new website for its Ircon pyrometer brand. The site shows a range of Ircon products for non-contact temperature measurement in industrial processes and content will highlight to visitors the temperature measurement solutions most suitable for their industry or need.  

Users are able to find the optimal infrared solution via their application in metals, glass, or paper industry, and other areas.

The website contains information on temperature measurement via infrared technology, tutorials on specific applications; contact forms for pricing, service, and calibration requests, as well as hotline numbers for the international service network.                                                                           

The English version can be found at http://www.ircon.com/ and sites in German, French, Spanish, and Chinese will shortly follow.

Offer for Fluke Multifunction Installation Tester Kit

Fluke is offering a multifunction installation kit for purchases between 1st September and 31st December 2013. The 1645B/LIM EDITION multifunction installation tester kit comes with free software and an earth spike kit. The promotion can be seen at www.fluke.co.uk/promotions.

The installation tester is designed for high productivity testing and verification of almost all electrical wiring installations in domestic, commercial, and industrial applications to meet the BS7671 IEE 17th edition wiring regulations.

The kit includes a Fluke ES165X earth spike test kit, which is said to allow for easy earth resistance testing using the 3-wire connection method and auxiliary earth spikes. The kit includes DMS 0100/INST data management software that uses the 1654B’s compliance with BS7671 IEE 17th Edition wiring regulations, and provides printing of test reports compatible with a range of standard certificate requirements.

 

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IRISS gains a place in the 2013 Gulf Coast top 500 list

IRISS has been selected as one of the 2013 Florida’s Gulf Coast top 500 companies. Between 2011 and 2012, the company’s revenue growth increased by 30% and, in 2013, increased its staff by 40%. IRISS produces industrial infrared windows that allow for safer, more efficient electrical inspections.

The company claims to be the manufacturers of the world’s first and only industrial grade infrared windows that are capable of meeting OSHA’s NFPA 70E requirements for arc flash safety.

IRISS CEO, Martin Robinson, said: “We are honoured to be recognised by such a premier organisation. Our high customer retention rate, product line and strategy in gaining customers in different vertical industries are reasons for its success.”

The Gulf Coast Top 500 list is sponsored by the Business Observer newspaper, which annually features the top 500 companies list.  The Business Review is Florida’s weekly newspaper covering companies, trends, law, and entrepreneurs.

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Recalibration project strengthens TESEQ’s relationship with TATA Power Company

TESEQ continues to strengthen its relationship with the TATA Power Company in India, following successful recalibration of its Bangalore 10m, semi-anechoic EMC chamber to the CISPR 16-1-4 standard.

TATA power systems is now in discussion with Teseq for a further six chambers based in Bangalore, Chennai and Coimbatore and the overall project requires detailed logistic planning to ensure success.

Working closely with Rainford EMC, Teseq provided SVSWR and NSA testing plus shielding effectiveness certification at short notice, and to tight timetables, to minimise disruption at the Bangalore site.

Graeme Goodall, finance director of TESEQ UK comments ”It was the ability to provide UKAS accredited services, and the proven capability to manage the logistics of overseas services, that were key to winning this calibration contract.“

According to the company, its fully accredited calibration facility can address all the needs of professional EMC test engineers.

Livingston assists DANTE in obtaining Guinness World Record

Test equipment sourcing specialist Livingston has played an integral part in the setting of new a Guinness World Record. Its client DANTE (Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe) has, using Livingston sourced equipment, been able to achieve the fastest ever rate for implementing multi-Terabit optical capacity.

DANTE, which builds and operates high speed communication infrastructure for research institutions throughout Europe, achieved this feat on the GÉANT network, which is based on the DTN-X packet optical transport networking platform from Infinera. GÉANT is the largest research and education communications network in Europe. It has 50 million users located at 10,000 different academic and government research establishments across the continent (including such highly regarded ones as CERN in Switzerland). With the need to provide large amounts of data to such a huge number of users, in order to support vital scientific studies and investigations, it is critical that DANTE can bring additional capacity online rapidly.

In setting the new record, DANTE managed to install and activate a staggering 8Terabits/s of long haul super-channel optical capacity in just 19mins, 1sec. Validation of this was carried out using an EXFO FTB-85100G 100Gbit Ethernet tester and an EXFO FTB-5240S optical spectrum analyser. These key items of equipment, which were supplied by Livingston, provided the breadth of functionality and high degree of repeatability needed to ensure accurate test results.

Agilent to support solar-car engineering program

Agilent is to provide a 200-MHz capacitive touch-screen oscilloscope, as well as a handheld oscilloscope and a triple-output power supply, to support the University of Michigan’s solar-car engineering program, from design through competition.

“The new Agilent oscilloscope is incredibly accurate and reliable, offering a lot more measuring options. The color touch screen makes it very easy to use and differentiate between signals. We’ve already used it to analyze multiple signals from the motor and debug several driver interface boards,” said Sarah Spitzer, electrical engineer and driver on the solar-car team. “The portable oscilloscope will allow for roadside debugging. Additionally, the triple-output power supply allows us to power the testing bus while simultaneously testing other individual projects.”

Agilent’s InfiniiVision MSOX4024A, a 350-MHz oscilloscope with four analogue channels and 16 digital channels, will accelerate the design, prototype and testing stages of the program. Students will experience how Agilent’s industry-leading 1-million-waveforms/sec update rate, segmented memory and MegaZoom IV smart memory technology provide faster insight into signal behavior. They will experience the enhanced usability of the industry’s largest capacitive touch display (12.1 inches) and innovative InfiniiScan Zone touch trigger capability. Additionally, these students will be able to take advantage of the unique integration of five instruments in one box: oscilloscope, logic analyzer, serial protocol analyzer, WaveGen 20-MHz dual-channel function/arbitrary waveform generator and three-digit DVM.

Forty-seven teams from 26 countries will gather in Australia on October 6th for the 2013 World Solar Challenge. The 3000km race from Darwin to Adelaide requires that each car get 100% of its energy from the sun or from the kinetic energy of the vehicle.