Visit the VEGATRUCK on its tour of the UK

The Vega Training Trunk has been specially designed to be a memorable experience for people involved with level and pressure measurement, and it tours the UK in February and early March 2016. An iconic American truck hauls an amazing ‘Formula One’ built trailer, which converts into an interactive training space for level and pressure instrumentation.

Once inside, you will find working process displays of both solids and liquids applications, operational instruments to see and handle, along with a presentation area. Be assured, this is not just another mobile exhibition.

It will be stopping at a number of venues where you can come along and visit, they include: Aberdeen; Grangemouth; Liverpool; Hull; Grimsby; Derby; Coventry; Peterborough; South Wales and Burgess Hill.

This facility is specially designed to educate, inform and inspire engineers or stakeholders involved in processing and manufacturing at all levels. Come along, bring colleagues, and our experts will be there to help you get the best from it. Take away a great experience, some new ideas, a training certificate and memento of a visit you will be glad you took time to see.

If you would like to come along for a session, contact for further details, locations and timings. Click this link if you would like to see the VEGATRUCK in action.

Enthusiastic appreciation for Ashtead Technology NDT Seminar

Ashtead Technology ran an extremely popular NDT seminar at its Aberdeen facility during December. Due to demand, the one-day seminar, An Introduction to Advanced UT, was run on three consecutive days

“The seminar was designed for UT NDT inspectors considering Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing (PAUT) or Time of Flight Diffraction (ToFD) qualifications,” says course leader Alison Glover. “It also provided a useful introduction for project managers to learn more about the applications, advantages and limitations of PAUT and ToFD.”

In addition to the major investments that Ashtead Technology has made in highly skilled staff and its rental fleet of advanced NDT technology, these training events form part of the company’s commitment to an NDT Centre of Excellence.

Each session was a mix of basic theory and hands-on practice with the equipment. PAUT topics included transducer construction and selection, calibration and scan plan creation. An introduction to data analysis and techniques for difficult applications such as austenitic materials and dissimilar welds were also covered, together with considerations for successfully implementing Automated UT (AUT) inspections. The ToFD sessions provided the basic theory together with demonstrations and discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of the technique.

Feedback from the sessions described them as informative, well organised and presented, with Ian Thomas, from Trac Oil and Gas commenting: “The NDT Seminar was very interesting and informative; it clarified what is often seen as a ‘dark art’ and used a good combination of Powerpoint presentations and hands-on demos.”

Anyone interested in attending future training sessions should contact:

Steve Drake, NDT Market Manager,

StanTronic Instruments presents Apple watch to XP power

Test & Measurement equipment distributer, StanTronic Instruments, had the pleasure in presenting an Apple Watch to prize winner Stephen Dodson, Engineering Manager at XP Power in the UK

Stephen was one of the lucky winners of the GW Instek prize draw which was organised to celebrate their 30th anniversary of manufacturing high quality electronic test & measurement equipment.

Stephen is a very satisfied user of GW Instek products and owns some of their Hi-Pot Safety Testers. XP Power is a leading provider of power solutions, including AC-DC power supplies and DC-DC converters.

They have decided that they will auction the watch in aid of their chosen charity, Breast Cancer Now, so the proceeds will go to a very worthy cause.

For details of GW Instek products, please contact StanTronic Instruments UK on 01604 832521 or email

Rise of LTE and HetNets creates need for self-organising network testing solutions

Arrival of 5G in 2020 will further fuel the demand for these solutions, finds Frost & Sullivan
Network operators are likely to face new challenges in achieving optimal network utilization as LTE and heterogeneous networks (HetNets) will continue to grow. The multivendor nature of HetNets could give rise to interoperability issues between cellular sites, thereby negatively affecting the quality of service experienced by the end user. The higher degree of automation apparent within self-organizing networks (SONs) will help enhance network utilization significantly. This implementation of SONs by network operators, in turn, will translate to greater uptake of SON-specific testing and monitoring solutions.
Recent analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Analysis of the Global Self-Organizing Network (SON) Testing and Monitoring Equipment Market, finds that the market earned revenues of $865.5 million in 2014 and estimates this to reach $1,877.8 million in 2020. The study covers probe-based network monitoring, probe-agnostic network analysis and optimization, drive testing equipment and network infrastructure testing.
“One of the main concerns of network operators is losing customers due to bad customer service in the event of unsuccessful incorporation of SON technology into their network,” said Frost & Sullivan Manufacturing 4.0 Research Analyst Rohan Joy Thomas. “This issue will ripple into the testing and monitoring market as well; therefore, market participants need to train and assist network operators during the incorporation of the technology into the infrastructure.”
The presence of legacy-based network solutions could weaken the market for SON testing and monitoring equipment. Thus, it is vital to encourage network operators to replace legacy-based testing methods with new and innovative ones. Enhanced customer service and the offer of various value-added services that help prospective buyers understand the need for better solutions will support test equipment vendors’ efforts to promote the testing of SON-enabled infrastructure.
In an effort to provide a holistic solution to its end users, SON testing and monitoring equipment vendors have tried to fill the apparent gaps in their portfolio by merging with or acquiring smaller companies. Key acquisitions include that of Tektronix Communications by Netscout, Swissqual by Rohde & Schwarz, Trendium by JDSU (now rebranded as Viavi Solutions) and Anite by Keysight Technologies.
“Furthermore, the anticipated release of 5G will push SONs to the forefront, driving the associated testing and monitoring equipment market,” pointed out Thomas. “SON testing and monitoring equipment will also see a rise in applicability across 2G and 3G deployments in order to facilitate the seamless integration of legacy-based infrastructure into the fold of network automation.”

A well known temperature expert retires

After 30 years helping clients with instrumentation and temperature metrology Ray Dunham is retiring from Isothermal Technology (Isotech). His role as UK Sales Manager has been taken over by Mark Dutton.

Prior to working at Isotech Ray had roles of UK and European Sales Manager for ASL. Ray also developed the Middle East and European calibration market for a major manufacturer of dry block temperature calibrators.

A well-known figure within the industry Ray is respected by all his colleagues and peers – always a gentleman with a reputation for impartial helpful advice.

Ray will continue at Isotech with a training and consultancy role; his colleagues wish him the very best in this new role post-retirement.

Fibre Optic Sensors for industrial applications

Techni Measure introduce a range of fibre optic sensors for temperature, pressure, strain and displacement measurement, from Canadian manufacturer OpSens Solutions.

Utilising the principles of white light polarisation interferometry (WLPI) and semiconductor band gap (SCBG) technology, these sensors perform exceptionally well in harsh and high/low temperature environments, being immune to RF, MRI, EMI, nuclear and microwave radiation. Cable runs of 3km are possible with no degradation in measurement accuracy and sensors are available in a robust industrial design for fit and forget applications.

Techni Measure are excited to add this technology to our wide range of sensors and solutions for the measurement of strain, vibration, displacement, force, pressure, torque, orientation and temperature. We will be happy to discuss your application and propose a solution to any measurement requirement.

Industrial Print Technology on stand Q74 Southern Manufacturing 2016

As exclusive distributors throughout UK & Ireland of Teca-Print pad (tampo)-printing machines and Ruco printing inks, Kaye-Dee has been involved with component printing for over 40 years providing a wealth of experience in supplying printing solutions to the industrial market. 

Teca-Print’s range of open or sealed-pot systems prove the versatility of the pad-printing process and offer the flexibility to print on uneven surfaces with excellent repeatability. Kaye-Dee also offers the complete range of Mimaki industrial digital printers and for component heights of up to 500mm, digital printing solutions from Bergstein Digital B.V. 

In-house facilities are available to cover all major support services.  For customers wanting to outsource their print requirements Kaye-Dee offer a full trade printing service using pad, digital or laser marking. Tel: 0114 256 0222

New ABB calibration laboratory gets UKAS ISO 17025 accreditation

ABB has received accreditation to ISO 17025 from the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) for its new Measurement & Analytics Service laboratory at its Stonehouse facility. The accreditation recognises ABB’s technical competence in the calibration of temperature, pressure and electrical measurement devices.
As a globally recognised standard, ISO 17025 sets a recognised and verifiable level of best practice so that end users can be confident that a provider of calibration and testing services has undertaken the correct steps when calibrating their equipment. To become accredited, a laboratory must demonstrate that it operates a clear set of management procedures and that it is technically competent to carry out calibration services.
As a UKAS accredited facility, ABB’s Stonehouse laboratory has satisfied these requirements, enabling it to calibrate its own temperature, pressure and electrical equipment as well as those of third parties.  
For temperature, the laboratory can be used for the calibration of noble and base metal thermocouples and Pt100 sensors, plus indicators, controllers and recorders. The laboratory can be used to conduct both physical and simulated calibrations, with ranges from -35°C to 1,200°C and -200°C to 1,768°C respectively.
For pressure, calibrations can be performed in ranges from -85kPa 2Mpa. For electrical measurement devices, there is a choice of voltage, current and resistance calibrations covering both measurement and generation. The accreditation underlines ABB’s proven experience and expertise in the calibration of flowmeters, with its Stonehouse flow rigs able to calibrate a variety of flowmeters from 5mm through to 2,000mm in diameter.
“We already have a good reputation for flow calibration, with our flow calibration facilities having been UKAS accredited for many years,” says Dr Jonathan Farrington, Technical Manager for ABB Measurement & Analytical Service. “Our aim now is to build a similarly excellent reputation for the calibration of temperature, pressure and electrical measurement devices.”
The new accreditation will help ABB to further grow its presence in a range of industrial applications, especially those where both accuracy of measurement and traceability of calibration are key. These include cold chain mapping in hospitals and medical facilities, where UKAS is encouraging all Clinical Pathology Association (CPA) accredited laboratories to become UKAS accredited to meet the forthcoming standard ISO 15189:2012, Medical Laboratories.
Other target areas include the aerospace and food and beverage industries. In both industries, companies have strict requirements around traceability, which extends not only to product quality but also the quality of the equipment used in their production processes.
“Accreditation to ISO 17025 gives companies the assurance of being able to trace the accuracy of their measurement equipment,” says Dr Farrington. “This can be a major advantage in the event that something goes wrong with a product, enabling them to quickly ascertain whether the problem was due to a poorly measured process or faulty instrument.”
The instrument calibration service is the latest offering from ABB Measurement & Analytics Service. Operating nationwide, the service team offers access to fully-qualified and skilled field engineers with the skills and experience to provide the highest levels of support across a range of field devices and supporting technologies.
For more information, email or call 03339 997996 ref. ‘Calibration’.

Flare gas verification loop for ABLE

In keeping with their commitment to excellence in the field of measurement, Reading based ABLE Instruments & Controls will be unveiling a flare gas meter verification loop using an internationally traceable transfer standard. The loop will form part of their new state of the art training facility.

ABLE’s spool mounted reference standard will be calibrated at the Dutch Metrology Institute’s internationally renowned Van Swinden Flow Laboratory (VSL) in Delft against their primary standard.

ABLE recommends all flare gas meters are calibrated prior to installation, under conditions resembling, as closely as possible, those of actual operation. Traceable calibration verifies that the meter has been manufactured to the specified tolerances.

In addition to verification services, ABLE will be offering a comprehensive range of flow metering training courses with an appropriate balance of class room based theoretical content and hands-on practical elements.

Averna’s awarding-winning DOCSIS 3.1 protocol analyzer

The DP-1000 Protocol Analyzer recently received a 5-Diamond review from BTR and a New Product Innovation Award from Frost & Sullivan.

Already in service around the world by multiple system operators (MSOs), chipset/product developers and certifications bodies, the DP-1000 ensures they deliver the highest quality products and services possible. It enables them to monitor, analyze, debug and improve their DOCSIS 3.1 and 3.0 technology and networks.

  • Input DS frequency range of 5 MHz–1.8 GHz (5–200 MHz US), and resolution of 1 MHz
  • Up to 7 acquisition cards of 200-MHz bandwidth each
  • FPGA-based architecture is highly flexible, configurable, upgradable and extendable
  • Many channel-filtering and display features like placement, burst, constellation, and spectrum