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Amazon.co.uk launches Business, Industrial and Scientific Supplies Store

www.amazon.co.uk/industry features more than half a million products including Lab and Scientific Products, Professional Medical Supplies, Power and Hand Tools, Additive Manufacturing Products including 3D printing, Janitorial and Sanitation Supplies, Occupational Health and Safety Products, Tapes, Adhesives and Sealers and Test, Measure and Inspect Devices.

“We’re delighted to offer business owners a great selection of supplies and products at great prices, all in one store,” said Raoul Heinze, Director of the Business, Industrial and Scientific Supplies Store for Amazon EU. “With fast and reliable delivery, essential equipment can be restocked at the click of a button, allowing customers to focus on running their businesses.”

Brands available in the store include 3M Industrial, Kimberly Clark Professional, DuPont, Horiba, 3D Systems, Adam Equipment, 3M Littmann, XYZ Printing, 3B Scientific, Wheaton, Heathrow Scientific and many more.

“We have high expectations for the EU launch of the Business, Industrial & Scientific Supplies Store, having seen years of success in the US,” states Oskar Kaszubski, Global Director, Commercial Innovation, Kimberly-Clark Professional.

The Business, Industrial & Scientific Supplies Store is available on Amazon.comAmazon.co.jp and Amazon.in and launches today on Amazon.co.ukAmazon.deAmazon.itAmazon.es and Amazon.fr.

 

Webinar Demonstrates FLIR Camera Integration with MATLAB Software

FLIR Systems announces that the latest version of its Research IR software – ResearchIR Max version 4.2 gives users direct access to their MATLAB scripts within the software program for the first time.

This new capability allows users to access their customized MatLab scripts directly in ResearchIR for specially-tailored thermal image analysis and processing tasks. Many useful MatLab functions can now be directly accessed from within ResearchIR. Combining FLIR thermal and other cameras with

MATLAB provides you with a flexible environment to explore algorithms for multi-sensor systems.
  
To demonstrate the powerful utility of this new capability – FLIR Systems has posted a recorded webinar www.flir.com/science/display/?id=71070 in which they explore how to integrate FLIR cameras with MATLAB and review typical work flows for multi-sensor fusion; interfacing with thermal imaging devices; segmenting and analyzing thermal images as well as object detection and tracking with thermal and visible images.

ResearchIRMax is a version of ResearchIR software for advanced users who need more analytical functionality in their research. To learn more about ResearchIR version 4.2’s exciting new features, please visit http://www.flir.com/researchir.

 
FLIR’s advanced thermal imaging and threat detection systems are used for a wide variety of imaging, thermography, and security applications, including airborne and ground-based surveillance, condition monitoring, research and development, manufacturing process control, search and rescue, drug interdiction, navigation, transportation safety, border and maritime patrol, environmental monitoring, and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) detection. 

 

Yokogawa to provide network health check service to Asahi Kasei Chemicals’ Mizushima Works – For enhanced plant cyber security

Electric Corporation has announced that its subsidiary, Yokogawa Solution Service Corporation, responsible for Yokogawa’s control business in Japan, has received an order from Asahi Kasei Chemicals Corp. to provide a network health check service that analyses and verifies the integrity of the data traffic on the control system communications buses at its Mizushima Works.

An industry first (based on a September 28, 2015 Yokogawa survey) this cyber security service for control systems combines network visualisation technology with the collection and analysis of data traffic.

As the threat of cyber-attacks has increased in recent years, there is an urgent need for strong security measures with control systems, particularly those used in critically important infrastructure such as electric power, gas, and petrochemical plants. With the increasing sophistication of such attacks, it is often no longer sufficient to rely solely on general security measures such as the use of antivirus software. Yokogawa’s network health check service is able to visualise the status of communications traffic on a network after periodically collecting and analysing log data. When data traffic from an unknown IP address, communication via an unspecified protocol or port, data loss, or some other potential hazard is detected, Yokogawa will then work with the customer to identify possible causes and propose any necessary improvements. Unlike conventional services that rely on the monitoring and analysis of vast amounts of control system communications traffic, Yokogawa’s service is able to quickly and intuitively visualise and grasp the status of the control system’s communications traffic so that quick action can be taken in response to any potential issue. Yokogawa jointly developed this visualisation technology with Yasuo Okabe, a professor at Kyoto University; Hiroki Takakura, formerly an associate professor at Kyoto University and currently a professor at the National Institute of Informatics; and the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT).

Yokogawa develops and provides its customers with a variety of highly secure device and system solutions, and is also engaged in the provision of ongoing operational support services. The company will continue to assist its customers through the provision of control system cyber security solutions.
 

Protective Packaging Solutions

MSA Foams specialise in the design and manufacture of protective packaging solutions, ideal for electronics, instrumentation or delicate equipment that requires safe transportation or protection.  

Our design team use the latest CAD/CAM technology and various manufacturing techniques are employed to produce high quality foam products. MSA supply bespoke reusable and single trip packaging solutions for delicate instrumentation and electronics.  They offer:

  • Wide range of foam & containers for various requirements
  • Protective Packaging solutions tailored specifically to your products
  • Dedicated design team using 3D solid modelling CAD systems
  • MSA design “from the inside out” offering the best packaging solution
  • Sales presentation cases with a truly professional finish
  • Branding is enhanced through corporate colours & logos in foam

What products will you see at Sensors & Instrumentation 2015?

In less than two weeks, the popular Sensors & Instrumentation exhibition will be taking place at the NEC, Birmingham. Exhibitors will be showcasing the latest solutions – ranging from sensors, transducers, transmitters, and test and measurement equipment, to monitoring, data acquisition equipment, calibrators, connectors and much more. Pre-register now via the website.

If you’re interested in purchasing, specifying or using sensors, instrumentation, or test and measurement equipment, then a visit to Sensors & Instrumentation 2015 is a must.

Birmingham’s NEC will be the venue for the two day event, and here visitors will get the chance to see the latest technologies, witness product launches, demonstrations and displays, speak to knowledgeable members of staff, and listen to a variety of interesting seminars and conferences. Visit the website –www.sensorsandinstrumentation.co.uk – for full details on this year’s seminar and conference programme.

Your free visitor pass will also enable you to attend a number of co-located events: The Machine Building Show, MicroNanoMems and the PPMA Show.

So visit the website now and register to attend the events, which will be taking place on 30th September and 1st October.

A wide range of products will be showcased at this year’s show, so here’s a guide to what you can expect to see:

Sensors, transducers & transmitters

For a start, Micro-Epsilon will be displaying its full range of sensor technologies including the scanCONTROL 2610-25 SMART series of 2D/3D laser profile sensors. These offer a plug-and-play solution on the integrated sensor controller for simple measurement tasks such as step, angle, seam and groove inspection. Visitors will also get a chance to see a demonstration of the high speed ACS7000 online colour measurement system, which recognises reference colours by comparison and identifies individual colours from their coordinates in the colour space. This is suitable for a wide range of inline measuring tasks where colours and shades have to be examined on the fly to high accuracies.

Also on the stand will be the eddyNCDT 3100, said by the company to be a world first in eddy current displacement measurement, and the compact themoIMAGER TIM 640 VGA-resolution infrared camera. There will also be a demonstration of the capaNCDT 6200 which will be measuring the deflection of granite stone to nanometer accuracy; and a demonstration of the optoCONTROL 2520 self-contained optical laser micrometer with Ethernet interface.

Kistler will be launching three new products. The first is the Acoustic Emission Sensor, which has an integral impedance converter for measuring acoustic emission (AE) above 50kHz in bearing based machining structures, high pressure vessels, compressors and valves. The second will be the Type 601C miniature pressure sensor. This is available in both charge output and voltage output types, and is suited to applications where very small pressure pulses need to be measured. Thirdly, visitors will be able to see the new LabAmp Type 5165A. Suited for use with the 601C sensor, this enables the measurement of dynamic signals from a wide range of piezoelectric, Piezotron (IEPE) and voltage outputs.

Southern Temperature Sensors will be bringing two new product ranges to the UK. The company has been appointed as a UK representative for SKS Automation of Finland, and so will be displaying a range of temperature sensors suitable for use in extreme and hazardous conditions. The company also represents BCM Sensor Technologies of Belgium and will be displaying pressure sensors, transmitters and transducers from the company. BCM manufactures its own sensor dies and builds instruments from scratch, allowing for versatility in the specification to suit customer requirements.

Another exhibitor is Advanced Hall Sensors (AHS), which specialises in the design and manufacture of semiconductor Quantum Well Hall Effect (QWHE) sensors. Its products are used in some of the most demanding environments. The company has also developed a Hall Effect magnetic field sensor component that is made from the compound semiconductor Gallium Arsenide (GaAs). Find out why by visiting the company at the show.

New ranges of ATEX certified industrial pressure transmitters and submersible level transmitters will be showcased by Impress Sensors & Systems. Visitors will be able to see, for example, the IND range of ATEX industrial pressure transmitters which have a piezoresistive ceramic or stainless steel silicon pressure sensor installed in a stainless steel housing, providing it with excellent media compatibility across hazardous gas or dust environments. Also on show will be the IWSL range of ATEX-certified level transmitters which are designed for continuous submersion in a range of liquids including water, fuel, oil and chemicals. The IMTG range of gauging level transmitters, also designed for continuous submersion, have been redesigned and the range has now been extended – find out more about these at the show. Visitors will also be able to view an RS485 ASCII version of the IMTG range, plus stainless steel pressure sensors with a digital i2C interface. The DCT 532 series has the digital i2C interface, making it suitable for a wide range of pressure measurement applications.

According to Acal BFi, by combining many established sensor manufacturers in a single line card, it can help you detect, measure and monitor just about anything. Its sensors range from the smallest MEMS devices for interactive gaming to platinum sensors which can measure temperatures from -196 to +1000°C. Sensors, however, are a key enabler in the realisation of the Internet of Things (IoT), so take the time to visit the company to find out more. Acal BFi can also help you specify the right sensor for your application – it offers, for example, over 50,000 different sensor products from Honeywell alone, so there are many decisions to be made. Custom sensor probes, assemblies and housings can also be provided.

With its ability to design, develop, source, deliver and support sensor solutions for a wide range of industries and applications – from agriculture and construction to autosports and research – Variohm will feature a wide range of technologies on its stand. Visitors will be able to see products such as sensors and transducers for measurement of linear position, vibration, force & torque, pressure and temperature, as well as load cells, displays and interfaces.

Through its APC-Hero division and under its GREENWAVE initiative, APC Technology Group delivers a range of products and services which address two fast growing markets – Cleantech, and the Internet of Things. As, an example, it provides sensors with energy harvesting capability, communicating via wireless protocol to nodes and gateways collecting data being sent to a central processing unit via Cloud platforms. Applications include SMART City solutions – such as smart parking, structural health, quality, lighting plus much more. Visit APC-Hero at Sensors & Instrumentation to find out more.

Pressure-Sensor.com is capable of handling OEM projects, custom and standard sensor platforms. Its sensor design and development program, using multiple technologies, enables it to offer high performance solutions for force, displacement, distance, strain, pressure and temperature measurements. It core expertise, however, lies in the area of pressure sensors. So, the company will be displaying a wide range of sensors, with a choice of threads and connectors, at this year’s event. It will also be exhibiting ceramic sensors to meet high volume applications, and showcasing specialised sensors for UREA pumps and tanks. Sensors with Bluetooth connectivity will be demonstrated on screen during the show.

Test, measurement & control

Among the accelerometers, cables and instrumentation featuring on DJB Instruments’ stand will be the new range of B&K replacement clip mounted accelerometers. Visitors will also be able to find out about the CV9, an IEPE/Charge signal conditioning unit; and see a demonstration measuring the vibration of a butterfly in flight using the miniature IEPE A/128 accelerometer.

One of the solutions featuring on Bronkhorst’s stand will be the mini CORI-FLOW Series ML120 Coriolis Mass Flow Meters and Controllers for (ultra) low flow ranges. These offer flow ranges from 50mg/h to 200g/h, measured with an accuracy as high as 0.2% of reading. The range is available with both analogue and digital communication, RS232 and various fieldbus options.

Among other products on show will be Vapour Delivery Modules (VDM); and the El-Flow Prestige thermal mass flow meters and controllers. According to the company, the principal benefits of EL-Flow Prestige are based on such factors as advances in flow-signal processing, highly stable flow control, advanced control valve design, reduced power consumption, etc.

Knick will be presenting its new Analytics products, including Digital MemoSens technology. The MemoSens inductive sensor connector system transfers both energy and data without contact between electrochemical sensors and analysers. Products available include Portavo, a portable analyser for pH, oxygen and conductivity, with Memosens technology; the Stratos Evo process analyser for Memosens or analogue sensors; the Stratos process digital multiparameter devices with Profibus and Fieldbus Foundation outputs; and a full range of Memosens and Analogue sensors. Visitors will also be able to get to know the company’s signal conditioners, isolators and transducers.

Dwyer Instruments will be displaying the Model UHH2 universal handheld test instrument. This, the company explains, provides the functionality and versatility of the Mobile Meter Software App on a rugged IP68 Android-based handheld. With this, wireless anemometer, hygrometer and pressure probes communicate to the handheld using Bluetooth SIG wireless technology and can all be displayed simultaneously. Each UHH2 includes a base unit,

UHH-BTG wireless mobile gateway, two USB charging cables, charging block, plus much more.

Monitoring & data acquisition

A new solution for eDrive testing will be showcased on HBM’s stand. This is a robust, integrated system for measuring the performance and efficiency of electric motors and inverters, and features the company’s torque sensor.

Visitors will also be able to see a range of data acquisition systems and sensors, plus the FIT7A digital load cell which meets the needs of demanding requirements of weighing in modern manufacturing lines. To illustrate its capabilities, the company will be exhibiting a model truck fitted with HBM strain gauges and data acquisition equipment.

National Instruments will be showcasing the NI SC Express – a family which combines data acquisition and signal conditioning into a single module for high performance and reliable sensor measurements. CompactRIO will also be on show, as will NI Virtual Bench, an all-in-one instrument that integrates a mixed-signal oscilloscope, function generator, digital mutimeter, programmable DC power supply and digital I/O. Find out about these and other solutions during the show.

DELTA, meanwhile, will be displaying THOR – its RFID temperature logger chip. This can be used to log, store and transmit temperature wirelessly or log, process and transmit data from external sensors. Customised versions can be developed to suit requirements. Visitors will also be able to find out about the company’s demo kit for use in R&D departments.

Alongside many new and existing products, Techni Measure will be demonstrating the Dytran Vibracorder, a miniature vibration data acquisition system. This comprises an internal tri-axial DC accelerometer and hardware for recording directly to SD card, and is supplied with software for data download, analysis and export. In addition to displaying sensors, transducers and accessories, the company will be introducing two brand new lines in fibre optic sensors and vibration calibration systems.

Anglia Components, Analog Devices and Honeywell Sensing & Control will be exhibiting solutions that address the key challenges in creating environmental monitoring solutions. ADI will demonstrate some of its latest environmental monitoring and chemical analysis solutions and reference designs; while Honeywell offers a broad portfolio of sensors and switches for various sensing and test and measurement applications. Find out more at the show.

Calibrating, weighing and more

Among the products featuring on Mettler-Toledo’s stand will be weigh modules and load cells. These are globally approved and ensure fast and accurate weighing and connectivity. At the show, find out about products like the IND570 industrial weighing terminal; the WMS high precision weigh module; and the Multimount weighing platforms.

FLIR Systems, meanwhile, will be showcasing the latest thermal imaging solutions for academic research. On display will be the FLIR X6580sc – an ultra-fast frame-rate camera which features a 640 × 512 digital InSb detector with spectral sensitivity from 1.5 to 5.5µm and an f/3 aperture. The camera connects to the company’s ResearchIR Max R&D software to provide comprehensive thermal imaging data acquisition, analysis and reporting capabilities. The company offers a range of thermal imaging microscopy solutions from its entry level A325sc camera to its state-of-the-art X8400sc High Definition (HD) camera, which will also be on display at Sensors & Instrumentation.

Fischer Connectors supplies precision connectors used in high-end instrumentation, with varied applications such as test and measurement, sensors, data acquisition or automation. At the show, the company will present its brand new ultra-resistance, miniaturised and fibre optic products. The Core Series is available in any size and configuration, for any application, and with waterproof sealing to IP68/IP69 mated and unmated. Products include the UltiMate connectors; the MiniMax Series, which is ideal for hand-held applications; and the FiberOptic Series which is designed for transferring copious data in harsh environments.

The latest innovations in pressure and temperature calibration and testing equipment will be shown by Chamois Metrology. These will include the Additel ADT 780 series pressure controller with internal pressure ranges from vacuum to 200 bar. This can be used in conjunction with the ADT780-1K-EPUMP 70 bar electric pump or the ADT780-3K-BST 250 bar gas booster. Also on show will be the Additel 761 portable automated pressure controller; and for those calibrations that require the accuracy of a dead weight tester Ar?m?ca offers standard models and automated dead weight testers with ranges up to 7000 bar and accuracies to 0.001% of reading.

Chamois Metrology has also announced its association with Isothermal Technology and will be showing examples of the company’s new look portable dry block temperature calibrators.

Weldlogic Europe will displaying an automatic welding solution for transducer manufacturers. The dual process AWS-6100 system provides a complete ‘ready-to-go’ package offering advanced levels of weld process control and automation. Typical applications for the technology include the manufacture of control and instrumentation products and the production of devices for the aerospace, medical and nuclear industries.

Another exhibitor is HTS Group, which specialises in delivering Process Systems, Electrical, Control and Instrumentation (EC&I) systems. During the event, the company will be launching a new suite of tools – SISSuite – to facilitate the management of Safety Instrument Systems. SISSuite offers an integrated suite of modules for the management of functional safety throughout the safety lifecycle. The modules are fully linked for appropriate data transfer.

Among the solutions being displayed by Linear Technology will be its LT3042, an ultralow noise, ultrahigh power supply ripple rejection (PSRR) low dropout voltage linear regulator; the LTC2000, a 16­bit 2.5Gsps digital­-to-­analogue converter (DAC) with exceptional spectral purity of 74dBc SFDR at 200MHz output; the LTC2348­-18, an 18­bit, 8-­channel simultaneous sampling successive approximation register (SAR) ADC; the LTC2875, a rugged, high voltage tolerant CAN (controller area network) transceiver; plus much more.

Visiting the show

The companies featured above are just a few examples of those exhibiting this year. Visit the website for more details on the show, exhibitors, the co-located events, and the seminar and conference programmes.

Raytek, Ircon and Datapaq join forces to create Fluke Process Instruments

Fluke Corp. is integrating its Raytek, Ircon and Datapaq product lines into a new brand: Fluke Process Instruments. All three companies have been part of the Fluke Corporation portfolio for some time.

“Fluke Process Instruments combines more than 125 years of experience in pioneering new technologies into one integrated company,” said Fluke Process Instruments general manager, Ankush Malhotra. “By joining the three companies under a single brand, we can improve our communications and accelerate our product innovation. We are proud of the legacy these brands bring and will continue to grow them as Fluke Process Instruments.”

Raytek, Ircon, and Datapaq branded products include a complete line of rugged and dependable infrared sensors, line scanners, thermal imagers, and temperature profiling systems for use in harsh, high-temperature industrial manufacturing environments.

The company has launched a new website, www.flukeprocessinstruments.com, and will operate all related global activities under the new corporate name.

Divisional split and appointment of new Sales Manager set to increase market focus and provide the platform for a raft of new product launches

Further underlining its commitment to the long term protection of employee health and the environment, Svantek UK has announced a major restructure to facilitate future growth and provide the platform for a series of exciting product launches in 2015, including Gilian personal air sampling pumps from US-based Sensidyne and Heat Shield Meter from Italian company, LSI Lastem.

The manufacturer of occupational health and environmental noise and vibration monitoring instrumentation has split the business into two divisions. Long term employee, Claire Fawlk, will be sales manager for instruments aimed at environmental monitoring and protection. Andy Carling joins the company as Sales Manager for Svantek’s Health & Safety products.

A fully qualified occupational hygienist and highly experienced sales professional, Andy was previously employed at Mapal Green Energy as UK sales manager. Earlier roles include Field Sales Engineer at Tempcon Instrumentation and Air Quality product manager at H20 Chemicals.

John Shelton, managing director at Svantek commented: “The Svantek restructure is a critical next step as we implement our refreshed strategy and reinvigorate our growth momentum. It will help sharpen our focus on distinct markets and enable us to deliver increased productivity and further improvements in the quality of service and products we offer our customers.

He continued: “Andy brings significant instrumentation and capital equipment sales experience which will prove invaluable for both existing products and the new ranges planned for 2015. We wish both him and Claire every success in their respective roles.”

Wireless standard harmonisation creates a problem where none previously existed

As more and more wireless devices come to the market, concerns have emerged within the standards body responsible for managing the radio spectrum allocation and wireless device conformance that more guidance is needed to help ensure spectrum sharing. Tony Ingham of Sensor Technology reviews the situation.
 
The standards body, ETSI (European Telecommunications Standard Institute) has a new harmonised standard, EN 300 328 V1.8.1, which comes into force on 1 January 2015. Unfortunately, this has thrown the wireless community into something of a turmoil, not because of more onerous testing procedures, but principally because of the way the draft standard specifies that wireless devices should operate.
 
There is a legitimate fear that this change in operation could lead to wireless failures in industrial installations.
 
Looking back to the origin of the new standard, it has long been the case that any equipment sold within the European Union should comply with both the Low Voltage Directive and the EMC Directive, and ensure effective use of the radio spectrum and orbital resource so as to avoid harmful interference. A plethora of wireless devices have emerged that meet these requirements, with wireless fieldbus, wireless Ethernet systems and other wireless communication technologies now prevalent around many industrial installations.
 
Wireless brings numerous benefits to many industries, delivering the flexibility to install devices anywhere without onerous cabling requirements. Further, wireless technology is taking on an even greater importance as machine-to-machine (M2M) communication is becoming more prevalent as part of the Internet of Things (IoT), allowing companies to take advantage of ‘big data’ and gain new levels of insight into their enterprise.
 
It is perhaps with the potential growth in the numbers of wireless devices that ETSI has decided to act. New benchmark standards of compliance will be required under the new standard to ensure devices do not interfere with other equipment.
 
Specifically, manufacturers of these devices will have to consider factors such as RF power output, frequency hopping, duty cycle, transmission cycle and transmission gap. This will typically cover equipment employing IEEE 802.11 (WiFi), Bluetooth, Zigbee and other similar protocols, as well as other technologies that use the 2.4GHz ISM band. In particular, it covers data transmission equipment operating in that band using wideband modulation.
 
However, it is not the meeting of these more stringent requirements that represents the core problem. Another aspect of the call from ETSI, which threatens wireless plant control, is the requirement for ‘listen before talk’ (LBT) communications as a means of preserving bandwidth in industrial environments. LBT requires each wireless device to check first whether another device is transmitting before it can initiate its own communications. If the channel is not free, it must wait.
 
It is easy to see how this might cause random and unpredictable delays in communications, perhaps even in critical systems. But there are even suggestions that we could see major industrial wireless communication failures. This is where ETSI has been accused of creating problems where none previously existed.
 
Without greater regulation, there may well be future interference problems in the consumer world. However, the industrial environment has long been well-served by wireless technologies, and there is no reason to think that any emerging interference problems could not be easily and more effectively dealt with through strategies such as swapping operating frequencies or reducing transmission power.
 
So exactly what sorts of devices might be affected by this new harmonised standard? In practice, any cross-plant wireless communication systems, wireless sensor monitoring systems and wireless LAN installations will all come under the scope of the new harmonised standard.
 
Fortunately, there are still a number of devices that employ RF technology which do not fall within the scope of the standard. It does not apply to any equipment with an EIRP (effective isotropically radiated power) output of less than 10mW, or to equipment that operates in a non-adaptive mode. That means that products such as the surface acoustic wave (SAW) technology products from Sensor Technology are not within the scope of the standard.
 
Although products such as Sensor Technology’s TorqSense transducer do indeed use RF technology to deliver non-contact operations, it is in the form of an RF couple within the device itself, is extremely low power and not part of a broadcast transmission system.
 
From January 2015, users of wireless devices will have to look very carefully at the devices they employ and the standard they adhere to in order to ensure compliance. There is still hope that the LBT aspect of the standard will be dropped, with increasing pressure from industry, trade bodies and device manufacturers. Not only does it have the potential to hobble the operations of individual companies, it may also lead to reduced competitiveness within the European Union when compared with other parts of the world.

Latest webinar and course schedule confirmed

Thermal imaging is now more affordable than ever before but it is only fully effective and valuable as a fault detection tool in the hands of a properly trained user. A thorough grounding in the science behind infrared is vital to the correct application of the technology and this is what a Level 1 training course with the Infrared Training Centre (ITC) provides.

This course is British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BiNDT) approved and PCN ready for those who wish to complement their ITC certification with PCN CAT 2 certification. In addition to studying the basics of infrared and heat transfer, delegates learn how to operate the camera under different conditions and for various purposes. Instruction covers measurement tools and techniques and most importantly the identification of error sources such as reflective surfaces and sunlight.

The duration of the Level 1 course with ITC is now just four days, instead of five, a move that has proved extremely popular. Delegates can also choose to take a Premium Level 1 package that adds value both in terms of hardware provided and ongoing application support.

For details of dates and venues visit www.irtraining.eu

Next webinar – 16th September 2015:

In addition to its formal course programme, ITC also provide a wide selection of free expert instruction through staged seminars, on-site training and, most recently, webinars.  This latest introduction is proving very successful and the company has now confirmed its latest event that will be broadcast on Wednesday 16th September 2015 at 10.00 hours BST.

It’s called ‘How to Capture a Great Thermal Image’ and it is an important skill that needs to be learned before any hot spot can be analysed.  Thermal images that are out of focus, have poor contrast or insufficient resolution will not only compromise the user’s ability to measure temperature properly but may even result in the problem being missed altogether.

This live webcast addresses the basics of saving quality thermal data and covers the important imaging parameters that all thermographers should understand. The content will include a discussion on IR equipment operation as well as a review of real-world examples that demonstrate why it is critical to save good images.

To register go to: www.irtraining.eu/webinars/webinars

Keysight Technologies’ UXM wireless test set selected by Beijing Hwa-Tech for 4G MIMO OTA test solution

Keysight Technologies has announced that Beijing Hwa-Tech Information System (Hwa-tech) has selected the Keysight E7515A UXM wireless test set for integration with its Z6000A MIMO OTA test system. Engineers will use the integrated system for LTE MIMO OTA testing.

Keysight’s UXM is a highly-integrated signaling test set created for performing functional and RF design validation of 4G technologies and beyond. The UXM uses two built-in independent cells to support LTE, LTE-A and W-CDMA measurements and delivers up to 4×2 DL MIMO and Carrier Aggregation (CA) in a single box. Hwa-tech, a Keysight solution partner, developed the Z6000A MIMO OTA test system using a standard 16-channel RF emulator to simulate required PAS (power angle spectrum), in line with standard “3GPP TR 37.977 V02.0”, “MOSG150212R10-CTIA MIMO/Transmit Diversity OTA Test Plan Version 1.0”, as well as China standard “Terminal Antenna MIMO OTA Performance Requirements and Methods of Measurement”.

Hwa-tech has also introduced the Z6010A optimised MIMO OTA performance measurement system that uses optimization algorithms and an 8-channel RF simulator to reconstruct approximatemeasurement accuracy as an economical alternative to the Z6000A.

“Our customers are concerned about system performance, total cost of ownership and system scalability,” said Zhihua Zhang, general manager of Hwa-tech. “The Keysight E7515A UXM wireless test set ensures the overall test accuracy of the system, simplifies the system architecture with its powerful MIMO and carrier aggregation capability, and helps reduce the cost of test.”

“MIMO OTA performance is becoming increasingly important to major network operators, and consequently, more and more customers need to equip its facilities to test this technology,” said Garrett Lees, marketing manager, Keysight’s Mobile Broadband Division, “We are confident that Hwa-tech’s solution, which incorporates the Keysight UXM, will meet the rapidly developing needs of the wireless communications industry.”