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Fluke’s new thermal imagers make proactive maintenance easier

Fluke has launched two new rugged, reliable and accurate thermal imagers, the TiS55+ and TiS75+, which are ideal solutions for carrying out preventative maintenance.

Designed for one-handed use, the infrared inspection tools easily capture professional, high quality images of hot spots on machines and factory equipment, ensuring potential problems are caught before they lead to failures. Both the TiS55+ and TiS75+ provide a sharp, clear view of potential issues, and can be used by customers with no infrared imaging experience.

Jai Gandhi, Sales Program Manager at Fluke says: “The new TiS55+ and TiS75+ thermal imagers give maintenance teams the chance to move away from cumbersome clipboards and notebooks by adopting a wireless, one-step transfer of measurements. Quick and easy to use, the thermal imagers give customers the confidence to make maintenance decisions based on robust and traceable data, ensuring factory equipment can achieve maximum uptime.”

Able to store around 500 images, the TiS55+ and TiS75+ come with built-in personal assistants that organise captured images and offer increased functionality by enabling users to add their own information. Key features include:

  • Voice annotation – Users can record instant notes with up to 60 seconds of voice recording for each thermal image.
  • IR-Photo Notes – Users can add visible light photos to the thermal image file and use those as a reference when analysing results.
  • Asset Tagging – Users can scan a QR code on an asset to automatically organise and file thermal images. This eliminates data-entry errors by saving measurements directly from the camera and associating them with the asset record.

Offering extreme durability, the TiS55+ and TiS75+ thermal imagers are water and dust resistant (IP54) and have been engineered to withstand a two-meter drop. Both devices are powered by a lithium-ion rechargeable battery, offering up to three and a half hours of continuous use. Users can also set their own colour alarms, setting a maximum or minimum temperature threshold to highlight a particular hot spot or area of interest.

The TiS55+ and TiS75+ include wireless connectivity, allowing users to easily connect with PCs and portable devices such as iPhones and iPads. To aid collaborations with other maintenance staff, measurement data can also be shared using ShareLive video calls and emails. Users can save time and improve the reliability of their maintenance data by wirelessly syncing measurements using the optional Fluke Connect system.

The equipment maintenance software allows assigning images to assets automatically (via asset ID from camera) or manually and allows creation of work orders and easy comparison between different measurement types, such as mechanical, electrical or infrared images.

The Fluke TiS75+ offers even greater functionality. The wide field of view enable users to capture the full scene, even in tight spots. It can also record up to five minutes of radiometric video to get a picture of temperature variations over time.

In addition to alerting about hot spots, the TiS75+ thermal camera detects areas at risk of moisture damage using a new dew point calculation feature. Once dew point is calculated, the camera will display the Dew Point Colour Alarm. Everything the camera displays that is at the dew point temperature and below will display as a thermal image. Everything above will display as a visual light image. This allows users to easily identify where condensation is occurring, and a scale of how far objects are below the dew point.

Yokogawa establishes Yokogawa Bio Frontier Inc. to advance biomass materials business

Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces the launch of Yokogawa Bio Frontier Inc. to develop businesses related to the production and sales of innovative plant-derived biomass materials, as well as associated licensing and consulting activities.

Yokogawa Bio Frontier will focus on developing and commercialising high value-added plant-based biomass materials, such as nanocellulose and lignin monomer, which can be used to substitute chemicals and materials currently derived from fossil resources, thereby enabling a sustainable carbon cycle. The company will apply Yokogawa’s long experience in industrial automation to develop highly efficient extraction and production processes and facilities, and will market biomass materials to a wide range of customers in the chemical, food & beverage, pharmaceutical, and other industries.

The bioeconomy is considered to be an important pillar for building a sustainable society, and is one of the focus areas defined in Yokogawa’s long-term business framework. The rapidly expanding biomass materials market has been identified as a field in which Yokogawa can leverage its core technologies and global sales and service network. To obtain technologies and expertise in this field, Yokogawa has already taken steps such as investing in and partnering with AlgaEnergy, a Spanish company that is a technology leader in the production and application of microalgae, and Bloom Biorenewables SA, a Swiss startup focusing on the utilisation of biomass with its highly efficient lignin extraction technology. Yokogawa Bio Frontier will work with these and other strategic partners to contribute to the development of a circular economy.

Free Fluke products when you buy a Fluke tool

Fluke is offering a free product to customers who purchase Fluke products until 30th June 2021. Customers who purchase Fluke products through authorised Fluke distributors have the opportunity to claim a free product. Claim the free product through the Fluke website with the original proof of purchase, invoice, or receipt.

New choices in Free Fluke products 

The Free Fluke products to choose from have been updated; you will find new choices in all eight levels of free tools to claim. They are separated based on the value of your qualifying purchase, starting at as little as only £200. For each level there is a fixed range of products to claim, based on the value of the original purchase through and authorised Fluke distributor. A qualifying purchase includes Fluke electrical and industrial test tools, Fluke Networks, and Fluke Calibration products. Full details for how to claim the free product, the range of tools available, and full terms and conditions can be found at www.fluke.co.uk/freefluke

How does it work? 

For example, at level one, after spending £ 200 on a qualifying purchase, the claim can be made for a free unique Fluke TPAK Magnetic Hangclip, a soft carrying case to protect the newly purchased instrument, a Fluke 2AC VoltAlert Non-contact Voltage Detector, or a Fluke MT-8202-05 IntelliTone carrying case.  At the top levels, levels seven and eight, a claim for the free tool can be made for a range of Fluke measurement tools such as the Fluke TiS20+ Thermal Imager, a Fluke 1664 FC Multifunction Installation Tester or a PTi 120 Pocket Thermal Camera. Check all possibilities on www.fluke.co.uk/freefluke.

Fluke has everything engineers need for installation, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair in commercial, industrial and residential applications. The intuitive operation will save time when tracking down faults, meaning that the instruments immediately start paying for themselves.

Information about all Fluke products can be obtained via the Fluke website at www.fluke.co.uk.

ABB joins forces with Nozomi Networks to strengthen cyber security of industrial infrastructure worldwide

ABB and Nozomi Networks have announced an agreement to jointly address growing demand for improved Operational Technology (OT) cybersecurity solutions for energy, process and hybrid industries. As part of its comprehensive cybersecurity portfolio, ABB will integrate Nozomi Networks’ advanced solutions for operational resiliency and real-time network visibility to assist ABB’s global automation and digitalisation customers. The agreement includes:

  • Advanced OT & IoT Cyber security Solutions – Nozomi Networks solutions are integrated to support ABB’s DCS solution architecture, and fully supported by ABB. Customers gain increased OT and IoT security and visibility delivered via their automation and digitalisation supplier.
  • Nozomi Networks Delivery Expertise – ABB consultants are trained to present and deliver Nozomi Networks products in order to support customers with their cybersecurity needs such as threat hunting and forensic analysis.
  • Nozomi Networks Solutions in ABB Laboratories – ABB customers and prospects can review for compliance, or experience Nozomi Networks’ real-time network visibility and cybersecurity solutions via live threat scenarios running in ABB laboratories and integrated staging centres around the world.

“Energy and process industries customers rely on ABB’s automation and digitalisation to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. At the same time, these organisations are concerned about escalating threats and cyber risks,” said Rajesh Ramachandran, Chief Digital Officer, ABB Process Automation.

“This agreement supports our efforts to securely accelerate digital transformation in industrial infrastructure around the world. With Nozomi Networks solutions added to our cybersecurity portfolio, our customers gain proven network monitoring and threat detection technology that is supported by ABB’s third party ‘Validation as a Service Program’.”

Nozomi Networks CEO Edgard Capdevielle added: “We are thrilled to team up with ABB to address the growing cybersecurity concerns facing oil and gas, power grid operators and other critical industries worldwide.”

Recognized as the market leader in OT and IoT security, Nozomi Networks is valued for superior operational visibility, advanced OT and IoT threat detection and strength across deployments.

Nozomi Networks solutions support more than 44 million devices in thousands of installations across energy, manufacturing, mining, transportation, utilities, building automation, smart cities and critical infrastructure.

Nozomi Networks products are deployable onsite and in the cloud, and span IT, OT and IoT to automate the hard work of inventorying, visualising and monitoring industrial control networks through artificial intelligence. Use cases stretch beyond cybersecurity, and include troubleshooting, asset management and predictive maintenance.

Sensor and Measurement Science International 2021: Program online

The AMA Association for Sensor and Measurement Technology invites you to the international congress: Sensor and Measurement Science International (SMSI) 2021. Due to the COVID19 pandemic, the conference will be held digitally, in parallel with the SENSOR+TEST 2021 trade fair from May 3 to 6, 2021. The official SMSI 2021 program is now available online.

SMSI 2021 networks national and international representatives from research, science and industry. Current research results from the fields of sensor technology, measurement technology and metrology will be presented. Topics include: Innovative hydrogen sensors for fuel cell vehicles, novel approaches to modeling thermal-electrical behavior of pyroelectric infrared sensors, the development of non-invasive pressure sensors, and the evaluation of ceramic high-temperature sensor housings.

In addition to many technical presentations, SMSI 2021 invites all participants to attend international plenary lectures. Among them, for example, NIST on a Chip: Disseminating the SI through Quantum Sensors. Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt reports on the revised SI for Innovation, Science and the Second Quantum Revolution, and the University of California on Invariance of Measured Quantities across the Science.

The full SMSI 2021 program, registration fees and registration now at: https://www.smsi-conference.com

STMicroelectronics and OQmented to develop, manufacture, and market advanced MEMS mirror-based laser-beam scanning solutions

STMicroelectronics and OQmented have agreed to collaborate on the advancement of the technology for Augmented Reality and 3D-sensing markets. The joint effort aims to build on the expertise of both companies to advance the technology and products behind the leading MEMS-mirror-based laser-beam scanning (LBS) solutions in the market.

ST, a world leader in the design, manufacture, and sales of a broad portfolio of MEMS sensors, actuators, and related components including drivers, controllers, and laser-diode drivers, is contributing its vast MEMS design and manufacturing resources to the collaboration.

To this foundation, OQmented, is moving to further industrialise and mass produce its Bubble MEMS technology, a patented 3D glass-encapsulation approach to hermetic vacuum sealing of the MEMS micro-mirrors. Sealing with these unique glass bubbles eliminates environmental contaminants and minimises light-refraction effects. In fact, vacuum sealing is a key element for meeting automotive-grade requirements, while simultaneously reducing power consumption by an order of magnitude and enhancing performance for resonant, bi-axial scanners, where the MEMS mirrors move in both axes at their resonant frequency, creating an ultra-compact and extremely power-efficient scanning solution. These resonant mirrors are well suited for display and 3D-sensing applications in mobile devices.

“In teaming with ST, we’ve chosen a solid semiconductor partner that has demonstrated its leading position in design and manufacturing of MEMS products, particularly MEMS mirrors, over the past 20 years,” said Dr. Ulrich Hofmann, CEO/CTO and co-founder, OQmented. “Combining ST’s expertise in developing, marketing, and manufacturing key components for laser-beam scanning solutions with OQmented’s knowledge and intellectual property will contribute greatly to our product offering, manufacturing capacity, and marketing channels, while also expanding the market in numerous application areas.”

“Our goal in working with OQmented is to leverage our shared expertise and deep understanding of LBS technologies with the mutual vision to continue the adoption and growth of LBS in key applications, such as Augmented Reality and 3D sensing,” said Anton Hofmeister, Vice President and General Manager MEMS Microactuator Division, STMicroelectronics. “This collaboration further strengthens ST’s position as a world leader in LBS solutions and expands its market outreach to additional opportunities through the Company’s product portfolio of MEMS mirrors and associated components, including ST’s MEMS drivers, controllers, and Laser Diode Drivers.”

From this joint effort, ST and OQmented plan to market a wide range of scanning solutions. These would include MEMS mirrors, MEMS drivers and controllers, and complete reference designs of laser-beam scanning engines for a range of applications. In addition, the companies intend to collaborate on an LBS roadmap and in the development of future technologies and products.

Coventry University chooses Tektronix Entry Scope, Keithley Instruments and TekScope for teaching laboratory

Coventry University students will be able to enjoy a newly-built state-of the art Electrical and Electronic Engineering laboratory (in the Beatrice Shilling Building, named after the British female entrepreneur engineer and pioneer) upon their return to campus, featuring 53 fully-equipped workstations thanks to Tektronix, a world leader in electronic design, test and measurement equipment, in conjunction with SJ Electronics, one of the UK’s leading distributors of educational test equipment.

Coventry University has a long tradition as an education provider. Their roots go as far back as Coventry College of Design in 1843. It was in 1970 that Coventry College of Art amalgamated with Lanchester College of Technology and Rugby College of Engineering Technology. Today, the university’s Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing offers a wide range of courses, cutting-edge facilities and industry-focused learning aimed towards maximising student’s employability and career prospects following graduation. The new lab is designed to build on the university’s high-quality research-led teaching and learning, enhancing the student experience.

Tektronix and SJ Electronics have provided 53 seated workstations, across three laboratories, which will enable first and second year students to perform an extensive range of practical electronics and physics experiments. Each workstation includes the following solutions:

  • Tektronix TekScope PC Analysis software
  • TBS2074B, 70 MHz digital storage oscilloscope
  • AFG1022, 25 MHz Arbitrary/Function Generator
  • Keithley 2110, 5.5 digit digital multimeter (DMM)

“We are very excited at the opportunity to equip the main teaching laboratories in one of the UK’s top electronic engineering universities with Tektronix and Keithley software and equipment”, said Maria Heriz, Vice President, EMEA Commercial Operations at Tektronix.

“For us it is vital to provide solutions to support engineering education in the ‘new normal world’. For this purpose, we are providing not only the instruments but also our new TekScope Software solution, which brings the power of the oscilloscope analysis environment to the PC. Coventry University students will have the flexibility to perform analysis tasks in the lab and continue their work outside of the lab. This will prepare them for industry-based environments whilst enhancing collaboration and sharing with other students; key areas for facilitating a great learning experience.”

Nik Tsanov, Development Officer (Electronics) for Coventry University, said: “The exciting range of software and equipment Tektronix, Keithley and SJ Electronics have provided us with represents our commitment to developing truly excellent teaching and learning spaces for our students and staff to take advantage of.

“I have no doubt that collaborating with Tektronix to kit out our facilities with such high-quality equipment will help us take the faculty’s offering to a whole new level.”

The Sempre Group offers the full LK Metrology CMM range

Industrial metrology specialist, The Sempre Group, is now distributing LK Metrology’s full range of equipment. Sempre is complementing its existing metrology range by expanding its selection of premium and technologically advanced coordinate-measuring machines (CMM) and multi-sensor CMM software. These British manufactured systems will enable manufacturers to improve digital inspection, reduce measurement cycle times and improve accuracy and repeatability.

LK Metrology’s high accuracy systems, such as bridge type CMMs, gantry systems and horizontal arm and dual arm CMMs, are flexible for every manufacturing industry. Its Altera Bridge Type CMM series offers manufacturers multi-sensing technology with probing and non-contact sensors for high precision and full 3D measurement of parts that have bores and internal features.

Sempre will also stock the LK Metrology Ultima range of gantry systems that enable manufacturers to measure large components, including vehicle chassis and large components for wind turbines. The HC90 range of Horizontal Arms and Twin Column Multi-Sensing CMMs are fully automated computerised numerical control (CNC) coordinate measuring machines for product verification of large and heavy components in transportation and automotive industries. The dual system allows manufacturers to carry out touch and laser probing at the same time in one scanning system, collecting twice the amount of data at once.

Sempre will also supply LK Metrology’s Camio CMM Software. The software can be integrated with multiple CMM sensors to reduce inspection cycle time, improve data collection and improve product quality. It also analyses conformance with computer-aided design (CAD) comparison for features and surfaces to ensure highly accurate metrology results.

“Partnering with LK Metrology, a pioneer in the industry, will allow us to provide more technologically advanced CMMs to British manufacturers,” explained Jim Mangan, chief operating officer of The Sempre Group. “While we now distribute market-leading products, working with LK Metrology is about more than equipment. Our partnership with LK Metrology allows us to provide high quality technical support and service that ensures our customer’s specific business objectives are met, be it improving productivity, traceability or yield.”

New PRT signal conditioning and filter product launch

Kemo Ltd is pleased to announce the release of the DR PRT, this new product has been developed over the last two years in association with partners in the Wind Energy and Power Generation sectors.

The DR PRT is a combination of a precision PRT (Platinum Resistance Thermometer) signal conditioner and a Kemo flat response low pass filter, housed in an industrial DIN rail mount package for easy industrial installation.

The electrical insulation system for wires used in generators, electric motors, transformers, and other wire- wound electrical components is divided into different classes by temperature and temperature rise. The electrical insulation system is sometimes referred to as insulation class or thermal classification. The different classes are defined by NEMA, Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and IEC standards.

For complete electrically operated appliances, the “insulation system” is the overall design of electrical insulation of the energised components to ensure correct function of the device and protection of the user from electric shock.

The DR PRT product has been developed to overcome issues found in some classes of generators which have integral PRT temperature sensors in their generating coils, these can be subject to a strong magnetic field as the machinery rotates. This powerful varying field can cause a spurious reading on the PRT sensors, which in turn can cause aliasing problems with SCADA systems. Accurate measurement of the relevant class temperature is an important factor in machinery monitoring and operation, filtering of spurious signals means a more accurate measurement of temperature, which in turn can reduce generator load. The PR DRT was originally developed to suit Class F generators but it is possible for modification to suit other classes.

The DR PRT has a measurement temperature range of -40C to +160C. Input is a 2 or 3 wire input, to compensate for longer length cables. Output is both 0-10V and 4-20mA signals.

The use of a high-quality analogue filter is an easy to apply solution to existing systems and does not require any changes to software and subsequent verification.

For other filter applications the DR PRT is only part of the easy to use DR Filter range which offers a wide range of other signal conditioning and filter solutions, including:

  • Fixed frequency filters with a wide range of filter responses available
  • Variable frequency filters with a wide range of filter responses available
  • IEPE signal conditioning
  • Charge Amplifier conditioning
  • 4-20mA signal conditioning

For more details please contact the Kemo sales team at sales@kemo.com or +44(0) 1474 705168.

MTC launches competition to help businesses secure technology investment

The Manufacturing Technology Centre’s Liverpool facility is launching a competition aimed at helping businesses in the Liverpool City Region access funds to develop new manufacturing processes and bring cutting-edge products to market.

The Win3 competition, launched through the MTC’s Digital Manufacturing Accelerator (DMA) programme, will give successful companies up to 75 per cent of matched funding for innovative projects which demonstrate the latest manufacturing advances.

The competition is open to industrial end-users, supply chain companies and technology or service providers who are based, or have significant operations, in the Liverpool City Region, or who plan to work with an organisation in the region. They must also demonstrate a strategic, viable project plan with the capability of delivering a significant return on investment, a positive impact on society and a clear need for grant funding to bring a project or product to market.

Dr Hannah Edmonds, chief engineer of the DMA at the MTC said the Liverpool City Region was home to a number of pharmaceutical and fast moving consumer goods companies requiring a robust supply chain to support new, innovative products and processes, and maintain a competitive edge.

“The Win3 initiative is a really exciting opportunity for businesses across the region to access funding to take their new and emerging products and processes to market. Crucially, they will also have access to the world leading manufacturing research, technology and expertise that comes with partnering with the DMA project and the wider MTC ecosystem,” she said.

She added, “For the DMA project, this competition will also help us to strengthen the Liverpool City Region’s digital manufacturing capabilities. In doing so it will enable us to grow the expertise within the supply chain that will ultimately accelerate digital innovation and adoption across more organisations in the region.”

Simon Reid, head of sectors at Growth Platform (the Liverpool City Region Growth Company), said, “This is a significant augmentation of the existing Digital Manufacturing Accelerator programme being undertaken by the MTC in Liverpool. Manufacturing and engineering companies in the City Region now have the opportunity to secure funding to bring forward supply chain projects across different strands of industry. At the same time our businesses can take advantage of the expertise within the MTC as well as complimentary support with other city region partners. This aggregation of Industry 4.0 activity, unique in the UK, means our companies can gain competitive advantage at a time when industrial digitisation is increasingly moving centre stage.”

Projects are expected to start within eight weeks of funding being awarded and not last longer than six months. Applications close on Friday, April 9, 2021. More information can be found at www.the-mtc.org/win3.

The Digital Manufacturing Accelerator is a brand new initiative, created in partnership with the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA), that brings world-leading manufacturing research, technology and experts together. Embarking on a 10 year-plus mission, the £15 million DMA programme, funded by the LCRCA, aims to accelerate the take-up of innovative physical and digital manufacturing technologies into UK industry and supply chains. Based at the MTC on Liverpool Science Park and backed by expertise and technology at the MTC’s headquarters in Coventry, the Digital Manufacturing Accelerator project brings together world-leading manufacturing research and technology experts. The project revolves around a state-of-the-art reconfigurable factory with digital and physical test beds, to support manufacturing businesses, help them grow and provide new engineering jobs and apprenticeships.

The MTC is part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, supported by Innovate UK, and was established to prove innovative manufacturing processes and technologies in an agile environment in partnership with industry, academia and other institutions. Housing some of the most advanced manufacturing equipment in the world, and with facilities in Coventry and the Liverpool City Region, the MTC provides a high quality environment for the development and demonstration of new technologies on an industrial scale, supporting skills, productivity and growth across the UK manufacturing industry.