T&M and Monitoring
Spectro’s Q3000 viscometer delivers fast and accurate results
Spectro's portable and accurate viscometer, the SpectroVisc Q3000, is available exclusively in the UK and Ireland from Analysco. This lightweight (1.8kg) self-contained and portable instrument gives an accurate kinematic viscosity measurement right by the side of the machine in question from only a couple of drops of oil.
VIBXPERT II Balancer —Field balancing in one plane or two planes
LUDECA introduces the VIBXPERT II Balancer, the latest addition to the PRUEFTECHNIK family of portable measurement devices. The VIBXPERT II Balancer is a rugged yet lightweight device for field balancing of rotating machinery in one plane or two planes. Imbalance is one of the most common causes of increased levels of vibration in plant equipment.
Competitive Disc Thermostats
ATC Semitec's latest franchise Asahi Keiki offers an extensive range of disc thermostats with Japanese level quality at very competitive pricing. As well as regular auto and manual-reset thermostats (from 0~200°C), there are low-profile versions, one-shot fuses, waterproof types and hermetically-sealed variants.
Broadband Collimator System Enables Diffraction Limited Measurement
Optical Surfaces Ltd. has supplied a motorised 155mm aperture UV-VIS-NIR collimator system and interferometric alignment system to the Optical Information Systems Group at the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt in Berlin, Germany. DLR is Germany's national research centre for aeronautics and space. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, transportation and energy is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures.
Free Fluke Energy Analysis report and Motor & Drive troubleshooting training
Fluke is offering two free promotions: both are relevant to customers planning to buy the latest Fluke 430 Series II three-phase Power Quality Analyser, and one is relevant to customers planning to purchase a Fluke 190 Series II ScopeMeter. First, via selected distributors, Fluke is offering a free in situ Energy Analysis report along with demonstration of its latest Fluke 430 Series II Power Quality Analyser.
Fluke Clamp Meter offers
Until 31st July 2012, Fluke is offering a free Fluke i2500-10 iFlex Flexible Current Probe with the purchase of either a Fluke 374 or Fluke 375 Clamp Meter, or a free Fluke C345 Carrying Case with the purchase of either a Fluke 376 or Fluke 381 Clamp Meter. This family of rugged, safe and easy-to-use clamp meters is rated for safe use in CAT IV 600V, CAT III 1000V environments and is designed to meet the unique requirements of users testing and maintaining electrical systems, industrial equipment and controls, and commercial and industrial HVAC equipment.
New Fluke 805 Vibration Meter redefines vibration screening
Fluke has introduced the Fluke 805 Vibration Meter, a portable multifunction vibration screening tool that provides quantifiable information on a bearing and the overall health of motors and other rotating equipment. The Fluke 805 is ideal for frontline mechanical troubleshooting teams that need reliable and repeatable measurements of rotating equipment to make imperative go/no-go maintenance decisions.
Dolomite develops novel droplet system for encapsulation of single cells or beads
Dolomite has successfully developed an innovative Droplet System for the encapsulation of single cells or beads into droplets which benefits a wide range of applications including single cell analysis, high throughput screening and droplet PCR.
New Surface Inspection Technology from STEMMER IMAGING
STEMMER IMAGING can now offer a new automatic surface inspection system, based on the patented Trevista image processing system from OBE GmbH & Co KG. Structured diffuse illumination is combined with specialised calculation algorithms within the popular Sherlock machine vision platform from Teledyne DALSA to create a fast automated total inspection solution capable of identifying defects in a range of surfaces from shiny components to diffusely scattering surfaces.
Motorized Microscope Stage is Driven by High-Accuracy Ceramic Linear Motors
PI's new M-687 motorized microscope XY stage system for inverted microscopes is more compact and stable than traditional computer controllable microscope stages, due to its fully integrated, miniaturized ceramic linear drives. The M-687 is delivered as a complete system including a controller, joystick and software.
PRT enters a new dimension - New powerful R2000 laser scanner
Not all time-of-flight measurements are the same. On the basis of pulse ranging technology (PRT) developed by Pepperl+Fuchs, a new, innovative laser scanner has been produced that impressively demonstrates the advantages of this technology. To this end, further highly interesting innovations have been incorporated in the development of this device in addition to the use of PRT.
Pipe clamp probe for surface temperature measurement
A new pipe clamp probe, designed as a quick and convenient method of measuring the surface pipe temperatures in industrial process control and boiler control applications is available from Variohm EuroSensor.
Creaform Introduces New C-Link for Faster and Easier Inspection of Complex Parts
Creaform is proud to introduce the latest improvement to its inspection systems: the C-Link functionality. Through C-Link, it is possible to network up to 4 C-Tracks and operate them simultaneously with a HandyPROBE portable CMM or a MetraSCAN 3D optical CMM scanner.
Gasmet’s latest monitors on display at Achema
Leading gas analyser manufacturer Gasmet Technologies Oy (Finland), has announced its participation in the Achema 2012 exhibition (Frankfurt, 18 – 22 June). The latest gas monitoring technology will be on display at stand C49 in hall 11.1 (Instrumentation, Control and Automation Techniques) including the new Gasmet DX 4040 – a unique portable FTIR analyser that enables the measurement of almost any gas or vapour.
Seaward tester tastes success at UK coffee machine producer
The UK's only manufacturer of cappuccino and espresso coffee machines is using the advanced multi-function ClareHAL 104 from Seaward to improve product testing at its West Midlands engineering and manufacturing site. Fracino is a brand leading manufacturer of stylish and innovative commercial coffee machines for coffee shops, boutique hotels, gastro bars and restaurants. It supplies products to markets around the world and was the first company of its type to achieve the ISO 9001 quality standard.
Teseq UK Calibration Service Covers All EMC Test Products and Antennas
Teseq has UKAS accreditation for on-site calibration of all EFT, PQT, Surge, pulse generators, Harmonic & Flickers analysers and offers "no down time" antenna calibration in its new purpose built chamber, avoiding delays caused by weather on open-field test sites.
Subminiature LVDTs for Multipoint High Reliability Measurements
Measurement Specialties, Inc. has recently designed and brought to production a high temperature version of their subminiature LVDT (Linear Variable Differential Transformer), the highly reliable Model XS-B. This small position sensor has a mere 3/16 inch [4.8mm] diameter with custom design capability to diameters of 1/8 inch [3.1mm].
Laser Design Unveils New Automated System: SURVEYOR Auto Gage 3D
Laser Design Inc. announced the unveiling of its newest and most automated inspection-grade 3D scanning system, the SURVEYOR Auto Gage 3D. Laser Design President, C. Martin Schuster commented, "The SURVEYOR Auto Gage 3D Scanning System was developed to provide a totally automated, extremely easy to use 3D inspection-grade system for either shop floor or office environments with accuracy to 25 microns (0.001")."
Extended Travel Materials Testing Machine Announced By Lloyd Instruments
The new LS2.5 materials testing machine completes the family of single column instruments from Lloyd Instruments which also includes the LS1 and recently launched LS5 materials testing machines. The LS2.5 features 1400 mm crosshead travel and high speed range of 0.01 - 2032 mm/min, making it ideally suited for testing plastic, rubber and other high elongation materials. From stand-alone operation via the convenient, integral control console to PC-control using Lloyd Instruments' well-respected NEXYGENPlus materials testing software, the LS2.5 is an affordable, easy to use system.
The IM-6500 Series from Keyence is a new type of measurement device. It is a completely new concept to rival established measuring equipment such as profile projectors, measuring microscopes or automatic CNC measuring machines. The dimensional measurement concept of the IM-6500 series utilises state of the art imaging technology, thus enabling any user to perform reliable measurements in a minimum of time and with an increased accuracy. You simply place a part on a measurement stage, push the button and up to 99 dimensions are measured in a few seconds with accuracies down to 0.7 micron. No tiresome positioning, nor risks of measurement variance or deviation between individual operators. The simplicity of use results in the IM-6500 series emerging as a massive cost saving alternative to traditional time consuming measurement processes.
ENGINEERS TORQUE TECHNOLOGY TO MEDICS
Medical experts and sports scientists are becoming increasingly reliant on engineers as their disciplines become more and more technical. Mark Ingham looks at some of the projects his company, Sensor Technology, has helped behind the scenes.
LineRunner 300: 3D measurement with the laser light sensor from Pepperl+Fuchs
Whether path correction, edge or gap measurement, volume measurement or tolerance verification, the tasks and requirements of modern vision solutions are varied. Pepperl+Fuchs has developed a powerful and reliable laser light sensor in the form of the LineRunner 300 (LR300) to overcome these challenges.
Reference flats for measuring surface accuracy or transmitted wavefront
Working with high-stability materials such as glass, Zerodur and silica, Optical Surfaces Ltd. is today recognised as a premier supplier of high precision reference flats by many leading research establishments and national standards laboratories.
X-Rite launches NetProfiler 3.0 software to maintain accuracy and consistency of spectrophotometers across workflows, from design through product realization
Company introduces next generation of popular software for customers using handheld spectrophotometers in industrial and graphic arts markets
NVision Helps Reverse Engineer Optical Retailer's Store Display, Enabling Millions in Annual Sales
A national marketing services provider recently used NVision Inc.'s Engineering Service Division to reverse engineer an essential part in a store display for one of the nation's largest optical retailers. NVision was able to quickly scan the part and provide the CAD files necessary to mass-produce it for the display in the retailer's stores nationwide, enabling millions in annual sales.
UV video pole from Ultrafine enables fast inspection of long shafts
Long, hollow shafts can be rapidly inspected internally using the new UV Video Inspection System from Ultrafine Technology. The standard system uses a 22.2 mm diameter pole up to 3 m long with a video camera integrated into its far end to provide a high resolution view of any defects.
New TESEQ Common Mode Absorption Device ensures reproducible emissions measurement meets CISPR 16-1-4 and CISPR 16-2-3 over frequency range 30 MHz to 200 MHz
Teseq has introduced a new line termination clamp as required by CISPR test methods. Reproducible emissions measurements require a defined line termination for the frequency range where connected lines provide a significant influence on the emissions. The key parameter is the asymmetrical impedance (common-mode impedance) which can be seen as the common-mode impedance to the reference ground.
Aerotech's A3200 MotionPAC combines an IEC61131-3 PLC and advanced motion in one single control solution
Aerotech's new A3200 MotionPAC brings together sophisticated machine control and advanced multi-axis motion control in a single development environment that can include IEC61131-3, PLCopen, .NET, AeroBasic™, G-code and many other programming languages. With easy to use diagnostics, debugging and I/O mapping tools plus automatic memory management and offline program simulation, MotionPAC also allows common tags and variables across languages with its unique Global Tag Database – for advanced motion and automation systems these features combine for greatly simplified commissioning and reduce machine development timescales by as much as 30% to 50%.
New WIN-911 V7.10 Integrates Archestra Alarms, 2-Way SMS Messaging and Group Email Notification
The power, functionality and flexibility of Products 4 Automation's (P4A) WIN-911 alarm notification software have been greatly increased with the addition, on new Version V7.10, of Wonderware Archestra Direct Connect, plus a new 2-way SMS feature, and a new group Email function providing notification on a single alarm event.
New Product/Design Engineering/OEM Manufacturing
Steinmeyer, Inc. offers custom motion systems for the life sciences market. Typical applications include cell inspection, resonance scanners, computer tomography and precision dispensing systems. These high precision systems are specifically designed to fit customer requirements for accuracy, repeatability, environment, load capacity and space constraints. By offering cost effective custom solutions, Steinmeyer is able to provide exactly what customers require and desire versus something close that may be in a catalog.
Eco-Pen 450 Extends The Capability Of Volumetric Dispensing
Intertronics' introduction of the preeflow eco-PEN 450 from ViscoTec not only offers a greater capacity for high accuracy and highly repeatable volumetric dispensing – it also addresses the needs of a wide range of low to medium viscosity applications. These include oils and fats, colour mixes, silicones, sealing compounds, adhesives and even abrasive media, which can be easily handled by the innovative precision rotor-stator mechanism referred to as an "endless piston" by manufacturers ViscoTec.
Detecting metal particles in lubricating oils
The AMOT Metal Particle Detector (MPD) alerts operators to perform oil condition checks to determine machinery health status. It is an on-line continuous wear debris monitor that signals the presence of metal particles in lubricating oils. Timely detection of metal particles ensures reliable machine conditions and maximises asset availability by avoiding unnecessary downtime.
Tektronix Communications RAN Performance Optimization Solution Available on Industry-Leading GeoProbe System
Tektronix Communications has announced the availability of an integrated solution for the industry-leading GeoProbe system. OptiMon for GeoProbe allows customers to leverage their investment with the fully scalable, 24/7 real-time network-wide monitoring platform based on GeoProbe with a state-of-the-art 3G RAN performance optimization solution provided by OptiMon. This combined integrated solution allows service providers to improve subscriber accessibility, retainability and performance of their mobile networks.
Rohde & Schwarz UK supplies vector network analysers for revolutionary breast cancer screening research
Rohde & Schwarz has supplied high speed vector network analysers to Bristol University spin-out Micrima for the clinical trials of their revolutionary breast cancer screening technique. MARIA (Multistatic Array processing for Radiowave Image Acquisition) is an ultra wideband radio system that can be used to detect tumours by generating high-resolution 3D images of the human breast. The technique which avoids exposing women to X-ray radiation, is fast and inexpensive. It is also expected to be better at identifying breast cancer in younger women.
High Accuracy Pressure Calibrators With Intrinsically Safe Rating And LCD Backlighting
Two intrinsically safe pressure calibrators for use in hazardous oil, gas, petrochemical and many other applications have been introduced by AMETEK Test & Calibration Instruments. The dual-sensor JOFRA HPC552 Ex handles two pressure ranges in a single unit to reduce cost and simplify use. Both the dual-sensor and the single-sensor Model HPC550 Ex include LCD backlighting for enhanced visibility in difficult operating conditions.
Let Spelsberg Thermostat solutions protect your pipes this winter…
Spelsberg thermostats can help to protect from frozen pipes during the heavy winter that has been predicted. In the last couple of weeks leading long range weather forecasters have warned that, once again, the UK is heading into a heavy winter. It is predicted that we will be subjected to sub-zero temperatures throughout November, December and January,in a winter that could prove even colder than the previous two. So while you're wrapping up warm remember to think of your critical pipes on site, which can easily become damaged due to freezing.
New portable FTIR Gas Analyser detects almost any gas
Instrumentation specialist Quantitech has launched a new version of the Gasmet portable multiparameter FTIR gas analyser which has brought laboratory grade gas analysis into the field. The new instrument, the DX4040, is lighter, easier to use and more flexible than its predecessor. However, Quantitech's Dr Andrew Hobson says: The most important development lies in the ability of the device to identify unknown gases in the field (at the touch of one button) when using a new version of the unit's Calcmet™ software on a Windows tablet pc.
Choosing the Right Flowmeter from the Dozens of Types Available is Difficult...Paul Trevitt of Burkert UK provides a few insights.
There are so many different flow measurement solutions on the market today that discussing all the possible options is an impossible task. However, as with all technologies, some designs of flowmeter are more widely used than others. In this article we look at five of the most popular units, discuss their advantages and disadvantages and highlight their major areas of application.
Fluke offers free kit with a Fluke 120 Series ScopeMeter
Until 31st December, Fluke is offering purchasers of a compact Fluke 120 Series ScopeMeter® a free Fluke SCC 120 Kit (with the purchase of either the Fluke 123, 124 or 125 ScopeMeter). The SCC kit, usual list price £330, comprises a hard carry case, a USB optical interface cable and FlukeView ScopeMeter software, which enables the user to document, store and analyse readings. The handheld ScopeMeters are the rugged solution for industrial troubleshooting and installation applications, combining a powerful oscilloscope, a true-rms multimeter and 'paperless' recorder in one affordable, easy-to-use instrument.
Teseq’s New Power Amplifier Delivers Reliability and Consistency
Teseq has expanded its broadband amplifier line to include a new Class A model that operates from 10 kHz to 400 MHz with a saturated power level of 110 W. The CBA 400M-110 uses gallium arsenide (GaAs) integrated circuit technology to provide markedly better compression characteristics and increased efficiency than comparable silicon-based power amplifiers.
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