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Measuring with sensors

The new KISTLER LabAmp Type 5165A is said to be an outstanding amplifier designed specifically to combine impressive flexibility with convenient usability for the measurement of dynamic signals. Reported to be compatible with piezoelectric, Piezotron (IEPE) and voltage output sensors, the input signals can be routed to a choice of either 24-bit digitised data via Ethernet or analogue outputs.

Unmanaged gigabit ethernet switch

RED LION CONTROLS, an expert in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, has announced the addition of the N-Tron series 1008TX unmanaged Gigabit Ethernet switch to its industrial networking solutions portfolio.

Pumps in oxygen scavenging

Following site trials pumping aggressive oxygen scavenging chemicals, Occidental Petroleum in Oman reports it has approved Hydra-Cell pumps, from WANNER INTERNATIONAL, for use in one of its most demanding applications.

Flow measurement expertise

ABB MEASUREMENT & ANALYTICS will be holding an open day at its Stonehouse factory on the 25th March to share its expertise on flow measurement and calibration. Free to attend, the event is open to anyone involved in the specification, operation and maintenance of flowmetering equipment and will cover a variety of areas relating to flow measurement and calibration.

Low resistance measurement guide

CROPICO says its popular illustrative guide providing an overview of low resistance measurement techniques, common causes of errors and advice on how to avoid them is now available in a handy A5 format.

When three pumps are better than one

Engineers at WANNER report they have designed a high flow rate skid that incorporates three of the company’s Hydra-Cell G35 pumps operating in parallel.

New managed switches

RED LION CONTROLS, expert in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, has announced the expansion of its N-Tron series NT24k managed Gigabit Ethernet industrial switch platform with the addition of compact DIN-rail mountable switches.

Storing food for demanding consumers

A major manufacturer of climate-controlled food storage systems has incorporated MICHELL’S I7000 humidity and temperature modules within its products to ensure reliable temperature and humidity control.

Versatile USB temperature data loggers

LABFACILITY says the EL Series of USB temperature data loggers cover a measurement range of -200 to 1350°C for type K; type J & T ranges are also available . The data loggers can store up to 16,382 readings and are supplied with a long-life replaceable lithium battery, allowing the units to log data continually for up to one year (depending on logging rate and temperature).

Compact portable hygrometer

The new MDM50 portable hygrometer from MICHELL INSTRUMENTS is said to give rapid dew-point measurements in compressed air – T95 to -35°C from ambient typically in less than 5 minutes. It has been designed to make spot checks of dew point in air and gases as simple and fast as possible.

Fast responding, moisture analyser

MICHELL says its new OptiPEAK TDL600 moisture analyser’s fast response and non-contact spectroscopic measurement principle ensures that gas storage companies are able to not only meet demand quickly but also satisfy the contractual standards for moisture content when stored natural gas is withdrawn and injected to the pipeline network.

Major Russian order completed

WANNER INTERNATIONAL reports it has completed a major order to supply its Hydra-Cell metering and dosing pumps to a leading Russian oil refinery. The order comprised some 44 ATEX approved pump and motor sets along with mechanical speed variators, pressure relief valves and pulsation dampeners.

Oil cooler range extended

WANNER INTERNATIONAL reports it has extended its range of oil coolers with the introduction of two new models, designed for use in potentially harsh and corrosive environments, including marine applications.

Greater design advantages

OVAKO reports it has launched WR-Steel, with high wear resistance, offering manufacturers greater design advantages. Ovako reports WR-Steel by is a classification of steels with proven superior wear resistance, which combined with its broad product programme, offers customers a range of design advantages and heat treatment possibilities.

Special electric furnaces

Two specially designed CARBOLITE electric furnaces integrated with a pair of hydraulic presses are reported to be providing sophisticated thermal processing facilities for Infrared Integrated Systems Ltd (Irisys), a specialist in people counting and queue management systems based in Northampton.

Do PLe applications need two interlocks?

Rob Lewis, MD of FORTRESS INTERLOCKS has taken a look at interlock redundancy. There is a lot of interest in whether redundancy is required when it comes to interlock actuators. For PLe applications careful consideration must be given to the actuator.

Better control of lamination

A fast response, medium wave infra-red system from HERAEUS NOBLELIGHT of Neston, Wirral, has reportedly allowed Weatherfast Ltd of Great Barr to achieve better control over the PVC membrane laminating of steel sheets/coil used in the gutter industry, while requiring much less space than the convection oven which was used previously.

Mechanical condensate pump – new for 2015

ARI-ARMATUREN has launched CONLIFT - the brand new mechanical condensate pump offering a versatile, economical and extremely effective way to collect and return condensate.

New trace chemical analyser

QUANTITECH (Milton Keynes) has announced the launch of the FROG-4000, a rugged, portable instrument capable of analysing trace levels of individual volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in air, soil and water.

Software reaches milestone

RED LION CONTROLS, a global expert in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, has announced that its flagship Crimson 3.0 software now offers communication support for more than 300 industrial protocols.

Valve ranges complement pumps

WANNER INTERNATIONAL offers a wide selection of Back Pressure Valves and Pressure Relief Valves which it claims are ideal for use in chemical dosing systems and complement its Hydra-Cell diaphragm pumps.

New sensor detects oil vapour

Avoiding process contamination and maintaining compliance with air quality standards in the food and beverage, medical, pharmaceutical and semiconductor sectors has reportedly now been made easier.

Zero liquid discharge

HYDRA CELL says the addition of super duplex stainless steel to the range of liquid head materials available now enables its Hydra-Cell G15 pumps to manage the tough-to-handle waste waters processed in ‘zero liquid discharge (ZLD) systems.

Fundamental design considerations for CHP specification

SHENTON GROUP says the relationship between thermal and electrical demand is key to the correct design and specification of a CHP system. A commercially sound operating strategy should be based around the spark gap or rate.

Simple, bench mount oxygen analyser

MICHELL INSTRUMENTS says companies can save money on costs and maintenance with its new zirconium-oxide based transportable oxygen analyser. Michell says the XZR400BM oxygen analyser is a small and light transportable instrument, capable of taking readings of both trace and percentage oxygen levels.

Temporary chilled store

The combination of an Andrew’s chiller and a number of air handling units has reportedly proved to be the most viable options for creating a temporary chilled storage environment in a new warehouse for a specialist UK chocolate manufacturer.

Pumping up the pressure

Following extensive on-site testing, it is reported that HYDRA-CELL G04 pumps have now been uprated to 200 Bar when operated at a reduced speed and with a commensurate reduction on flow rate.

Certification boosts demand

QUANTITECH reports it has experienced a surge in demand for the Gasmet portable FTIR emissions analyser, the DX4000. “We believe that this instrument is now the only portable FTIR with MCERTS certification, and this is driving demand for both instrument rental and sales,” says Dominic Duggan.

New dosing pump

VERDER UK has announced the new Verderflex Dura 55 peristaltic dosing pump is now available, reported to deliver over 20% more flow - the highest continuous and intermittent flow of any pump in its size category.

High pressure humidity calibration

MICHELL INSTRUMENTS Research has reported significant progress in its project with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) to improve the current high-pressure dew-point generator technology.

Oil condition measurements

With an in-service weight of only 4lbs (1.8 Kg) the Spectro Q1000 FluidScan Lubricant Condition Monitor is said to be so portable and easy to use that it can be used for measurements in locations where other instruments would be too bulky or inconvenient – such as at the top of a wind turbine or on an oil rig.

Channel blowers available on-line

AIR CONTROL INDUSTRIES reports its single and double stage side-channel blowers/exhausters added recently to its range of industrial fans and blowers now feature in its new on-line shop.

Efficient calibration process

An efficient calibration process saves time, automates procedures, is cost-efficient and assures that the results are reliable. The best-in-class calibration processes are integrated, automated and paperless. This is the key message in Beamex’s global “Calibrations under Control” marketing campaign.

25 years of UK customer service

MP FILTRI  says it has always been very proud of its very high standard of customer service. Headed up by Helen Harrison, customer services supervisor, it says its highly motivated, technically trained team are always available to help customers.

HMI operator panels

RED LION CONTROLS reports it has expanded its Graphite series of Human Machine Interface (HMI) operator panels with two plug-in communication modules. The company says that when added to Graphite HMI operator panels, the CAN and J1939 modules remove the need for external communication gateways, saving time and money by simplifying the programming and installation costs.

One-stop solution

RITTAL says human-machine interfaces play a key role when choosing manufacturing equipment, potential purchasers not only consider the quality of the machine and the products manufactured, but user-friendliness and a robust, well-designed operator control system, often influence decision-making just as much.

Compressors on the go

Compressed air specialist BOGE has launched the BOGE airstatus, a new remote diagnostic tool designed to deliver maximum control and reliability. Boge says in the age of the computerisation of manufacturing, its pioneering technology redefines and enhances the communications between man and machine and supports users to optimise compressed air performance.

New fittings add versatility

New Adaptalok ATS T & Y piece electrical conduit fittings are now available from ADAPTAFLEX. The company says these multi-way fittings are designed for the most demanding of operational environments and will help to save installation costs, ultimately improving the quality and integrity of a complete installation. They can be used in multiple configurations, thereby also eliminating the added cost of reducers.

Robot family extended

ABB reports it has expanded its family of small robots with the addition of the IRB 1200. Featuring a compact design, the IRB1200 is primarily aimed at materials handling and machine tending applications demanding flexibility, ease of use, compactness and short cycle times while still maintaining large working envelopes.

Operating panel allows control

SMITH FLOW CONTROL (SFC) has designed a specialist pigging panel to be installed on an FPSO built for use in the Goliat field, the first oilfield to be developed in the Barents Sea.

Product range increased

With the formation of ROTORK MIDLAND, established brands including Midland-ACS, Alcon and Landon Kingsway have been added to Rotork Instruments’ product offering.

Key gains for manufacturer

Process plant manufacturer, JACQUET WESTON ENGINEERING, has announced the completion of an installation of a new electro-chemical stripping cell which is now said to be providing significant benefits for specialist valve manufacturer, BEL Valves. The company says the facility, at the Newcastle upon Tyne premises, is playing a dual role – both as part of the ongoing manufacturing process and also as a highly effective element at the heart of the company’s servicing procedures.

New launch

RED LION CONTROLS, experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, has announced the addition of the N-Tronseries Gigabit 1000-POE+ Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) injectors to its industrial networking solutions portfolio. Red Lion’s new injectors are said to deliver both power and data over a single Ethernet cable to any PoE+ or PoE-enabled device, eliminating the need for additional power cables.

Laser technologies on show.

LASER LINES has announced it will be exhibiting at the Northern Manufacturing exhibition - stand number E68 and says not just one type of industrial laser system but a wide range of laser technologies will be on show.

Miniature force transducer

HBM reports it has launched upgraded versions of its U9C and C9C miniature force transducers that are said to be individually configurable and offer high measurement accuracy making them suitable for many different applications. These range from dynamic tests and production tasks through to static testing of many different types of equipment such as determining the contact forces in ultrasonic welding, the calibration of hardness testing machines and testing Bowden cables.

Coating protects header boxes

Universal Heat Transfer Ltd (UHT) of Atherston, Warwicks, is a heat exchange and transfer specialist, supplying equipment and services to industry. One of its latest projects involved the manufacture of header boxes and channel heads for the refurbishment of four hydrogen coolers for a power station generator cooling system.

Steam boiler package

Heat transfer specialist FULTON reports it has supplied a skid-mounted, dual-fuel-fired steam boiler package to Southmead Hospital for a £430 redevelopment project. Steam from the skid-mounted package, which features two Fulton 60J boilers plus ancillaries, is used during the washing and sterilising of surgical equipment at the hospital’s temporary central sterile supply department (CSSD).

Energy efficient boiler installation

The energy-intensive process of creating one of Scotland's finest malt whiskies is reportedly being made more efficient thanks to the installation of a new WELLMAN boiler system.

Steam generators

CERTUSS says all its steam generators are type tested according to European Pressure Equipment Guideline DGRL 97/23/EG. CERTUSS also offers its CVE Package Plant Module.

New adaptor

RITTAL says its RiLine60, a fully shielded flexible busbar system with a wide range of busbar adaptors, has been extended to include a new OM adaptor ideally suited for the control panel manufacturer. Rittal says by combining contemporary design and outstanding safety technology, with easy design and speedy installation, the RiLine60 offers a safe method of distributing power within cabinets.