Saturday, May 26, 2018

UHF RFID reader. @Harting #PAuto

The new RF-R3x0 from Harting is a versatile UHF RFID reader that combines software flexibility with an extremely robust and compact design that enable its deployment in a wide range of application scenarios.

Thanks to the use of M12 industrial connectors and aluminium die-cast housings, the reader is rugged enough to meet the most demanding requirements – as found in railway applications, for example – while the flexible software concept means that a few clicks are all it takes to switch the unit to a completely different application.

Typical applications might range from a simple PLC connection to the integration of signals with an ERP system or a connection to a train control system.

The UHF RFID reader is based on four basic versions: the LLRP 1.1, which is also designed to connect to the Harting Ha-VIS middleware; a unit with OPC UA support that meets the Companion Specification for Auto ID Devices for uniform connection to ERP and PLC systems (interface description available at info@AIM.de or from the OPC Foundation); a Modbus TCP version for easy connection to PLC systems (which is also suitable for communication with older PLC systems); and a version containing embedded middleware for complete standards-based data pre-processing. Various communication facilities such as web services, database connections, UDP and TCP telegrams are available for configuration.

These latter capabilities make it very easy to create additional project-based or industry-specific solutions. Thanks to the software container concept of the Harting MICA® industrial computer platform, which serves as the basis of the new Ha-VIS RF-R3x0 reader family, there are virtually no limitations on the system’s versatility. Whether Harting’s own extensions, e.g. the interpretation of the sensor data from a Harting ETB sensor transponder or extensions created by system integrators – the diversity of applications knows no bounds.

For an easy start to a new project, the Ha-VIS RF-R300 contains all the basic functions listed above for testing. These can then be activated or licensed in an application-specific manner.

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Connecting via 4G. @ewonrouters #PAuto

HMS Industrial Networks has released the new 4G LTE (Europe, North America) for its award winning remote access gateway, eWON Cosy. This enables users to access, troubleshoot, program, monitor and control machinery remotely.


Using an eWON Cosy with a 4G cellular connection allows users to access their machinery in remote places where Ethernet is not available.

The Cosy 4G router can not only connect to the newest LTE (Long-Term Evolution) networks, but it also ensures an automatic fall-back to lower cellular connectivity. If the 4G network becomes unstable, congested or unavailable, the connection will automatically switch to 3G (HSPA/WCDMA). In other words, it ensures continuity in connectivity continuity, no matter what the network circumstances are.

4G connectivity is also beneficial when it comes to latency: there is a better interaction and compatibility with the latest equipment installed by Mobile Network Operators (MNO). Furthermore, it can also provide better network coverage depending on the mobile installations provided by the MNO. As the Cosy 4G comes in 2 variants, it ensures a wide compatibility with major MNO’s and covers Europe, the Middle East and Africa, North America.

For remote access, a SIM card with a data plan is all that is needed to connect to the Talk2M cloud-based solution and access an Industrial Control System.


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Fibre-optic connectors. #CliffElectronics #PAuto


Recently certified to ISO9001:2015 Cliff Electronics has added the popular and widely used ST Fibre Optic Connector to its very successful range of 24mm-diameter XLR Panel cut-out connectors. These Straight Tip connectors utilise a bayonet-style coupling enabling a simple twist-on and twist-off installation. The ST connector is one of the most popular connectors for multi-mode networks in buildings and campuses.

The Cliff range of XLR Format Standard and FeedThrough connector range allows designers to simply integrate audio, video, digital, optical, networking and data feeds into professional equipment for broadcast, lighting, audio, instrumentation and industrial applications.

Cliff offer two options, the CP30218 mounted in a countersunk hole and the CP30218X with a plain hole mount. ST connectors use a 2.5mm ferrule with a round body, the connector stays securely in place with a "twist-on/twist-off" bayonet-style mechanism. The Cliff ST connector may be front or rear mounted to control panels and is available in a plastic or rugged metal housing.

Cliff’s XLR format connectors take advantage of the standard 24mm panel cut out widely used in audio and broadcast systems and which is finding increasing popularity instrumentation, medical and industrial applications due to the format’s flexibility, security and reliability.

By utilizing the XLR chassis and standard panel cut-out Cliff’s wide range of standard and FeedThrough connectors can all be mounted on control panels with the same hole punched for every connector required. This simplifies panel design and allows connectors to be mixed-and-matched during assembly as required by individual system requirements.

Versions available include GJ45, HDMI, BNC and USB3.0 compliant single and dual USB versions in addition to the existing range which provides Analogue, Digital and Optical Feed-Through connectivity in formats including Firewire, HDMI A-A and 50 ohm BNC versions, USB2 A-to-B and B-to-A “gender change” sockets high speed USB Type – C, USB3 to USB3 in all gender changing configurations - A-A, A-B and B-A. Also available are all popular data and Ethernet connectors including USB 2.0 and 3.0, LC and SC fibre (Duplex & Simplex), UTP and FTP RJ45s in both Cat6 and Cat5e (shielded and unshielded), Toslink, RCA Phono and HDMI and blanking plates.

John Hall, Managing Director of Cliff Electronics, comments; “The ST Fibre Optic Connecter is very well established and used globally in a wide range of communications systems. Including it in our XLR mounting footprint range allows system integrators to mix and match connector solutions while only having to use one size of panel cut-out. Our very wide range of standard and FeedThrough connectors simplifies panel design and improves product aesthetics. We are continuously extending our XLR connector range as we discover new applications and new connector options to develop.”

1U, 19” rack panels pre-assembled with up to 16 XLR panel cut-outs are now available to order from Cliff offering systems integrators simple system assembly, reduced manufacturing time, component count and cost.
#CliffElectronics #PAuto 

IR camersa have better intuition & colour differention.

The new Fluke Ti400 PRO and Ti300 PRO Infrared Cameras, part of their range of Professional Series of IR cameras,  feature a more intuitive touch screen interface with a higher contrast display and compatibility with optional smart telephoto, wide-angle and macro lenses which can be interchanged without calibration. The cameras provide fast, one-handed operation to perform multiple inspections quickly and accurately – ideal for predictive/preventive maintenance, for industrial, commercial and HVAC electricians, facilities managers and energy auditors.

Both the Fluke Ti400 PRO, with 320 x 240 resolution, and the Ti300 PRO, with 240 x 180 resolution, feature LaserSharp™ Auto Focus, which, with the touch of a button, uses a built-in laser distance meter to calculate and display the distance to target and snaps the image into focus. An alternative advanced manual focus mode can be used.

They also feature Fluke IR-Fusion® technology, which captures a visible light image in addition to the infrared image and combines them with three different operating modes (Picture-in-Picture, full visible light, and AutoBlend™), and are provided with Fluke Connect SmartView® Desktop Software, for optimising and analysing thermal images, generating customisable reports and exporting images in multiple formats to the Fluke Connect Cloud.

The new infrared cameras integrate into Fluke Connect® - the company’s full-feature platform that permits Fluke tool users to receive, store, visualise, and report electronic measurement data from more than 40 Fluke Connect wireless test tools. This allows technicians to record and share thermal images, along with electrical and other measurements, in real time via their smartphones or tablets and automatically upload them to the cloud.

The Fluke Connect system provides access to maintenance records simultaneously at the inspection site and from the office or an off-site location, enabling faster decision making. It also enables real-time collaboration between team members with ShareLive™ video calls, increasing productivity in the field. Images sync wirelessly direct from the camera to the Fluke Connect system, so images can be attached to an asset record or work order using optional software. Reports can be created and shared directly from the job site via email.

These two new models follow the earlier introduction of the Ti480 PRO and Ti450 PRO InfraRed Cameras both of which offer some additional features not available on the Ti300PRO and Ti400PRO such as MultiSharp™ Focus and SuperResolution.

@FlukePI  #PAuto @FlukeCal #TandM

Friday, May 25, 2018

Merger to provide sensors, data acquisition, preparation, evaluation & engineering services.

HBM is to merge its activities with BKSV (Brüel and Kær Sound and Vibration) from 1 January 2019. Both owned by the British entity Spectris Plc, the new company will be named HBK (Hottinger, Brüel and Kjær).

“Brüel and Kjær and HBM are both premium hardware providers in measurement with a strong focus on software. By combining their activities, the two companies can deliver an integrated offering, combining sensors, data acquisition, preparation, evaluation and engineering services into one solution for its customers” says Eoghan Ó Lionaird, Business Group Director responsible for the Test and Measurement segment.

They are global leaders in their respective disciplines and have complementary expertise across the measurement chain. By leveraging their respective strengths, the aim is to create a business with the capabilities, breadth and scale to deliver differentiated customer value, for example, in the domains of propulsion, durability, safety and noise, vibration and harshness.

“This merger losely with the Spectris strategy of focusing on the provision of complete solutions combining hardware, software and related services and will enable us to provide a broader service with increased value to BKSV and HBM customers,” according to Ó Lionard.

In preparation of the merge, a new management team has been selected, drawing on the strengths and expertise from both HBM and BKSV. Merger preparation activities will be undertaken from now through to the end of 2018, and during this phase, both companies will operate in existing structures. All existing HBM agreements, points of contact, procedures, partnerships etc. will continue as normal.

@HBMmeasurement #PAuto #TandM @bruelandkjaer




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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Ambient gas analyser distributorship.

Air Monitors has been appointed as Ecotech's official distributor in Britain. Ecotech is a global leader in the manufacture of environmental monitoring instrumentation, including the highly regarded and MCERTS certified, Serinus® range of ambient gas analysers.
“We have worked with Ecotech for many years, so we have built a high level of confidence in their products,” says Air Monitors MD Jim Mills. “We are therefore delighted to be appointed as their distributor for the full range, and look forward to bringing the advantages of Ecotech’s levels of precision and usability to our rapidly expanding customer base.

“One of the reasons for formalising our partnership is that Ecotech is more than just an instrument manufacturer; Ecotech also installs, services and maintains its own products in the field. This provides their design engineers with a unique perspective, enabling them to develop instruments that are robust and easy to service, which lowers the cost of ownership.

Air Monitors has built a solid reputation as Britains’s leading provider of high quality air monitoring equipment and services. The success of the company is driven by a determination to help customers obtain accurate, reliable data – quickly, easily and cost-effectively. This is achieved with a focus on quality, service and innovation; a strategy that has delivered enormous growth. Turnover has doubled in the last 3 years, and the company now services the majority of the country's ambient air quality monitoring networks. As a result, Air Monitors now employs a network of more than 10 fully trained and extremely well equipped service engineers, located strategically all over Britain.

Expressing her delight with the new agreement, Felicity Sharp, Head of Ecotech Europe, says: “We have pioneered innovative solutions in environmental monitoring for over 40 years, and our strategic focus is to work with like-minded organisations with a focus on quality and service. Air Monitors is therefore our ideal distributor and we are excited and hugely optimistic about the prospects for this winning partnership!”

@airmonitors  #PAuto #Britain

Automated testing of multi-fibre connectors.

Laser Components recommends the new MPO switch from VIAVI Solutions for quick and easy OTDR testing of MPO multi-fibre connectors.

In combination with an optical reflectometer and a base unit such as the MTS-4000 V2, it ensures that all twelve fibres of the MPO connector are tested for their attenuation, as it automatically switches from one to the other. Thus, the fibres no longer have to be tested individually using fanout cables. This makes network testing a lot easier, especially when it comes to structured single-mode cabling in data centers, as well as the testing of MPO cables for FTTH/access networks and mobile phone front pods (FTTA/C-RAN).

Multipath push-on (MPO) connectors are used when many optical fibres have to be connected in very small spaces. An MPO connector usually contains twelve fibres. This not only saves space and weight but also saves installation time and costs.

@LaserComponents #PAuto