Friday, December 28, 2007

Polymer System EP11HT is a single-component epoxy resin system from Master Bond for high-temperature bonding applications up to 205C. Master Bond EP11HT is a heat-curing, structural epoxy adhesive featuring high shear strength and easy handling. It is formulated to cure at elevated temperatures, for example 110min at 120C or 75min at 150C.

EP11HT attains tensile shear strengths in excess of 22.75MPa and forms rigid and dimensionally stable bonds. The service temperature range is -50 to +205C. As a one-part system, it does not require mixing prior to use and has an 'unlimited' working life at room temperature.

EP11HT bonds well to a wide variety of substrates including metals, glass, ceramics and most plastics. It has excellent resistance to a wide range of chemicals including acids, bases, oils, salts and many solvents. A nondrip version called EP11HTND-2 is also available. The cured adhesive fully meets the requirements of MIL-MMM-A-132. It is available in pint, quart, gallon and 5 gallon containers.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Renold has launched a new version of Smartlink, the innovative chain monitoring technology that can be installed and operated either by maintenance engineers or OEMs. Previous versions of Smartlink have had to be installed and monitored by Renold's own engineers limiting its use to larger projects.

Now Smartlink can be owned and operated by anyone, bringing the benefits of chain monitoring to a much wider range of applications. The new Smartlink devices are supplied already fitted to a section of chain; users simply install the new chain link and Smartlink is ready to go. The new Smarlink units are available for operation on 1, 1.25 and 1.5in pitch chains. They are remotely controlled with a choice of two handheld devices, providing users with two levels of sophistication.

The simpler of the two handheld controllers is no bigger than a keyfob and enables Smartlink to be operated as an overload detector. In this instance Smartlink will provide a warning when chain exceeds a predetermined load enabling engineers to check machinery and make sure that it is safe to continue operating the system. The alarm conditions on the Smartlink device can then be reset using the remote control.

A more sophisticated handheld controller is available that is capable of downloading much more detailed information from Smartlink about the nature of the stresses and loading the chain was subjected to during a given period of operation. The data can then be analysed on a PC to identify the exact location of load peaks in the drive system using software specially written by Renold.

These developments have been possible thanks, in part, to the availability of smaller PCBs and miniature batteries that were initially developed for high-grade military applications. These new batteries are so small that Renold's team were able to integrate them with the PCB itself so that they were no longer a component on the board, they became part of it.

Speaking of the new launch Renold's Marketing Communications Manager, David Turner, says: 'This launch represents a breakthrough in chain monitoring technology and brings the benefits of Smartlink to a much wider range of engineers'. 'The new Smartlink units provide a groundbreaking opportunity to understand system loads which may be detrimental to the performance of a product or the operation of machinery'.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Dalsa has released the Falcon 1.4M100 1.4 megapixel, high-speed camera from Firstsight Vision. The new camera delivers 100 frames a second at full 1400 x 1024 pixel resolution. Even faster frame rates can be achieved through vertical windowing. The dynamic range of 57dB ensures excellent image quality.

Housed in a compact body, the new camera is ideally suited to applications in electronics manufacturing and semiconductor inspection. These include wire and die bonding, flat panel display inspection and pick and place. The high-speed capabilities also make it suitable for use in industrial metrology and general machine vision applications such as print registration and pharmaceutical inspection. The sensor provides global shuttering, global reset and concurrent integration and readout.

True global shuttering is suited to imaging fast-moving objects. It captures crisp images without smear or distortion by electronically shuttering all pixels simultaneously, even at short exposure times. This avoids the distortion of images of moving objects using rolling shutter systems.
Fully programmable via base mini Camera Link (CL), the camera incorporates exposure control, gain and offset adjustment and flat- field correction. The mini Camera Link interface allows data transmission over 10m cable lengths.

Ease of use is enhanced through direct camera control using Dalsa's CamExpert point-and-click graphical user interface. The Falcon 1.4M100 is fully compatible with Dalsa's Xcelera PoCL (Power over Camera Link) series of frame grabbers, as well as Dalsa's X64-CL and Anaconda CL vision processors.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

ABB Low Voltage Installation Contactors are designed according to international standards (IEC), European standards (EN) and French standards (NF CUTE, DIN-VDE, BS).
We consider 2 types of "Installation Contactors" for different applications : "Normal " Installation and "Day-Night" Installation. They are essentially used in automated building equipment, industry and offices for terminal circuit controlling less than 40 kW AC-1 (incandescent lamps, fluorescent lamps, convectors heating, batteries, regulation systems, ovens, drying systems), small motors controlling less than 15 kW AC-3 (ventilation, air conditioning, pumping, watering, automatic systems) and unbalasting systems in energy management (possibly enslavement from clocks, unballasting relays, telebreakers, thermostats).
  • Mounting on rail DIN 35 mm (EN 50022) for switchboard.
  • Mounting depth: 58 mm
  • Width included from 1 to 3 modules (1 module = 17.5 mm)
  • The magnetic circuit design ensures a completely silent operation, the coil is supplied by AC (type ESB 20) or by an integrated diode rectifier (type ESB 24, ESB 40, ESB 63)
  • Terminals are delivered in open position
  • Protection against accidental direct touch
  • Extensions 2, 3,or 4 poles depending on the ratings, without built-in auxiliary contacts
  • 2-pole auxiliary contacts for type ESB 24, ESB 40, ESB63 (addition of one 2-pole block type EH 04 .. for module).
  • Sealing cover
  • Distance piece

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

The Wells Sanitary District waste water treatment facility has installed four Optiflux electromagnetic flowmeters to monitor the flow of sludge at the treatment plant. The newly refurbished plant on the southern coast of Maine, USA treats up to 7.5 million litres of waste water per day. Engineering consultants redesigned many of the systems and processes at the facility and replaced all the existing electromagnetic flowmeters with Krohne's Optiflux instruments.

The Optiflux incorporates advanced measurement technology, which is highly accurate even when measuring substances with a high bubble or solid content or where there is turbulent flow. The flowmeters installed at Wells Sanitary District are being used to measure sludge recirculation and monitor the amount of effluent that is treated.

In the sludge recirculation area, which forms part of the of the facility's in-line waste activated sludge process, two Optiflux flowmeters are being used to measure the throughput of sludge, which is calculated per minute and per day. Another flowmeter is installed to measure the flow of sludge being removed from the system. The fourth Optiflux is used in the treated effluent area to measure the flow of treated water that flows through the facility.

Dennis Thayler, Superintendent at Wells Sanitary District, said: 'Many people don't realise that these meters operate 24/7, under demanding conditions, so they need to offer superior performance and reliability'. 'The use of accurate and reliable meters in this environment cannot be overstated'. 'Flowmeters are essential to the overall process here - and at any treatment facility, for that matter'.

The Wells Sanitary District now meets all safety standards required by the US environmental protection Agency (EPA) and Maine's Department of Environmental Protection. The Optiflux magmeter provides precise measurement across a wide and demanding range of applications. It can achieve an industry-leading accuracy of 0.15% and reproducibility of 0.06%, even when measuring materials with high solid content or that have turbulent flow.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

EnergAir has released a free guide to reducing costs in compressed air systems. Challenge Convention in Compressed Air details several ways to improve the energy efficiency of compressed air systems. Aimed at plant managers, site maintenance managers and energy managers the intention is to help address preconceived ideas about compressed air generation (one of the major energy costs to industry) that are currently the cause of huge amounts of energy waste, the alternatives can add literally tens of thousands on the bottom line.

'The industry needs to challenge convention on compressed air in order to realise the savings that can be made', according to Peter Tomlins of EnergAir UK. EnergAir believes that it can provide vital knowledge regarding the purchasing and integration of variable speed compressors, compressor sizing, balancing system pressure, providing visibility of actual energy consumption, and monitoring saving when changes are made, information that would not normally be available to individual plant and maintenance managers.

The brochure also contains real examples of how savings have been made by leading UK manufacturers such as Britvic and the equipment used to achieve those savings. The guide also aims to dispel some myths about how much difference new equipment can make without being properly integrated and offers advice on how to get the best from an existing compressor installation. The EnergAir guide to reducing the running costs of compressed air systems is available in paper format free from EnergAir and as a high-resolution pdf from the company website.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Bearings from Trelleborg Bakker improve FPSO manoeuvreability and safety. One of company's most complex projects was the supply of 42 specially designed bearings for the Sea Rose. Constructed of steel and rubber, these compensated for the flexing of the hull, lowering the stresses on the ship's structure.

As floating production storage offloading (FPSO) vessels travel further offshore to extract oil and gas, the demands on them become greater. They need to house more large pieces of machinery such as compressors and pumps. Weighing considerable amounts, these can create significant stresses on the vessel, affecting manoeuvreability and safety.

This effect is intensified by the potential severe weather conditions of deeper waters, with increased forces from waves and wind. Another complication is that the tonnage of the ship constantly changes as oil is pumped in and then offloaded to tankers. Trelleborg Bakker, an operating unit of Trelleborg Engineered Systems, has worked with leading FPSO fabricators and operators since the inception of these floating rigs.

Machinery fitted to FPSOs is commonly installed on Trelleborg Bakker bearings. These, constructed of steel and rubber, compensate for the flexing of the hull, lowering the stresses on the ship's structure. One of Trelleborg Bakker's most complex projects was the fitment of the Sea Rose. This required the installation of 42 bearings in three special designs. Each of them over 2m high and the heaviest weighing close to 10 tons, they can withstand exceptional load vertically up to 10,000kN and horizontally up to 3500kN. They are also capable of compensating for distortions up to 75mm. The Trelleborg Bakker bearings fitted on the Sea Rose are proving successful in her assignment extracting oil off the coast of Newfoundland in Canada. Technology developed for this project and others globally, allows Trelleborg Bakker to offer cost-effective bearing solutions for frames a secondO vessels worldwide.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

QuickSilver Controls has developed a simple 24V breakout that can be attached directly to the SMI port of a SilverDust MG, IG, IGF, IGC or IG8 servomotor controller, providing access to power, communications (RS232/485) and I/O. The breakout also converts the controller's TTL level I/O to five 24V isolated inputs and two 24V open collector outputs.

With a list price of US $75, this breakout is an easy way of adding extra 24V I/O to a SilverDust controller.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Hansford Sensors has selected an alternative 12mm connector style, the M12, as offering the best combination of performance and price. The result - today, you can specify either the standard MS series or the M12 Connector on most of their range of vibration sensors. The main advantages of the M12 connector are its smaller size and the fact that its associated cable assemblies have a tighter bend radius.

It is a well accepted and proven connector used across many industries including process control, automation and sensing. They are particularly suitable for use in vibration monitoring equipment, the IP67/68 sealing making them usable in difficult environmental conditions often found in maintenance condition monitoring applications. With its wide use in industrial electronic equipment, the cost-effective connectors and numerous cable assemblies are readily available from electrical distributors worldwide making off the shelf delivery a reality.

Hansford Sensors has applied the connectors across the HS-100, HS-100S, HS-420 and HS-421 series of vibration sensors. All models are constructed in robust welded stainless steel and offer either top or side entry for the electrical connection. The M12 mating connector is available in both a straight or right-angle version. The HS-100 sensors are industrial accelerometers offering a 100mV/g AC output with a top entry connection, whilst the HS-100S is a low profile unit with a side entry connection.

The HS-420 is a PLC accelorometer with integral circuitry providing a 4-20mA output proportional to the velocity level. The HS-421 model offers a dual output of 4-20mA for velocity and AC g suited for the many commercially available data collectors. For those needing to measure both vibration and temperature levels at the same monitoring point, Hansford Sensors has also introduced dual-output versions of the HS-100T (100mV/g output) and the HS-420T (4-20mA output) sensor models, both fitted with M12 connectors as standard.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Following last year's distribution agreement with Chiaravalli Trasmissioni, Transdev is now able to offer form-fit equivalents of Motorvario and Bonfiglioli worm gearboxes and geared motors at competitive prices. The CHM (Motorvario) and CHB (Bonfiglioli) series provide industry standard interchangeability covering a comprehensive range of aluminium and cast iron CNC machined housings with RAL 9022 powder coated epoxy protective finish.

With power ratings from 90W to 7.5kW, they are available in a wide choice of foot, flange and face mounting options with selectable motor position, single or double shafts, connection flanges for multiple mounting and a range of accessories including pre-stage gear reducers and torque arms.

The CHM range covers nine models with ratios from 7.5:1 to 100:1 and single or double solid input shafts on 25 to 130mm centre distances.

Nominal torque ratings are up to 14nm for the smallest frame model unit and are up to 650nm for the largest.

The CHB range covers four models with ratios from 7:1 to 100:1 with centre distances from 30 to 62.17mm with torque ratings to 110nm.

The modular design of both CHM and CHB versions includes standard B5 and B14 flanges with mounting surfaces on all faces allowing a wide choice of flange and foot mounting positions.

Specifications, installation and operational instructions are detailed in separate catalogues, available in hard copy or as a PDF on Transdev's website.

For use with the gearboxes, Transdev also supply a range of four-pole, three-phase motors with continuous service ratings to IEC 34-1, closed design IP55 housings and Eff2 efficiency levels.

With both B5 and B14 flanges and IEC power ratings to 7.5kW, accessories include forced ventilation kits.

Two-pole and six-pole windings and higher efficiency versions are also available.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Servotechnic has released the Lin Engineering NEMA 17 Brushless DC (BLDC) motors. These motors are ideally suited for applications where high speed and high dynamic torque are a must for the user's application. The NEMA 17 BLDC's provide extremely quiet and smooth operation regardless of speed range, although the optimal performance speed range is 300rev/min to 3000rev/min.

These precision motors are also suitable for those who prefer velocity control with an analogue input, do not need holding torque and may be having reliability issues with an existing brushed DC motor.

BLDC's are also a good choice for applications that do not have a lot of power and require a higher efficiency motor.

The motors are available in four stack lengths: 40.894, 60.96, 81.026, and 100.076mm.

Depending upon the stack length, these motors are able to produce up to 0.7485243Nm of peak torque.

Applications for these motors include office equipment, packing machines, laboratory automation, robotics and HVAC.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Elesa has taken a new look at the humble hinge and now have a patent pending on the CFP hinge which has three pre-determined settings to allow fixed but temporary positioning of guards, doors, flaps or panels at 80, 120 or 170 degrees.

Each position is held by a simple click spring mechanism, ensuring that one-handed operation is easily achieved, keeping the panel in position for ease of access in installation or maintenance.
The 50mm CFP is manufactured in resistant technopolymer resin featuring front mounting bolt or screw fixing with clip on covers to provide a clean appearance and prevent build up of material in the bolt/screw heads.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Lenze's Robust Three-Phase Asynchronous Motor with integrated motec frequency inverter can be conveniently matched to the required machine or process parameters. The compact motor, which features a high degree of protection, can be networked via a fieldbus and the digital and analog I/Os used for open-loop or closed-loop control.As a result, it offers a wider range of potential applications. Lenze takes care of the cabling for you by installing the inverter at the Lenze factory. The decentralised concept minimises the need for shielded cables and saves your money. Many applications of Lenze three-phase AC motors require extra terminals in addition to the power connections of the motor, e.g. for the separate fan, thermal contacts, brake, etc.

The universal terminal box of Lenze three-phase AC motors offers a very convenient solution without intricate lamp-wire connectors. The terminal box has been expanded to include a small mounting rail. Up to 18 terminals can be connected to this rail, and all applications are thus possible. In addition, it is possible to include the rectifier required by the brake. Lenze three-phase AC motors are robust and applicable to many industry sectors.

The compact design and universality make these motors suitable for most applications. Lenze three-phase AC motors are distinguished by their modular design, which includes a universal terminal box, the easy installation of incremental encoders and resolvers. It is also possible to attach BFK458 spring-operated brakes for various applications. This Lenze AC motor program is rounded off by matching frequency inverters and attachable gearboxes.

Lenze asynchronous motors of the series 13.710 are compact and space-saving. Available in a power range from 12 to 90 W, these Lenze three-phase AC motors are naturally ventilated. Since they do not have a fan they have low noise emissions and can be applied in production areas with fluff or dust. The motors are available with solid shaft and keyway, with flange mounting and can be fitted with a brake.

Monday, February 05, 2007

JW Winco has expanded its line of metric aluminium swivel clamp connectors. The clamping bores of the swivel clamp connectors are machined and designed for construction tubings GN990 or DIN2391, DIN2395 and DIN2462, respectively. They are made of aluminium with matte shot-blasted finish or black powder coat finish.

Other surface finishes are available on request with minimum quantities. The hexagon nuts are either zinc plated or in stainless steel to suit the screws. The clamps are available with a variety of round metric bores. They may be ordered with socket cap screws, hex cap screws or adjustable clamping levers.