Automated Monitoring of a Steel Strip Coil Diameter

To precisely determine the changeover time of steel strip coils, optoNCDT ILR2250-100 laser distance sensors from Micro-Epsilon (Ortenburg, Germany) continuously detect the coil diameter with great precision. These sensors are designed to be used in harsh industrial environments for measurements of challenging surfaces.

Steel strip coils are mainly used to transport wide flat products made of metal or alloys. Diameters of around 1.8 m and the enormous weight of the coils are challenging. To be able to process the material, the coils must be unwound. For this purpose, continuous detection of the diameter is necessary to monitor the uncoiling process precisely and to determine the changeover time of the coil at an early stage. The sensor reliably detects the change in distance from the unwinding coil and transmits the measurement values to the control system.

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Grow Light Monitoring

The new ALTA® PAR Light Meter from Monnit (Salt Lake City, UT) is now available for crop growers in greenhouses, grow houses, and other smart agricultural operations. Growers can easily measure and track grow lighting saturation levels on crop canopies to optimize plant growth and avoid plant stress.

The meter interprets two essential elements of the light plants receive from sunlight and grow lights. First, in the Photosynthetically Active Radiation (PAR) spectrum or zone, it measures the light that falls on crops, expressed as photosynthetic photon flux density or PPFD.

The other crucial light element it measures is the daily light integral (DLI) — the total amount of light delivered to crops every day. DLI is a measurement of the accumulation of the total number of photons that reach plants during the daily photo period based on the number of moles of photons in the PAR region per square meter per day. It indicates the amount of PPFD that lands on plants during a full day.

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User-Friendly Flowmeter

The new Proline 10 flowmeters from Endress+Hauser (Greenwood, IN) cover a wide range of basic applications in all kinds of industries. They are suited for measuring the flows of conductive liquids, as well as for volume measurement of water and corrosive liquids (Promag W/H/D 10), and chemically aggressive fluids (Promag P 10).

The transmitter technology has evolved with a strong focus on simplicity and user-friendliness, providing cost-efficiency and time savings through the complete lifecycle — from procurement to servicing — via simple and intuitive operation. This makes it easy for users to keep tabs on their basic applications, even in core processes.

Both commissioning and operation can be done quickly, in the field as well as in the control room. A commissioning wizard enables on-site configuration with either the auto-rotatable and high-contrast LCD touch screen, or the SmartBlue app via Bluetooth. The latter approach is particularly useful when devices are installed in difficult-to-access locations.

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Panasonic Logiscend System

The Logiscend System version 3.0 from Panasonic (Newark, NJ), a turnkey material flow management solution for complex, discrete manufacturing, enhances the platform’s location management capabilities, user access controls and data provisioning, and Pick and Replenishment configurability. The software delivers an expanded Real Time Location System (RTLS) by integrating Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) tags and locators. Users can track and locate any part at any time with a high degree of accuracy, increasing efficiency by providing visibility of bottlenecks and triggering automated workflows based on small changes in the location of assets. BLE tags and locators can be combined with Panasonic VIEW tags for the additional benefit of eliminating paper and providing real time instructions to the manufacturing floor. Additional data segmentation management tools have been added that provide administrators with enhanced control over who has access to what data in the Logiscend system. Segmenting data based on groups and departments means certain information can be viewed and edited only by those with the appropriate credentials.

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Oscilloscope Speeds Up Daily Measurement Tasks

The R&S®RTO6 oscilloscope from Rohde & Schwarz USA (Columbia, MD) features an updated user interface on a large, 15.6-inch Full HD touchscreen, update rate of one million waveforms per second, as well as a comprehensive toolset of analysis functions.

More than 90 measurement functions are included in the R&S®RTO6, organized into amplitude and time measurements, jitter, eye, histogram, and spectral measurements. In addition, multiple application-specific software options for complex measurements are available, and users can easily unlock them with a keycode as their testing requirements evolve, even after purchasing the instrument. These options include triggering and decoding of serial protocols, automated compliance tests on high-speed digital interfaces, detailed options for jitter analysis and power analysis, as well as spectrum, power, TDR/TDT, and signal analysis.

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Flow Sensor Portfolio for Ventilators

Sensirion (Stafa, Switzerland) is offering three new flow sensors for respiratory applications. All three are next-generation sensors that belong to the popular SFM3xxx platform and are suitable for inspiratory applications at ambient pressure.

The SFM3003 is based on the technology used in the SFM3019 sensor, which was brought onto the market during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide a high volume of flow sensors for inspiratory flow measurements in medical ventilators. The SFM3003 has an extended flow range of -150 to 300 slm, a very low pressure drop, ultra-fast response time, and optimal signal-to-noise ratio. The SFM3013 offers additional resistance against overpressure (up to 1 bar gauge pressure) and is also calibrated for heliox gas. Both sensors are designed for high-volume applications that prioritize cost efficiency.

The SFM3119 is a compact digital flow meter, which comes with an I2C output and is highly accurate and fast at measuring flows of air, oxygen, and mixtures thereof between -10 and 240 slm.

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Crystals for Wireless Communication

muRata Manufacturing (Nagaokakyo, Kyoto, Japan) is offering the XRCGB-F1S series crystals with improved temperature characteristics and lower frequency tolerance (+/-10ppm). Using a silicon conductive paste in the construction process, they are able to achieve a reduction in temperature variation characteristics across the temperature range.

The crystals are available in 38.4 MHz, which is a common timing frequency for wireless communication such as BLE, Sub GHz, Zigbee and others. Features:

  • Small package (2.0 × 1.6 × 0.7 mm) with highly accurate frequency

  • Available in frequency range from 24MHz to 40 MHz

  • New Silicon Conductive Paste improves performance

  • RoHS Compliant

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FLIR Research Studio Software

Teledyne FLIR (Wilsonville, OR): The latest version of FLIR Research Studio software includes both a Professional Edition designed for research and science applications requiring robust data capture and analysis — an upgraded version of the FLIR Research Studio Standard Edition is also being released. Both the Standard and Professional Editions are now offered as one-year subscriptions or perpetual licenses.

Both the Standard and Professional versions offer a streamlined, intuitive “Connect – View – Record – Analyze – Share” workflow, making it easy to quickly characterize important thermal data to support critical decisions.

The included Research Studio Player is a free software application for easily sharing recorded data in 21 applications, different languages, and across Linux, Windows, and MacOS operating systems.

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LVDT Position Sensors for Extreme Temperature and Pressure

Newtek Sensors’ (Pennsauken, NJ) HT-1000 LVDT Position Sensor operates in environments with extreme temperatures such as those found in power plants, test laboratories, engine control systems, steam turbines, gas turbines, furnaces, and even nuclear reactors. Constructed with a one-inch diameter stainless steel housing, it has a 1000°F (538°C) continuous operating temperature rating.

It has high resolution, sensitivity of 0.25 mV/V/.001 Inch, and linearity of < ± 0.5% full range typical. Available in sizes from ±0.500 inch (± 12.7 mm) to ±1.0 inch (±25.4 mm), It is available in high-pressure configurations up to 3000 psi.

The NTC-6000-DS Ratiometric LVDT Signal Conditioner will provide 4 – 20 mA current, or RS-485 digital output for compatibility with many automation and process control applications. This smart signal conditioner self-diagnoses for LVDT failure, disconnects, or short circuits, and offers cybersecurity lockout and tamper detection to protect against hacks.

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Long Battery Life Family of Mesh Network and Multi-Sensor Units

Fujitsu Components America, Inc. (Sunnyvale, CA) has released a new robust, long battery life family of mesh network and multi-sensor units featuring built-in Wirepas Massive network connectivity. The nodes facilitate dense, large-scale network installations to address a wide range of industrial monitoring IoT applications in offices, factories, warehouses, hospitals, schools, and more.

  • FWM8BLZ08A Mesh Anchor unit for location/asset tracking reference point

  • FWM8BLZ08T Mesh Tag unit with an acceleration sensor for location/asset tracking

  • FWM8BLZ08Y Mesh sensor unit with embedded temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, illuminance, sound level, and acceleration sensors

  • FWM8BLZ08C Mesh CO2 sensor unit also includes on-board temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, illuminance, sound level, and acceleration sensors.

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Linear Variable Inductive Transducer (LVIT) Position Sensor

Harold G. Schaevitz Industries, LLC (Bloomfield Hills, MI) is offering its ruggedized LVIT Sensor ILPS-19, which is a contactless linear position sensor with rod end joints used to monitor and track the linear motion or position of a target.

The inductive coil and spoiler combination is a contactless solution, eliminating the wear and dithering issues commonly experienced with potentiometer type sensors. The amplifier electronics are contained within the housing, no need for an external signal conditioner.

The ILPS-19 series sensor is made from industrial duty materials for resistance to dust, water, temperature, shock, and vibration. The SenSet Field Programmability feature allows for quick and easy recalibration of the units’ zero and full-scale electrical output.

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