Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Vibrators for concrete.

The Wyco® Sure Speed® 2.0 and 995 Electric Motor Vibrators have been released for use in the concrete finishing industry. They are designed for effective consolidation of concrete to help optimize quality and production on demanding construction projects. Wyco is part of the Badger Meter group.

The Sure Speed 2.0 Electric Motor Vibrator provides a solution for the most challenging concrete consolidation applications, including difficult advanced mixes. The vibrator employs computer control to automatically maintain head speed in varying conditions, and requires less power consumption by using only the energy necessary for job completion. Its innovative "square head" design produces uniform and repeatable vibration every time, and maintains a longer life span than competing products. The user only needs one motor to power any shaft length and head size. The Sure Speed's lightweight, ergonomic configuration minimizes labor hours and fatigue, and a soft-start brush extends brush life.

The 995 Electric Motor Vibrator builds on the legacy of Wyco's proven 994 vibrator, which offers legendary Wyco performance. The 995 provides greater durability than the earlier model while incorporating the latest features from the Sure Speed line, including a rugged molded motor enclosure, reliable electric switch and easy-to-service motor brushes.

Both of the new Wyco vibrators meet the highest safety standards in the industry, including UL60745 Electrical Certification, Conformité Européene (CE) Listing and Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Certification to ensure job site safety. They also comply with the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 CFR 1910.95 regulation for noise levels.

Mike Pilger, product manager, construction, Wyco, said, "Industry experience shows that the quality of concrete can be significantly enhanced by vibration. The advantages of this technique are now so well established that vibration is an accepted job site practice. Badger Meter, through its best-in-class line of internal vibrators, is committed to helping customers achieve consistently superior concrete finishes, while providing greater durability and ease of use."

The Sure Speed 2.0 Electric Motor Vibrator has all the state-of-the-art capabilities contractors need to improve their concrete finishing performance. For example, users can maintain head speed regardless of slump, load, shaft or head size. The vibrator is lightweight with an ergonomic handgrip and shoulder strap, and provides quiet operation to eliminate the need for hearing protection. It handles easily to reduce operating fatigue, and consolidates concrete quickly and efficiently.

The 995 Electric Motor Vibrator offers utmost versatility to power through rigorous concrete consolidation tasks. The unit allows operators to easily change from quick-disconnect to threaded shafts, and drive any head and shaft combination, with a single motor meeting all of their consolidation requirements.

#Pauto @Badger_Meter

Integration of ERP and DCS in anesthesia plant.

B. Braun successfully updated their existing Werum PAS-X system from PAS-X V2 to PAS-X V3 in plant A at their headquarters in Melsungen (D). Braun is one of the world's leading healthcare providers offering products and systems for anesthesia, intensive care, cardiology, extracorporeal blood treatment, and surgery.

Production at plant A in Melsungen,
© B. Braun Melsungen AG
In plant A, the company produces anesthesia – i.e. tranquilizers and hypnotics – for all surgical processes. In order to meet the growing global demand, it was necessary to extend and partly automate the weighing process (e.g. dosing of raw material).

"A Fit/Gap analysis with Werum experts showed that many of our required functions are included as standard functions in the latest PAS-X version," says Mike Werner, Engineer for Control Systems, B. Braun Melsungen AG. "As an adjustment of our old system would have resulted in higher costs, the decision for an upgrade to PAS-X 3.1.8 was quickly taken."

The upgrade is B. Braun's first PAS-X 3.1.8 project. The new version is implemented close-to-standard. PAS-X is fully integrated with SAP ERP on Level 4 and with Simatic Batch DCS on Level 2.

For the future, B. Braun plans to gradually extend their PAS-X system to a functionally complete MES and to roll-out PAS-X 3.1.8 to further sites in Melsungen and Berlin. Apart from the improved upgrade capability, this is also intended to harmonize the production IT infrastructure.

 @werum #PAuto 

Looking ahead to top developments of 2018.

Mouser Electronics has published the first issue in volume two of its popular Methods e-zine. This latest issue, titled "2018 Look Ahead: Design & Technology," explores key developments to come this year as well as their social ramifications.

"The industry expects to see many exciting developments in 2018, and this new issue of Methods will be an essential tool for anyone interested in learning what may lie ahead," said Kevin Hess, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Mouser Electronics. "We hope our designer and developer audience will use Methods as a reference guide throughout the year."

In volume two of Methods, Mouser's industry experts explore the latest development boards, rise and role of artificial intelligence (AI), biggest gaps to fill in data security, most important advancements in 5G and wireless technology, and more. Readers can also learn more about the coming year in open source hardware and the latest in high-performance development kits.

"At Mouser we provide more than the latest and widest selection of semiconductors and electronic components," Hess added. "We provide the tools, the insight, and the know-how to succeed."

In 2017, Mouser released volume 1 of Methods, offering three issues devoted to subjects important to engineers, including Bluetooth® 5 technology and data security, plus Mouser's best technical content from 2017.

With its broad product line and unsurpassed customer service, Mouser strives to empower innovation among design engineers and buyers by delivering advanced technologies. Mouser stocks the world’s widest selection of the latest semiconductors and electronic components for the newest design projects. Mouser Electronics’ website is continually updated and offers advanced search methods to help customers quickly locate inventory. Mouser.com also houses data sheets, supplier-specific reference designs, application notes, technical design information, and engineering tools.

@MouserElecEU  #PAuto

Monday, January 22, 2018

Sales Director/Managing Director designate appointed.

Gresham Power Electronics has appointed Martin Brabham as Sales Director. Martin has a wealth of experience in the power conversion industry having held directorships with major international power supply manufacturing companies and distributors.

Martin Brabham
Jake Moir, Managing Director of Gresham Power, comments, “Martin joins us at an exciting time. Our defence markets are performing well and our increased commercial product offerings and continuing investment in people will make 2018 a standout year. Martin is our new Managing Director designate and we plan for him to take up this position in the summer of 2018.”

Gresham Power has over 60 years’ experience of manufacturing power conversion products and has recently joined the Power Solutions Group of Coolisys Technologies which will increase their product offering and presence in 2018.

The Coolisys Technologies Power Solutions Group has been formed after recent international acquisitions by its US holding Company. Gresham has widened its technology base and taken advantage of the expertise and synergies of a new ensemble of companies including Microphase Corporation, Digital Power and Power-Plus.

Commenting on his appointment Martin Brabham said  "I am very happy to be joining a company with the credentials of Gresham Power and leverage the new resources at our disposal to greatly increase commercial sector sales as part of the expanded Coolisys Technologies Power Solutions Group. We will now be able to offer a global resource that will benefit all of our customers.”

Inward investment in Gresham Power will include increasing engineering resources, expanded product offering and increased distribution channels. An immediate expansion of a mature product portfolio will include a range of Ultra High Density (UHD) AC/DC Power Supply Series that meet international safety requirements serving medical, industrial and commercial applications. Expansion of in-house capabilities includes custom design and modification, value-added technical support will stem from synergies within the globally staffed Power Solutions Group for Coolisys Technologies

Gresham Power already offers industrial, medical, CompactPCI, rail, transportation, test and laboratory power solutions from world-class manufacturers. The present market leading and cost competitive open frame power supplies, modular configurable and encapsulated power supplies, programmable power supplies, electronic loads and DC:DC converters will now be rapidly expanded by leveraging the access to products of their new Power Solutions Group partners.

 @GreshamPower #Pauto

Contribution to solar PV industry commended!

Frost & Sullivan has selected CyboEnergy to receive the 2017 "Global Solar Inverter Technology Innovation Award". The award recognizes CyboEnergy's achievements and excellence in innovation, leadership, and growth. CyboEnergy will be presented this award at Frost & Sullivan's Awards Gala to be held in Anaheim (CA USA) at the end of January 2018.

CyboEnergy CEO Dr. George Cheng said, "Our customers, partners, shareholders, and team members are a crucial part of this latest recognition and achievement. Frost & Sullivan is the most well respected market research company in the world. This prestigious award inspires us to be even more diligent in our quest to help build a cleaner and greener world."

Frost & Sullivan's Chairman, David Frigstad quoted, "To achieve excellence in technology innovation is never an easy task, but it is one made even more difficult considering today's competitive intensity, customer volatility, and economic uncertainty—not to mention the difficulty of innovating in an environment of escalating challenges to intellectual property. Within this context, your selection as recipient of this Award signifies an even greater accomplishment."

To win the Technology Innovation Award, a company must demonstrate excellence in innovation, leadership and growth. This kind of excellence typically translates into superior performance in three key areas: demand generation, brand strength, and competitive differentiation. This three-fold focus must ideally be complemented by an equally rigorous focus on visionary innovation to enhance customer value and impact.

CyboEnergy offers on-grid, off-grid, and on/off CyboInverters. First released in 2013, the patented CyboInverter is the world's first solar power Mini-Inverter that possesses the key merits of both central / string inverters and microinverters. CyboInverters offer better safety, scalability, grid-flexibility, DC-source flexibility, high efficiency, long life, easy installation, and good per watt price. In June 2015, CyboEnergy released the groundbreaking On/Off-Grid CyboInverter that can operate in either on-grid or off-grid mode, switching between the two modes automatically, depending on the grid condition. This enables the same solar power system to generate power to the grid and also act as a power backup system when the grid is down. In July 2017, CyboEnergy released a family of battery-less off-grid and on/off-grid CyboInverters that can run Inverter-Air-Conditioners (IAC).
These visionary innovations are direct results of CyboEnergy's technology excellence focused on developing solutions that increase customer value multifold. Frost & Sullivan's Industry Principal Gautham Gnanajothi said, "Due to grid capacity limitations, on-grid solar systems are no longer welcomed or cost much more to implement in many parts of the world. CyboEnergy's unique battery-less off-grid CyboInverters for electric water heaters and for Inverter-Air-Conditioners (IAC) can change the landscape of the solar industry."

For this Technology Innovation Award, the following criteria were used to benchmark CyboEnergy's performance against key competitors:
(1) Addressing Unmet Needs,
(2) Visionary Scenarios Through Mega Trends,
(3) Blue Ocean Strategy,
(4) Price/Performance Value,
(5) Customer Ownership Experience, 
(6) Brand Equity.
Gnanajothi of Frost & Sullivan added, "CyboEnergy's contribution to the solar PV industry is highly commendable. The smart and scalable CyboInverters with multiple input channels enabled by Model-Free Adaptive (MFA) control are expected to become fundamental building blocks for advanced renewable systems of the future."

@CyboEnergy #PAuto @Frost_Sullivan

Long term pump & valve performance.

Serial innovators Manchester (England) based Bifold Group has adopted radio frequency based torque transducers from Sensor Technology Ltd for two of its specialist test rigs, to analyse the long term performance and reliability of hard working valves and pumps.

An inter-generational commitment to advancing science and engineering has seen Bifold transform from a 19th century mining lamp maker into a leading manufacturer of instrument valves and accessories, piping valves and pumps for the oil, gas and wider industrial markets. It has particular expertise in subsea and wellhead control systems and has also developed market leading technology in areas such as solenoid valves with ultra-low power requirements.

Its corporate development is just as impressive as its technical advancements. Over the last 10-15 years it has consistently grown profits by 50% a year, and is on course to clear £33m (€37.4m) this year. During this period it has moved into bespoke premises, created about 250 high value jobs, developed new products and technologies and entered high tech markets around the world. Today 95% of its output is exported.

By using the power of computer aided design many of Bifold’s products are built to custom designs, yet they are produced to very short lead times thanks to the efficiency of internet communications. To maintain this standard, sample products and components are comprehensively tested so that their reliability and capabilities are never in doubt.

Bifold is as innovative in developing its test regimes as it is in advancing its product technologies and business systems. So when it wanted to assess the effects of wear on its long-life valves it set about designing a special test rig.

Engineer Andrew Laverick recalls: “We wanted to measure the power required to operate the valve to see how it changed over time and with long term use. It was clear that the best way to do this was to measure the torque input over an extended period.”

“We were open to any design concept for the test rig, but soon found ourselves gravitating towards a TorqSense solution because the Sensor Technology engineers were so helpful and really knowledgeable about test rigs.”

TorqSense transducers lend themselves to test rig uses because they are non-contact measuring devices. Attached to the surface of the transducer shaft are two Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) devices, when torque is applied to the shaft the SAWs react to the applied strain and change their output. The SAW devices are interrogated wirlessly using an RF couple, which passes the SAW data to and from the electronics inside the body of the transducer.

Sensor Technology’s Mark Ingham explains: “All you have to do is set up a TorqSense transducer in the test rig and fire it up. The SAW frequencies reflected back are distorted in proportion to the twist in the test piece, which in turn is proportional to the level of torque. We have some clever electronics to analyse the returning wave and feed out torque values to a computer screen.

“TorqSense has been used on many test rigs over the years and I was delighted to hear the Bifold engineers say how easy it is to use and how robust the software is.”

Laverick again: “As a test engineer you are almost resigned to long set up procedures and software that falls over at the drop of a hat. But Sensor Technology has designed these problems out of their TorqSense equipment, with the result that we were able to complete our long term test procedures with the minimum amount of fuss and heartache and well within the allotted time schedule.”

In fact Bifold has since bought a second TorqSense which is being fitted to a new test rig used to assess the performance of mission critical chemical injection pumps, as used at oil and gas wellheads and on process pipelines.

“This project is proceeding well,” says Laverick, “and is allowing us to further develop our abilities to quickly provide bespoke equipment for ultra demanding applications, safe in the knowledge that it will perform faultlessly over a long working life.”

@sensortech #PAuto @BifoldGroup48Hr

A quantum leap!

Twenty years ago, the engineer Michael Prokopp co-developed a new concept of electric motor, which was supposed to be far superior to the traditional motor. The synchronous torque motor should achieve a much higher torque at low speeds and thus be more efficient than traditional motors. If the best German manufacturer in this industry achieves an efficiency of 76 percent, then the EMF motor is 94 percent - "A quantum leap," says Prokopp confidently. At the same time half of the costs are saved!
Michael Prokopp and his colleagues continue to work for no less than a milestone: It's all about replacing the conventional electric motor and mechanical gearbox. "The traditional system is noisy, consumes a lot of oil, is subject to wear and must be constantly maintained," says Prokopp, now Managing Director of EMF97 Gmbh.

He patented the EMF Motor principle and in 1997 together with the co-inventor Jurgen Lindner and two other partners, founded the company EMF97 GmbH. As innovative as the new electric motor was, the potential customers responded cautiously: They looked on with skepticism at the small recently founded company and the new mode of motor operation.

Functionality was not trusted. "Nobody took us seriously," said Prokopp. The turning point came at a special meeting at the Hannover Fair in the year 2002. In the Turkish businessman Hasan Kayakiran, the founders of EMF found something they did not see in Germany. Namely belief in their product and the courage to take risks. In cooperation with Kayakiran, a production facility was set up in Istanbul (Turkey), while at the same time the development remained at the Worms location in Germany.

Today, 15 years and some 10,000 motors later, EMF has earned the trust of its customers. The motors are used in many applications, but at the moment the biggest markets are Elevators and Extrusion machines. For "EMF Motor" International cooperation was an opportunity to realize the idea to build a new kind of motors and bring it into the market. Exactly these advantages of a German-Turkish cooperation are supported by the network Global Success Club. In March, EMF was honored in Istanbul with a "German-Turkish Innovation Award". It is not the first award that EMF has received in Turkey.

The company has many plans for the future. In November 2016, a new patent was filed, the new motor principle should be particularly well suited for Wind Power applications. "We are growing extremely fast," says Prokopp, this year sales near doubled compared to the previous year. And in the coming years this growth should continue.

What is so special about the new EMF Motor principle?
The wound stator of the EMF Motor is almost the same as a traditional motor. Magnets are glued to the rotor. If the motor is supplied with a voltage and a frequency, a magnetic flux is created which magnetizes the motor. As the frequency increases, the electric field in the wound stator begins to turn. The rotor moves in the opposite direction to the rotating field and is much slower. The number of magnets and the geometry of the motor defines the speed ratio.

With this new Motor Principle a very high torque is achieved with a low number of poles on the winding. The low copper and hysteresis losses result in very high efficiency values.

Due to the high number of magnetic poles a smooth ripple free rotation and a highly dynamic performance is achieved.

With these motors no additional cooling is required. The result is that there is no other motor principle with comparable efficiency or such a high ratio between torque and weight.

@emfmotor #PAuto