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Plant Services, April 2008
By Michael Stuart
When a problem occurs in an electrical distribution system, the first question usually is, “Where?” Which panel, what circuit, what component? A thermal imager probably can provide the fastest answer to this question.
Analyzing Gas Samples with Laser-Based Spectroscopy
Sensors, April 2008
By:Dr. Yu Chen and Lisa Bergson, Tiger Optics
Continuous-wave cavity ring-down spectroscopy uses the behavior of laser light passed through a gas sample to provide fast and accurate measurements of contaminants down to parts per trillion (ppt) levels.
NIR Calibration Transfer
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, March 2008
By Dongsheng Bu, et al, CAMO Software
Near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy is growing in popularity within the pharmaceutical industry, as more companies implement process analytical technologies (PAT) and apply various chemometric methods to analyze resulting data. As a result, the need for calibration transfer is also growing. This article discusses alternative methods for calibration transfer.
Getting quality down PAT
Intech, March 2008
By Baha Korkmaz, Arnold Martin, and Cenk Undey
Using the concepts behind process analytical technology (PAT) is one effective tool to achieve better quality, especially when incorporating batch standards, such as ISA88.
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|Resources & Literature|
Webcast: Latest Advances in Ultra-Accurate Temperature Measurement Design
By Data Translation
Learn about important analog design considerations for creating highly accurate temperature measurement solutions in automotive, energy, biotech, manufacturing, aerospace, R&D, etc. What do you need to know about analog design as it relates to temperature measurement before you start?
How to Measure: Translucent Materials
By Gordon Leggett, Hunter Lab
Translucent materials offer a significant color measurement challenge since they interact with light in far less controlled manner than most other materials. The color of a material is calculated from measurements of its relative spectral reflectance or transmittance.
A2 Technologies publishes Spectrometer application note
The application note, “Metal Coatings Analysis Using the Exoscan Hand Held FTIR,” explains how it does non-destructive analysis of samples.
Aspectrics offers free CD Rom For Biodiesel Analysis
CD Rom contains product information and application notes related to biodiesels, feed stocks and general analysis.
Endevco Publishes Dynamic Test Handbook
Handbook provides a convenient and complete reference for a wide range of commonly used data to assist in effective and efficient testing operations.
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|Application Stories |
Automotive Data Acquisition System uses Industrial I/O
By Data Translation
A component manufacturer needed to acquire 24 analog and 8 digital inputs during in-car-testing at speeds up to 160 mph and over rough roads. They use two DT9836-12 data acquisition USB modules in tandem and an industrial notebook computer.
Paddington calls in Micronics
Control Engineering Europe, April 2008
Network Rail called in a flowmeter expert to help it get to the bottom of rising water bills at Paddington Station. Micronics was faced with the daunting task of surveying an old and complex system that has changed considerably due to development activity. Six Portaflo 300 instruments were used to gather 24 hour consumption/load profiles for selected hot and cold water services.
Laser Sensors Can Measure Many Parts of an Assembly
Assembly, April 2008
By John Sprovieri
For assembly applications, the most common technology is the laser triangulation sensor. This sensor consists of a pulsed laser and a linearized charge-coupled device (CCD) that can provide point-to-point measurements or 2D profiles. The sensor can measure length, width, height and depth.
Marine vessels start detecting the vibes
Process and Control Today, April 2008
Preventing maintenance problems using condition monitoring systems has obvious advantages to manufacturing plants. However, other sectors, such as the marine industry, are now starting to see the benefits of implementing similar vibration-based detection systems onboard ships.
Selecting the Right Bus for Your Digitizer/Oscilloscope Application
By National Instruments
These instruments are available in a wide variety of form factors including USB, PCI, PXI, and PXI Express. Each bus has unique features and advantages, so determining the right bus for your application is important. This paper explores considerations when choosing a bus, such as cost constraints, performance, and future expandability.
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|Featured Training |
Ultra-Accurate Temperature Measurement Webcast
By Data Translation
Learn how advanced technology in analog design will benefit your temperature measurement application to achieve the results you require.
Successful Measurement of Dynamic Force, Pressure and Acceleration
May 20-22, 2008 Buffalo, NY
At this seminar, participants will learn to understand the physics and operating characteristics of dynamic force, pressure, and acceleration transducers; Interface transducers with test environments; condition transducer signals, and more. $595.
Webinar on Thermal Imaging
June 10, 2008
Fluke webinar about thermal imaging covers: Understand the benefits of using thermal imaging in your work; Be able to identify potential problems more effectively; Determine the best troubleshooting strategy faster
2008 National Technical Training Symposium
June 23-26, 2008 Williamsburg, Virginia
The Vibration Institute’s National Technical Training Symposium emphasizes using basic and advanced techniques to achieve an outstanding predictive maintenance program. Identification, analysis, and correction techniques including balancing and alignment are topics of interest.
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|Company & Organizational News|
National Instruments reports Q1 Revenue of $193 Million
Net income for Q1 2008 was $17.6 million with diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.22.
Honeywell Analytics signs Industrial Controls as distributor
Industrial Controls Distributors is the exclusive representative for Honeywell Analytics, experts in gas detection.
Control Engineering, April 2008
By Peter Cleaveland
Electrical, temperature, power, pressure are the most measured by handheld test and measurement devices; some users appreciate simplicity. Purchases will increase.
Eagle Technology and Prime Technologies announce marketing agreement
The two will co-market Eagle's ProTeus maintenance management solutions and Prime Technologies' ProCalV5 calibration management solution.
Yokogawa acquires Analytical Specialties, Inc
Yokogawa Corporation of America acquired all the stock of ASI on April 3, 2008. ASI was established in 1994 and developed the TruePeak family of laser based analyzers.
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|Application News |
Simulation software helps Silver Eagle Refining meet Benzene emission regulations
Simsci-Esscor PRO/II simulation software helps refiner meet upcoming Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Mobile Source Air Toxics (MSAT) requirements for benzene emissions.
Pfizer uses Nalco in water system overhaul
Control Engineering Europe
Pfizer claims to have boosted efficiency and control of its cooling and boiler water systems at one of its plants in Cork, Ireland. Nalco’s 3D TRASAR technology was installed on all cooling systems to monitor and control the chemical dosing and operational parameters for each system via stress management.
Jiskoot sampling system works in Middle East terminal
Process and Control Today, April 2008
Three Jiskoot CoJetix Sampling Systems are being installed in an oil terminal in the Middle East on 16-in. feed lines between the jetty off-loading metering station and the tank farm. The sample receivers are mounted on a Jiskoot CanWeigh system, which provides a signal to the control system indicating the weight of the receiver and the current collected sample.
Royal Mint uses pH/ORP monitor to improve water quality
The Royal Mint's effluent has high solid content, meaning that pH probes and electrodes require cleaning a minimum of once a day. The ATi Auto-Clean Q45/72 system uses an integral high pressure air supply to automatically remove contaminants from the face of the sensor.
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|Featured Events |
Online Automated Test Summit 2008
June 5, 2008
Automated Test Summit 2008 will be hosted live on the Internet in the Americas, Europe and Asia, giving attendees the opportunity to speak with experts in various languages.
June 9-11, 2008 Rosemont, IL
Sensors Expo & Conference is the only industry event in North America exclusively focusing on sensors and sensor-integrated systems. The expo hall brings together the largest showcase of sensing technologies and systems for attendees to evaluate and make informed decisions.
Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference
July 21-25, 2008 Concord, NC
This 5-day event is the only North American conference that uniquely serves professional and novice users of portable 3D coordinate measurement technology.
Water and Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium
August 5-7, 2008 Orlando, FL
The event will help professionals in the water and wastewater industry understand how automatic control applications affect processing and distribution of water treatment.
AeroTest America 2008
Latest testing, analytical and inspection technologies and specialist services for the civil and military aviation, space engineering and airborne defense industries. Areas of focus will include analytics, testing, evaluation, measurement, inspection, monitoring and compliance solutions, equipment, and specialist services and facilities.
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