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-Standardization or customization?
-Strain Measurement with Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors
-PAT isnít standing pat; and more
Resources & Literature:
-Measuring Torque Correctly
-All About Process Gases
-PAT Initiative; and more
-Webasto Tests Forces acting on Hardtops
-Leaning on NIR in Pisa
-Finding fission by-products; and more
-Emerson offers e-learning course on vibration monitoring
-Process and Laboratory Analytical Technologies Overview
-Commtest Users Group Conference; and more
-HBM releases EASYswitch process controller
-HBM introduces T22 torque transducer
-HBM announces QuantumX universal amplifier
-NI enhances LabVIEW SignalExpress 2.5
-Emerson announces RCS Microcor wireless corrosion transmitter; and more
-Fluke gives free Multimeters to educational institutions
-Control Microsystems Opens U.S. headquarters
-Keithley supports nanotechnology research at UCLA; and more
-Alloy analyzer boosts productivity for valve supplier
-AeroAstro upgrades SENS (Sensor Enabled Notification System)
-National Instruments LabVIEW works with Anritsu Instrumentation; and more
-MTEC Sensors,Measurement & Instrumentation
-Measurement Science Conference; and more
|Featured Articles |
Standardization or customization?
By Hottinger Baldwin Messtechnik, Darmstadt
Efficient and reliable monitoring of weighing and batching processes is a central element of quality assurance. How efficient is your test instrumentation? Two apparently opposing trends make it difficult for companies to choose the right weighing electronics.
Strain Measurement with Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors
By Manfred Kreuzer, HBM
This paper gives a short introduction to FBG sensors, points out their special strengths and weaknesses, and describes a measuring system which enables strain gages and FBGS to be measured simultaneously for experimental stress analysis.
PAT isn’t standing pat
Chemical Processing, November 2007
By Mike Spear
Traditional laboratory-based analytical techniques more and more are moving online and even being replaced by the virtual analysis offered by soft sensors and inferential measurements.
Building a Business Case for PAT
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, October 2007
By C. Freeman Stanfield, et al, DSM Pharmaceuticals
Securing the support of upper management is essential to the successful implementation of Process Analytical Technology projects. Here, the authors provide a how-to guide.
Real-time corrosion monitoring
InTech, October 2007
By Russell Kane and Keith Briegel
New technology is available that assesses corrosion deterioration in real time using the plant control and automation system. This makes linking corrosion to process conditions more direct and immediate.
Process Analyzer System Safety and Ergonomics II
Control, October 2007
By Gary D. Nichols
This article addresses the safety and ergonomics of analyzer sample handling systems (SHS), constructability and construction safety, and operations and maintenance.
10 Things to Know About Gas
Pollution Engineering, September 2007
By Bob Davis, Airgas Inc.
Having information about proper planning and handling of protocol gases could potentially save significant dollars. Here are a few very important points to consider for those that need to calibrate important sensors.
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|Resources & Literature|
Measuring Torque Correctly
by Rainer Schicker and Georg Wegener
Reference book gives a comprehensive overview of torque transducers. It describes the principle methods for measuring torque, with particular reference to the mechanical and electrical configuration of torque transducers based on the strain gage principle.
All About Process Gases
Control Instruments website provides links to information about gas detection and vapor monitoring, including gas vapors, NEC codes, area monitoring diffusion samples, process monitoring, sampling and electrochemical sensors.
Web site contains information on the Process Analytical Technology (PAT) Initiative. Topics include regulatory guidance, calendar of events, presentations, and a list of resources.
Agilent publishes Handbook for Test Engineers
Topics include an introduction to test-system design, selection of software and hardware architecture, how to maximize system throughput, and networking options for test system automation.
ATi offers brochure on Ammonia Monitoring System
Brochure supplies information about the Q45N monitor, which provides simultaneous on-line monitoring of chloramines and ammonia.
Emerson offers brochure on Rosemount X-STREAM oxygen analyzer
The brochure discusses how the new analyzer reduces energy expenses, lowers maintenance costs and provides dependable measurements.
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|Application Stories |
Webasto Tests Forces acting on Hardtops
Webasto, developer of the retractable hardtop for the Volvo C70 convertible, used test and measurement equipment from HBM to monitor forces on the hardtop during development.
Leaning on NIR in Pisa
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, October 2007
By Nicola Cecconi, et al, Thermo Fisher Scientific
Italian drug maker Abiogen Pharma S.p.A. has succeeded in saving time and money as a result of applying near-infrared spectroscopy to raw materials characterization.
Finding fission by-products
Chemical Technology, October 2007
Researchers in Canada have developed a method for the rapid ultra-trace measurement of strontium 90 in environmental samples. With a half-life of 29 years, strontium 90 is still around, and still dangerous.
NeSSI Manages Moisture in Rubber Process
Control, August 2007
By Jamie Canton, Lanxess Inc
Lanxess deployed a modular sample system to monitor moisture in a sensitive butyl rubber process at its plant in Sarnia, Ontario. The system uses compact SP76 modular flow-control components in a heated enclosure with remote sample validation and bypass and analyzer flow indication over the DCS.
FTIR Monitors Chicken Poop Emissions
Process & Control Today, September 2007
By John Houston
The Eye Power Station in Eye, UK, the world’s first poultry litter fueled power station, uses a multi-component FTIR gas analyzer from Quantitech to monitor emissions.
Acoustics monitoring prevents downtime at Shapfell Lime Quarry
Process and Control Today, August 2007
By John Houston, Editor
By carrying out regular condition monitoring checks on critical rotating plant and machinery, Corus Northern Engineering Services helped a limestone quarry in Cumbria maintain its output, efficiency and profitability.
Browse more application stories on the portal.
|Featured Training |
Emerson offers e-learning course on vibration monitoring
Internet training course explains how to use vibration monitoring and analysis to maintain rotating machinery at highest performance levels.
Process and Laboratory Analytical Technologies Overview
November 28-30, 2007 Research Triangle Park, NC
ISA course reviews the operation principles for many process and laboratory analyzers and provides basic application requirements for their usage. Price: $1,195.
Commtest Users Group Conference
December 3, 2007 Daytona Beach, FL
Conference includes two vibration courses--basic and advanced--covering fundamentals, database structure, reporting and more.
Instrumentation & Control Master Series
February 25-28, 2008 Manchester, UK
The I&C Master Series is brings together an elite group of instrumentation and control engineers for an intensive, compressed 4 days of learning covering the key areas of instrumentation and control.
Continous and Emissions Monitoring Systems: A Process Analytical Sample Conditioning & Technologies Overview
December 10-11, 2007 Research Triangle Park, NC
ISA course reviews the knowledge and skills required to both specify the most popular process control and emissions analyzers and to understand the sample conditioning technologies to adapt these analyzers to continuous processes. Price: $995.
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|Company & Organizational News|
Fluke gives free Multimeters to educational institutions
Program provides educators and students with access to state-of-the-art industrial test tools.
Control Microsystems Opens U.S. headquarters
The Denver, Colorado, office will have customer support, sales offices, and a training center.
Keithley supports nanotechnology research at UCLA
Keithley announced a partnership agreement with The California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA.
LXI test & measurement products reach $200 Million in annual sales
The LXI Consortium announced that a survey of its member manufacturers shows that annual sales of LXI-equipped test and measurement equipment now exceeds $200 million.
Advantech supports lab at University of Cincinnati
Advantech supplied Embedded Automation Controllers, Flat Panel Monitors, USB I/O modules and a Touch Panel Computer for the lab, which will be used by students and professionals.
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|Application News |
Alloy analyzer boosts productivity for valve supplier
Process & Control Today, September 2007
By John Houston
Process Control Equipment, Stockton-on-Tees, UK, uses a hand-held XLt Alloy Analyser from Niton UK to check the composition of alloys in valves and actuators.
AeroAstro upgrades SENS (Sensor Enabled Notification System)
AeroAstro will provide ground network upgrades to Globalstar's deployed receivers to expand the current subscriber messaging capacity by 10 X and increase receiver sensitivity by up to 40 percent.
National Instruments LabVIEW works with Anritsu Instrumentation
LabVIEW development platform and LabWindows/CVI ANSI C development environment work with Anritsu RF and wireless communications test instruments.
Shell uses Thermo Fisher spectrometer to test race cars at Le Mans
An iCAP 6500 spectrometer was used by Shell in its mobile lab at the 24 hours of Le Mans to test the condition of car engine oils, lubricants and hydraulic fluids.
Harvard Apparatus sample pump maintains ISO 9000, GLP or GMP compliance
Calibration solution delivery lets user deliver samples automatically, every hour, every day or every week, to maintain ISO 9000, GLP or GMP compliance.
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|Featured Events |
MTEC Sensors,Measurement & Instrumentation
February 13-14, 2008 Birmingham, UK
The only UK show dedicated wholly to sensors, measurement and instrumentation.
February 17-21, 2008 Moscow, Russia
The 5th International specialized salon of tools, devices and equipment for measurement. New developments in the sphere of measurement.
Measurement Science Conference
March 10-14, 2008 Anaheim, CA
Conference covers dynamic measurement technologies as well as pertinent national and global measurement issues.
March 26-28, 2008 Philadelphia, PA
Covers leading-edge technology, education, and sourcing of the products and services that drive scientific innovation for Life Sciences manufacturing from drug development to market.
ISA International Instrumentation Symposium
May 5-8, 2008 Pensacola Beach, Florida
The 54th annual ISA International Instrumentation Symposium will include paper sessions, short courses, tutorials, and a student presentation competition.
May 06, 2008 - May 08, 2008 Nürnberg, Germany
Conference covers the entire spectrum of measuring and testing system solutions for all sensor, measuring and testing technology tasks - regardless of which parameter is to be measured, machine or material to be tested or system to be monitored.
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