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8:33 pm
April 24, 2013
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Technology Showcase: Safety Matters


0413techshowPower Monitoring App For iPads Helps Facilitate Safe Operation In Hazardous Locations

Summit Technology, Inc., manufacturer of the PowerSight™ line of power monitors and power-quality analyzers, has introduced PSM-i (Powersight Manager software for the iPad®) as a free app download on Apple iTunes.

With PSM-i installed on an iPad, the user can set up, operate, display and analyze data graphically from a WiFi-enabled PowerSight meter that is often inaccessible without taking cumbersome safety precautions. For example, the NFPA 70E and CSA Z462 standards require the use of personal protective equipment, or PPE, when the circuits to be accessed present an arc flash hazard. While an iPad equipped with PSM-i does not eliminate the need for PPE entirely, it reduces PPE use to a minimum to provide relief to the worker operating under difficult conditions.

According to the company, the iPad’s small size and weight and outstanding graphics capabilities make it an ideal companion for testing with PowerSight meters. The “Wizard Screens” feature provides a simple and intuitive guide to planning and setting up a power study. In addition, the user can view dozens of high-resolution screens that allow real-time access to waveforms and phasor diagrams, as well as multi-meter displays of instantaneous power values. Among other things, an iPad equipped with PSM-i also enables the user to record and download monitoring data and then review, store
and/or email the results. The software incorporates a built-in Report Writer that compiles data in a just a few seconds and generates a professional-looking summary that includes text table and graph plots.

Summit Technology, Inc.
Walnut Creek, CA

EPA-Compliant Particulate Monitor

FilterSense’s PM 100 continuous particulate emission monitor and baghouse leak detector incorporates Automatic Zero and Span Checks to eliminate manual calibration audits as required by the US EPA for MACT and other regulations for fabric-filter particulate emissions monitoring. In addition to the product’s internal self-checks, the manufacturer says its field-proven induction-sensing and protected-probe technologies provide enhanced reliability over older opacity and triboelectic technologies. As particles flow near and around the probe, a minute current is induced. A DSP processes that signal into an absolute output relative to particulate flow. A protective layer over the probe works in combination with induction-sensing to ensure reliable operation with conductive particulate, moist powders, corrosive gases and particulate buildup. According to FilterSense, maintenance is minimal with this modular-platform product, and there’s no need for an air purge. For durability, the sensors are passive and free of electronics. For safe, easy access and to facilitate EPA QA checks, the control unit and electronics are remote.

Beverly, MA

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8:12 pm
April 24, 2013
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On-Line Heat Exchanger Monitoring: Real-time Assessment Of Your Exchanger Performance


A pre-engineered, integrated solution from Emerson can make life a whole lot easier around your site. It detects accelerated fouling and identifies the best cleaning time to optimize an exchanger’s energy usage, capacity, maintenance cost, carbon footprint and safety.

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3:10 pm
April 24, 2013
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Capacity Assurance Marketplace

0413mplaceoptoTechnology Moves HMIs In A New Direction

According to Opto 22, its new product named groov will change the way industry views human-machine interfaces (HMIs) forever. Using only a modern Web browser, it lets users quickly and securely build and deploy simple, effective and scalable browser-based interfaces for automation, monitoring and control applications. These human-device interfaces (HDIs), as Opto 22 calls them, can then be viewed on almost any computer or mobile device, regardless of manufacturer or operating system, including PCs, tablets, smartphones and smart high-definition televisions. The initial design works with Opto 22 control systems: all SNAP PAC controllers, including SoftPAC, and OptoEMU Sensor energy monitoring units. (A later version will support OPC UA.) UL and cUL approvals are pending.

Temecula, CA

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Fault-Detection Software 

The latest version of FFDWorX Fault-Detection and Diagnostic software from ICONICS is designed and certified for Windows 8, Windows 8 apps and Windows 2012 server operating systems. The off-the-shelf product can provide continuous commissioning capabilities for any manufacturing operation, and is easy to configure and set up to help detect energy and operational inefficiencies. Visualization and diagnostics technology quickly recommends a possible cause.

Foxborough, MA

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0413mplacelamanPoint-Of-Use Filter For Compressed Air Systems

LA-MAN® Corporation’s Extractor/Dryer® is a point-of-use filter for compressed air systems. The two-stage filter is designed to efficiently remove moisture and contaminates, and operates most effectively within 25’ of point of use. Each model offers a standard 5-Micron rating, with lower Micron ratings available. With flow ranges of 15 SCFM to 2000 SCFM and pressure ratings of up to 250 PSI, the unit is suited for use with air-powered tools, powder coating, pneumatic operated equipment and more.

LA-MAN Corp.
Mazeppa, MN

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Maintenance-Friendly Electric Chain Hoist

The Konecranes CLX Electric Chain Hoist is targeted for manufacturing applications where high-speed load transfers and precise assembly work are required. Currently in capacities of 130 to 4400 lbs (60 to 2000 kg), CLX can be paired with workstation cranes, overhead cranes, jib cranes and more. All electronics have been placed on compact circuit boards, decreasing internal wiring and limiting the parts required for maintenance. These aluminum-frame units also feature maintenance-free transmissions and patented five-tooth chain sprockets with intermediate teeth.

Springfield, OH

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0413mplaceingersollLeak-Resistant Rotary Screw Air Compressor

Ingersoll Rand’s latest rotary screw air compressor model is the R-Series 37-45 kW (50-60 hp). It is equipped with the same V-Shield™ technology as the company’s 55-160 kW units, which includes stainless steel pipes, metal-flex hoses and elastomeric face seals to prevent leaks. The piping system is also configured to minimize the effects of vibration. The unit is available in fixed-speed or Nirvana Variable-Speed Drive (VSD) options.

Ingersoll Rand
Davidson, NC

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0304mplacesdtUltrasound Data Collector 

SDT has added an acceleration feature to its SDT270 ultrasound data collector, allowing inspectors to measure, log, alarm and analyze vibration data. It also features survey-driven temperature, tachometer and static/dynamic measurements powered by an on-board synchronous database. Data can be further analyzed through the company’s Ultranalysis Suite software.

SDT Ultrasound Solutions
Cobourg, ON, Canada

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Lube-Additive Diagnostic Tool With Wi-Fi Connectivity

Fluitec’s RULER View™ diagnostic tool provides the type of critical insight into the health and remaining useful life of the antioxidant additives in lubricants that heretofore hasn’t been available through other condition monitoring and analysis technologies. An advancement of the company’s flagship condition monitoring product, the RULER, it features a microphone for real-time dictation of data relevant to the sample and an integrated camera to capture an image of the MPC patch (Membrane Patch Colorimetry, ASTM D7843) when testing for varnish potential. Technology-friendly Wi-Fi connectivity allows for seamless software upgrades and product support. The built-in report template and integrated software lets users quickly produce high-value, professional reports on the remaining useful life of their critical lubricating assets.

Fluitec International
Jersey City, NJ

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Versatile Water Pump Pliers


The Cobra® Quick Set addition to the Cobra® Water Pump Pliers family from Knipex Tools combines features of automatic adjusting pump pliers with traditional push-button pump pliers. Measuring 10” in length, the pliers feature a 2” gripping capacity and are useful in confined or hard-to-reach areas. Instead of having to press a push-button mechanism to adjust the tool, the user can simply slide the top handle forward to achieve the desired capacity. It adjusts easily with one or two hands.

Knipex Tools, LP
Arlington Heights, IL

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0413mplacebrooksThermal Mass Flow Controllers

Brooks Instrument’s expanded line of GF 40/80 Series of thermal mass flow controllers features broader capabilities, such as increased flow rates up to 50 standard liters per minute (slpm) and a “normally open” valve for non-hazardous gas applications. The GF 40/80 Series is available with Brooks’ MultiFlo™, which enables users to re-program the gas and/or range in minutes without needing to remove the mass flow controller from service.

Brooks Instrument, LLC
Hatfield, PA

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3:02 pm
April 24, 2013
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Viewpoint: Little Acts Produce Big Results

0413viewpointBy Mark Lee, Vice President and General Manager, Inpro/Seal

As we ponder ways to improve customer intimacy, we are inundated with tools like CRM, VOC, RSS and a slew of other TLAs (three-letter acronyms). While the concept is making some software companies and consultants very wealthy, I’m struck by the desire to build a customer-intimate culture—one focused on delivering a positive experience for the customer. This desire reminds me of a story one of our associates recently shared with me.

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6:00 am
April 23, 2013
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Green Gadget: Diesel Towable Generators Meet EPA Standards

0413gadgetBaldor Generators offers two new diesel towable units that meet Interim Tier 4 EPA emissions regulations. Powered by John Deere engines, the TS500T and TS190T are both fitted with a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) and particulate filter (DPF) to minimize harmful exhaust gases.

The TS500T is rated for 500 kVA / 400 kW at 480/277 and 208/120 Volt, three phase and rated for 250 kVA / 250 kW at 240/120 Volt, single phase. Its integral diesel fuel tank holds 550 gallons. 

The TS190T is rated for 186 kVA / 148 kW at 480/277 and 208/120 Volt, three phase and rated 128 kVA / 128 kW at 240/120 Volt, single phase. It incorporates a 210 gal. diesel fuel tank.

All TS mobile gensets are designed with sound-attenuated and weather-resistant enclosures to keep noise in and weather out. A lighted operator-friendly control panel features a digital controller and a main circuit breaker. Receptacles, remote starting connections and voltage reconnections along with the control panel all come standard behind pad-lockable access doors. Both units are available in a trailer-mounted or skid configuration.

Baldor Electric Co.
A Member of the ABB Group
Fort Smith, AR

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