Archive | Homepage-Right-Side


12:21 am
August 24, 2016
Print Friendly

Use Fluke 368 FC & 369 FC Leakage Current Clamp Meters without Shutting Down Critical Equipment

Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 6.56.55 PMAccording to Fluke Corp. (Everett, WA), its rugged 368 FC and 369 FC Leakage Current Clamps help electricians and maintenance technicians identify, document, record, and compare leakage current readings over time to help prevent problems before they happen. And personnel can do all this without shutting down critical equipment.

These recently released devices incorporate large-diameter jaws (40 mm for the 368 FC; 61 mm for the 369 FC) for working with oversize conductors. The clamp jaws are fully shielded and designed to accurately capture very small leakage current signals (as low as 10 μA) and minimize external electromagnetic interference. As true-rms meters, they’re designed to accurately measure complex signals, with the highest resolution of 1 µA and an upper measurement range of 60 amps.

CAT III 600 V safety rated, both models offer a forward-facing LED worklight for use in dark wiring cabinets, a backlit display with auto-off, and auto-power-off for extended battery life.

Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 7.11.01 PMThe 368 FC and 369 FC are part of Fluke Connect, a system of more than 40 wireless test tools that communicate through the Fluke Connect app, or Fluke Connect Assets software, a cloud-based solution that gathers measurements to provide a comprehensive view of critical equipment status.

Fluke Connect lets technicians record and share both thermal images and electrical measurements in real time via their smartphones or tablets and automatically upload them to the cloud. Reports can be created and shared right from the job site by email. Personnel can also collaborate in real time with other colleagues through ShareLive video calls, thus increasing productivity in the field.

For more information on Fluke’s 368 FC and 369 FC Leakage Current Clamp Meters, CLICK HERE.


11:31 pm
August 23, 2016
Print Friendly

Snap-On Industrial Introduces Feature-Rich Williams Wireless Borescope

Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 5.43.51 PMThe Williams Wireless Borescope (JHW40282) from Snap-on Industrial (Kenosha, WI) lets technicians quickly and easily examine engines and other machinery inside and out.According to the company,  the product offers flexibility in a number of way, including wireless connectivity that allows straightforward transmission of both still and video images.

This lightweight, handheld device features a waterproof camera (IP67 standard); a detachable 3.5-in. thin-film transistor LCD monitor that runs on a built-in rechargeable Lithium battery; and a flexible 3/8-in. (3mm) X 3-ft. (1m) lens tube. A lens-mounted LED light provides adjustable brightness, while 3x zoom capability offers increased visibility.

Supporting up to a 32GB micro SD card, the Williams Wireless Borescope comes with an accessory kit (hook, magnet, mirror, and rubber ring), power adaptor, USB and AV output cables, and carrying case.

For more information, CLICK HERE.


3:36 pm
August 17, 2016
Print Friendly

Video | Operations and Maintenance Budget Isn’t Increasing, Sound Familiar?

Let me know if you have heard something like this: “Our key challenge is transmission assets at AEP that are growing pretty rapidly and the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) budget isn’t. So, you have to figure out how to stretch those maintenance dollars over more and more assets.”

This comes from Jeff Fleeman, vp at BOLD Transmission LLC at the last ARC Advisory event, providing details about their move to a predictive maintenance approach. BOLD Transmission is a subsidiary of AEP, a power provider with numerous transmission assets in the U.S. — 3,500 substations.

See his presentation here:

Fleeman discusses the distributed nature of the power business, the changing dynamics, aging assets and how “better criteria is needed to replace these assets” to regulators.

The presentation is a great look at a business that always viewed condition-based monitoring and predictive monitoring as the next move and now they’re moving forward.

1601Iot_logo>> For more IIoT coverage in maintenance and operations, click here! 


4:36 pm
August 11, 2016
Print Friendly

AutomationDirect Expands RHINO Power-Supply Portfolio

Screen Shot 2016-08-11 at 11.17.22 AMAutomationDirect (Cumming, GA), has expanded its RHINO PSB series of DIN rail power supplies with a PSB48-480S single-phase-input, 48VDC- output unit. According to the company, this high-quality, 480W solution offers high performance and reliability at a lower-cost than fuller-featured power supplies.

This model features removable finger-safe terminal blocks, output voltage status LED indicator, conformal coated circuit boards, and approval for Class 1, Division 2 hazardous locations. An aluminum housing easily installs with integral 35mm DIN rail mounting adapters. The PSB48-480S also offers overload, over-voltage, and thermal protection, and is UL 508 listed, UL 60950 recognized, CSA certified, CE marked, and RoHS compliant.

To view AutomationDirect’s entire line of power supplies, CLICK HERE.




3:52 pm
August 11, 2016
Print Friendly

Opto 22 Delivers Node-RED IIoT Solution for Industrial PACs

SNAP PAC_Node-RED_printTemecula, CA-based Opto 22 has announced immediate availability of Node-RED nodes for its industrial programmable automation controllers (PACs). According to the company, these nodes significantly decrease time and complexity in deployment of IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) applications.

Specifically, Node-RED nodes for Opto 22’s SNAP PAC programmable automation controllers are said to “enable nearly anyone” to rapidly prototype and develop IIoT applications by opening a path to quickly connect legacy assets to cloud services.

To download Node-Red nodes along with a RESTful API for Opto 22 SNAP PAC R-series and S-series controllers, CLICK HERE.

About Node-RED
Node-RED is an innovative visual wiring tool to connect edge computing systems such as industrial automation controllers to various cloud services, including Amazon Web Services (AWS) IoT, IBM Watson IoT, and Microsoft Azure in new and interesting ways.

This open-source, cross-platform technology is currently available through and for a variety of platforms, including OS X, Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Raspberry Pi, and cloud offerings like IBM Bluemix and AT&T Flow.

Built on the popular Node.js JavaScript runtime, Node-RED benefits from a large Node-RED library—w over 500 prebuilt and ready-to-deploy nodes—allowing IIoT application developers to leverage existing software code and deploy it directly into their applications.





7:49 pm
August 10, 2016
Print Friendly

Podcast | How to Create a New Business Model via IIoT?


Joe Barkai, “The Outcome Economy: How the Industrial Internet of Things is Changing Every Business.”

Joe Barkai, an industry consultant and former VP of research at IDC, provides glimpses into current Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) trends with his new book called, “The Outcome Economy, How the Industrial Internet of Things is Changing Every Business.” Barkai feels that IIoT offers the opportunity for manufacturers to  “create value, not just by selling products and services (via IIoT), but by delivering complete solutions that produce meaningful ‘quantifiable business outcomes’ for customers.”

>> Below is the podcast interview that runs approximately 20 minutes

Barkai provides examples of these business outcomes in our discussion and we also talk about 3rd party service offerings that go beyond condition monitoring and move to predictive analytics. Other topics include the evolution of the workforce, how maintenance techs could become “citizen data scientists,”  IoT innovation, standards for data interpretation, and how manufacturer should think about investment in IIoT.


1601Iot_logo>> For more IIoT coverage in maintenance and operations, click here! 


11:27 pm
August 4, 2016
Print Friendly

BEI’s Rugged, Precise TorqueTrak TPM2 Gets to Work Quickly


Screen Shot 2016-08-04 at 5.49.27 PMBinsfeld Engineering Inc. (BEI) has added the TorqueTrak TPM2 torque- and power-monitoring system for rotating shafts to its extensive portfolio of digital measurement technologies. A specialist in rotating-to-stationary-data communications, the Maple City, MI-based manufacturer notes that this recently released rugged and precise instrument is well suited for almost any torque- and power-evaluation project.

Available for shaft diameters from 0.75-in. (19mm) to 40-in. (1016mm), the all-digital TorqueTrak TPM2 features an RS422 full-duplex interface with system set-up and configuration by way of supplied computer software. Screen Shot 2016-08-04 at 4.30.15 PM

As with other torque-telemetry systems from BEI, no shaft modifications or machine disassembly is required. Additional notable features and capabilities of the TorqueTrak TPM2 include, among others::

  • Easy installation with a rotating collar and stationary ring split and bolted together around the shaft using standard tools.
  • Sturdy hardware and electronics built for demanding environments.
  • Inductive power and data transfer with generous clearance between stationary and rotating parts (no wear surfaces).
  • System-status indicators that confirm proper operation at a glance, thus expediting troubleshooting.
  • High-speed bi-directional communications linking interfaces with PC or PLC.
  • User-selectable sample rate up to 4800 samples/sec.

For information on Binsfeld Engineering’s comprehensive lineup of rotating-data instrumentation, CLICK HERE.



7:08 pm
August 3, 2016
Print Friendly

Milwaukee Tool Goes ‘High-Demand’ & ‘Compact’ in Game-Changing Power Packs for Cordless Lineups

Screen Shot 2016-08-03 at 1.19.54 PMAccording to Wisconsin-based Milwaukee Tool (Milwaukee), its M18 REDLITHIUM HIGH DEMAND 9.0 Battery Pack “will completely shatter cordless-tool expectations.” The company says this soon-to-be-released “game-changer” can deliver up to 5-times more run-time and 35% more power, while running 60% cooler than standard lithium-ion batteries in the cordless solutions from Milwaukee’s extensive M18 System. Those capabilities, in turn, translate as more work per charge and more work over the life of the battery pack.

The HIGH DEMAND 9.0 pack is optimized for high-draw offerings in the company’s M18 FUEL lineup that require substantial and sustained power and run-time for applications such as drilling, chipping, cutting, and grinding. Fully compatible with all offerings in Milwaukee’s M18 System, it will be available for purchase in Fall 2016 as an accessory for that system and in select M18 FUEL kits.

Here Now
Milwaukee Tool’s preview announcement on the HIGH DEMAND 9.0 Battery Pack for its M18 System of cordless solutions follows closely on the heels of its recent launch of a REDLITHIUM Compact 3.0 Battery (CP3.0) for the company’s M12 System of sub-compact offerings.

Screen Shot 2016-08-03 at 10.57.17 AMAccording to the manufacturer, this small-footprint power pack significantly expands capabilities in high-frequency cordless applications without sacrificing the weight of the tool. Specifically, upgrading to the CP3.0 doubles the run-time offered by the system-standard M12 1.5Ah pack.

Typical applications include light drilling and fastening work, press tools, and personal lighting. The CP3.0 is also well suited for use with the company’s Heated Gear (clothing) and radios.

Sold as an accessory item, the REDLITHIUM Compact 3.0 Battery is compatible with all cordless solutions in Milwaukee’s M12 System.

For more information on the M18 REDLITHIUM HIGH DEMAND 9.0 Battery Pack, CLICK HERE.

For more information on the M12 REDLITHIUM Compact 3.0 Battery Pack (CP3.0), CLICK HERE.