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4:06 am
July 22, 2016
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Portable, ‘Industry-First’ Fluke 3500 FC Series Condition Monitoring System Goes Anywhere, Anytime and So Can Its Users


Fluke (Everett, WA) has begun accepting pre-orders on what it says is another “industry first.” The company’s new 3500 FC Series Condition Monitoring System incorporates portable wireless sensors and a gateway for connectivity that provide continuous monitoring of electrical and temperature measurements.

How It Works
The system includes sensors for voltage, amps, temperature, and power that can be moved from asset to asset and left in place for over four weeks. Once deployed, they begin collecting and streaming valuable equipment data that authorized personnel can access from anywhere, anytime, through mobile devices or computers.

With the Fluke Connect Condition Monitoring Software, measurements from each sensor are taken as frequently as every second and sent to cloud-based storage. Viewed through a dashboard, those measurements provide history of equipment performance before, during, and after an events.

Screen Shot 2016-07-21 at 10.44.16 PMAccording to the manufacturer, this veritable Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) “toolbox” is easy to use and fast and easy to install. The system scales to any plant, whether its equipment is aging, yet crucial, or new, complex, and, accordingly, more challenging to maintain.

Using straightforward Fluke technology, technicians can set up and start monitoring equipment in a matter of minutes, even in tight, difficult-to-reach spots. They merely place the sensors and walk away (for up to 40 days).

The  3500 FC Series Condition Monitoring System works with the already extensive (and growing) Fluke Connect system of portable, wireless tools and asset-management software that, among other things, allows users to receive alarms, save measurements, and create work orders from a smart phone, tablet, or computer.

For more information on Fluke’s new 3500 FC Series offering and/or to pre-order, CLICK HERE.



3:15 am
July 13, 2016
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Schneider Electric Retrofill Solution Fits Just Right in Space-Constrained 5kV Vacuum Switchgear Applications

Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 11.25.03 AMSchneider Electric (Andover, MA) has introduced a 26-in.-Wide Draw-Out Breaker Retrofill Solution for 5-kilovolt (kV) vacuum switchgear applications. Featuring an innovative smaller cell, it’s said to offer a cost-effective option for addressing switchgear applications with space restrictions.

According to the manufacturer, the new product can be applied in any 5kV application, up to 2000 amps/350 mega volt amps (MVA), without the need to replace or change the switchgear lineup. These capabilities, along with the solution’s smaller footprint, allow for fast, efficient upgrades of existing electrical equipment without the high cost or lengthy downtime of traditional replacement.

Fully tested to IEEE C37.59, this space-saving product works with Schneider Electric’s standard VR remote racking system for added safety in switchgear operation. While there’s no need for a mechanical-operated cell switch, the solution does include a truck-operated cell switch, which is wired through a secondary contact and requires less maintenance. The product is also available with six current transformers (CTs) mounted in the breaker compartment and an optional breaker cart.

To learn more about this and other Schneider Electric upgrade solutions and services, CLICK HERE.


10:08 pm
July 11, 2016
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EAO Brings Series 45 Complete Product Selector to North America

Screen Shot 2016-07-11 at 5.00.55 PMHuman Machine Interface (HMI) leader EAO (Shelton, CT) has announced the launch of its Series 45 Complete Product Selector for engineers and designers within North America.

Screen Shot 2016-07-11 at 4.53.24 PMAccording to the company, this product selector was created to “simplify the customer experience” by providing 24/7 access to EAO’s Series 45 products. Customers will have quick access to a library of complete part numbers and supporting technical resources. An all-inclusive “Omni-channel” approach provides the same user experience on both desktop and mobile websites.

How It Works
A single, intuitive tool, EAO’s interactive Series 45 Product Selector presents the user with options to parametrically search completely configured kits with single part numbers, view product images and dimensional drawings, insert and download 3D files, and, ultimately, provide guidance to available inventory and outlets for purchase.

Specific features and capabilities include, among others:

  • Straightforward, efficient selection by key HMI functions, series, technical specification, etc.
  • A new globally recognized “complete part number” system
  • A streamlined interactive 3-D viewer and library of online tools.

For more information, CLICK HERE.


8:53 pm
July 11, 2016
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High-Amp Meltric CS1000 Series Devices Get UL 1691 Approval

Screen Shot 2016-07-11 at 2.50.15 PMFranklin, WI-based Meltric Corp. has announced that its CS1000 Series of High Amperage Single Pole Plugs and Connectors is now approved for listing in accordance with UL 1691, the component certification standard for Single Pole Locking-Type Separable Connectors.

Devices in the company’s CS1000 Series are typically specified in Non-Load Break applications up to 400A at 600VAC, 600VDC (in North America), and 1000 VAC/1500 VDC (in Europe – CE rated). Meltric notes that these items offer a high level of safety, usability, reliability, performance, and durability in harsh operating conditions.

Features and capabilities include:

  • Solid silver-nickel contact material provides superior performance and corrosion resistance
  • Spring-loaded, butt-style contact technology ensures optimal contact pressure and withstands over 2000 operations
  • IP66/IP67 environmental protection for wet, corrosive environments
  • IP2X finger protection that protects users from live parts
  • Mechanical keying system prevents insertion of the wrong phases
  • Locking pin that prevents accidental disconnection, and a plug/receptacle that accepts different cable sizes.

For more information on the Meltric’s CS1000 Series, CLICK HERE.

More About Meltric
Meltric Corp. (Franklin, WI) manufactures a complete line of industrial plugs and receptacles, including UL/CSA switch-rated plugs and receptacles. The company is the North American manufacturer and distributor of Marechal Corp.’s industrial duty plugs/receptacles that were first designed in the 1950s to eliminate the safety hazards posed by pin and sleeve devices. 


7:41 pm
July 11, 2016
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AutomationDirect Expands NEMA-Rated Enclosure Lineup

Screen Shot 2016-07-11 at 2.37.25 PMAutomationDirect (Cumming, GA)  has expanded its extensive line of Hubbell Wiegmann enclosures with additional NEMA 3R and NEMA 12 models.

NEMA 3R Designs
Typically used in outdoor wiring and junction-box applications, NEMA 3R enclosures offer protection against falling rain, sleet, snow, and external ice formation. Used indoors, they protect against dripping water. According to AutomationDirect, this style of enclosure doesn’t have a gasketed sealing surface; some models have hasps for padlocking. New models include galvanized steel units, and larger sizes with hinge covers.

NEMA 12 Designs
NEMA 12 enclosures are primarily used indoors for  automation control and electronic drives systems. Designed to prevent the ingress of dust, moisture, and oil, they feature gasketed doors to seal the enclosure’s contents from airborne contaminants and non-pressurized water and oil. AutomationDirect offers these enclosures  in sizes from small wall mounts to two-door floor mount models.

To learn more, CLICK HERE.


5:04 pm
July 5, 2016
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Expanded EnviroGear G Series Trounces Liquid-Transfer Pump Ills

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Grand Terrace, CA-based EnviroGear Pump (part of PSG, a Dover company) PSG Group, has announced the release of  G Series models G1-82, G1-133 and G1-222 (3-in, 4-in., and 6-in.) metal-sealed internal gear pumps.

Well suited, according to the manufacturer, for the most challenging and demanding transfer applications (thin and viscous fluids), the G Series lineup is available in cast iron, carbon steel, and stainless steel models. Delivering flow rates up to 500 gpm, they’re offered with both packing and mechanical seal options, and can be used for a wide range of application types, i.e. chemicals, adhesives, paints, coatings, food & beverage, and heat transfer, among others,

Features and Capabilities
G Series pumps provide positive, non-pulsating flow, and can operate equally in both directions. Features include enlarged bearing housings at the backside of the units that allow for convenient drive-end access to the shaft seal and single-point end-clearance adjustment.

EnviroGear notes that members of its G Series family are interchangeable with up to 95% of existing internal gear pumps on the market, with no modifications to piping, driver, coupling, or baseplate required. The pump casing can be easily rotated for multiple liquid porting positions, making for simple installation in existing applications.

For more information, CLICK HERE.




12:57 am
June 29, 2016
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Schneider Electric StruxureOn Service Monitors Data Centers 24/7/365

Screen Shot 2016-06-28 at 6.43.57 PMSchneider Electric, Andover, MA has introduced StruxureOn, a digital service that connects data center physical infrastructure assets to the Schneider Electric cloud, thus enabling the delivery of simplified and faster services.

According to the company, by leveraging real-time visibility into system performance, maintenance, and service requirements by way of a mobile app, StruxureOn’s data-driven analytics can advise of potential failures of critical equipment long before they occur and, in turn, improve the ability to service that equipment. Capabilities include:

As part of the new digital service, Schneider Electric’s Service Bureau experts are available 24/7/365 to remotely troubleshoot issues or, for situations that can’t be addressed remotely, dispatch field-service personnel to help quickly solve problems and minimize downtime. Additional capabilities, among others, include:

  • Mobile access to live data.The StruxureOn app provides an instant overview of sensor data and alarms.
  • Faster break-fix resolution time. Apersonalized regular report provides managers with an overview of batteries and UPS units within recommended lifespan and those nearing recommended age for replacing. They can also get an overview of alarms, incidents, connected assets, and an overall score of how your data center is running based on statistics and critical asset KPIs connected to benchmark other data centers.
  • Improved cyber security. A cyber-secure connection provides improved security for infrastructure devices, and machine data forms the basis of operational insights and analytics, aimed at reducing equipment maintenance costs.
  • Team chat collaboration. Managers can collaborate through chat with internal teams and Schneider Electric experts for quick resolution of a problem. Incidents are automatically created and tracked, providing easy access to real-time incident status, chat and history.

Currently available in North America, StruxureOn is expected to roll out globally on a phased basis toward the end of 2016 and into 2017. For more information, CLICK HERE.


Screen Shot 2016-06-28 at 7.13.24 PMEDITOR’S NOTE: Schneider Electric’s introduction of the new StruxureOn Digital Service for Data Centers follows closely on the heels of the company’s recent release of its Galaxy VX, a compact, highly efficient, feature-rich, three-phase uninterruptible power supply (UPS).

The latest addition to the manufacturer’s Galaxy V power-protection lineup, the easily deployed Galaxy VX seamlessly integrates into the electrical, physical and monitoring environments of large-to-hyperscale data centers, industrial operations, and other facilities. Its three efficiency-optimizing operating modes include:

  • Double Conversion Mode, which reduces switching losses using a four-level conversion technology. The reduced switching stress offers greater reliability and reduction in failure rate.
  • Eco Mode, a traditional economy mode that delivers up to 99% efficiency.
  • ECOnversion Mode, a hybrid between Eco Mode and Double Conversion Mode. ECOnversion delivers double conversion performance with up to 99% efficiency. 

The Galaxy VX UPS is available in North America through Schneider Electric and its partners. For more information on the Galaxy V portfolio of power-protection solutions, CLICK HERE.


10:37 pm
June 26, 2016
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Upgraded SKF Explorer Spherical Roller Bearings Offer Longer Service Life in High-Vibration Applications

Screen Shot 2016-06-26 at 5.30.48 PMUpgraded Explorer spherical roller bearings for vibratory applications from SKF, Lansdale, PA, have been newly engineered to provide increased performance and longer service life.

Typical applications include vibrating screens, compactors, road rollers, and similar end-uses that operate with high vibration and exposure to contamination, and/or poor-lubrication conditions. Because these bearings are designed to accommodate very heavy radial and axial loads, they’re also well suited for applications where misalignment or shaft deflections may occur.

Features and Capabilities
According to SKF, products in this Explorer spherical-roller bearing family are made from high quality, super-clean, and tough steel; benefit from an upgraded heat treatment; and integrate a special cage design. These combined features, the company says, offer a number of advantages beyond an extended  service life (several times longer than other spherical roller bearings under typical heavy-duty conditions). They include:

  • Lower operating temperatures for cooler and longer running;
  • Improved resistance to wear and contamination;
  • Excellent performance in high-speed applications;
  • Reduced risks of fretting corrosion and induced axial preload;
  • Extended re-lubrication intervals that reduce maintenance costs and boost safety.

The bearings are available in a wide range of bore sizes with increased dimensional precision, two hardened steel cages with an outer ring centered guide ring, and C4 internal radial clearance standard. Optional PTFE-coated cylindrical bores can be supplied to reduce fretting corrosion on the shaft. Custom products can be developed to meet the most demanding requirements.

For more information on SKF’s complete lineup, including, bearings, lubrication technologies, mechatronics, and condition-monitoring solutions and services, among others, CLICK HERE.