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5:27 pm
August 24, 2016
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AVO Opens Cable U, Expands Testing & Diagnostics Course Lineup

Cable 2 SMAVO Training Institute (AVO) has announced the opening of AVO Cable U at its main training location in Dallas. The facility is said to offer a hands-on, technologically advanced, real-world training venue “for every electrical cable testing and diagnostic application.”

According to AVO, with the host of critical issues facing the utility and industrial cable industry, it’s important to leverage training and test-equipment technology to improve existing and future cable installations alike. The company says that’s what its Cable U field lab and enhanced course lineup are designed for: to provide a comprehensive approach to “future proofing” cable systems for increased reliability and reduced costs.

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Cable U offers training in three critical areas of the “future proofing” process for new and service-aged power cables: Cable Splicing & Terminating, Cable Fault Location & Tracing, and Cable Testing & Diagnostics.

Screen Shot 2016-08-24 at 12.06.46 PMAVO Training Institute offers its Cable Technician Certification through successful completion of AVO Cable U’s Cable Splicing & Terminating, Medium-Voltage, and Cable Fault Location & Tracing, Medium-Voltage courses, as well as a new certification in Cable Testing & Diagnostics. The company notes that this offering is consistent with current industry needs to provide technicians with the capabilities to “future proof” existing and future medium-voltage installations.

To learn more and/or make arrangements to attend an open house at the Cable U training facility on October 4, 2016, CLICK HERE.

About AVO Training Institute
Dallas-based AVO, a subsidiary of Megger, is celebrating more than 50 years of keeping people safe from electrical hazards. Known for its hands-on approach and wide range of training-related deliverables, from equipment application and maintenance procedures to safe work practices, online courses, arc flash studies, and engineering services, AVO characterizes itself as “a one-stop electrical-safety learning center.” Courses are available at campuses nationwide or on-site.


12:21 am
August 24, 2016
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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
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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.


4:36 pm
August 11, 2016
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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
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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.





11:27 pm
August 4, 2016
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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
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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.

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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.




8:46 pm
August 2, 2016
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Emerson Selling Network Power, Leroy-Somer, and Control Techniques

Screen Shot 2016-08-02 at 12.05.00 PMBy way of two separate Aug. 2, 2016, announcements, Emerson (St. Louis), reported reaching agreements to sell its Network Power business to Platinum Equity and a group of co-investors, and its Leroy-Somer and Control Techniques units to Nidec Corp. (St. Louis). The planned divestitures are in keeping with Emerson’s previously announced strategic repositioning/aligning of its portfolio.

Regarding the Network Power Deal
The transaction selling Emerson’s Columbus, OH-based Network Power business to Platinum Equity (Beverly Hills, CA) and a group of co-investors is valued at $4 billion. Emerson will retain a subordinated interest in the business.

Network Power, which reported revenue of approximately $4.4 billion in FY 2015,  is a leading provider of thermal management, A/C and D/C power, transfer switches, services, and information-management systems for the data center and telecommunications industries. Going forward, the organization will continue to be led by Scott Barbour, who has been serving as executive vice president of Emerson and business leader for Network Power.

The Network Power divestiture is expected to be finalized by December 31, 2016, subject to customary regulatory approvals. It marks the second such deal between Emerson and Platinum Equity in the last three years. In Nov. 2013, Emerson sold a 51% controlling stake in its embedded computing and power business to Platinum Equity, which then rebranded the unit as Artesyn Embedded Technologies.

Founded in 1995 by Tom Gores, Platinum Equity is a global investment firm with a portfolio of approximately 25 operating companies that serve customers around the world. The firm has completed more than 175 acquisitions over the past 20 years.

Regarding the Leroy-Somer and Control Techniques Deal
The sale of Emerson’s Leroy-Somer and Control Techniques businesses to power-transmission giant Nidec Corp. for $1.2 billion, is expected to close by December 31, 2016, subject to regulatory approvals. The deal is said to offer Nidec a unique opportunity for strengthening its already global motor presence and expanding in the areas of drives and power-generation.

Leroy-Somer, headquartered in France, was acquired by Emerson in 1990. Control Techniques, an Emerson business since 1995, is based in the United Kingdom. The two companies have been leading manufacturers and suppliers of alternators, drives, and motors for more than 30 years. With a total of 9500 employees around the world, they reported combined FY 2015 revenue of approximately $1.7 billion.

Emerson’s divestitures of these two companies are not the first business dealings between it and Nidec, which included, most notably, Nidec’s 2010 acquisition of Emerson’s U.S. Motors brand.

Nidec Corp. is closely associated with approximately 230 group companies around the world. Aspiring to achieve still higher growth, each group company is enhancing its technical capabilities and competitive edge, while the Nidec parent pursues merger and acquisition (M&A) opportunities with companies that have highly respected engineering capabilities in motor-related fields.

For details from Nidec regarding the scope of its planned Leroy-Somer/Control Techniques acquisition, CLICK HERE.