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Analytical instruments

Avoiding vibration-induced issues (24/08/2015)
Article image Neil Parkinson discusses the use and benefits of operating deflection shape analysis to interpret machine vibration issues.
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Product inspection: guides to regulatory compliance (05/06/2015)
Article image A series of free-to-download product inspection guides, published by METTLER TOLEDO, provide useful information to help engineers understand and maintain compliance with regulatory standards and ensure product safety.
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Top 10 tips for condition monitoring (05/06/2015)
Article image Condition monitoring of plant is now a common method of preventing failure of critical equipment and maximising uptime. However, David Manning-Ohren, of ERIKS UK believes that many engineers are making some basic and costly mistakes.
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How often should instruments be calibrated? 19/01/2015
Plant efficiency can be improved and costs reduced by performing calibration history trend analysis. It can help to define which instruments can be calibrated less frequently and which should be calibrated more frequently. Calibration history trend analysis is only possible with calibration software that provides this functionality, says Beamex.  Full Story...

Analysing waste gases on a simulated Mars mission 02/12/2014
As part of a project to measure the effects of long-term isolation on astronauts, small groups of individuals have been selected to live in a tiny ‘Habitat’ perched on the upper slope of a volcano in Hawaii to contribute to the understanding of issues that would confront a manned mission to Mars. Full Story...

Boiler contaminants: jeopardising power plant operation 05/08/2014
Optimum positioning of analytical instruments at key points throughout the water and steam cycle and water treatment plant on modern power stations can provide operators with a valuable insight for improving plant efficiency and cost effectiveness. Les Slocombe, of ABB Measurement Products UK, explains the benefits of balanced boiler chemistry and how key contaminants can be kept in check to ensure a safe and efficient process. Full Story...

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Do you manage your data…or does it manage you? 25/03/2014
Graham Green, measurements product manager at National Instruments, discusses the number one concern on an engineers mind – data management, and explains how it is possible to take control. Full Story...

Moving meter calibration into the 21st Century 18/03/2014
Calibration is fundamental to the operation of any measurement system. Without regular comparison to national standards it is difficult, or impossible, to demonstrate the continued satisfactory operation of a measurement system to the regulatory authorities. Craig Marshall, project engineer at NEL, discusses the need for a more innovative approach to calibration of offshore fiscal measurement devices. Full Story...

Engineering the tools of discovery 04/02/2014
At the annual NI Day in London, Jeff Kodosky, co-founder of National Instruments and the Inventor of LabVIEW, spoke about the company’s mission to equip engineers and scientists with the tools to accelerate productivity, innovation and discovery. Full Story...

Vibration monitoring solutions for extended operating life 14/08/2013
Vibration sensors and monitoring techniques are now available that can help engineers detect and manage vibration, helping to extend the operating life of automated machinery beyond recommended maintenance intervals. Chris Hansford, managing director of Hansford Sensors, explains. Full Story...

Real-time particle sizing offers more efficient mill monitoring and control 24/06/2013
Cemtec, a provider of grinding technologies for the mining, mineral and cement industries, has employed Insitec real-time particle sizing technology from Malvern Instruments to provide integrated, automated milling solutions which can deliver high efficiency at competitive cost. Full Story...

Check your pipe for wrinkles 04/06/2013
Hugh Davies, director of Client Solutions at Optical Metrology Services (OMS), discusses how high precision laser profile measurement tools and video inspection equipment can help verify the quality of CRA-lined pipes by detecting the presence of wrinkles or buckling. Full Story...

In-line particle sizer proves its PAT credentials 12/03/2013
The Parsum in-line particle sizing probe supplied Malvern Instruments is being used as a Process Analytical Technology (PAT) instrument in granulation research being conducted at Ghent University in Belgium. Full Story...

Calibration of oil & gas flow meters 01/03/2013
Craig Marshall, project engineer at NEL, explains how operators of calibration facilities, users requesting calibrations and engineers having to establish a calibration for flow meters can best apply the general principles of calibration when measuring fluids and gas. Full Story...

Analysis goes on-line to offer real-time measurements 30/01/2013
De'Longhi, a producer of coffee makers, has adopted stringent levels of quality control in the form of on-line particle size measurement to verify the performance of every grinder leaving its production plant. Full Story...

Recorder meets testing requirements 17/07/2012
A test set-up created by SP –Technical Research Institute of Sweden has been designed to offer an impulse-voltage calibration and testing service based on the international IEC60060 standard for high-voltage testing. A Yokogawa DL850 ScopeCorder is at the heart of this. Full Story...

PAT – a dynamic approach for greater ROI 19/06/2012
Suzanne Gill speaks to a systems integrator that specialises in using techniques such as process analytical technology (PAT) to ensure that product processes remain at the highest level of efficiency. PAT requires the implementation of a more dynamic approach to manufacture, with a move away from fixed process batch manufacturing. Full Story...

Real-time TOC tightens effluent control 17/04/2012
The installation of a Total Organic Carbon (TOC) monitor has improved the wastewater treatment process for Greencore Foods, a UK-based food manufacturer whose effluent can contain an array of inorganic salts and organic components which enter the waste water stream. Full Story...

PXI-based test platform cuts costs 31/01/2012
Woody Beckford, Rob Whitehouse & Dan Weinberg of Analog Devices explain how the use of PXI and LabVIEW has allowed the company to test its MEMS devices at a fraction of the cost, weight, power consumption, and footprint of its previous ATE system. Full Story...

Condition monitoring facility opens in Hungary 06/12/2011
A new remote condition monitoring centre has been opened by the Bently Nevada business of GE Measurement & Control Solutions in Fot, Hungary. Full Story...

FPGA-powered frame grabber and motion drive help create custom solutions 24/10/2011
National Instruments has introduced two new additions to its NI reconfigurable I/O (RIO) technology, including a reconfigurable Camera Link frame grabber for embedded vision applications and a motion module for use with the NI CompactRIO platform. Full Story...

Thermal imager helps develop cooler running shoes 18/10/2011
The Adidas test centre in Scheinfeld, Germany, has used a FLIR ThermaCAM SC 3000 thermal imaging camera throughout the development of its latest technology. Full Story...



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