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Analytical instruments

Exploring the benefits of Raman technology (15/11/2016)
Article image Control Engineering Europe looks at Raman spectroscopy, which is still considered by many to be a rather exotic technonology. Despite this it is starting to gain fans in the process sector for in-situ sample measurement.
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A new approach to flow meter calibration (30/08/2016)
Article image Neil Bowman suggests some alternatives to traditional set-time based calibration strategies.
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Ensuring calibration compliance for critical heat treatment process (25/07/2016)
Article image Peter Sherwin discusses a project that aimed to develop specific software solutions to fully manage the calibration and compliance of the thermal treatment process required for most aircraft components.
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ISO9001 changes and their effect on calibration processes 19/07/2016
Heikki Laurila explores the changes in the 2015 revision of ISO9001 and explains how these changes affect calibration processes. Full Story...

How calibration improves sustainability 07/03/2016
The Beamex Integrated Calibration Solution (ICS) is a system made of documenting calibrators and calibration software that increase economic sustainability by promoting quality and efficiency through faster, smarter and more accurate management of all calibration assets and procedures.  Full Story...

Process gases: flaring alternatives 12/01/2016
Torsten Haug discusses a high-performance measuring system with fast response time which enables problem-free utilisation of process gases in many industry sectors. Full Story...

Improving power plant performance with a modern calibration process 04/11/2015
Beamex explains the most common reasons to implement a modern calibration process in power plants, exploring the typical issues encountered with outdated calibration processses, and explaining how to implement a modern calibration process.  Full Story...

When to calibrate in a workshop 28/10/2015
Today, field instruments are often calibrated out in the field. However, there are still various reasons why it is sometimes more convenient and effective to undertaken calibration in a workshop. A recent Whitepaper from Beamex explains further. Full Story...

Cutting costs through condition-based maintenance 15/09/2015
Gordon Ellis, operations director at XPD8 Solutions, discusses how an effective condition based maintenance programme can cut costs, increase safety and improve productivity in the oil & gas sector. Full Story...

Avoiding vibration-induced issues 24/08/2015
Neil Parkinson discusses the use and benefits of operating deflection shape analysis to interpret machine vibration issues. Full Story...

Product inspection: guides to regulatory compliance 05/06/2015
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. Full Story...

Top 10 tips for condition monitoring 05/06/2015
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. Full Story...

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...



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