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Draw Wire Sensor MH60 – effective application in harsh environments

Draw Wire Sensor MH60 - effective application in harsh environments

High demands are made on sensors, particularly in the area of mobile hydraulic applications. There is a growing demand for precise measuring processes in the area of mobile hydraulics, given that a reliable and safe positioning of vehicle support legs is essential for the safety of the persons and equipment involved. The MH60 was developed, to ensure a reliable measuring process in precisely such harsh environments. The IP69K rating allows for a maximum protection of the electronic components against water and contamination. The sensor can be easily cleaned using a high-pressure jet without suffering any damage. To achieve maximum performance, the customer can choose the ideal type of housing for the sensor depending on the environmental conditions. Because of this, WayCon offers a cost-effective, robust and compact solution for an effective application at the end customers“.

In addition to the standard industry output signals (0…10 V, 4…20 mA, potentiometer), a low cost CANopen interface according to CiA 406 is also available. A series of options allows for a wide variety of variations: An offline setting of the most important parameters is possible with the help of our squeezer as well as the programming of the analogue measuring range. Furthermore, a complete signal failure is counteracted by a redundant output signal. The customer has the option of perfectly adapting the sensor to his or her application using different rope fixations and rope diameters. The MH60 can be equipped with an additional base plate, to provide the required stability.

MH60 is nominated for the INDUSTRIEPREIS 2018

With the MH series, the development department succeeded in developing sensors, which were able to be qualified for the INDUSTRIEPREIS 2018. The expert jury rates the products in 14 individual categories. Our MH series combines the characteristics robustness, compactness and reliability in one cost-effective sensor and at the same time, converts the usual precision to this series as well.

To achieve maximum performance, the customer can choose the ideal type of housing for the sensor depending on the environmental conditions.

WayConPositionsmesstechnik GmbH has been developing and manufacturing precision sensors for position and distance measurement since 1999. As an innovative company with headquarters in Taufkirchen near Munich and a branch in Brühl near Cologne, we sell our products all over the world. Our goal is to provide our customers with the best possible measurement technique solution: from high-quality sensors from the standard range to customer-specific solutions, from prototype to series production – for the most varied applications in industry and research. The products made in Taufkirchen are subject to rigorous quality standards and every single one is delivered to our customers with a calibration certificate.

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Waycon Positionsmesstechnik GmbH
Marcus Venghaus
Mehlbeerenstr 4
82024 Taufkirchen
Phone: 089-67-9713-0
E-Mail: info@waycon.de
Url: http://www.waycon.biz

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Marcus Venghaus
Mehlbeerenstr. 4
82024 Taufkirchen
Phone: +49 89 679713-0
E-Mail: presse@waycon.de
Url: http://www.waycon.biz

Electric Electronics

IOP Tester for Ethernet ECUs

RUETZ SYSTEM SOLUTIONS Tests ECUs for Interoperability

IOP Tester for Ethernet ECUs

Test structure for Automotive Ethernet interoperability

RUETZ SYSTEM SOLUTIONS – experts for automotive data communications – provides an interoperability test platform for Automotive Ethernet. This IOP tester operates within the framework of compliance tests for Automotive Ethernet. The test platform constitutes a component of the test set-up for Open Alliance Layer 1 interoperability tests for ECUs. The IOP tester allows the verification of ECUs for interoperability with other ECUs for Layer 1, based on (100BASE-T1 / OABR). It offers an open application programming interface (API) and, so, is easy to integrate into existing test systems. Users can create their own tests and test sequences. Measurements of link-up time, signal quality and cable diagnosis belong within the scope of testing.

Compliance for Ethernet ECUs

The IOP tester is a component of the compliance verification process at RUETZ SYSTEM SOLUTIONS. The standardized test methods for Automotive Ethernet combine the new automotive standards with existing reliable and stable systems. Therefore, for component and ECU verification, the compliance verification process provides the necessary system and simplifies the introduction to this technology for new carmakers and suppliers.

About RUETZ SYSTEM SOLUTIONS

With comprehensive expertise in data communication for automotive electronic systems, Ruetz System Solutions provides full service to carmakers and suppliers for a smooth and timely production start (SOP). The technology partner based in Munich offers engineering services for system specification and integration, Test Laboratories as a Service, compliance tests, technology assessment and training. Part of the test laboratory solutions are test systems and platforms. With broad competency in data bus systems for all in-car data transmission standards such as, amongst others, CAN, Ethernet, FlexRay, LIN, MOST, USB and WLAN are supported competently and reliably by the general contractor. More information is available at www.ruetz-system-solutions.com.

Firmenkontakt
RUETZ SYSTEM SOLUTIONS GmbH
Wolfgang Malek
Walter-Gropius-Strasse 17
80807 München
+49 89 200 04 130
ma@ahlendorf-communication.com
http://www.ruetz-system-solutions.com/

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ahlendorf communication
Mandy Ahlendorf
Schiffbauerweg 5F
82319 Starnberg
+4981519739098
ma@ahlendorf-communication.com
www.ahlendorf-communication.com

Science Research Technology

Pixargus: Inspecting inspection systems

Optical surface inspection of profiles for the rubber industry: On-site calibration saves time and ensures reliable production along the entire process chain.

Pixargus: Inspecting inspection systems

The calibration unit has been designed for on-site use

Pixargus, leading manufacturer of inspection systems for profiles and tubings, is now offering on-site calibration services for Pixargus systems by means of a newly developed mobile calibration unit. The advantage for the customer is that the inspection system does not have to be removed from the production line and shipped to Pixargus but will be immediately ready for use after the calibration has been done.

More and more end customers insist on the implementation of automatic optical surface inspection in the production processes. Therefore, high precision and long-term reliability of the inspection systems have become increasingly important aspects for tubing and profile manufacturers, since these systems have meanwhile become an integral element of quality control in many works. This makes regular checks and calibration of these systems indispensible.

With the Pixargus inspection badge and the MSA certification, profile manufacturers can attest to their customers that the inline quality control systems in place work flawlessly and reliably.

The mobile calibration unit contains a certified calibration specimen with several boreholes, the distances and diameters of which have been precisely measured. As the surface inspection is based on line scan cameras, the specimen must be constantly in motion while being measured. Pixargus solved this requirement by means of a motorized traversing unit which constantly moves the specimen back and forth. Inspection systems may be equipped with up to eight cameras. In order to allow each individual camera to be tested, the specimen can be rotated while being clamped in the calibration unit.

During each test, the system captures 600 measurements per camera. Pixargus evaluates the data and makes them available to the operator. After completion of the evaluation process, the system will receive the new parameters, which can also be fed to the system via remote access from the Pixargus head office. The calibration guarantees the customer that surface defects of the profiles, if any, are detected at the correct positions and that their sizes are correctly measured.

Michael Frohn, Service Manager at Pixargus, has already successfully accomplished numerous onsite calibrations: „Pixargus is the first company in our industry to offer a mobile calibration service. It is no longer necessary to remove the systems from the production lines. The calibration is a matter of just a few hours and does not require any major preparations. Our customers particularly appreciate that they can call on us, for example, in case of a plant downtime scheduled at short notice.“

Dirk Broichhausen, Vice President Sales & Marketing at Pixargus, sees the mobile calibration service as part of the overall performance of the Pixargus inspection systems: „The quality requirements to be coped with along the entire process chain are becoming ever more exacting. Fewer and fewer operators are responsible for more and more plants and have to safeguard the plants“ process capability and the repeatability and stability of the processes. For us this means that it is no longer sufficient to react quickly and competently but that we must also be able to act preemptively. By „competently“ I understand that we do not have a run-of-the-mill call center but a hotline operated by a team of technicians and engineers who have direct access to the product management system and are capable of providing qualified answers to our customers“ questions – in real time.“

Pixargus at DKT 2015 (Nürnberg, 29.6.-2.7.):
hall 12, stand 286

About Pixargus

Pixargus develops and produces systems for optical inline measurement and inspection of continuously produced long products such as profiles, tubing, tubes, webs and cables made of a great variety of materials. Established in 1999 as a spin-off of the Institute of Plastics Processing (Institut für Kunststoffverarbeitung IKV) of the Technical University RWTH of Aachen/Germany, Pixargus has specialized in optical quality control of extruded products made of plastics and rubber.

Pixargus systems inspect sealing profiles – for example, for the automotive industry – and tubing, catheters, cables or window seals as well as raw material (compounds) made of thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) and rubber. Additionally, Pixargus offers systems for the inspection of – textured, woven or non-woven – web material.

The company is one of the world“s technology leaders in the field of optical inline quality control. Worldwide almost all major manufacturers of automotive rubber profiles use Pixargus systems for surface inspection and profile measurements. Also in medical engineering Pixargus has set new standards with its inline surface inspection systems for medical tubing.

The underlying image processing technology is also the basis of the recently founded GoalControl GmbH and the goal-line technology of the same name, which proved itself in practice during the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

Pixargus is based in Würselen near Aachen/Germany. The company is active worldwide through its US branch and various international technical agencies.

Firmenkontakt
Pixargus GmbH
Dirk Broichhausen
Monnetstraße 2
52146 Würselen / Germany
+49.2405.47908-0
+49.2405.47908-11
info@pixargus.de
http://www.pixargus.de

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Regina Reinhardt
Suesterfeldstr. 83
52072 Aachen / Germany
+49.241.89468-24
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http://www.vip-kommunikation.de

Electric Electronics

Fujitsu Semiconductor and Rohde & Schwarz Extend Long-Standing Cooperation for Customized SoCs

Parties signed contract for development of a 28nm System on Chip for Rohde & Schwarz test and measurement instruments

Fujitsu Semiconductor and Rohde & Schwarz Extend Long-Standing Cooperation for Customized SoCs

Fujitsu Semiconductor and Rohde & Schwarz extend long-standing cooperation.

Langen & Munich, Germany, February 16, 2015 – Fujitsu Semiconductor Europe (FSEU) and Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) signed a contract to extend their long-standing cooperation. The partnership will focus on developing a customized System on Chip (SoC) using a production technology of 28nm. This SoC will be used in Rohde & Schwarz test and measurement instruments. FSEU“s expertise in the area of leading semiconductor design, especially in the area of application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) is the foundation of this long-standing partnership of more than ten years.

Roland Steffen, Executive Vice President and Head of Test and Measurement Division at Rohde & Schwarz, comments: „Our instruments and test systems set new standards in research, development, production and service worldwide. To keep and develop this position we need a strong and reliable technology partner. In FSEU we found such a partner who has proven its expertise and capabilities in developing state-of-the-art ASICs tailored to our needs and those of our customers.“

Brendan Mc Kearney, President at Fujitsu Semiconductor Europe, states: „FSEU is proud to be part of this sophisticated high end technology co development project. Our team of dedicated design and implementation engineers will work closely together with Rohde & Schwarz to leverage FSEU“s ASIC expertise and experience and bring an industry-leading test and measurement platform to life.“

Über Fujitsu Semiconductor Europe (FSEU)

Seit 1980 bedient Fujitsu Semiconductor Europe (FSEU) die Märkte Automotive, Industrial, Communications und Home Entertainment. Das Unternehmen mit Hauptsitz in Langen bei Frankfurt ist einer der wichtigsten Zulieferer von \\\\\\\“Right-Sized\\\\\\\“ und fortschrittlichen Halbleiterlösungen. Mit dieser Vision entwickelt FSEU nicht nur maßgeschneiderte Produkte für modernste Anwendungen, sondern bietet über seine Niederlassungen in ganz Europa und die eigene Software-Tochter (FEAT) im österreichischen Linz ausgezeichnete technische Dienstleistungen und Unterstützung an. FSEU hat das Ziel, ein integraler Bestandteil in der Lieferkette seiner Kunden zu sein. In den Design-Zentren sowie Forschungs- und Entwicklungseinrichtungen von Fujitsu, die sich analoger und Mixed-Signal-Technologie, Advanced Packaging, Grafikcontrollern, Multimedia ICs, kundenspezifischen SoCs (ASICs) und Embedded Software widmen, arbeiten die Ingenieure von FSEU eng mit den Marketing- und Vertriebsteams der Kunden in der EMEA-Region zusammen, um den Anforderungen der Kunden an deren Systementwicklung gerecht zu werden.

Unternehmenswebsite: http://emea.fujitsu.com/semiconductor
Newsletter: http://emea.fujitsu.com/newsletter
Twitter: http://emea.fujitsu.com/twitter

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Fujitsu Semiconductor Europe GmbH
Mark Ellins
Pittlerstr. 47
63225 Langen
06103-6900
mark.ellins@de.fujitsu.com
http://emea.fujitsu.com/semiconductor

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Hotwire
Florian Hohenauer
Franziska-Bilek-Weg 9
80339 München
+49 (0)89 210932-74
florian.hohenauer@hotwirepr.com
http://www.hotwirepr.com

Science Research Technology

Pixargus: With image processing technology for sealing profiles to goal-line technology in football world cup

Pixargus: With image processing technology for sealing profiles to goal-line technology in football world cup

Core elements of the carbon fabric inspection system: eight high-resolution GigE CCD line scan camer

From a start-up company to a leading systems provider: Image processing for the quality control of carbon fiber fabrics used in lightweight automotive construction

At Vision 2014, Pixargus will present its latest development in image processing technology: integrated measurement solutions for inline quality control of carbon fiber fabrics used to make car body components for a new generation of electric vehicles made by a leading German premium car producer.

In the production of carbon fiber fabrics, the new WebControl Carbon Fiber Systems, developed by Pixargus and arranged downstream of the weaving units and the automatic tying machines, check the quality of the fabric from powder coating down to the reeling process. The systems operate with sensors that measure and inspect the product as it is being powder-coated and sintered. They check the product for missing bundles and provide information for the analysis of material defects. All measurements – with the exception of the weight per area measurement – and all the inspections are based on optical systems.

As a general contractor, Pixargus supplies several measuring systems, interlinks them in a network and combines the data measured by the various sensors into a global data map, allowing the customer to analyze the results within a context, not isolated from one another. The systems decide autonomously whether a product should be shipped or not … and, as a last consequence, they will even decide on the stoppage of production.

Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Philipps, one of the founders and managing directors of Pixargus: „One of the challenges in image processing today is to compile the results from different inspection systems and sensors in an easy-to-comprehend form on the screens or in quality reports. Therefore, also image processing software must be designed to be able to handle distributed computer systems. And what is more, the systems are used in the industry. Therefore, the performance of the systems no longer exclusively depends on the underlying algorithms, but also on their robustness in field use. They must be able to cope not only with natural process variations, but also with the typical operating conditions prevailing in industrial plants – 24 hours a day for 360 days a year.“

From a start-up company to a general contractor for total quality control systems

In only 15 years, Pixargus has evolved from a three-man start-up company into a leading technology provider, whose image processing systems have become indispensable assets at the world“s leading manufacturers of high-tech components.

Already during their assignments at the Institute of Plastics Processing (Institut für Kunststoffverarbeitung IKV) of the Technical University RWTH of Aachen/Germany, Rene Beaujean, Björn Lindner and Jürgen Philipps had concentrated on the development of systems for the surface inspection and measurement of plastic profiles. In 1999, they established Pixargus as a spin-off of the Institute.

Since then, the company has evolved in a way characteristic of successful, medium-sized companies specialized in image processing technology: from single unit to series production, from single sensors to integrated quality assurance solutions, from the evaluation of isolated measured data to automated „ship-or-block“ decisions …. and eventually „start-and-stop“ decisions for the production machines.

With its very first product, ProfilControl, Pixargus soon became the leading provider of optical surface inspection systems for rubber profiles in the automotive industry. Worldwide almost all major manufacturers of rubber profiles for the automotive industry use Pixargus systems to control the surface quality and the dimensional accuracy of their products.

Shortly afterwards, Pixargus introduced its ProfilControl Dimension (PCDX) systems for profile measurements, immediately followed by the Dual Head solution, which combines the measurement and the surface inspection of profiles in one unit. As a next step, in order to assure the quality of extruded rubber profiles as early as possible in the production chain, Pixargus took product control „upstream“ by introducing ProfilControlRoughness (PCR) 20/40, a system capable of checking the quality of the compounds in an automated procedure.

Over time, the service and product portfolio has been further diversified. In addition to the market leadership Pixargus gained with its ProfilControl systems, the company has become increasingly renowned as specialists in providing solutions for highly complex inspection tasks. Jürgen Philipps: „Pixargus“ specialty is that we can provide complete, integrated solutions even for most challenging out-of-the-ordinary requirements. In other words: Pixargus starts where others stop. We started to acquire our extensive image processing know-how long before we founded Pixargus. Therefore, our technological lead is backed by two decades of active research and development.“

Based on its initial products, the company developed systems for cables, for tubing – first for the automotive industry, later also for medical applications – and for pipes, as well as for windshield wipers, profiles for window frames and precision profiles made of metal.

Another development milestone was the transition from circular, 360-degree measurements of profiles to the inspection of sophisticated, highly textured web material, such as woven and non-woven fabrics, foils and plates. The image processing algorithms developed by Pixargus are capable of detecting defects concealed in highly textured structures.

2014: Image processing technology conquers the football field

The same technology as used by Pixargus for the measurement of defects in moving profiles forms the basis of the goal-line technology for football fields developed by the Pixargus subsidiary GoalControl. Based on images sent by up to 14 cameras installed around the pitch, this image processing system instantly detects whether the ball has passed over the goal line and sends a message to a watch worn by the referee. The system enjoyed a successful premiere at the 2014 FIFA World CupTM in Brazil. GoalControl performed excellently during all 64 games. In many critical situations, the system helped the match officials make the correct decision, especially for Bryan Ruiz“ goal for Costa Rica against Italy and in the match between France against Honduras, when the referee decided on a goal after having received the confirmation from the goal-line system.

About Pixargus

Pixargus develops and produces systems for optical inline measurement and inspection of continuously produced long products such as profiles, tubing, tubes, webs and cables made of a great variety of materials. Established in 1999 as a spin-off of the Institute of Plastics Processing (Institut für Kunststoffverarbeitung IKV) of the Technical University RWTH of Aachen/Germany, Pixargus has specialized in optical quality control of extruded products made of plastics and rubber.

Pixargus systems inspect sealing profiles – for example, for the automotive industry – and tubing, catheters, cables or window seals as well as raw material (compounds) made of thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) and rubber. Additionally, Pixargus offers systems for the inspection of – textured, woven or non-woven – web material.

Worldwide almost all major manufacturers of automotive rubber and TPE profiles use Pixargus systems for surface inspection and profile measurements. Also in medical engineering Pixargus has set new standards with its inline surface inspection systems for medical tubing.

In the production chain for CFRP, Pixargus systems detect weaving and material defects, inspect the gap width, measure and check whether the powder has been properly deposited, measure the degree of sintering, and so on. To allow a comprehensive data analysis, the data measured by the various sensors are interlinked and integrated into a “global data map”. This makes it possible to optimize production processes and guarantees 100 percent flawless products.

The company, based in Würselen near Aachen/Germany, is active worldwide through its US branch and various international technical agencies.

Firmenkontakt
Pixargus GmbH
Dirk Broichhausen
Monnetstraße 2
52146 Würselen / Germany
+49.2405.47908-0
+49.2405.47908-11
info@pixargus.de
http://www.pixargus.de

Pressekontakt
VIP-Kommunikation
Regina Reinhardt
Suesterfeldstr. 83
52072 Aachen / Germany
+49.241.89468-24
reinhardt@vip-kommunikation.de
http://www.vip-kommunikation.de

Science Research Technology

Pixargus: New module for optical inline inspection assures flocking quality

Pixargus: New module for optical inline inspection assures flocking quality

ProfilControl Surface systems inspect the surfaces of profiles made of plastics or rubber.

Surface inspection system specialized in typical flocking defects

At „K 2013“, Pixargus will be presenting its new Flock Detection module, which inspects sealing profiles during the flocking process. The system ensures that, in the case of irregularities in the flocking, corrective action can be immediately taken. This guarantees that only prime material is shipped to the customers.

The new module belongs to the family of Pixargus ProfilControl Surface (PCS) systems, which inspect the surface condition of profiles in an inline process. It detects and classifies in real time typical flocking defects, such as missing or clumping flocking material, or longitudinal grooves. The PCS systems are typically installed at the end of the flocking line.

Pixargus developed the module for the optical inline inspection of door and window seals as used in the automotive industry. These sealing profiles have to comply with extremely exacting quality demands.

The flocking material must be applied highly uniformly in order for the profiles to reliably fulfill their sealing function. As in the vehicles the seals are partly visible, imperfect appearance of the surface may be reason for rejects.

The direct feedback of ProfilControl data into the process makes it possible to correct the flocking process without delay, ensuring that the poor flocking result does not continue along the profile.

As soon as a system detects a defect, it triggers a graphic display of the defect and a signal, which may be used to mark out-of-spec sections of the profiles or control automatic cutting or sorting equipment. Thus ProfilControl relieves the human inspector from the monotonous task of visual checks and painstaking sorting of the profiles into good or bad.

Within the measuring range, the profile surface is uniformly illuminated by an LED light ring and scanned by six high-resolution line-scan cameras arranged at angles of 60° around the profile. With these six line-scan cameras of more than 2,500 pixels each, the system detects surface defects down to 50 m.

The Flock Detection module takes advantage of all features of the ProfilControl systems, including the Automatic Head Positioning (AHP) function. Whenever the product changes, the AHP system automatically readjusts the cameras into optimal positions for the new profile. This ensures that the system always captures the complete surface, even if the profile contours are complex.

By introducing AHP, Pixargus has made operation of the system even more user-friendly, while eliminating possible sources of error. The operator is relieved from his task of having to readjust the cameras whenever the profile shape changes. At the same time, AHP guarantees reproducibility of the system settings.

About Pixargus

Pixargus develops and manufactures systems for optical inline measurement and inspection of plastic and rubber profiles. Established in 1999 as a spin-off of the Institute of Plastics Processing (Institut für Kunststoffverarbeitung IKV) of the Technical University RWTH of Aachen/Germany, Pixargus has specialized in optical quality control of extruded products made of plastics and rubber.

Pixargus systems inspect sealing profiles – for example, for the automotive industry – and tubing, catheters, cables or window seals as well as raw material (compounds) made of thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) and rubber. Additionally, Pixargus offers systems for the inspection of – textured, woven or non-woven – web material.

Worldwide almost all major manufacturers of automotive rubber and TPE profiles use Pixargus systems for surface inspection and profile measurements. The underlying image processing technology is also the basis for the recent foundation of the company GoalControl GmbH and for the soccer goal-line technology of the same name, which proved successful during the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Based in Würselen near Aachen/Germany, Pixargus GmbH is active worldwide through its US branch and various international technical agencies.

Kontakt
Pixargus GmbH
Dirk Broichhausen
Monnetstraße 2
D-52146 Würselen / Germany
+49.2405.47908-0
info@pixargus.de
http://www.pixargus.de

Pressekontakt:
VIP-Kommunikation
Regina Reinhardt
Suesterfeldstraße 83
52072 Aachen / Germany
+49.241.89468-24
reinhardt@vip-kommunikation.de
http://www.vip-kommunikation.de

Science Research Technology

Pixargus: Automatic defect density evaluation takes yield management out of the grey area

Pixargus: Automatic defect density evaluation takes yield management out of the grey area

ProfilControl Surface systems inspect the surfaces of profiles made of plastics or rubber.

Inline inspection of profiles made of plastics or rubber: New surface inspection module has a handle on complex user requirements specifications

At „K 2013“, Pixargus will be presenting its new „Defect Density Management“ solution for the surface inspection of profiles made of plastics or rubber. With this system, it is possible to combine the evaluation of surface defect types and count over a defined length of the product. Profile manufactures will be able to fulfill even highly complex requirements specifications set up by their customers, while minimizing the out-of-spec rate.

The new Defect Density Management (DDM) module makes it a lot easier for profile manufacturers to produce exactly to customer specifications. They will from now on also ship products which in the past would have been graded as „out-of-spec“ because of a subjective evaluation based on vague criteria.

The module belongs to the family of Pixargus ProfilControl Surface (PCS) systems, which inspect the surface condition of profiles in an inline procedure.

Optical inline inspection systems have reached a high standard in detecting and classifying surface defects on profiles. However, the contextual evaluation of defects, which includes logical operations between defect criteria, has so far remained in the grey area.

In numerous specifications, especially those set up by automotive producers, the „ship or block“ decision depends on OR-operations. A customer may reject a profile, for example, if over a specified length of the product there is one severe defect or one medium defect plus several small defects.

Human inspectors would be unable to cope with such logical operations while doing visual inline inspections of the product. They would be able to base their decisions but on subjective impressions. The Defect Density Management solution, however, weights every single surface defect and sums up the obtained values over a certain length of the product. The inspection system sends out a signal as soon as the value exceeds a defined threshold. The signal can be used to mark out-of-spec sections of the profiles or control downstream cutting and sorting equipment. This relieves the human inspector from the monotonous task of visual checks and painstaking sorting of the profiles into good or bad.

The direct feedback of ProfilControl 6 data into the process makes it possible to correct the production process without delay, ensuring that defects do not continue along the profile.

Pixargus at „K 2013“ in Düsseldorf (October 16 -23, 2013): hall 11 / stand E14

About Pixargus

Pixargus develops and manufactures systems for optical inline measurement and inspection of plastic and rubber profiles. Established in 1999 as a spin-off of the Institute of Plastics Processing (Institut für Kunststoffverarbeitung IKV) of the Technical University RWTH of Aachen/Germany, Pixargus has specialized in optical quality control of extruded products made of plastics and rubber.

Pixargus systems inspect sealing profiles – for example, for the automotive industry – and tubing, catheters, cables or window seals as well as raw material (compounds) made of thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) and rubber. Additionally, Pixargus offers systems for the inspection of – textured, woven or non-woven – web material.

Worldwide almost all major manufacturers of automotive rubber and TPE profiles use Pixargus systems for surface inspection and profile measurements. The underlying image processing technology is also the basis for the recent foundation of the company GoalControl GmbH and for the soccer goal-line technology of the same name, which proved successful during the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Based in Würselen near Aachen/Germany, Pixargus GmbH is active worldwide through its US branch and various international technical agencies.

Kontakt
Pixargus GmbH
Dirk Broichhausen
Monnetstraße 2
D-52146 Würselen / Germany
+49.2405.47908-0
info@pixargus.de
http://www.pixargus.de

Pressekontakt:
VIP-Kommunikation
Regina Reinhardt
Suesterfeldstraße 83
52072 Aachen / Germany
+49.241.89468-24
reinhardt@vip-kommunikation.de
http://www.vip-kommunikation.de

English Press Releases

CFX’s Allweiler takes third place in environmental competition

CFX

Mr. Schnell (Allweiler GmbH), Mr. Connert (Colfax Fluid Handling), Mr. Untersteller (State Minister)

Allmind Smart Technology can save energy, enhance safety and lower maintenance costs

Monroe, NC (July 24, 2013) Colfax Fluid Handling, a business of Colfax Corporation (NYSE: CFX) and a global leader in fluid-handling solutions for critical applications, today announced that that its Allweiler brand, based in Radolfzell, Germany, has been awarded third place in the Baden-Württembergian state competition for environmental technology in the Measurement, Control, and Regulation category. Its entry was an advanced electronic condition monitoring and control solution for pumps known as Allmind.

Allmind is a new „smart“ platform that intelligently monitors and controls pumps in order to achieve a high level of efficiency. Continuous diagnosis of the pump complements Allmind’s capabilities. The results can be dramatically lower maintenance and energy costs, elevated safety, and – when used with a frequency converter – optimized control for bringing the pump to the desired operating point.

„Allmind can significantly reduce total costs (TCO), yet is more affordable than similar systems, so it quickly pays for itself, even when used with smaller pumps and standard pumps,“ according to Manfred Schulz, Director of Distribution Sales EMEA at Allweiler.

Allmind can be configured to trigger specific reactions for individual pumps, such as reducing speed and continuing operation at a safe operating point. Allmind allows operators to plan ahead for maintenance and repairs, thereby avoiding unplanned production downtime and consequential damages. The system stores all sensor values and makes them available for evaluation purposes.

The State Ministry for Environment, Climate and Energy in Baden-Württemberg awarded the prize for Environmental Technology to companies with their headquarters or a subsidiary located in the state. It is granted for outstanding and innovative products in environmental technology. Product entries must make a significant contribution to resource efficiency and environmental protection, and be close to market launch or on the market for no more than two years. The 2013 awards were presented by Franz Untersteller on July 11.

ABOUT COLFAX FLUID HANDLING – Colfax Fluid Handling, a business of Colfax Corporation (NYSE: CFX), is a global leader in critical fluid-handling and transfer solutions for the commercial marine, defense, oil & gas, power and industry and total lubrication management markets. With a broad portfolio of technologies, products, systems and services and a deep base of application and engineering expertise, Colfax specialists work with customers to understand and focus on their toughest business challenges. As a result, Colfax can find and deliver the best customer solutions that provide the highest levels of reliability, efficiency and longevity with the lowest total cost of ownership. Colfax Fluid Handling encompasses the trusted product brands Allweiler®, COT-PURITECHSM, Houttuin™, Imo®, LSCSM, Rosscor®, Tushaco®, and Warren®.

ABOUT COLFAX CORPORATION – Colfax Corporation is a diversified global manufacturing and engineering company that provides gas- and fluid-handling and fabrication technology products and services to commercial and governmental customers around the world under the Howden, Colfax Fluid Handling and ESAB brands. Colfax believes that its brands are among the most highly recognized in each of the markets that it serves. Colfax is traded on the NYSE under the ticker „CFX.“ Additional information about Colfax is available at www.colfaxcorp.com.

CAUTIONARY NOTE CONCERNING FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS – This press release may contain forward-looking statements, including forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements concerning Colfax“s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements that are not historical or current facts. Forward-looking statements are based on Colfax“s current expectations and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause Colfax“s results to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to factors detailed in Colfax“s reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as well as its Annual Report on Form 10-K under the caption „Risk Factors“. In addition, these statements are based on a number of assumptions that are subject to change. This press release speaks only as of this date. Colfax disclaims any duty to update the information herein.

The term „Colfax“ in reference to the activities described in this press release may mean one or more of Colfax“s global operating subsidiaries and/or their internal business divisions and does not necessarily indicate activities engaged in by Colfax Corporation.

Kontakt
Colfax Fluid Handling
Ben Martin
1710 Airport Road
28110 Monroe, NC
+1 (704) 289 6511, ext. 102430
Ben.Martin@colfaxcorp.com
http://www.colfaxcorp.com

Pressekontakt:
TennCom AG
Dr. Kurt Christian Tennstädt
Hohentwielstr. 4a
78315 Radolfzell
07732 – 95 39 30
info@tenncom.de
http://www.tenncom.de

Elektronik Medien Kommunikation

6½-stellige Digital-Multimeter der nächsten Generation

Agilent 34461A mit Truevolt-Technologie gewährleistet zuverlässigere Messungen

6½-stellige Digital-Multimeter der nächsten Generation

München – 12. Juli 2013 – Premier Farnell liefert ab sofort das neue 6 -stellige Digital-Multimeter (DMM) Agilent 34461A mit Truevolt-Technologie. Elektronikentwickler können so ihre Messdaten auf eine neue Art betrachten. Wichtige Informationen können sie schneller und einfacher erhalten und dokumentieren. Truevolt reduziert Messfehler, die durch externe Störfaktoren wie Rauschen, induzierten Strom und unerwünschte Eingangsströme hervorgerufen werden.

Das Digitalmultimeter Agilent 34461A ist ein direkter Ersatz für das weit verbreitete Agilent 34401A und macht den Anwendern dieses Modells den Umstieg leicht.

Das hochauflösende 4,3″ Farb-Display kann außer numerischen Messwerten auch Langzeittrends (nur 34461A), Messwert-Histogramme und statistische Informationen anzeigen. Mittels „Drag and Drop“ lassen sich Messdaten, Geräteeinstellungen und Bildschirmdarstellungen über die USB-Schnittstelle einfach und ohne Treiber in PC-Anwendungen übertragen.

„Unsere Kunden verlassen sich auf ihr 34401A DMM und vertrauen den Messergebnissen“, sagt Gary Whitman, Vice President und General Manager der System Products Division von Agilent. „Jetzt können sie problemlos auf die DMMs der Truevolt-Serie migrieren und sich sogar noch mehr auf die Ergebnisse verlassen. Zudem sind die Geräte nun einfacher zu bedienen und verfügen über neue Funktionen. Dank der innovativen Truevolt-Technologie können wir unseren Kunden eine ausgewogene Kombination von Messauflösung, Linearität, Genauigkeit und Geschwindigkeit zu einem günstigen Preis anbieten.“

Chris Godfrey, MRO Segment Manager bei Farnell element14, sagt: „Wir freuen uns, dass wir gemeinsam mit Agilent das Truevolt-Digitalmultimeter global anbieten können. Das Agilent 34460A erlaubt Elektronikentwicklern einen idealen Einstieg in die Klasse der 6-stelligen Digitalmultimeter. Wir möchten unseren Kunden die Beschaffung derartiger Produkte so einfach wie möglich machen.“

Das Agilent 34461A ist erhältich unter: http://de.farnell.com/agilent-technologies/34461a/multimeter-digital-tischgeraet/dp/2311062?CMP=PRR-EUR-13-0024

Farnell element14 ist ein High-Service Distributor von Technologie-Produkten und Lösungen für elektronische System-Designs, Wartungen und Reparaturen. Er vereint die neuesten Produkte, Dienstleistungen und Entwicklungssoftware mit einer innovativen Online-Community. Dort können sich Kunden und Elektronikentwickler mit Experten austauschen und haben Zugriff auf eine breite Palette von unabhängigen technischen Informationen und hilfreichen Tools. Ob Nachforschungen nach neuen Technologien, Produktentwicklungen oder die Suche nach den richtigen Teilen für eine Reparatur – bei Farnell element14 finden Sie alle Antworten und Teile, die Sie benötigen, um Ihre Projekte weiter nach vorne zu bringen.
Farnell element14 gehört zu Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl).

Zusätzliche Dienstleistungen wie Kundenservice, technische Beratung und Außendienst runden das Angebot ab. Unterstützungen zur Einhaltung gesetzlicher Vorschriften sind zu finden unter www.global-legislation.com/de.
Farnell ist eine Vertriebseinheit von Premier Farnell plc in Europa.

Farnell GmbH
Sitz der Gesellschaft: Oberhaching, Amtsgericht München HRB 81335,
Geschäftsführer: Neil Harrison

Kontakt
Farnell GmbH
Heike Dietz-Schedelbeck
Keltenring 14
82041 Oberhaching
+49 89 613 03 113
hschedelbeck@farnell.com
http://www.farnell.com

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Electric Electronics

LumaSense Introduces Rel-Rad™ Hybrid Technology for Cost Effective „Relatively Radiometric“ Thermal Imaging in Steel and Glassmaking Processes

LumaSenseInc.com: The new breakthrough hybrid imaging technology for non-contact temperature measurement, LumaSense Rel-Rad™, combines single point pyrometry and thermal imaging in a cost effective solution delivering „a thermal picture that’s worth a thousand pyrometers“

LumaSense Technologies introduced a new infrared imaging technology called Rel-Rad™ imaging („relatively radiometric“) that bridges the gap between single-point pyrometry and thermal imaging to deliver precise thermal images at half the cost of fully radiometric systems ( http://www.lumasenseinc.com ).

LumaSense’s Rel-Rad™ combines low-cost spot pyrometry with infrared thermal imaging technology to produce thermal images that are not fully radiometric but are „relatively radiometric“. By driving the thermal image palette through a radiometric pyrometer capable of precise temperature readings, Rel-Rad™ delivers relatively radiometric IR imaging at a significantly lower cost than fully radiometric imagers.

Infrared cameras have proven to be the ideal non-contact temperature measurement technology in extremely hot manufacturing environments, but the high cost of imaging systems is often a barrier for many customers. LumaSense’s new Rel-Rad technology makes accurate thermal imaging far more accessible, so operators can monitor an entire object or process instead of just a small portion. Through its LumaSpec R/T software suite for thermal analysis, the Rel-Rad technology can be readily integrated with existing industrial monitoring and control systems via the Open Process Control (OPC) interoperability standard for industrial automation.

The hybrid Rel-Rad thermal imaging technology is ideal for industries where it is critical to know the temperature of an object as well as uniformity across an object at that temperature. Many processes in metals and glassmaking industry using a single pyrometer to measure temperature can be improved with Rel-Rad technology, e.g. steelmaking processes like ladle preheat, torpedo car monitoring and annealing furnace operations. With the more precise temperature measurements that a LumaSense Rel-Rad thermography solution provides, the life of a pouring ladle or torpedo car can be extended by 20% and energy usage for preheat operations reduced by 10%.

„Rel-Rad makes the benefits of thermal imaging accessible to industrial customers who have been shut out by the high cost of traditional radiometric cameras,“ said LumaSense CTO, Brett Sargent. „The cost of a single thermal imager can exceed $25,000 USD, whereas our Rel-Rad hybrid imaging technology creates a reliable image for half the cost and provides more insight than can be obtained from a single temperature point. Our Rel-Rad solution can be applied to existing pyrometers in the field to enhance process performance, regardless of make and model. LumaSense’s broad portfolio of sensors for thermography combined with our extensive industry knowledge and integrated software puts us in an ideal position to deliver Rel-Rad solutions to our customers. The impact will be enormous as companies reap gains in energy efficiency, reduced raw materials costs, longer asset life and reduced downtime.“

Contact LumaSense Application Engineering at rel-rad@lumasenseinc.com to design and configure your process-specific Rel-Rad solution.

About LumaSense Technologies™

For over 50 years, LumaSense Technologies, Inc. ( http://www.lumasenseinc.com ) has provided temperature and gas sensing instruments for the energy, industrial, clean technology and commercial markets. LumaSense is a trusted partner to both end-user and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), drawing on proven technologies and deep industry expertise to develop state-of-the-art infrared and fiber optic temperature sensors, IR pyrometer / thermometer, radiometric thermal imagers, gas analyzers, photoacoustic gas monitors and calibration sources. With offices in Asia, Europe and the Americas, LumaSense is ideally positioned to serve the needs of the energy, industrial and clean technology markets worldwide.

Kontakt:
LumaSense Technologies Inc.
Sujeet Karna
3301 Leonard Court
95054 Santa Clara, CA
+1.480.788.7855
s.karna@lumasenseinc.com
http://www.lumasenseinc.com