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First incline lift on London Underground protected by Avire light curtains

21 March 2017

Memco Panachrome detectors safeguarding Greenford Tube station

Light curtains from Avire are safeguarding the first incline lift ever installed on the London Underground (LU) network.

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The former escalator at Greenford Tube station, on the Central line, has been replaced with an incline lift equipped with Memco Panachrome door detectors. The detectors flash red and green to give passengers a visual indication of when it is safe to enter and leave the lift.

“We use the Panachrome for two reasons,” explained Jon Spragg, lift discipline engineer at LU. “You’ve got the visual display as the lift doors open and close, which is great for meeting the Equality Act and keeping customers safe. But it’s also a very good deterrent at keeping people out of the path of the doors, reducing faults and ensuring efficiency of the lift flight times and passenger service.
“We utilise these detectors in the majority of our stations with lifts. From station to station we can have different environments – damp, cold, dry, dusty – and the Panachrome reacts well and is very reliable.”

The refurbishment project at Greenford fell into two parts. The first saw the installation of a new escalator to take passengers up to the train platforms. Then LU removed the escalator and replaced it with the incline lift.

Avire also supplied the project with LED dot matrix displays, which give passengers using and waiting for the lift information about its current position.

Transport for London plans to install four more incline lifts in two other Tube stations, at Farringdon and Liverpool Street, as part of the Crossrail project.

For more information about Avire in India, please contact Rajeev Joshi, Regional Business Manager – IMEA on M: +91 91677 30003, E-mail: rajeev.joshi@avire-global.com, visit www.avire-global.com. Avire operates in India from an office located in Wagle Industrial Estate in Thane, Maharashtra.

About AVIRE:

Avire – home to E-Motive, Janus, TL Jones and Memco – offers an extensive range of lift safety and communication products. With manufacturing locations in Singapore, China, India and the Czech Republic, and sales offices in 13 locations worldwide, Avire is a truly global brand. Avire’s products include light curtains, electronic displays, emergency telephones and LED lighting. Avire is a Halma company.

Ocean FX Spectrometer Provides High Acquisition Speed

9 March 2017

Newest spectrometer from Ocean Optics offers Ethernet operation, speed, sensitivity and spectral buffering

The latest miniature spectrometer from Ocean Optics offers high-sensitivity CMOS detector performance, acquisition speed up to 3,000 scans per second, and onboard spectral buffering to ensure data integrity during reaction monitoring. The Ocean FX spectrometer is ideal for high-speed sorting and grading in production environments, measurement of transient events, and reaction kinetics monitoring for drug development and similar applications.

Ocean FX is anchored by a high sensitivity CMOS detector with good response in the UV; is available with interchangeable slits; and captures up to 3,000 spectral scans per second, depending on the performance of the operating system to which it is connected. Its onboard buffer holds up to 50,000 spectra so users don’t miss a single data point during kinetics measurements. Also, Ocean FX allows users to operate the spectrometer via Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi and USB.

Ocean FX is available in versions optimized for the UV-Vis (200-850 nm), Vis-NIR (350-1000 nm) and extended (200-1025 nm) wavelength ranges. Enhanced-sensitivity, and custom and OEM configurations are also available.

To learn more about Ocean Optics FX systems, contact Raghu Charan can be contacted on M: +91 96 3232 6932, Tel: +91 80 6747 5336 or E-mail: Raghu.charan@oceanoptics.com. Visit the website at www.OceanOptics.com

About Ocean Optics:

Headquartered in Dunedin, Florida, USA, Ocean Optics is a leading supplier of spectral solutions for optical sensing – fundamental methods of measuring and interpreting the interaction of light with matter. With locations in the Americas, Europe and Asia, the company has sold more than 260,000 spectrometers worldwide since 1992. Ocean Optics’ extensive line of complementary technologies includes chemical sensors, analytical instrumentation, optical fibers and optics. The company is a subsidiary of Halma plc, an international market leader in safety, health and sensor technology.

Avire chooses new sales director

9 March 2017

Tom Davies has been appointed EIMEA sales director at lift safety and communication specialist Avire.

“This is a very exciting time to be joining Avire”, said Tom. “With a strong brand heritage in the lift industry, we will continue to grow by developing innovative new products, supported by increased investment in our local presence to ensure we deliver the very best service and support, and enhancing the customer experience. I’m looking forward to gaining a fuller understanding of our customers’ challenges and making sure that we can solve those in the most effective way.”

Tom joins Avire from Instron, where he was EMEA commercial director. He has a degree in Materials Engineering and Science from the University of Wales Swansea and experience in selling channels, strategic product marketing and innovation programmes.

For more information about Avire in India, please contact Rajeev Joshi, Regional Business Manager – IMEA on M: +91 91677 30003, E-mail: rajeev.joshi@avire-global.com, visit www.avire-global.com. Avire operates in India from an office located in Wagle Industrial Estate in Thane, Maharashtra.

About AVIRE:

Avire – home to E-Motive, Janus, TL Jones and Memco – offers an extensive range of lift safety and communication products. With manufacturing locations in Singapore, China, India and the Czech Republic, and sales offices in 13 locations worldwide, Avire is a truly global brand. Avire’s products include light curtains, electronic displays, emergency telephones and LED lighting.

Sensorex Water Sensors Chosen for Innovative Smart Village Concept

14 February 2017

Dissolved Oxygen and pH probes monitor key water parameters for aquaculture industry in Indian village of Mori

Sensorex dissolved oxygen and pH sensors are being used to monitor shrimp farms in Mori Village, a pioneering “Smart Village” in India. Three sets of Sensorex DO6441 dissolved oxygen (DO) and S8000 modular pH sensors have been deployed to measure water quality and key aquaculture parameters to increase the yield and efficiency of shrimp farming in the village.

The Smart Village project is a collaboration of the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley and the Andhra Pradesh Government of India. The project seeks to extend the concept of connected “Smart Cities” to rural villages, where more than half of the world’s population reside. Mori Village is the first prototype of the concept. Its objective is to empower the residents in the village, by providing access to the tools and technology to carry on their entrepreneurial activities.

Shrimp farming is one of the five top industries that make up the economic base in the village of 8000 residents, which is located in the East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh. It has the potential for high margin returns but can be also be high risk due to preventable disease. Traditionally, manual samples of the water were taken and sent to a lab, a labour intensive and time consuming process. The delay between taking a reading and waiting for the results meant critical time was lost in addressing any imbalances.

Once shrimp farming variability was identified as a pain point by the villagers, interested tech firms were brought in to co-innovate with the villagers to develop tech solutions. Participating corporate partners include Google, IBM, and NASA. Sensorex partnered with Appscape, Inc., who developed a cloud based monitoring and control system to be used with the Sensorex probes.

One set of DO and pH sensors is deployed in three separate shrimp ponds, taking water quality readings critical to maintaining the health of the livestock. The probes are equipped with Sensorex’s 4-20mA output modules, which feed into a PLC running AppScape’s app. The app is accessed from a mobile device and displays real-time readings of pH and DO. The app enables control of the pond’s aerators, which can be operated remotely via the app. Additional app features include data logging, trend analysis, and export for reporting and records backup.

Beyond the oxygen needed by the shrimp population to survive, grow and reproduce, dissolved oxygen is essential to the aerobic decomposition of organic solids that ensures a healthy habitat. This is especially important in aquafarming applications, where the high population density can adversely impact this natural process. By monitoring with Sensorex’s DO6441, farmers immediately know if an unhealthy environment is developing. When values fall below the optimal range of 2.5-3.5 ppm, the ponds’ aerators can be turned on to bring more oxygen into the water. Once the correct DO level is reached, the aerators can be turned off, lowering energy consumption and overall operating costs.
Like dissolved oxygen levels, pH levels can significantly impact the health of aquaculture livestock. Extremes in pH can lead to fish kills. With monitoring, pH altering variables like acid rain and agricultural run-off can be remediated with buffers and chemicals to restore pH balance.

Sensorex DO and pH sensors provide reliable, accurate measurement over a range of 0-20ppm dissolved oxygen and 0-14 pH. Constructed with durable, fully submersible bodies, the probes’ flat measurement surfaces stay clean, ensuring accurate readings with low maintenance and long service life. A range of options are available to customize sensors to application needs.

The Smart Village prototyping phase wrapped up in December, 2016, with an inaugural event to present the new technology to Andhra Pradesh’s Chief Minister. The Sensorex sensors are deployed and monitoring their first crop of shrimp, with harvest expected in 4-6 months. The prototype Smart Village concept could potentially be applied to 650,000 Indian villages and eventually around the world. Sensorex monitoring solutions can be applied to a range of aquaculture and industrial processes to improve the quality of life in rural communities.

Sensorex has been the preferred choice of most OEM partners globally mainly because:
a. It is trusted for its pioneering sensor technology
b. A proven range of products in aquaculture application worldwide
c. An installed base of more than 10,000 sensors globally in similar applications, of which 3,000 are in India

To learn more about Sensorex’s full range of standard and custom sensor designs for aquaculture monitoring, contact India Business Manager Mr. T A Kumar on M: +91 93870 64044, E-mail ta.kumar@sensorex.com, or visit www.sensorex.com

About Sensorex:

Sensorex (a Halma Company) is a global leader in the design and manufacture of electrochemical and optical sensors, and instrumentation for real-time water analysis. The company offers more than 2000 sensor packages for pH, ORP, UV transmittance, dissolved oxygen, free chlorine, chlorine dioxide and other specialty measurements, as well as a full line of sensor accessories. Its expert technical support engineers solve analytical sensor challenges with custom engineering and standard off-the-shelf products. Headquartered in California, with a global distributor network, Sensorex is a subsidiary of Halma plc, an international market leader in safety, health and sensor technology.

Two leading valve operation brands merge to form Sofis

24 January 2017

Netherlocks and Smith Flow Control reveal new corporate identity

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Two of the valve operation industry’s leading brands have joined forces under a new name.
Netherlocks and Smith Flow Control have combined to form Sofis, a bigger, stronger, market-led company. Sofis’s customers will benefit from a more diversified organisation with a wider portfolio of valve safety and operation products.

“One of the key customer benefits of our merger is that, as one team, we can offer a stronger, complementary range of products,” explained Daniel Ruiter, Sofis’s CEO.

The new company will also offer better application engineering and after-sales service, while a new regional sales structure will deliver improved local support.

Sofis’s dedicated business development managers and innovation teams will work closely with customers to design new solutions in each of its product groups: process safety, drive systems and valve monitoring. The new company will operate from 11 offices in nine countries.

Since 1993, Dutch firm Netherlocks has been a leading manufacturer of industrial valve operation systems, including valve interlocks, valve position indicators, partial stroke testing devices and portable valve actuators.

Smith Flow Control was formed in the UK in 1985. The organisation was the first to introduce the coded card linear key concept to interlocking, and specialises in mechanical valve control equipment, as well as portable actuator and remote valve operators.

Sofis has 2 Indian offices with sales, project engineering and design resources for excellent local support. The Indian operation of Sofis is being coordinated by the branch manager Robert Goh, who is located in Singapore. For enquiries related to Indian market, please contact India Sales Manager, Mr.Nitul Sanghvi, who is based out of Vadodara. Nitul can be contacted on +91 9879559345 or nitul.sanghvi@sofisglobal.com.

For more info, please visit www.sofisglobal.com

Sofis – Company profile:

Netherlocks Safety Systems and Smith Flow Control have merged. Two global leaders in the field of valve operations have joined forces and move on as Sofis. With joint expertise, a united service team and a combined office and partner network, Sofis is bigger and stronger and thus better able to give worldwide support and cater to every market need. Over the last three decades Sofis’s employees have led and developed the interlock market. They have also devised new product segments by continuously bringing new ideas to fruition. Sofis is a Halma company.

About Halma:
Halma, the leading safety, health and environmental technology group is a public company listed on the London Stock Exchange and has around 5600 employees in nearly 50 subsidiaries worldwide. Halma’s subsidiaries make products that protect lives and improve the quality of life for people through innovation in market leading products which make its customers safer, more competitive and more profitable. These subsidiaries are assisting India’s economy in areas such as energy, manufacturing, healthcare, water and waste treatment, construction and transport. Halma has an office in Bengaluru, Mumbai, Vadodara and Thanjavur.

For further news about Halma in India, please visit www.halma.in

The Buzz About Nanosponge SERS and Trace Level Detection

17 December 2016

How sensitive spectroscopy tools can help identify substances linked to honeybee population decline

Ocean Optics enables highly sensitive, trace-level Raman spectroscopy measurements with its RAM-SERS-SP Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy substrates. The company recently demonstrated the power of the substrates’ proprietary gold-silver nanosponge alloy with a real world example related to the honeybee die-off problem. By comparing the ability of new gold-silver substrates to traditional substrates to detect imidacloprid, an insecticide suspected to be dangerous to bee colonies, Ocean Optics scientists were able to demonstrate the enhanced sensitivity that RAM-SERS-SP substrates bring to Raman measurements.

SERS substrates amplify very weak Raman signals by many orders of magnitude, with measurements of SERS-active analytes possible at even parts per trillion levels. Silver-only SERS substrates work best with 532 nm Raman excitation, and gold substrates are better suited to 785 nm Raman systems. By combining the silver and gold on one substrate, the new SERS nanosponge substrates perform well with either wavelength. When used with 638 nm Raman excitation, the nanosponge substrates are enhanced to an even higher level of sensitivity.

Recent high rates of honeybee loss have been investigated by government regulators and other researchers. According to ongoing U.S. EPA studies, the insecticide imidacloprid has been identified as a threat to commercial honeybee colonies, citing traces at concentration levels greater than 25 ppb as likely harmful to honeybees.

To test the effectiveness of Ocean Optics substrates in detecting imidacloprid at these harmful trace levels, Ocean Optics scientists set up a lab experiment using the company’s gold nanoparticle and gold-silver nanosponge SERS substrates. They made a series of measurements using the gold nanoparticle substrates, in a setup with 785 nm Raman laser excitation; and a series of measurements using the gold-silver nanosponge substrates, in a setup with 638 nm Raman excitation.

In the testing, the gold-silver nanosponge SERS substrates delivered the best results, able to detect imidacloprid concentrations as low as 4 pg (0.4 ppb; well within the 25 ppb concentration rate cited by the US EPA as harmful to bees). Their high sensitivity and low background noise made it easier to discern Raman peaks at these very low concentration levels.

Raman is a useful technique for fast, non-destructive analysis, with the enhanced sensitivity provided by SERS substrates allowing detection of trace levels of samples such as insecticides. Affordable and easy to use, the Ocean Optics SERS substrates are well suited to deployment in the lab or field. To read the full Honeybee Insecticide Detection application note, visit http://oceanoptics.com/sers-pesticide-detection-honeybee/.

To learn more about Ocean Optics SERS substrates and Raman Spectroscopy systems, contact Raghu Charan can be contacted on M: +91 96 3232 6932, Tel: +91 80 6747 5336 or E-mail: Raghu.charan@oceanoptics.com. Visit the website at www.OceanOptics.com

About Ocean Optics:

Headquartered in Dunedin, Fla., Ocean Optics is a leading supplier of spectral solutions for optical sensing – fundamental methods of measuring and interpreting the interaction of light with matter. With locations in the Americas, Europe and Asia, the company has sold more than 260,000 spectrometers worldwide since 1992. Ocean Optics’ extensive line of complementary technologies includes chemical sensors, analytical instrumentation, optical fibers and optics. The company is a subsidiary of Halma plc, an international market leader in safety, health and sensor technology.

View Ocean Optic’s press release archive at: http://halmapr.com/news/oceanoptics/

Fortress’ proNET Nominated for Tomorrow’s Health and Safety Award

17 December 2016

Fortress InterlocksproNET safety and communications module has been nominated for the Tomorrow’s Health and Safety Awards 2017.

proNET adds industrial Ethernet communications to its amGardpro range of safety interlocks, which enables the amGardpro’s features to be distributed IO (input-output) on a PROFINET network, with safety information exchanged using PROFIsafe extensions. Added benefits include reduced installation costs, easier maintenance and greater availability of data for improved diagnosis.

Most safety interlocks are either not electrically connected (deliberately so in the case of some mechanical, trapped key interlocks) or are ‘wired at gate’, meaning all electrical connections go via a control PLC and safety relay. This can mean up to 20 wires from each device going to the control panel. proNET overcomes this by taking advantage of PROFINET and PROFIsafe, allowing operators to have just one power and Ethernet cable going from the control panel, allowing devices to be attached in a variety of topologies, depending on requirements.

The amGardpro is a range of fully integrated safety interlocks, including solenoid and non-solenoid safety switches. It has an extensive range of additional options, including key control modules, internal and escape release, redundant sensors, lock out/tag out, push buttons, estops and indication lights for enhanced functionality, all assembled in one device. The robust construction of the amGardpro makes it ideal for a host of industrial applications when safety, strength and reliability are of paramount importance.

“We’re delighted with this nomination,” commented Fortress’ Technical Director Rob Johnson. “Making our products compatible with industrial safety networks is an essential requirement for our customers. With the launch of proNET, we’re ensuring we not only meet, but exceed what people expect from us when it comes to industrial networking.”

For more details and enquiries, E-mail: sales@fortressinterlocks.com or visit our Website: www.fortressinterlocks.com

About Fortress Interlocks:

Fortress Interlocks (a Halma company) is a world leader in safety interlock systems. Its products guarantee that actions and events are undertaken in a pre-determined sequence. This creates a safe working environment where employees are safeguarded from injury and equipment is protected from damage. This helps customers protect their personnel and capital assets. The company has over 40 years’ experience in the safety market, designing and manufacturing safety access and control systems at its headquarters in Wolverhampton, UK.

Customized Electronic Pressure Controllers for OEM Use from Alicat Scientific

17 December 2016

EPC family delivers responsive liquid or gas pressure control, tailored to application needs

Alicat Scientific has added two new families of electronic pressure controllers specifically for high volume original equipment manufacture. The EPC family with single proportional valves, and EPCD family with dual valves, provide customized pressure control in embedded systems. The small footprint instruments respond quickly to upstream fluctuations to provide fast, accurate control of pressure in an economical, easy-to-integrate package. Alicat offers a choice of valves, valve orifices and process connections to fit customer specifications. EPC instruments are ideal for use in OEM gas chromatographs, fluidics dispensing for flow cytometry, and anywhere responsive pressure control is needed.

EPC and EPCD instruments have a 100 ms control response to still upstream pressure fluctuations in real time. NIST-traceable accuracy is 0.25% full-scale. The EPC family’s single proportional valve provides stable control of pressure in flowing applications, such as maintaining flow of carrier gas through the sample injection point in gas chromatographs. The EPCD features a second exhaust valve to provide efficient control of pressure in closed volumes, such as controlling the head space above a fluid for dispensing.

Alicat offers NPT, SAE, downport, and NeSSi process connections. Both digital (RS-232, RS-485, Modbus) and analog (0-5v, 0-10v, 4-20mA) communications are available to suit a range of end-user products. A choice in valve type and orifice allows for configuration to specific flow requirements for the best speed and stability.

To learn more about Alicat’s new EPC electronic pressure controllers, visit www.alicat.com/epc, or contact Gajendra Kelkar on +91 99300 47455 or email gkelkar@alicat.com

To find an archive of Alicat news, visit the Alicat News Blog

About ALICAT:

Part of the international Halma group, Alicat Scientific designs and manufactures mass flow devices used in medical and scientific instrumentation, as well as diverse industrial applications, for high-precision measurement of gas and liquid flows. Its all-digital product range includes mass and liquid flow meters and controllers; pressure gauges and controllers; portable flow meters; secondary calibration standards; software and accessories.

Advanced’s Fire Panels Nominated for Tomorrow’s Health and Safety Award

17 December 2016

Advanced’s MxPro 5 fire panel range has been nominated for the Tomorrow’s Health and Safety Awards 2017.

“We’re delighted to be nominated for this award for the second year in a row,” commented Aston Bowles, Advanced’s Marketing Manager. “MxPro 5 is the fire industry’s leading multiprotocol fire panel. It enjoys a reputation for performance, quality and ease-of-use that is unmatched and has been installed across the UK and beyond in some of the most prestigious and challenging locations.”

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The MxPro 5 range is approved to EN54-2,4 &13 and comes in one- to eight-loop variants as standard, with further custom-build options available. It is easily configured into high speed, 200 panel peer-peer networks, covering huge areas and tens of thousands of field devices. It includes high performance repeaters and remote control terminals with a range of different control and indicating options, including Advanced’s TouchControl touchscreen repeater that features Active Maps and zone plans.

A wide range of peripheral cards that make MxPro 5 customisable for almost any application are available via the panel or as networked devices. It also supports BMS integration, internet control and monitoring, ESPA fire paging for engineers or the hard of hearing and many more solutions. It includes as standard superior diagnostics, including an on-board oscilloscope that makes fault-finding simple. The panel is supported by a suite of easy-to-use software tools for configuration, servicing and control that increase its usability and flexibility.

MxPro 5 supports four loop protocols: Argus, Apollo, Hochiki and Nittan protocols and also comes with Advanced’s best-in-class false alarm management solution, AlarmCalm, as standard. To ensure the system is as open as possible Advanced offers free support and training to all installers and users.

For more details please contact Reji Mathew, India Business Manager who is based in Bengaluru on M: +91 98802 80326, E-mail: rmathew@advancedco.com and also visit www.advancedco.com or http://halma.in/companies/advanced/

About Advanced:

Advanced (a Halma company) designs intelligent fire systems approved to key international, regional and local standards including UL 864 and EN54. The legendary performance, quality and ease-of-use of its products sees them used in prestigious and challenging locations all over the world, from single panel installations to large multi-site networks. Advanced products include complete fire detection systems, multi-protocol fire panels, extinguishing control and fire paging systems.

Ocean Optics Diffuse Reflectance probe provides measurement consistency

30 November 2016

DR-Probe removes localized variance

The Ocean Optics Diffuse Reflectance Probe (DR-Probe) measures 45° diffuse reflectance, enhancing UV-Vis and NIR spectroscopy results. This sampling tool removes localized variance in reflectance measurements. It is ideal for applications such as color analysis, material identification and quality monitoring of foods.

The DR-Probe integrates a light source and collection optics into one unit to measure 45° diffuse reflectance. With the probe’s collection optics fixed in place relative to the light source, the measurement geometry is constant. An included standoff accessory ensures a consistent 40 mm focal length between the probe and the sample. Sampling uniformity increases the reliability and consistency of measurement results.

The DR-Probe has rugged, all-metal construction for durability in the lab or field. Its 6W tungsten halogen bulb has a 10,000-hour lifetime. Compatible with Ocean Optics Visible and NIR spectrometers and accessories, the DR-Probe integrates seamlessly into experimental setups.

To learn more about the DR-Probe, contact Raghu Charan can be contacted on M: +91 96 3232 6932, Tel: +91 80 6747 5336 or E-mail: Raghu.charan@oceanoptics.com. Visit the website at www.OceanOptics.com

About Ocean Optics:

Headquartered in Dunedin, Fla., Ocean Optics is a leading supplier of spectral solutions for optical sensing – fundamental methods of measuring and interpreting the interaction of light with matter. With locations in the Americas, Europe and Asia, the company has sold more than 260,000 spectrometers worldwide since 1992. Ocean Optics’ extensive line of complementary technologies includes chemical sensors, analytical instrumentation, optical fibers and optics. The company is a subsidiary of Halma plc, an international market leader in safety, health and sensor technology.
View Ocean Optic’s press release archive at: http://halmapr.com/news/oceanoptics/