Archive for October, 2012

The solar powered drive-in theatre

by Mike Rycroft, editor One of the most regular claims that appears in the news is that the cost of renewable energy is constantly declining, and may soon approach parity with grid electricity. The increasing use of solar PV in urban off-grid systems, particularly for non-essential applications,  seems to give credibility to these statements, and […]

Does speed count in the process and manufacturing industries?

by Gerhard Greeff, Bytes Systems Integration and Dr. Kobus van der Merwe, Industrial Management Enhancement Do process industries require different  measurements compared to discrete industries? Which is better; fast or accurate? Process industries may derive more value by using a measure like “time in (optimal) state” than the typical overall equipment effectiveness measurement. In addition, […]

MSP-100 Series~100W Medical Enclosed Type Power Supply

In response to the high reliable power supply demands for medical market, after the launch of MSP-200 (200W) and MSP-300 (300W) series, MEAN WELL further introduced the MSP-100 series, 100W AC/DC high efficiency medical enclosed type power supply. MSP-100 series comply with international medical safety regulations (MOOP level) and EMI Class B level. Featuring with […]

IThermography applications and safety issues

Information from HRohloff and R&C Instrumentation Thermographers are put at risk by having to open cabinets or doors in an attempt to gain access to the internal components that they wish to image.  Even the most comprehensive risk assessments and method statements cannot avoid the obvious risks involved. During  infrared inspection of electrical switchgear panels it […]

Miro distribution worldwide recognition from Vivotek for outstanding sales performance.

Miro distribution has recently received 2 very prestigious awards from Vivotek.  Vivotek is a leading manufacturer of IP Video Cameras and both awards are towards the sales performance achieved by Miro distribution, a distributor of Network Cameras, Voice over IP and Wireless networking products.These are both global awards and it shows that South African companies […]

Universal, intelligent temperature transmitter

The high-performance Inor IPAQ-LPlus temperature transmitter is a universal and intelligent 2-wire DIN rail transmitter for temperature and other measurement applications. The outstanding combination of excellent specifications, high functionality and simple configuration is said to make this temperature transmitter the obvious choice in demanding applications. The Inor IPAQ-LPlus temperature transmitter offers low linearity and calibration […]

Study maps greenhouse gas emissions to building street level

Information from Arizona State University   Arizona State University (ASU) researchers have developed a new software system capable of estimating greenhouse gas emissions across entire urban landscapes, all the way down to roads and individual buildings. Until now, scientists quantified carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions at a much broader level.   Download the Pdf

New IEC technical report “good news” for automation

Information from Fieldbus Foundation   A new International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) report provides guidance to end-users when selecting device integration technology encompassing all host systems, field instruments and device protocols. The new technical report, IEC 61804-6 Ed 1: Function blocks (FB) for process control – electronic device description language (EDDL), explains the requirements for field […]

US election atlas reveals interesting patterns

The Spatial Social Science Lab at Stanford University has released the Stanford Election Atlas, a new online interactive data visualisation tool that allows users to inspect the precinct-by-precinct results of the 2008 US presidential election. The atlas is the product of years of collaborative work at Harvard and Stanford Universities. First, precinct-level data were obtained […]

New appointment at OGC

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has appointed Denise McKenzie as Executive Director, Marketing and Communications. Working with OGC staff, board, membership and partner organisations, McKenzie will be responsible for the planning and execution of marketing, communications and education programs to raise awareness and increase application of OGC standards by technology providers and users worldwide. Over the […]