Sensing and Telemetry News

09 Mar 2018

Meet Chris West … Powelectrics BDM and Resident Rock-God!

Chris West is a great guy to talk to if you need to get sensor signals into web-based management systems, but his talents do not end there! He may deliver connected sensor solutions by day … but when the lights go down … he is making a very different kind of connection … as frontman for his band, Drop Down Smiling!

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07 Mar 2018

Get After Sales Technical Support from Handy Andy

Powelectrics are here to help you when our telemetry solutions are being deployed or are already installed. Andy Perkins is one of our Technical Support Team. Find out what he can do for you here.

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05 Mar 2018

What Does the Term ‘Industry 4.0’ Mean?

Dave Oakes, Powelectrics MD, attended Industry 4.0 Summit last week. In talking to contacts and customers, it has become clear that the term is not known and understood by everyone, so here is the briefest of explanations.

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02 Mar 2018

Meet Dave Oakes, Powelectrics New MD

Powelectrics recently welcomed Dave Oakes as our new MD! Dave will not be a stranger to many of our customers and suppliers, having been our Sales and Technical Director for the last 17 years. For those who are not familiar with our new leader, here as a brief introduction.

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02 Mar 2018

Ready Data for Ready Mix! Powelectrics Telemetry Solutions for Construction Material Storage and Logistics

Powelectrics have recently delivered a retrofit remote silo monitoring telemetry project for Cemex, a multinational building materials company, connecting existing sensors on load cells to the IIoT to give management current data and instant alarms wherever they are. They also get useful historical data to help with planning their production and deliveries. 

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07 Nov 2017

Introducing a range of Sigfox devices

We are pelased to introduce a range of Sigfox approved transmitters for automatic meter reading, remote temperature & humidity monitoring as well as units for checking and reporting the state of volt free contacts.

Sigfox offers very cost effectivehardware and connectivity for IOT & IIOT applications. Low energy consumption LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) network mean it's a great way to connect sensors to the Cloud.

The Sigfox IOT hardware is compatible with our web based data acquisition solution allowing you to view the readings via easy to navigate web portals as well as receive alarms and even integrate the data into back office computing systems using our easy to use API.

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25 Sep 2017

Remote Data Logging

It is now possible, on request, for the Metron2 to store readings and then have them perioducally transmitted to our cloud based data acquisition platform, Metron View.

This means you can use the Metron system as a remote data logging solution, getting more data to provide further benefit. Whatever your industrial internet of things application, from remote tank monitoring, condition monitoring, machine monitoring we have the solution. Get in touch to discuss your requrements.

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24 Jul 2017

Powelectrics Present Telemetry for Rail Vehicle Interiors Developed in Conjunction with Angel Trains

Powelectrics are pleased to present a Telemetry System for Trains. This Metron meets the applicable fire performance standards to be installed in a rail interior, for use in internal applications such as toilet tank monitoring and air condition monitoring. The unit has been developed in conjunction with Angel Trains.

Powelectrics are committed to continuous, customer-driven solution development  - contact us to discuss your requirements further.

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17 Jul 2017

Get the most from your IIOT data

Powelectrics have extended the capabilities of the highly successful Metron View platform by extending the systems ability to accept data from 3rd party devices AND to perform logical & arithmetic operations. We can build you portals and reports that suit your needs ensuring you get the maximum benefit from the data.

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14 Nov 2016

Microwave level sensors - when space is limited

The MFP microwave level sensors safely & precisely detect fill levels of a wide range of products such as cereals or soy flour. Based on the guided pulse radar principle, they operate reliably regardless of foaming, medium density, temperature and pressure. Available with a single probe, parallel probes or a coaxial probe, the systems can be optimally adapted to the requirements of liquid and solid media.

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08 Nov 2016

Flow sensors - Plug-in, align, tighten

The compact SCS 440 flow sensor from EGE is designed for plug-in installation and free orientation. Just like the proven SC 440  model, the sensor monitors the speed of liquid media up to 300 cm/s. During installation with a G¼ or G½ screw-in adapter, the plug connector and the LED display can be freely oriented. The adapter is screwed into a T-piece or a welding sleeve. After that, the sensor is secured in the adapter using a union nut. 

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05 Aug 2016

Solar power flood monitoring kit - easy to buy and fit

All you need in one easy to install package.

• Remotely monitor river levels
• Receive alarms if level rises above thresholds
• View historical level data via simple web GUI
• Collect data via API for use in applications & websites
• Solar powered

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24 May 2016

Super Safe Laser Light Barriers

We are pleased to present an extensive range of extremely safe laser sensors. Light barriers are used in all areas of automation, to detect small objects with great speed and precision, without contact or wear. They can accurately detect size, position and form, and send alarms to camera and control systems. This new range conforms to Class 1, the highest safety level of the latest legislation (IEC 60825-1: 2014) to offer maximum eye safety with both short and long duration irradiation, even if the cross-section of the beam is reduced by optical instruments.

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03 Mar 2016

Kerosene Tank Level Monitoring with Local Display

We have just fitted some level sensors, a telemetry unit and displays to a couple of 200,000 litre kerosene tanks. The application needed ATEX approved sensors and barriers. At the heart of the system is the Metron2 which is sending the data to our web based portal allowing the client to securely view the level readings via the internet.

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01 Mar 2016

Quality Audit for connected sensors passed with flying colours

We have recently had our ISO 9001 recertification audit and passed with flying colours. Zero non-conformities. Well done Nicole, Pete, Jade, Abby and everyone else involved.
 
ISO 9001 is the internationally recognised standard for Quality Management Systems (QMS). It is the most widely used QMS standard in the world, with over 1.1 million certificates issued to organizations in 178 countries.
 
ISO 9001 provides a framework and set of principles that ensure a common-sense approach to the management of your organization to consistently satisfy customers and other stakeholders.

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08 Feb 2016

Detecting process malfunctions in time

EGE has extended its range of inline flow and temperature controllers, adding sensors for low flow rates. The new SDN 552/5 and  SDN 552/6 series detect flow rates between 50 and 2.000 ml/min as well as media temperatures from 0 to +60 °C, ensuring space-saving monitoring at reduced acquisition costs. Users can choose between sensors with two analog outputs (4...20 mA), two switching outputs, or one analog and one switching output for flow and temperature data. Equipped with a three-digit digital display, the sensors are easy to program: the parameters limit value, hysteresis, NO/NC, time on/off delay and average value can be adjusted to the requirements of specific applications. Current readings and stored parameters can be accessed anytime. The programming functions are secured by an access code which can also be programmed.

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02 Dec 2015

Link Sensor Data to Excel - DIY IOT

Do it yourself internet of things.
As we deploy more and sensors and gateways into more diverse applications it is becoming apparent that the users don’t always know what to expect from the data. How does the differential pressure across a filter relate to when the filter needs changing? How does the temperature of a bearing vary with load and what is the impact of wear and tear? By getting data and then analysing so much more can be understood, and it is sometimes possible to use just a few sensors to get a large amount of useful information.

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12 Nov 2015

Monitoring Petrol on Forecourts

Powelectrics partners in Mauritius have successfully installed tank gauging solutions on petrol forecourts for Indian Oil. Extremely proud of their reputation for technological innovation, Indian Oil were committed to being the first Mauritian fuel retailer to benefit from a fully-integrated approach to logistics and stock management.

The solution was implemented via Powelectrics tier-one Partner, Naveo who not only brought local support and technical know how but also a well featured software solution that is able to combine both tank level monitoring and vehicle tracking.

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25 Sep 2015

Internet Connected Sensors with Self Service Setup

Our Metron solution for remote monitoring now has a great new way of getting sensor data flowing securely to the internet in just 3 quick and simple steps.

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08 Sep 2015

Radio Networks for Sensors and Meters

We are pleased to introduce the MetronR range of products - a long range yet affordable Radio Telemetry System with battery powered transmitters that handle pulse signals, as well as temperature and humidity measurement options. Range testing shows we can get 5 miles (8 kilometres). You can have 32 transmitters to each hub which provides an RS485 interface. The readings can be made available to SCADA & BMS systems as well as PLC's, or you can use our GSM capable telemetry solutions to send the data to a server and then access securely via the internet.

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20 Jul 2015

Internet Connected Sensors

Powelectrics’ award-winning Metron remote monitoring solutions are compatible with tens of thousands of sensors from major manufacturers.

The solutions are ready to use out of the box so you can view your data via the internet using your favourite browser on your computer, tablet or smartphone with ease.

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17 Jul 2015

Adoption of Private Sewers

There is an increasing need for remote monitoring in the UK waste water industry as by October 2016 the sewerage broker, which is typically the local water authority, will take over the responsibility of private drains and sewers as laid out in the DEFRA guidelines. As these assetts are largely unknown quantities then it is important that the water authorities introduce a form of remote monitoring.

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07 Jul 2015

Sensor range gets extended with new wind, temperature and pressure devices

Powelectrics have extended their range of sensors to incorporate some new wind direction, wind speed, temperature and pressure. All offer great performance for their price and are compatible with our remote monitoring solutions.

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29 Jun 2015

Rail Industry Innovation Awards

Metron2 and Metron VIEW formed the core of a digital fuel gauge soluiton that was a short listed finalist at the Modern Railway Innovation Awards at the Fourth Friday Club Dinner held on Friday 26th June. The solution was awarded 'highly commended' in the small projects category.

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09 Jun 2015

Smaller, more intelligent ultrasonic sensors

We are pleased to announce the arrival of a new miniature ultrasonic sensor from diSoric with built in intelligence. When Powelectrics first started selling ultrasonic sensors, the smallest available was an M30 housing. It was a breakthrough when the M18 was launched, then the M12. The latest in the Disoric range of ultrasonics sensors is in an M8 housing.

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02 Mar 2015

M8 and M12 All Stainless Steel Proximity Sensors

We are please to announce the arrival of some new proximity switches that come in a one-piece stainless steel housing. They have the same operating distance to steel and aluminium and are insensitive to cleaning agents, environmental influences and hot chips. They have a metal plug connector, an integrated amplifier and include protection against short-circuit and reverse polarity. The integrated LED shows the switch status.

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31 Oct 2014

Easy Installation of EGE Flow Controllers

New screw-in adapters enable easy installation of EGE flow control systems: ST 418, SNS, and SCS probes and compact sensors can now be simply plugged in, aligned, and screwed tight. The adapter is screwed into a T-piece or a welding sleeve. During installation, the plug connector and the LED display can be freely oriented. After that, the sensor is secured in the adapter using a union nut. The connection is reliably sealed up to 100 bar. Various screw-in adapter models which are optionally available allow for universal use of the flow sensors. Standard versions are supplied with a G¼ or G½ thread. The sensors operate according to the thermodynamic principle and are suitable for monitoring liquid flow rates up to 300 cm/s.

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27 Oct 2014

Monitor Signals From Your Sensors Wherever You Are

Powelectrics make hardware and provide software solutions that can allows you view data fromyour senosrs, wherever you are, wherever your equipment is. The hardware (Metrons)take signals from sensors and use the mobile phone network to transmit them to a managed server (Metron VIEW) so users can then view via the internet using their computer or smart phone. Readings can be sent as frequently as every 5 minutes or as infrequently as every day or even every week. How often readings are sent will effect the cost for the data.

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16 Oct 2014

New Basic Series Proximity Sensors

We are pelased to be able to introduce a new range of inductive proximity sensors in body sizes from M8 to M30, with standard or extended detection ranges and with fixed cables or connectors.

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26 Sep 2014

Receive Alarms by Email from your Sensors

Metron VIEW is now able to send you alarms by email if a reading from a sensor goes above or below pre-defined thresholds, or if a unit has not unit has not communicated with the Metron VIEW server for a certain amount of time.

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12 Sep 2014

Flow Sensor Product Selector

To help you choose the right sensor for your application you can now use this product search tool, directirng you to the right product to suit medium (liquid, gas, glycol), power supply, flow rate, supply voltage, output type, connection type, temperature range and ATEX category and then taking you to the data sheet.

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14 Apr 2014

New range of affordable level sensors

The SPS series of affordable level sensors suit a wide range of applications and offer simple installation and long term stability.
Available in a variety of measurement ranges these sensors have a sturdy stainless steel body and use the well proven hydrostatic method of level measurement offering excellent accuracy at a very reasonable price.

These sensors work really well with our Metron2 device to provide you with a great way of reading the level in oyur tank both locally and remotely.

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24 Mar 2014

Metron VIEW gets an API

Users of Metron VIEW can now retrieve their data and build their own web applications using the API that we have introduced. As ever with the Powelectrics suite of M2M products it's pretty straightforward to use and we are finding suitably skilled developers are making light work of it.

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31 Jan 2014

Di-soric launch new low cost laser micrometer

The new LLGT 081 laser micrometer is a high-resolution laser line fork light barrier that can be used to detect and analyse even minimal dimensional deviations.  A special lens projects a fine, parallel laser beam onto a high-resolution CMOS line.
The fork design of these units eliminates the need for time-consuming alignment of the transmitter and receiver.

The 1st device of this family has a 25mm measuring range and a separation distance (emitter to receiver) of 80mm. The device has a resolution of 20µm.

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31 Dec 2013

Machine to Machine Is Becoming A Way of Life. Telemetry is its Life Blood.

Machine to Machine (M2M) is here to stay, whether it be smart metering, data collection for compliance reasons or inventory management. This ‘Internet of Things’ telemetry technology offers rapid payback, delivering operational, environmental and financial benefits, from cutting delivery miles, to reacting in good time to warnings of machinery breakdown, leakage, theft, run-outs and safety breaches. Powelectrics award-winning solutions are proven globally, in businesses as diverse as parcel distribution, propane gas, cryogenics and the water industry.

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14 Aug 2013

Why 'Waste' a Collection? Use Tank Telemetry

Tank level telemetry has becomes a valued cost-reduction tool in high value bulk delivery logistics, from LPG to Diesel and Heating Oils. Now, companies are realising that virtually the same benefits apply to the collection of bWaste Tankulk waste.

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19 Jul 2013

Level switches for kerosene and petrol

Powelectrics are pleased to introduce a range of optical level sensors for monitoring fill levels of liquidlevel sensor for kerosene and petrol media irrespective of conductivity or dielectric constant.

The units operate by means of a proven infrared light method: during immersion, the refractive index around the sensor tip changes. The sensor continuously analyzes the reflected infrared light and uses it to actuate the switching output.

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19 Jul 2013

Ultrasonic label sensors

Ultrasonic label sensors series USGT are designed for theultrasonic label sensor detection of nearly all conventional kinds of labels. The large fork width offers enough free space for thicker, folded labels. However, even extremely thin, transparent film labels – printed or non-printed – will be safely detected and
positioned.

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13 May 2013

Dynamic fork light barriers - Detect standstill immediately

Powelectrics now offers the most extensive range of fork sensors and fork light barriers that covers a wide variety of different fork widths and fork depths. The product's sensitivity can be adjusted using a potentiometer or teach key. Some models deliberately dispense with any unnecessary adjustment elements. The collimated transmitter light is available as infrared light, red light or red laser light. This makes it possible to satisfy a wide range of application requirements with great operating safety.

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29 Apr 2013

The Future of M2M

M2M technology is on the brink of something big - take a look at this infographic for more insight into M2M developments. 
 
For more in-depth information regarding our M2M solutions and devices contact us direct on 01827 310 66. See our:- 
 
M2M Remote Monitoring
M2M Technology
M2M Management

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26 Apr 2013

Ice Rink Monitoring

The Powelectrics Metron2 device has been used in conjunction with 4 temperature probes to remotely monitor temporary Ice Rinks.

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08 Apr 2013

Energy Management

The European Union has decreed that 20 percent of the overall domestic energy consumption must come from renewable energy sources by the year 2020. The EU guideline to this effect is also known as the RES Directive.

Intelligent Energy Management

The biggest challenge facing network operators is to guarantee stable network operation. One problem is to avoid a regional overload of the power grid during high power feed-in. This can only be accomplished by intelligent  energy management that enables remote control of load shut-down or load reduction to prevent damage to the power grids.

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25 Mar 2013

Remote Fuel Management

Remote Fuel Management Systems verify deliveries, catches thieves, places orders automatically and much more.

With the cost of fuel continually increasing the need to manage fuel stocks has never been greater, and when the business is reliant on delivery vehicles then the volume of fuel used and fuel availability is critical to ensure you continue to hit service levels and create value for your customers.

Leading Mail Distributor 

A leading mail distributor has over 250 depots scattered across the UK and with fuel being purchased and managed centrally, there was a daily requirement for the depots to provide manual stock levels so they could order in time. When deliveries did occur there was no way of making sure the volume matched up with the invoice, or that it happened at the right time. The depots are busy places and it was no good if tankers arrived to fill the tanks when the vans were all filling up ready to go out on their rounds.

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05 Mar 2013

Remote Tank Level Monitoring with easy to fit Hygienic Sensor

By remotely monitoring the level of milk in the collection tanks at dairies it is possible to reduce the number of journeys required each week to collect the milk and dramatically lower the collection costs.

Thanks to an easy to fit hygienic level sensor installation is now quick and easy.

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05 Mar 2013

New Metal Detector System provides optimal Protection for Machines and Plants

Industrial Metal Detectors can reliably detect metal pieces and prevent damage to machines in industrial production processes. It is possible to tune out permanently installed metal components, such as metal frames or sheet metal panels close to the detector so that they do not interfere with the sensing, but this can reduce the sensitivity.

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18 Oct 2012

Communication between controllers and intelligent sensors made easy


Due to the large variety of bus systems in factory automation, many system integrators are faced with the dilemma of choosing the "right" system, a decision that can have far-reaching consequences.

For this reason, Panasonic developed a solution for transferring data between controllers and the sensors required. Up until now, communication between intelligent sensors and controllers has been realized via serial or parallel interfaces built into the sensors. At the same time, simple sensors capable of displaying the digital status of 1 or 0 only were developed for one specific fieldbus type. That is all part of the past now!

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08 Oct 2012

Compact flow monitors & controllers

The new inline flow monitor and controller SDNC 5 provides new optimization possibilities for process technology flow sensorengineers. Measuring just 37x40x67 mm, the flow controller is very compact and serves as a space-saving alternative to conventional devices. The sensors are shipped pre-programmed to suit the application, thereby minimizing installation efforts.

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27 Jul 2012

Using tank telemetry to predict the future

Wouldn’t we all love to predict the future – to know next week’s lottery numbers, or who’s going to win in the upcoming test series against South Africa or, even better, how much lp gas your customers are going to need. Thanks to some clever telemetry, the latter at least is now possible.

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05 Jul 2012

Metron VIEW for web based M2M data

The Metron VIEW data collection service for M2M and telemetry applications is available as a hosted service has recently been updated. Metron VIEW is primarily used in conjunction with our Metron2 and Metron ATEX M2M and telemetry devices but we can often provide solutions for other equipment.

The Metrons send the readings over the mobile phone network to our server and users can view and export their data using a simple web page browser.

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02 Apr 2012

LPG Tank telemetry

Please come and see us at stand 17 at the AEGPL show in Brussels on the 6th & 7th June. We will be exhibiting our battery powered ATEX approved GSM telemetry products, as well as our flexible data collection software and services.

It's your change to discover all about how remote tank level montoring can save you money, keep your customers and even predict the future....

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02 Feb 2012

Leading the way with M2M

2011 was a record year for Powelectrics so thanks to all the customers and staff for making this possible. The world of telemetry, M2M and the 'internet of things' is growing and so are our solutions.

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25 Oct 2011

M2M Data

Over the last few months plenty has been written about the future of M2M and how much it will grow. It’s certainly an exciting sector to be involved in. One reason why M2M is so exciting is because you can see how the use of data can change how businesses operate. M2M data can be used to predict the future. What would we all give for a crystal ball..?

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18 Apr 2011

Compact flow controllers

The SDNC is a compact flow controller which incorporates new optimisation possibilities for process technology engineers. Measuring merely 37 x 40 x 67mm, the flow controller is very compact and serves as a space-saving alternative to conventional devices. The sensors are pre-programmed with basic operating parameters, thereby minimizing installation efforts.

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29 Mar 2011

Team Powelectrics 'spark' into life for Fun Run

Eight members of Powelectrics staff are participating in the Great Midlands fun run to raise money for the Anthony Nolan Fund. Please give generously and help us to meet our fund raising target.

 

JustGiving

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04 Mar 2011

Browser based SCADA

Using a Web browser, visualizing process data and operating equipment or factory systems is easier and cheaper, but nevertheless more efficient than ever.

Panasonic FP-Series PLCs, FP Web-Server 2 and the new software FP Web Designer enable you to set up such a system comfortably and quickly! The FP Web Designer is an easy-to-use editor for creating Web pages for the extremely compact FP Web-Server.

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22 Apr 2010

Who benefits mosts from VMI in bulk chemical & fuel distribution..?

With operational & logistic savings, improved production scheduling, as well as benefits in sales, purchasing and administration, is it the corporation or the environment that gains the most from the use of Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI)?

Powelectrics offer a wide range of Sensing Applications and Telemetry Applications. These include:

Vendor Managed Inventory
Remote Inventory Management
Remote Metre Reading
LPG Tank Level Monitoring
Web Based Inventory Management
Remote Inventory Management for Chemicals

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06 Apr 2010

Remotely reset computer and communications equipment

In an ideal world you woudn't need to reset computer and communications equipment, but we all know that from time to time you need to power cycle a device in order for it to carry on working. When the equipment is off site then this can become a major problem.

Using ourwire free telemetry products you can now easily switch your equipment off and then on again quickly and easily by text message. With many IT departments serving mutiple sites thenthe uses of remote monitoring and control can save time and money.

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22 Feb 2010

Low cost photoelectric sensors

We now have available a new generation of photoelectric Low cost photoelectric sensorsproximity sensors designed to provide users with a high level of performance at competitive prices.

The 'Series 5050' photoelectric sensorsare built in the widely used 50mm x 50mm format and is available in diffuse, retro-reflective (reflex) and through-beam versions.  Each of these configurations has a long sensing distance; diffuse 800mm, retro-reflective 4 metres and through-beam 50 meters.


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22 Feb 2010

Fuel Tank Monitoring

Fuel tank monitoring provides benefits to both customers and suppliers and it has never been more affordable. Our telemetry solutions are wireless and battery powered, as well as being highly reliable.They have been proven to reduce the number of deliveries required by over 24%.

Telemetry is easy to install onto fuel tanks and this movie shows you how easy it is. Installing and testing the Metron ATEX takes just ten minutes and the benefits last for years. Tank level telemetry saves you money and improves customer service.

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20 Nov 2009

Inductive sensors with excellent noise immunity

The new ‘blue series’ inductive proximity sensors help you avoid Inductive sensorerroneous switching in circumstances where there is a large amount of electromagnetic interference. The sensor incorporate enhanced EMC resilience and are suitable for use in areas where there is a large amount of electrical noise typically found when you are close to invertors and motors.

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20 Nov 2009

Inductive sensors for ambient temperatures up to 250 C

Powelectrics are pleased to announce the introduction of the IRTS/IDTS inductive sensorseries of inductive proximity sensors which are suitable for use at temperatures up to 250 °C for extend periods of time. The robust housings are mainly aluminium or stainless steel and come in either M18 or M30 versions. The sensing range depends on the model and varies from 10 to 40mm. They are ideal for applications in varnishing furnaces and brick kilns.

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20 Nov 2009

Graphical display is a winner on new telemetry unit

A well structured user interface which makes imaginative use of Metron2a flexible graphical display can be a huge advantage in the market, as Powelectrics found when they launched Metron2, an affordable telemetry outstation and the first of its kind to feature a graphical display. The design  won its designer Oliver Start the Young Engineer of the Year award, sponsored by RS Components, at the British Engineering Excellence Awards.

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19 Oct 2009

Separate amplifier unit for flow measurement

There is now available a separate amplifier unit to work with the flow amplifierversatile SDI 853 type inline flow meters with an impulse output, which enables remote meter reading and programming of switching points. This configuration allows users to fit sensors directly into pipes even in poorly accessible places without compromising on control and functionality.

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19 Oct 2009

Laser displacement sensor

The LDS 72 is a A new type of laser displacement sensor that Laser displacement sensor LDS 72provides a very high resolution with ranges 5 to 600 mm.

Improved 14 it RTSC at 1500 Hz as well as intelligent image
analysis – peak & threshold selection are available. Analogue scaling with easy teach-in is now first time usable in this economic version

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25 Sep 2009

Telemetry that makes sense

The Metron2 telemetry unit is affordable, flexible and easy to use. It suits a wide range of applications for remote data logging and alarming, including network montoring in the water industry, tank level monitoring in the fuel distribution and chemical industries, discharge and emissions monitoring for environmental purposes as well as general alarming for industrial reporting and security.

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18 Aug 2009

MCERTS Telemetry

The use of telemetry can help comply with MCERTS. MCERTS is environmental monitoringthe Environment Agency's certification scheme for monitoring. It plays a key role in operator self monitoring by helping to give the EA confidence that monitoring data meets its requirements.

MCERTS was initially applied to air emission monitoring but has been successfully extended to water and other liquid discharges.

 

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17 Aug 2009

Tax Strip detection on Cigarette Boxes

We have available a colour sensor that is ideal for Tax Strip detection on Cigarette Boxes. The LT1-STB incorporates a long colour sensor for tax strip detectionlasting LED light source which is projected onto the tax strip using a fibre optic cable.

The received light is separated to RGB and transfered into XYZ, L*a*b or L*u*v. The colour sensor can be interrogated via RS232 colorCONTROL LT/B software.

 

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24 Jul 2009

Colour monitor for testing LED's

Tthe ColorControl MFA is an colour recognition system that is colorcontrol for testing ledscapable of monitoring and classifying the colour, intensity and function of LEDs and self- luminous systems at up to 100 measuring stations simultaneously.

The LEDs to be tested are assigned to a test matrix using light guides (up to 2 meters is possible) and a mounting adapter looks after the positioning.

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24 Jul 2009

Heavy duty in line flow and temperature controller

The new inline sensor for flow and temperature can control heavy inline flow and temperature controllerflows up to 100 l/min. The model complements our existing series of space-saving one-device flow sensors for monitoring flow rates and medium temperatures. The flow meter is designed for monitoring water flows. Features include one analog output (4…20 mA) for flow, one analog output for temperature, and a three-digit digital display. Users can easily program flow rate adjustment and averaging. Current readings and programmed parameters can be accessed anytime. 

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24 Jul 2009

Proximity switches for food

The IGVW range are tightly sealed proximity switches for the proximity switches for foodfood industry as they are capable of withstanding extreme climatic conditions. The 100% stainless steel IGVW proximity switches are manufactured from one piece and designed to be climatic-proofed so they can withstand even the greatest temperature fluctuations. The high standards of hygiene in the food industry demand a proximity sensor of the highest strength. Stainless steel proximity sensors can also be used in hygienically demanding applications requiring frequent cleaning cycles. Thanks to their seamless finish and specially matched combination of materials they also withstand aggressive cleaning agents, acids and caustic materials and are resistant to pressure cleaning.

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24 Jul 2009

Magnetic Flowmeter

The SDI 852 / SDI 853 type Electromagnetic flowmeters allowmagnetic flowmeter sdi 852 users to continuously monitor flow rates of many conductive media. The devices now feature a new, optional impulse output. Each single impulse corresponds to a defined flow rate. Just like their predecessor models, the new sensors can also be fitted with a PNP or an analog output.

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24 Jul 2009

Stainless Steel Proximity Sensor

Stainless steel proximity sensors with non stick coating make them cinder resistant. Thestainless steel faced proximity sensor robust stainless steel IGV sensors are coated with a special PTFE coating which makes the proximity switches adhesion-resistant and especially easy to clean. The coating also won’t be damaged by harsher mechanical cleaning processes.

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15 Jul 2009

Laser Distance Sensor

Our new laser distance sensor, LDS 72, has high-end lds 72 laser distance sensorfeatures at an economical price. It has a measurement frequency of 1500 Hz, 7 ranges, peak elimination software included for difficult measurement peaks and on the rear there is a teach function for learning the real measurement range between two points at full resolution. 

Powelectrics offer a wide range of sensors for automation including laser distance sensors, proximity sensors, colour sensors and vision systems.

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13 Jul 2009

IP68 Proximity switches

We are now able to offer additional IP68 proximity switches. The renowned Fraunhofer Institute in Germany has tested the Contrinex Series 700 and confirmed that both cable and connector versions of sizes M12, M18 and M30 meet the requirements of IP68 as well as IP69K.   This means that sizes M12 to M30 can be employed under water for a certain time and that they resist cleaning by means of high-pressure water jets.

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09 Jun 2009

Tank monitoring software shows how to save money

Powelectrics recently unvelied their latest tank monitoring software offering at the European LPG show in Vienna.

Powelectrics have well proven solutions that gather data from remote sites to help customers plan their deliveries and therefore save money of time and fuel. The new tank monitoring software takes the solution even further forward by accurately predicting when a tank will be empty based on historical information and it even uses weather forecasts to refine the prediction.

The software can be supplied as either a hosted solution or as an enterprise package. Options are available that provide routing, planning and scheduling all in one.

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01 Jun 2009

Shockproof proximity switches

The IGV series of inductive proximity switches are made rugged inductive proximity sensorsfrom stainless steel and manufactured from one piece. The sensors are highly shock-proof: they easily resist more than ten blows with an impact of eight joules each. One such blow corresponds to a 1 kg weight dropped onto the sensor from a height of 80 cm. They also withstand vibrations, metal cuttings and abrasive media as well as aggressive cooling liquids and lubricants, which makes them ideally suited for use in extremely rugged industrial environments.

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08 May 2009

Vision system with OCR

 

 

Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is a popular inspection task for industrial Machine Vision systems, e.g. for presence or content checking of serial numbers, use-best-before-dates, or component markings, use-best-before-dates, or component markings. With the new PV530, the successful and industrially proven, high-speed Imagechecker PV500 has been expanded to include OCR.

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11 Mar 2009

Reduce LPG Distribution Costs

As the price of fuel goes up then so does the cost of lpg tanker driverdistributing products. Using telemetry to remotely monitor how much is in a customers tank helps reduce the cost of distribution. The Metron ATEX uses the cellular network and is battery powered so installation is very quick and low skilled. The latest manufacturing techniques and components provides effective and reliable hardware. GPRS communications ensures the lowest operating costs. The Metron ATEX transmits the tank level reading normally every day. Back at HQ planners use this data to optimize deliveries, typically saving 30% on costs. This not only helps the distributor save significant amounts of money but helps the environment too. A fleet of 70 tankers can save 4.4 million Kg of CO2 per year.

 

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10 Mar 2009

Proximity sensors for the food industry

Contrinex has developed a range of rugged inductive proximity sensorsproximity sensors that has been specifically designed for dealing with the hazardous environments found in the food industry.  Although the food handling process itself does not always present an aggressive environment, the cleaning and wash-down routines required to meet hygiene standards usually involve caustic chemicals that can cause severe damage to control sensors.

When a production line is stopped due to failure the in-process products often have to be scrapped and, in many cases, the line has to undergo a time consuming cleaning routine before it can be re-started.  In addition to being extremely expensive, these delays put pressure on production managers to make up quota targets and deadlines after repairs are completed.

 

 

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09 Mar 2009

Inductive proximity switch

Inductive proximity switch with an extended temperature inductive proximity switchrange  - the IDST and INST proximity switches are ideal for use in applications with high temperatures and rugged environments, such as steel plants. The proximity sensors are suitable for a temperature range from -25 to +120 °C. They are EMC resistant beyond the requirements of relevant norms, and withstand even interference spectra generated by frequency inverters.

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06 Feb 2009

Inductive all metal proximity switches

Suitable for the detection of all metals the IGB and IDB inductive inductive all metal proximuty switchesproximity switches ensure a constant switching distance. Available as M30 x 1.5 models, IGB sensors provide a 10 or 20 mm switching distance, while IDB sensors which are available with an 80 or 160 mm diameter have a 70 or 150 mm switching distances.

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22 Jan 2009

Contrast Sensor

This contrast senosr allows you to increase processContrast sensor throughput with high-speed, accurate and reliable contrast differentiation. The new KS30 contrast sensor combines small 3mm spot size and 40 kHz fast response to achieve high-speed contrast differentiation of both neutral and colour targets.

The white light LED allows accurate detection of a wide range of colours against any background. Two seven-segment displays provide a visual representation of the relative intensity from 00 to 50. Two gain settings and three LED intensity settings provide for flexible operation over a wide range of conditions. The small spot size allows the resolution necessary to achieve accurate timing and position measurements.

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17 Jan 2009

LPG Tank Monitoring

LPG tank monitoring has a positive economic and environmental impact. By knowing what is in a customers tank, suppliers of LPG can increase the amount delivered, reduce the number of deliveries required and therefore save transportation costs considerably and reduce CO2 emissions greatly. 24% fewer deliveries can be realistically achieved and this has been proven with our solutions.

There are further benefits including finding illegal fills as lpg tankwell as improving customer service which in turn lead to better customer retention – this is bound to be a big issue with the competition commission changes coming into force.

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16 Jan 2009

Inductive proximity switches meet increased requirements

The new IGM line of inductive proximity switches are suitable for indusctiveinstallation in rugged industrial environments which would normally cause problems for standard inductive sensors. IGM sensors have been specially optimized to ensure EM compatibility and withstand interference caused by frequency inverters.

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05 Dec 2008

LPG Tank Telemetry

LPG Tank Telemetry provides significant savings, with the costs being recovered within 3 months of installation. The savings made by reducing  distribution costs are about 30%, and there are hidden benefits as well with improved customer retention and fewer panic deliveries.

 

The Metron ATEX is proving to be very reliable as well as easy to install. A single tank unit can be fitted and tested in less than ten minutes.

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05 Dec 2008

Ethernet Radio Modem

The ERM4024E is a 802.11b/g compliant Ethernet radio modem operating in the license-free 2.4GHz band. Capable of transmitting data up to 54Mbits/s over distances in excess of 1km (terrain and antenna dependant), the ERM4024E is a reliable and secure unit that provides high-speed wireless Ethernet connectivity across a broad range of applications in the utilities, process control, private and manufacturing industries. It can connect to a range of Ethernet-enabled devices such as PLCs, HMIs, DCS, data acquisition, video and PCs.

The ERM4024E is suitable for both long and short-range applications. A repeater function also helps to increase the wireless range even further.

 

 

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01 Dec 2008

Diffuse sensors with analog output

These new rectangular photoelectric diffuse sensors with analog output from Contrinex are characterized by their sensing range from 10 to 100 mm, coupled with excellent temperature stability and outstanding repeat accuracy. The sensing range is independent of the target color or surface structure. In addition, since intermediate digitalization has been dispensed with, the sensors feature a good resolution (see datasheet).

The use of analog sensor technology permits the realization of numerous applications. For instance, the finely adjusted approach to end-point positions at minimum cost, the realization of several switch points with a single device or the monitoring of shaft concentricity. In addition, with a bandwidth of 500 Hz, the sensors also have a voltage output as well as a current output, which gives users great flexibility. These devices are fully potted, equipped with glass windows and comply with the degree of protection IP 67.

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24 Nov 2008

Sensor applications on chewing gum machines

One of the world’s most famous manufacturers of chewing gum recently built and set up a large factory in Poland. It is one of the most advanced food processing plants in Europe.

When the new production machines came out of warranty spare sensors were required and the local Contrinex affiliate became involved. All of the machines were fitted throughout out with Banner products however availability and reliability of the Banner sensors was an issue. Alternative Contrinex inductive sensors with longer sensing distances were used initially to resolve some of the machine problems.   

When that worked out to the 100% satisfaction of the customer Contrinex got increasingly involved where other key problematic problems in the production were concerned. A steady demand for one specific Banner optical fiber had been noticed and so Contrinex asked the clever question, why?

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21 Oct 2008

Laser sensors

Compared to conventional LED diffuse sensors, laser 

sensors feature improved accuracy. As a result, the switch point of these new devices can be accurately set at any point within the whole setting range of 40 ... 250 mm or 60 ... 600 mm. The narrowly focused laser beam permits the detection of smallest objects (down to 0.1 mm). The diffuse sensors are built into M18 stainless-steel housings and offer long operating distances of 250 mm or 600 mm as well as high switching frequencies of 5 kHz or 1 kHz.

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21 Oct 2008

Analogue Optical Sensors

These new analogue optical sensors in size 30 x 30 x 15

 mm are characterized by their large sensing range from 10 to 100 mm, excellent temperature stability and outstanding repeat accuracy. The sensing range is independent of the color or surface structure of the object to be detected. In addition, since intermediate digitalization has been dispensed with, resolution of these devices is virtually unlimited.

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21 Oct 2008

Safety Light Curtains

Safety light curtains are used wherever risks cannot be

 eliminated through machine design. A person or any part of the body entering a danger zone is detected by the light curtain, leading to immediate machine stoppage. Safety light curtains consist of a sender and a receiver unit that demarcate the protection zone between them.

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30 Sep 2008

Two-wire proximity sensors save on installation and running costs

Using proximity sensors in large production plants such  as dairies, breweries and food processing and automotive manufacturing plants can present major technical issues resulting from long cable runs and, because cable prices have quadrupled over the past five years, there are also major cost issues. New, high-performance, two-wire DC proximity sensors reduce the amount of cable and number of connection points required in machine design by 33% compared with conventional three-wire products thus producing major cost savings. Another advantage with two-wire products is that the same sensor can be arranged in either ‘normally open’ or ‘normally closed’ configuration when connecting the control load in-line with the positive lead and so NPN and PNP versions are not required as they are with three-wire devices. This can significantly reduce the number of different sensors that customers need to stock thus reducing inventory cost.

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22 Sep 2008

UV selective fibre optic amplifier

A fibre optic amplifier for use on glass and flexi-glass applications. Normal light barriers cannot be used to detect glass plates because the  red  or IR light will pass striight through. By using wavelengths shorter than 320 nm the glass will not be transparent and the glass between the transmitter and the receiver will switch the signal.

 

With a range of 1 to 20mm (increases to 100mm in through beam mode) the unit has switched or analogue outputs.

 

Applications include glass detection, glass sheet postioning and stop postion for glass sheets as well as compact discs.

The sensors will detect glass, quartz glass, glass for windows, CD's and Plexiglass. They will detect a glass sheet as long as it's thicker thn 0.1 nm.

 

 

 

 

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11 Sep 2008

Guided Wave Radar

We are pleased to introduce a new line of guided wave radar level transmitters for liquids, slurries, interface, and bulk solids. The two-wire, loop-powered Hart level transmitter Sitrans LG200 can measure materials with a dielectric range of 1.4 and higher, temperatures up to 427 degrees Celsius (800 degrees Fahrenheit), and pressures up to 6250 psig (431 bar) It offers reliable level and interface measurement in liquids with corrosive vapors, foam, steam, high viscosity, surface agitation, high fill/empty rates, low level, and varying dielectric or density.

 

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11 Sep 2008

Two wire radar level transmitter for solids

SITRANS LR260, a two-wire radar level transmitter from the Siemens Industry Automation Division, is designed for continuous monitoring and is easy to set up and configure. The new device features Process Intelligence echo processing and 25 GHz pulse technology and is especially suitable for level measurement of virtually any solid medium including cement powder, fly ash, coal, gypsum, flour, grain, aggregates and plastic powder/pellets.

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11 Sep 2008

Radar Level Transmitter

Radar level transmitter offers easy configuration and reliability

With Process Intelligence advanced signal processing, SITRANS LR250 is the new ideal plug-and-play continuous radar level measurement solution from Siemens. This 2-wire, 25 GHz continuous radar level transmitter is so easy to install and configure that you can accurately and reliably measure the level of liquids or slurries in minutes.

The small horn allows installation in existing openings and the concentrated high frequency beam ensures interference from vessel walls is minimal. A high frequency and narrow transmission pulse means the complete vessel capacity can be measured. The SITRANS LR250’s polyester powder-coated aluminum enclosure, encapsulated electronics, glass antenna seal and optional Hastelloy® antenna material make it ideal for chemical, pharmaceutical and hydrocarbon processing applications, including corrosive environments.

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05 Sep 2008

Proximity Switch Application - Container Crane

A world-famous manufacturer of container cranes has

  captured more than 70% of the world market share in the port machinery industry. 

Rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTG) are one of the customer’s main products. RTGs usually work in container terminals and specialized container stacking yards.

 

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15 Aug 2008

High temperature proximity sensor

Powelectrics are  pleased to introduce to you  a new range of high temperature inductive proximity switches that have been designed specifically for use in demanding conditions and will reduce costly downtime.

Many manufacturing processes such as furnaces, steel plants, casting machines, engine control, foundries, heat treatment plants, plastic moulding machines, food processing and cooking and baking lines run at temperatures well above 70°C at which most conventional feedback sensors begin to malfunction and fail. 

 

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04 Aug 2008

Remote Monitoring System

A remote monitoring system, or at telemetry system, is the remote measurement and collection of data, such as meter reading, tank level monitoring or environmental monitoring.

Telemetry is typically used to gather data from distant, inaccessible locations, or when data collection would be dangerous or difficult for a variety of reasons.

Powelectrics specialise is the design, supply, installation, commissioning and support of GSM telemetry and radio telemetry systems.

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23 Jul 2008

Flow sensors for pressurised and micro flows

Two new flow sensors are available featuring robust  process connections. Both new types are highly resistant to aggressive media and provide fast reaction times. The SDN 503 model detects flows between 1 and 200 ml/min and withstands pressure up to 10 bar.

The SDN 504 DYN model is suitable for micro flow pulses from 0.02 ml/min onwards and pressures up to 20 bar. The sensor ensures e.g. the accurate lubrication of metal sheets before stamping or the minimal lubrication of bearings.

Measured values are continuously monitored by the internal electronics which also generate a switching signal should the flow pulses discontinue. The dwell time can be adjusted in a 0.5...10 s range. Moreover, an integrated LED display shows the current flow status.

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