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TESTS SHOW VOLVO AT 20 PERCENT LOWER COST PER TON

The Volvo EC350E and EC380E were put up against two industry leaders to see how each would perform in terms of productivity and fuel efficiency. The four comparable machines were equipped with fuel meters and put through the same test, loading trucks at maximum power. The results were used to calculate estimated time and cost to move 551,156 U.S. tons (500,000 metric tons) of material. Calculations are based on 50-minute work hours, 8 hours per day.

The Result: Volvo delivered a 20% lower cost per ton and moved 15% more material per hour. Get tips about how to get the most from your excavator at volvoce.com/exfactor. 

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Advanced LVDT signal conditioner

H.G. Schaevitz LLC dba Alliance Sensors Group introduces the S1A AC-LVDT Signal Conditioner that offers smart and fast LVDT setup with built-in null indication and simple front panel pushbuttons to set zero and full scale. Engineered to work with the widest range of AC-LVDTs, RVDTs and inductive half-bridge sensors including 3-wire GE LVRTs and GE gas turbine LVDTs with the buck-boost, the S1A DIN rail module supports LVDT operation and indicates most common failures. 

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Safety shutdown and alarm control extended to field-based DC-controlled Final Elements

United Electric Controls has added two DC-voltage switching models to its One Series Safety Transmitter (ST) line. With its ability to directly switch 24 VDC and 125 VDC as well as 250 VAC loads, the One Series ST models can now provide SIL 2-certified control for many types of final elements including pilot valves, actuators, motor controllers and other SIS elements, without involving a DCS or safety PLC. 

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New logic controller release reduces integration efforts and costs

The newest release of Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) ControlEdge Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), combined with Honeywell's Experion distributed control system (DCS), provides a significant reduction in integration efforts and project costs as well as increased security and availability through enhanced cyber security for industrial facilities.

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Multipoint mass flow meters ideal for large diameter pipes, stacks and ducts

Process and plant engineers in heavy industrial facilities responsible for optimizing combustion or pre-heated air to large boilers, stack emissions monitoring and reporting, or flue gas/scrubber balancing, will find the next-gen MT100 Series Multipoint Thermal Mass Flow Meters from Fluid Components International (FCI) set a new standard in performance accuracy, reliability, ease of use and value.

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Wireless, integrated load cell/accelerometer

Bright Automation has recently announced the release of its new Integrated Wireless Load Cell/Accelerometer. Designed for all artificial lift applications involving rod pumps, this unique device accurately measures both load and position in a single wireless unit. Based on its wireless design, this device is not prone to the downtime associated with cable failure or related issues, eliminating the maintenance costs associated with the repair or replacement of cables. With no cables to manage, this integrated unit is fast and easy to install. Solar powered with battery backup, the Integrated Wireless Load Cell/Accelerometer transmits data via 2.4GHz digital channel.

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New controls for family of VFDs

Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corporation (TMEIC) recently introduced an advanced electronic control board set for its family of variable frequency drives. Available immediately, the high-performance control board set is designed for faster processing speed and data communications using floating point calculations. 

New features include:
  • Responds to industrial communication protocols such as ProfiNet, Modbus RTU, CC-Link, EGD, and TCnet-IO
  • Supports Ethernet 100Base-T for high-speed communication
  • Has highly functional support tool, TMdrive-Navigator, realizing extended data monitoring and reduced troubleshooting time
  • Is more compact, with improved manufacturability and excellent quality

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Edmonton facility opened by Endress+Hauser

Endress+Hauser has opened a 20,000-square-foot regional customer support centre in Edmonton, Alberta. The facility, located in the Ellerslie industrial business area south of the city, houses a regional office and warehouse, flow calibration lab and the company's Process Training Unit, a training program and mini process plant environment that offers field technicians and engineers a unique learning experience through real-life simulations and specialized curriculum.

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Growing demand for enclosures meeting safety standards

As OEMs expand into the international marketplace there has been a growing demand for enclosures that carrying both NEMA standards for the North American and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Standards for international acceptance. To meet this demand, Stahlin Non-Metallic J and N series were both tested to the IEC 60529 standard and specifically, IP66 rating. Today, both the Stahlin J and N enclosure product lines are UL Listed to IP66 rated for:

  • Superior protection from dust.
  • Proper protection from heavy seas or water projected by powerful jets
IEC is the International Standards and Conformity Assessment for all electrical, electronic and related technologies. How the ratings are assigned:
  • The IP stands for Ingress Protection or the act of entering. 
  • The first numerical digit such as this 6 describes the rating that is given for solid objects such as dust. 
  • The second numerical digit again the number 6 defines how well the enclosure can keep liquids out.

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