Chinese Electroplating Effluent Testing Company uses Palintest Water Analysers

Testing equipment specialist Palintest Ltd is supplying its Photometer 7100 multi-parameter analysers to Shanghai Ruiyong Industry Co. Ltd., one of China’s leading suppliers of water testing equipment for the electroplating effluent recycling industry. Ruiyong will use the testing kits for their own projects and is also acting as a distributor for Palintest, selling the products to its existing clients.

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Palintest began working with Shanghai Ruiyong in 2008, after the company visited Palintest’s booth at a trade exhibition in Shanghai. Ruiyong trialled a few Photometer 7100 analysers and were very pleased with the results. According to the company, the Palintest product is ideal for heavy metal testing.

Before it began using Palintest’s products in 2008, Shanghai Ruiyong used traditional laboratory testing methods, which were inconvenient and slow. The Photometer 7100’s portable design, ease of use and high accuracy make it ideal for both testing during project design phases and on-site monitoring. There is also the added bonus that customers are now able to do instant testing themselves and no not have to send off samples and wait for the results from a laboratory.

According to a spokesman from Shanghai Ruiyong, Palintest is now quite well known in the Chinese metal plating industry. He added that the arrangement with Palintest is a ‘win-win’ situation: Shanghai Ruiyong’s products make the effluent valuable and Palintest is now the testing equipment supplier of choice.

As of October 2008, a new high-level standard was introduced for the water discharge from electroplating operations in Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Shanghai provinces, which requires both high accuracy and frequency of tests. As a matter of interest, there are over 60 electroplating facilities in just one city in Jiangsu Province, and 10 cities of a similar size in the province.

The key pollutants from electroplating effluent are potentially dangerous heavy metals such as chromium, iron, copper, zinc and nickel, and COD (Chemical Oxygen Demand). After measurement, treatment and recycling has been carried out, the valuable heavy metals can be reused, making accurate analysis even more valuable than just the obvious environmental benefits.

The Photometer 7100 accurately analyses the colour formed by test reactions, then presents the results clearly on an LCD screen on the unit. It is both portable and rugged, rated to IP67, and is supplied with a carrying case that holds the instrument itself as well as the necessary reagents for any testing application.

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Ocean Optics Spectrometer Launched on NASA LCROSS Mission

‘ALICE’ will help look for water under the moon’s surface

A custom-engineered spectrometer from Ocean Optics (www.OceanOptics.com), part of the scientific payload on NASA’s Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) mission, was launched into space recently from the Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA. “ALICE,” as the spectrometer is affectionately known, was drafted for the mission to help analyse the makeup of the lunar craters, with the goal of locating water below the moon’s surface.

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The Centaur rocket and LCROSS will remain coupled for four months until the next exciting phase in the mission, when the units will then separate, sending the rocket crashing into the moon at more than twice the speed of a bullet. After the rocket impact, expected to generate a one million kilogram plume of matter, another spacecraft carrying ALICE will fly through, looking for signs of water and other compounds.

In partnership with Aurora Design & Technology (www.AuroraDesignTech.com), whose work included development of the reflectance viewing optics for the mission, Ocean Optics adapted its highly-sensitive QE65000 Spectrometer to survive the harsh conditions of this mission, including extreme temperature ranges and radiation as well as significant shock and vibration.

ALICE will measure the reflectivity of the ejecta cloud as it rises into the sunlight, enabling scientists to distinguish between water vapour, water ice and hydrated minerals (such as salts or clays) with molecularly bound water. With a wavelength range of 270-650 nm and an optical resolution of less than 1.0 nm, ALICE will be able to identify, with a high degree of accuracy, ionised water (visible at 619 nm), OH radicals (visible at 308 nm) and other organic molecules containing carbon. Though the measurements are to be taken from the dark region of the moon where light is scarce, the unit’s back-thinned detector makes the most of the light available.

Water hidden deep in the moon’s craters could mean drinking water or even the ability to break down the hydrogen and oxygen molecules into rocket fuel, laying the foundation for the moon as a staging point for further space exploration. The progress of ALICE and LCROSS can be tracked on the mission’s website, www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LCROSS/main/index.html .

This is the second NASA collaboration for Ocean Optics. A unit designed around the company’s HR-Series spectrometers will be part of the 2009 ChemCam Mars mission to study rock and soil composition on the red planet.

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Monitor Energy Consumption and Reduce Costs

Wireless energy management system makes it easy to spot spikes in usage

Wireless telemetry specialist Radio-Tech has developed an energy management system to enable organisations to monitor and ultimately reduce their energy consumption. The company’s wireless data capture technology allows for 24/7 monitoring of remote assets and consumption of water, electricity and gas; regular reports on consumption allow usage to be cut, reducing both bills and environmental impact.

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The Carbon Trust, an independent body set up by the British government to combat the threat of climate change, highlights the importance of automatic meter reading in its document ‘How to Monitor Your Energy Use’: “Automatic meter reading systems provide accurate and timely data with the minimum of effort. These systems make it easy to take readings in real time and therefore identify savings opportunities quickly. They often pay for themselves in under a year.”

Radio-Tech provides a range of radio telemetry products ideal for sub-metering applications (where organisations wish to measure energy consumption within particular areas of their sites). Low-power radio transmitters and data concentrators allow simple collection of metering data. Whether data is being collected from individual occupiers of commercial sites or different areas of a business, consumption and usage can be monitored remotely, accurately and securely.

Radio-Tech’s market-leading technology not only includes meter reading but also network sensors that relay operationally beneficial data, such as humidity and temperature, to the central database. Core to the wide area product portfolio are the retrofittable pulse transmitters that have a range of 2km, or 12km if used with a repeater. A range of receivers is available to interface transmitters with existing building management systems. The hardware will output to Radio-Tech’s own or third-party software, and benefits from a 10-year battery life.

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Remote Level Sensing for any Application

Halma Water Management’s (HWM’s) SonicSens is a versatile ultrasonic level sensor with a 5 year battery life, designed for easy installation and ready to output results either locally or via a range of telemetry options. It combines precise ultrasonic measurement with a connected MultiLog data logger to store, interpret and transmit results, making it suitable for a wide variety of level-sensing and flow monitoring situations. The option of cellular wireless telemetry and the long battery life mean that the device is ideal for remote installations where constant access is difficult and traditional communications unsuitable.

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Open channel flow or level monitoring is made easy by the non-contact ultrasonic sensor, taking instant and accurate readings of targeted surface levels – including Combined Sewer Overflows, which must be monitored, as required by European legislation. Fluid levels in tanks or storage containers can also be remotely checked, with easy mounting options allowing for temporary survey type operations. Data from the SonicSens can also be used as a control for other processes, allowing varying levels or alerts to have different effects.

The system is available in four different configurations to suit varying installation requirements and networking preferences. It can be non-ATEX cable linked, ATEX cable linked with a Barrier box, ATEX radio linked to the logger outside the ATEX zone, or the sensor, logger and cable all ATEX rated with total protection for completely below-ground installations.

SonicSens can communicate via GSM, GPRS, PSTN radio or satellite, and the communication module can be sited separately from the sensor itself to maximise signal. Also incorporated are echo-loss alarms, intelligent self-diagnosis, variable blanking distance, and automatic interference rejection based on rate of change to discount false readings.

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Riester’s Shock-Proof R1 Aneroid Blood Pressure Meter means no more False Readings

Blood pressure meters are very sensitive and any force applied to them by banging or dropping them can often damage the internal mechanisms leading to false readings. This can be disastrous for patients and their treatment.

Together with researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute in Stuttgart, Germany, diagnostic instrument manufacturer Riester has succeeded in developing a ‘two components’ technology to avoid any potential impact and to protect the measuring system against shock. Riester has used this patent pending innovation to develop the shock-proof R1 sphygmomanometer (blood pressure meter).

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The R1 is shock-proof up to a falling height of 120cm. Its unique features include a new patent pending metal air channel, which results in stable needle deflection in both directions. The high-precision air release valve can now be turned without any resistance and is resistant to wear and tear. The tube connection at the top of the pressure gauge ensures an unhindered blood pressure measurement. A further advantage of the new R1 is the option to pump up the device in less time, due to a new ball design with an integrated spoon.

Because of the shock-proof R1, false readings are now a thing of the past. Tests show that regular meters can deviate up to 10mmHg after shock and vibration damage, whereas Riester’s shock proof technology barely deviates, up to 3mmHg, well within the accepted legal allowance.

The shock-proof R1 is available in a variety of different sizes and cuff options. In addition, a special set including three different cuff sizes and a storage box is offered, and Riester is offering a 5 year warranty for calibration. The R1 is the winner of the Focus Green Silver 2008 Design Award.

About Riester
Riester (www.riester.de) is a German company that engineers and manufactures diagnostic instruments for general practitioners, hospitals, clinics and even the home. Its major product lines include sphygmomanometers, E.N.T. and ophthalmic instruments, stethoscopes, laryngoscopes and examination lamps. Founded by Rudolf Riester in 1948, the company has 60 years of experience in developing products that embody the high quality and precision of German engineering. Riester is a subsidiary of Halma p.l.c.

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Bull’s Eye Hit for E-Motive LCD Elevator Displays in Mumbai

One India Bulls Centre, one of India Bull’s most prestigious commercial developments in the heart of Mumbai’s Central Business District, is having its elevators fitted with over 500 monochrome LCD elevator displays from E-Motive. The displays are being installed by elevator manufacturer KONE.

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India Bulls is one of the largest listed real estate companies in India with projects covering a total land area in excess of 10,000 acres and is a leading national player across multiple real estate and infrastructure sectors. The One India Bulls Centre project comprises two 18-storey towers and two 20-storey towers atop a landscaped podium with two basements. The development, which houses world-class corporate offices, also includes a large central landscaped plaza, restaurants, food courts, a club house and recreation areas.

“Our LCD displays add real value and enhance the image of this world-class development,” said Chris Stoelhorst, Managing Director of E-Motive Display.

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DP3 Probe Polishing from Diba Improves Performance

Highly polished probe inside diameter reduces carryover and improves wash characteristics

Fluid handling specialist Diba has introduced a new service that delivers a highly polished inside diameter for stainless steel and other metallic probes used in in-vitro device (IVD) and scientific instruments. The proprietary DP3 technology leaves a highly passivated* inside surface that ensures consistent fluid handling, with no degradation over time.

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The process can polish the inside surface of a probe down to a 6 micron inch roughness. The resulting mirror-like surface reduces the microscopic pits where process fluids can build up in unpolished probes, minimising the possibility of unwanted chemical interaction with potentially reactive materials. Applying DP3 to a probe reduces carryover by up to 75%, and increases throughput, while retaining the necessary flow characteristics for efficient system performance.

Highly polished probes save cycle time and reduce washing fluid costs. They can also expand testing capabilities by facilitating more sensitive testing and the ability to work with a wider range of chemicals. Because the DP3 process smoothes the existing metal surface, rather than adding a coating (such as fluoropolymer) which can flake over time, it is much more durable.

DP3 can be applied to Diba’s complete line of aspirate/dispense, piercing, level sensing, and vented reagent and sample transfer probes. Stainless steel or other metals can be selected to custom fit to any instrument manufacturer’s specification. DP3 is available for probes with inside diameters as small as .016” in flush, or angle cut tip designs. Diba’s technical staff can assist in specifying configurations suited to any application.

* Passivate:  to treat or coat (a metal) in order to reduce the chemical reactivity of its surface

About Diba
Diba (www.dibaind.com) is headquartered in the USA and has offices in Japan and Switzerland. It provides custom engineered critical fluid handling components and services. Its technology includes flared tubing assemblies, lined or coated aspirate dispense probes with level sensing, in-line heaters, and custom caps for reagent and waste bottles. The company also offers specialised services including fluid system development, prototypes, preventive maintenance kits and custom extrusion. Diba is a subsidiary of Halma p.l.c. (www.halma.com).

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Halma India Appoints Mahadev Dhuri as India Sales Manager for Ophthalmic Specialists Keeler and Volk

Halma India, the Mumbai-based hub office of Halma p.l.c., has appointed Mahadev Dhuri as India Sales Manager for two of its ophthalmic companies, Keeler Limited and Volk Optical Inc.

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The two companies are world leaders in their respective fields. Keeler, based in the UK, manufactures products such as direct and indirect ophthalmoscopes, non-contact tonometers and slit lamps, while Volk Optical, based in the USA, is a specialist in patented double aspherical optics.

Based in Mumbai, Mahadev will serve Keeler and Volk customers and distributors throughout India, offering educational and sales support for both companies’ complete product lines. He will work closely with doctors and facilities to help them select, use and install diagnostic, therapeutic, and surgical ophthalmic instruments and accessories to facilitate the growth of ophthalmology in India. He will also continue to develop the Indian distributor networks, training new and existing distributors, and increasing the company’s conference and tradeshow presence.

Mahadev, a trained biomedical engineer, joins Halma from Toshbro Medicals, a leading Indian specialist selling German and US medical instrumentation equipment into India. Prior to that he spent eight years with Larsen & Toubro Limited developing the company’s medical equipment business across western, central and northern India.

Mahadev can be contacted via e-mail on Mahadev.dhuri@halma.com, by telephone on 022 4200 0700, and by cell phone on 9930 311090.

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