New SeaBreeze OEM Driver Software from Ocean Optics

Saves OEMs time and money in developing custom software

Initially developed for OEM use in embedded system applications, Ocean Optics (www.OceanOptics.com) has introduced the new SeaBreeze OEM Driver Software. This compact, fast and flexible software saves OEMs time and money with a basic starting platform that can be customized, by developers, for their own unique applications and instruments.

New SeaBreeze OEM Driver Software from Ocean Optics

New SeaBreeze OEM Driver Software from Ocean Optics

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Without the typical Java run time load of other platforms, SeaBreeze delivers faster processing and is compact enough to be built directly into spectral libraries smaller than 500k. Its superior speed is achieved by minimal overhead between requesting and reading out data. SeaBreeze communicates with devices using different protocols and buses and easily accommodates the addition of support for new features within existing devices. The portable software design enables SeaBreeze to be adapted to new platforms simply by providing a native implementation of the bus interfaces for the target.

Intended for use by experienced C/C++ programmers, SeaBreeze provides a starting point for developers that would otherwise have to create an equivalent device interface because existing options are too large or complex for their application. It supports most Ocean Optics’ USB spectrometers for Linux and Windows operating systems, and is extensible so developers can add required enhancements to increase functionality and device compatibility.

Ocean Optics’ dedicated OEM engineering team provides expert integration support to assist OEMs with their development challenges. As the result of specifying and delivering over 100,000 custom-system spectrometers since 1992, the OEM team is able to address any mechanical, software, optical, or electronic integration need.

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New Automated Meter Reading (AMR) Transmitter from Radio-Tech allows Remote Monitoring of Energy and Water Usage

Smartlog Ultralite provides a low-priced alternative to a fixed network

Wireless telemetry specialist Radio-Tech has developed a low-cost automatic meter reading (AMR) transmitter for walk-by and drive-by monitoring of energy and water usage. The Smartlog Ultralite provides an alternative to costly fixed networks, but can also be used as an add-on to extend the range of an existing system.

New Automated Meter Reading (AMP) Transmitter from Radio-Tech allows Remote Monitoring of Energy and Water Usage

New Automated Meter Reading (AMP) Transmitter from Radio-Tech allows Remote Monitoring of Energy and Water Usage

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The IP68-rated device is suitable for above- or below-ground applications, including sub-metering. Its firmware* can also be upgraded wirelessly. The transmitter stores the pulse output from the meter pulse head or reed switch and then transmits the total in a secure data packet, along with a status indication and unique ID address, typically at ten-second intervals.

In addition to being used to enforce drought restrictions or apply block and seasonal tariffs, the Smartlog Ultralite can also monitor for water leakage and provide daily consumption amounts which can be used for accurate billing. The product has a maximum operating distance of 100m and up to ten years’ battery life. Its dimensions are 40 x 36 x 110mm.

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New All Pupil II Binocular Indirect Ophthalmoscope from Riester

Diagnostic instrument specialist Riester has introduced its new All Pupil II headband-mounted indirect ophthalmoscope to the India market.

New All Pupil II Binocular Indirect Ophthalmoscope from Riester

New All Pupil II Binocular Indirect Ophthalmoscope from Riester

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The All Pupil II has a number of features designed for ease of use and diagnostic versatility, including comfort features that help to combat fatigue during long periods of use. In addition, all the mechanical adjustments have been designed so that setting up the instrument and ‘fine tuning’ during use is quick and easy.

Weighing only 420g for the wired version and 520g for the wireless version, including the lithium battery pack, this comfortably balanced instrument has a rigid but lightweight anodised aluminium brow bar that matches the shape of the head. A contoured, fully padded adjustable headband evenly distributes the instrument’s weight.

High specification, market-leading Keeler optics deliver sharp retinal images. Illumination can be as bright as 2000 lux for difficult examinations, and is continuously adjustable from maximum down to 2%.

Changing aperture size to view through all pupil sizes down to 2mm diameter is simply controlled via a single lever; mirror adjustment is continuous through 360º. The optics include infrared and UV safety filtration and an integral red-free filter ensures good definition of blood vessels.

This new model covers the widest and narrowest inter-pupillary distances with an adjustment range of 47-75mm. An expanded field of view can be selected using a built-in wide-angle diffuser. This delivers bright, full lens images but with less critical alignment, and can also assist in difficult peripheral examinations.

The All Pupil II is available in several different versions. A wall attachment and cable connected power supply is offered for stationary use; a high performance battery pack is attached to the belt for mobile use; or a wireless version is available for absolute freedom using a Li-ion battery pack fitted to the rear of the brow band.

For more information please contact:
N. S. Govardhan
Riester Regional Sales Manager, South East Asia, Gulf & India
14/A Lakshmi street
Thiru Mangalam Road
Villivakkam
Chennai 600 049
Tel/Fax: 044 2618 1407
E-mail: govardhan@riester.de
Website: www.riester.de

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Fire Fighting Enterprises Appoints Vishwajeet Thakar as India Manager

Optical beam smoke detector specialist committed to Indian fire safety market

Fire Fighting Enterprises (FFE) has appointed Vishwajeet Thakar as its new India Manager. A subsidiary of Halma p.l.c., FFE is the world’s largest independent manufacturer of infrared optical beam smoke detectors. The company is committed to developing the Indian fire safety market and has already had many successes in installations across the country, from cinemas to power stations. Vishwajeet’s appointment will help to secure the company’s reputation in India.

Fire Fighting Enterprises Appoints Vishwajeet Thakar as India Manager

Fire Fighting Enterprises Appoints Vishwajeet Thakar as India Manager

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Based at Halma’s Mumbai hub office, Vishwajeet will work to increase awareness of FFE’s beam detectors and vibration switches across India. He will cement relationships with existing customers while also working to identify new customers and market opportunities. By gaining an understanding of end-user requirements he will be able to provide valuable input into developing new products based on the needs of the Indian market.

Vishwajeet has over 15 years’ experience in technical sales, most recently as a product manager with System Application International, a UAE-based diversified engineering group. Prior to that he held business development management positions with a number of leading international and Indian companies, including Digihome Solutions and Schneider Electric. He holds a Masters Degree in Management Science, a Diploma in Business Management and a BSc in Science, all from the University of Pune.

Vishwajeet can be contacted via e-mail on vthakar@ffeuk.com or by telephone on 022 4200 0700.

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New Palintest Pooltest Portable Photometers for Swimming Pool Water Monitoring

Water analysis expert Palintest Ltd. has developed new Pooltest 3 and Pooltest 6 photometers for on-site pool water quality testing. The new products are more accurate, using narrow band filters with a wavelength tolerance of +/-2 nm. The instruments also offer increased path length for measurement, enabling greater resolution at low concentrations for better precision. A 4-button interface also makes the instruments very easy to use, with a clear LCD screen for the menu and results, and a universal symbol set that spans all language barriers.

Palintest Pooltest Portable Photometers for Swimming Pool Water Monitoring

Palintest Pooltest Portable Photometers for Swimming Pool Water Monitoring

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Regular pool testing is essential to maintaining good water quality, as the information allows disinfection, pH control and chemical levels to be adjusted for an optimal recreational environment. The enhanced performance of these new instruments, coupled with the ability to take readings more often, means that the perfect balance between safe hygiene and potentially unpleasant additive levels has never been easier to achieve.

The Pooltest 3 is designed to be ideal for routine pool monitoring, and can test for Chlorine levels, pH and Cyanuric Acid, with the option of an extended range Chlorine test for when a 0-10 mg/l range is desired. The Pooltest 6 tests those same basic parameters, and can also measure Alkalinity, Bromine and Calcium Hardness levels for a more in-depth analysis of the water quality. Both products avoid any compromise between accuracy, speed and ease of use, meaning that water testing can be quick, effective and efficient.

Both new Pooltest products are waterproof and robust with IP67 rating, and have a battery life from just 2 AAs of approximately 24,000 readings. They come with a choice of hard or soft carry cases, which can also hold reagents for each test as well as instructions, test tubes, brushes and crushing rods, for a fully self-contained pool water testing centre.

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Ocean Optics Launches Dedicated OEM Website

To augment its dedicated OEM engineering resources, Ocean Optics, the industry leader in miniature photonics, has launched www.OceanOEM.com, devoted to the needs of its OEM customers. The new site offers product, application and engineering information geared specifically to the makers of analytical equipment requiring optical and oxygen sensing components.

Ocean Optics Launches Dedicated OEM Website

Ocean Optics Launches Dedicated OEM Website

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Ocean Optics offers a variety of spectrometer models, custom photometric solutions, light sources, sample holders, and optical fibers for OEM applications. The OEM Engineering Team has assisted OEMS in medical, process manufacturing, environmental, agricultural, life science, laboratory, pharmaceutical, metrology, semiconductor and forensics applications with the development of both components and entire systems.

At www.OceanOEM.com, customers can browse only the products and content relevant to their OEM mechanical, software, optical, or electronic integration needs. The site’s Resource section serves up manuals, datasheets, engineering drawings, and educational articles.

“Our modular product design and engineering expertise have enabled us to develop more than 130,000 unique customer solutions,” explained Bob Kearton, Director of the OEM Business Unit. “Ocean Optics’ OEM services have long been an under-marketed asset. We’ve built an incredible knowledge base that allows us to provide time- and cost-effective answers to even the most challenging OEM problems. With the launch of this web site, we convey the real value and solutions driven approach offered to OEM accounts.”

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Larsen & Toubro Chooses Pipeline Pigging Safety Systems from Netherlocks

Netherlocks B.V., the Dutch industrial and valve safety expert, has been chosen by Larsen & Toubro Ltd. (L&T), India’s largest engineering and construction conglomerate, to supply trapped key interlocking safety systems to secure and safeguard ‘pigging’ operations for two major projects. One, in conjunction with Cairn Energy India, involves 39 pig launcher and receiver systems along a cross country oil pipeline. The other project is from L&T’s Qatar office, with Qatar Petroleum, where initially 12 of the pigging systems will be protected by the interlocks.

Larsen & Toubro Chooses Pipeline Pigging Safety Systems from Netherlocks

Larsen & Toubro Chooses Pipeline Pigging Safety Systems from Netherlocks

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Pigging is undoubtedly a very effective and efficient cleaning method for pipelines, not interrupting process, but it does carry a potentially high risk factor due to the high pressures and dangerous liquids and gases involved. Although nothing should go wrong if the safe procedures are followed correctly, there is always the chance (mostly attributable to human error) that the procedure itself will not be followed exactly. The trapped key interlocking systems from Netherlocks ensure that each stage of the process can only be started – in other words, that each valve can only be operated – once the stage before has been safely completed. In this way, the system mechanically enforces a strict and absolute adherence to safe procedure.

The exact number of locks required varies according to each individual pigging system and client specification, as their processes will be subject to differing numbers of variables – vent, drain, kicker, main, throttle, balance, and so on. This then requires different complexities of interlocking systems such as locks on manually and motor operated valves and closures. Because pigging procedures are often non-linear processes, requiring steps that may need to be repeated at different stages, or that are dependent on several previous actions, Netherlocks designed the MPCU. The MPCU acts as a ‘mechanical PLC’, checking each stage of the process and releasing keys according to pre-programmed parameters, meaning that the operation can only be performed according to safe procedure.

Interlocking systems such as these provide such an effective baseline safety standard that they are rapidly becoming standard for pigging systems. The simple principle of mechanically enforcing safe working methods significantly reduces risk by essentially taking the ‘human factor’ out of the equation, without negatively affecting performance.

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SphereOptics Acquired by Halma

Acquisition to be merged with Halma photonics company Labsphere

Halma p.l.c., a leading safety, health and sensor technology group based in the United Kingdom, has acquired SphereOptics, a maker of custom light measurement technologies.  SphereOptics will join Halma’s global group of photonics businesses as it is merged with light metrology industry leader, Labsphere.

SphereOptics (www.sphereoptics.com), based in New Hampshire, USA, manufactures and distributes precision products for use in light metrology applications.  The company’s standard and custom radiometric and photometric products address the specific needs of the aerospace, automotive, electronic imaging, laser diode, LED, lighting, medical imaging and optics industries.

Also based in New Hampshire, Labsphere (www.labsphere.com) has a strong worldwide presence in light testing and measurement and optical coatings.  The company’s products include LED, laser and traditional light source light measurement systems; uniform light sources for imaging device calibration; spectroscopy accessories; and high diffuse reflectance materials and coatings for applications in backlit panel displays, computed radiography, and system calibration.

“The reunion of two industry leaders, Labsphere and SphereOptics, will provide our customers with innovative, high quality products, world class technical expertise and unequalled customer service,” commented Labsphere President Kevin Chittim.

SphereOptics joins Labsphere, Ocean Optics (www.oceanoptics.com), Ocean Thin Films (www.oceanthinfilms.com), Fiberguide (www.fiberguide.com), and Mikropack GmbH (www.mikropack.de) in the Health Optics and Photonics Division of Halma p.l.c.

For more information please contact Vikrant Mahajan, Labsphere’s Applications Engineering Manager, on e-mail: vmahajan@labsphere.com or telephone: +1 603 927 4266 (extension 2198).

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Online Water Leak Mapping for HWM’s PermaNet now possible through a Web Browser

The PermaNet system from Halma Water Management (HWM) receives data from Permalog+ noise loggers deployed on water pipes to listen for leaks, and transmits this information wirelessly to an office computer. A new development called ALMOS (Acoustic Leak Monitoring Online System) now enables live, onscreen display of PermaNet data tracking from the PermaNet system from any internet-connected PC using a new graphical interface and the latest digital mapping technology – without the need for any specialist software.

Online Water Leak Mapping for HWM’s PermaNet now possible through a Web Browser

Online Water Leak Mapping for HWM’s PermaNet now possible through a Web Browser

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Users of the system simply have to visit the website (www.almosleak.com) and log in to see the precise location, condition and noise levels of their deployed Permalog+ loggers. This information can be displayed either in a list form, or overlaid onto a detailed map, terrain or satellite view of the area. Loggers in a non-leak state appear in blue on the map, those transmitting a leak alert are shown in red, and those with anomalous readings display a yellow warning sign. Each logger can be individually highlighted to view more detailed information, including its serial number, noise level, signal strength and acoustic spread. This enables problem areas to be quickly and accurately identified, and offers the potential for in-depth analysis of the leak situation. The list view allows loggers to be sorted by a number of variables, and historical leak data for each one is available at the click of a mouse.

Users can be set up to have different levels of access to data and administrative functions, so several people can view the data simultaneously but only administrators will be able to make changes to it. A demonstration of the system is available at www.almosleak.com, which shows a district of Copenhagen where the system has been used for several months successfully to achieve and maintain a 10% reduction in leakage.

The ALMOS system can be used to view and manage integrated data from several sources, including PermaNet and Automatic Meter Reading Readers (AMR’s) systems, with all data running through an extensive web server-based algorithm analysis post processing function (patent pending). This offers currently unparalleled water management functionality to save time, water and money.

Water suppliers can now monitor 100% of their distribution system confidently and effectively, knowing that the combination of Permalog® technology, PermaNet data communication and ALMOS online data presentation enables them to identify potential leak sites quickly, accurately, conveniently and automatically.

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Fiberguide’s Multimode Fibres Provide Accurate High Power Laser Delivery

Lightweight and flexible optical fibres eliminate heavy articulated arms

Delivery of high power laser light in scientific, military, and industrial/ commercial applications normally requires bulky, inconvenient and often heavy articulated arms. For a more efficient approach to laser delivery, Fiberguide Industries offers its multimode, step-index optical fibres.

Fiberguide’s Multimode Fibres Provide Accurate High Power Laser Delivery

Fiberguide’s Multimode Fibres Provide Accurate High Power Laser Delivery

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Fiberguide’s multimode fibres are a simple way to accurately deliver high power laser beams. They feature an air-gap design, where the fibre extends into free space. This provides an epoxy-free region where thermal energy can be safely dissipated without burning the surrounding material, a common cause of failure in standard connectors. To maximize power handling and beam uniformity, fibre end surfaces are cleaved and then laser polished to eliminate contaminants, scratches, chips and pits.

Standard core diameters of 100µ, 200µ, 300µ, 400µ, 600µ, 1000µ and 1500µ are available, with non standard diameters available upon request. To aid in the correct fibre diameter selection for each particular application, Fiberguide’s new data sheets provide updated technical information. To download a data sheet, visit the following link: http://fiberguideindustries.thomasnet.com/Asset/HighPower%2012-02-09.pdf .

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