Ocean Optics Adds New Triggering and Interface Options for Maya2000 Pro Spectrometer

High-sensitivity spectrometer is ideal for low light level, UV-sensitive applications

Ocean Optics has added triggering functions to its Maya2000 Pro back-thinned CCD miniature spectrometer to provide accurate timing and synchronization between the spectrometer and other devices. Three low-jitter trigger and normal operating modes are now possible. Applications include pulsing a light source to occur when acquiring a spectra and synchronizing spectral acquisition to coordinate with samples moving through a process stream or sensors reaching a certain temperature level.

Triggering functions in the high-sensitivity Maya2000 Pro spectrometer can be used to synchronize spectral acquisition with the operation of devices such as lasers

Triggering functions in the high-sensitivity Maya2000 Pro spectrometer can be used to synchronize spectral acquisition with the operation of devices such as lasers

(Photo caption: Triggering functions in the high-sensitivity Maya2000 Pro spectrometer can be used to synchronize spectral acquisition with the operation of devices such as lasers)

In addition to triggering, Ocean Optics has enhanced Maya2000 Pro performance with support for RS-232 communications and improved optoelectronics that increase dynamic range (to 15000:1), lower trigger jitter (to 100 ns) and decrease dark noise (to 6 RMS counts).

Triggering provides precise timing between devices. The Maya2000 Pro can be triggered so that sending the spectrometer a pulse causes it to do something such as turn off or on a light, activate a pulse in a pulsed light source or start or end spectral acquisition in the spectrometer. For example, in the External Triggering mode, an event outside the sampling system (such as a button push, lever activation or laser) electronically pulses the spectrometer’s trigger pin and starts acquisition of the spectra with microsecond accuracy.

The Maya2000 Pro has a 30-pin connector and 10 user-programmable digital I/Os. Its enhanced onboard programmable high-speed FPGA controller enables triggering and provides other performance advantages. Available operating modes are Normal (spectrometer continuously acquires spectra) and the three trigger modes:

  • External Hardware Level Trigger. The spectrometer waits for a sharp rise in voltage on the trigger input pin, and then acquires spectra until the voltage is removed.
  • External Synchronous Trigger. Spectrometer acquires data from an external trigger event (such as a push button) until the next time the trigger is activated, at which time the spectrometer ceases spectral acquisition and begins a new acquisition. Integration time cannot be set, and is the effective period between triggers.

External Hardware Edge Trigger. The spectrometer waits for a sharp rise in voltage on the trigger input pin, and then acquires one spectrum. One spectrum will be acquired for each trigger unless an acquisition is already in progress.

The Maya2000 Pro is a back-thinned 2D FFT-CCD spectrometer with high sensitivity, 75% peak quantum efficiency and excellent UV response. Maya2000 Series spectrometers are ideal for low light-level applications such as fluorescence, DNA sequencing and measurement of certain biological samples. The spectrometer can be used in the VUV (to ~150 nm) with the addition of a nitrogen purgebox to help lessen the absorption of water and oxygen in the VUV.

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Custom Installer Branding for Texecom Security Products

Award-winning intruder alarm manufacturer Texecom has launched a product branding scheme for installers to brand the company’s devices with their own logo and contact details.

Custom Installer Branding for Texecom Security Products

Custom Installer Branding for Texecom Security Products

As it typically falls to installers to specify, design and implement the best security system for their customers, Texecom is providing them with this opportunity to promote their brand and take recognition for their excellent work.

A selection of Texecom’s industry-leading products is now available with a designated installer branding position for introducing personalised emblems. Personalised emblems are custom made by Texecom and available in packs of 80 so that installers can add their own branding to some of the best keypads, control panels and expanders on the market.

Installers can visit the online branding scheme page on the Texecom website at http://www.texe.com/branding.php to start making use of the new service.

For more information please contact:
Munish Dudeja
Texecom Business Development Manager for India
Halma Trading and Services India Pvt. Ltd.
201 Hyde Park, Saki Vihar Road
Powai, Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400 072
Tel: 022 6708 0400, Cell: 09899 020406
Fax: 022 6708 0415
E-mail: mdudeja@texe.com
Website: www.texe.com

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Kirk Key PPS Interlock Achieves Power Panel Isolation

Key activated lock with multiple contact arrangements

Kirk Key’s new Power Panel Switch (PPS) interlock provides reliable electrical isolation in a flexible design to fit a variety of equipment configurations. Ideal for switchgear, electrical distribution, and machine guarding applications, the PPS is available in all three of Kirk’s duty series, with six standard contact arrangements, as well as custom configurations.

Kirk Key’s SD, MD and HD Series PPS interlock for reliable electrical isolation

Kirk Key’s SD, MD and HD Series PPS interlock for reliable electrical isolation

(Caption: Kirk Key’s SD, MD and HD Series PPS interlock for reliable electrical isolation)

Suitable for switch ratings of 20, 25, 40, 63, or 100 amps, the rotary style PPS promotes safe work flows by isolating electrical power or switching control circuitry. When the PPS key is turned and released, it can be used in the next sequence of operations such as gaining access to now isolated equipment through a hatch door.

The PPS is available in any of Kirk Key’s three interlock series: the Standard Duty (SD), Medium Duty (MD) and Heavy Duty (HD). The UL and CSA approved PPS is available in an IP65 polycarbonate enclosure. The MD and HD series will soon be available in an optional IP65 panel mounted version as well.

About Kirk Key Interlock Company
Based in the USA, Kirk Key (www.kirkkey.com) produces mechanical interlocks, electro-mechanical interlocks, solenoid key release units, time delay key release units, and transfer panels. Kirk manufactures more than 55,000 safety systems each year for use in a wide range of industries to guarantee a sequential pattern is followed when access is needed to hazardous equipment or areas. KIRK key interlock systems are designed and configured to each user’s requirements and revolve around a key or keys that an operator must use at each step in the sequence.

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ECODISC offers explosions panels online

Online pressure management specialist ECODISC has developed an explosion panel range to guard against the threat of explosion within silos and bucket elevators.

ECODISC offers explosions panels online

ECODISC offers explosions panels online

Manufactured in accordance with industry legislation, ECO Panel is designed to open at a pre-determined burst pressure and acts as an efficient and cost-effective means of protecting process plant.

ECO Panel is supplied in a number of standard sizes, and with or without a frame, for maximum flexibility. Available in stainless steel as standard with a cross-linked polyethylene foam back, the range is produced with ECODISC’s advanced 3D laser cutting technology.

Resistant to corrosion, abrasion and moisture, ECO Panel is suitable for both indoor and outdoor environments. All ECO Panels are competitively priced, non-fragmenting and maintenance-free designs.

ECODISC can offer significant savings, even on low quantity orders, through secure online payment. To order online, simply register through the website (www.ecodisc.com) or contact: support@ecodisc.com.

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Labsphere Appoints Indian Sales Manager

Makarand Wadhavekar to provide in-country sales and service

Labsphere, a global leader in light metrology, has illustrated its commitment to the Indian lighting market with the appointment of India Sales Manager Makarand Wadhavekar.

Labsphere Appoints Makarand Wadhavekar as Indian Sales Manager

Labsphere Appoints Makarand Wadhavekar as Indian Sales Manager

Based in Mumbai, Wadhavekar will serve Labsphere’s customers and distributors throughout India. His technical expertise will add value to Labsphere’s existing strong distributorship in India by providing a local point of contact for technical and business inquiries. This will enable Labsphere, through its distributors, to more quickly provide the right solution for all customer applications.

“Adding Makarand to the Labsphere India team further strengthens our ability to meet the technical needs of our Indian customers and provide them local support. His strong technical and sales experience will be of great benefit to both Labsphere and our valued customers,” says Vikrant Mahajan of Labsphere.

Labsphere’s product line includes LED/SSL test and measurement solutions, remote sensing, coatings and materials, reflectance standards and targets, spectroscopy, as well as OEM capabilities. Wadhavekar will manage the training of Labsphere’s Indian distributors on this wide range of products and assist customers by attending industry conferences, seminars, and tradeshows.

Makarand has extensive experience, including 17 years of growing businesses in India. He has been selling high quality premium engineering products into the Indian market, specifically:  industrial sectors, government departments, institutions, and contractors. He joins Labsphere from Chetas Control Systems, and before that Saisanket India, where he worked as the General Manager for Business Development. Prior to that, he worked for 13 years with Vijay Engineering, Mumbai.

He is a mechanical engineer with qualifications in Business and Marketing Management and is currently pursuing an MBA in International Marketing Management from UBI Belgium.

For further information please contact:
Makarand Wadhavekar
Labsphere India Sales Manager
Halma Trading and Services India Pvt. Ltd.
201 Hyde Park, Saki Vihar Road
Powai, Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400 072
Tel: 022- 67080400, Fax: 022-67080415
E-mail:  mwadhavekar@labsphere.com
Website: www.labsphere.com

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Crowcon’s Gasman Diving portable gas detector protecting divers from H2S gas in diving bells

Crowcon’s Gasman Diving H2S personal gas detector is protecting divers in the North Sea by monitoring hydrogen sulphide (H2S) gas in diving bells.

Crowcon’s Gasman Diving portable gas detector protecting divers from H2S gas in diving bells

Crowcon’s Gasman Diving portable gas detector protecting divers from H2S gas in diving bells

The diving industry has long been aware of the danger of H2S on subsea worksites and the danger of it getting into the diving bell. The severity of the problem varies worldwide and is particularly bad in waters which have effectively been used as ‘chemical dumps’.

When approached  by a major North Sea oil producer, concerned about  divers working on sites with elevated H2¬S levels, Unimed Scientific Limited (USL) considered Crowcon’s Gasman portable gas detector as a possible solution. USL is a leading provider of scientific back-up and guidance to the North Sea diving industry. The company is also a leading auditor of dive systems.

Dr. Valerie Flook, together with Crowcon, put the Gasman Diving through a range of tests to prove its suitability for use in diving bells. Initial tests subjected the device to high pressures of up to 20 bar, while exposing it to known concentrations of H2S to test its accuracy. USL also evaluated the hysteresis (the response to a rising signal differs from that to a falling signal) of the response at these gas levels and pressures. In addition, tests were carried out to ensure there was no risk of the detector being damaged by rapid pressure changes.

Following this testing, a few minor changes were made to ensure the Gasman Diving was fully fit for purpose. These included a small hole being placed in the back of the instrument to allow for rapid equilibration of pressure changes, with the addition of a small Gore-Tex membrane to protect the internal components of the detector from water ingress.

The Gasman Diving is now in use with several of the leading diving companies in the North Sea and is available worldwide.

It is a reliable and robust detector that provides accurate gas readings, even under high pressures, which can be easily downloaded and stored. Its small size and easy to read display makes it especially suitable for the confined spaces of the diving bells. Initial feedback from divers has also been positive.

For more information please contact Crowcon’s distributor in India:
Kishore Degwekar, Managing Director
Detection Instruments Pvt. Ltd.
Plot No. El-36, Electronics Zone
TTC Industrial Area, MIDCl – Mahape
Navi Mumbai 400 710
India
Tel: 022 2761 7663 / 64 / 65 / 66, Fax: 022 2761 2103
E-mail: general@detection-india.com / sales@detection-india.com
Website: www.detection-india.com

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Alicat Mass Flow and Pressure Devices ATEX Approved

-X option for use in environments where ignitable gases are present

Alicat Scientific, Inc. offers its Mass Flow Meters, Mass Flow Controllers, and Pressure Equipment with an ATEX approved -X option. With this ATEX rating, Alicat’s precision devices are even easier to integrate into a wide range of hazardous settings or applications, without sacrificing functionality.

Alicat’s Mass Flow Meters, Mass Flow Controllers, and Pressure Equipment are ATEX approved

Alicat’s Mass Flow Meters, Mass Flow Controllers, and Pressure Equipment are ATEX approved

Photo: http://halmapr.com/alicat/ATEX Family.jpg
(Photo caption: Alicat’s Mass Flow Meters, Mass Flow Controllers, and Pressure Equipment are ATEX approved)

Alicat devices can be ordered in the ATEX approved configuration with no extension of fast 7 business day lead times. All Alicat ATEX approved mass flow devices have 30 user selectable gas calibrations installed for gases like Acetylene, Oxygen, Hydrogen, and Propane, as well as 16 other gases and 10 gas mixes. Alicat ATEX approved devices also include a NIST traceable calibration and certificate.

Other ATEX approved devices are often stripped of functionality to reduce power consumption and heat generation. Alicat devices, by design, consume very little power and generate very little heat, requiring few modifications to the Alicat ATEX device. It includes all of the benefits and features of its non-ATEX counterpart including the major functional advantage, the digital display. Users in hazardous environments reap the flexibility of having an on-board display for quick visual verification of mass flow meter or mass flow controller operation.

For more information please contact Alicat’s Indian distributor:
Sathish Kumar
Aeronics eMaROh
#782, 7th Cross
Muthyalanagar, MES Road
Bengaluru, Karnataka, 560 054
Tel: +91 (0)80 23459590
E-mail: sathish@aeronics.in
Website: www.aeronics.in

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Labsphere adds Goniophotometers to Illumination Test Range

Partnership with UL Verification Services completes product range

Labsphere, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of goniophotometers to its light measurement product line.  As part of a cooperative agreement with UL Verification Services Inc., Labsphere will now promote and sell high quality Type C goniophotometers, a product which completes the company’s full range of IES (Illuminating Engineering Society) LM-79 test and measurement solutions.

Labsphere, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of goniophotometers to its light measurement product line.

Labsphere, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of goniophotometers to its light measurement product line.

Photo: http://halmapr.com/labsphere/UL1.jpg

In conjunction with this agreement, UL now will be promoting and selling Labsphere integrating spheres systems with proprietary Spectraflect® 99% diffuse reflectance coating.  The combination of Labsphere’s sphere-based systems and UL’s goniophotometers gives customers worldwide the ability to equip their labs with one-stop shopping for best-in-class products.

“The addition of the UL high-end goniophotometers to our extensive product line allows us to further extend our total solutions mission and better service companies in the rapidly expanding Solid State Lighting markets”, said Greg McKee, Vice President of Engineering at Labsphere.  “The lighting industry is undergoing a technology transformation toward LED-based energy efficient lighting products, and once again, Labsphere proves it is a leading provider of world class light measurement systems and standards to help our customers develop their innovative lighting products to meet global lighting test  specifications.”

UL Verification Services Inc. acquired Lighting Sciences Inc. (LSI) of Scottsdale, Arizona in March 2011. The UL LSI Moving Mirror Goniophotometer Series 6400T was awarded the Illuminating Engineering Society Progress Report honour for 2010, as a “unique and significant advancement to the art and science of lighting.” (IESNA, 2010) This award-winning test equipment will now form the cornerstone of the complete LM-79 laboratory solution from Labsphere and UL.

“UL is pleased to announce the collaboration with Labsphere,” said Todd Straka, Business Development Director for UL, “We believe we can now provide our lighting manufacturing customers with the highest quality in-house photometric test laboratories available.  This relationship couples the speed and accuracy of the UL Lighting Sciences goniophotometers with high-quality Labsphere integrating spheres, spectral management accessories, and highly advanced software for a turn-key photometric testing solution.”

UL is a global independent safety science company offering expertise across five key strategic businesses: Product Safety, Environment, Life & Health, University and Verification Services. UL has tested and certified lighting products in the global marketplace for over one hundred years.  UL provides testing and certification services to industry standards including UL, ANSI, IEC, NEMA, FCC, and IESNA.  Additionally, UL is a leading provider of photometric performance testing and test equipment in support of well-known lighting programs such as ENERGY STAR®, Lighting Facts, and Design Lights Consortium.

For further information please contact:
Mr Vikrant Mahajan
Applications Engineering Manager
Labsphere, Inc.
231 Shaker Street
North Sutton, NH 03260
USA
Phone: 603 927 4266 (extension 2198) ; Fax:  603 927 4694
E-mail:  vmahajan@labsphere.com
Website: www.labsphere.com

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