New Ferrule Opti-Gard™ rupture disc from Elfab provides high performance pressure relief for hygienic applications

Leading rupture disc manufacturer Elfab has launched Ferrule Opti-Gard™, an advanced reverse-acting disc designed for use in hygienic and aseptic applications. Ferrule Opti-Gard™ enhances the existing Opti-Gard™ range, the most technically advanced rupture disc available on the market since its initial launch in 2003.

New Ferrule Opti-Gard™ rupture disc from Elfab provides high performance pressure relief for hygienic applications

New Ferrule Opti-Gard™ rupture disc from Elfab provides high performance pressure relief for hygienic applications

Ferrule Opti-Gard™ features a 95 per cent operating ratio and three per cent tolerance, providing the highest performance characteristics available on the market for hygienic and aseptic installations.

Available in a variety of sizes, and suitable for a range of burst pressures and temperatures, the design is non-fragmenting and capable of supporting vacuum and back pressures. The disc can be used with tri-clamps and ferrules, and has an uninterrupted surface finish to meet FDA approvals, making it ideal for use in CIP and SIP applications.

The design also includes an integral Flo-Tel™+ actuator as standard, offering the added benefit of non-invasive, ATEX- approved rupture detection through the Flo-Tel™+ system.

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Ocean Optics Jaz Expands Application Base with Adjustable Laser Pointer

Jaz ALP accessory enables precisely targeted spot irradiance measurements

Ocean Optics has added a new accessory option for its Jaz modular sensing system, enhancing performance in standoff light measurement applications. The Jaz Adjustable Laser Pointer is a convenient tool for making accurate spot measurements of large-area projection screens, flat panel displays, media walls and other samples where precise focus within large areas of light emission are necessary.

. The Jaz Adjustable Laser Pointer is a convenient tool for making accurate spot measurements of large-area projection screens, flat panel displays, media walls and other samples where precise focus within large areas of light emission are necessary.

. The Jaz Adjustable Laser Pointer is a convenient tool for making accurate spot measurements of large-area projection screens, flat panel displays, media walls and other samples where precise focus within large areas of light emission are necessary.

The Jaz ALP focuses the Jaz’s collection optics to a precise spot within the sample being measured. The addition of the ALP module to the Jaz stack, along with a separately available Gershun Tube Kit, controls the field of view of the spectrometer from 1° to 28°. A low-power laser pointer pinpoints the sampling area from a distance of 2-14 m as factory calibrated. Greater distances may be achieved with readjustment. Four Torx adjustment screws allow vertical and horizontal control of the laser beam direction. The Jaz-ALP is powered separately from three AAA batteries and includes a power switch with red LED ‘on’ indicator.

The Jaz modular sensing platform is a family of stackable components that share common electronics and communications. Its CCD-array miniature spectrometer can be optimized for a variety of measurements by choosing grating and slit options. A powerful onboard microprocessor with built in display eliminates the need for a PC. Its mix and match accessories, including additional spectrometer channels, battery packs, Ethernet connectivity, software packages, light sources and now the ALP, make the Jaz highly customizable to the unique challenges of virtually any measurement application.

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New and Improved exacta® Aneroid Sphygmomanometer from Riester

Riester has upgraded its classic twin-tube aneroid sphygmomanometer, exacta®. The new version has been reduced in weight and is available in a latex-free version. The unit is designed to deliver lifelong precision thanks to long-lasting parts and a specially tempered copper-beryllium diaphragm that allows pressure loading up to 600mm Hg.

Riester has upgraded its classic twin-tube aneroid sphygmomanometer, exacta®.

Riester has upgraded its classic twin-tube aneroid sphygmomanometer, exacta®.

It features a stainless steel metal clamp for hooking the pressure gauge to the cuff, and a durable air release valve that offers fine adjustment. The manometer scale delivers accurate and easy to read measurements, with a maximum error tolerance of +/- 3 mm Hg.

Riester offers a comprehensive selection of different sizes and versions of cuffs with exacta®. Delivery of exacta® includes a handy vinyl zipper bag.

For more information please contact:
N. S. Govardhan
Riester Regional Sales Manager
14/A Lakshmi street
Thiru Mangalam Road
Villivakkam
Chennai 600 049
Tel/Fax: +91 (0)44 2618 1407
E-mail: govardhan@riester.de
Website: www.riester.de

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Castell improves manufacturing process to reduce delivery times

Company wins Halma Manufacturing Excellence award for 2012

Geoff Unwin (left), Halma’s Chairman, presents the Manufacturing Excellence award to Castell’s MD, Tim Whelan

Geoff Unwin (left), Halma’s Chairman, presents the Manufacturing Excellence award to Castell’s MD, Tim Whelan

(Photo caption: Geoff Unwin (left), Halma’s Chairman, presents the Manufacturing Excellence) award to Castell’s MD, Tim Whelan.

Industrial safety specialist Castell has redesigned its manufacturing process to increase flexibility and reduce delivery times. As a result, the company has received the Manufacturing Excellence award for 2012 from its parent company Halma, beating off competition from 40 other Halma subsidiaries.

According to Halma, “Castell has transformed its manufacturing capability through a combination of product design innovation, excellent application of lean manufacturing and an ambition for international expansion. Today it has an incredibly efficient UK manufacturing base and an assembly shop in the Halma China hub, which is now making the majority of company output.”

Traditionally, trapped key interlocking systems could only be produced once the key coding details had been received, leading to long delivery times while the system was confirmed. Three years ago Castell introduced the end-coding system, which meant that products could be built and then coded at the end of the manufacturing process. This dramatically reduced the time in which products could be delivered.

“End-coding had a significant impact on our ability to deliver standard products quickly and enabled us to make a step change in how we delivered our products,” explained Keith Allingham, Castell’s operations director.

All Castell products with ‘FS’-style locks are now end coded, which has given the company the opportunity to rethink its whole manufacturing process. The result has been a complete redesign of the manufacturing floor, so that manufacturing flows from end to end, assembly cells flow seamlessly into in-line test facilities where products are fully tested and coded, and products are then passed to in-line packing and despatch. The results have been dramatic: orders that would have taken weeks to build and ship can now be despatched in days, improving levels of service and customer response time.

David Hughes, sales director, commented: “Customers have told us that their lead times have been significantly reduced. In some cases this has gone from between eight and ten weeks to between eight and ten days or less for full switchgear systems. This has meant that we have had to respond. The work that has gone in to implementing the new manufacturing system really enables us to harness the benefits of end-coding. Being competitive in the marketplace means that having a high quality product is no longer enough – delivery is also key. Since we have gone live with the manufacturing redesign, our delivery performance has improved significantly. This will benefit our customers in a big way.”

For further information please contact:
Ashok Dhanasekaran
Application Engineer
Castell Safety International Ltd
No.14, 7th Street, R.E Nagar
Porur, Chennai – 600116, Tamil Nadu
India
Mobile Phone: +91 9840631258
E-mail: adhanasekaran@castell.com
Website: www.castell.com

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