The next level in solar radiation measurement

See Hukseflux’s new range of pyranometers at the Meteorological Technology World Expo

Hukseflux pyranometers Model SR30

Hukseflux pyranometers Model SR30

Madrid, Spain — At the Meteorological Technology World Expo in Madrid. Hukseflux will present its new range of next level pyranometers: SR30 and SR05.

Both sensors have unique features and benefits for use in meteorological networks.

Hukseflux will give a preview of SR30, the next level secondary standard pyranometer. It is heated for best data availability and outperforms high-end externally ventilated pyranometers.

The next level second class SR05 pyranometer will be showcased too.

SR05, introduced in January 2016, makes second class pyranometers finally affordable for large (agro-)meteorological networks. Continue reading

Accurate, Durable, Field-Proven Wind Measurements

See Windspeed Ltd (Vector Instruments) in Madrid!

vectorRhyl, United Kingdom — The Vector Instruments line of wind sensors have been a high quality, accurate, durable and reliable wind measurement solution since 1972, but this will be Windspeed Ltd’s first time exhibiting them at Meteorological Technology World Expo – in booth 2105.

Windspeed Ltd have spent several years perfecting the Vector Instruments line of wind sensors for the demanding accuracy, reliability and durability requirements of the Wind Energy industry, and they are now bringing the benefits of these high-quality UK-engineered instruments back to the general meteorology market.

With 40+ years experience designing & manufacturing wind sensors, and on-going development and improvement, these wind instruments are in use worldwide and have a proven track record and long life in the field. Continue reading

What is a WiFi Thermostat?

By Earth Networks

Nest wi-fi thermoststOnline — WiFi Thermostat 101 WiFi-enabled smart thermostats are the hottest home technology on the market today.

A WiFi thermostat is connected to the internet and can automatically regulate indoor temperatures.

While traditional thermostats allow you to adjust the temperature in your home, WiFi thermostats allow you to set the temperature and have the thermostat change it […]

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Air Products Celebrates LNG Heat Exchanger Roll Out

By CSA Editor

Online  —  Air Products celebrated this month the rollout of the first completed Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) heat exchanger manufactured at its new production facility in Manatee County, Florida, a 300,000 square foot space that doubles the company’s manufacturing capacity.

“I am proud to say that no one in the world builds coil wound heat exchangers as large as we do. The largest LNG plants in the world use our technology. We needed a second manufacturing location, which would eliminate any transportation limitations regarding product size,” said Sandy McLauchlin, general manager of LNG and cryomachinery engineering and manufacturing at Air Products. “

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Lightning Facts vs. Lightning Myths

Knowing the Difference can Save a Life

By Earth Networks

lightning_mythsOnline — Lightning Facts Lightning strikes injure over 240,000 people each year across the world and ranks in the top 3 for weather related deaths in the U.S.; making lightning facts important information to be familiar with.

People outdoors are the most at risk, but those indoors can be struck as well.

In the U.S., fishing and […] Continue reading

Detecting Temperature Differences on PCB Components

Using a FLIR T420 Thernal Infrared Imager

PC Board Thermal Image

PC Board Thermal Image

Meer, Belgium  —  FLIR Systems announces a new applications article that describes how leading Dutch embedded electronics specialist, 3T, is using a FLIR thermal imaging camera to detect hot spots of less than 125 x 125 microns in size that may indicate a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) component is likely to fail.

When something goes wrong in a PCB, whether it is improper soldering of a circuit or a failing component, the PCB will heat up locally.

Therefore, thermal imaging offers a very good way to diagnose problems in the design phase of a PCB, to test it before it is supplied to a customer or in the qualification stage to locate hot spots from local heating.

The traditional alternative to using thermal imaging for fault diagnosis in PCB electronics has been use of thermocouple contact sensors. Continue reading

Using UAV Infrared Thermography for Cultivation & Phenotyping of Cereals

WIRIS supported by UAV platform

A thermal camera WIRIS supported by UAV platform of DJI S-900
(Image courtesy WIRIS)

Online — The process of cultivation leading to the target properties of new cereal varieties is time-consuming due to the need to characterize a large number of potential gene resources (Fig.).

Genetic resources of minor cereals are tested in three-year seed-beds with elementary evaluation (ŠZH) according to the applicable methodology of work with collections of genetic resources (GZ).

The genetic resources evaluated (GZ) include winter and spring wheat, winter barley, both forms of triticales, vain types of Hordeae and a number of minor crops.

Availability of modern technologies of thermographic imaging from the UAV platform (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) offers new possibilities for description of genetic resources (GZ), extension of the range of classifiers, in terms of thermal behaviour of plants in relation to transpiration response of plants. Continue reading

MadgeTech CF200 Data Logger Canning Fixture for Food Processors

Online — MadgeTech is excited to announce the release of the new, versatile CF200 canning fixture, designed to help food processors and manufacturers comply with FDA regulations.

The CF200 is ideal for securing a variety of data logger probe sizes and styles used to monitor internal can and container temperatures for a wide range of foods, validating the product is free of microorganisms and ready to eat.

Law requires canned food be heated to 121 °C (250 °F) to destroy microorganisms and inactivate enzymes, then vacuumed sealed to prevent any bacteria from getting in.

According to the USDA, this process allows high-acid canned foods (fruits, tomatoes) to be stored for up to 1 ½ years, and low-acid canned good (vegetables, meat, fish) up to 5 years. Continue reading

Modular In-Line Flow Meter for Compressed Air & Gases

Operates on the thermal anemometer principle

EE741 in-line flow meter

The new, compact EE741 in-line flow meter: Suitable for pipe diameters DN15, DN20, DN25

Engerwitzdorf, AUSTRIA  —  The new, compact EE741 in-line flow meter measures accurately the consumption of compressed air and technical gases; e.g. nitrogen, oxygen, helium, CO2 or argon.

Thanks to the modular design, one and the same transmitter can be used for three different pipe diameters (DN15, DN20, DN25).

To do so, the transmitter is simply combined with the appropriate gauge mounting block.

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