Friday, July 25, 2008

Calculator Shows Sensor Savings

With only a few pieces of information, TR Electronic engineers will evaluate cost-effective and innovative approaches to any existing sensor strategy. TR Electronic has added an online sensor calculator to its website, enabling visitors to to calculate the potential savings available. With only a few pieces of information, TR Electronic engineers will evaluate cost-effective and innovative approaches to any existing sensor strategy.

The sensor calculator is free to use, and results will be provided within 24 hours. Whether the object of the exercise is a measurable reduction in spending (dollars saved) or a specific return on investment (ROI, NPV etc), TR Electronic reckons the sensor calculator will provide all the information required.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Valves Provide A Simple Alternative

The Cartridge Valve is part of a family of direct-acting solenoid valves for air and liquid (including light oil) applications. Parker Fluid Control Division has released a new line of manifold mount Cartridge Valves. The valve is a simplified alternative to solenoid operators and stud mount valves. The Cartridge Valve is part of a family of direct-acting solenoid valves for air and liquid (including light oil) applications.

These small yet powerful valves meet commercial, industrial, mobile, instrumentation and medical market needs. Economy models are available for less demanding applications. The manifold mount Cartridge Valve is offered in two and three-way models with a stainless steel body. It offers a space-saving approach, without manifold orifices to machine or press.

The valve offers no loose parts to assemble together. The sleeve, plunger, spring and orifice are pressed together as one unit. Ultimately, less machining means lower manifold costs to the buyer. Available with all 204 and 304 coils, the valves are offered normally closed or open with a sleeve port size of 1/8in.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Online Learning Provides Engineering Qualification

IDC Technologies' Advanced Diploma in Industrial Automation includes weekly live, interactive presentations over the web, presented by experts. IDC Technologies' Advanced Diploma in Industrial Automation is now attracting enquiries for the last intake of 2008 Registrations for this course close in September. Studying via distance learning, students in this year's two previous intakes are based in countries including Canada, Australia, the UK, South Africa, France and Argentina.

The course includes weekly live, interactive presentations over the web, presented by experts. There are also assignments, readings and simulations to complete. IDC Technologies Engineering Manager, Steve Mackay said "There is a critical shortage of automation, instrumentation and control engineers around the world now due to retirement, restructuring and rapid growth in new industries and technologies".

He said that a career in industrial automation can be well paid, challenging, but ultimately enjoyable. "This is a practical course and students will be valued in the workplace where time is short and immediate results, with hard-hitting and useful know how, are required as a minimum" Mackay said. The course is endorsed by The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), which was formed by the Institution of Electrical Engineers and the Institution of Incorporated Engineers. It has more than 150,000 members worldwide.
Telecommunications Deal Covers IET Resources

The IET and Nortel certification programme provides easy access to additional information, training and qualifications for continuing professional development and career progression. The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has signed an agreement with Nortel, a Canadian telecommunications company The agreement will give Nortel's certified technical community a fast track route to IET membership and allow its UK-based engineers and other IT professionals, who attain Nortel certifications, access to IET membership benefits including development and networking opportunities.

Robin McGill, IET Chief Executive, said: "Increasingly, the IET is forming partnerships with other technological organisations as part of a collaborative approach to raising standards worldwide". "We are delighted that Nortel has taken this opportunity to give its UK employees access to the global knowledge network which the IET has established over the years".

"This information base is an acknowledged contributory factor to career success and achieving personal and professional goals". "The agreement between Nortel and the IET is important in helping to raise the profile of IT personnel worldwide and to addressing the skills shortage in this sector, which is critical if we are to keep pace with technological advancements".

The IET and Nortel certification programme provides easy access to additional information, training and qualifications which are invaluable for continuing professional development and career progression. Fast track membership means that a sponsor is not required to achieve IET membership with designatory letters. The agreement enables Nortel to validate the IET certification directly.