Product Watch

Vega plics goes smart

Bluetooth opens up new possibilities for all plics level and pressure transmitters from Vega, so the level and pressure instrumentation specialist has brought a Bluetooth solution to the market – the first sensor manufacturer to do so, it says. A new generation of the universal display and adjustment module Plicscom will allow all the transmitters in the plics instrument platform to be remotely operated via an App – easily, conveniently and securely.

Plicscom wireless Bluetooth communication is suitable for all industries and particularly suited for applications in difficult to access locations, harsh industrial environments and hazardous Ex areas. The best feature: the new module is backward compatible, which means it can be used on the entire installed base of more than 1.5 million plics sensors, many in operation since 2002. They are in plants all around the globe – across all measuring principles, with a proven adjustment system, without a software update.

Simply download the Vega Tools App, insert Plicscom into the instrument, done! From a safe distance with a smartphone or tablet, using encrypted communication security, the user can immediately set up and adjust plics sensors conveniently and safely. Remote display and diagnostic functions are also available.

For those who still want to adjust their plics sensors on site, Vega has another clever option up its sleeve: a magnetic pen allows contactless operation right through the viewing window of the closed lid. The instruments are thus always well protected, even bad weather conditions and soiling cannot affect them – a major advantage over optical communication methods. The magnetic pen operation and Bluetooth communication offer another advantage: costly, involved authorizations for working in hazardous areas (hot work permits) are unnecessary. A situation unparalleled in the process industry until now, says Vega.

Details, Ph 09 526 0096 or



New benchmarks in remote non-contact temperature sensing of hot bodies

The latest non-contact temperature measurement sensors from ifm electronic can now measure targets ranging between 0 – 2,500 deg C. While providing users with both 4 – 20mA and adjustable switch outputs.

This new series of sensor sets a new benchmark in precise temperature measurement for remote hot bodies, and user interface via a local 7 segment LED display. Calibration push buttons facilitate simple and fast on-site set up.

Non-contact temperature measurement has always been an expensive option for industrial users working with and making asphalt, coated metal, liquids, glass, rubber, glass, wood, MDF, ceramics, plastics, lacquers, food products, paper, fabric, steel, aluminium, etc. but with ifm electronic’s new TW range, measurements can be made easily and efficiently, for a reasonable price. The sensor does all the work due to sophisticated electronics, and calibration is as simple as point and set.

Measured values are converted to a scaled 4 - 20mA analogue output, with an additional output for high/low level switching output. The robust yet precise TW range, come in four variants over different temperature ranges. All featuring the robust high-quality precision scratch proof lens, specifically designed to reduce external light to a minimum – a prerequisite for precise non-contact temperature measurement.

For further information, contact ifm NZ support:
ph. 0800 803444

Two test tools in one increases productivity

Thermal imagers are invaluable to help quickly troubleshoot electrical equipment, panels, and transformers but electricians and maintenance technicians often don’t have access to one when they need it. Fluke announces the 279 FC TRMS Thermal Multimeter, the first test tool to integrate a full-featured true RMS (TRMS) digital multimeter (DMM) with a thermal camera in one device to speed troubleshooting, says the company.

The 279 FC lets technicians quickly and safely check for hot spots in fuses, wires, insulators, connectors, splices, and switches with the imager and then troubleshoot and analyse issues with the DMM. By combining two powerful test tools into one, electricians and technicians can carry fewer tools and have a higher level of confidence they have the tools handy to solve problems.

The thermal multimeter features 15 electrical measurement functions including ac/dc voltage, resistance, continuity, capacitance, diode test, min/max, and frequency. The optional iFlex clamp can wrap around conductors and wires in tight, hard-to-reach spaces and expands its measurement capabilities to include ac current up to 2500 A. The 3.5 inch (8.89 cm) full-colour LCD screen makes for easy, clear viewing of images.

The wireless 279 FC is part of Fluke Connect, a system of wireless test tools that communicate via the Fluke Connect app, or Fluke Connect Assets software, a cloud-based solution that gathers measurements to provide a comprehensive view of critical equipment Status. This lets technicians record and share both thermal images and electrical measurements in real time via their smartphones or tablets and automatically upload them to the cloud. Reports can be created and shared right from the job site via email and collaborate in real time with other colleagues with ShareLive video calls, which increases productivity in the field.*

The CAT III 1000 V, CAT IV 600 V safety rated thermal multimeter has a rechargeable lithium ion battery that lasts up to a full work day (10+ hours) under normal conditions.
The Fluke 279 FC TRMS Thermal Multimeter and the Fluke 279 FC/iFlex TRMS Thermal Multimeter will be ready to order from distributors on 09 May.

*Within your provider’s wireless service area and subject to your plan’s pricing and other terms.

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High-frequency radar level technology on the rise

The introduction of Vegapuls 64 begins a new age in radar measurement technology for liquids Vegapuls 64, the world’s first radar level sensor for liquids, operating at a frequency of 80 GHz, has instigated a radical new era in radar level measurement technology.

Eighteen months ago a new sensor for the continuous measurement of bulk solids, Vegapuls 69, was introduced with great success. This sensor also operates with a transmission frequency three times higher than the widely used 26 GHz frequency. These instruments have proven their worth, especially on media with poor reflective properties, in production shafts up to 120 m deep, or in silos with numerous internal installations that generate strong false echoes.

Vegapuls 64 for liquid applications will follow this leap. “Media with poor reflective properties, i.e. low dielectric constant, can now be measured significantly better than with previous radar sensors.” Thanks to the vastly better focusing, the beam simply passes by internal tank installations or build-up. Interfering signals, which previously had to be filtered out with false signal suppression, now play hardly any role in the measurement process.

“Moreover, it is now possible to use a much smaller antenna. Today we have process fittings with an antenna diameter of only ¾” – equivalent to the size of a $2 coin.” The new technology also allows precise measurement of the level very close to the tank bottom. This opens up new perspectives in determining the level in small containers used in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, as well as determining the amount of fuel left at the bottom of large fuel tanks. Measurement accuracy is +/-2 mm, even with a working range up to 30 m.

For further information, call the team at Instrumatics 09-526 0096.

New FastMig X range for greater welding productivity and quality

Kemppi has unveiled its new range of industrial welding equipment – the FastMig X series – to help management reduce costs and improve productivity.

The welding solutions are specifically designed for demanding and rigorous industrial applications; the FastMig X Regular for general purpose heavy industrial fabrication, FastMig X Pipe for FE and stainless steel pipe welding applications and FastMig X Intelligent for all metals and processes including the welding of thin sheets.

All three models can be upgraded and optimised for specific professional welding applications thanks to a range of optional software packages and components. The onboard arc optimisation software empowers the welder and management as it provides greater flexibility and control over the welding machine to minimise the need for rework and increase productivity.

Easy to use and set up, promised Kemppi, the FastMig X range is also highly versatile. It lets you connect two wire feeders for a very rapid change in welding processes, and filler wire type and size, saving time. Plus, when the ArcVoltage feature is enabled, the FastMig X automatically displays the actual arc voltage so that welding values can remain inside the predefined range regardless of the size and length of the cables. This helps to reduce the need for rework and saves on time and costs.

FastMig X Regular – Delivers top quality results for industrial welding The FastMig X Regular is designed for basic pulse MIG welding, especially for robust metal plates and thick base materials. It suits demanding welding tasks in industrial welding applications at a workshop or construction site. In addition to MIG/MAG and Synergic MIG welding processes, it also has pulsed and double-pulsed MIG as a standard.

FastMig X Pipe – Five times faster root welding The FastMig X Pipe is specially designed for pipe welding. It is also suitable for plates and fast root welding from one side. It produces an excellent quality weld, especially when running open gap root passes on pipes or plates without using backing support. WiseRoot+ is up to five times faster than TIG in root welding and three times faster than Synergic MIG. Highly reliable, the strong and precise twin-motor wire feed mechanism ensures a quality welding result in even the most demanding welding environments.

FastMig X Intelligent – For all metals and processes The FastMig X Intelligent is suitable for all high-end welding applications, all metals and processes, including the welding of thin sheets. It is perfect for all demanding welding tasks in any industrial welding application at a workshop, shipyard or construction site. The FastMig X Intelligent has a DuraTorque DT wire feed mechanism and a full palette of welding programs for various purposes, filler wires and shielding gases to give the welder greater flexibility and control over completing different welding tasks to a high standard.

Additionally, Arc Mobile Control software for Android mobile devices can be used for easy monitoring, control and adjustment of welding parameters and settings. Once set, the settings can be copy-pasted from one welding machine to another.

Powerful, reliable and feature rich, all three models are equipped with either the FastMig X350 or the FastMig X450 power source which is a multi-process CC/CV power source that is ideal for synergic and pulsed MIG/MAG welding, MMA and TIG welding.

Details, Matt Heron, (022) 0200 626, E-mail

When it’s good to have a slippery customer

Dyno has stocks of Ultraslip, the new super-slippery plastic that is an ideal solution for many applications in the package handling industry - chute linings, slider beds, slides, spirals and any areas where packages can get lodged or damaged. It is silicone-impregnated so provides a very low friction surface that enhances package flow. This product has proved very popular with Dyno customers such as Whittakers engineer Herbert Aregger who said “We are using the low friction plastic on our bagging machine and have noticed a great reduction in noise and increased slippage of the products. The two improvements that we were looking for. Thank you Dyno!”

Dyno says Ultraslip’s excellent abrasion and wear resistance, with no need for lubrication to maintain its excellent properties, means the product is virtually maintenance free. What’s more, it is very easy to install with self-adhesive backing, promises Dyno. The company stocks Ultraslip in two different widths, cut to the length you require. Contact Dyno NZ for a sample on 0800 144 044 or visit


Jacket has cooling effect

Are you looking to replace gear drives because the current one gets too hot?

It’s worth considering the ABI stainless steel gear drive options that can have a water cooling jacket fitted before installation.
The water jacket is a stainless outer layer that has cool water circulating. It ensures that the gear drive never overheads but also provides safety peace of mind with the gear drive cooler to touch.

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World’s lightest OLED see-through smartglasses

Epson has launched the third generation of its Moverio smartglasses for Augmented Reality. Available in New Zealand later this year, the Moverio BT-300 features Epson’s
own cutting-edge siliconbased OLED (organic light emitting diode) digital display technology, enabling the device to be the lightest see-through binocular smartglasses on the
market, and setting the new standard for augmented reality smart eyewear. The Moverio BT- 300 is approximately 20 percent lighter than its predecessor, the BT-200.

Epson’s focus on a wide range of commercial and other applications including the potential for using the BT-300 to help fly drones distinguishes the Moverio range from other
smartglasses on the market. The previous BT-200 model is already in wide use in some of Australia’s top education and research organisations including the CSIRO, the University of Western Sydney, Griffith University, Monash University’s Immersive Visualisation Platform and CAVE2 and Monash University’s Faculty of Information Technology.

Developed with function at the forefront, the range has proved popular with business customers and independent software vendors (ISVs). Built with a quad core Intel Atom
processor and Android OS 5.1, the BT-300 has significantly increased power to enable it to process 3D heavy content, and maintains up to six hours of battery life. Seeing
and making sense of the user’s environment through a 5-mega-pixel front-facing HD camera and other sensors, the smartglasses render content based on what is seen. As
on previous models, and cautious of privacy standards, the device features an LED to indicate when the camera is recording.

In last month’s magazine the new Crucial BX200 solid state drive was featured. I have been trying a unit out for myself these past couple of months and I have to say I have been impressed. Although those of you with your state-of-the-art tablets will groan, I still have my netbook. It is tough; it has been all over the world in jungles in high humidity, on beaches in hot sunlight and in the cold and snow up the Matterhorn. It does what I want and I know its foibles so I don’t want to part with it. Like me, it was getting older and slower but the BX200 seems to have fixed all that. It even survived getting snatched up at the last minute, stuffed into my back pocket and sat on (and, sadly, I do have an ample butt). All in all, a good solution to extending the life of my netbook.

Try out the new WDS CADalog

WDS Component Parts says it has always been at the cutting edge when it comes to simplifying the design and specification process for design engineers and machine builders. It’s now updated its online CAD download facility to include instant downloads of 3D and 2D models for almost every CAD suite in operation today. Visit for free access to CAD models for 20,000+ standard parts and fixturing components.

One of the greatest hurdles when working on a new design project can be finding components which fit to the overall design - without going over the R&D budget or missing deadlines. WDS understands these design pressures, which is why it offers free CAD downloads to all registered users of its website. It’s now updated this facility to make the download process even quicker and ensure that the models are available for every CAD programme currently in operation today.

Users simply need to register online to access models of every standard part in the WDS range. All of the 20,000+ WDS products have a downloadable 3D or 2D drawing. To make sure that everyone can benefit from the tool, WDS has ensured that the 3D files are compatible with 13 different CAD software formats – with a total of 83 different revisions catered for to accommodate older software releases.

Chris Putman, Sales and Marketing Director for WDS, explains: “We know how useful many of our customers find our CAD download, so we wanted to make it available to everyone. Because we can accommodate such a number of CAD packages, we’re yet to come across someone using software that can’t open our drawings. Of course, if we did, we’d be happy to draw up a model for them and have it sent over the same day.

“We’ve also improved the download speed of the drawings, so now most users running on a normal internet connection can download a 3D file in a matter of seconds.”

To make things even easier WDS will shortly be launching an online 3D viewer which will allow site visitors to rotate and view a product from all angles online. As always, once the perfect component has been found, purchases can be made online or by calling the WDS sales team.

Ever struggled to get a brush off the grinder?

Everyone who has done a lot of work with wire brushes mounted on angle grinders knows that they can be hard to remove resulting in unnecessary downtime. Furthermore as you struggle with a spanner sometimes your hand can slip and hit the guard leading to cuts or bruised knuckles.

The engineers at Talus Industries NZ Limited, makers of Dixbro wire brushes, understand this well. Therefore they have come up with a simple solution - the special AFTTM insert fitted to the brush which provides a flexible barrier between the brush and the grinder spindle and absorbs the excess energy. As a result even after heavy use the brush removal is easy and safe. Another safety aspect of the insert is its ability to absorb some of the shock from the brush “biting” into the edges of the workpiece.

The blind field trials also indicate that the AFTTM insert may even help to absorb some vibrations from the brush working on an uneven surface and therefore help to improve the operator comfort. The company is now exploring this hypothesis further.

The patent pending AFTTM insert is now becoming a standard feature on all Dixbro cup and bevel brushes with M14 thread. Ph: 027 3955954 e-mail: