SENSORS - Precision Speed and Length Measurement (down to Zero) with LSV Sensors from Zumbach

Precise knowledge of length and current speed is a key cost and process optimization factor in the production of sheet goods and cables. Wear and slip push material costs up, but companies today can no longer afford to produce rejects. Quality is in demand - From the outset.

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The LSV 1000/2000 velocimeters from ZUMBACH ideally support manufacturers when monitoring quality in steel, cable, wire and tubing production. They exceed the performance of conventional contact-based measuring methods, at the same time offering maximum robustness with minimized maintenance requirements and costs.

The compact device provides length and velocity data quickly and reliably for both process control and cut-to-length applications. Precise detection of very small movements is possible because the measuring accuracy is not dependent on the speed.

With the LSV 1000/2000, You Can:

1. Rapidly adjust the desired measuring field

The device is a compact all-in-one system and can be easily integrated into production processes. The visible lasers simplify alignment in the measuring field.

2. Measure immediately – with mobile or remote monitoring

Recalibration is superfluous. Its low weight of just 4.3 kg and the supplied mobility kit allow rapid mobile deployment as well as the connection to a laptop. The sensors are immediately ready for use and feature a universal power supply and a LAN connection.

3. Optimize production processes – irrespective of the surfaces, materials and temperatures

The LSV length and speed sensors can be used in a huge array of environments. They are robust enough to supply reliable results even in adverse conditions: the LSV 1000/2000 measure reliably on virtually any surface, e.g. steel, shiny aluminium, oily sheets, wire and cable. Certified for protection classes IP 66 and IP 67 (in acc. with EN 60529), the robust sensor technology ensures reliable operation even under harsh conditions.

4. Communicate effectively

The rapid, state-of-the-art signal processor is equipped with a powerful command system for efficient system communication via serial or Ethernet interface.
The new system allows us to support your objective of optimizing continuous production processes to obtain significant material cost savings. In the light of its performance and the remarkably low operating and maintenance costs, the ROI is extremely attractive.


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INNOVATION - Atlas Copco’s new GA VSD+ compressor provides essential test lab air for Stannah Stairlifts

After a successful trial with Stannah Stairlifts, the UK’s leading stairlift manufacturer, Atlas Copco’s innovative energy-efficient GA VSD+ compressor is now providing vital 24/7 test lab air for the company’s R&D operations at its site in Andover, Hampshire.

Stannah Stairlifts is part of the Stannah Group, a long-standing British owned and family run company which has been established for almost 150 years. The Group employs 1,500 people and operates a worldwide enterprise with a turnover in excess of £200million. As the UK’s leading independent producer of passenger lifts and platform lifts it manufactures and distributes a portfolio of lifting products that includes elevators, escalators, goods lifts and stairlifts.

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As a long-term Atlas Copco customer Stannah Stairlifts was invited to trial a GA11 VSD+ rotary screw compressor powered by Atlas Copco’s own in-house designed interior permanent magnet motor (iPM). Atlas Copco already supplies compressed air to Stannah Stairlifts at four manufacturing and maintenance sites, for use in production line assembly air tools, machine tool equipment and workshop applications. The specific requirement of the new compressor was to provide quality air for the R&D laboratory test rig actuator valves, jigs and fixtures involved in product simulation testing at the Stannah Stairlifts site in Andover, where model prototypes are continually put through their paces 24/7.

As Austen Kirby, Stannah Stairlifts’ Maintenance Manager, explains: “This essential air supply was originally provided by a fixed-speed GA15 unit but when, as part of its Total Responsibility programme for the company, Atlas Copco Compressors recommended the advantages of a VSD, full-feature upgrade and an opportunity to trial their latest development, we had no hesitation in accepting their advice to replace the original machine with their GA11VSD+ FF model.”

The compressor’s performance during the trial period and its impressive energy savings potential persuaded Stannah Stairlifts to install the compressor as a permanent addition to the air supply plant. The machine is part of the new GA 7-15 kW VSD+ oil-injected, rotary screw compressor range, a totally new concept that has turned the compressed air industry on its head by redesigning the conventional layout of a typical air compressor. Instead of the normal horizontal design, the compressor has an upright, vertical, low footprint layout, designed to save floor and work space while improving maintenance access, even when the unit is placed against a wall.

Significantly, the new design offersexceptional energy savings. Atlas Copco’s GA Variable Speed Drive (VSD) technology automatically adjusts the motor speed to match the compressed air supply to demand. When combined with the innovative in-house design of the iPM permanent magnet motor, which corresponds to IE4 requirements, and the new more efficient fan motor, this results in an average energy saving of 50% and an average reduction of 37% in lifecycle cost compared to a conventional fixed-speed compressor. Furthermore, thanks to the silent motor and fully-enclosed drive train, the compressor runs as quietly as 62 dB(A)

Stannah Stairlifts’ new compressor installation is making a significant contribution to the high manufacturing standards of the company, which in 2011 produced its 500,000th stairlift. As Austen Kirby comments: “All of our products are manufactured in the UK and quality assured to ISO 9001. We are previous recipient of the ‘Best UK Manufacturing and Engineering Factory ‘award from the DTI. Continuing to maintain such high standards means investing in the best production equipment − that’s why we have always opted for Atlas Copco’s machines.”

Atlas Copco Compressors is the GB sales and service operation of the Atlas Copco Group providing oil-free and oil-injected stationary air compressors, gas and process compressors, turbo expanders, nitrogen generators, air treatment equipment (such as compressed air dryers, coolers, and filters) air management systems, and custom designed engineered packages. 

Atlas Copco Compressors’ sales and distribution network means that specialist compressed air advice and service is always within easy reach. A team of over 80 service engineers operates across the country, to ensure maximum running efficiency and minimum downtime at its customers' sites.

In the United Kingdom, Atlas Copco also handles the sales and marketing of construction and mining equipment, portable compressors and electric power generators, industrial power tools and assembly systems – all backed up by a nationwide sales, distribution, service and maintenance network. 

Atlas Copco is a world-leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions. The Group serves customers with innovative compressors, vacuum solutions and air treatment systems, construction and mining equipment, power tools and assembly systems. Atlas Copco develops products and service focused on productivity, energy efficiency, safety and ergonomics.  The company was founded in 1873, is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and has a global reach spanning more than 180 countries. In 2013, Atlas Copco had revenues of BSEK 84 (BEUR 9.7) and more than 40 000 employees.Learn more at


DETECTORS - Zumbach’s latest KW TRIO lump detectors reliably eliminates stray light from fault detection!

Zumbach launches new 3-axis lump detector family KW TRIO for extrusion lines, optical fibre draw towers, rewinding processes and others. The first technology with a pulsing light source and automatic ambient light rejection after the cycle makes these detectors impervious to stray light and the pioneers in their class. Line speed or iridescent light have no influence on measurement results – even the smallest surface faults are detected reliably on a micrometre scale.

In insulating, sheathing, enamelling, wire drawing and other processes, surface faults such as lumps and neckdowns must immediately be detected. Zumbach has developed a new concept eliminating stray light as a factor in fault detection in order to enable production processes with the highest quality possible at extrusion lines, optical fibre draw towers, etc. The one-of-a-kind combination of an electronic measuring principle and a complex optics solution sets a new standard in fault detection reliability and performance.



Advantages for the quality control

  • measurement results are unaffected by stray light, velocity and vibration
  • complex optics solution enables minimal fault detection height of only 0.01mm and a minimal fault detection length of only 0.2...0.3mm
  • Fully digitalized signal processing DSP
  • Micro-processor for intelligent fault analysis and classification
  • Illuminated, mobile operating and display unit
  • detailed error log
  • interface for host connection
  • compact design, flexible mounting concept
  • theoretically unlimited lifespan

Since faults often only cover a limited angle on the product circumference, e.g. lumps, neckdowns, blisters, etc., 2-axis detectors (X/Y) are usually used. However, reliability can be three times as high by using the 3-axial measurement of the KW TRIO models. This is due to the significant reduction in blind spots that only the KW TRIO models enable.


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PROCESS - Emerson introduces new wireless transmitter that delivers two process variables in a single installation

transmitter emersonThe Rosemount® 3051S MultiVariable™ Wireless Pressure Transmitter helps users gain greater insight into their process without increasing installation costs

Emerson Process Management introduces the Rosemount 3051S MultiVariable Wireless Pressure Transmitter, designed to directly measure two process variables in one installation so users can gain greater insight into their process without increasing installation costs.

The more devices there are in a facility, the greater the required cost and time investments for installation, scheduled maintenance and downtime. Now users can simplify installation and maintenance routines with the Rosemount 3051S MultiVariable Wireless Pressure Transmitter. Because the transmitter measures differential and static pressure, users can reduce pipe penetrations and impulse piping along with their associated costs. The static pressure sensor is available as either true gauge or absolute, which allows for reduced maintenance and calibration costs.

Backed by Emerson’s proven experience in Smart Wireless field instrumentation, users have instant visibility to their measurements through a non-intrusive, WirelessHART® monitoring system. With Rosemount 3051S wireless transmitters, users can monitor more assets throughout their facilities with greater than 99% reliability and at 40% to 60% cost savings over wired installations.

The Rosemount 3051S MultiVariable Wireless Pressure Transmitter delivers a decade of maintenance-free performance with a 10-year stability specification, making it the most cost effective and reliable way to monitor assets while reducing installation costs.

For more information on the Rosemount 3051S MultiVariable Wireless Pressure Transmitter, visit

About Emerson Process Management

Emerson Process Management (, an Emerson business, is a leader in helping businesses automate their production, processing and distribution in the chemical, oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, power, water and wastewater treatment, mining and metals, food and beverage, life sciences and other industries. The company combines superior products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, project management and maintenance services. Its brands include PlantWeb™, Syncade™, DeltaV™, Fisher®, Micro Motion®, Rosemount®, Daniel™, Ovation™, Bettis™ and AMS Suite.


COOLING - 3M, SGI and Intel Showcase Advanced Cooling Technology for the "Data Center of the Future"

3M demonstrates two-phase immersion cooling technology to reduce water consumption and energy use, while increasing supercomputer efficiency

As the growth of the Internet of Things spikes so does the growth of data traffic in the cloud, which requires data centers to deliver more performance and storage with less energy consumption. Today, 3M is announcing the implementation of a fully functional supercomputer developed in collaboration with Intel and SGI that uses a revolutionary two-phase immersion cooling technology pioneered by 3M.

“Through this collaboration with Intel and 3M, we are able to demonstrate a proof-of-concept showcasing an extremely innovative capability to reduce energy use in data centers, while optimizing performance”

3m cooling

In this proof-of-concept, SGI® ICE™ X, the fifth generation of the world’s fastest distributed memory supercomputer and the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 hardware are placed directly into 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluid. The 3M Novec fluid is an efficient dielectric that keeps the hardware cooled with minimum additional energy, maximum performance and better reliability. 3M’s two-phase immersion cooling technology can reduce cooling energy costs by 95 percent and reduces water consumption by eliminating municipal water usage for evaporative cooling. Heat can also be harvested from the system and reused for heating and other process technologies such as desalination of sea water.

This technique has been shown to require 10 times less space than conventional air cooling and eliminates costly air cooling infrastructure and equipment associated with conventional liquid cooling, making it cost effective for large-scale data center hubs. It enables much tighter component packaging – allowing for greater computing power in less space – and easy access to hardware with no residue. In fact, the system can enable up to 100 kilowatts of computing power per square meter.

This innovative technology leads to a smaller environmental footprint with optimal computing power – important factors as the world approaches Earth Day 2014.

SGI’s industry standard high performance computing technology, coupled with Intel’s energy efficient processors, complement 3M’s ground-breaking immersion cooling technology that significantly reduces energy and water use and sets the stage for the future of data centers.

“We are thrilled with the work that our collaboration with SGI and Intel has produced,” said Joe Koch, business director for 3M Electronics Markets Materials Division. “We applaud them for their leadership in helping us find better ways to address energy efficiency, space constraints and increased computing power in data centers. These advancements are a significant stepping stone in accelerating industry wide collaboration to optimize computer hardware design.”

In the “data center of the future” the SGI ICE X system can scale seamlessly from tens of teraflops to tens of petaflops, and across technology generations, while maintaining uninterrupted production workflow. The system enables tighter component packaging and scalability, helping reduce the system footprint. It minimizes system overhead and communication bottlenecks that can inhibit efficiency and scalability for a wide range of applications and customer needs.

“Through this collaboration with Intel and 3M, we are able to demonstrate a proof-of-concept showcasing an extremely innovative capability to reduce energy use in data centers, while optimizing performance,” said Jorge Titinger, president and CEO of SGI. “Built entirely on industry-standard hardware and software components, the SGI ICE X solution enables significant decreases in energy requirements for customers, lowering total cost of ownership and impact on the environment. We are delighted to work with Intel and 3M on this demonstration to illustrate the potential to further reduce energy in data centers, something imperative as we move to a more data intensive world.”

“As the backbone of the data economy, modern data centers must increase the raw performance they deliver, but also do so efficiently by containing power consumption and operating costs,” said Charles Wuishpard, vice president, data center group and general manager, Workstation and High Performance Computing at Intel. “Intel is continually innovating and improving microprocessor technologies to meet today’s datacenter demands and is working with companies like 3M and SGI to explore advanced cooling technologies that improve energy efficiency in datacenters while also containing operating costs.”

By investing in advanced cooling technologies, companies such as Intel and SGI can explore hardware designs without the heat transfer constraints of traditional cooling, while being more affordable and less complex to build and operate. This installation is designed to prove the viability of the two-phase immersion technology using Novec fluids, and to validate open and future proof platform designs.

In-depth data acquisition and evaluation of the installation will kick off in April. Additionally, the companies are working with the Naval Research Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs and APC by Schneider Electric to deploy and evaluate an identical system with the intention to demonstrate the viability of the technology at any scale.

About 3M
3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing. With $31 billion in sales, 3M employs 89,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70 countries. For more information, visit or follow @3MNews on Twitter.

About SGI
SGI, the trusted leader in high performance computing, is focused on helping customers solve their most demanding business and technology challenges by delivering technical computing, Big Data analytics, cloud computing, and petascale storage solutions that accelerate time to discovery, innovation, and profitability. Visit ( for more information.

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About Intel
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at and

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