<![CDATA[Site]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/ Thu, 13 Dec 2018 22:55:33 GMT Thu, 13 Dec 2018 22:55:33 GMT LemonStand <![CDATA[Busy elevator electronics technician saves time with new Fluke motor drive analyzer]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postbusy-elevator-electronics-technician-saves-time-with-new-fluke-motor-drive-analyzer https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postbusy-elevator-electronics-technician-saves-time-with-new-fluke-motor-drive-analyzer Wed, 31 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT

The company employs scores of general purpose technicians on its maintenance team to perform preventative maintenance, troubleshoot and repair malfunctions, and even do post-mortems after failures to learn how they might be prevented in the future. In addition to the generalists, there is a group of five electronic specialists who cover the entire area. They primarily troubleshoot the increasingly sophisticated control systems, load weight devices and variable speed drives used to keep the elevators running smoothly.

Ups and downs of elevator maintenance

Motor drives in elevators are also called variable frequency drives (VFD), frequency converters or adjustable speed drives (ASD). They transform constant voltage from the main ac power supply into a voltage that varies to control motor torque and speed, ideal for motors that drive the cable or belt systems that move the elevators up and down.

One veteran electronics technician at the elevator company said he has typically used Fluke ScopeMeter® Test Tools (125B and 190) to troubleshoot drives. Recently, however, he switched to the new Fluke MDA-550 Motor Drive Analyzer. The technician is highly skilled with 25 years of experience, including electronics and telecommunications in the military and a degree from a technical school.

The new motor drive analyzer, he said, is great for both very skilled or less skilled technicians.

"It's a nice tool for everyone because you have guidance. And the interface takes you through the process of measuring," the elevator electronics technician said.

Troubleshooting made easy

The MDA combines a handheld oscilloscope with a multimeter and adds easy-to-read diagrams and step-by-step guidance through tests.

“The good thing about the MDA is that, for a skilled technician, you have the pictograms that show you how to set up the tool. That saves time on each testing,” he said. “The lower skilled technician can confirm the setup before they begin and move through the test, step by step.”

The MDA includes a walkthrough for all key tests, including:

  • Drive input
  • DC bus­­—ripple
  • Drive output
  • Motor input
  • Motor shaft voltage

“The MDA has all of these functions. It’s a great upgrade. For me it’s about simplifying my work. I can do all the same measurements that I can with the scopemeter, but it’s easier to use. You just pick the test and the settings are all ready to go.”

Fluke motor drive analyzers guide you through these tests and automate many of the needed calculations so you can have confidence in the results. Plus, you can save data to a report at nearly any test point, so you can have documentation to upload to a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) or share with a colleague or consulting expert.

“I could do it with the oscilloscope using manual settings, but the MDA test is all set up and ready to use. When you’re doing a lot of measurements in one day, that saves a lot of time.”


Confirming suspicions and fixing problems

In one recent service call, the electronics technician was troubleshooting a large elevator at a hospital. “Because of 14 years of work, the motor drive showed ripple on the load. They were ripples of the DC link. We thought it might have something to do with the aging of the capacitors. They tend to get drier and drier as they age.

“That’s a problem—the elevator will need more and more current because the capacitors will need more and more current. The result is that the capacitors get weaker and weaker, and you waste energy.

Using the MDA, I was able to go to the DC bus test and the DC ripple and quickly complete the test and confirm what we suspected,” he said.

They ended up changing out the whole bank of capacitors to fix the problem.

“I could do it with the oscilloscope using manual settings, but the MDA test is all set up and ready to use. When you’re doing a lot of measurements in one day, that saves a lot of time.”

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<![CDATA[TE Connectivity to participate in Baird's 2018 Global Industrial Conference]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postte-connectivity-to-participate-in-bairds-2018-global-industrial-conference https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postte-connectivity-to-participate-in-bairds-2018-global-industrial-conference Wed, 31 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT

A live audio webcast of the conference will be available online. A replay of the webcast will be available for 180 days following the live webcast and can be accessed via the same online link.

TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE: TEL) is a $13 billion global technology and manufacturing leader creating a safer, sustainable, productive, and connected future. For more than 75 years, our connectivity and sensor solutions, proven in the harshest environments, have enabled advancements in transportation, industrial applications, medical technology, energy, data communications, and the home. With 78,000 employees, including more than 7,000 engineers, working alongside customers in nearly 150 countries, TE ensures that EVERY CONNECTION COUNTS. Learn more at www.te.com and on LinkedInFacebookWeChat and Twitter.


SOURCE TE Connectivity Ltd.

For further information: Media Relations, B.J. Talley, TE Connectivity, 610-893-9553, bj.talley@te.com; Investor Relations, Sujal Shah, TE Connectivity, 610-893-9790, sujal.shah@te.com

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<![CDATA[New Danfoss solution further improves the efficiency of CO₂ refrigeration in all climates]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postnew-danfoss-solution-further-improves-the-efficiency-of-co-refrigeration-in-all-climates https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postnew-danfoss-solution-further-improves-the-efficiency-of-co-refrigeration-in-all-climates Wed, 31 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT The new CO₂ Adaptive Liquid Management (CALM) solution allows full utilization of the evaporator surface in display cases and cold rooms, improving energy savings with CO₂ refrigeration in any store. CALM is a complete solution; in addition to intelligent pack and case controllers and a system manager, it includes two ground-breaking Danfoss innovations: The Liquid Ejector and the Adaptive Liquid Control case controller algorithm.

New liquid ejector completes the Danfoss multi ejector solution™ portfolio

With CALM, Danfoss introduces the new Liquid Ejector which can optimize and improve any transcritical CO₂ booster or parallel compression refrigeration system. Like existing Danfoss ejector offerings, the Liquid Ejector is driven by expansion energy from the gas cooler but uses it to remove liquid from the suction side. As it requires little energy to run, the Liquid Ejector is efficient in all ambient temperatures, providing a truly global optimal solution for any climate. 

"The new Liquid Ejector strengthens the Danfoss ejector portfolio," comments Danfoss Product Manager Przemyslaw Kalinski. "We now offer an ejector solution for all climates, CO₂ system types, and system sizes. In short: an efficient CO₂ refrigeration solution for everyone."

Adaptive Liquid Control algorithm optimizes evaporator control 

As the Liquid Ejector protects compressors by removing liquid from the suction side, the new Adaptive Liquid Control (ALC) case controller algorithm can safely increase evaporator utilization by injecting more refrigerant, thereby increasing the evaporation temperature and controlling superheat close to zero. As a result, evaporator performance is optimized, the suction pressure is increased, and the compressors consume less energy. 

"While an adaptive Minimum Stable Superheat algorithm is the most efficient and robust solution for injection control with dry expansion, Adaptive Liquid Control is the most efficient and robust algorithm for liquid control, for example in transcritical CO₂ systems," says Danfoss Product Manager Ejnar Luckmann. 

CALM provides significant energy savings and cost reductions 

Increasing the evaporation temperature makes it possible to save significant amounts of energy because the increased suction pressure reduces the load on the compressors. In fact, the Adaptive Liquid Control algorithm can achieve energy savings of typically 5% compared to Minimum Stable Superheat solutions and twice as much when compared to solutions with fixed superheat. 

The CALM solution further ensures a reduction of first-cost investments. As an example, a smaller suction accumulator will be sufficient to handle the limited amount of liquid in the suction line. There will also be a reduction of compressor capacity need and therefore, there is the possibility of installing smaller or fewer compressors. 

"We Love CO₂": Danfoss working to make the refrigerant transition happen 

As refrigerant legislation tightens, and the consequences of climate change are becoming increasingly clear, the transition to climate-friendly refrigerants is a top priority. Thousands of CO₂ refrigeration installations prove that Danfoss components can help customers make this transition whilst saving energy, and without compromising on food safety and reliability. With the CALM solution, Danfoss now offers an even greater selection of CO₂ solutions for all climate zones and store sizes, helping businesses make the refrigerant transition all over the world. 

"These benefits are now available to end-users all over the world and it’s a major step forward in developing solutions that benefit the climate. We are proud to say that "We love CO₂", and we hope that decision-makers in the food retail industry will join us in making the refrigerant transition happen," says Anja Sofie Meiner Jensen, Project Launch Manager.

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<![CDATA[The 2 Most Important Factors to Weigh When Selecting Ground Rod Material by eVent Erico]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postthe-2-most-important-factors-to-weigh-when-selecting-ground-rod-material-by-event-erico https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postthe-2-most-important-factors-to-weigh-when-selecting-ground-rod-material-by-event-erico Wed, 31 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT Factors to Consider in Grounding System Design

Consider the relationship between expected service life and cost in order to receive the best value from your ground rod. Below, we uncover the top two most important factors to consider before selecting a ground rod material.

1) Corrosion Resistance and Longevity

The expected service life should be the first— and most important— factor considered when selecting ground rods for a grounding system.

A ground rod’s resistance to corrosion is directly related to service life and overall system effectiveness— the quicker a ground rod corrodesthe shorter the service life and overall cost will be. Because below-grade products are exposed to significant corrosion threats, the service life between two materials can vary by years or decades. The resistance of a ground rod will significantlyincrease when corroded and can result in a catastrophic loss of ground over time.

2) Cost

Cost generally comes into play when contractors are attempting to cut costs by using a cheaper material, or balancing cost and corrosion resistance between materials like solid copper and stainless steel. When a grounding rod specification does not reference a specific brand, product or material, a contractor may choose the cheapest allowable ground rod. However, to maximize value and produce the safest, most reliable system for users, that may not be enough.

The upfront cost of one ground rod material should not be compared directly to another material. Rather, the lifecycle value of two materials should be compared. If one rod is $20 and another costs $30, but the cheaper rod will only last one-quarter as long as the other, the more expensive rod is clearly the more cost-effective choice.

National Electrical Grounding Research Project

To appropriately balance service life and cost when comparing ground rod materials, we can point to established studies from reputable third-party organizations for proof.

In 1996, the Fire Protection Research Foundation established the National Electrical Grounding Research Project (NEGRP), which studied the long-term performance of 18 different grounding electrodes in diverse geographical locations and soil types. It is the most extensive study on corrosion involving copper and galvanized material since a National Bureau of Standards study from 1910-1955.

Comparing the Service Life and Cost of Common Ground Rod Materials

Common ground rod material selection is based on the corrosion resistance of the rod, balanced with the longevity of the system. Galvanized steel, copper-bonded steel and stainless steel are the most common materials considered for grounding systems in most parts of the world.

Galvanized steel rods are often the go-to material because they are cheap, allowed by the NEC and UL listed. However, in the NEGRP study referenced above, it’s been uncovered that galvanized rods are an inferior material choice in terms of service life longevity. Also note that choosing a material based solely on its upfront cost does a disservice to the grounding system’s users and their safety, and will likely cost more in the long term.

Copper-bonded ground rods are a major step up in terms of corrosion resistance. The NEGRP found that copper-bonded ground rods last an average of 40 years in most soil types, compared to 15 for galvanized rods. This is a larger return compared to galvanized rods for a marginal initial cost increase.

For certain situations, stainless steel ground rods may be specified. According to the NEGRP, these ground rods offer a service life of around 50 years. In highly corrosive environments—such as at industrial plants or salty environments (e.g. ocean beaches)—stainless steel outlasts copper-bonded ground rods.


The chart above articulates a clear gap in service life for zinc galvanized ground rods when compared to its alternatives.

To clearly evaluate the value of each material, we can compare each material in terms of annual cost. If we now know zinc galvanized rods may need to be replaced twice before a copper-bonded or stainless steel rod does once, how does that translate into cost?


From a value perspective, stainless steel is the clear loser, explaining why it is only specified when absolutely necessary due to its high initial cost.

When comparing galvanized and copper-bonded ground rods, both copper-bonded products offer an annual cost advantage.

Dive Deeper on Grounding Systems

Choosing the appropriate ground rod is only one important factor in a comprehensive grounding system. View the ERICO Grounding, Bonding and nVent ERICO Cadweld Solutions Guide for an overview of facility electrical protection and where grounding fits in.

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<![CDATA[Phoenix Contact strengthens its position in the field of connection technology]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postphoenix-contact-strengthens-its-position-in-the-field-of-connection-technology https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postphoenix-contact-strengthens-its-position-in-the-field-of-connection-technology Wed, 31 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT Both companies are based in Niederdorf in Germany's Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains). SKS Kontakttechnik offers electrical engineering components and systems. Pulsotronic manufactures specific sensor solutions.

The two companies will bring more than 400 employees to the Phoenix Contact Group. The takeover of these companies is the most significant acquisition in the corporate history of Phoenix Contact.

SKS founder and former owner Martin Schweitzer has been working with Phoenix Contact for the past 20 years. He will remain in charge of Pulsotronic Anlagentechnik GmbH.

The acquisition of SKS means that Phoenix Contact will strengthen its market position in the field of connection technology solutions. Furthermore, the application know-how of Pulsotronic's sensor technology is a valuable addition for increasingly digitalized customer and industry solutions.

The initiation of the takeover process has been supported closely by the Advisory Board and the shareholders of the Phoenix Contact Group. The transaction is subject to the approval of the Federal Cartel Office.


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<![CDATA[Moxa Spotlight October 2018]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postmoxa-spotlight-october-2018 https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postmoxa-spotlight-october-2018 Tue, 30 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT Interoperability is the key to linking varied devices and systems into a cohesive and smarter whole, whether it is for an automated factory or a smart ship. Moxa is connecting the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) with solutions that make interoperability easy and painless. This month, we turn the spotlight on solutions that simplify edge-to-cloud integration, extend marine automation with cloud service delivery, offer multiple media conversions, and make mass customization possible across production lines. 


Latest Developments

Simplify Edge-to-Cloud Integration

Discover how Moxa's IIoT Edge Gateways effortlessly simplify the integration of edge data and cloud services in a wide variety of applications.

Learn More


Our IIoT Blueprint for Smart Ships

We have created a blueprint that extends mission-critical marine automation with cloud service delivery to improve maritime operations. 

Learn More


Media Converters for Every Combination

Our wide range of media converters converts serial to serial, serial to fiber, fieldbus to fiber, and Ethernet to fiber—meeting any media conversion

Learn More


Manufacturing Strategies for Mass Customization

In the Industry 4.0 era, our solutions help manufacturers carry out multiple production strategies, allowing them to react quicker to changing consumer demands. 

Learn More


Resource Links

Wite Paper - Getting IT Engineers Up To Speed in the OT World

Application Note - Powering China's First Certified Smart Ship

Video - Panel Computers and Displays for Tough Environments


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<![CDATA[Moxa Smart Rail Solutions]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postmoxa-smart-rail-solutions https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postmoxa-smart-rail-solutions Wed, 17 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT Feature Article 

Moxa Presented it's Smart Rail Solutions at InnoTrans

At InnoTrans 2018, Moxa presented its smart rail solutions, including tailor-made network infrastructure for onboard passenger WLAN, defense-in-depth cyber security solutions, and a comprehensive portfolio of Ethernet switches to help increase customer satisfaction and enhance system operations

Read More


Latest news

Moxa Achieves Updated IRIS Certification for Commitment to Quality 

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Integrated IP Solutions for Smarter Railways - Download the Brochure Now


New Product 

UC-8540 Series - Train-to-ground computing platform with multiple wireless connections 

Read More


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<![CDATA[Moxa Spotlight September 2018]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postmoxa-spotlight-september-2018 https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postmoxa-spotlight-september-2018 Tue, 25 Sept 2018 00:00:00 GMT Cloud integration and feeding data from the field to computing systems are key to achieving business objectives such as reduced downtime and optimized production in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Achieving these objectives depends largely on reliable network architecture where Ethernet switches and gateways continue to be the network workhorses that enable the necessary connectivity. This month, we take a closer look at our IIoT edge gateways, which simplify the integration of edge data and cloud services in various applications. We also turn the spotlight on how Moxa continues to meet new standards related to speed, safety, mobility, and passenger comfort for railway vehicles and systems. 


Latest Developments

Accelerate Edge-to-Cloud Integration Seamlessly

Our IIoT edge gateways consist of cloud-ready edge computers that are optimized for IIoT applications in the solar, wind power, water and wastewater, and oil and gas sectors.

Learn More


Integrated IP Solutions for Smarter railways

Achieve new operational efficiencies through our unique railway technologies, which meet the stringent requirements of the rail industry. 

Learn More


Resource Links

White Paper - How OPC UA Software Enhances Big Data Integrity for IIoT SCADA Systems 

Brochure -  See Our Solutions in This IIoT Blueprint for Smart Ships 

Application Note - Enabling a New Service Model for Home Solar Energy Systems 


New Products

UC-5100 Series - Arm-based wireless-enabled DIN-rail IIoT gateway

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<![CDATA[Sydney Thermography and Plant Maintenance Workshop]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postsydney-thermography-and-plant-maintenance-workshop https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postsydney-thermography-and-plant-maintenance-workshop Tue, 18 Sept 2018 00:00:00 GMT Thermography
What you will learn: 
Learn how to troubleshoot faster and avoid downtime using the latest thermal imaging technology. 

Plant Maintenance
What you will learn: 
Learn practical applications using Power Quality Loggers, ScopeMeters, and FlukeConnect™ Devices

Cost of this valuable workshop is just $50 
To attend please download, fill in the form and email to: auinfo@fluke.com 
Download form and Register: http://bit.ly/2LUi0I7

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<![CDATA[TE Connectivity announces definitive agreement to sell its subsea communications business to Cerberus Capital Management]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postte-connectivity-announces-definitive-agreement-to-sell-its-subsea-communications-business-to-cerberus-capital-management https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postte-connectivity-announces-definitive-agreement-to-sell-its-subsea-communications-business-to-cerberus-capital-management Tue, 18 Sept 2018 00:00:00 GMT SCHAFFHAUSEN, SwitzerlandSept. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE: TEL) (TE), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its subsea communications business (SubCom) to Cerberus Capital Management, L.P., a global leader in alternative investing, for $325 million in cash. 


The transaction is expected to close by the end of the first quarter of TE's fiscal year 2019 and is subject to customary closing conditions. The company expects to use proceeds from the sale to fund share repurchases. TE's SubCom business, a part of the company's Communications Solutions segment, is a leading global supplier of undersea communications technology and marine services. 

"The SubCom business is a leader in the undersea telecommunications market, and distinctly different from the rest of TE's connectivity and sensor portfolio. We are pleased that with this transaction we increase our focus as a leading industrial technology company. It strengthens our business model; resulting in a stronger growth profile, reduced cyclicality, higher margins and a greater return on investment," said TE Connectivity CEO Terrence Curtin. "We appreciate the contributions that the SubCom team has made to our company and toward building a more connected world, and we expect that they will continue that important work in the future with Cerberus." 

The SubCom business was expected to contribute approximately $700 million in sales to fiscal year 2018 results, with a minimal contribution to profitability. TE will provide supplemental information with respect to the SubCom business, when it announces its financial results for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018. 

TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE: TEL) is a $13 billion global technology and manufacturing leader creating a safer, sustainable, productive, and connected future. For more than 75 years, our connectivity and sensor solutions, proven in the harshest environments, have enabled advancements in transportation, industrial applications, medical technology, energy, data communications, and the home. With 78,000 employees, including more than 7,000 engineers, working alongside customers in nearly 150 countries, TE ensures that EVERY CONNECTION COUNTS. Learn more at www.te.com and on LinkedIn, Facebook, WeChat and Twitter.

Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to risks, uncertainty and changes in circumstances, which may cause actual results, performance, financial condition or achievements to differ materially from anticipated results, performance, financial condition or achievements. All statements contained herein that are not clearly historical in nature are forward-looking and the words "anticipate," "believe," "expect," "estimate," "plan," and similar expressions are generally intended to identify forward-looking statements. We have no intention and are under no obligation to update or alter (and expressly disclaim any such intention or obligation to do so) our forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent required by law. The forward-looking statements in this release include statements addressing our future financial condition and operating results and our planned sale of the SubCom business, including the expected use of proceeds from the sale. Examples of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements include, among others, business, economic, competitive and regulatory risks, such as conditions affecting demand for products, particularly in the automotive and data and devices industries; competition and pricing pressure; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates and commodity prices; natural disasters and political, economic and military instability in countries in which we operate; developments in the credit markets; future goodwill impairment; compliance with current and future environmental and other laws and regulations; the possible effects on us of changes in tax laws, tax treaties and other legislation, including the effects of the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act; and the risk that the sale of the SubCom business may not be consummated, or if consummated, we do not realize the anticipated benefits from such transaction. More detailed information about these and other factors is set forth in TE Connectivity Ltd.'s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Sept. 28, 2017 as well as in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and other reports filed by us with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

SOURCE TE Connectivity Ltd.


For further information: Media Relations: B.J. Talley, TE Connectivity, 610-893-9553, bj.talley@te.com; Investor Relations: Sujal Shah, TE Connectivity, 610-893-9790, sujal.shah@te.com

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<![CDATA[Danfoss expands electrification capability with acquisition of world-leading expert in large electric motors and generators]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postdanfoss-expands-electrification-capability-with-acquisition-of-world-leading-expert-in-large-electric-motors-and-generators https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postdanfoss-expands-electrification-capability-with-acquisition-of-world-leading-expert-in-large-electric-motors-and-generators Tue, 18 Sept 2018 00:00:00 GMT Danfoss is responding to the growing customer demand for electric solutions to reduce emissions and benefit from the efficiency and productivity gains that these solutions bring.

“Electrification is a global megatrend and holds very strong potential in fighting pollution and climate change. This acquisition is another commitment to broadening our mobile electrification capability as a core competency for Danfoss. It gives us the total package for serving our global markets with optimal solutions, and fully supports our customers’ needs – regardless of the chosen technologies. This will enable further growth in the markets we serve, and I’m really looking forward to welcoming the highly experienced and knowledgeable team from AXCO-Motors,” says Eric Alström, President, Danfoss Power Solutions.

AXCO-Motors, headquartered in Lappeenranta, Finland, will be integrated into Danfoss Editron – a business within the Danfoss Power Solutions segment.

Kimmo Rauma, Vice President, Danfoss Editron, comments: “Several of our markets, such as off-highway, marine, and distribution, are being challenged to reduce emissions and pollution. Mobile electric solutions are a highly relevant technology to this challenge, and AXCO-Motors is the leading expert in the large-scale power range up to 6 MW and thus an important and complementary technology to our current product range, and our mission to end pollution.”

"We have a passion for quality and for customer-focused products that fully meet the needs and requirements of each particular client, so joining Danfoss is great for us, because we have the same focus,” says Juhana Ylikojola, CEO at AXCO-Motors. “Being part of Danfoss means bigger capacity, a broader client base and possibilities for investment in innovation and market opportunities.”

For more information:
Danfoss Media Relations
Tel: + 45 70 20 44 88

AXCO-Motors Press Contact
Tel: +358 400 48 0674 or +358 50 520 6163

AXCO-Motors was founded in 2004 in Lappeenranta, Finland and has great experience in suppling demanding electrical solutions from the design phase all the way to the delivery. AXCO-Motors delivers motors and generators for the marine industry, large generators for hydropower plants and generators for wind turbines. The products also include a wide range of adaptable direct-drive permanent magnet motors and generators for several gearless industrial applications. More information at www.axcomotors.com

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<![CDATA[Marechal Electric: The first electrical connector that makes you green]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postmarechal-electric-the-first-electrical-connector-that-makes-you-green https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postmarechal-electric-the-first-electrical-connector-that-makes-you-green Tue, 18 Sept 2018 00:00:00 GMT With the rising price of energy, and the global cost of carbon emissions, the trend is increasingly moving to explore the ways in which our total consumption can be reduced to result in less energy-intensive industrial operations.

Industry accounts for more than 30% of global energy consumption which is likely to increase by 50% in the next 30 years.

The way we produce, consume and manage energy today is by no means sustainable with electric power being the leading CO² emissions culprit.

Marechal Electric recently undertook laboratory testing in France to benchmark traditional industrial socket-outlets against Marechal’s patented butt contact technology in terms of energy efficiency.

The tests were performed on brand new 32A socket-outlets (1st year of life) as well as 32A socket-outlets (1 year +) showing signs of contact oxidation.

Test results were catagorised according to:

·         Contact resistance

·         Thermal dissipation

·         Thermal loss

Measurements taken at maximum consumption of 32A constant.

The results show that Marechal Electric offers up to 5.7 times less resistance on oxidized contacts than a standard pin and sleeve product.

·         Annual savings for a new device:
4,5Wh * 365d * 24h = 39 KWh

·         Annual savings after 1 year of use (oxidation):
15,4Wh * 365d * 24h = 134 KWh

Meaning 80 Kg CO2 per socket / year

(1Kwh = 0,6Kg CO² for electricity production)

Meaning almost four trees / year

(21,8Kg CO²/tree/year - OECD source)

Thanks to Marechal’s Dual Voltage design, we can offer two voltages supplied by the same socket-outlet which significantly reduces the socket-outlet installation base and therein constituting a real-time cost saving for the user.

As an experienced partner in the sector, Marechal Electric offers you products and solutions that guarantee your operations energy efficiency and a measurable return at all stages of product life.

Ask for a socket efficiency audit and receive a free 20 a connector!

Contact Joe Henriques

Marechal Electric Africa

Tel: 011 894-7226

Email:  j.henriques@marechal.com

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<![CDATA[What Is the Difference Between Copper-Clad and Copper-Bonded Steel?]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postwhat-is-the-difference-between-copper-clad-and-copper-bonded-steel https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postwhat-is-the-difference-between-copper-clad-and-copper-bonded-steel Tue, 18 Sept 2018 00:00:00 GMT When discussing the components in an electrical grounding system, we often hear the terms “copper-clad steel” and “copper-bonded steel” used interchangeably. Though it may seem inconsequential, each term represents a different copper plating process, in which the copper is composite on the steel core.

What Do Copper-Bonded and Copper-Clad Steel Have In Common?

The reason the two terms are often used interchangeably is because, on a basic level, they appear the same. Both consist of a steel core and copper exterior.

For use in grounding, both products possess the high tensile strength of steel coupled with the corrosion resistance of copper.

Compared to pure copper, the conductivity of these bi-metallic conductors is lower. To match the current carrying capability of copper, the diameter and copper thickness of bi-metallic conductors are increased. Depending on a conductor’s specific application and region, conductivity requirements may differ.

What is the Difference Between Copper-Bonded and Copper-Clad Steel?

The primary difference between these two types of processes is the way the copper is composited on the steel core.

Forming Process

Copper-bonded steel is manufactured through a continuous electro-plating process of copper over steel core, resulting in a permanent molecular bond between the two materials.

The technique, known as electrophoretic deposition (EDP), creates a homogenous layer of copper over the steel core, regardless of whether the product is a wire, solid conductor or ground rod. The copper layer thickness is measured in unit of [mils].

Copper-clad steel is manufactured by installing two copper strips over a steel core using pressure and heat to form a metallurgical bond. The copper lair thickness is adjusted to the percentage conductivity of pure copper. Most common conductors used in the U.S. are 40% conductivity of copper.

Performance and Uses

Copper-bonded steel is mainly used in manufacturing ground rods, solid wire and solid conductors. Copper-clad steel is generally used in manufacturing of stranded and solid conductors. Both copper-bonded and copper-clad steel are used in theft deterrent applications where the conductor is exposed. Both technologies are good alternatives to copper with similar corrosion resistance and higher tensile strength.

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<![CDATA[Industrial relay system with variants for Ex areas]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postindustrial-relay-system-with-variants-for-ex-areas https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postindustrial-relay-system-with-variants-for-ex-areas Tue, 18 Sept 2018 00:00:00 GMT The new modules of the RIFLINE complete industrial relay system allow you to safely isolate and switch signals in potentially explosive areas of zone 2.

The relay modules meet standard approval specifications in accordance with UL Class 1, Division 2, as well as ATEX and IECEx and are thus particularly suitable for international applications in potentially explosive areas. The modules have a RTIII-sealed relay housing and are available with screw and push-in connection technology. As premounted complete modules, they can be supplied with input voltages of 24 V DC, 120 and 230 V AC. Their modular design allows relay modules to be combined—even those with advanced functions.

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<![CDATA[Crompton Instruments - TE Connectivity named to Fortune's list of top companies changing the world]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postcrompton-instruments-te-connectivity-named-to-fortunes-list-of-top-companies-changing-the-world https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postcrompton-instruments-te-connectivity-named-to-fortunes-list-of-top-companies-changing-the-world Fri, 31 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT SCHAFFHAUSEN, SwitzerlandAug. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE: TEL), a world leader in connectivity and sensor solutions, has been named to Fortune's 2018 Change the World list. The list recognizes 63 companies that make global social or environmental benefit part of their business strategy. Companies with annual revenues of $1 billion or more are evaluated on four factors: measurable social impact, scale of business results, degree of innovation and level of executive commitment to purpose-driven growth.

TE Connectivity was selected for its sustainability impact in working with the world's largest automakers to enable the transition to cleaner energy vehicles. By providing the technology and engineering required to turn electric vehicle concepts into viable commercial solutions and helping to reduce the emissions of heavy duty industrial and commercial transportation vehicles, TE operates at the epicenter of some of the most exciting technological transformations and long-term global growth trends today. From autonomous and electric vehicles to next-generation aircraft, smart factories, high-speed data centers and advanced medical devices, TE's connectors and sensors enable an increasingly electronic and connected world.

"Each day, our 78,000 global employees work towards creating a safer, sustainable, productive and connected future," said TE Connectivity CEO Terrence Curtin. "We know we can provide advantages to our customers, owners and employees by living our purpose and demonstrating that companies like ours can be financially successful and have a lasting, positive net impact on the world."

This is TE's second recognition from Fortune this year. The company was previously named to Fortune's 2018 list of the World's Most Admired Companies. TE has also been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America list for six consecutive years and is recognized as one of Ethisphere's World's Most Ethical Companies, a Top 100 Global Innovator by Clarivate Analytics, one of China's 50 Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company China, one of America's Best Employers by Forbes magazine, and a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality in the U.S. and Mexico by the Human Rights Campaign.

TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE: TEL) is a $13 billion global technology and manufacturing leader creating a safer, sustainable, productive, and connected future. For more than 75 years, our connectivity and sensor solutions, proven in the harshest environments, have enabled advancements in transportation, industrial applications, medical technology, energy, data communications, and the home. With 78,000 employees, including more than 7,000 engineers, working alongside customers in nearly 150 countries, TE ensures that EVERY CONNECTION COUNTS. Learn more at www.te.com and on LinkedInFacebookWeChat and Twitter.

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<![CDATA[How nVent ERICO Parts Protect Architect Frank Gehry’s Unique 320,000 Brick Building From Lightning Strikes]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/posthow-nvent-erico-parts-protect-architect-frank-gehrys-unique-320000-brick-building-from-lightning-strikes https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/posthow-nvent-erico-parts-protect-architect-frank-gehrys-unique-320000-brick-building-from-lightning-strikes Fri, 31 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT Editor's note: This post was originally published in 2017 and has been updated to be more comprehensive.

Famed architect Frank Gehry is known worldwide for his unique, contemporary style across a variety of building types. He is best known for designing the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain; Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles; and the Experience Music Project in Seattle, among other famous works.

In 2009, Gehry embarked on his next project: the Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in Australia. The building was part of a $1 billion campus renovation project and Gehry’s first time designing a building in Australia.

The building was completed in November 2012 and came in on budget at $180 million. The structure stands tall at 12 stories high, yet has only one straight column supporting the entire building. Furthermore, the longest unbroken column is only 13.98 meters (45.87 feet).

Built with approximately 320,000 bricks, builders claimed the structure to be a challenge to construct. But another challenge arose even after construction was complete: installing a functional lightning protection system to adequately safeguard such a uniquely designed building. 

Read below to learn how nVent ERICO parts were used in the installation.

Unique Facade Creates An Unconventional Lightning Protection Challenge

The main challenge of installing a lightning protection system on the Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building was that it contained uniquely designed columns. In a conventional structure, a lightning protection system would be installed around the perimeter with several down conductors. In this case, an air terminal network and earthing system would be used to safely dissipate the lightning discharge at the top of the building.

A conventional installation method would not suffice on the Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building due to the unique column. Furthermore, the building does not have a metallic façade, but is made of 320,000 bricks, proving incompatible with conventional methods.

nVent ERICO Advanced Lightning Protection System to the Rescue

When the team realized it would have to find another option, it chose an advanced lightning protection system, nVent ERICO System 3000. System 3000 is a technically advanced lightning protection that can be used as a viable option when conventional methods are not.

System 3000 features include:

  • nVent ERICO Dynasphere air terminal.
  • nVent ERICO Ericore downconductor.
  • Lightning event counter.
  • Low-impedance ground conductor.

System 3000 was appropriate for the Dr. Chau Chuk Wing Building because its downconductor arrangement reduces the risk of a side flash and the possibility of an induced voltage within the building. This integrated lightning protection system was installed in one of the mechanical risers within the building. 

With the help of System 3000, the structure is now adequately protected from damage—inside and out—in the event of a strike.

Want to learn more about how System 3000 protected Frank Gehry’s unique masterpiece? Download the full case study here. Or, subscribe to the nVent ERICO blog for more industry trends and success stories like this.


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<![CDATA[Perth Fluke Power Quality and Motors and Drives Workshop]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postperth-fluke-power-quality-and-motors-and-drives-workshop https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postperth-fluke-power-quality-and-motors-and-drives-workshop Fri, 31 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT Fluke Australia are bringing their popular Power Quality and Motors and Drives Troubleshooting Workshop to Perth! This workshop will provide attendees with a practical understanding and knowledge of the problems, principles and practices that are associated with power quality and energy efficiency. The first 10 full day attendees will receive a Free Fluke pack valued at $385!

Power Quality Workshop
What you will learn: 
Learn how to detect and prevent 
power quality problems with the right tools and knowledge from Fluke. 

Motors and Drives Workshop
What you will learn: 
Learn how to troubleshoot faster and avoid
downtime using the latest measurement
technology and test tools.

Half Day Power Quality Workshop: $150.00
Half Day Motors and Drives Workshop: $150.00 
Full Day Power Quality & Motors and Drives Workshop: ONLY $250.00

To attend the Workshops download and the fill out the form and email to auinfo@fluke.com

Download form at: https://www.fluke.com/en-au/learn/tradeshows-and-seminars

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<![CDATA[Danfoss - New TXV Superheat Tuner App Helps Installers Save their Customers Money]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postdanfoss-new-txv-superheat-tuner-app-helps-installers-save-their-customers-money https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postdanfoss-new-txv-superheat-tuner-app-helps-installers-save-their-customers-money Fri, 31 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT Danfoss, we’ve made it our mission to support our customers with the tools and knowledge they need to get the job done quickly and get it done right. We’re with them every step of the way, ensuring that they can deliver best-in-industry service to their customers and maintain long-lasting business relationships.

With that in mind, we’re pleased to announce the release of our new mobile app, TXV Superheat Tuner — the latest in a long line of digital support tools, known collectively as the Danfoss CoolApps Toolbox, all of which can be accessed directly on your smartphone.

With TXV Superheat Tuner, installers can take the guesswork out of their superheat adjustments, cutting service time down to just 15 minutes, rather than several hours. With the app in hand, they will be able to optimize superheat with just one or two adjustments on most thermostatic expansion valves.

Using TXV Superheat Tuner is easy. Installers can enter some basic information about the system they are working on, and the app provides valve-specific adjustment information. Using this information, a service tech can boost the system’s energy efficiency far beyond normal parameters, saving their customers money on their monthly energy bill.

TXV Superheat Tuner uses a set of advanced algorithms to make optimization recommendations. These algorithms, developed by some of our best engineers, take multiple factors into consideration, beyond the basic sensitivity of each valve.

Gone are the days of performing trial and error adjustments. Superheat Tuner helps installers make the best superheat adjustments right from the start, saving time and delivering a better result.

Download TXV Superheat Tuner for free now on your Android or iOS mobile device.

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<![CDATA[Eaton provides the missing ingredient for leading mushroom farm]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/posteaton-provides-the-missing-ingredient-for-leading-mushroom-farm https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/posteaton-provides-the-missing-ingredient-for-leading-mushroom-farm Fri, 31 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT Background

Proper washing of produce is essential to ensuring that the healthy fruits and vegetables everyone loves to eat are clean and nourishing before hitting the grocery store shelves. Utilizing the right filtration system can help make this process as thorough, efficient, and cost effective as possible.

A prominent, family-owned mushroom farm in the United States that prides itself on performance, quality and innovation, filters 60 gallons of well water per minute in order to maintain the highest standards of quality and food safety. Unfortunately, the aging filtration system was not capable of withstanding the heavy water flow rate.


The mushroom farm was using approximately 700 filter bags per year and needed to solve the problem of ripped seams to decrease bag consumption. Eaton discovered that the company's standard support baskets were not designed for the premium filter bags they were using. As a result, the filter bags frequently ripped open at the seam, causing the mushrooms to be exposed to unfiltered water. The mushrooms would then need to be rewashed, causing a significant loss of both time and money.

Eaton initially recommended an upgrade to an Eaton premium filter bag, along with a special support basket and a bag positioner that would aid bag insertion into the filter housing, and ensure correct alignment of the bag inside the support basket. However, to limit disruption to operations, the company did not want to make any changes to the existing support baskets.

To meet the mushroom grower's needs, Eaton had to provide a more durable and longer lasting filter bag that could be effortlessly integrated with the existing hardware.


Eaton accomplished that by recommending the DURAGAF™ high performance, needle felt filter bag. The DURAGAF filter bag does not require special support baskets and could be used with the current hardware, making it a high quality and cost effective solution to the filtration problem.

Due to the many unique design features of the DURAGAF filter bag, it performs just as well as, if not better than, other standard polypropylene filter bags, but lasts up to five times longer. The bags are available in either polypropylene or polyester and the unique fiber blended materials have a finer fiber diameter and higher weight than standard filter bags.

The increased media thickness enhances the area in which particles are trapped, leading to a much higher dirt holding capacity. In addition, the welded construction of the side, bottom, and SENTINEL® rings eliminates the problem of ripped seams that can occur in standard sewn filter bags. Each of the unique features of the DURAGAF filter bag contributes to decreased consumption, reduced downtime, and lower storage and disposal costs.


With the integration of the DURAGAF filter bag, the farm's filtration system was no longer bursting at the seams.

The company ordered a four-bag trial of the DURAGAF, 1 micron, #2 size, FDA compliant polypropylene felt filter bag with a SENTINEL ring. The trial proved that the DURAGAF filter bags lasted longer than the previous premium bags.

As an added bonus, Eaton could offer the DURAGAF filter bags at a much lower cost. In addition, the company could use the new filter bags without making any changes to the existing equipment, eliminating the need to make costly purchases of new hardware.

With Eaton's help and a better crop of filtration bags, the mushroom farm was able to increase productivity, lower costs, and decrease consumption, resulting in a projected savings of more than $22,000 per year.

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<![CDATA[The Easy Way to Convert Modbus RTU to Modbus TCP]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postthe-easy-way-to-convert-modbus-rtu-to-modbus-tcp https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postthe-easy-way-to-convert-modbus-rtu-to-modbus-tcp Thu, 30 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT

In industrial applications, the most common protocol conversion is Modbus-RTU-to-Modbus-TCP conversion, and it is usually required when legacy devices such as meters, mostly using Modbus RTU, need to be integrated with SCADA systems, mostly using Modbus TCP. For engineers, it is essential to find a solution that simplifies this complex Modbus protocol conversion to ensure a smooth operation daily. Our MGate MB3000 Series Modbus gateways not only feature the MGate Manager tool that makes configuration and troubleshooting fast and easy, but they also support active polling to speed up SCADA performance, providing an easy solution for Modbus-RTU-to-Modbus-TCP conversion.


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