Technology

  1. 10-Point Checklist for Buying Ex Cameras

    Buying an Ex digital camera often costs many times that of its non-Ex equivalent. CorDEX has published a checklist to help potential users work their way through the maze of features. Ranging from affordable point-and-shoot models to high end compact digital SLRs, intrinsically safe refers to a method of protection that prevents ignition by spark of thermal means. Continue reading →
  2. Bluetooth Logging for up to 105 Measurement Channels

    Hioki Memory HiLoggers record up to 105 channels of data wirelessly using Bluetooth® technology, capturing parameters such as voltage, temperature, resistance or humidity signals. Some models provide complete isolation between channels and high noise resistance. Continue reading →
  3. Hioki Four-Wire Method detects Latent Solder Joint Defects

    At the IPC Apex 2014 Conference and Exhibition for the electronics manufacturing industry last year, Hioki presented a paper revealing that it has developed a four-wire solder joint integrity test for finding latent defects in PCBs that would otherwise go undetected by conventional tests such as capacitance method and boundary scan, among others. Continue reading →
  4. Calibrating Electrical and Process Instruments

    Electrical measurement equipment such as multimeters, resistors, power supplies and electrical testers are commonly used instruments that require periodical calibration, as well as process instruments advises Eddy Jones of calibrate.co.uk. Continue reading →
  5. Gas Detection from Past to Present

    Testing for gasses has come a long way since the days when Victorian miners would take a canary down a mineshaft as an early warning indicator of toxic gases such as carbon monoxide, methane or carbon dioxide. Continue reading →
  6. New BS Voltage Tester Standard bans Fuses

    The British Standard relating to two-pole voltage indicators, BS EN61243-3 was revised in 2010 and came into force in May 2013. Now all voltage indicators on the British and European markets should comply with the latest version of the standard, which precludes the use of a fuse. Continue reading →
  7. Intrinsically Safe Measurement avoids Blasts

    We have covered the issue of intrinsic safety in a previous blog post last June. Now PASS is driving the message forward in the media, recently with a double page editorial feature written by our managing director Barry Atkins on pages 28-29 of the March 2014 Edition of Hazardex magazine, pioneer of hazardous area publishing in the UK. Continue reading →
  8. Give your Thermal Imaging some Va Va Voom!

    So you have thermal imaging camera, but did you know that if you splash out upwards of £60,000 on a Mercedes Benz S-Class you get one thrown in? OK, so it might not be much use if you want to inspect an electrical power distribution switchboard or if you want to measure the heat of pipework and header tanks in a process environment, but it will make a great impression when you visit customers. Continue reading →
  9. SWIGA recognises NAPIT for Solid Wall Insulation

    With a hat-trick of announcements from NAPIT, the Solid Wall Insulation Guarantee Agency (SWIGA) has now recognised the competence body for its quality and surveillance framework. Continue reading →
  10. NAPIT and Certsure agree on Unified Register of UK Electricians

    Almost a year ago, we referred in this blog to the confusion created in the industry by having two separate registers for electricians. NAPIT and Certsure, which operates the ELESCA and NICEIC brands, have now agreed to create one easily identifiable mark for all full scope Part P registered electricians that is easily recognisable by consumers and supported by a single register. Continue reading →
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