Tuesday, June 26, 2007

New Supertrucks Demountable Glass Carrying Rack For Hourglass

Supertrucks Ltd, the UK’s largest manufacturer of specialist glass carrying systems, is now launching Fit & Glaze, a new and significantly improved demountable glass carrying rack for panel vans. The St Helens based company has just supplied the first Fit & Glaze rack system to Hourglass, a Havant-based specialist glass manufacturer.

Peter Wright, Supertrucks chairman, explains, “Our new Fit & Glaze demountable glass carrying system has been engineered to fit virtually any modern panel van. As such, the new Fit & Glaze is both easier and faster to fit/remove and yet it provides a safe and secure method of carrying up to 350kg of glazing product on an exterior rack.”

The Fit & Glaze system, which is priced from £740.00 + VAT, is designed to meet the requirements of building maintenance and glazing companies who do not regularly carry large glazing products on their vehicles. With the new Fit & Glaze these companies can share one rack between a number of vehicles to provide maximum operational flexibility. Two men can fit or remove the Fit & Glaze rack from a van in just two minutes. The rack fits over the top fixing bar and is secured to the bottom fixing points using easy to align turn-screw fixings.

Peter Collins, owner of Hourglass, a long-established specialist glass manufacturer, comments, “Fit & Glaze is ideal for our business where we only have an occasional requirement to carry large items of glass. We now have the flexibility to run two of our vans with neither or either fitted with the rack. It is the first Supertrucks rack we have bought and we have been very impressed with both the service provided by the company and the quality of the product, which we expect to last for very many years”.

Hourglass has specified the new Fit & Glaze for its latest fleet additions, two Renault Master long wheelbase high top panel vans. Supertrucks has fitted both these vans with full length full width roof racks and the top and bottom fixing points for the 3,500mm high by 2,870mm long Fit & Glaze demountable side rack. The rack has a white powder coat finish (mill finish or anodised is also available) and is equipped with three System 1 securing poles, marker boards and inclinometer.

In addition to the new Fit & Glaze demountable rack system Supertrucks also manufacturers a comprehensive range of fixed glass carrying racks and associated equipment for all popular makes of panel vans. The company also offers coachbuilt glass carrying bodies for chassis cabs in the 3.5 to 26 tonne gvw sector.

June 20th, 2007
Source: Supertrucks Ltd

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Laser Technology Unveils TruPulse 360

- Next-generation reflectorless laser rangefinder with an integrated compass and inclinometer -
CENTENNIAL, Colo., June 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Historically, it is often inconvenient or unsafe to capture precise and accurate height and distance measurements for utility poles, facility infrastructure, mining features, avalanche routes or other features that impact a variety of industries. The new Laser Technology, Inc., (LTI) TruPulse(R) 360 overcomes situational and topographical barriers to allow convenient and safe professional measurement -- from any angle -- of virtually any man-made or natural feature in the world.

Based on LTI's successful TruPulse(R) 200 laser measuring device that hit the market in 2006, the TruPulse 360 combines an integrated compass, inclinometer and distance laser that delivers mapping-grade accuracy and the ability to shoot from any angle. The result is data collection that is easier, faster and measurably superior to any product offered to forestry, telecom, utility transmission and distribution and GIS professionals.

"We developed the TruPulse by combining our own patented laser technology with a definitive need for a fast, efficient and safe way to gather measurement and mapping data," said David Williams, CEO of Laser Technology, Inc. "We pushed the envelop to improve our first TruPulse product and create the TruPulse 360. I believe our TruPulse products will completely change the world of professional measurement and greatly enhance safety and efficiency in the field."

Previously, laser distance measuring devices with integrated compasses were limited in use by the degree of inclination -- the angle above or below horizontal at which the unit was held. Past a certain degree of inclination, compass readings became less accurate and reliable.

The TruPulse 360 utilizes the latest electronic compass technology to overcome limitations on other devices. The internal circuitry provides 3-axis monitoring of the earth's magnetic field and uses LTI's proprietary TruVector(TM) compass technology and calibration algorithms to produce the best possible azimuth accuracy, regardless of the instrument's orientation in physical space. The TruPulse 360 can be tilted, rolled or even used upside down, and it will still measure the correct azimuth in the direction that the user is viewing, allowing the ultimate freedom to "shoot from any angle."

"This feature is particularly useful when you're trying to get distance, height or location measurements in difficult or impossible-to-reach areas, such as in mountainous terrain, wetlands or across dangerous snowfields," said Williams. "We began removing data gathering limitations with TruPulse 200, and now our TruPulse 360 takes that process substantially further."

TruVector compass technology also allows for a simple field calibration procedure. It evaluates the local magnetic environment and provides user feedback on the quality of calibration. In addition, the instrument keeps a constant watch on its internal status via built-in system tests, which continually monitor the integrity of the compass calibration and alert a user if a re-calibration is required.

"The TruPulse 360 will help our customers to produce quality results in the field by providing even more flexibility in data gathering, locations and capabilities," Williams commented.

About Laser Technology, Inc.

Laser Technology, Inc. is a Colorado-based company devoted to the design and manufacture of innovative laser-based speed and distance measurement instruments for traffic safety and professional measurement organizations and businesses. Laser Technology, Inc. currently holds more than 40 laser-based United States patents, and its products are used around the world. Visit Laser Technology on the Web at http://www.lasertech.com/ or call 800-280-6113 or 1-303-649-1000 for product and purchasing information.

Laser Technology, Inc.

CONTACT: Paul Witt, +1-303-417-6303, paul@accent-pr.com, or Gina
Seamans, +1-303-417-6303, gina@accent-pr.com, both for Laser Technology

Web site: http://www.lasertech.com/

© 2007 SYS-CON Media Inc.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

4-20mA Temperature Compensated Inclinometer


The Engineering Search Engine

The NGi Series of inclination sensors - NG2i, NG3i, and NG4i - is capacitive liquid based sensors with integrated sensor and excitation electronics. The thermal drift of the primary sensor is further compensated by an electronic equalization of the temperature. An integrated highly stable voltage regulator makes it possible to supply the inclinometer from any unregulated supply or battery as low as +8V and up to +30VDC. The measuring principle assures a linear angle output with 4…20mAs calibrated to equal the measuring range of the sensor. (Maximum range is ±80 degrees with NG4i). The measuring time constant can be ordered with longer rise times as an option. The current loop supplies power to the sensor, which means that the complete unit operates as a 2-wire system.

Applications: The NGi Series with its current loop output is well suited for industrial use where high accuracy and long-term stability are required in a noisy environment where high temperature changes occur and non-stable supply voltages are present.

For applications where 2-axis inclination is useful please refer to their SB2i Box. Where both zero and gain adjustment is desired both the SB1i and SB2i are be recommended.

The NGi Series has been used in such industries as mining, food, bridge building, crane manufacturing, agriculture machinery, process machines, transport systems and auto as well as OEM systems. This sensor line of inclinometers has had excellent results for a variety of applications like pitch and roll measurements and vehicle tilt monitoring.

Accelerometer et al: British Telecom tries to wed Nintendo Wii-style technology to a tablet PC.

Accelerometer et al: British Telecom tries to wed Nintendo Wii-style technology to a tablet PC.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Cool Panoramic shots with a 360 degree Nikon

May 29th, 2007 by James in Conceptual Gadgets

The fun thing about conceptual design is thinking outside the box and making it look darn near real. Who needs actual engineering to get in the way of the creative process? But in the digital age, even the what if can go from concept to production is less than the time it takes to hype an iPhone.

360 Nikon

Well, over at Yanko Design, they have another great what if which could create panoramic pictures the easy way. Imagine not having to frame and reframe picture after picture in order to overlap them for a panorama you’ll have to stitch together later in Photoshop. That’s the basic idea behind designer Ye Chen’s Nikon camera concept which captures an unbroken view of a landscape by using an ergonomic cylindrical form lens to image an all-round 360 continuous degree photograph.

It’s trapezoidal design is purely for show, mind you, but it does include several indicators, such as an angle gauge and inclinometer to help properly position the camera for maximum exposure to the image. It will also gauge the direction of the rotating lens.

Just in concept for now, but the idea of a continuous rotating lens to capture the panoramic landscape in real time would make for a killer add on to any digital camera.