September 2022, Vol. 249, No. 9

What's New

What's New September 2022


Fecon introduced the 135VRT, which has an improved loader arm design with enhanced attachment visibility. The 135VRT easily mulches material to 8 inches in diameter.

This new model features 4,150 ROC with integrated counterweight or hydraulic winch kit for improved balance with Fecon Bull Hog Mulchers. A 52-gallon fuel tank allows nearly double the run time between fill-ups. Full-coverage fuel tank guarding safeguards against damage while working, and improved sealing prevents debris ingestion. Each 135VRT comes with a VM602SS Bull Hog Forestry Mulcher equipped with bite limiting rotor for a finer output, while maintaining rotor RPMs.   


Pressure and temperature calibration equipment company Ralston Instruments released the Field Gauge LC20 line of pressure gauges. The gauge is a follow-up to the LC10 line and increases accuracy, along with enhanced customization options. With ±0.1% full-scale accuracy, the LC20 is ideal for use as a calibration reference. It maintains its accuracy across a wide pressure and temperature range, eliminating the need to carry multiple conventional gauges. The LC20 offers a wireless option, which allows monitoring of remote tests and includes FieldLab desktop software. The device is available in 11 pressure ranges, from 5 psi/35 kPa to 10,000 psi/70 MPa and includes a compound vacuum/pressure gauge from ±15 psi and a digital vacuum gauge measuring up to 30 in Hg/760 mbar.  


Honeywell extended its smart energy offerings for utilities with its Underground Utility Locating and Data Capturing Services.

The solution provides gas, electric and water utility companies and municipalities with an advanced digitalized approach to the traditional “paint and flags” practice of utility line locating. By harnessing survey-grade, Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) data, this approach allows for the building of digital libraries of sub-centimeter maps. These digital maps enable underground utility lines to be located more quickly, efficiently and precisely, preparing for the future of reusable data. By leveraging Honeywell’s digital library, utilities can decrease operational costs in areas ranging from ticket notifications to truck rolls as well as carbon footprint and administration.  


Polygon offers composite tubes and bearings that meet the high-pressure conditions and toughest design challenges in the oil and gas industry. Applications for the high-performance composites include exploration sensor housings, valves, platform cranes and sheaves, actuators, blow-out preventers, pumps, top drives, drill components and draw works. The composites and component resins can withstand the high temperatures to which oil and gas technologies are frequently subjected. The composite bearings and tubing are highly machinable and ensure the easiest possible drill-outs, confirming efficiency in production and in the field.  


Trimble introduced its new X12 scanning system to the geospatial scanning portfolio.

The device integrates intuitive Trimble software for precise data capture and in-field registration with 3-D laser scanning and imaging hardware technology from Zoller+Fröhlich (Z+F), combining the expertise of two industry leaders into a single solution. The Trimble X12 can be operated using Trimble Perspective field software installed on a Trimble T10x tablet to enable registration and refinement of scans in the field. With features including best-in-class range (from 1 to 1,198 feet [0.3 to 365 meters]) and scan speeds of up to 2.187 million points per second, the Trimble X12 produces scan data and images with a quality and clarity never seen, which complements the Trimble X7 capabilities within the scanning product portfolio. www.geospatial.trimble.  


Sensirion’s EN 17526 is dedicated to thermal-mass gas metering and can be used to certify new thermal-mass gas meters deployed in the field. EN 17526 is the first standard for a static technology to cover not only residential but also commercial and industrial gas meters. It is also a harmonized standard, which ensures continuity with existing regulations – i.e., thermal-mass gas meters certified according to proceeding standards do not have to be recertified. EN 17526 is the first gas meter norm to be updated to include renewable gases such as hydrogen and biomethane. This confirms that thermal-mass technology is suitable to work with green gases.   


Companies can improve productivity of legacy equipment with the new ProSoft IEC 61850 client communication module for ControlLogix systems from Rockwell Automation.

The module allows ControlLogix control systems to interface with 61850 intelligent electronic devices (IEDs) to deliver critical equipment control and energy consumption information. This visibility can help management teams immediately improve production efficiency and optimize power use. The module also supports up to 40 IEDs on a parallel redundancy protocol (PRP)-enabled network and up to 225 input/output (I/O) connections. It features a generic object-oriented substation event (GOOSE) publisher to support GOOSE messaging. The GOOSE publisher provides a mechanism to interlock relays or load shed using the IEC 61850 communications network, and it helps eliminate hard wiring to the I/O modules.

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