Andruss-Peskin Statement on the End of Micro-Measurements Partnership: A New Chapter Begins

Andruss-Peskin Statement on the End of Micro-Measurements Partnership: A New Chapter Begins

At Andruss-Peskin Corporation (AP Corp.), we have always valued transparency and integrity in our communications with you, our esteemed customers. Today, we want to share a significant update concerning our product lineup and strategic focus.

Recently, Andruss-Peskin experienced an unexpected change in our business relationship with Micro-Measurements. As of Feb 17, we will no longer represent Micro-Measurements or their product range. This development was unforeseen and came as a total surprise to our team. We understand this may also come as unexpected news to you, and want to express our sincere appreciation for your understanding as we navigate through this transition.

Andruss-Peskin has established itself as a nationally recognized authority in strain gage technology, building upon years of application expertise and a strong reputation for technical support. Our commitment to excellence and innovation remains unwavering. As we move forward, we are excited about the opportunity to explore and introduce newer, advanced technology products in the strain gage and related sectors. We will continue to offer high-quality, innovative solutions that meet your evolving needs.

As we embark on a new direction, our primary sentiment is a deep appreciation and respect for our longstanding partnership with Micro-Measurements. This rich history will fuel our future endeavors as we strive to continue delivering innovative and unique value to you. Our focus will shift towards leveraging our unique strengths and heritage to provide alternative solutions.

The Multifaceted Role of Industrial Sales Engineers

The Multifaceted Role of Industrial Sales Engineers

The role of an industrial sales engineer is pivotal in the modern industrial landscape, especially in the context of instrumentation used for measuring various parameters like weight, force, sound, color, pressure, size, and temperature. These professionals share their knowledge, expertise, and service and significantly contribute to the application, sales, and support of such instrumentation.

The Multifaceted Role of Industrial Sales Engineers

  • Technical Expertise: Industrial sales engineers uniquely blend technical knowledge and sales acumen. Their deep understanding of engineering principles allows them to understand complex instrumentation and its applications in various industrial settings.
  • Custom Solutions: Crucial in tailoring solutions to meet specific customer needs. For instance, in selecting the correct pressure measurement instrument for a particular industrial process, the sales engineer assesses factors like range, accuracy, and environmental conditions.
  • Product Demonstration and Education: These professionals are skilled in demonstrating the functionalities and advantages of instruments. Their ability to educate customers about the nuances of instruments like colorimeters or thermocouples is essential for successful sales.
  • Bridging Gaps: Industrial sales engineers act as a bridge between the manufacturing team and clients. They translate technical specifications into understandable terms for customers and client needs into feasible production goals for manufacturers.
  • After-Sales Support: Their role extends beyond sales. Providing technical support and troubleshooting post-purchase ensures customer satisfaction and fosters long-term relationships.

Their Impact on Industries

  • Quality Control: In industries where parameters like size, color, and weight are critical (e.g., pharmaceuticals, automotive), sales engineers assist in assuring the correct instruments are applied.
  • Safety and Compliance: In sectors like oil and gas, accurate pressure and temperature measurements are vital for safety and regulatory compliance. Sales engineers ensure that the instruments sold meet the required standards.
  • Innovation and Development: Their feedback from the field helps in innovating new instruments and improving existing ones, aligning with evolving industry requirements.
  • Operational Efficiency: By recommending the most suitable instruments, they help industries optimize processes, enhancing efficiency and reducing costs.

Challenges and Opportunities

The role of an industrial sales engineer is not without its challenges. They must constantly update their knowledge in a rapidly evolving technological landscape. However, this also presents opportunities for continuous learning and professional growth.

Industrial sales engineers are crucial in instrumentation for measurement. Their expertise drives sales and ensures that industries have the right tools to measure and control critical parameters accurately. Their role is a testament to the intersection of technical know-how and customer-centric service, proving indispensable in the industrial world.

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AP Corp. Voices Support for Israeli Friends & Colleagues

AP Corp. Voices Support for Israeli Friends & Colleagues

AP Corp. stands in solidarity with our friends and colleagues in Israel during these challenging times. We're relieved to inform you that the Vishay Precision Group factory remains unaffected by the ongoing conflict. Their business operations continue as usual, and we commit to promptly updating you on any changes. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected.

High-Speed Color Measurement for Modern Manufacturing

Advances in High-Speed Color Measurement for Modern Manufacturing

Understanding how high-speed spectrometers measure color on manufacturing assembly lines provides a glimpse into the complex world of precision quality control and modern manufacturing techniques.

A spectrometer measures the amount of light absorbed or transmitted across different wavelengths. Color measurement involves analyzing the spectrum of light reflected off an object to determine its color.

In a typical setup on a manufacturing assembly line, a light source illuminates the product or material whose color we want to measure. This light source must remain consistent in its intensity and spectrum because any variation can influence the accuracy of the color measurement.

When the light hits the object, the object absorbs specific wavelengths of light and reflects others. The reflected light then enters the spectrometer. Inside the spectrometer, the light is dispersed, often with the help of a diffraction grating or a prism. This dispersion breaks the incoming light into its constituent colors or wavelengths, similar to a rainbow when sunlight passes through raindrops.

An array of detectors inside the spectrometer captures this dispersed light. Each detector is sensitive to a specific wavelength or a narrow range of wavelengths. By measuring the intensity of light each detector receives, the spectrometer builds a spectrum – a graphical representation of light intensity versus wavelength.

This spectrum effectively captures the color profile of the object, and a computation derives color values, typically regarding color spaces or systems like the CIELAB or RGB. These values provide a quantitative measure of the object's color compared to a standard or reference value.

In a manufacturing assembly line, the speed of this process is paramount. High-speed spectrometers capture and process data in real-time, allowing them to analyze the colors of objects as they race along the line. Suppose the color of a particular product deviates from the set standard. In that case, the system can instantly flag it for inspection or removal, ensuring that products maintain a consistent color quality throughout the production run.

The integration of high-speed spectrometers into manufacturing lines, coupled with sophisticated software, ensures that color consistency and quality meet the strict standards demanded by today's consumers and regulatory bodies. This method not only optimizes the quality of the final product but also minimizes wastage and enhances efficiency in production processes.

Micro-Epsilon stands as one of the top sensor manufacturers globally. For over 50 years, they have consistently provided reliable and high-performance solutions, especially in situations demanding high precision measurement or inspection. Their product line includes sensors for distance and displacement measurement, IR temperature measurement, and color detection, along with systems for dimensional measurement and defect detection.

The Micro-Epsilon colorCONTROL ACS7000, color measurement system, recognizes reference colors through direct comparison and distinctly identifies individual colors based on their coordinates in the color space. Equipped with a high-speed spectrometer, the colorCONTROL ACS7000 excels in applications that require online examination of colors and shades with utmost precision.

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From Spot Checks to Cumulative Assessments: Understanding Noise Measurement Tools for OSHA 1910.95

From Spot Checks to Cumulative Assessments: Understanding Noise Measurement Tools for OSHA 1910.95

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is an agency of the United States Department of Labor, and it is responsible for ensuring that employers provide safe and healthful working conditions for employees in the U.S. One of the ways OSHA accomplishes its mission is by setting and enforcing standards.

OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.95 relates explicitly to occupational noise exposure. This standard protects workers from excessive noise levels that can lead to hearing loss or other health problems.

Sound level indicators (often called sound level meters or SLMs) and dosimeters are two primary instruments used to measure occupational noise levels. Both devices help employers assess noise exposure and ensure compliance with OSHA's 1910.95 standard on occupational noise exposure. 

  1. Sound Level Indicators (Sound Level Meters - SLMs):
    • Function: An SLM measures sound pressure levels in the workplace. It provides instant readings of noise levels at a specific location and time.
  • Usage:
      • SLMs spot-checks or short-term measurements in specific areas or at particular workstations where noise levels might be a concern.
      • They can identify areas in the workplace where further noise monitoring or controls may be necessary.
    • When using an SLM, it's crucial to consider the weighting scale (typically "A" weighting for human hearing) and the response time (slow or fast).
    • Data Collection: SLMs provide a snapshot of the noise level during measurement. They don't offer cumulative exposure data over time. Therefore, while SLMs can determine if a particular location is loud, they don't indicate the length of exposure to that noise level.
  1. Dosimeters:
    • Function: Dosimeters are wearable devices that measure a worker's cumulative noise exposure over time. They provide a personal noise dose reading based on the intensity and duration of sounds for individual exposure.
  • Usage:
      • Dosimeters are typically clipped to a worker's clothing and worn throughout the workday. The microphone is usually positioned near the worker's ear to assess the noise exposure accurately.
    • They benefit workers who move between different areas or tasks, resulting in varying noise exposures.
    • Data Collection: Dosimeters continuously measure and record noise levels, providing a time-weighted average (TWA) over the period worn. This data is crucial in determining worker-level exposure exceeding permissible exposure limits (PEL) set by OSHA or other regulatory bodies.

Compliance with OSHA 1910.95:

  • Employers typically start with sound level meters to identify areas or tasks with potentially hazardous noise levels.
  • Employers will use dosimeters to monitor individual exposures over the work shift if areas show elevated noise or workers' tasks involve moving between varying noise environments.
  • Suppose the noise levels exceed the action level (typically 85 dBA TWA over 8 hours). In that case, the employer must implement a hearing conservation program, which includes further monitoring, audiometric testing, training, and provision of hearing protection.

In summary, while sound level meters provide immediate spot readings of noise levels, dosimeters assess an individual's cumulative exposure over time. Both tools are essential for comprehensively evaluating workplace noise and ensuring compliance with occupational noise standards.

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