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Fluidwell introduces the E490 Ex d Multi-Purpose Indicator For universal purposes

The E490 is a versatile, loop powered multi-purpose indicator to display the actual process value, range and loop current. Besides the focus on level, temperature and pressure applications, the E490 can also work with other measuring units, like %, mA, RPM and more.

The input circuit is separated from the backlight circuit and has an ultra low voltage drop < 1.5V DC. The measuring unit to be displayed is simply selected through an alfa-numerical configuration menu. The E490 accepts 4 - 20mA input signals from a wide range of process instruments, including flow (linear or square root), level, pressure and temperature transmitters. Making it the perfect fit for almost any explosion proof application where you want to display an analog process value.

Robust and weatherproof

The robust solid die cast aluminum and the stainless steel 316L E-Series housings are designed to guarantee safety. It takes the E490 Explosion Proof Multi-Purpose Indicator beyond the legal requirements for hazardous areas. In the harshest environmental conditions, as found in deserts and maritime climates with extreme temperature fluctuations, the durable E-Series consistently delivers accurate measurements.

The E490 is extremely practical in use. The touch-through-glass keypad allows for a safe and effortless operation of all functionalities without having to remove the glass cover. The menu, display and navigation structure are designed according to the Fluidwell “know one, know them all” principle, which enhances easy and intuitive control of various Fluidwell totalizers, flow computers and other displays.

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Safer Bolting at Height: Enerpac Introduces DSX-Series Torque Wrenches

Carrying out bolting operations at height runs the risk of danger to those working beneath dropped objects. Enerpac introduces a lightweight solution. The Enerpac DSX-Series Aluminium Square Drive Torque Wrenches are safe, easy to use, tools designed for medium duty use when working at height.

To help to reduce dropped-object incidents when working at height, the five models in the series feature a built-in connection point to safely tether the tool to a work belt or bag. A standard ergonomic safety handle also helps to prevent injuries or near misses from loss of tool. When it comes to operator protection, a fully enclosed drive prevents operator contact with moving parts inside the tool.

Made with a high-strength aluminium body, the CE Approved Enerpac DSX-Series Aluminium Torque Wrenches are lightweight and easy to use—important factors when working at height. Another feature that makes the tool simple to use is a multi-direction 360 x 180° high flow aluminium swivel that helps prevent twisted and tangled hydraulic hoses. To help make operators more efficient on-site, the wrenches feature a fine-tooth ratchet that prevents the tool from locking on, a 35-degree rotation angle that assists with repetitive bolt tightening tasks, and a retained push-button quick release.

Additional key features include torque output ranging from 191 to 32.617 Nm, compact nose radius for tight locations, tool accuracy +/- 3% and ATEX approval for bolting projects in in explosive atmospheres.

The Enerpac DSX-Series Aluminium Square Drive Torque Wrenches are now available through Enerpac distributors. For more information visit

More Pulling Power with Lightweight Enerpac Cylinders

With increasing demand for lightweight, more portable tools, Enerpac has developed the RACH and RARH - Series aluminium hollow plunger cylinders. Up to 150-ton capacity cylinders provide engineers with a lighter, more portable tool for applications such as tensioning, pulling and pull testing.

Enerpac RACH-Series Single Acting Aluminium Hollow Plunger Cylinders (sometimes called centre-hole cylinders) have a threaded collar inside the plunger, allowing attachments or threaded rods to be connected to the hydraulic cylinder. They provide a lighter alternative to other tensioning and pulling systems. The RACH-Series includes cylinder capacities ranging from 20 to 150 T, and 50 to 250mm stroke. All RACH-Series cylinders are rated for up to 10,000 psi (700 bar).

RACH-Series cylinders are single-acting and use a high-strength return spring for rapid retraction. All are equipped with bolt-on hardened steel saddles and a steel base plate for increased durability. Combined with a lightweight Enerpac hand pump, engineers now have a highly portable tension and pulling tool set for remote working.

For an even quicker and more controlled retraction, the RARH double acting models are available. Featuring the same advantages of the RACH, they are more lightweight due to their lower collapsed height.

“The Enerpac RACH-Series offers outstanding durability; their design enables longer service life and increased push/pull capability,” says Senthil Vijayakumar, Cylinder Product Manager at Enerpac. “Hollow shafts offer great versatility in pulling and tensioning applications, which combined with the lighter weight of aluminium provides the perfect tool with a longer service life and reduced maintenance. All of which means that users can confidently take on the most demanding tensioning and pulling applications with the RACH and RARH – Series cylinders.”

Typical applications for the RACH and RARH - Series include rod and cable pulling and tensioning, rock-bolt testing, as well as shaft removal. All the cylinders are compatible with a broad range of pumps, from the economic hand pumps to the most sophisticated, split flow pumps and the Enerpac EVO-Series synchronised lifting systems.

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Photo 1: Enerpac RACH-Series cylinder - ideal for shaft removal.


Photo 2: Enerpac RACH-Series, single acting, aluminium hollow plunger cylinders.

Enerpac Ultra-Flat Cylinders for Big Lifts in Small Spaces

Enerpac announces a new Ultra-Flat hydraulic cylinder series for those projects with small working space, starting at just 2,8 cm, but large lifting requirements up to 1000 ton. The CULP-Series with lifting capacity 10 – 50 ton, and CUSP-Series 10 – 1000 ton, are designed for applications where high lifting forces are needed in confined spaces.

With a 700 bar max operating pressure, the Ultra-Flat cylinders provide a 7 – 17 mm stroke, and are designed to withstand up to 4% side load at full lifting capacity. The CUSP-Series has an integrated tilting function up to 4 degrees, and a 6 – 10mm tilted stroke.

Safety is critical to all Enerpac products. CULP Ultra-Flat hydraulic cylinders are equipped with an internal stop ring that prevents the plunger from accidentally dropping at the end of its stroke. CUSP Cylinders have a “Red Line” as visual indicator to the operator when the maximum stroke has been reached. The CUSP-Series’ tilting plunger can be adjusted enabling equal distribution of load over its full surface. Even at maximum tilted position, most models will have a straight lifting stroke of 10 mm.

All Enerpac cylinders are built to last. In addition to low maintenance requirements, the Ultra-Flat hydraulic cylinders feature a nitro carburizing surface treatment providing greater load and wear resistance, as well as, corrosion protection in the harshest working conditions.

The CULP-Series and CUSP-Series Ultra-Flat hydraulic cylinders can be used with Enerpac hydraulic pumps - available in over 1000 different configurations – whatever the application’s requirements for speed, control, intermittent or heavy duty.

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Enerpac Ultra Flat Cylinders group hi resPhoto caption 1: Enerpac Ultra-Flat Cylinders for Big Lifts in Small Spaces.

Photo caption 2: The Enerpac CUSP-Series Ultra-Flat hydraulic cylinders.

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Squaring the circle Custom-specific solutions for every application

"This speed sensor largely meets our expectations. Only the connection interface deviates from our company standard. Surely you can make an adjustment for us?" Discussions between Thomas Distel, senior industry manager at RHEINTACHO, and (potential) customers proceed like this or similarly with some regularity. What is the solution?  Simple question, simple answer: A customer-specific solution is needed! Unfortunately, however, it is also the case in everyday project work that the simple answers are rarely the best answers in the long term, taking all aspects into account.

Depending on the scope and type of customisation deemed necessary, minimum economic quantities can easily exceed the quantities required by the typical industrial RHEINTACHO clientele. Wolfgang Sexauer, Head of Sales & Marketing: "We operate in a very demanding industrial environment. Our customers mostly not need automotive or B2C-like quantities. They value the perfect balance of high quality, cost efficiency and ensuring a long product life cycle." 

What is the solution? Already in the analysis phase of a project, RHEINTACHO differentiates between application-specific requirements that are assessed as reasonable across various customers and whose individual modification would also be costly. Complex in terms of changes, geometry, electronic layout, etc. But also, with regard to qualification and validation measures. And even customer-specific characteristics. An example of this is certainly the connection interface. An intelligent design is also characterised by the fact that customised individualisations can be implemented with the least possible effort and, in the best case, remain commercially attractive even with smaller batch sizes. Solutions can only be optimal if they meet the requirements exactly. This requires good market and application knowledge, combined with the ability to listen, and engage in dialogue.

Jörn Strasser, senior industry manager, is responsible for some important partners in the measurement technology sector: "In digital hand tachometers and stroboscopes, RHEINTACHO is a real hidden champion and Europe's largest manufacturer - and we also feel very comfortable in this position."  

In contrast to sensor technology, the differentiations in the field of measurement technology are mostly marketing-driven implementations of corporate design languages and rarely functional differences.  In terms of effort, this makes no difference - quite the opposite. In the case of speed sensors, the decision for or against a customised solution is an emotionless, cost-motivated matter: customisation usually simply offers advantages that can also be evaluated. Be it through a company-wide standardisation of connectors. Or a uniform signal interface and the associated uniform controls across all products. If customisation is too costly, a compromise becomes more attractive. However, this solution is then precisely a compromise. In the case of service, this can be exactly the situation in which the service employee in the field is "surprised" by a plug. Surprised because a component that has already been installed many times does not communicate correctly with the control system as expected but must first be specially configured. Of course, these cases can be handled with good and clear documentation. Theoretically, in any case.

With this strategy, which has been pursued for decades, RHEINTACHO has earned a good name for itself. The Freiburg-based measurement technology specialist is successful on the markets with customised products in both the measurement technology and sensor technology market segments.  Wolfgang Sexauer: "We serve this demanding market niche with enthusiasm and success. And also, with the ambition to simply provide our project partners with the perfect products. It is very important for us to be technically up to date with our own products sold under the RHEINTACHO brand. We must credibly and authentically demonstrate our know-how on a daily basis. Without this solid basis, successful OEM products simply could not be marketed successfully. "



There has been a massive demand for more rechargeable intrinsically safe (IS) headlamps with an ATEX Zone 0 rating, and Nightstick solves that problem with the XPR-5554G.

Featuring MagMate™ charge coupling, there is no more flipping the connector from one side to the other, trying to figure out which way to insert it. Open the cover and hold the connector near the port, and it automatically snaps into place and begins charging. With no cap to get torn off, you can be confident that your headlamp will stay completely waterproof even while charging. Visit for more information.

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ECOM Instruments hardware solutions for hazardous areas tested with Ericsson Industry 4.0 ecosystem

The ultra-rugged devices and accessories from the Pepperl+Fuchs brand ECOM Instruments enable a seamless connected worker concept, securing safety and efficiency of workers in Industry 4.0. Any device or equipment deployed in oil and gas, petrochemical and process industries, requires explosion protection. This will meet maximum safety requirements for workplaces and equipment used in explosive environments with relevant approval for the region (IECEx, ATEX, NEC) working in a professional cellular Push-to-talk (PTT) ecosystem. Smartphones, tablets in combination with smart glasses, wired or Bluetooth Radio Speaker Mic along with lone worker protection capabilities enable beneficial applications to drive mobile worker’s safety, productivity and efficiency.

ECOM Instruments is a brand of Pepperl+Fuchs and is a hardware and services specialist for use cases using mobile, intrinsically safe communication equipment for hazardous environments. 

Ericsson is a leader in cellular communication and is accelerating adoption of private networks in verticals like offshore, process industries and mining with a portfolio of pre-integrated private cellular network solutions. Through their cooperation, the two global market leaders ECOM and Ericsson guarantee and accelerate the transformation towards Industry 4.0.

The business case for private cellular networks in Industry 4.0

The fifth-generation of cellular technology 5G, is often touted as a key enabler for the digital transformation of industrial sectors, notably manufacturing, with specific Industry 4.0 use cases built around ubiquitous coverage of business process operations that may span across a large geographical area. In this case, the inability of public 5G or 4G LTE (an advanced form of 4G) networks to cover all the sites of large corporations is driving private cellular networks. These also allow the secure connection of remote Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices and computing found at the edge (perimeter of a 5G coverage area) to central data centers.

Traditional wireless technologies, like Wi-Fi, often struggle to support business- and mission-critical applications. Businesses and their operations are demanding faster, more secure, and more reliable connectivity that can scale as you grow, while supporting innovative applications through open APIs. Ericsson Private 5G is Ericsson’s next generation private network product providing secure and reliable 4G and 5G connectivity through its single server dual mode core. Built for business operations, the product comes pre-integrated to ensure rapid time to use and turning on advanced and intelligent operations in any environment. Together, ECOM Instruments and Ericsson are creating a better understanding of the concept of the seamlessly connected mobile worker and improving its practical implementation. In doing so, they ensure maximum safety and efficiency of the workforce in Industry 4.0.




Third tablet generation fit for ATEX/IECEx zone 1/21: ECOM presents Tab-Ex® 03 DZ1

The Tab-Ex® 03 tablet from the Pepperl+Fuchs brand ECOM Instruments is the third generation of Samsung devices in variants for industrial use in harsh environments. From November 2022 on, the Tab-Ex® 03 will be available in the DZ1 variant for use in ATEX/IECEx zone 1/21. Thus, it is suitable for use in areas where an explosive atmosphere may arise from a mixture of air with flammable substances. After the Tab-Ex® 03 was already introduced at the beginning of the year in the variants DZ2 (for ATEX zone 2/22 & Division 2) and D2 (for Division 2), ECOM Instruments completes its latest generation of tablets and thus consistently continues the success story of the 8-inch Tab-Ex® series.

Wherever flammable substances are manufactured, processed, transported or stored, safety plays a particularly important role. The demand for intrinsically safe mobile devices is growing steadily with increasing digitalization - the threshold to the hazardous area should not be an obstacle to digitalization. In line with these requirements, the Tab-Ex® 03 tablet, which is based on the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3, offers state-of-the-art technology for hazardous areas. It works with Android 12 and an update guarantee, Samsung Knox ensures high data and device security. The Samsung DeX feature supports a quick switch from mobile to desktop use by connecting the tablet to an external monitor to use a desktop-like user interface. In addition, the tablet offers larger RAM and external storage than previous models.

The Tab-Ex® 03 DZ1 delivers industry-leading performance in mobile devices for hazardous locations. It is easy to operate with gloves or the S Pen stylus. The wide range of functions and suitable peripherals for industrial use make the Tab-Ex® 03 DZ1 the perfect companion for a modern mobile worker. Digital products and services such as automated pre-configuration, comprehensive mobile device management and device analytics from ECOM Instruments complete the multifaceted solution: The tablet can be easily configured, managed and updated at any time - even over-the-air. This means that the Tab-Ex® 03 DZ1 can be fully adapted to individual requirements and challenges and offers optimum support in everyday work.

More efficiency and security for mobile workers

ACompared to the previous version in international use, the third-generation tablet offers enhanced data and device security, for example through the latest Samsung Knox Enterprise Edition. It offers full support for all functions such as mobile login, configuration, management and E-FOTA (Enterprise Firmware-Over-The-Air). This ensures basic protection against malware and data protection hacks.

In Tab-Ex® 03, mobile workers get a tablet with the latest specifications, which saves a lot of time and expense in their daily work. For photo and video recording, the device is equipped with a 13 megapixels camera with autofocus and LED flash on the back and a 5 megapixels camera on the front. The tablet is also optionally available without a camera.

Thanks to the integrated Google ARCore, the tablet is designed for comprehensive augmented reality applications, e. g. scanning of the environment or the identification of objects – for digital plant management or predictive maintenance of components. Digital workflows ensure high process and product quality and minimize risks in the production.

For power supply and data transfer, the Tab-Ex® is equipped with a USB-C port. The battery with a capacity of 5,050 mAh ensures flawless operation and a long operating time with a runtime of up to 11 hours. The Tab-Ex® 03 DZ1 is also equipped with an individually programmable button, for example for an alarm, emergency calls or push-to-talk (PTT).

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Enerpac pumps up cordless XC-Series with more tool options

The Enerpac XC-Series cordless pumps, now with single and double-acting valves, provide the power of an electric powered pump with the portability of a hand pump. It gives operators access to a wider range of single and double-acting tools for tackling such jobs as servicing machinery and nut splitting and cutting in remote locations or hard-to-access areas.

Enerpac XC-Series cordless pumps will actuate a hydraulic tool as fast as a basic electric powered pump and create up to 700 bar pressure. This means the XC-Series cordless pumps up to five times faster than manual hydraulic pumps and up to two times faster than popular pneumatic powered pumps.

Featuring a lightweight design with integrated handle and shoulder carrying strap, the XC-Series cordless pumps is one of the safest, most ergonomic hydraulic pumps available, and easily transported from job to job. The pump includes a bladder reservoir that eliminates venting, prevents contamination and provides leak-free operation in any position. The XC-Series pumps are also equipped with an efficient electric motor powered by an industrial grade 28-volt, Lithium-Ion battery, delivering exceptional speed and run time.

Designed to provide optimal safety to operators, the XC-Series offers several safety features, including zero trip hazards through cordless design, overload protection circuitry from excessive amp draw or temperatures and a trigger lock-off mechanism to protect against unintended operation during transport.

Enerpac XC-Series cordless pumps are ideal for a wide range of industries such as mining, construction, industrial and power generation, solving diverse and demanding applications, including: lifting rail carriages and rail alignment, mobilising heavy equipment, servicing machinery and nut splitting and cutting.

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MSA Safety continues innovations in fall protection with time-saving temporary horizontal lifeline   


 New Cable Temporary Horizontal Lifeline makes installation 75 percent faster

New Cable Temporary Horizontal Lifeline makes installation 75 percent fasterFalls continue to be a leading cause of preventable injury and death in the workplace, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). To help keep workers safe, MSA Safety, Inc. (NYSE: MSA), the global leader in the development, manufacture and supply of sophisticated safety solutions that help to protect people and facility infrastructures, is now offering a first-of-its-kind temporary horizontal lifeline that can help save time on the jobsite through its intuitive and toolless installation features.

MSA’s new Temporary Horizontal Lifeline allows for a 75 percent faster installation compared to traditional cable systems. The system’s integrated locking and tensioning mechanism eliminates the need for nuts, bolts and wrenches, a key feature that makes the system significantly easier and faster to install because there is no need for tools.

“Our new Temporary Horizontal Lifeline was designed to address how long it took workers to install a traditional lifeline system by making this easier to use, but without sacrificing the level of safety for workers at height,” said Gustavo Lopez, MSA Safety’s General Manager of Industrial Products & Vice President of Connected Services. “This new system is lighter and easier to maneuver, and can be easily set up by one person, allowing the worker to spend more time on the job rather than setting up their systems.”

With locking and tensioning mechanisms on the same side, workers no longer need to travel back and forth during set up. The new device also incorporates clear visual indicators to show when the system is properly installed. Designed to be adaptable to an ever-changing jobsite, the flexible, lightweight cable makes installation easier, plus MSA’s patented bypass shuttles allow two users to maintain 100 percent tie-off while passing one another on the same line.

“Most horizontal lifelines on the market today are heavy, time consuming to install, and require several tools,” Lopez said. “MSA’s new Temporary Horizontal Lifeline, however, is designed to be simple, intuitive, and faster to save companies time and money while helping to keep their workers safe.”

It is available in 60- and 100-foot lengths. To learn more about the new Temporary Horizontal Lifeline click here.