New Vivitek Projectors DU8195Z and DK10000Z Aimed at Museums, Staging

first_imgVivitek’s new 1-chip DLP-based DU8195Z and the DK10000Z projectors are both designed for 24/7 operation and 360° installations. Intended for large venue and museum applications, the DK10000Z is native 4K-UHD resolution and specified at 10,000 ANSI lumens brightness and weighs only 29 kilograms. The DU8195Z is native WUXGA (1920×1200) and is spec’d at 13,500 ANSI lumens of brightness. Both projectors use a laser light source that claims 20,000 hours of maintenance-free operation.These new projectors benefit from an air and dust tight, fully-sealed optical engine with a level equivalent to IP60 Ingress Protection. This keeps the projectors’ operation very stable, which ensures low user intervention. It also offers complete protection against dust particle contact, which improves light efficiency.Furthermore, Delta’s advance thermal management technology also delivers precise temperature and thermal load control, using liquid cooling to optimize the total performance. Additionally, the active thermoelectric cooling Peltier elements have been engineered to ensure consistent performance form these very high brightness laser projectors. Keeping a stable temperature is vital to ensure the durability and performance of laser projectors. Traditional cooling methods, like a combination of a heat sink and forced airflow, can sometimes struggle to satisfy the very high cooling demands of 10,000-plus lumen laser projectors.Additional features include:Eight optional lens options — ranging from 0.38 to 8.26:1 throw ratio – and motorized zoom, lens shift and lens position memory capacityProjection image alignment is built-in, along with multi-screen edge-blending, warping and keystone correction features.Constant brightness — designed to reduce the need for regular recalibration of the projectors, especially when edge blended. A built-in light sensor inside the projector monitors the level of light so that when a reduction in light is detected, the projector will regulate dynamically the electricity power to increase the light output to your pre-defined brightness level, and thus maintaining a constant level of brightnessOne-cable management — HDBaseT provides one single cable for image and control, which can run cables up to 100 meters without compromising signal quality.The dual 3G-SDI interface is ideal for live streaming signals during events, without compromising signal quality.The DU8195Z is £16,390 excluding VAT and is available now. The DK10000Z is £19,000 excluding VAT and is available now. Both are here.last_img read more

Amendments dealing with child support orders

first_img The Florida Bar’s Family Law Rules Committee (committee) has submitted to the Florida Supreme Court a report responding to the Court’s request that the committee consider a family law rule of procedure addressing orders establishing, enforcing, or modifying child support and/or alimony and a support summary form proposed by the Florida Supreme Court Steering Committee on Families and Children in the Court. The committee’s report recommended against adoption of the rule and form but offered an alternative draft rule and form for the Court’s consideration. Draft rule 12.755 sets forth requirements for support orders and requires the use of the draft form, a support summary sheet. The Court invites all interested persons to comment on the draft rule and form, which are reproduced in full below, as well as online at http://www.floridasupremecourt.org/decisions/proposed.shtml. An original and nine paper copies of all comments must be filed with the Court on or before January 15, 2010, with a certificate of service verifying that a copy has been served on the committee chair, Jack A. Moring, 7655 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy, Suite 12, Crystal River, FL 34429-7910, as well as a separate request for oral argument if the person filing the comment wishes to participate in oral argument, which may be scheduled in this case. The committee chair has until February 5, 2010, to file a response to any comments filed with the Court. Electronic copies of all comments also must be filed in accordance with the Court’s administrative order In re Mandatory Submission of Electronic Copies of Documents, Fla. Admin. Order No. AOSC04-84 (Sept. 13, 2004). IN THE SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA IN RE AMENDMENTS TO THE FLORIDA FAMILY LAW RULES OF PROCEDURE – SUPPORT SUMMARY SHEET RULE AND FORM, SC09-2039 RULE 12.755 SUPPORT ORDERS; SUPPORT SUMMARY SHEET (a) Required Findings. Every court order or judgment that establishes, enforces, or modifies child support and/or alimony shall clearly state, among other findings of fact and conclusions of law, the following: < p> (1) That the court has jurisdiction over the subject matter and parties. < p> (2) That there is a need for child support and/or alimony and the obligor has the ability to pay. < p> (3) The identity of the custodian of the children and who provides the primary residence of the children. < p> (4) Other than in enforcement proceedings, the mother and father’s net monthly income, percentage of support guidelines for which each is responsible or applicable amount under section 61.30, Florida Statutes, monthly child care costs, and health and dental insurance costs. < p> (5) The identity of the obligor and amount of child support and/or alimony he or she is obligated to pay. < p> (6) The obligor’s child support and/or alimony payment schedule. < p> (7) The date on which child support and/or alimony payments shall begin and end. < p> (8) Written factual findings to support the court’s determination if child support payment deviates more than 5% above or below the guideline amount under section 61.30, Florida Statutes. < p> (9) Whether child support arrearages or the need for retroactive child support exists and < p> (A) the amount of child support arrearage or retroactive child support due and the date on which such amounts were determined; < p> (B) the obligor’s total child support arrearage and retroactive support payment; < p> (C) the obligor’s support arrearage and retroactive support payment schedule; and < p> (D) the date on which child support arrearage and retroactive support payments will begin and end. < p> (10) Whether health care coverage for the children is reasonably available and < p> (A) the identity of the party obligated to maintain health and dental insurance coverage of the minor children and/or spouse; and < p> (B) the apportioned cost, to both parties, of health care coverage and noncovered medical, dental, and prescription medication expenses of the children. < p> (11) Whether either party is required to maintain life insurance to secure the child support and/or alimony obligation and, if so, < p> (A) the identity of the party obligated to maintain life insurance on his or her life, amount of coverage he or she shall maintain, and identity of the life insurance beneficiaries; and < p> (B) the date on which insurance coverage shall begin and end. < p> (12) Which party shall claim the dependency tax exemptions for the children. < p> (13) The method of payment; whether directly to the State Disbursement Unit, along with any depository service charge, or findings to support the court’s determination that support payments need not be directed through the State Disbursement Unit. < p> (14) Whether the obligor shall pay immediately though a separate income deduction order or if use of such method will be deferred until a specific amount of child support becomes delinquent and, if deferred, findings to support the court’s determination that income deduction is not being implemented immediately. < p> (15) The percentage the obligor shall pay of his or her bonus or one-time payments to the obligee pursuant to the payment method prescribed by the court for child support payments. < p> (16) Whether attorneys’ fees, costs, and suit money are granted or denied and, if granted, < p> (A) whether a need for and ability to pay attorneys’ fees, costs, and suit money exists; < p> (B) the identity of the party obligated to pay fees, costs, and suit money and the amount of the fees, costs, and suit money; and < p> (C) the reasonable hourly rate which the court used to determine the attorneys’ fees award, if applicable. < p>(b) Support Summary Sheet. On receipt or completion of an order that establishes, enforces, or modifies child support and/or alimony, the initiating party to the action shall complete and attach to the final judgment Florida Family Law Rule of Procedure Form 12.997, Support Summary Sheet. A copy of the Support Summary Sheet shall be transmitted by the court or under its direction to all parties and the clerk with and at the time of entry of each order that establishes, enforces, or modifies child support and/or alimony. INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW RULE OF PROCEDURE FORM 12.997, SUPPORT SUMMARY SHEET When should this form be used? Florida Family Law Rule of Procedure 12.755(b) requires that this form be completed whenever an order establishing, enforcing, or modifying support is entered. This form should be typed or printed in black ink. What should I do next? This form is to be attached to the final judgment or order establishing, enforcing, or modifying support and transmitted by the court or under its direction to the parties and the clerk of the circuit court . Where can I look for more information? Before proceeding, you should read “General Information for Self-Represented Litigants” found in the beginning of these forms. The words that are in “ bold underline ” in these instructions are there. For further information, see sections 61.13 and 61.30, Florida Statutes, and Florida Family Law Rule of Procedure 12.755. Special notes. . . Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.900(a), before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms must also put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete. Amendments dealing with child support orders Amendments dealing with child support orders IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: Division: IN RE: THE MARRIAGE OF , Husband and , Wife SUPPORT SUMMARY SHEET THIS DOCUMENT IS NOT AN ORDER . IT IS FOR ADMINISTRATIVE USE BY THE CLERK. IT DOES NOT ESTABLISH OR MODIFY THE RIGHTS OFANY PARTY. USE OF THIS FORM IS REQUIRED BY FLORIDA FAMILY LAW RULE OF PROCEDURE 12.755. Date order entered: Child Support [ √ all that apply] Temporary (Modification __yes __no) Final (Modification __yes __no) Enforcement Alimony [ √ all that apply] Temporary (Modification __yes __no) __Rehabilitative_____Permanent < p> Final (Modification __yes __no) Enforcement An action came before the Court on {date}_______________ in regard to the following child(ren) and parent(s)/custodian(s) on the following action [ √ all that apply and fill in all blanks] ___ Domestic Violence ___ Administrative Support ___ Dissolution of Marriage ___ Dependency ___ Paternity ___ Support Unconnected with Dissolution of Marriage. Children: Name Date of Birth Social Security No. Payee(s): Name Address: Date of birth: Social Security No.: Name Address: Date of birth: Social Security No.: Payor(s): Name Address: Date of birth: Social Security No.: Current employer: Name Address: Date of birth: Social Security No.: Current employer: [ √ if applies] Payor Payee is protected by an injunction for protection. 1. Total Court Ordered ALIMONY PAYMENT: $ [ √ all that apply and fill in all blanks] □ Alimony Lump Sum Periodic payments Total amount $ (including fees and interest) Payment: $ Start as of {date} Stop on {date or event} Frequency: Weekly Monthly Twice Monthly Every other week 1st and 15th 15th and 30th □ Retroactive Alimony Total amount $ (including fees and interest) Payment: $ Start as of {date} and stop on full payment □ Arrearages Total amount as of {date} : $ (including fees and interest) Payment $ Start as of {date}: and stop on full payment 2. Total Court Ordered CHILD SUPPORT: $ [ √ all that apply and fill in all blanks] □ Child Support Total amount: $ (including fees and interest) Payment: $ Start as of {date} Stop on: Children becoming 18 years old Children graduating from high school no later than age 19 by further court order by agreement of the parties Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.997, Support Summary Sheet (–/09) Frequency: Weekly Monthly Twice Monthly Every other week 1st and 15th 15th and 30th □ Health Insurance [ √ responsible party] Petitioner Respondent Percentage of noncovered medical expenses % Petitioner % Respondent □ Retroactive Support Total amount: $ (including fees and interest) Payment: $ Start as of {date} Stop on full payment □ Arrearages Total amount: $ as of {date} Payment: $ Start as of {date} Stop on full payment < p>[ √ all that apply and fill in all blanks] < p> 3. OTHER PAYMENTS Court Ordered: Due for {insert reason} Payment of $__________ will start on {date} ___________ and stop on full payments. TOTAL (other payments): $____________ < p> 4. TOTAL SERVICE CHARGE: 4% of each payment, not to exceed $5.25: $ < p>GRAND TOTAL PAYMENT (1 + 2 + 3 + 4) : $_____________ < p>MANNER OF PAYMENT: [ √ all that apply and fill in all blanks] < p>___ THROUGH STATE DISBURSEMENT UNIT: The first payment shall be due on {date} and is payable to the State of Florida Disbursement Unit, PO Box 8500 Tallahassee, FL 32314-8500. Include the COUNTY, COURT CASE NUMBER, and NAME of the person to whom the payment is being made, and your NAME AND SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER, on each payment. ___ DIRECT PAYMENT: All child support, alimony, or other support, included in any court order shall be paid directly to: {name} at {address}: ___ Temporarily __ Permanently. {Start and end date} IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [fill in all blanks] I, {full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer}, a nonlawyer, located at {street}, {city}, {state}, {phone}, helped {name}, who is the [ √ one only] petitioner or respondent, fill out this form. December 15, 2009 Noticeslast_img read more

Alliance Residential Named No. 9 Apartment Management Co. in US

first_imgAlliance Residential was recently named to the National Multi Housing Council’s (NMHC) 2014 NMHC 50 list of the nation’s largest apartment owners and managers.Moving up a spot from last year’s NMHC 50 ranking, Alliance is the 9th largest apartment management company in the nation with more than 71,000 units. Now in its 25th year, the NMHC 50 is a key resource for industry observers.“We are thrilled to be among the largest multifamily organizations in the country ranking on these important industry lists. We are equally proud of the best-in-class amenities, sustainable initiatives and innovative technologies we are incorporating in our extensive and growing portfolio,” said Brad Cribbins, Alliance’s COO/Executive Vice President.Alliance continues to grow, and is actively seeking management, development and acquisition opportunities. Headquartered in Phoenix, the company has 22 regional offices divided among six regions throughout the U.S. with a presence in 19 states (including Arizona, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Washington). Over the past 14 years, Alliance has become one of the largest private apartment owners and management companies in the nation, boasting a $9.0+ billion portfolio and 71,000 units in 27 metropolitan markets.last_img read more

UN leads bid for cheaper insulin, expanding access for diabetics worldwide

first_img(UN News) Overly expensive insulin could be a thing of the past – and life-changing news – for millions of diabetics under a plan launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday to diversify production globally, just ahead of World Diabetes Day. Announcing the initiative in Geneva, the UN agency said that it had already had informal expressions of interest from pharmaceutical companies looking to produce insulin and have WHO assess whether it is safe for people to use. “The simple fact is, that the prevalence of diabetes is growing, the amount of insulin available to treat diabetes is too low, the prices are too high, so we need to do something,” said Emer Cooke, Director of Regulation of Medicines and other Health Technologies at WHO. Diabetes can be big problem for years to come – CARPHAPort of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago –  Studies conducted by the University of the West Indies (UWI) estimate that 1 in every 4 adults in some Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States have diabetes.  More worrying is the doubling of overweight and obesity in children less than five years, along with the high…April 7, 2016In “Anguilla”Here’s what to do about diabetes – 4th leading cause of death in AmericaTaxes on sugary drinks and limits on junk food advertising are part of the solution  by Carissa F. Etienne*   Think of 10 people close to you—family members, friends and coworkers. Chances are at least one is suffering from diabetes, though they might not know it. An estimated 10% of…April 7, 2016In “Anguilla”Regional Communicators Meet to Develop Campaigns to Address Non-communicable Diseases(CARPHA) – The Regional Health Communications Network (RHCN) made up of communications and health promotion specialists from across the English, French and Dutch Caribbean countries and territories, met from 29 to 30 April to develop region-wide public education campaigns to address non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and wellness. The RHCN was established…May 2, 2019In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp Aug 11, 2020 Oct 6, 2020 CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… You may be interested in… Oct 16, 2020center_img WHO Chief Points to ‘Green Shoots of Hope’ in COVID-19… COVID-19 Vaccine May be Ready by Yearend – WHO’s… Coinciding with the project launch, which comes ahead of World Diabetes Day marked each 14 November, UN Secretary-General António Guterres highlighted the impact of “catastrophic” medical expenses on sufferers. “Diabetes damages health and undermines educational and employment aspirations for many, affecting communities and forcing families into economic hardship”, he said, particularly in low and middle-income countries. The WHO’s two-year pilot project, unveiled on Wednesday, involves the evaluation of insulin developed by manufacturers to ensure their quality, safety, efficacy and affordability. Read more at: UN News Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… WHO Stresses Need for Quick Action Amid Reports of Fresh… Aug 24, 2020last_img read more

Obituary: Laverne J. Harbert June 17, 1925 – April 27, 2020

first_imgLAVERNE J. HARBERT June 17, 1925 – April 27, 2020Laverne J. Harbert, beloved mother, grandma or G-ma, and great-grandma, passed away peacefully at her home with her daughter by her side on April 27, 2020. I’m sure Dad welcomed her home. Laverne was born on June 17, 1925. She was preceded in death by her parents Irma and Rocky Capps and George Wittich. She was also preceded in death by her high-school sweetheart and loving husband of 64 1/2 years, Tom Harbert in November 2009. She is survived by her 3 children: Jim, Bob (Vicky) and Sue Harbert. She also leaves behind 4 grandchildren: Kari (Rob), Steve (Christy), Brad, and Missy (Mike); and 7 great-grandkids: Skyler (Shelbie), Kyle, Kirsten, Dustin, Ryan (Monique), Allyson and Jaxon.The family moved to Los Alamos in 1959 where the kids grew up. Mom was an avid bowler in Los Alamos and Albuquerque. She and Dad also loved to square dance and round dance in St. Louis and in Los Alamos. Mom grew up dancing a lot of Jitterbug but unfortunately married Dad who couldn’t dance the Jitterbug very well.Mom always told a story about a soldier friend “Charlie Dunn” that she would dance with on the Admiral when he was on leave. After Mom and Dad were married, Charlie came to town and the three of them went to a cocktail lounge and Dad fed the juke box so Mom and Charlie could dance. What a special love they had for each other. After Dad retired in 1986, they moved to Albuquerque. Mom was a hoot at family gatherings and if there was music playing, you can bet, her hips were moving. She will always be remembered for her sense of humor, dancing and just being so darn cute.To view information or leave a condolence, please visitwww.danielsfuneral.comlast_img read more

Proceeds of crime

first_img Andrew Mitchell QC and Jonathan Lennon (instructed by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors) for the defendants; Anthony Peto QC, John Law and Robert Weekes (instructed by Serious Organised Crime Agency Legal Department) for SOCA; James Eadie QC (instructed by the Treasury Solicitor) for the intervening party. Unlawful conduct – Violent disorder – Costs – Civil recovery proceedings Section 241 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, so far as material, provides: ‘(1) Conduct occurring in any part of the UK is unlawful conduct if it is unlawful under the criminal law of that part. (2) Conduct which (a) occurs in a country [or territory] outside the UK and is unlawful under the criminal law [applying in that country or territory], and (b) if it occurred in a part of the UK, would be unlawful under the criminal law of that part…’ Pursuant to part 5 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (the 2002 act), the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) had the power to recover property derived from criminal conduct. SOCA had to prove that the property in question was obtained by unlawful conduct, or that it was property obtained in place of such property. Section 241 of the 2002 act required the court to decide ‘on a balance of probabilities’ whether it had been proved that any of the matters alleged to constitute unlawful conduct occurred. SOCA, in civil recovery proceedings, obtained an order for the recovery of property to the value of some £2m (the property) held by the defendants, D and his former wife, T. SOCA had obtained the order following a hearing before a judge sitting in the High Court, in which it had been held, applying the civil standard of proof, namely on the balance of probabilities, that the property was derived from criminal activity, including drug trafficking, money laundering and tax evasion in the UK, Spain, Portugal and other jurisdictions. The judge had so found notwithstanding that the defendants had never been convicted of drug trafficking. D had been prosecuted and acquitted of drug trafficking in Portugal, and similar proceedings against him in Spain had been brought but discontinued. The defendants unsuccessfully argued before the Court of Appeal that the application of the civil, rather than the criminal, standard of proof violated their right to a fair trial as guaranteed by article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights, that section 241(3) ought to be interpreted to require the application of the criminal standard of proof (beyond a reasonable doubt), or alternatively, that a declaration, pursuant to article 4 of the Human Rights Act 1998, that section 241 of the 2002 act was incompatible with the convention, ought to be made. The defendants appealed to the Supreme Court on the article 6 point. It further appealed against the making of an interim receiver order, pursuant to section 246 of the 2002 act that they pay costs of a report by the interim receiver appointed by the court in respect of recovery proceedings against them. SOCA had successfully cross-appealed against the refusal of the High Court to make the order. The issues for determination were: (i) whether the application of the civil standard of proof to civil recovery proceedings brought following an acquittal in criminal proceedings breached the defendants’ right to a fair trial under article 6 of the convention; and (ii) whether an order for costs made in favour of SOCA against a person against whom a recovery order has been made under section 266 of the 2002 act could include the investigation costs incurred by an interim receiver appointed under section 246 of the act. The appeal would be dismissed. (1) If confiscation proceedings did not involve a criminal charge, but were subject to the civil standard of proof, there was no reason in principle why confiscation should not be based on evidence that satisfied the civil standard, notwithstanding that it had proved insufficiently compelling to found a conviction on application of the criminal standard. Where a person had been acquitted in criminal proceedings and faced subsequent civil recovery proceedings, article 6 of the convention applied only in circumstances where there was a procedural link between the criminal prosecution and the subsequent confiscation proceedings (see [44] of the judgment). Some of the Strasbourg decisions were mutually inconsistent and it was not easy to identify the principle in others. There were a number of cases, where the Strasbourg court had held that the presumption of innocence in article 6(2) was infringed by findings in subsequent proceedings that cast doubt on the validity of a prior acquittal in criminal proceedings. The common factor in those cases had been a procedural connection between the criminal trial and the subsequent proceedings. ‘Charged with a criminal offence’ had an autonomous meaning. Thus the fact that the 2002 act unequivocally designated recovery proceedings as ‘civil recovery’ did not establish conclusively that they did not involve the charge of a criminal offence. Nonetheless, the classification of proceedings under national law was one of three relevant considerations to which the European Court of Human Rights always had regard when deciding whether or not article 6(2) was engaged. The second was the essential nature of the proceedings, and the third was the type and severity of the consequence that may flow from the proceedings, usually described by the European Court of Human Rights as ‘the penalty that the applicant risked incurring’ (see [16], [19], [21] of the judgment). In the instant case, there was no procedural link between the criminal prosecution and the subsequent confiscation proceedings. The acquittal was in Portugal and the recovery proceedings were in England. Furthermore, the evidence in the latter ranged much wider than the evidence that was relied upon in the Portuguese prosecution. The commission by the defendants in the instant case of criminal conduct from which the property that they held was derived had to be established according to the civil, and not the criminal, standard of proof. The starting point was the possession of property by the defendants, for whose provenance they had been unable to provide a legitimate explanation. There was an abundance of evidence which implicated them in criminal activity that provided the explanation for the property that they owned. It followed that the judge had rightly applied the civil standard of proof (see [44], [54]-[55] of the judgment). (2) Investigative costs incurred by a receiver and reimbursed by SOCA, including the reasonable remuneration of the receiver, were costs of, or incidental to, civil recovery proceedings (see [79] of the judgment). There was nothing in the 2002 act or the Civil Procedure Rules to prevent the cost to SOCA of paying an interim receiver from being part of the costs of, or incidental to, the civil recovery proceedings. In order to bring a claim for civil recovery under part 5 of the 2002 act, SOCA had to obtain sufficient information to demonstrate that property in the hands of the appellants was recoverable property within the meaning of sections 304-310 of the 2002 act. That required investigative work to be done. It was entirely reasonable to appoint an interim receiver to carry out the investigation and to hold the ring in the meantime. There was no statutory rule or provision that led to the conclusion that such costs were not costs of, or incidental to, the civil recovery proceedings. The investigation was an essential part of the civil recovery proceedings and there was no reason in principle why the costs of the receivership could not at the same time be costs of, or incidental to, the civil recovery proceedings (see [80]-[81], [83], [84] of the judgment). In the instant case, the costs which SOCA had been or was liable to pay to the receiver in respect of his investigation were costs of, or incidental to, the civil recovery proceedings and are in principle recoverable from the defendants (see [109] of the judgment).center_img Gale and another v Serious Organised Crime Agency: SC (Lords Phillips (president), Brown, Mance, Judge, Clarke, Dyson, Reed): 26 October 2011last_img read more

Hybrid shunter conversion

first_imgALSTOM Transport has developed a hybrid shunting locomotive for industrial applications in Europe. Built at the Stendal locomotive plant in Germany, the prototype 203 701 conversion of a former DB diesel-hydraulic is expected to receive formal certification next February and begin field testing in April 2007. A 200 kW Deutz-engined diesel genset powers a DC link which charges a NiCd battery. The link is also connected to the traction inverter, which feeds two three-phase motors. The loco is designed to operate on genset or battery power alone, or with both sources offering a maximum of 550 kW. The power modules, electric motors and auxiliary converter are all standard Alstom designs proven extensively in other applications. Because the prototype is a conversion of a diesel-hydraulic B-B, the motors drive through the existing mechanical transmission. To balance the weight of the centre-cab unit, the diesel engine and auxiliaries are mounted in one bonnet, with the batteries and traction inverters in the other. Alstom is also looking at converting diesel-electric locos to hybrid drive. Starting tractive effort is 195 kN, falling to 20 kN at a maximum speed of 60 km/h. The performance curve compares closely to a conventional 500 kW diesel-hydraulic, with a maximum train weight of 3 000 tonnes. Because most shunting locos are idling for around 75% of the time, Alstom estimates that the hybrid can cut fuel use by up to 40% and maintenance costs by 15%. As well as a 30% cut in life-cycle costs, the conversion offers a 15 dB(A) noise reduction and a 55% cut in emissions to well below the EU Stage IIIA requirements.last_img read more

NI AWR Updates AntSyn – Its Antenna Design Software

first_img Additional antennas added to the library bringing the total number of templates to 537. New antenna types for series-fed patch arrays, as well as new waveguide-fed, dual-ridge, transverse electromagnetic (TEM) and multifunction horn antennas. Ability to specify waveguide feeds, enabling the use of dozens of different commercially-available waveguides to feed many types of horns. Timing information to guide users on expected simulation times for certain classes of antennas and the ability to sort/queue by expected time run. Advance library search feature to narrow the number of displayed antennas according to user-specified attributes and/or descriptions. In addition to the latest release, designers can also pursue expert AntSyn software and antenna design consulting with Dr. Derek Linden, director of technology for AWR Group, NI, by reaching out to a local NI AWR software representative.Click here to see the new features in AntSyn™ 3.1. The latest release of the antenna design, synthesis and optimization module, AntSyn™ 3.1, is now available for use by current customers and evaluators. AntSyn™ is an automated antenna design, synthesis, and optimization tool that takes antenna engineering requirements as input and produces antenna designs as outputs. AntSyn was designed by antenna engineers to be used by all levels of experience, from experts to those who are relatively new to antenna design. A number of companies use this innovative EM-based synthesis tool valuable for designing antenna solutions for their products.Highlights of the release include:last_img read more

L-com Releases New SMA and Type-N Fixed RF Attenuators from DC to 6 GHz

first_imgL-com an Infinite Electronics brand, has introduced a new series of fixed RF attenuators to address both civilian and military RF communications systems. The new fixed RF attenuator line consists of SMA attenuators that support frequencies from DC to 3 GHz and DC to 6 GHz, as well as N-Type attenuators that support frequency ranges from DC to 3 GHz and DC to 6 GHz.All of the attenuators feature an in-line design and the SMA attenuators are available with either stainless steel or brass body and are rated for 2W input power and 1 to 30 dB attenuation. The Type-N attenuators feature a nickel body and also support 2W input power and 1 to 30 dB attenuation.The new series of fixed RF attenuators are a great addition to L-com extensive line of coaxial connectors, adapters and terminations. The company now offers customers a comprehensive selection of off-the-shelf coax interconnects to address just about every RF connectivity application.Click here for more information on the L-Com Fixed Attenuators.last_img read more