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PRODUCT Software support for machine designers. - Supporting its comprehensive range of electric, wireless and air actuated foot and hand switching controls, Herga Technology has added an easy-to-use 3D product viewer and CAD file download facility to its website.


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PRODUCT Flow computer & terminal unit! - The Y-Flow® product family from Yokogawa consists of the Y-Flow® YFFC (Field Flow Computer) and Y-Flow® YRTU (Remote Terminal Unit).

PRODUCT Coaxial contact for RG 179 B/U. - LEMO has launched a new 3GHz contact that can be used in various insulator types, providing an alternative solution to HD – BNC in the broadcast market (HDTV, 4K, 8K).

NEWS New rental partnership for NDT prods. - Ashtead Technology has been appointed as the preferred rental partner in Britain for all Silverwing products, a line of NDT inspection equipment by Eddyfi Technologies.

NEWS Industrie 4.0 award in China. - Advantech has received an award from ROI Management Consulting for its Industry 4.0-compliant digital factory. The "ROI Industry 4.0 Award China" was given to Advantech at the awards ceremony in Shanghai.

NEWS MES for pharma & biotech manufacturers in China. - Werum IT Solutions has expanded further its PAS-X Service Partner network. They have signed a partnership agreement with Neotrident. Based in Beijing with several local offices in China, Neotrident is a leading IT solutions provider to the Chinese life sciences industry.

PRODUCT Industrial router for remote automation! - Westermo has launched an industrial ADSL and VDSL2 router/modem to provide robust and secure communications to remote industrial automation equipment.

NEWS Three nominations for learning well! - Employees at the Boulting Group, are celebrating having received three nominations for the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) 2017 Awards.

Webinar Cybersecurity in gas applications. - The International Society of Automation (ISA) and its Corporate Partner, Honeywell Process Solutions, will co-host a free webinar on 3 November 2017 on how to address cybersecurity concerns in gas metering and data management.

PRODUCT Preventing transmission loss for television OBUs in wet weather. - Harting expanded beam fibre-optic cable assemblies prevent transmission loss for television outside broadcasts in harsh environmental conditions.

NEWS Strengthing digital portfolio for exploration to production. - Emerson is to acquire Paradigm®, a leading provider of software solutions for the oil and gas industry, for a purchase price of $510 million, reflecting a multiple of 13 times expected 2017 EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization).

PRODUCT Stainless steel housed converters. - Signal converters IFC 100 and MAC 100 as well as SMARTMAC 200 operating unit are now available in stainless steel housing from Krohne. Mainly targeted at applications in the food and beverage industry, they can be also used where high corrosion resistance is demanded, e.g. in salty environments.

EVENTS Celebrating robotics. - UK Robotics Week 2018, with robotics activities and competitions is now open for early registration to schools, academic institutions and industry.

PRODUCT Gearing specialist exhibits. - Aerospace, medical and automotive engineers will be able to speak with Harmonic Drive AG to improve the accuracy and efficiency of their applications at this year’s SPS IPC Drives show in Nuremberg (D). They will be launching its FHA-C Mini Servo Actuators with Absolute MZE encoder.

PRODUCT Helping standardise PLC programming. - The development tool PLC Checker from Itris Automation is now available with a PLCopen® coding guidelines rules set allowing developers to automatically verify that their program respects this reference standard.

NEWS Cable Entry and EMC Systems. - Foremost Electronics has been appointed as a distributor for Icotek GmbH. Icotek have been developing innovative cable entry and EMC cable shielding systems for over 15 years, hold a number of patents and are designed-in to global OEMs and leading companies in a wide number of industries.

NEWS Serving Chile. - The new 2,300-square-meter facility for Endress+Hauser in Chile, opened recently, contains modern office space, an auditorium, conference rooms, a training center and a calibration laboratory. Customers and employees can expect a high-quality infrastructure and excellent work environment.

PRODUCT Connectors in 1U, 19" rack. - Cliff Electronics is now offering system integrators 1U, 19" rack panels pre-assembled with up to 16 of their market–leading Feedthrough (FT) connectors to simplify system assembly, reduce manufacturing time, component count and cost.

NEWS Award for automation platform with intrinsic cybersecurity. - Bedrock Automation has won Chemical Processing magazine's Vaaler Award for the BedrockTM Open Secure AutomationTM system — the first universal industrial control system to be designed with intrinsic cyber security.

PRODUCT Bluetooth with HART. - Many modern mobile devices only support Bluetooth Low Energy. iOS mobile devices in particular only support Bluetooth Low Energy. The world's first Bluetooth Low Energy HART Modem has been launched by ProComSol.

APPLICATION Wireless all the way... - After a decade of pioneering wireless technologies for industrial companies, Emerson predicts the next 10 years will see exponential growth in the adoption of wireless and pervasive sensing applications that help companies maximise safety and reliability, optimise production and enable Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) strategies.

Publications Challenges during process analyzer engineering! - Process Analyzer Systems Project Engineering and Management by Gary Nichols, PE, CAP®, from the ISA (International Society of Automation) stable, is designed to eliminate or minimize the difficulties, breakdowns and other obstacles that process analyzer system engineers often encounter during project development, engineering and design, procurement, construction, closeout, and sustain phases.

EVENTS Vision on show! - Registration is now open for Stemmer Imaging's Vision Technology Forum at the Silverstone Wing Exhibition and Conference Centre (GB), 15 -16 November 2017.

APPLICATION And now the electric vehicle... - Sevcon in Gateshead (GB), which designs and manufactures high-quality motor controllers and system components for hybrid and electric vehicles, has driven efficiency into its equipment testing regimes by standardising TorqSense transducers from Sensor Technology.


During the period that the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland are working through their exit from the European Union (EU) we will endevour to bring items of particular interest and/or relevence to the automation sector in the process.


European Cyberthreat Summit
Conference - use #CTS2017
Dublin (IRL)

Horizons Conference
Ideagen Customer Conference
24/10/2017 to 25/10/2017
Nottingham (GB)

10th Annual Asian Downstream Summit
Transforming the Oil & Gas Industry with Digital and Process Technologies
25/10/2017 to 26/10/2017

InstMC Awards Night

London (GB)

ISA Fall Leaders MTG
For elected and appointed Department Directors, Division Directors, Assembly members, and Executive Board members.
28/10/2017 to 30/10/2017
Tampa Bay (FL USA)

ISPE Annual Meeting & Expo
Exhibition & Conference
29/10/2017 to 1/11/2017
San Diego (CA USA)

Advanced Engineering 2017
Conference & exhibtion
1/11/2017 to 2/11/2017
Birmingham (GB)

CWIEME Istanbul
Coil Winding Expo
2/11/2017 to 4/11/2017
Istanbul (TR)

Cybersecurity Training Course (IC32)
ISA European Training Course in ISA/IEC 62443 Standards.
6/11/2017 to 7/11/2017
Cork (IRL)

PCS 2016
Process Control and Safety Symposium and Exhibition
6/11/2017 to 9/11/2017
Houston (TX USA)

iDICs 2017
International Digital Image Correlation Society Conf & Workshop
6/11/2017 to 9/11/2017

Industrial Automation Show - parallell with six other shows!
7/11/2017 to 11/11/2017
Shanghai (CN)

Productronica 2017
Innovation all along the line!"
14/11/2017 to 17/11/2017
Munich (D)

TIA Portal Tour
Siemens Digital Enterprise Suite Roadshow
Belfast (NI)

TIA Portal Tour
Siemens Digital Enterprise Suite Roadshow
Dublin (IRL)

BSSM Showcase 2017
focussing on Strain Measurement in Composites
Bristol (GB)

LuxLive 2017
"Lighting is changing. See the exciting future for yourself..."
15/11/2017 to 16/11/2017
London (GB)

TIA Portal Tour
Siemens Digital Enterprise Suite Roadshow
Cork (IRL)

3rd PGEM
Third Postgraduate Experimental Mechanics Conference
16/11/2017 to 17/11/2017
London (GB)

Introduction to Alarm Management
Yokogawa Training Course
Aberdeen (GB)

Introduction to Alarm Management
ISA European Training Course
Eindoven (NL)

ISA Saudi Arabia Automation Conference and Exhibition

20/11/2017 to 21/11/2017
Eastern Province (KSA)

DataCentres Ireland 2017
Conference & exhibtion
22/11/2017 to 23/11/2017
Dublin (IRL)

"ARC Industry Forum - Middle East"
Industry in Transition: Realizing the Digital Enterprise
Abu Dhabi (UAE)

EMI in fieldbusses
Training Course

Cybersecurity Training Course (IC32)
ISA European Training Course in ISA/IEC 62443 Standards.
23/11/2017 to 24/11/2017
Stokesley (GB)

Energy Risk Forum
27/11/2017 to 28/11/2017
Berln (D)

SPS-IPC Drives 2017
Electric Automation - Systems and Components
28/11/2017 to 30/11/2017
Nuremberg (D)

InstMC Awards Night Lecture 2

London (GB)

Conference & exhibtion (Petroleum, Refining & Environmentatl)
29/11/2017 to 30/11/2017
Antwerp (B)

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