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Education and Research Event-driven applications for embedded systems. - When opening any PC program, it’s obvious it is an event-driven application. Users need to click at a specific button/gadget to prompt the application to execute a desired action; otherwise, nothing happens. And if you are familiar with the C# programming language, which is probably the most important language for writing such PC applications (at least those running under Microsoft Windows), very likely you will use such code constructions. (Control Engineering)

publications CAN Standard Newsletter magazine - The December issue of the CAN Newsletter magazine is online. It contains articles about generic CAN (FD) security requirements, achieving correct ESD protection for CAN FD, migration to CAN FD, application reports, and more. Additionally, Ken Tindell informs about how to defend against the Janus low-level CAN attack.

APPLICATION Future mobility. - A subscription option focused on Future Mobility is being offered by IDTechEx as part of their market intelligence subscription services, including over 10,000 original analyst-created slides, more than 100 forecast lines across 50+ mobility markets, over 200 company based profiles based on primary research, and much more.

PRODUCT Torque by wireless! - Sensor Technology has extended its new range of non-contact torque sensors up to 13,000Nm. When the range was launched in late 2020, the largest unit was 500Nm.

PRODUCT Streaming four cameras for awkward installations. - The new Quartet TX2 carrier board from FLIR, enables streaming of 4 x high performance USB3 board level cameras simultaneously and at full bandwidth. This custom carrier board with TX2 is ideal for space constrained applications, eliminating the need for peripheral hardware and host systems.

PRODUCT Live fibre detector. - Fluke has launched a handheld tool that detects invisible near-infrared (850-1625nm) wavelengths used in fibre-optic communication to troubleshoot cable, port, polarity and transceiver issues.

NEWS Energy competency status achieved. - Seeq Corporation has achieved Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) Energy Competency status. This designation recognizes that Seeq has demonstrated deep expertise helping customers leverage AWS cloud technology to transform complex systems and accelerate the transition to a sustainable energy future.

APPLICATION Fixed gas sensor for marine applications. - NevadaNano has announced a partnership with Recom Industrial in Genoa, (I), to deliver the Gas Point Safe Zone system, their unique Molecular Property Spectrometer™ (MPS™) fixed gas sensor for naval and shipyard environments. The Gas Point Safe Zone MPS-driven detection system reduces maintenance costs and increases uptime, protecting workers in virtually any environment where flammable gas mixtures are present.

NEWS Flow calibration capabilities expanded. - The calibration capabilities in the U.S. of Endress+Hauser have been expanded with a new flow calibration rig located at the company’s recently inaugurated Houston Campus (TX USA). The rig will service customers’ flowmeters, including those from third-party vendors, and will have expanded line size and flowrate capabilities.

PRODUCT Melt shop productivity, savings & safety enhanced. - ABB has launched ABB Ability™ Smart Melt Shop, the first smart factory digital application of its kind for the metals industry. It is designed to increase melt shop productivity, save energy and improve employee safety, with payback within six months.

Education and Research Effective OT Cybersecurity Management - Because you only see a part of the problem but not the whole thing, cybersecurity threats are akin to an iceberg, said Charles Lim, Industrial Cybersecurity Evangelist, Yokogawa Engineering Asia, at the start of his presentation, OT Cybersecurity Management, at the ARC Asia Forum 2021 (July 2021).

PRODUCT SIL tool for intelligent servo drives. - Elmo Motion Control’s Platinum series advanced servo drives feature EtherCAT™ networking for ultra-fast machine synchronised single and multi-axis motion, and industry leading levels of functional safety. These impressive drives are now available with Elmo’s free-to-use Motion Composer2 tool allowing machine designers to easily develop, test and implement user-specific motion and machine control algorithms as drive level SIL (Software in the Loop) commands.

publications Flow into 2024. - Flow Research have been publishing studies for more than 20 years and have developed a flowmeter database that is like no other in the industry. They spent most of 2021 developing the numbers for their new study that covers the entire flowmeter market, including all flowmeter types. The study is called Volume X: The World Market for Flowmeters, 8th Edition. This is their most popular study. It is accompanied by a new edition of Module A: Strategies, Industries, and Applications.

NEWS Actuator wins. - The Thomson Industries' Electrak LL electric actuator has won the Bronze Award in the 2021 Industrial Design, Engineering & Automation (IDEA)! Awards Contest. The readers of the US magazines Machine Design and Hydraulics & Pneumatics voted the actuator as one of the most exceptional product innovations they believe will help them improve safety, productivity and operational efficiency.

PRODUCT Waterproof managed Ethernet switch. - A new line of industrial M12 managed Ethernet switches - the LMP-1802G-M12-10G-SFP-67-24 and LMX-1802G-M12-10G-SFP-67 Series has been announced by Antaira Technologies. Their Light Layer 3 managed Ethernet switch series offers dependability and ease-of-use functionality in harsh industrial environments. The IP67-rated switch was designed specifically for industrial applications that are subject to high vibration and shock, water, and dust.

Lewis Taylor
Wendy Strain
Lewis Taylor (top) will support old and new OTT Hydromat customers in the south of Britain, and Wendy Strain will cover the north.

NEWS Parliamentary committee requests info on remote continuous water quality monitoring. - The Westminster Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has requested written evidence from Meteor Communications as part of the committee’s ongoing inquiry into water quality in the rivers of Britain. The submission was timely because it was made while sewage spills were the subject of intense media attention, and after the Environment Act 2021 placed a new responsibility on sewerage undertakers to progressively reduce the impact of discharges from storm overflows.

PRODUCT Service contracts expanded. - Signal Group has announced the launch of a new flexible range of service contracts, which enable customers to determine the level of service required. “No two companies are the same,” explains Signal Group Service Manager Roy Kinslow, “so it makes sense for us to offer a tiered-package approach to service contracts.

PRODUCT PSU's offer superior performance and reliability. - SL Power Electronics (SLPE) has announced the launch of the NGB SERIES of high power density convection rated AC-DC power supplies. Intended for applications including medical, industrial, audio broadcast and LED lighting the NGB series offers a wealth of application relevant features and is available in multiple formats and power levels including 250W, 425W, 660W and 1200W (with 150W & 800W being released soon), all with a single output from 12 – 56 Vdc.

PRODUCT Visualising sound. - The FLIR Si124 industrial acoustic imaging camera produces a precise acoustic image that is overlaid in real time on top of a digital camera picture. The blended visual and sound image is presented live on screen, visually displaying ultrasonic information and allowing the user to accurately pinpoint the source of the sound.


COVID-19 COVID-19 and Automation and in Ireland.
Various statements are being issued by companies and events in the Automation Sector. This is where they are listed as we hear of them.

Why testing is important. (IEC 16/4/2020)
What have we learned about the virus, so far? (Sterling Pres. Health 21 Oct 2020)


please check with the organisers before making arrangements.

Online Educa Berlin: The annual global, cross-sector conference and exhibition on digital learning and training
1/12/2021 to 3/12/2021
Berlin (D)

Education and Research Avoiding shortcut solutions in AI. - A method developed by MIT researchers forces a machine-learning model to focus on more data when learning a task, which leads to more reliable predictions. (Control Engineering)

PRODUCT Flexible power, signal or Ethernet connections in tight spaces. - The Harting Han® 1A connector is designed for power, signal or data transmission via a single compact design format housing. The range comes with angled or straight bulkhead mounting, as well as a panel surface mounted fixing frame for cable-to-cable mating. All achieved through its snap-in latch/lever locking mated plastic IP20/IP65 housings.

NEWS Curtain up for new brand identity. - The Austrian sensor manufacturer, E+E Elektronik, has presented itself with a new corporate design. But the company is remaining true to its brand promise "your partner in sensor technology". Innovative products, cooperative relationships and sustainable action – this is what E+E Elektronik has embodied for more than 40 years.

PRODUCT Industrial footswitch! - Herga Technology’s 6256 series heavy-duty footswitch range is aimed at manual control tasks on industrial machinery where durability and consistent reliability are essential. The modular footswitch is available in single- or multi-pedal versions where a comprehensive selection of electrical power and switching options and a broad range of accessories ensure maximum working flexibility.

Education and Research Evolving into success in Europe. - The EVOLVE project (completing this month) is funded by the European Union under Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. It aimed to take concrete steps in bringing the big data, high-performance computing, and cloud worlds in a unique platform that increases the ability to extract value from massive and demanding datasets. EVOLVE is European Commission’s answer to the unprecedented data growth currently experienced.

Events Major international show pronounced success. - productronica was held in Munich (D) last week following strict hygienic rules: Exhibitors were required to be recovered from a COVID-19 infection, be vaccinated or have a negative PCR test result. Visitors had to be either recovered or vaccinated. A total of 894 exhibitors from 36 countries and about 20,000 visitors from nearly 70 countries attended this year’s edition of the world’s leading trade fair for electronics development and production. The share of international visitors among all visitors was around 60 percent in spite of all the restrictions.

Education and Research Industry experts discuss the sustainability future for energy and chemicals. -= Sustainability has three main pillars: economic, environmental, and social. These three pillars are informally referred to as people, planet, and profits, said ARC’s Peter Reynolds, Principal Analyst and moderator, at the virtual ARC Industry Forum 2021 session on the sustainability future for energy and chemicals.

Standards Cybersecurity standards designated to a wide range of industries. - The International Society of Automation (ISA) and the ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance (ISAGCA) are proud to announce that the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has officially designated the IEC/ISA 62443 series of standards as “horizontal,” meaning that they are proven to be applicable to a wide range of different industries.

Appointments at Seeq
Dr. Lisa J. Graham PE, (top) is Seeq's newly appointed chief executive officer, effective immediately. Ashley Kramer is on the board of directors.

PRODUCT Gas meter modules for a sustainable future. - The Sensirion SGM64xx is the first gas metering module on the market able to measure any gas mixtures, including pure hydrogen, blends of hydrogen, biomethane and natural gas types H, L, and E. Therefore, no meter replacement nor any firmware update will be required for meters that feature the SGM64xx product line when natural gas is gradually or fully substituted with hydrogen.

APPLICATION 5g Over-The-Air technology vehicular test. - The world’s first 5G OTA RF test system has been developed by Anritsu in partnership with Toyota‘s and their investment in MVG OTA test environment using Anritsu 's Radio Communication Test Station MT8000A.

NEWS Welcome goodies! - Schneider Electric is giving away a free welcome goodie pack to all electricians who sign up or log into mySchneider on the web and complete their profile information. This ongoing offer has already seen 2,000 welcome packs sent out, with approximately 500 of those being given to electricians in the last couple of months.

Events Showcasing the value of measurement. - The Sempre Group, is attending the National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition taking place in Dublin, on November 23 and 24, 2021(Stand K06). They will exhibit a range of metrology equipment and consult the Irish market on how integrating metrology into production can improve productivity and ensure compliance.

PRODUCT Gas detectors protect workers and property. - Two new open path gas detectors have been introduced by Emerson which increase safety and reduce downtime by offering performance reliability over wide areas in extreme environments and an easier, faster installation and commissioning process.

Naran Prasad
NevadaNano has announced that Naren Prasad will serve as Chief Product Architect and Delivery Officer for Hardware enabled SaaS products.

publicationsIndustrial weighing catalogue. - The new Mettler-Toledo 2021-22 Industrial Weighing Catalog will help quickly envision an efficient, cost-effective solution that meets all weighing and processing needs. Their complete product family combines the broadest range of globally approved and supported industrial weighing and processing solutions to help meet the toughest manufacturing challenges.

PRODUCT Pushbutton module ensures efficient and economic switching. - Big topics of discussion within the lighting sector include sustainability, energy efficiency, low cost systems, connectivity and convenience through flexibility. One solution to address these issues, is the wireless and battery-free ZF RF pushbutton module.

Education and ResearchTrends in the LV Drives Market. - The variable speed drive market is back on track, with 7.7% growth predicted for 2021. Interact Analysis' latest market research offers insight into three important trends influencing the drives market: functional safety, predictive maintenance and efficiency regulations.

Education and ResearchThe need for cybersecurity case ctudies. - It is generally accepted that the protection of industrial control systems (ICS) from various types of malicious software and deliberate attack should be a priority for all asset owners. Standards bodies, suppliers, and asset owners have responded to this with Cybersecurity Case Studies. (Eric Cosman)

PRODUCT Rugged, compact and safe US system. - Reliable protection is required wherever people and machines interact. The Pepperl+Fuchs USi®-safety system guarantees protection based on the design-related robustness of the ultrasonic sensors. The separation of the actual sensor component from the control interface allows for an extremely compact design. The devices can be easily installed in very confined spaces.

PRODUCT Signals from generator pure and stable. - The Rubidium™ signal generator family from Anritsu delivers outstanding signal purity and frequency stability, even at high output power levels, across a broad frequency range of 9 kHz to 43.5 GHz. Coupled with built-in, easy-to-use, at-location frequency and power calibration capability, Rubidium offers exceptional overall utility and long-term value in a broad range of aerospace measurement applications.

PRODUCT Scope recorder enhanced. - New features to Yokogawa's latest DL950 ScopeCorder, improve its data acquisition capabilities and adding firmware updatable features. Using the new Flash Acquisition function, data can be captured over a long time with a high-speed sample rate of 20 MS/s (8CH) and 10 MS/s (16CH), which is 100 times faster than the previous model.

PRODUCT Display with exceptional optical performance. - Review Display Systems (RDS) has announced the availability of an 11.6-inch Tianma TFT display module. The TM116VDSP02 features Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution, a 16:9 wide aspect ratio, a high brightness rating and exceptional optical performance characteristics.

NEWS The winners have been chosen. - This marks the fourth time that Messe München has presented the productronica Innovation Award in cooperation with Hüthig Verlag. Now, as is tradition on the first day of the world’s leading trade fair for electronics development and production, the winners – previously selected by the independent jury from 60 entries in six categories – have been announced.

Events Accelerating Industrial Digital Transformation and Sustainability. - ARC Advisory Group, the leading technology research and advisory firm for industry, announces that it will host its virtual European Industry Forum on May 17-18, 2022 under the theme: Accelerating Industrial Digital Transformation and Sustainability.

PRODUCT Camera solutions for efficient data analysis. - When decision makers seek to integrate new hardware into their automation process, they are often looking at a few key areas: the ease of use, price point, features, and the ability to utilize the hardware at multiple points throughout their system. The new A50 and A70 thermal cameras (from Teledyne FLIR) come in three options—Smart, Streaming, and Research & Development to fit the needs of professionals across a variety of industries—from manufacturing to utilities to science.

PRODUCT Time of flight and stereo. - Vision sensors are usually designed for individual, specific tasks. The new Pepperl+Fuchs SmartRunner Explorer 3-D product family however, offers high-precision solutions that can be used in a wide variety of areas. The two versions of this product—Stereo Vision and Time of Flight (ToF)—are based on the same platform with the same housing, standardized user software, and data output. The integration costs are considerably reduced.

APPLICATION Pet health and welfare aided by hi-tech building controls. - Pets at Home has installed energy efficiency control systems for the air conditioning (AC) in all its 450 stores. Each system was designed by energy management consultants Ignite Energy of Wantage (GB), using a standard template based on Intesis gateway from HMS Networks and installed by integration solutions provider Consyst.

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