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PRODUCT Large massflowmeters introduced. - New large line sizes have been added as standard for Krohne's OPTIMASS series: for OPTIMASS 6400, diameters DN150/6" and DN200/8" have been added, and OPTIMASS 2400 is now available up to DN400/16".

NEWS Life sciences European HQ opened in Britain! - The British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson officially opened TraceLinks's new European HQ in Uxbridge (GB) last week.

Web Site Switches, sensors & touchscreens showcased! - A new website has been launched by Hoffmann + Krippner. This showcases their complete product portfolio, including membrane switches, potentiometers, touchscreen solutions and various sensors.


Mike Hughes
Schneider Electric has appointed Mike Hughes as Zone President of Britain and Ireland.

PRODUCT Pressure sensor with E1 automotive approval. - With E1 automotive approval, a wide selection of pressure ports and electrical interfaces plus an extensive choice of range options, Variohm's new and competitively priced SMO3100 series ratiometric transducer (pdf) will suit applications in demanding automotive environments such as motorsports, off-road vehicles, construction and agricultural machinery.

PRODUCT Strain gauge bonding service. - Applied Measurements offer a complete design, bonding and wiring service from one-off projects to high volume applications. What's more, they can even bond and wire onto their customers' own free-issued hardware.

PRODUCT Controller designed for automation versatility and IIoT-enabled. - Emerson is launching the DeltaV™ PK Controller, making the advanced automation of its DeltaV distributed control system (DCS) available to fast-growth industries traditionally less reliant on large-scale automation.

PRODUCT Free lens with thermal imager. - Fluke is offering thermal imager kits which include a free telephoto lens (FLK-TIxx0 9HZ/T2) or wide-angle lens (FLK-TIxx0 9HZ/W2) with a Fluke Ti300, Ti400 or Ti450 Thermal Imager to extend the focus and the desired viewing angle until 31st December 2017.

NEWS Award for sustainable business processes. - Endress+Hauser has received a Gold Recognition Level certificate in the EcoVadis audit, improving on the previous year’s result with 66 points.

Publications Approaching safety instrumented system design. - A new book, Safety Instrumented System Design: Techniques and Design Verification, is intended to help companies achieve cost-effective safety improvements through a performance- and standards-based approach to Safety Instrumented System design and has been published by the International Society of Instrumentation (ISA).

APPLICATION Sensors aid tidal turbine development. - Non-contact torque sensors from Sensor Technology are playing a key role in the development of commercial-scale in-stream tidal turbines produced by OpenHydro.

NEWS European Rail Industry award. - The Harting Technology Group has received the Railsponsible CSR Award in Berlin. "The company has been committed to sustainability for over 20 years and is a pioneering force in the field of environmental management.", said Uwe Günther - CPO Deutsche Bahn AG and Chairman of Railsponsible.


Lee Cresswell Irish candidate.
Lynx Software Technologies has appointed Lee Cresswell to a worldwide role as Vice President of Sales.

PRODUCT Advanced visualisation enabled. - Seeq Corporation has announced a technology integration with business intelligence provider Tableau. With the integration, Seeq customers can leverage Tableau's advanced visualisation tools for their time series data, and Tableau users can leverage Seeq for data wrangling and modeling prior to visualisation in Tableau.

EVENTS Symposium unaffected by Harvey! - The International Society of Automation remain committed to bringing their support to Heuston in the wake of huricane Harvey with their International Instrumentation Symposium (IIS), 7-8 November. A Cybersecurity training course is being held in conjunction with this years event.

EVENTS A glimpse into the future. - National Instruments is hosting NIDays Conference and Exhibition, "the ultimate learning experience that unites the brightest minds in engineering and science." This year, NIDays London (GB) is scheduled for a new venue, Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher (GB), on Tuesday 28th November 2017.

Publications Old publication new format! - With the advance of time and the advent of electronic communication , the cost of distribution, and the success of our internet presence we have discontinued the paper edition of Read-out. In its place we are publishing an e-newsletter.

EVENTS Where sensors come to life! - Sensors & Instrumentation is Britain's only dedicated sensors show. It is scheduled for Birmingham's NEC later this month (26/27 September 2017). Seb Amos of GAMBICA (The Institute of Instrumentation and Control and The Worshipful Company of Scientific Makers) will present a seminar entitled "A Brief History and Future of Instrumentation" that examines how we got here and how our Industry needs to engage to become leaders in the march for the Digitisation of Industry.

PRODUCT Communicator app for HART. - The first iOS based Smart Device Communicator Application for HART instruments has been announced by ProComSol. The App uses the Device Descriptor (DD) for the connected HART device so the user has full access to every Parameter and Method in the device.

PRODUCT Controlling IR Sensor arrays. - Laser Components has introduced TEESS (TEmpe Electronics & Software Set), an electronic control module for its own IG series of complex IR sensor arrays.

NEWS Touchscreen solutions! - A new manufacturing partnership has been announced by Hoffmann + Krippner. It is with leading German manufacturer OKW Gehäuse GmbH.


Billy Walsh Irish candidate.
Billy Walsh B.Sc., a member of the Ireland Section of Internationl Society of Automation, is one of three candidates for the presidency of the organisation.

PRODUCT US flow in high temperatures! - An inline 2-path ultrasonic flowmeter for flow measurement at elevated process temperature and pressure has been introduced by Krohne. Their OPTISONIC 4400 is available in two versions: high temperature (HT) and high pressure (HP).

EVENTS Spectrum analysis on the road! - Anritsu Corporation will be hitting the road in many European countries again this October to talk to engineers about how they can address the ever-increasing complexity and performance requirements of Spectrum Analysers.

PRODUCT Narrow surge protection! - Phoenix Contact now offers the narrowest surge protective devices on the market with the Termitrab complete product range.


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.


Annual Conference of Society of Instrument and Control Engineers
19/09/2017 to 22/09/2017
Kanazawa (J)

SEIA' 2017
3rd International Conference on Sensors and Electronic Instrumentation Advances
20/09/2017 to 22/09/2017
Moscow (RU)

Honeywell User Group - Europe
25/09/2017 to 28/09/2017
The Hague (NL)

ISPE Europe Biotechnology Conference
"Five Megatrends in Technology and Regulatory Development"
26/09/2017 to 29/09/2017
Dublin (IRL)

Sensors & Instrumentation
Expo for test, measurement+control.
26/09/2017 to 27/09/2017
Birmingham (GB)

PROFIBUS, PROFINET and IO-Link Training Day
Wrexham (GB)

MES & Process Minds 2017
Pharma & Life Science Industries
28/09/2017 to 29/09/2017
Berln (D)

ECCE 2017
IEEE Energy conversion congress & expo.
2/10/2017 to 3/10/2017
Cinncinnati (OH USA)

Sensors MidWest
Conference & exhibtion
2/10/2017 to 4/10/2017
Rosemount (IL USA)

The Industrial Wireless Reliability Conference
organized by the ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute
Taipei (RC)

Production and assembly automation Expo
8/10/2017 to 11/10/2017
Stuttgart (D)

PROFIBUS, PROFINET and IO-Link Training Day
Cambridge (GB)

Engineering Design Show

18/10/2017 to 19/10/2017
Coventry (GB)

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

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)

PRODUCT Cloud based asset management service. - Microlease Ltd has unveiled LEO 2, a new cloud-based Asset Management solution, which can be used to manage any moveable or fixed asset, including test instruments.

NEWS Helping Texas plants hit by Harvey. - Endress+Hauser and its partner for Sales and Service, Vector Controls and Automation Group in LaPorte, Texas, are coordinating efforts. More than 70 technicians and engineers are in the area, and Endress+Hauser is anticipating needs by increasing production at its US manufacturing facilities. Endress+Hauser and Vector Controls will be providing 24/7 support as customers work to get operations back online.

PRODUCT 4-Wire Measurement connectors. - The Schützinger GmbH Kelvin range of simple to use and space saving Four-Wire Measurement connectors are now available through JPR Electronics.

Education and Research Research reveals barrier to serialisation compliance. - According to new industry research conducted by SEA Vision and Zenith Technologies more than half (54%) of industry professionals believe that the cost of implementing serialization is the greatest hurdle to compliance. The research highlighted that the substantial investment required to implement a serialization solution is cause for concern ahead of regulatory deadlines in the US and Europe.

NEWS Cybersecurity certification. - Exida, LLC has certified the Yokogawa ProSafe-RS to the ISASecure® Embedded Device Security Assurance (EDSA) certification level 1.The Yokogawa ProSafe-RS Safety Control System is Yokogawa's second product to be certified to the ISASecure Conformance Scheme.

APPLICATION Precision in rough seas! - The British National Oceanography Centre (NOC) researchers need to be able to analyse samples on board a variety of research vessels. Under these conditions, high levels of precision and reliability can be a challenge for most laboratory equipment, so NOC has invested in SEAL Analytical segmented flow analyzers (SFAs) - the AA3 and the QuAAtro.

NEWS Strategic relationship to accelerate life sciences product pipelines. - Emerson has selected Enterprise System Partners (ESP), a global consulting and project engineering company, to collaborate with and assist life sciences manufacturers in implementing Syncade manufacturing execution systems to improve operations management and accelerate product manufacturing pipelines for new biotech and pharmaceutical therapies.

PRODUCT Batch measurement option. - Edinburgh Instruments have announced a new batch measurement option to their Fluoracle software for the FS5 spectrofluorometer and FLS1000 Fluorescence Spectrometer.

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