Changes at automation vendor as leader and pressure transmitter retire...The recently held Emerson User Group meeting held in the Texas saw the announcement of the departure of John Berra, long time leader of this one of the most important automation companies in the world. It also saw the end of the long reign of the iconic Rosemount 1151 pressure transmitter. Both had been associated with automation for over forty years and the very successful #EMrex 2010, attended by over 2000 people was indeed all the more memorable for these announcments. This is the lead story in the October/November issue of Read-out, Ireland's journal of instrumentation, control, and automation.
Our Inside Front article is on a new study by ARC Advisory Group on the general motion control market which has shown sluggish growth since the catastrophic economic downturn of 2008. This study believes that growth in this market will be fostered by globalisation due to a continued infusion of capital for automation in many regions and industries like food, electronics and semiconductor.
We feature a brief report on the ISA Automation Week held in early October in Houston (TX US). Brian Curtis, from DPS was honoured at this years event with the ISA's Distinguished Society Service Award for "outstanding service and contributions to the society and its members". We also report on Mitsubishi's annual systems integrators and distributor meeting held recently.
Other company news was the visit by Stahl and their new subsidiary Clifford and Snell to long-time representatives Douglas Controls and Automation. We also mention the new "heavyweight" site from PJ Boner which is Ireland and Britain's most comprehensive online weighing shop. They are ofering a special discount to Read-out readers during November. And that Proscon has finally changed its name to Rockwell.
Products highlighted include Eurolecs new range of portable manometers, Manotherm marketed ems LS3 all plastic level switches, and The ProSeries peripumps from Blue-White. Also included were Parker Hannifin's proportional relief valve, Baumer's PSBR pressure transmitter for railway applications, National Instruments' GPIB-ENET/1000Gigabite Ethernet to GPIB controller as well as the Triconex General Purpose System, (Which was launched in Europe at Invensys OpsManage EURA in Paris in mid November.
We usually have a piece on books and other publications of interest to Automation professionals and this issue is no exception. The book in particular we selected was by Terry Blevins & Mark Nixon, Control Loop Foundation - Batch and Continuous Processes. This is a guide for engineers, managers, technicians and others who are either new to process control or are experienced control engineers who are unfamiliar with multi-loop control techniques and we think unusually is supported by a dedicated website.
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