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Events Sponsor for control system conference. - Seeq will sponsor this year's Control System Integrators Association annual conference as it grows its worldwide partner network.

Standards Blockchain: the future of food traceability? - Shan Zhan, global business manager at ABB’s food and beverage business, looks at how blockchain* can be used to enhance food traceability.

NEWS Passing the torch! - After 35 years at the helm of the Laser Components Group, company founder Günther Paul (72) is taking full time retirement. In 2014 he transferred his company shares to his sons Patrick (40) and Felix (38).

PRODUCT Automation and reporting software. - New versions of Copa-Data's automation and reporting software with zenon 8.00 and zenon Analyzer 3.20 have been announced. Users will benefit from a number of performance improvements, extensive functionality for smart factories and energy distribution, as well as new predictive analytics calculations.

NEWS Flowmeter right on the dot! - The jury of the Red Dot Design Awards was impressed enough with Endress+Hauser's Picomag flowmeter to award it the Red Dot seal of quality in the product design category. The smart plug-and-play instrument scored equally well for its functionality and compact design.

PRODUCT Another network connection makes total 17! - Ethernet POWERLINK is the 17th industrial network to be included in the Anybus® X-gateway™ offering. The new gateways enable system integrators and machine builders to connect POWERLINK-systems to any other fieldbus or industrial Ethernet network.

Education and Research Why monitor dust? - "Almost any place of employment can present a potential threat to health and safety from airborne particulates and aerosols. It is important to note, however, that dust hazards are not necessarily visible to the human eye and that the finest particles can represent the greatest threat because of their ability to travel deepest into the lungs. Effective monitoring is therefore key to the implementation of an effective risk management strategy." Josh Thomas of Ashtead Technology discusses the reasons for monitoring dust in the workplace.

PRODUCT Power System Manager enables monitoring. - The Power by Linear™ LTC2972, a 2-channel power system manager, featuring current, power and energy monitoring of the intermediate bus input to point-of-load (POL) converters has been launched by Analog Devices.

PRODUCT CAN FD monitoring. - A new CAN FD monitoring module for its ScopeCorder family of portable data-acquisition and recording instruments has been introduced by Yokogawa Europe. Their new 720242 plug-in module is compatible with the DL850EV (Vehicle Edition) instrument and the new DL350 ScopeCorder fitted with the /VE option.

NEWS Gold for 3D cameras. - The Ensenso X series from IDS Imaging Development Systems has been awarded "Gold" in the "3D cameras" category from the American trade magazine Vision Systems Design, and is thus considered one of the most innovative products in image processing.

PRODUCT sSmart camera with choice of software. - Stemmer Imaging can offer Adlinks's x86 NEON-1021 smart camera pre-loaded with a choice of Teledyne DALSA Sherlock, Stemmer's Common Vision Blox or MVTec Merlic embedded software. Users can choose, for the first time, the image processing platform that best suits their application needs and be guaranteed a rich range of image processing functionality.

PRODUCT Connectors for medical devices. - With the introduction of the JMX plastic Push-Pull series, Souriau has made a distinguished entry into the market for connectors for electronic medical equipment. As well as superior technical characteristics, the perfectly-adapted design corresponds to medical device manufacturers' requirements in terms of aesthetics and functionality.


Christian Grunart & Uwe Schallenberg
Christian Grunert succeeds Uwe Schallenberg as Director of Production for Laser Optics at Laser Components.

PRODUCT New generation in active harmonic filters. - Schaffner is setting a benchmark with its product offering for harmonics mitigation solutions. ecosine® active sync uses superior technology to reliably mitigate excessive harmonics with an evolutionary modular product concept.

NEWS Robotics: A new revenue source for the taxman? - Robot tax? A tax on robotics is as absurd an idea as a tax on pencils. As Britain's political parties discuss a potential tax on automation and robotics, Nigel Smith, managing director of Toshiba Machine partner, TM Robotics, explains why slowing down the machine economy would lead to a productivity disaster.


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.


ISA Analysis Division Symposium
ISA Training & Conference
22/04/2018 to 26/04/2018
Galveston (TX USA)

"32nd International trade fair for quality assurance"
24/04/2018 to 27/04/2018
Stuttgart (D)

The Smart Manufacturing Experience 2018
"provides practical solutions for applying the latest advanced manufacturing technologies that drive results..."
30/04/2018 to 2/05/2018
Boston (MA USA)

National Construction Summit 2018
Conference & exhibtion
Dublin (IRL)

ISA Leaders Meeting
ISA volunteer leaders and staff in strategy and planning meetings.
5/05/2018 to 7/05/2018
Raleigh (NC USA)

Flow Forum 2018
"Insights for Process Efficiency!"
7/05/2018 to 8/05/2018
Chicago (IL USA)

MESA 2018 North America Conf
8/05/2018 to 10/05/2018
Raleigh (NC USA)

BCD-Atlantik Workshops
Customised Linux Distribution and Ethernet, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Connectivity
8/05/2018 to 9/05/2018
Duxford (GB)

Japan IT Week

9/05/2018 to 11/05/2018
Tokyo (J)

ARC Industry Forum Europe 2018
15/05/2018 to 16/05/2018
Barcelona (CAT)

Machine Vision Conference and Exhibition

Milton Keynes (GB)

CEM 2018
The International Conference and Exhibition on emissions monitoring
16/05/2018 to 18/05/2018
Budapest (HU)

Automation 2018
Conference & exhibtion
22/05/2018 to 23/05/2018
Chicago (IL USA)

ITF Belgium
Global industry conference on Nano & Digital tech
23/05/2018 to 24/05/2018
Antwerpen (B)

Using the ISA/IEC 62443 Standards to Secure Your Control Systems
The only ISA/IEC 62443 Training with Official Certification
24/05/2018 to 25/05/2018
Eindhoven (NL)

PCIM Europe
Power electronics, intelligent motion, renewable energy & energy management
5/06/2018 to 7/06/2018
Nuremberg (D)

PCIM Europe
Power Electronics | Intelligent Motion | Renewable Energy | Energy Management
5/06/2018 to 7/06/2018
Nuremberg (D)

Assessing the Cybersecurity of New or Existing IACS Systems
Part of the ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Certificate Program
6/06/2018 to 8/06/2018
Eindhoven (NL)

PRODUCT Pressure switch for high electrical loads. - WIKA has extended its family of pressure switches with a heavy-duty instrument for machine building. The model PSM-520 can switch electrical loads of up to AC 230 V/10 A.

NEWS Innovators honoured! - Endress+Hauser submitted 261 patent applications in 2017. The company owns a total of 7,479 active property rights around the world. Innovators are honoured at the Group's annual Innovators' Meeting.

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