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Feabhra 2014 February
    APPLICATION Cellular 4G communication & monitoring system for remote locations - B&B Electronics has provided Quatro Electronics with a high-reliability Cellular 4G communication and monitoring system for the oversight of equipment in remote locations.

    PRODUCT The 200 MHz Vector signal transceiver - National Instruments has announced the NI PXIe-5646R vector signal transceiver with 200 MHz of RF bandwidth, making it ideal for testing the latest wireless standards such as IEEE 802.11ac, 160 MHz WLAN and LTE Advanced.

    PRODUCT Simple wiring in the control cabinet! - Siemens has broadened its Simatic Top Connect portfolio with a range of new modules and system components for fast and safe wiring of Simatic S7-1500 and Simatic ET 200MP.

    PRODUCT 8-Channel Ethernet modules provide reliable interface - Acromag has expanded its BusWorks® XT Series of Ethernet I/O modules with XT1210 and XT1220 models that provide an 8-channel interface for analog voltage or current input signals and Ethernet/IP, Modbus/TCP, Profinet, or peer-to-peer communication. Differential inputs have superior noise rejection for reliable measurements when radio frequency or electromagnetic interference is present.

    Research & Education Surviving system integration! - In response to marketplace demand and input from automation professionals, the International Society of Automation (ISA) has developed a new Automation Engineering Survival Training course designed to meet the needs and requirements of system integrators.

    PRODUCT Slimline M12 connector for gigabit Ethernet applications - Harting has added a slimline M12 connector to its har-speed product family for the 8-wire gigabit Ethernet application environment.

    PRODUCT UPS for voltage-sensitive systems - The PULS DIMENSION UB20, available from BEC DISTRIBUTION, is suitable for universal use with output currents up to 20A.

    PRODUCT First software defined availability platform! - SolutionsPT, in conjunction with partner Stratus Technologies Inc, has announced the launch of everRun® Enterprise, a next-generation software solution which represents a breakthrough in virtualisation technology.
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    APPLICATION Training system North Sea project - A €5.11 million (US$7 million) contract to provide its DeltaV™ Operator Training Solution (OTS) for BP's Quad 204 North Sea FPSO replacement project has been awarded to Emerson.

    PRODUCT Change of generation for logic modules - With the Logo! 8 series of logic modules for smaller automation solutions in industry and building systems, the Siemens Industry Automation Division is launching a completely new generation of devices.(Siemens in Hannover)

    PRODUCT Universal sensor for all applications - The new BVS-E Universal vision sensor from Balluff with integral processing electronics, lighting and two digital outputs is a genuine all-rounder because it combines the functions of the proven BVS-E Advanced and BVS-E Ident vision sensors in a single device.

    Research & Education Process safety workshop - ACM Facility Safety presents a free two-day process safety workshop with hands-on instruction on how to deal with safety requirements such as SIL, HAZOP, LOPA, SIF Loop Verification, SRS and Reporting. The workshop is available in a two-day classroom in Calgary, or as a three-day webinar.

    Research & Education Emergence of smart manufacturing will drive demand for M2M communicationBLOG - New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, M2M Communication in Manufacturing, finds that telecommunication companies (telcos) will be an important stakeholder in the provision of M2M solutions and the growth of the Internet of Things in the manufacturing sector in Europe.

    PRODUCT Technology provids space-saving interface - Harting has combined its Ha-VIS PreLink® data network cabling technology with the M12 mating face to produce an extremely compact field-assembly connector solution for Fast Ethernet or PROFINET communications in industrial environments.

    PRODUCT Electric linear actuators - Thomson Industries has introduced a new PC Series, a new generation of precision, electric linear actuators for continuous duty applications.

    PRODUCT Small IP67 I/O for use on site! - The Siemens Industry Automation Division has added the new Simatic ET200AL product line to its Simatic ET 200 distributed I/O product family. (Siemens in Hannover)

    White Paper Sensing in shale gas processing! - Michell Instruments has issued a white paper, Advances in Optical Techniques for Moisture and Hydrocarbon Detection, which discusses how new optical sensing techniques for processing natural gas will help the industry face current challenges.

    PRODUCT Enclosure for extreme conditions! - Rittal's SE 8 enclosure range is now fit for extreme conditions with a new NEMA 4/4x protection category.

    NEWS Leaders in wireless - Yokogawa has received Frost & Sullivan 2014 Global Enabling Technology Leadership Award in wireless solutions category

    NEWS Air quality instruments for rent - In line with its strategy of continual investment in the latest instrumentation, Ashtead Technology has added TSI’s leading portable air quality monitors to its rental fleet.

    APPLICATION Cabinets protect instrumentation on world’s largest vessel! - High performance environmental protection cabinets for Shell’s ‘Prelude’ floating liquefied natural gas project are being supplied by Intertec

    NEWS Red Lion switches win award! - Red Lion Controls has announced that its N-Tron series NT24k managed Gigabit Ethernet switches were awarded the Golden Mousetrap for Industrial Networking Technologies in the Automation and Control category.

    PRODUCT Powerful test systems for test benches and vehicles! - With the FRC-EP series, which consists of the FRC-EP170 and the FRC-EP190, IXXAT offers universally usable hardware platforms for applications on the test bench or in the vehicle, attractive for their high performance, favorable prices, broad range of applications, and support for a wide variety of software solutions.

19/2/2014 18/2/2014
    PRODUCT Explosion proof stainless steel vertical float switch! - The Deeter Group now has an Explosion Proof Stainless Steel Vertical Float Switch. The F/S FP is a stainless steel vertical float switch providing users with flexible options for sensing liquid level heights within a hazardous environment.

    PRODUCT Wireless receiver with TCP/IP-interface - As wireless technology spreads through industrial automation, possible connections to superordinate communication networks are also on the increase. One example of this is the .steute TCP/IP receiver.

    PRODUCT Next generation Fork Viscosity Meter - Direct insertion Micro Motion® Fork Viscosity Meter is designed for demanding applications where accurate, fast-response viscosity and density monitoring is required.

    PRODUCT Electromagnetic flowmeter - Magnetrol has introduced the Polaris electromagnetic flow meter, which is capable of measuring liquids with a conductivity as low as 5 ĶS/cm in closed pipes. It is an accurate and repeatable flow meter that is suitable for a variety of water based and sludge flow applications.

    NEWS The US cybersecurity framework for implementation!BLOG - The official rollout of the US Cybersecurity Framework, recognized this past Wednesday in an announcement delivered by President Barack Obama, represents the completion of a successful partnership effort among The White House, the Automation Federation and its founding organization, the International Society of Automation (ISA).

    NEWS British robots still doing well! - The annual sales of industrial robots for 2013 have beaten are almost as strong as the record year in 2012 reports the British Automation and Robot Association (BARA).

    APPLICATION Combined cycle power in Uruguay! - Yokogawa has received an order from Hyundai Engineering & Construction, a major engineering company in South Korea, to supply a control system for a combined cycle power plant that it is building for La Administración Nacional de Usinas y Trasmisiones Eléctricas (UTE) in Punta del Tigre (UY).

    EVENTS User conference for Berlin in July - The 2014 Yokogawa Users Conference and Automation Fair is scheduled for 2nd to 4th July in Berlin (D) The event will consist of a conference programme that includes user presentations, Yokogawa platform technology updates, industry and technology keynotes, and workshops - all designed to help users fully utilise automation technologies.

    PRODUCT High precision temperature control, secure data recording & visualisation - Eurotherm has launched a family of new precision PLC products aimed at significantly increasing the profitability and efficiency of Heat Treatment and Thermal Processing.

    PRODUCT Fibre-Optic connector module - Harting has developed a new connector module for its Han-Modular® series that allows the use of standard LC fibre-optic connectors in industrial environments.

    Research & Education Lego League Tournament! - Seven teams of children from schools in various part of England recently competed in a FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) regional tournament, organised by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and hosted by National Instruments UK & Ireland in the company's Newbury headquarters.

    PRODUCT New acoustic emission sensor for condition monitoring & preventative maintenance - The new Type 8152C Piezotron® sensor, from Kistler, is ideal for monitoring acoustic emissions (AE) above 50 kHz on the surface of metal machines, structures and systems for preventative maintenance of rotating machines, monitoring cutting tools and press tools to detect signs of incipient failure and leakage monitoring of tanks, pipes and valves.

    PRODUCT High power contacts for VPC Mass InterConnect systems - The Peak Group has a range of high power contacts in the British market for the Mass InterConnect systems produced by Virginia Panel Corporation (VPC).

    EVENTS Field Communication Lounge at fair! - The HART Communication Foundation partners with the other leading field communication protocol organizations – FDT Group, Fieldbus Foundation, ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute, OPC Foundation and PI (PROFIBUS & PROFINET International) – to support and promote the Field Communication Lounge exhibit at the 2014 Hannover Messe (7-11 April)

    PRODUCT First picture with just one click! - Since the beginning of January, all Baumer GigE Vision and USB3 Vision cameras have come with the newly released version 2.2 of Baumer GAPI software development kit (SDK).

    Research & Education Free seminar on portable GC/MS - The Open University in Milton Keynes (GB) has been chosen as the venue for a free seminar on Friday 28th March featuring an introduction to the latest onsite monitoring equipment, including a portable GC/MS from Torion Technologies (USA)

    PRODUCT Condition monitoring made easy! - The MTN/5000, a cost-effective and versatile microcontroller-based condition monitoring system has been launched by Monitran.

    PRODUCT Energy efficient cooling! - Rittal's TopTherm Blue e cooling units provide an energy efficient means of cooling enclosures. Incorporating the integrated eComfort controller and offering energy savings of up to 45%, the units are compatible with Rittal's RiDiag II software.

    APPLICATION Ruggedised PLCs will boost processing uptime at Lapland gold mine! - ABB is currently upgrading the automation system at Agnico Eagle's gold mine in Lapland, with eight of its latest ruggedized PLCs for controlling equipment in harsh conditions and extreme climates.

    STANDARDS Cybersecurity certification program expanded - A system-level cybersecurity certification for industrial automation and control systems (IACS) products from the ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI). They have also announced Q2 2014 availability of an organisational certification which ensures that suppliers are following cybersecurity development and support lifecycle processes for IACS products.

    PRODUCT Revolution in UHP gas analysis for semiconductor industry! - Servomex has launched the SERVOPRO NanoChrome, revolutionizing ultra-trace purity measurements for UHP gases by incorporating the latest advances in gas sensing technology and signal processing methodology.

11/2/2014 10/2/2014
    Publication ICE Cool changes! - Changes in ICEnews, the useful newsletter being published for years down-under by Jim Russell have been announced.

    APPLICATION Major flood defences repair helped by remote control boat! - A remote control boat equipped with a SonTek M9 Acoustic Doppler Profiler (ADP®), from Xylem, has been employed with HydroSurveyor software to create a 3-dimensional map of a damaged (and still submerged) flood barrier, following serious damage that took place during last December’s storms.

    EVENTS Papers on water, wastewater for environment event! - The organisers of WWEM 2014, the international Water, Wastewater and Environmental Monitoring conference, have issued a call for papers in preparation for this year’s event, which will take place on 5th and 6th of November in Telford (GB).

    PRODUCT Small-sized compact temperature sensors - A new line of compact temperature sensors has been introduced by Krohne. They follow the current trend in various industries where in standard applications traditional temperature sensors are replaced with compact ones, especially in OEM applications.

    PRODUCT Online Source for enclosures - An online source for standard and custom enclosures for electronic, communication, control and electrical system builders.

    PRODUCT New pressure transmitters - LABOM presents their newly designed COMPACT ECO family of pressure transmitters at Hannover Messe (7 to 11 April 2014).

    PRODUCT "Breaking new ground with a world first for level detection technology"BLOG - VEGA has re-engineered this technology, bringing it up to date and developing a sensor for extreme situations: the vibrating level switch VEGASWING 66. Why these new sensors 'feel comfortable' in temperatures up to 450°C and pressures up to 160 bar is explained to us in an interview with Holger Sack, Head of Product Management at VEGA.

    Francis Griffiths, Senior Vice President of Regional Sales and Marketing at National Instruments.

    PRODUCT Customer-configurable 4G LTE cellular router - Conel, a subsidiary of B&B Electronics, has expanded its family of rugged wireless communications routers with the 4G LTE LR77 v2 Cellular Router which takes advantage of the fast data transfer speeds (up to 100Mbit/s for download, 50 Mbit/s for upload) of the LTE cellular network.

    EVENTS Developments in industrial connectivity! - New developments in industrial connectivity being featured by Harting at Drives & Controls 2014 include new families of high-temperature connectors and devices with high mating cycles, plus interconnectivity products for smart network infrastructures and smart power systems within the industrial environment.

    NEWS New member! - Codenomicon, a Finnish cybersecurity company, has joined ISCI as a technical member.

    PRODUCT CAN FD PC interfaces - Under the IXXAT brand, HMS is bringing a new CAN PC interface series for CAN FD to the market, supporting it with an extensive suite of drivers and tools.

    PRODUCT AC Synchronous Gear Motors and DC Stepper Motors! - CLIFF Electronics has a very successful and growing business supplying AC Synchronous Gear Motors to OEMs in a wide variety of industries including office automation, healthcare, camera tilt and pivot mounts, labelling systems, gaming consoles, vending machines, servo-control, medical, laboratory and industrial systems.

    PRODUCT Pat testers! - Two new portable appliance tester models, the Fluke 6200-2 and Fluke 6500-2 PAT Testers have been introduced by Fluke to verify the electrical safety and operation of portable appliances in accordance with the latest relevant guidelines and regulations.

    White Paper Where will heat treatment be in five years’ time? - Kevin Robinson, Business Development Manager at Invensys Eurotherm offers his predictions for an industry undergoing a range of challenges as well as opportunities.

    NEWS Company outlook from Managing Director! - AdoptSMT Outlook for the year 2014 by Erhard Hofmann, MD AdoptSMT Group Europe. Radio platforms

    PRODUCT Ettus Research releases software defined radio platforms featuring Kintex-7 FPGA - Ettus Research part of National Instruments, has introduced the USRP X300 and USRP X310 high-performance, modular software defined radio (SDR) platforms.

    PRODUCT Cooling solutions for the food and pharma industries - Pentair now offers the Hoffman WCHE series of air/water heat exchangers; these filterless cooling systems are completely closed to the outside environment, so neither dust nor water can enter, and do not pollute the surroundings with waste heat from the cabinet

    EVENT PostponedEnd user seminar rescheduled for autumn, other meetings to be held electronically - The Fieldbus Foundation has just announced the postponement of its 2014 General Assembly in Rotterdam due to travel and security restrictions associated with the upcoming Global Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in The Hague, NL

    EVENTS Food and pharma symposium - The conference program for the ISA 2014 Food and Pharmaceuticals Industries Division (FPID) Symposium, just published, will feature some of the world's most accomplished experts in serialization and automation who will speak on the pressing issues affecting food and drug manufacturers and distributors. (5-6 March 2014 at ISA headquarters in North Carolina, USA).

    PRODUCT New multi-featured counter module adds flexible counting capability to CPX systems - Festo has the latest addition to its well-established CPX Modular Automation Platform, the CPX-2ZE2DA-PI Counter Module. System builders can now incorporate counting capability simply by plugging a CPX Counter Module directly into their CPX system.

    PRODUCT Money-saving installation tester kits - Fluke is offering three money-saving 1652/3/4-TPOLEKIT installation tester kits with a free cabinet key in a promotion until 28th June 2014

    PRODUCT Safety monitoring software! - ACM Facility Safety has released SafeGuard Sentinel safety monitoring software to continuously measure, monitor and alert operations and management to process safety risks.

    PRODUCT Multi-protocol wireless adaptor! - Yokogawa has developed a multi-protocol wireless adaptor that enables wired field instruments or analytical sensors to be used as ISA100 Wireless™ devices, and will release models in May and July that support communications based on the HART® and RS485 Modbus standards.

    EVENTS Flood Risk Management Conference! - Cobh & Harbour Chamber is holding a Conference on the issue of Flood Risk Management at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Little Island, Cork on the 7th February 2014.

    Research & Education Electric motors in Europe - New analysis from Frost & Sullivan on the Western European Electric Motors Market published!

    PRODUCT Fibre optic technology for on board railway applications! - Souriau has extended its portfolio with railway fibre optics connectors. Based on its standard railway product ranges VGE1 and 838 series, the fibre optic layouts use ELIO® contact technology, in operation worldwide on aircrafts for more than 10 years.

    PRODUCT EC fan-and-filter units! - Rittal offers a more energy efficient means of ventilating enclosures by supplying electronically commutated (EC) versions of the successful TopTherm fan-and-filter unit, in all but the very smallest size.

    PRODUCT For asynchronous and synchronous motors - CAN in Automation (CiA) has released the CiA 402-5 specification. It defines a new mapping for Process Data Objects (PDO) suitable for CANopen devices, which are able to control asynchronous as well as synchronous motors.

    How to buy a LIMS - Autoscribe is running a series of three free 'How to Buy a LIMS' webinars on 26th March, 23rd April and 28th May 2014.

    Lightening disconnection prompts slow musing!BLOG - Following the devastating storms (for Ireland) and the destruction caused to infrastructure and property near the coastline we have had time to consider talking about something we suddenly found ourselves without!

    NEWS Approved for automation products! - Ocean Data Systems has announced that Mitsubishi Electric has approved Dream Report as part of its e-F@ctory Alliance Program for use with its full line of automation products.

    PRODUCT Managed Ethernet switches are optimised for industrial environments! - The new managed Ha-VIS mCon 3000 Ethernet switches from Harting enable the construction of complex and efficient network structures, and are optimised for use in harsh industrial environments.

    PRODUCT Looking inside your plant process! - Next April, Yokogawa will begin offering new solutions for optimising plant operations in the oil & gas, petrochemical, and other industries. These solutions will be provided as part of their VigilantPlant Services® suite to support safe, stable, and highly efficient plant operations.

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