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Eanáir 2017 January
    PRODUCT Air manifolds. - RCC's Air Manifold Division is primarily focused on the manufacture of high quality Air Distribution Manifolds. An expanding customer base includes many of the world's leading bluechip multinational companies operating in Ireland and abroad. They are used extensively in Biotechnology, Food & Beverage, Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Facilities.

    EVENTS Smart factory day! - Distec is partnering with Red Lion Controls to host a smart factory day on March 28, 2017. The event, which will be held at the De Vere Cranage Estate in Cheshire (GB), is designed to give plant managers an overview of the benefits of smart factory technology.

    PRODUCT VA meters with HART! - The Krohne variable area flowmeter H250 M40 is now available with HART 7.4 communication.

    APPLICATION Drives for power station cooling towers! - Power Station now using Control Techniques Unidrive M700 variable speed drives from Emerson to control 22 cooling tower fans across two towers. Replacing a system that was first installed in 1975, the advanced new drive brought many benefits.
    Steve McMahon
    Optoscribe has appointed Steve McMahon as its new Sales and Marketing Director.

    PRODUCT Rotary coded switch. - The Elma C15 Rotary Coded Switch range is now available from Foremost Electronics. The C15 multifunction switch is intended for cost sensitive applications where space is critical and is particularly suitable for frequency and channel selection in two way radios, portable appliances, instrumentation and similar miniaturised mobile applications.

    PRODUCT AC/DC power sources. - The AFV-P Series of precision, programmable AC/DC power sources have been introduced by Intepro Systems. The compact rack-mounted units are available in four power levels – 600VA, 1250VA and 2500VA (2U) and 5000VA (5U) – and provide clean power with distortion less than 0.3% at 50/60Hz

    PRODUCT Closing the gap between automation & IT. - Softing Industrial announced that its dataFEED uaGate SI gateway now also supports the MQTT protocol in addition to OPC-UA, enabling easy and reliable integration of Siemens S7 data into cloud solutions.

    APPLICATION Drives aid Dutch innovative fishing craft. - Control Techniques & Leroy-Somer have recently helped complete a landmark fishing industry project by contributing to the construction of a brand new type of marine vessel, the MDV-1 "Immanuel".

    K.S. Chari
    Ion Science has expanded KS Chari's role as Regional Manager for South Asia to include the Middle East .

    PRODUCT TFT screen transform instrument panel. - The new andersDX letterbox display offers an outstanding IPS TFT screen in a unique form factor. It provides a high contrast image that can be easily viewed over a wide angle even in bright sunlight and unfavourable conditions.

    NEWS For the cyclists among us! - For the safety of both cyclists and drivers, bicycle lights are essential. Yet technology in this area hasn't changed much for decades, and the simple bike lights that have been available do not catch enough attention from drivers. For the last two years, Brightspark, a new start-up company, has been developing a more innovative and adequate product, and has announced that it will be available this year.

    PRODUCT Low-noise single axis accelerometer. - Silicon Designs has announced the added versatility of its Model 2210 Series, to include measurement capabilities on one, two, or three orthogonal axes.

    Education and Research Production monitoring seminar/workshop. - Kistler Instruments will be holding a free production monitoring seminar/workshop with hands on workstation sessions providing practical insight into the application of force, pressure, torque and surface strain sensors using their systems.

    Power supply home page! - Gresham Power Electronics has updated its power supply homepage to offer visitors easy access to its wide product range and has added a simple to use product search facility.
    publications" Measurement Uncertainty. - The fifth edition of Measurement Uncertainty: Methods and Applications by Ronald. H. Dieck has been launched by ISA.
    Emily Norman
    The AcSoft Group has promoted Emily Norman to Sales Director.

    Standards Approval for particulate monitors. - The TSI Environmental DustTrak™ Aerosol Monitors in Ashtead Technologies' fleet of particulate matter (PM) monitors have achieved MCERTS approval.

    PRODUCT Plugging into ProfiBus! - With its many years of acquired ProfiBus experience, Procentec has developed a unique series of innovative ProfiBus Plugs that cover the common installation issues.

    Education and Research Rentings for NDT training. - TWI recently ran a Non Destructive Testing training course in Madrid at which, thanks to rented instruments from Ashtead Technology, each participant was able to use individual test instruments.

    EVENTS Cybersecurity Career Pathways for Protecting Critical Infrastructure. - As part of its mission to help develop a workforce capable of competing in advanced manufacturing, the Automation Federation will deliver a presentation on career pathways in industrial cybersecurity at this week’s 2017 Workforce Development Institute conference.

20/1/2017 19/1/2017
    APPLICATION Pipeline management & control system order. - Yokogawa has received an order from the British Pipeline Agency Limited (BPA), that country's leading provider of engineering and operational services to the oil and gas pipeline sector, to supply a management and control system for a major multi-product fuel pipeline system.

    NEWS Agreement on co-operation on automation opportunities. - Bedrock Automation has signed a memorandum of agreement with Jacobs Engineering Group, one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of full-spectrum technical, professional and construction services.

    APPLICATION Installing a power-off brake! - Thomson Industries, has released an educational video for design engineers, illustrating how to properly install its SB Series power-off brake.

    PRODUCT Cylinder pressure sensors. - The Type 6124A uncooled cylinder pressure sensor, from Kistler, has a measuring range of 0 to 300 bar and is equally suited to laboratory and on-road applications in challenging environments.

    NEWS Circuit protection in Britain & Ireland. - Anglia has significantly strengthened and enhanced its circuit protection portfolio with its appointment as Britain and Ireland distributor by Littelfuse.

    NEWS Drive ranges purchased to continue availaibility. - Following the recent closure of SmartDrive Limited, Mclennan has purchased the design and manufacturing rights for the entire line of the former motion control provider's D- and DM-series full/half stepping and microstepping Eurocard drives.

    APPLICATION Measuring stylus tracking force. - Demonstrating its continuing role as a technological innovator, Rega will soon be launching a new accessory – a weighing scale that precisely measures stylus tracking force. As an integral component for the scale, Rega chose the Zemic Q70 series miniature load cell, supplied and fully supported in the Britain by Variohm EuroSensor.

    PRODUCT OPC Communication with Secure Link to IoT Clouds. - The new version of Softing's dataFEED OPC Suite now includes an MQTT connector. This makes transfer of data to IoT Clouds simple and secure.

    PRODUCT Connectors to simplify panel building & system integration. - Cliff Electronics has introduced a 1U 19" rack mounting panel to aid system builders with integration of their very successful range of XLR-Format FeedThrough connectors.

    PRODUCT Air velocity with Modbus. - The EE671 compact air flow probe from E+E Elektronik measures air velocity up to 20 m/s (4000 ft/m) and is ideal for HVAC applications. The new version with Modbus RTU interface facilitates the EE761 integration into modern building automation systems.
    APPLICATION Control Systems for UAE. - Yokogawa (Middle East & Africa) has received an order from the Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority (SEWA) to provide control systems for the Layyah Power and Desalination Station.

    PRODUCT Rounding out cloud IoT applications. - WebAccess 8.2 is a web based SCADA software package available later this year from Advantech, to round out the IoT applications from the end to the cloud.

    NEWS New lab focusses on IIoT. - Nation Instruments (NI) has announced the opening of the new NI Industrial IoT Lab at its Austin headquarters (TX USA). The new lab focuses on intelligent systems that connect operational technology, information technology and the companies working on these systems.

    PRODUCT Infrared measurement enhance with software feature. - Fluke has introduced a new software feature which integrates high-resolution thermal data from the company's TiX580 and TiX560 infrared cameras with National Instruments' LabVIEW and MathWorks' MATLAB software, leveraging the strength of those powerful platforms and making it easy to add high-resolution infrared data, video and images to R&D analysis and reporting.
    Standards Industry's first Technology Qualification certificate for fiscal metering. - Emerson's Daniel 3415 and 3416 Dual-Configuration Gas Ultrasonic Meters have received the industry's first Technology Qualification (TQ) from DNV GL for fiscal gas meters, a risk-based assessment that evaluates meter performance in real-life operational environments to ensure the technology meets the highest fiscal measurement standards.

    Ted Crandall
    Theodore Crandall, who has been appointed senior vice president, Control Products & Solutions (CP&S) at Rockwell Automation.
    Patrick Goris
    Patrick Goris has been appointed senior vice president and chief financial officer with Rockwell Automation.

    EVENTS Water & Waste papers sought! - paper call for 2017 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium (WWAC) which is taking place 8-10 August 2017 in Orlando. (FL USA).

    PRODUCT More options for custom cable assemblies. - Harting has expanded its har-flex® connector family with the addition of individual cable connectors for the self-assembly of custom cable assemblies.

    Standards Development site achieves cybersecurity certification. - The Honeywell Phoenix (AZ USA) product development site in the US has achieved the ISASecure® SDLA lifecycle certification. Honeywell received the conformance certificate from exida, LLC, an ISASecure ISO 17065 accredited certification body.

    PRODUCT Subminiature load cells for delicate applications. - Burster's 8416 and 8417 series tension and compression load cells from Ixthus, are aimed at force measurement in space restricted assemblies or where discreet and minimal weight installation is important.

    Standards Gas detector approved to SIL2. - Tyco Gas & Flame Detection (Tyco GFD) is pleased to announce that the DG-TT7-S H2S gas detector with Metal Oxide Semiconductor (MOS) sensor underwent stringent functional safety assessments by an external certification body and is now SIL 2 approved.

    PRODUCT Handheld communicator enhanced! - Power the Loop technology has been introduced by Emerson for their AMS Trex Device Communicator, helping users work more effectively and perform faster device configuration – on the bench or in the field – by removing the need for an external power supply.

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    NEWS Transmitter wins safety award. - United Electric Controls, has won the 2016 exida safety award for its One Series Safety Transmitter — the first SIL 2-certified transmitter designed solely for safety system applications.

    PRODUCT Power distribution in harsh environments. - Schneider Electrical has introduced Canalis KR, busbar trunking for high-power distribution in harsh environments and critical applications.

    PRODUCT Flange management! - Atlas Copco Bolt Tightening Solutions has launched an innovative flange management system. The iFMS is a modular, software-based management system designed for planning, data capture, analysis and reporting of activities related to the inspection, maintenance and testing of bolted joints and pipework.

    PRODUCT Display modules. - KOE have announced the introduction of Zero Dot Defect Rugged+ display modules. An improved cosmetic specification has been introduced which defines zero bright dot defects i.e. no dead pixels with a bright failure mode.

    PRODUCT Ex position switches. - Position switches from Steute, with dimensions to DIN EN 50047, have been tested and approved according to ATEX and IECEx for use in gas Ex zones 1 and 2, as well as dust Ex zones 21 and 22.

10/1/2017 9/1/2017
    PRODUCT The Long And The Short Of Environmental Sampling Management!. - Autoscribe Informatics is providing two opportunities to have a close-up look at the new Environmental Sampling module for the Matrix Gemini LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System).

    APPLICATION EMC problems could lead to lost business - Keith Armstrong, global electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) expert at EMC Standards looks at a case where radio frequency interference (RFI) had a significant detrimental impact on a business.

    PRODUCT Elbow plug connector. - A new elbow plug connector called Anglissimo has been launched by LEMO connectors. This patent pending connector offers the system integrator and manufacturer the possibility to orientate the connector in one of the eight possible positions during its assembly.

    APPLICATION Valve remote control system for offshore crane! - Heerema Marine Contractors has chosen Emerson to provide a valve remote control (VRC) system for the world's largest semi-submersible offshore crane vessel, SSCV Sleipnir, currently under construction at Sembcorp Marine's shipyard in Singapore.
    Steve PflantzSteven W. Pflantz, PE, is the 2017 President of the International Society of Automation (ISA).

    PRODUCT Machinery protection system with SIL 2 Certification. - Emerson's AMS 6500 Machinery Health Monitor is now certified for Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 2, providing users greater confidence against asset and process failures. Common examples of process applications where SIL 2 advanced safety integrities are needed are steam and gas turbines in power plants and critical refinery and nuclear industry assets.

    PRODUCT Overmoulding protection for sensors. - Variohm EuroSensor includes thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) overmoulding for many of its sensor products and is able to provide this service on a sub-contract basis for other manufacturers.

    PRODUCT Multi-axis network motion controllers. - Elmo Motion's Platinum Maestro is a certified EtherCAT and CANopen network motion controller that offers exceptional levels of multi-axis machine performance.

    OrganisationsElection results announced! - MCAA President Teresa Sebring has certified the election of officers and directors of the Measurement, Control & Automation Association for 2017. The elections were completed by letter ballot of the membership in November.

    PRODUCT Coriolis and magnetic flowmeters. - The Proline 300/500, a family of industry optimised "smart" Coriolis mass and electromagnetic flow instruments has been released by Endress+Hauser. These instruments simplify installation, speed commissioning, and streamline both operation and maintenance activities.

    PRODUCT Rotation speed! - The SC-System's family of signal conditioners by Pepperl+Fuchs can now be used even more comprehensively: the single rotation speed monitor with just a 6 mm installation width processes digital input signals of all binary sensors currently on the market and is now fitted with a restart inhibit.

    EVENTS Intelligent buildings! - The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA), an association dedicated to the advancement of intelligent home and intelligent building technologies and a member organization of the Automation Federation, will conduct the 2017 CABA Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum April 26-28 2017 in Santa Clara, (CA USA).

    EVENTS Call for papers for FPID17 - The 2016 FPID Conference was the first international ISA symposium held outside of North America. It was very well attended and the local section is extremely proud of its success. This year, ISA's Food and Pharmaceutical Industries Symposium, (FPID) returns to North America, to Boston, Massachusetts - 16–17 May 2017! Deadline for abstracts is 9th January!
    Report on the 2016 Symposium in Cork (IRL)

    PRODUCT Signal Quality Analyser. - Anritsu Corporation has launched the Signal Quality Analyser MP1800A Series 100G-EPON Test Solution.

    NEWS Competence centre inmproves servicing German market! - Seica now offers its German customers, and prospective customers, a generously equipped new technology center, covering 375 square meters.

    PRODUCT Compact bidirectional data memory module. - A compact, bidirectional data memory module for tight mounting spaces is now available from Balluff.

    NEWS Safety encoder. - In the future, Hengstler will offer the Safety Communication Layer of BiSS Safety for its rotary encoder portfolio in order to meet the steady growth in safety applications.

    PRODUCT Monitor the mini wave. - The smallest thermal profiling system designed specifically for miniature wave selective soldering processes has been announced by Fluke® Process Instruments. The DATAPAQ SelectivePaq uses four thermocouples to take measurements from the electronic assembly as it passes through the preheating and dip soldering phases. Sample intervals can be adjusted to up to 20 times per second.

    PRODUCT Explosion proof. - Electrical Explosion Protection Equipment by Pepperl+Fuchs is exactly tailored to meet the multifarious requirements of process automation.

    2016 Top ten stories of 2016 - These are the 10 most viewed stories on the Read-out Instrumentation Signpost throughout 2016. There are now over eight thousand stories published in the six or seven years since we started reporting them here.
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