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Power supplies with PMBus Communication. - Excelsys Technologies has announced that its revolutionary CoolX600 Series of 600W convection-cooled modular power supplies is now available with the option of PMBus communication.
New member of I&C sector. - GAMBICA has announced that Advantech Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Group have become their latest new member in the Process Instrumentation and Control Sector.
To be seen at environmental show! - The Ashtead Technology stand at AQE 2017 (Telford GB 24-25/5/2017) will feature a comprehensive range of both workplace and emissions monitoring instruments including the latest technologies from TSI and Testo.
Successful fieldbus event report. - The Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt am Main (D) was the venue for the 5th PI Conference just completed. Around 300 participants got information about trends and innovations related to the technologies of PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI) in a very successful event .
New possibilities for industrial wireless solutions. - A new, upgraded version of their popular Anybus Wireless Bridge has been introduced by HMS. The Anybus Wireless Bridge II supports up to 400 meters of reliable wireless communication, and can communicate via both Bluetooth or WLAN. It is ideal for replacing Ethernet cabling in hard-to-reach or hazardous location
Advancing automation. - Automation.com, part of ISA's Publication Arm, has compiled the Advancing Automation eBook, to show you real examples of how some organizations are already leveraging the advanced technologies and finding multi-level value from the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
Industrial Automation Controls Engineer - Ireland. - Mitsubishi Electric is currently seeking an experienced Automation Controls Engineer to join our Irish team on a permanent basis.
Installation and Maintenance of Networks. - The VIAVIs handheld tester MTS5800-100G, recently introduced by Laser Components, combines all of the functions that technicians need for the installation and maintenance of networks in an ultra-compact housing. It is equipped with the latest interfaces SFP/SFP+/SFP28 and QSFP+/QSFP28/CFP4.
New distributor for power supply in Britain. - Excelsys Technologies has added Luso Electronics to its distributor network. Luso will distribute power solutions from Excelsys to customers in a variety of specialist markets including Military, Industrial, Medical and Communications throughout Britain.
Steriliasable pH electrode. - The Memosens CPS171D pH electrodes from Endress + Hauser, that can be sterilised and are autoclavable for use in bioreactors, fermenters, and other hygienic and sterile applications in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, food/bev and similar industries.
Making equipment manufacturers future-proof. - COPA-DATA will show how the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) can be a worthwhile business area for modern machine builders at this years Hannover Fair (24 - 28 April 2017).
Compact wireless terminal for intralogistics and production. - A wireless terminal from .steute business unit "Wireless" enables tasks to be performed more easily, more comfortably and more flexibly. At the same time, they are simple to integrate in a company's IT infrastructure.
Keeping track of lab calibration & maintenance. - The Instrument Calibration & Maintenance System (ICMS) from Autoscribe Informatics keeps a computerised record of all instruments within a laboratory and a history of calibration and maintenance events for audit purposes.
Sealing bags! - Novuqare the med-tech instrument innovator, has developed a range of bag sealing machines for medical instruments that use specially modified ZEMIC miniature load cells to precisely measure sealing force.
2018 North American User conference announced! - The Yokogawa North American Users biennial conference and exhibition provides an unparalleled opportunity for Yokogawa users to network with fellow professionals, industry and business leaders, and numerous product and solutions experts. The event has been scheduled for September 10 – 13, 2018 in Orlando, (FL USA)
Smart connectors. - Harting is expanding its range of so-called "smart" connectors which can provide identification of key machine components or functional control elements and are also increasingly being deployed for machinery predictive maintenance.
Solving common drive errors. - Control Techniques has launched a brand new mobile application to help drive users analyse and find solutions for common drive errors.
Toxic gas in freight containers. - Dangerous levels of toxic gases in freight containers represent a major threat to port and transport workers, customs officials, warehousemen, store employees and consumers. Gasmet has published a video, a white paper and a case study; providing comprehensive help and advice for any employers that need to assess such risks in order to protect the health and welfare of staff and customers.
Event coincides with major British air quality consultation. - AQE 2017 will take place in Telford (GB) on 24th and 25th May at a time when the health effects of air pollution are constantly in the headlines, and when the British Government is due to consult on its latest plans to comply with air quality guidelines in larger towns and cities.
Is AI all it is cracked up to be? - In this article, Stephen Parker, CEO of Parker Software, examines whether artificial intelligence is all it's cracked up to be.
Accurate & economical measurement of IoT devices. - The new Wireless Connectivity Test Set MT8862A, from Anritsu Corporation, is an integrated one-box test set specifically for testing 802.11 WLAN devices.
April Issue of Dr. Jesse Yoder's Flow Times.
Dedicated test & measurement support section. - HBM has content focussed website, which enables visitors to simply and conveniently searches for support material and downloads, such as relevant product information, relevant software and firmware information and product data sheets.
Measuring corrosion under insulation. - Ashtead Technology has expanded its equipment rental pool following a significant investment in the latest Pulsed Eddy Current (PEC) technology to deliver faster, more accurate asset integrity inspections.
Toolkit for OPC UA development in embedded systems - Softing's OPC UA embedded toolkit is based on the ANSI C standard and features a low memory footprint as well as minimal requirements for computing power.
Gas detection company opens in France. - Ion Science new office in France, will be the company's third office in Europe and fourth worldwide, all supported by a global distributor network.
Massive MIMO trials for 5G wireless. - National Instruments (NI) has joined the quest for highly efficient 5G wireless connectivity and has been given a boost thanks to a collaboration between a team of 5G engineers from the Universities of Bristol and Lund, NI and BT, one of the world's leading providers of communications services.
New pressure and temperature sensor for composite moulding. - A novel, combined low pressure and high temperature sensor specifically to support new, automated resin transfer (RTM) and wet moulding composite manufacturing methods has been intrioduced by Kistler Instruments.
Enhanced integrated production control system. - An enhanced version of Yokogawa's CENTUM® VP integrated production control system has been released. The enhancements in this latest release, R6.04, include a new input/output (IO) module that will give Yokogawa end users a greater range of choices.
Poppets or spools! - Festo offers free advice to help engineers designing and specifying pneumatic systems to select the best valve for their application. The intention is to give confidence when choosing from the company's Blue Star Core Range of products, which are available for next day delivery and combine proven Festo quality with attractive pricing.
GRP inspection door for outdoor installations. - A unique inspection door for outdoor equipment protection enclosures has been announced by Intertec. The new GRP Inspection Door comes with a window frame made entirely from GRP (glass reinforced polyester) - a material offering a very high degree of protection against corrosion combined with excellent thermal insulation.
Successful fair concludes in China. - productronica China ended successfully last week (16 Mar 2017). Together with electronica China, productronica China covered an exhibition area of over 69,000 square meters (2016: 62,000).
Strain Gauges and Ceramic Cements for extreme temperature applications. - A new line of free-filament wire strain gages and ceramic cements, expressly designed for extreme high-temperature environments has been introduced to the global market by the Micro-Measurements® brand of Vishay Precision Group.
Competitive advantage for full-service EMS provider. - The latest customer to integrate the Aegis Software's FactoryLogix® manufacturing execution software (MES) is ROB Cemtrex GmbH, a full-service EMS provider headquartered in Neulingen (D).
Transmitter for moisture in oil. - The EE360 moisture in oil transmitter from E+E Elektronik is dedicated for reliable monitoring of lubrication, hydraulic and insulation oils as well as diesel fuel.
Softing providing direct access to Siemens controllers. - Softing will be presenting a new version of its dataFEED OPC Suite at Hannover Messe. End users will be offered a whole series of new functions intended to help save time and costs while ensuring error-free system integration.
Tech Tips Videos! - Thomson has released its latest set of educational videos on linear actuators. The web videos illustrate step-by-step methods on how to install and control actuators in order to meet various industry demands.
Industry 4.0 an industrial communications. - Harting is showing its range of Industry 4.0 solutions, incorporating Modular Integrated Computer Architecture for industrial networking, and RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) systems at next month's Industry 4.0 summit (4th-5th April 2017 Manchester GB)
Controlling robots, drones, and more. - Mouser Electronics is now stocking the highly anticipated BeagleBone Blue from BeagleBoard, a complete robotics controller built around the BeagleBone open hardware single-board computer (SBC).
Clean air award instituted! - A new award has been created to highlight the importance of air quality monitoring stations (AQMSs), by recognising those that create and maintain the best sites.
A first in IoT Security. - Icon Labs has announced the availability of the Floodgate Certificate Authority (CA). Floodgate CA is the server side portion of their PKI solution and provides certificate management for companies choosing to implement their own certificate-based authentication using public key infrastructure.
Cable assemblies for power cablingin data centres! - A range of connectorised cable assemblies from Harting provide a key element in the power distribution infrastructure of a data centre - by linking the uninterrupted power supply (UPS) and the power distribution units (PDUs).
Automation partnership to enhance service. - GroupCytek has joined the COPA-DATA Partner Community - a specially selected consortium of businesses dedicated to developments in industrial automation. As a Partner Community member, GroupCytek will have access to the wealth of knowledge shared between partners and can leverage these connections to drive innovation, open doors to new markets and solidify existing customer relationships.
Concentration measurement technology bolsters flow portfolio. - Endress+Hauser has acquired SensAction AG, a manufacturer of innovative systems for measuring the concentration of liquids. With this move, the Group intends to strengthen its quality measurement portfolio.
Speeding time-to-market for pharmaceutical and biotech operations. - Life sciences enterprises can streamline their product lifecycle by integrating Emerson's DeltaV Discovery as a common platform earlier, enabling more efficient development activity and accurate technology transfer from laboratory through production-scale operations.
Industrial emissions to be addressed. - The first day of the AQE 2017 conference will address the monitoring of difficult gases and dust components in industrial emissions, with presentations from an international panel of experts.
All-round carefree switch package. - The G102 CompactPCI Serial switch from MEN Mikro Elektronik, offers the user a 29 Gbit/s switch matrix, and up to 25 Gigabit Ethernet ports for their high-speed applications. Three Gigabit Ethernet interfaces on X-coded M12 connectors, as well as a service access are available at the front panel.
International co-operation in fieldbus training. - Dr. Hassan Kaghazchi, Chairman of PI Ireland successfully conducted a Certified PROFINET Engineers course for Siemens in Turkey in last December.
Provider of fieldbus connectivity solutions joins wireless body. - Fieldbus International (Fint) has joined the ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute. Fint provides fieldbus network products and services to vendors and users in the process control and offshore industry.
Dew point application in Power Station. - The sensor exchange programme, which Michell offers to its dew-point transmitter customers, helped win a major order for dew-point transmitters from a power station in Africa.
Cybersecurity pitfalls! - Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of obsolete industrial parts supplier, EU Automation discusses three cyber security pitfalls that industry should prepare for – the weaponisation of everyday devices, older attacks, such as Heartbleed and Shellshock and vulnerabilities in industrial control systems.
Weighing in with new website! - The BLH Nobel brand of Vishay Precision Group, weighing and force measurement solutions, has launched a new mobile responsive website .
Calibrating analytical instrumentation. - The International Society of Automation (ISA) and its corporate partner, Beamex, will co-host a free webinar 30 March 2017 on calibrating analytical instrumentation.
Bridging the gap between industrial infrastructure and the digital world! - Industrial automation manufacturer and Internet of Things application toolset provider Opto 22 has been accepted into the IBM® Watson IoT™ Partner Ecosystem.
Network Designed for the IIoT. - Adaptive Wireless Solutions, which has a long history of producing successful and effective wireless field transmitters, has introduced the Instrument Area Network (IAN), designed expressly for the Industrial Internet of Things.
70 years of innovation - An impressive anniversary will be celebrated at this year's Hannover Messe (24 April to 28 April 2017). Long since the world's biggest industry trade show, Hannover Messe will be exactly 70 years old this year. And the Harting Technology Group has good reason to join the celebrations, too: this family owned and family managed company is among the handful of exhibitors who have made the journey to the capital of Lower Saxony every single year since 1947.
Bringing IIoT to life! - During CERAWeek 2017 by IHS Markit (March 6-10 in Houston TX USA), Emerson brings the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) to life with a series of Integrated Operations (iOps) simulations, including augmented reality helmets and mobility tools that demonstrate the future of real-time operations and the manufacturing worker of the future.
Telemetry sensor system for hazardous areas. - The new Mantracourt X24 range of products is ATEX and IECEx approved for Zones 1 & 2 and was developed after feedback from existing users of the T24 system, many of whom wanted to extend this versatile system into hazardous areas.
Web-based data management. - The OTT Hydromet Group has launched a new web-based data management service for remote monitoring stations.
Interfaces for CAN. - HMS has extended its CAN FD product portfolio by introducing several new IXXAT® CAN FD products, including new PC interfaces, bridges/routers, gateways and analysis tools.
Baumüller presents networked automation solutions. - Posted on March 7, 2017 by Eoin Ó Riain Baumüller will be displaying its exhibits in line with the guiding theme of the trade fair "Integrated Industry – Creating Value" at Hannover from April 24-28, 2017 (Hall 14).
Industrial communication analysis - Industrial Ethernet now accounts for 46% of the market (38 last year). Wireless technologies are also coming on strong, now at 6% (4) market share. Combined, industrial Ethernet and Wireless now account for 52% of the market, while fieldbuses are at 48%.
IS alarm trip wins. - Moore Industries has won Control Engineering 2017 Engineers' Choice Awards for Process Safety, Intrinsic Safety category with the SPA2IS Programmable Alarm Trip with Intrinsically-Safe (IS) Field Connections.
Surface mount connectors. - Harting has introduced surface-mount versions of its M12 miniature circular connectors that are compatible with rapid assembly processes using automated pick & place systems.
Free CPD-accredited webinars - Throughout 2107, Fluke is running a series of free, scheduled, CPD-accredited webinars. The first of these is titled 'Detecting Electrical Energy Loss Using Thermal Imaging' and is suitable for Electricians, Electrical Contractors, Electrical Engineers, Plant Maintenance Facility Managers, and Energy Managers.
Steady as she goes! - Despite difficult market conditions last year, Endress+Hauser grew the business on a local currency basis. In euros, however, consolidated net sales declined marginally by 0.2 percent to slightly more than 2.1 billion euros, mainly due to the impacts of exchange rates.
Pan and tilt positioners. - Evolving requirements and a need for newer modular technology, SystemWare Europe turned to motion specialist Heason Technology to design and develop a high-performance custom-designed pan & tilt positioner solution which was optimised for its own use.
Leaking pipelines? - New ISA book explores the complex requirements for effective leak detection of petroleum pipelines and improved pipeline safety
Contaminated soil? - Contaminated land remediation specialist, Provectus Remediation Ltd has replaced an old photoionisation detector (PID) with a well proven Tiger handheld volatile organic compound (VOC) monitor from Ion Science.
Helping students with digital skills! - Westermo and Southampton Solent University (GB) have teamed up to help address the digital skills shortage affecting the British industrial and manufacturing sector by introducing students to data communications technology that will be used to support the widespread applications of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
Quick ship programme for process instruments. - Yokogawa Corporation of America has announced quick shipping options for process instrumentation and analytical products through its Quick Ship Program.
Advance operational excellence out of this world! - Lockheed Martin Space Systems is to implement Aegis' FactoryLogix Manufacturing Execution Software (MES) at their Littleton, (CO USA) facility. Operators at Lockheed Martin Space Systems will use the MES solution to increase factory speed, control, and visibility for several government satellite programs.
Connector selection guide. - New board to board, wire to board, USB and RJ connectors with built in magnetics are just a few of the 700 new Taicom connector products added by Anglia, in a substantial expansion of its offering from this competitive, high quality manufacturer.
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Safe Frequency-to-DC Transmitter. - The SIL 3 capable SFY Functional Safety Frequency-to-DC Transmitter with display has been released by Moore Industries.
Drainage specialists prefer to rent. - The loss of a crawler meant that Haze Cleansing Services were able to decide whether they should purchase a replacement or simply rent the best inspection equipment for each job. They chose to rent from Ashtead.
Analysis ina rosy setting! - Mark your calendar today to attend ISA's 2017 Analysis Symposium to be held 23-27 April in the charming City of Roses—Pasadena (CA USA).
Low voltage breaker. - Launched to the market earlier this year, the Masterpact MTZ is the smartest-ever generation of circuit breakers, combining Schneider Electric's performance and reliability with new digital capabilities. Masterpact MTZ is being made available in the Ireland, Britain, Spain, Belgium, France, Germany, and the Netherlands, available from local distributors.
Multifunction test kits' bargain! - Until 30th June 2017, Fluke UK is offering two money-saving 1660 Series Multifunction Installation Tester Kits. The Fluke 1664FC-TPLKIT comprises a 1664 FC multifunction installation tester with free Fluke DMS Data Management Software and a free Fluke T150 2-pole Voltage and Continuity Tester; the Fluke 1663-TPLKIT comprises a 1663 with free Fluke DMS Data Management Software and a free Fluke T130 Voltage and Continuity Tester.
Acquisition Completed. - Nidec has completed acquisition of Emerson Electric's motors, drives and electric power generation Businesses.
Volatile organic compound monitor. - Lakeshore Environmental (USA), has chosen a handheld, entry-level TigerLT photoionisation detector (PID) from Ion Science to replace an outdated and unsupported competitor instrument.
Turning a neat thread. - BMI Engineering, one of Britain's leading high volume turned-parts manufacturers, has upgraded its quality department with the addition of an IM Series image dimension measuring system from Keyence.
Load Cell Amplifier. - The LCD20 DIN rail strain gauge amplifier microprocessor from Applied Measurements, delivers smarter automation and control for process applications. Along with its small and stackable design, the amplifier also comes with 2 part screw connectors enabling easy and tidy mounting where space is limited.
Signal quality analyser. - Anritsu has released two upgrades for the Signal Quality Analyzer MP1800A series which strengthen the company's offering for 32 GBaud PAM4 BER test solutions.
Programme for air quality event! - The programme for Day 2 of the AQE 2017, the international Air Quality and Emissions Show (Telford, GB, 24-25th May) has been published. Developed in partnership with IAPSC (Investigation of Air Pollution Standing Conference), there will be three sessions covering: pervasive air quality monitoring; vehicle emissions monitoring and data management; and local air quality management and policy.
20-Channel Discrete Output Module. - Bedrock Automation has set a benchmark in I/O price/performance with the release of a cyber secure 20-channel discrete output (DO) module for its Bedrock™ OSA™ system.
Flowstudys may be purchased on-line. - Flow Research has opened an Secure Online Store. From now on many of their studies may be purchased using the convenience of online ordering, saving money in the process! Currently, they offer a $200 discount on any study ordered through the Secure Online Store.
Rugged position switches. - With the Ex 99, the steute business unit "Extreme" presents a new series of position switches developed especially for "Extreme" applications and conforming to DIN EN 50041 dimensions.
Co-operation to help business integrate into IIoT. - Yokogawa Electric Corporation is to work with Microsoft Corporation, FogHorn Systems, Inc., Bayshore Networks, Inc., and Telit IoT Platforms, LLC to integrate their technology into an industrial IoT (IIoT) architecture for the delivery of new services. With this architecture, the company aims to transform its business model, expand its business scope, and help its customers run their businesses more efficiently.
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