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Measurement, Control and Automation Resources throughout the World
Phenomenal growth in MES sales! - Zenith Technologies, which is headquartered in Ireland, provides MES and data historian deployment and support services to pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers globally. The company has seen sales for this part of the business grow significantly over the last five years, with an average of over 35% year on year growth.
Network-based Control System enhanced! - Yokogawa Electric Corporation has developed and just released an enhanced version of the STARDOM™ network-based control system.
Partnership for industrial artificial intelligence solutions. - ABB and IBM have announced a strategic collaboration that brings together ABB’s industry leading digital offering, ABB Ability, with IBM Watson Internet of Things cognitive capabilities to unlock new value for customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure.
Touchless technology angle sensor. - Novotechnik’s recently launched RFX-6900 series touchless technology angle sensor is ideal for precision rotary position feedback for mechanically-extreme applications in automotive, agricultural and construction equipment is now available from Variohm EuroSensor.
Everything you should know about Aircraft Structural Testing! - As airframe structures must be thoroughly tested to ensure top performance through its operational life, 'Everything you should know about Aircraft Structural Testing', a webinar from HBM scheduled for 27th June 2017, is suitable for structural engineers who are working on the development of modern aircraft.
Championing open source! - Opto 22 is championing open-source technology by joining The Linux Foundation® to participate, collaborate, and sustain the code and developer communities that are critical to modern business, technology, and society.
RFID identification of tools. - Tool identification using Balluff Industrial RFID increases production efficiency, as it makes incorrect tool allocation or missing tools a thing of the past. This enables optimizing the service time utilization of the tools.
Vibration sensor performance. - Two new Metrix Instrument Hardy Portable Shakers are available from Ixthus Instrumentation. They offer significant enhancements for self-contained vibration condition monitoring and sensor validation.
Co-operation to create new portfolio. - Yokogawa and Dover Energy Automation are to join forces to create the "Well Managed™" product portfolio. This collection delivers an optimized business operations solution to customers, allowing both companies to solve key challenges across the oil and gas industry.
Robotics inspiration from elephants, octopuses and the human arm! - Festo has unveiled three new lightweight robotic concepts for handling with pneumatics, working in collaboration with humans.
Connector aids incorporation of automation software. - Maplesoft and Phoenix Integration have a new plugin that enables engineers to easily incorporate Maplesoft software products Maple and MapleSim into the ModelCenter workflow integration and automation platform from Phoenix Integration.
Reliable moisture measurement in UHP conditions. - One of Michell's long-standing customers, S.A. Marine Pty. Ltd from Australia specialise in evaluating and testing UHP air systems. Due to the high pressures involved, it's vitally important that the air is pure and free from contaminants such as compressor oil particulates or water.
Push-Pull connector. - Harting has added a PushPull interface to its M12 PCB angled D-coded connector, not only enabling direct Ethernet transmission from the cable to the printed circuit board but also leading to considerable savings in assembly time.
Piezoelectric and strain gauge technology. - When it comes to deciding which force sensor is the right one for your application, HBM – a market leader in the field of test and measurement has the answer in its free Piezoelectric or Strain Gauge Technology webinar, which takes place on June 30th at 9 a.m (G.M.T)
"Ten years empowering the world!" - Alison, celebrating ten years as online learning pioneer, has launched a new mobile-friendly, personalised platform design, enhancing user experience and strengthening learner engagement.
Profile painted & powder-coated surfaces. - The newest generation DATAPAQ® EasyTrack®3 system makes profiling oven cure of painted and powder-coated products as easy as never before.
UV disinfection in industry. - Hanovia is to host a webinar aimed at helping manufacturers optimise the removal of chlorine within their water treatment operations on the 23rd May 2017.
High Power CG2409 RF Switch for Wirelass. - These RF switch components from CEL, can be used within an application to switch between Transmit / Receive modes, as Diversity Switches, switching between two different antennas, and also switching between RF Frequency Bands.
Driving Business Value in Industrial Innovation: Disciplined Agility for Manufacturing Automation - A new book from ISA, encourages both manufacturers and automation suppliers to better capitalize on fast-emerging innovations in industrial technology, such as process automation systems, to drive transformative improvements in manufacturing.
Seismic sensors. - Omron Electronic Components Europe has announced the availability of what it believes is the world's smallest class size seismic sensor, specifically designed to trigger the shutdown of potentially hazardous or easily damaged systems in the event of an earthquake.
Powerful sensor solutions worldwide! - A global distribution agreement with MEMSIC has been announced by Mouser Electronics. MEMSIC is a world leader for the consumer electronics, communications, automotive, medical and industrial sensing sectors.
Safety instrumented system enhancement announced. - The ProSafe-RS safety instrumented system from Yokogawa has helped prevent accidents by detecting abnormal conditions in plant operations and initiating emergency actions such as a plant shutdown since 2005.
Installed base maintains strength. - The installed base of devices with interfaces of the communication technologies of PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI) continues its very strong overall market position.
Motion & Machne control. - Aerotech's new Integrated Motion and Machine Control Solutions brochure presents their latest machine automation products.
Industry 4.0 concept reviewed in Limerick. - EPLAN joined forces with ABB, DesignPro, Douglas Automation, Igus, Industrial Society of Automation (Ireland Section ISA), Omron, Panasonic, Prion PLM, Portalis, Rittal Ireland, Rockwell Automation, Siemens, SL Controls and Weidmuller to bring Industry 4.0 to the Limerick Institute of Technology. Here are some pictures from the day!
The future of Automation and Control. - InstMC, ISA & IET are supporting a major conference in June looking at the future of automation and process control. Organised by IChemE there will be lots of opportunities to share views and debate the implications of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
Money-saving kit for electricians! - Until 30th June 2017, Fluke is offering a 325/T150/C550KIT, a money-saving starter kit for electricians, which includes a clamp meter, a two-pole tester and a sturdy, steel-framed toolbag.
Vision conference programme released. - The full Conference programme for the UKIVA Machine Vision Conference and Exhibition (Milton Keynes (GB) 27th April 2017) has now been published.
Piezoelectric strain sensor. - The new Type 9238B piezoelectric strain sensor from Kistler Instruments monitors the force-proportional strain on machine components and structures.
Aquisition ensures a broader range HMI supplier! - IDEC Corporation has acquired APEM. Together, IDEC and APEM are now one of the world's largest manufacturers of human machine interface (HMI) components, panels and systems.
Networking in Japanese #paper plants. - Yokogawa Solution Service Corporation, has completed the installation of a software-defined networking (SDN) solution at four paper plants in Japan that are operated by group companies of Oji Holdings Corporation (the Oji Group).
Celebrating robotics in Britain! - Britain's role at the heart of robotics innovation will be celebrated again with the public this summer with the return of UK Robotics Week, encompassing an expanded nationwide programme of events for this week-long celebration (24th – 30th June 2017).
Heavy duty computer interface devices. - Foremost Electronics has been appointed as a distributor for Storm Interface, manufacturer of heavy duty keypads, keyboards and custom computer interface devices. All Storm products are built to withstand rough use and abuse in unattended public and industrial applications.
Performance analysis for swimmers! - In 2015, the Manchester Aquatics Centre, the home of the British Para-Swimming National Performance Centre, was the first in the world to install the Kistler Performance Analysis System for Swimmers (PAS-S) which uses state of the art sensor technology and high speed video to record a swimmer's starts, turns and relay changeovers in minute detail, under and on the surface.
Intelligent switchboards. - Nick Boughton, sales manager at industrial systems integrator, Boulting Technology tells how switchboards need to adapt to keep up with increased energy demands.
Portable data logger. - The Model 9330 high speed, portable data logger and digital display has been launched by Interface Force Measurements.
The good the bad and how to measure! - The second of Fluke's series of free, scheduled, CPD-accredited webinars, running throughout 2107, is titled 'Power Quality – The Good, The Bad and How to Measure' and is suitable for Electrical Engineers, Plant Maintenance Facility Managers, and Energy Managers.
Battery management technology agreement. - Swindon Silicon Systems and Dukosi have signed a strategic agreement to bring Dukosi's disruptive semiconductor chip based battery management solution to market.
Sensor for indoor air quality monitoring. - Responding to the growing demand for reliable and accurate detection of a wide range of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) at extremely low levels, Ion Science has launched a high sensitivity version of its MiniPID 2 sensor.
Ten million learners! - Alison pioneered free online education ten years ago when it launched the world's first massive open online course (MOOC) provider. The site serves more than two million users each in the United States and Great Britain, and one million users in India. The site has two million users across Africa, making it the largest single provider of free online education on the continent.
Sensor actuator boxes. - Harting has introduced a new range of sensor actuator boxes which will save users time and money by enabling faster installation and reducing the number of cable lengths required between the sensors and the control cabinet.
Linear Actuators with integrated servo motors. - Thomson Industries now offers users of its PC Series precision linear actuators an optional, pre-mounted and pre-tested servo motor.
Photoluminscence spectrometer. - The FLS1000 from Edinburgh Instruments, is a state-of-the-art, modular photoluminescence spectrometer for the most demanding applications in Photophysics, Photochemistry, Material Sciences and Life Sciences.
Innovative fire-safety networking solution. - Drax Technology is using Tiny Green PC Fitlet fanless mini-computers for its AMX system for centralising control of complex fire and security networks. The decision was made on the basis of Fitlet's high reliability, powerful compute performance and rich connectivity.
SBCs and HMIs for new market. - Following the signing of a comprehensive technical and distribution partnership with German manufacturer Garz & Fricke, andersDX is bringing a new range of ARM based single-board-computers (SBC) and human machine interfaces (HMI) to the British market, aimed specifically at retail, kiosk and industrial HMI applications.
Sensors with IO-Link communications are Industry 4.0 ready. - Through its exclusive distribution partnership with measurement technology leaders Novotechnik, Variohm EuroSensor supplies and supports linear and rotary sensors that feature the standardised communications protocol IO-Link in Great Britain.
IIoT fuels the spirit of innovation. - The number of patent applications by the Endress+Hauser Group continues to grow. The globally-active company submitted a record 273 patents in 2016.
The Signpost has been honoured to receive a number of awards.