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Gas purity in semiconductor applications. - Michell Instruments is now offering to customers in the semi-conductor and gas manufacturing industries a class-leading trace oxygen analyzer for ensuring the quality of ultra-high purity gases.
Robust docking frame. - The Han-Modular® Docking Frame Metal is a new robust connector solution from Harting, for speeding the installation of systems that have to be mated "blind" or coupled automatically – in switch cabinet drawers, for example.
Good news for life sciences in Northern Europe. - Pharma and biotech manufacturers in Northern Europe will benefit from additional local PAS-X MES expertise during on-site implementation as Werum IT Solutions and Sweden-based ÅF Industry sign partnership agreement.
More ways with IIoT. - Automation.com have brought out a 2nd edition of Advancing Automation to share still other ways that the digital transformation is delivering economic growth throughout several industries.
Mechatronic solution to thermal errors. - Through the employment of integrated hardware and sensors, and a proprietary compensation algorithm implemented via Aerotech's A3200 controller software, ThermoComp minimizes stage inaccuracy due to thermal effects even over extreme temperature ranges. Up to 90% of the thermal-related errors can be eliminated, regardless of stage travel and range of temperature change.
Industrial Cybersecurity for SMEs. - The International Society of Automation (ISA), at the request of the US Department of Homeland Security, has developed a white paper designed to help small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs - the Acronym SMB is used in the USA) recognize their vulnerability to industrial cyberattack and forge an effective cybersecurity plan based on established standards and practices.
HART modem with power! - A new USB HART Modem that includes a +24Vdc power supply to power HART instruments has been launched by ProComSol. The HM-USB-PWR is the newest member of our modem family and reduces connection complexity and setup time.
IR workshop crosses Atlantic! - Laser Components will sponsor the 4th International WORKshop on Infrared Technologies for a broad audience of leading IR experts. The event will take place at Arizona State University on November 8 - 9, 2017 in Tempe (AZ USA).
Major doubts revealed about requirements for serialization! - As the FDA has announced plans to delay the active enforcement of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) in the US to November 2018, the research, conducted by SEA Vision and Zenith Technologies, gives further evidence for the need for additional time both in the US and Europe.
Whole wireless gas detection system. - The ProSafe-RS® SIL2 wireless gas detection system is to be released by Yokogawa in September. Established by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), a safety integrity level (SIL) indicates the relative level of risk provided by a safety function.
Concentric contact connectors. - Multi concentric contact connector is a new range of products from Lemo, dedicated to setups where connectors need to allow some rotation. Applications include petroleum downhole drilling systems and turret applications.
Network simulator support enhancement. - COMPRION eUICC Profile Manager, the only software tool for efficient eUICC life cycle management, has been enhanced by an additional connectivity option. The software allows over-the-air updates of eUICCs and their profiles by means of a simulated network.
Moisture sensor is rugged, fast and accurate! - Servomex has launched the AquaXact 1688: a rugged, fast and accurate moisture sensor that can be used as a standalone 4-20mA loop-powered device, or digitally interfaced to Servomex's AquaXact control unit, SERVOPRO MonoExact DF310E oxygen analyzer or forthcoming SERVOPRO MultiExact 4100 multi-gas analyser.
Web based real time temperature monitoring. - A new company, LPRS Connected Solutions Ltd (LPRS CS) has been set up to provide systems integrators with Cloud based end-to-end M2M and IoT monitoring solutions.
PCB adaptor provides Ethernet straight to the circuit board. - Harting has introduced a new M8 D-coded PCB adaptor that allows Fast Ethernet and PoE (Power over Ethernet) communications to be interfaced directly to a circuit board via an individual miniaturised connector, with corresponding space savings for customers.
Inline strain gauge amplifier. - Interface Force Measurements' new product is used to convert a sensor's millivolt signal into an analogue signal for display or data acquisition. This simple, yet innovative product is connected to the sensor in line via a 5-pin, M12 connector.
Remote sensor assembly improves safety. - In response to an industry-wide drive towards improved worker safety and reducing maintenance downtime, Crowcon has developed a remote sensor assembly to work alongside its XgardIQ fixed point detector and transmitter.
Laboratory accredited! - Gooch & Housego Orlando has received ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation from international registration body NVLAP (National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program).
Increasing service to MES & Automation sector. - Zenith Technologies has strengthened its global workforce, recruiting 100 people over the past year in response to growing demand for manufacturing execution system (MES) and automation technology in the pharma sector.
Explaining IT & OT in IIoT. - Craig Resnick of ARC Advisory Group interviws Kirsten Billhardt of Dell IoT and Mike Boudreaux from Emerson-Automation.
New air monitoring technologies. - Three new ambient air quality monitoring instruments have been launched by Air Monitors. Portable and lightweight, the Spectra-1 can be easily transported from site to site, or left in place as a continuous monitor.
Complimentary temperature calibration training. - Irish Power & Process (IPP) are holding a complimentary Fluke Temperature Calibration Training Seminar, September 25th & 28th, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dublin (IRL).
Case study on avoiding dust explosions. - A new case study which describes a solution created by Michell Instruments to mitigate the risks caused by dust explosions in a sewage plant is now available to download.
Safety certification achieved for humidity & temperature transmitters. - The intrinsically safe EE300Ex humidity and temperature transmitter from E+E Elektronik now also bears the "Korean Certification Mark" (KC) required in Korea. The KC certification is comparable with the European ATEX, the American FM or the Japanese TIIS approvals already available for EE300Ex.
High performance display for harsh environment. - KOE have announced the introduction of a new 4.2-inch Rugged+ TFT display. The TX11D201VM0BAA features the latest generation of IPS (in-plane switching) technology, WQVGA (480 x 272 pixels) resolution, a 16:9 wide aspect ratio and an extended operating temperature range.
Hygienic US sensors mounting kits. - Hoffmann-Krippner has announced the availability of the EHEDG (European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group) certified hygienic mounting kit for PiL's P53 "Steel Head" ultrasonic sensors.
First All-in-One signalling tester. - The functionality of Anritsu's popular Signalling Tester MD8475B all-in-one base station simulator has now been further strengthened with the release of the Enhanced Multi-Signalling Unit MD8475B-071 and LTE 4x4 MIMO Option MX847550B-041.
Making life easier for H&S managers! - Life just got a little easier for health and safety specialists with Cirrus Research introducing the doseBadge5 with its new scheduled monitoring feature.
Connectors for miniaturisation in the rail sector. - The new Han® 16 HPR EasyCon from Harting is a robust industrial connector that has been designed specifically to meet today's requirements for miniaturisation in the rail sector.
Good healthy brewing in New Zealand - Crowcon was asked to provide a quotation by Manukau-based DB Breweries health and safety advisors, a trend which is increasing within the food & beverage industry as the industry is currently upgrading its gas detection policies.
Smart Grid connectivity made easy. - New IXXAT SG-gateways from HMS Industrial Networks enable data exchange between infrastructure and energy networks based on IEC61850 or IEC60870-5-104, and common fieldbus and industrial Ethernet systems.
Bi-directional differential pressure sensors. - Mimsic has launched its MDP200 Bi-Directional Differential Pressure Sensor for CPAP, breath detection, room pressure, damper control, flow hood, fume hood, filter monitoring and other applications where ultra-low differential pressure performance is required.
Partnership to grow MES commitment to European EMS & OEM Companies. - Aegis Software, has announced its partnership with SEICA who provide services to top tier global EMS and OEM companies, a relationship that will enable Aegis to continue its vision to expand its software solutions offerings within Europe.
German standards body authorised for cybersecurity certification. - DAkkS, the accreditation body for certification bodies in Germany, recently accredited TÜV Rheinland to be an ISA Security Compliance Insititue (ISCI) certification body. TÜV Rheinland is now authorised to issue certificates of conformance for the IEC 62443 based ISASecure® control systems cybersecurity certification scheme.
Online product selection. - Yokogawa has announced an enhanced online product selection experience for customers through the use of its online 2D/3D configurator. The tool allows customers to configure field instruments based on any options or requirements and identify the exact model they need from thousands of potential combinations.
Weight indicators upgrade! - The VPG Transducers brand of VPG has released a next-generation upgrade for its industry best-selling Intuition Series weight indicators.
Open Rack technology. - Rittal has joined the Open19 Foundation. Driven by the Microsoft subsidiary LinkedIn and global vendors, such as HPE and GE Digital, it was launched in May 2017 with the aim of making data centers more cost-effective, more efficient and more flexible.
Connectors shrunk! - In line with the trend to miniaturisation in the industrial sector, Harting has introduced a new DIN 41612 multipoint connector that is only one third the size of previous versions.
Rotary Encoders with increased efficiency. - BlueBeam is essentially specially developed blue-light LEDs, which Pepperl+Fuchs uses for the first time in the new ENI58IL incremental rotary encoders, thereby offering performance features that have so far only been possible in high-performance special solutions.
First battery-less Off-Grid Solar Inverter for air conditioners. - CyboEnergy has released a family of off-grid and on/off-grid CyboInverters that can run Inverter-Air-Conditioners (IAC) without batteries. New product spec sheets are released and downloadable from their website.
Modified enclosures. - When a standard enclosure doesn't meet the requirements of a new design, specialist distributor JPR Electronics can provide bespoke modified enclosure solutions from Hammond Manufacturing.
Reducing chloramines in swimming pools. - Wycombe Leisure Centre in Buckinghamshire (GB) is using Hanovia's SwimLine UV disinfection technology to keep chloramines at bay in its three indoor swimming pools.
Twenty year leak detectors replaced with latest models. - Air Liquide Electronics, has recently replaced two 20-year old Ion Science gas leak detectors with the company's latest GasCheck G instruments. Chosen for the robust, reliable and upgradeable design, the Dallas-based semiconductor manufacturer is using the high performance handheld instruments to check for gas leaks after high pressure cylinder changes.
Large scale containment valves. - Powder containment and aseptic transfer valve specialist ChargePoint Technology has invested in new manufacturing machinery at its facility to meet increased demand for larger diameter valves for use in large scale drug manufacturing that requires containment.
sNew switch distributor! - ZF Switches & Sensors has appointed Ivory Egg as its first distributor for their KNX compatible Energy Harvesting Switching solutions.
Drive system configuration tools. - NORD Gear has recently released its new online product configuration tool that covers practically all of the information, add-on options and selection criteria required to size, specify, purchase and integrate the manufacturers broad range of geared motors, motors and drive electronics.
Multi concentric contact connectors. - The S and E Series Multi concentric contact connector is a new range of products from Lemo, dedicated to setups where connectors need to allow some rotation. Applications include petroleum downhole drilling systems and turret applications.
Communicating with BACnet or KNX. - Two new gateways connecting factory automation equipment to building automation systems – Anybus Modbus to KNX gateway and Anybus Modbus to BACnet gateway, have been released by HMS Industrial Networks.
Top connector supplier of 2016. - Crouzet Automatismes awarded its top suppliers of the year during a ceremony held in late 2016. The 2016 awards were given out by Florence Coiffet, Crouzet's purchasing director, who also presented the results and named SOURIAU as the year's top connector supplier.
TFT LCD Modules. - Diamond Electronics has introduced new 2.4" & 2.8" TFT LCD Modules from Winstar Display Co. Ltd. The WF24E and WF28E modules are small format TFT displays with full colour 240 x 320 RGB TFT LCD modules and have diagonal sizes of 2.4 & 2.8 inches respectively.
Users driving digital transformation. - The worldwide Emerson user community "at the heart of the industrial digital transformation" will host two Emerson Global Users Exchange conferences one in the USA and the other in the Netherlands serving the EMEA region. These are organised "to collaborate, network and solve the challenges in achieving Top Quartile performance – representing the top 25 percent of peer companies in operations and capital performance."
Acquisition to strengthen digital grid portfolio and focus. - ABB to acquire the mission-critical communication business of the KEYMILE Group to strengthen its communication networks portfolio. The acquisition will bring with it key products, software and service solutions, as well as research and development expertise.
High Power Regenerative DC Load. - The ELR 9000 HP Series of regenerative, programmable electronic DC loads has been introduced by Intepro Systems. This latest version of their ELR Series is designed to accommodate three-phase mains between 360V – 528V AC. The increased power density of HP Series units provides load ratings of up to 15kW in a single 3U rack-mounted instrument.
The Signpost has been honoured to receive a number of awards.