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Dearadh Fomhair 2017 October
    NEWS Awards in automation announced. - Two Yokogawa employees and the subsidiary Yokogawa Solution Service Corporation have received awards from the Society of Instrument and Control Engineers (SICE).

    Dan Walker
    Dan Walker is taking up the new role of General Sales Manager with Cliff Electronics.

    EVENTS Digital data exchange in networked production. - At this year's SPS IPC Drives, Softing is presenting itself as a competent partner for the realization of networked automation. With its products and solutions, the company closes technological gaps between OT and IT, and creates the conditions for seamless exchange of digital data in Industry 4.0 applications.

    PRODUCT Monitoring and control of energy parameters. - Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG has combined, for the first time, the functionality of a highly accurate measurement device for heavy current applications with the capabilities of an integrated programmable logic controller.

    APPLICATION Disinfection robot with robust wireless access. - STERISAFE-Pro is a disinfection robot from the Danish company INFUSER. It disinfects surfaces in any given room – for example patient rooms, operating theatres or hotel rooms – removing up to 99,9999% of pathogens. "We needed an access point that was omni-radiant and also 100% sealed. This is when we came across the Anybus Wireless Bolt from HMS Industrial Networks."

    Web Site Microsite for utilities! - Fluke has created a special 'knowledge platform'– a web microsite called the 'Fluke solutions center for the Electrical Power Industry'.

    PRODUCT IS Temperature transmitter. - A new member of the Moore Industries Associated Intrinsically-Safe (AIS) family of products has been announced with the release of the THZ3 compact Dual Input Smart HART® Temperature Transmitter in DIN Rail Mount housing with Associated IS sensor connections.

    PRODUCT Collaboration for safety system set-up. - The DeltaV™ safety instrumented system (SIS) configurator, an exida exSILentia® tool that automatically generates DeltaV SIS configurations has been announced. By pairing built-in DeltaV functionality with exida’s comprehensive software tools for functional safety, users can develop safety logic configurations much faster and in fewer steps.

    PRODUCT Pressure sensor meets SIL 2, PL d! - Following intensive testing of its SMO series current-loop output pressure sensors ADZ NAGANO, the leading German industrial sensor manufacturer, has released comprehensive diagnostic information for failure rates, reliability and lifecycle performance that enables users to meet the requirements for functional safety related applications to SIL 2 and PL d.

    EVENTS Cybersecurity in industrial control. - SolutionsPT, together with Schneider Electric, has announced an OT Cyber Security event series, aimed at helping today's manufacturers protect their industrial control systems and critical infrastructure.

    Publications M&C condensed for the forth time! - The International Society of Automation (ISA) has just announced the fourth edition release of The Condensed Handbook of Measurement and Control by Nabil (Bill) E. Battikha, PE. This has been one of the most successful books from the ISA stable.

    PRODUCT Smart LED Drivers for Network-Connected Lighting. - Mouser Electronics now stocks Transcend® Smart LED Drivers, part of the Transcend Network Connected Lighting System from Molex. The Molex Transcend Network Connected Lighting System is an intelligent, low-voltage, and low-energy system for U.S. markets that uses smart LED drivers, LED cable harnesses, Power over Ethernet (PoE) gateways and a range of wireless components to feed multi-sensor information and data to a central host.

    PRODUCT Managing data. - The Data Management Software Suite from National Instruments (NI) offers a complete workflow to standardise measurement data across teams, mine that data for useful information, transform the data through automated analysis and deliver reports with valuable insight.

    APPLICATION Load cells for weighing. - A leading multi head weighing machine manufacturer in Hampshire (GB) has specified PW12C load cells from HBM – market leader in the field of Weighing Technology for its latest range of checkweighers.

    PRODUCT TSS sensors & transmitter. - Krohne has added two new total suspended solids (TSS) sensors and a transmitter (OPTISENS TSS 3000 and 7000 and MAC 300) to its analytical portfolio.

    PRODUCT CXPI automotive serial bus analysis. - CXPI serial bus analysis has been added to the range of options available on Yokogawa's DLM2000 and DLM4000 Series mixed signal oscilloscopes.

    PRODUCT Flowmeter aids savings in compressed air supply. - The monitoring of compressed air consumption ensures cost transparency and helps cutting energy costs by identifying potential savings. The EE741 in-line flow meter from E+E Elektronik is ideal for measuring the consumption of compressed air and technical gases.

    EVENTS Methane emissions to be studied! - High profile speakers from 13 different countries will present at this year's Industrial Methane Emissions Conference, which will take place alongside PEFTEC 2017 in Antwerp (B) on 29th and 30th November 2017.

    PRODUCT Software upgrades! - Anritsu Corporation has rolled out two new software upgrades that enable testing of RF Transceiver (TRx) characteristics for 6CC CA using the company's popular MT8821C.

    NEWS Expansion in Brussels. - The Endress+Hauser Group is celebrating another development: After expanding production and building a new plant in the US, plus opening new sales offices in Malaysia, France and Chile, the company has now dedicated a new facility in Brussels. Endress+Hauser invested approximately €6.6 million in the new building in Belgium's capital.

    PRODUCT Wireless, Multi-touch & Safety Functions. - The wireless handheld panel HGW 1033 from Sigmatek pulls out all the stops in operating comfort. First, through wireless data transfer, the meter-long cables in the production hall have been eliminated. Second, the mobile panel has a 10.1-inch multi-touch display (PCT) that is suitable for industrial applications and offers a wide range of visualization options and an intuitive operating concept.

    NEWS Celebratory conference! - Ion Science recently hosted a two-day distributor conference to celebrate the opening of its new €5million+ state-of-the-art facility in Cambridgeshire (GB).

    PRODUCT Improves field device reliability. - The latest version of Emerson's AMS Device Manager introduces new alert optimisation capabilities and mobile device health dashboards. Out-of-the box alert filtering templates created using Human Centered Design principles provide the potential for as much as a 60 percent reduction in unnecessary alerts coming from intelligent field devices.

    PRODUCT Complete edge appliance for automation and IoT. - A new version of Opto 22's groov, embedding key IIoT technologies MQTT and OPC-UA drivers directly into its industrial edge appliance has been announced.

    PRODUCT Quality testing of IoT Devices. - A new WLAN Security Function software for its MT8862A Wireless Connectivity Test Set, which supports evaluation of devices for the rapidly growing IoT market even when WLAN security is turned on has been launched by Anritsu.

    APPLICATION Challenging designs. - Ian McWha, key account manager at industrial systems integrator Boulting Technology, explores the importance of recognising and overcoming challenges when designing a switchboard.

    PRODUCT Software support for machine designers. - Supporting its comprehensive range of electric, wireless and air actuated foot and hand switching controls, Herga Technology has added an easy-to-use 3D product viewer and CAD file download facility to its website.
    PRODUCT Flow computer & terminal unit! - The Y-Flow® product family from Yokogawa consists of the Y-Flow® YFFC (Field Flow Computer) and Y-Flow® YRTU (Remote Terminal Unit).

    PRODUCT Coaxial contact for RG 179 B/U. - LEMO has launched a new 3GHz contact that can be used in various insulator types, providing an alternative solution to HD – BNC in the broadcast market (HDTV, 4K, 8K).

    NEWS New rental partnership for NDT prods. - Ashtead Technology has been appointed as the preferred rental partner in Britain for all Silverwing products, a line of NDT inspection equipment by Eddyfi Technologies.

    NEWS Industrie 4.0 award in China. - Advantech has received an award from ROI Management Consulting for its Industry 4.0-compliant digital factory. The "ROI Industry 4.0 Award China" was given to Advantech at the awards ceremony in Shanghai.

    NEWS MES for pharma & biotech manufacturers in China. - Werum IT Solutions has expanded further its PAS-X Service Partner network. They have signed a partnership agreement with Neotrident. Based in Beijing with several local offices in China, Neotrident is a leading IT solutions provider to the Chinese life sciences industry.


Dick Morley
Richard E. "Dick" Morley - 1932-2017
Father of the PLC, Mentor, Innovator, Thinker, Educator. Friend.

    PRODUCT Industrial router for remote automation! - Westermo has launched an industrial ADSL and VDSL2 router/modem to provide robust and secure communications to remote industrial automation equipment.

    NEWS Three nominations for learning well! - Employees at the Boulting Group, are celebrating having received three nominations for the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) 2017 Awards.

    Webinar Cybersecurity in gas applications. - The International Society of Automation (ISA) and its Corporate Partner, Honeywell Process Solutions, will co-host a free webinar on 3 November 2017 on how to address cybersecurity concerns in gas metering and data management.

    PRODUCT Preventing transmission loss for television OBUs in wet weather. - Harting expanded beam fibre-optic cable assemblies prevent transmission loss for television outside broadcasts in harsh environmental conditions.

    NEWS Strengthing digital portfolio for exploration to production. - Emerson is to acquire Paradigm®, a leading provider of software solutions for the oil and gas industry, for a purchase price of $510 million, reflecting a multiple of 13 times expected 2017 EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization).

    PRODUCT Stainless steel housed converters. - Signal converters IFC 100 and MAC 100 as well as SMARTMAC 200 operating unit are now available in stainless steel housing from Krohne. Mainly targeted at applications in the food and beverage industry, they can be also used where high corrosion resistance is demanded, e.g. in salty environments.

    EVENTS Celebrating robotics. - UK Robotics Week 2018, with robotics activities and competitions is now open for early registration to schools, academic institutions and industry.

    PRODUCT Gearing specialist exhibits. - Aerospace, medical and automotive engineers will be able to speak with Harmonic Drive AG to improve the accuracy and efficiency of their applications at this year's SPS IPC Drives show in Nuremberg (D). They will be launching its FHA-C Mini Servo Actuators with Absolute MZE encoder.

    PRODUCT Helping standardise PLC programming. - The development tool PLC Checker from Itris Automation is now available with a PLCopen® coding guidelines rules set allowing developers to automatically verify that their program respects this reference standard.

    NEWS Cable Entry and EMC Systems. - Foremost Electronics has been appointed as a distributor for Icotek GmbH. Icotek have been developing innovative cable entry and EMC cable shielding systems for over 15 years, hold a number of patents and are designed-in to global OEMs and leading companies in a wide number of industries.

    NEWS Serving Chile. - The new 2,300-square-meter facility for Endress+Hauser in Chile, opened recently, contains modern office space, an auditorium, conference rooms, a training center and a calibration laboratory. Customers and employees can expect a high-quality infrastructure and excellent work environment.

    PRODUCT Connectors in 1U, 19" rack. - Cliff Electronics is now offering system integrators 1U, 19" rack panels pre-assembled with up to 16 of their market–leading Feedthrough (FT) connectors to simplify system assembly, reduce manufacturing time, component count and cost.

    NEWS Award for automation platform with intrinsic cybersecurity. - Bedrock Automation has won Chemical Processing magazine's Vaaler Award for the BedrockTM Open Secure AutomationTM system — the first universal industrial control system to be designed with intrinsic cyber security.

    PRODUCT Bluetooth with HART. - Many modern mobile devices only support Bluetooth Low Energy. iOS mobile devices in particular only support Bluetooth Low Energy. The world's first Bluetooth Low Energy HART Modem has been launched by ProComSol.

    APPLICATION Wireless all the way... - After a decade of pioneering wireless technologies for industrial companies, Emerson predicts the next 10 years will see exponential growth in the adoption of wireless and pervasive sensing applications that help companies maximise safety and reliability, optimise production and enable Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) strategies.

    Publications Challenges during process analyzer engineering! - Process Analyzer Systems Project Engineering and Management by Gary Nichols, PE, CAP®, from the ISA (International Society of Automation) stable, is designed to eliminate or minimize the difficulties, breakdowns and other obstacles that process analyzer system engineers often encounter during project development, engineering and design, procurement, construction, closeout, and sustain phases.

    EVENTS Vision on show! - Registration is now open for Stemmer Imaging's Vision Technology Forum at the Silverstone Wing Exhibition and Conference Centre (GB), 15 -16 November 2017.

    APPLICATION And now the electric vehicle... - Sevcon in Gateshead (GB), which designs and manufactures high-quality motor controllers and system components for hybrid and electric vehicles, has driven efficiency into its equipment testing regimes by standardising TorqSense transducers from Sensor Technology.

    PRODUCT VOC sensors. - Alphasense has launched a new sensor for the measurement of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). The new p-type Metal Oxide sensor is a broadband total VOC detector with a range of 0 to 100 ppm (isobutylene) and 10-50 ppb detection limit, depending on the VOC.

    OrganisationsRecognising Irish service to autoamtion. - The Ireland section of ISA is seeking nominations from the General Membership for the three categories.This section has been recognising service, innovation and mastery in the discipline of instrumentation, measurement, control and automation in Ireland since 1977.

    NEWS Gas analysis leader moves into pleasing premises. - Ion Science has completed the move into its new state-of-the-art £4.5 million, 1500m² facility. It is perhaps one of the most architecturally pleasing premises to have come to our attention.

    NEWS Acquisition enhances integrity in oil & gas industry offering. - Emerson has acquired GeoFields, the leading global supplier of software and implementation services for pipeline integrity data collection, management and risk analysis for the oil and gas industry.

    Webinar Celebrating strain gauge birthday! - To help start the celebrations for the 80th anniversary of the strain gauge, which will take place next year; HBM is running a series of webinars, which will take place on 14 -17 November 2017 at 9am.

    PRODUCT Connecting machines to the Internet. - The new 4G LTE EU (Europe) extension card for eWON Flexy, an advanced IIoT gateway and remote access router, has been announced by HMS Industrial Networks. This enables Flexy users to access, monitor and control machinery remotely over the cellular 4G network.


    Phillipa Wolfarth
    Philippa Wolfarth is Internal Sales Executive with the AcSoft Group.

    PRODUCT Infrared pyrometers range expanded. - Fluke® Process Instruments has expanded their Endurance® Series high-temperature ratio infrared pyrometers to include a new, rugged noncontact fiber-optic (FO) measurement system with single and two-color models.

    APPLICATION Leak checking tanks. - When a tanker ship is having maintenance, the leak check of the tanks is an important part of the final safety procedure. Portable oxygen analyzers, such as the GPR-1100 from Analytical Industries Inc. (AII), sister company of Michell in Process Sensing Technologies (PST), are the preferred tools used for this purpose.

    PRODUCT 3D imaging technology camera. - Stemmer Imaging has been appointed as an approved supplier for Intel® RealSense™ technology and will promote and provide support services to accelerate the integration of the latest 400 series of Intel RealSense™ 3D imaging technology into real world applications.

    Education and Research Top trends to influence automation in 2018. - National Instruments (NI), released their NI Trend Watch 2018. The report examines the technological advances propelling our future faster than ever before along with some of the biggest challenges engineers face looking ahead to 2018.

    PRODUCT Accurate energy consumption data. - The Tinytag Energy Logger is a portable, non-invasive and easy to use device for recording single and three phase power usage. It can be a useful tool in helping organisations monitor energy consumption in line with ESOS, ISO 50001, and other energy management requirements.

    NEWS Partnership to provide most comprehensive PCI Express® 4.0 Test System. - Anritsu Company U.S. and Teledyne LeCroy have formed a partnership to provide the industry's most capable PCI Express® 4.0 (PCIe Gen4) test solution, integrating the Anritsu Signal Quality Analyzer (SQA) MP1900A BERT with the LabMaster 10Zi-A oscilloscope and QPHY-PCIe4-Tx-Rx software from Teledyne LeCroy.

    PRODUCT Low power pressure transmitter. - Endress+Hauser added a 1-5 VDC Low Power output option to the PMP71 pressure transmitter that draws only 17 milliwatts of power at 9V, making the PMP71 consume less power during operation than any other voltage-output pressure transmitter in the market.

    Paul Gruhn
    Paul Gruhn of aeSolns is to be President -elect/Secretary of the International Society of Automation. (ISA).

    Publications Shaping smarter cities. - Mouser Electronics has announced a series of compelling e-books that provide in-depth views of leading-edge technology featured in the Shaping Smarter Cities series, part of Mouser's award-winning Empowering Innovation Together™ programme.

    APPLICATION Quality Managers are the Leaders! - Jennifer Sillars, Product Marketing Executive for Ideagen tells why quality managers are the leaders that manufacturing needs using the experience of one of their client companies, HepcoMotion.

    APPLICATION Proof of concept test of pump monitoring. - Yokogawa has begun working with Iwaki Co., Ltd. on a proof-of-concept (PoC) test for a remote pump monitoring service. The PoC test will examine the market potential for such a service and investigate means by which it may be offered.

    PRODUCT Analyser suitable for inverter driven motors. - The new version Fluke® 438-II Power Quality and Motor Analyser also supports measurements for inverter driven motors. It simplifies the process of motor performance diagnosis by providing analysis data for both the electrical and mechanical characteristics of the motor while it is in operation.

    Education and Research Cybersecurity Training Course. - An ISA course (ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Fundamentals Specialist - IC32), scheduled for venues in Ireland and England, provides a detailed look at how the ISA/IEC62443 standards can be used to protect your critical control systems.

    EVENTS Flow and Radar Level measurement. - Endress+Hauser will introduce a new range of instruments for flow measurement as well as a new instrument portfolio for radar level measurement at SPS IPC Drives (28-30 November 2017) in Nuremberg,(D).

    PRODUCT Connector housings. - Harting has expanded its Han® M range of industrial connector housings with a new series of bulkhead hoods with significantly increased resistance to external influences including dust, dirt and liquids.

    Education and Research Degree in Process Automation & Instrumentation. - The Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB - IRL) has just launched a new 3 year Bachelor of Science Degree in Process Instrumentation & Automation under their Learn + Work model.

    NEWS Partnership formalises complementary skill set. - ProComSol has formed strategic and business partnership with Smart Embedded Systems located in Silicon Valley, USA. Smart Embedded Systems (SES) has developed a firmware based HART PSK (9600/1200 BPS) and FSK (1200 BPS) modem to complement their HART 7 compliant communication stack.

    PRODUCT Troubleshooting electrical systems safer and more efficiently. - The new Fluke® T6 Electrical Testers with FieldSense Technology make troubleshooting safer and more efficient by allowing electricians to take simultaneous voltage and current measurements, not just detection, without test leads.

    People Automation and electric drive systems pioneer passes! - Günter Baumüller, Managing Director of Baumüller Holding, died on Monday after a short but serious illness, surrounded by his family. He was 77 years old. He was until recently actively involved in the company's activities


    Douglas Barth
    Douglas Barth as Senior Global Product Manager with Servomex.

    EVENTS Seminars on Petroleum,Refining,Environmental Monitoring. - The organisers of PEFTEC 2017 (Antwerp B) have published details of a comprehensive series of seminars that will follow the event's themes of testing, analysis and monitoring in the petrochemical sectors.

    Web Site Supporting datacentres! - To support the smooth running of data centres, Fluke has developed a web microsite specifically targeting those running and maintaining the infrastructure. The site provides a range of downloadable information for Data Centre Facility Managers, Contractor Services Managers, electrical engineers and UPS, HVAC, mechanical and electrical technicians.

    PRODUCT Finding and fixing difficult-to-detect software bugs quickly! - Ashling Microsystems has just announced a new debug probe for NXP's SmartMX3 secure microcontroller platform. This high performance probe supports the development of applications and operating-systems for security controller ICs which can involve substantial amounts of complex software.

    PRODUCT Open channel flow meter. - The Dynasonics® iSonic 4000 flow meter, an economical solution for a wide range of open channel flow measurement applications, has been introduced by Badger Meter.

    Rich Sorelle
    Rich Sorelle has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Abaco Systems.

    PRODUCT Message analysis for vehicles. - Anritsu Corporation has launched its V2X 802.11p Evaluation Software MX727000A, the first of its kind solution that supports V2X message analysis for US, EU and Japan vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-roadside (V2X) communications standards.

    PRODUCT Asset Management Solution. - Ashtead Technology has launched a new 'Asset Management Solution' for a number of major brands in the occupational safety and environmental monitoring sectors.

    EVENTS Visual analytics software. - Integration between Seeq visual analytics software and Emerson Process Management offerings, and customer use cases of Seeq with Emerson automation system products, will be featured at the Emerson Global Users Exchange conference in Minneapolis (MN USA).

    NEWS Supply and technology partnership announced! - ABB and Northvolt have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a wide-ranging supply and technology partnership, including products and services for Northvolt's state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery factory and close collaboration on development of battery solutions and R&D activities.

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