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Samhain 2017 November
    NEWS Bringing intelligence to industrial plants. - ABB and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) strategic global partnership to provide actionable insights across industrial plants, cloud and on-premises data centers for higher productivity and innovation.

    NEWS Dragons in Formula E. - Mouser Electronics sponsor the Dragon Racing team throughout the 2017–18 FIA Formula E racing season. The season kicks off December 2 and 3 at the Hong Kong ePrix doubleheader.

    PRODUCT Profile for contrast-media injector updated. - CAN in Automation (CiA) has released the version 2.4 of the CANopen profile for contrast-media injectors. The newly introduced functions include the mandatory time synchronization between scanner and injector. Several other parameters have been updated including some editorial improvements and clarifications.

    PRODUCT Connector housings. - Harting’s new Han® HP Direct series of connector housings dispenses with the classical bulkhead mounted housing and replaces it with two mounting flanges. As a result, the standard hood forms a seal directly on the switch cabinet wall, leading to beneficial space savings.

    PRODUCT Safe Strain Gauge Load Cell Product Families. - BLH Nobel has announced that four of its strain gage load cell product families are now available with EN ISO 13849 and IEC 61508 functional safety certifications.

    PRODUCT Energy meter accessory! - The LP980 Transient Absorption Spectrometer from Edinburgh Instruments now offers calibrated, software-controlled energy meters to monitor experimental conditions in real time.

    PRODUCT IP67 Edge Nodes for IIoT. - The IC-3173 Industrial Controller, National Instrument’s first IP67-rated controller has been announced. The new controller is ideally suited to act as an Industrial Internet of Things edge node in extremely harsh locations.

    WebsiteTrips and tricks on-line! - HBM has upgraded their customer support services by including a ‘Tips and Tricks’ section on their official website. They provide an extensive collection of technical articles, tutorials, check lists and videos covering topics on data acquisition, measurement technology, stress analysis and industrial process control.

    Webinar A smart collaboration. - Copa-Data is inviting plant managers and engineers to register for its upcoming webinar 'Smart Factory solutions with Copa-Data and Microsoft Azure'. The webinar, created in collaboration with Microsoft, will be held on 7 December 2017 at 10am.

    PRODUCT Data Acquisition Software. - The global market launch of the Micro-Measurements® StrainSmart® 9000 dynamic data acquisition software has been announced - Simultaneous Recording and Analysis of Up to 48 Channels and 50,000 Samples Per Second with Fast, Easy Setup and Minimal-to-No Downtime.

    PRODUCT Convection cooled PSUs. - Excelsys Technologies has announced the availability of new output module for its revolutionary CoolX series of convection cooled modular configurable power supplies.

    APPLICATION Flue gas desulfurisation system. - A control system for a flue gas desulfurisation system that is to be installed at the Ugljevik coal-fired power plant in northeastern Bosnia and Herzegovina will be delivered by Yokogawa. This flue gas desulfurisation system will be the first of its type to be installed in the West Balkans.

    PRODUCT Amplifiers for universal and fieldbus sensor data acquisition. - Recently announced by Burster the new 9250 and 9251 series amplifier module and bus controller bring new levels of flexibility to sensor data acquisition. These products are available in Britain from Ixthus Instrumentation.

    PRODUCT Infrared cameras. - Fluke has introduced upgraded versions of two of its best-selling infrared cameras. The new Fluke® Ti450 PRO Infrared Camera offers increased thermal sensitivity, providing sharper on-screen images which makes it easier to visualise and diagnose issues.

    Education and Research VR means low design costs. - Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at EU Automation discusses how virtual reality (VR) can be used to improve the design engineering process.

    PRODUCT Intelligent diagnostic and communication system. - BAUDIS IoT is an IoT-capable diagnostic and communication system that allows for a simple networking of machines and systems via the Internet and the intelligent analysis of data. The networked version benefits from the long-standing expertise of a successful system.

    PRODUCT Extreme environments require Extreme switchgear - The steute business unit "Extreme" develops and manufactures switchgear for ambient conditions in which conventional switches and sensors would quickly malfunction or never be suitable in the first place. Such conditions include subzero temperatures and explosive atmospheres.

    PRODUCT World's smallest EtherCAT drive. - High-end positioning applications where space is critical now find an optimal solution in the incredibly small iPOS2401 servo drive from Technosoft, with an EtherCAT interface.
    Standards Supporting IoT protocols. - HMS Industrial Networks supports the IoT protocols OPC UA and MQTT within the Anybus CompactCom range of embedded networking solutions.

    PRODUCT High-Speed RF Measurements for NB-IoT Devices. - The NB-IoT Uplink Tx Measurement MX887067A software and NB-IoT Downlink Waveforms MV887067A package supporting 3GPP RF measurement tests for NB-IoT devices and further strengthening the functions of the popular Universal Wireless Test Set MT8870A has been launched by Anritsu Corporation.

    PRODUCT Load cell for harsh conditions. - The new DBBSUB s-beam load cell from Applied Measurements, is guaranteed to measure tension and compression in continuous submersion in potable water to depths of up to 10 metres / 1 bar. Its IP68 long-term immersion sealing and rugged stainless steel body makes it is ideal to use in many submersible applications.

22/11/2017 21/11/2017
    PRODUCT An innovation in energy automation. - Camille Bauer Metrawatt 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.

    PRODUCT Compact, robust, compression load cells. - Flintec's RC3 compression load cell has been re-developed, providing customers with a modern alternative. The RC3 and RC3D are compact, robust, compression load cells manufactured from high-grade stainless steel and hermetically sealed for reliable performance in the harshest environment.

    PRODUCT Debugging pioneer joins international architecture foundation. - Ashling Microsystems has joined the RISC-V Foundation, a non-profit corporation controlled by its members to drive the adoption and implementation of the open, free RISC-V instruction set architecture (ISA) forward.

    APPLICATION Combustion control in crematoria! - Michell Instruments has released a new application featuring two case studies of combustion control in crematoria. Cremator operators not only need to comply with local emissions guidelines, but also have to take into consideration the social and emotional well-being of local residents and mourners

    PRODUCT Reliable positioning. - The PXV 2-D absolute positioning system from Pepperl+Fuchs sets new performance benchmarks when it comes to reliability and handling. With its large reading window, the system keeps a sufficient number of codes in view, even in relation to track switches and changes to the code tape.

    PRODUCT PLC with up to 2,060 local I/O. - MicroSmart FC6A Plus is a powerful PLC with up to 2,060 local I/O from IDEC Corporation. With its expanded I/O capacity, the unit can control and monitor the largest machines or entire small-scale manufacturing facilities, a capability seldom found in a micro PLC.

    PRODUCT Network-based control system enhanced. - Yokogawa will release an enhanced version of the STARDOM™network-based control system in the first quarter of fiscal year 2018. This new version of the STARDOM system will include a new E2 bus interface module that has been developed for use in FCN-500 autonomous controller extension units.

    PRODUCT Level switch with IO-Link. - Baumer has announced the immediate availability of LBFH and LBFI level switches with IO-Link and ATEX approval.

    NEWS Flare gas measurement. - Emerson and Fluenta are collaborating to provide ultrasonic flare gas measurement solutions for the oil and gas and chemical industries to improve energy efficiency and comply with increasing regulations across the globe to measure, monitor, and report flare gas emissions.

    NEWS Coriolis flow innovation recognised! - Endress+Hauser has won the Swiss Technology Award in the Innovation Leaders category with their Promass Q. This Coriolis-based flowmeter, developed especially for applications in the oil & gas and food & beverage industries, was cited for its outstanding measurement accuracy, even in difficult operating conditions.

    APPLICATION Flowmeters for wellhead allocation. - The Colorado Oil and Gas Producer Bonanza Creek Energy is taking advantage of the Entrained Gas Management (EGM) that ensures both stable and uninterrupted measurements of oil with high gas content. Integrated in Krohne's OPTIMASS Coriolis flowmeters, the technology provides a cost effective, rugged, and reliable measurement for accurate well allocation information.

    PRODUCT Toggle Switch fror PCBs - The Salecom TS40-T range of sub-miniature toggle switches are marketed in Britain by JPR Electronics. This compact switch offers designers space savings on PCB layouts and reductions in control panel size.

    NEWS Leading in DCS. - Frost & Sullivan has named ABB, DCS company of the year for addressing automation market challenges with innovative technologies like cloud engineering, digital marshaling, virtualization, automated data management

    PRODUCT Self-calibrating RTD. - The iTHERM TrustSens hygienic RTD from Endress+Hauser, is the world's first self-calibrating temperature sensor. TrustSens' self-calibration process functions in situ and provides the necessary documentation to meet the conformance requirements for various regulatory agencies.

    Martin Ralph
    Martin Ralph has joined the Hanley Controls sales team in Clonmel (Irl).

    NEWS Batch reporting halves reporting time. - Emerson is expanding its alliance agreement with Informetric Systems, a leading developer of data collection and reporting applications, to help life sciences companies deliver a more than 50 percent reduction in batch reporting time while getting rid of bottlenecks in batch release processes.

    Publications MagMeter Market study - Flow Research have completed and published a new Magnetic Flowmeter study. It contains some surprising and unexpected results. As it turns out, the magnetic flowmeter market was more affected by the downturn in oil prices than was anticipated.

    PRODUCT Non-contact level of bulk solids! - A dedicated version of the Rosemount™ 5408 Non-Contacting Radar Level Transmitter to meet the specific demands of bulk solids level measurement has been launched by Emerson.

    PRODUCT Connectors for higher cable cross-sections. - Harting has expanded its Han-Eco® series of lightweight connectors with two new hoods in sizes 6 B and 10 B with M40 cable entry, allowing users to take advantage of larger cable cross-sections and more cabling space within the same compact dimensions. As a result, customers can transfer more power in the same installation space.

    APPLICATION UV keeps Nirvana pure. - Nirvana Spa in Berkshire is one of Britain's most prestigious spa facilities, frequented by elite athletes and celebrities. The facility has a reputation for using crystal clear natural mineral water drawn from the same pristine source 700 feet beneath the spa. To maintain the purity of the water within each of its nine pools, the spa is using the latest ultraviolet (UV) disinfection systems from Hanovia.


    Gary Prentice
    Gary Prentice is the Vice President of Sales with Moore Industries International.

    PRODUCT Measuring & monitoring heavy current networks. - The SINEAX AM series from Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG is a range of compact devices for measuring and monitoring heavy current networks. The quality of the display, intuitive controls, and measurement precision are all signs of the Swiss comprehension of product quality.

    PRODUCT Graphical design of Ex control boxes. - Your own specific control box or control station for hazardous areas within glasfibre reinforced polyester as well as in stainless steel enclosures can be designed using this Android App from Quintex.

    PRODUCT New motor and drive ranges - Leroy-Somer, now part of the Nidec group, has launched new ranges at SPS IPC Drives. They are demonstrating Commander ID300, a new integrated drive for the control of its IMfinity® induction motors from 0.25 to 7.5 kW. This all-in-one drive solution has been designed to meet the strategic challenges of increasingly complex and demanding production environments, induced by the transition to Industry 4.0.

    NEWS Serving the North American market for automated test solutions. - Konrad Technologies has completed the acquisition of V I Engineering. This acquisition provides Konrad with two strategic attributes to enable the acceleration of the expansion of Konrad capacity to serve the North American market for automated test solutions; industry acknowledged expertise in the National Instruments toolchains & platforms and local access to the vibrant technology hub in Detroit focused on Autonomous Driving and Electric Vehicles.
    APPLICATION Automation & Services in drug plant awarded. - The Global healthcare company Novo Nordisk has awarded Emerson a $40 million (€34 m) automation systems and services contract for a new US-based drug manufacturing facility to help battle the global diabetes epidemic.

    APPLICATION Checking Russian leaks. - Russia-based Quinta-Analytica Yaroslavl has purchased an advanced GasCheck G gas leak detector from Ion Science to monitor its liquid chromatography (LC), tandem mass-spectrometry (MS/MS) laboratory, which performs the analytical aspect of clinical research studies, for nitrogen and argon leaks.

    PRODUCT 3-Phase power quality loggers. - The measurement, understanding, and reporting of power quality in distribution systems requires capturing large amounts of data and then spending hours to analyse and report. With powerful software that automates setup, analysis, and reporting, the Fluke 1740 Series Power Quality Loggers simplify the collecting and reporting of critical utility power quality trends.

    PRODUCT Easy scheduling of LIMS activities. - Matrix Scheduler is an optional module for the Matrix Gemini LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) from Autoscribe Informatics. Users can automatically schedule reports, worklists, registration of samples and more. In this way activities can be managed more efficiently and significant savings in staff time can be made.

    Publications Digital communication. - Parker Software is releasing a book about the future of business to customer communication. The book is titled, The Conversation Engine: A Shop Assistant of the Smart Age, and explores the next frontier of digital communication.

    PRODUCT Plant information management. - The latest version of the Exaquantum plant information management system (ExaquantumTM R3.10) from Yokogawa, comes with stronger security and improved compatibility through the support of OPC Unified Architecture (OPC-UA), the latest OPC communication standard.

    PRODUCT Ensuring quality of domestic appliances. - To ensure that products stay marketable, measurements need to be carried out in a straightforward and cost-effective manner in the development phase, during production and in final test. The APLUS from Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG is a complete device that fulfils these requirements.

    NEWS HMI/SCADA distributorship in Japan. - Yokohama-based LINX R&D Corporation has become the new Japanese distributor for zenon, the software system developed by Copa-Data.

    PRODUCT Two Birds with One Stone. - The new PMI F90 inductive positioning system from Pepperl+Fuchs can precisely detect the absolute position of one actuator as well as the distance between two.

    PRODUCT Communication support service! - Yokogawa is rolling out the SensPlus™Buddy communication support service. With this solution, personnel in the field will enjoy access to support information directly from their mobile devices.

    PRODUCT Improved detection of benzene and TACs. - As part of the enhancements, Ion Science has introduced own brand benzene pre-filter tubes. Specially developed for use with Tiger Select, the highly cost effective tubes offer enhanced performance by demonstrating better resistance to interference gases.

    APPLICATION Torque at sea! - Wireless sensors from Sensor Technology are playing an important role in new product development for Hydraulic Projects Limited (Hy-Pro), one of Britain's leading developers and suppliers of hydraulic drive units for marine steering and autopilot systems.

    PRODUCT Reliable measurement in heavy current networks. - Based on the principle of "good enough", Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG is introducing the SIRAX-ECOLINE series. This expands the product portfolio in the mid-range performance segment with products for electrical measurement functions.

    PRODUCT Ethernet datalogger. - TCW220, manufactured by Teracom and marketed in the USA by Paralan has two analog inputs with 10-bit resolution and two discrete inputs. It supports a 1-Wire interface for up to eight Teracom 1-Wire sensors – carbon dioxide, 0/20mA, AC/DC current, temperature, humidity, etc.

    NEWS Intelligent inline spectrometers. - Blue Ocean Nova AG, a manufacturer of innovative inline spectrometers for monitoring quality-relevant process parameters has been acquired by Endress+Hauser, adding to its portfolio of products, solutions and services in the field of process analytical measurement.

    Publications Catastrophic computer failure at automation publication. - As a result of a normal upgrade of Windows 10, the computer on which Spitzer & Boyes makes the Industrial Automation & Process Control INSIDER (IAI) has suffered a catastrophic failure. We usually highlight each issue on our home page. The next issue will cover two months October & November 2017. In the meantime...

    PRODUCT Eddy current measurement chain solution. - Emerson's newest eddy current measurement chain solution helps reliability organisations shorten process downtime by eliminating factory calibration and delays in acquiring replacement parts. Traditional eddy current chains are complex, and parts management is difficult.

    NEWS Promoting in the cryogenics market! - Intelliconnect has become a member of the British Cryogenics Council in order to extend the market reach of its cryogenic cables and components and to participate in the rapid development of this growing field.

    PRODUCT Exchanging critical data from factory floor. - Aegis Software has announced that its FactoryLogix® MES software platform has been certified for SAP® Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), version 6.0

    Education and Research To honour the late Dick Morley! - The International Society of Automation (ISA) has created a named scholarship fund in honor of Dick Morley, a longtime ISA supporter, founder of Modicon (now part of Schneider Electric) and the initial designer of the first Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)—a primary component in modern-day automation. Morley, 84, passed away on 17 October.

    PRODUCT Enhanced testing. - XJTAG and Systech Europe have announced the availability of an integrated solution using XJTAG boundary scan and Takaya's flying probe system.

    Organisations Ireland honoured at international automation event. - The International Society of Automation held its Autumnal Governance meeting in Tampa, Florida (USA). The Ireland Section took an active part as usual. The Section won an award as a recognition of the work put in by the Section Committee in organising and hosting the FPID Symposium in Cork during March 2016. This was the first time that this symposium had been held outside of North America.

    APPLICATION Concept for IA and Control enterprises. - Yokogawa has announced Synaptic Business Automation™ a new industrial automation and control business concept that expresses the company's commitment to working with its customers to sustain their creation of corporate values.

    EVENTS Testing, analysis and monitoring. - PEFTEC 2017 is scheduled for Antwerp (B) from 29th to 30th November 2017, and with four Conferences, over 60 Seminars and an international Exhibition, the organisers are urging visitors to plan their time carefully.

    APPLICATION MES in Pharma plant. - In the context of a tendering process, the Spanish pharmaceutical company Almirall opted for Werum's PAS-X Manufacturing Execution System to be installed in the German plant in Reinbek near Hamburg. Almirall is the market leader for skin medicine in Germany and e.g. produces the Balneum® skin care products.

    PRODUCT Automated reporting & data analysis software update. - Ocean Data Systems (ODS), has announced that Dream Report version 4.81 is posted and available for download. Version 4.81, technically a maintenance release, is available to all 4.8 customers.

    PRODUCT Real-time solutions for efficient asset management. - ecom, a Pepperl+Fuchs brand, addresses the topics of asset tracking and automation in times of digital transformation at the SPS IPC Drives 2017. The company demonstrates how companies can implement and put IIoT-solutions to profitable use: including innovative solutions for real-time localization and an efficient, interconnected asset management.

    PRODUCT Empowering the Agile and Connected Factory. - AegisSoftware has announced the general availability of FactoryLogix® 2017.1. As an industry leader in MES, Aegis continues to innovate and deliver unparalleled capabilities enabling complex discrete manufacturers to connect, manage, optimize and digitally transform their manufacturing operations.

    PRODUCT Multi-gas analysis! - Servomex has launched the SERVOPRO MultiExact 4100: a high-performance multi-gas - analyzer offering up to four simultaneous digital gas stream measurements and configurable to a wide range of industrial gas and pharmacopeia applications.

    PRODUCT FPGAs and high-performance data converters. - A new PXI FlexRIO architecture that integrates mezzanine I/O modules with Xilinx Kintex UltraScale FPGAs has been announced by National Instruments (NI).

    PRODUCT The factory of the future is smart, connected & already here. - Smart, connected factories are the future of manufacturing. And just as over a century ago when it was at the forefront of electrifying cities and railways, ABB participating in this new era with a range of products and solutions under the name ABB Ability™.

    APPLICATION Tool-less termination. - Harting's Han® ES Press connector, which offers fast tool-less termination based on an innovative high-reliability cage-clamp design, is playing a key part in minimising installation time for motorised safety roller shutter door guard systems for the robotic assembly cells in an automotive assembly line.

    EVENTS Chair announced ag Industry 4 event. - Richard Halstead of the manufacturers' organisation EEF is to be Chair of the first day of the second annual Industry 4.0 Summit. The 2nd edition, which takes place on the 28th Feb – 1st March 2018 in Manchester (GB) , aims to build on the success of the inaugural event that attracted almost 300 conference delegates.

    PRODUCT SPS17 EMC & power quality. - Schaffner is exhibiting at the SPS IPC Drives 2017 trade fair and introducing product innovations from its EMC, Power Quality and Power Magnetics divisions.

    EVENTS Vision conference announced! - The next Machine Vision Conference and Exhibition is scheduled for Wednesday 16th May 2018 at Arena MK, Milton Keynes (GB) . It will follow a similar format to the highly successful inaugural event held in 2017, which attracted more than 300 visitors.
    NEWS United for UF disinfection! - Hanovia Limited and Berson Milieutechniek B.V., both part of Halma plc, have merged to create a new unified company providing ultraviolet (UV) disinfection systems.

    PRODUCT Measurement amplifiers upgraded & expanded. - The BLH Nobel has added PROFINET support, Factory Mutual (FM) approvals, and French and German language accessibility for its industry best-selling G5 Series measurement amplifiers (G5 Series).

    PRODUCT Wireless remote monitoring. - The next generation Cellio LoRa long-range low-power wireless transceivers for wide area, long range, end-to-end monitoring and control for agriculture, cold chain, gas distribution, transportation, and many other industrial applications has been announced by Device Solutions.


Steve Brambley
Steve Brambley is to take over as Chief Executive of Gambica during January 2018 succeeding Dr Graeme Philp.

    PRODUCT HD pneumatic valve island. - A major update to the ASCO Numatics G3 Series electronic valve island platform, enabling a reduction in installation costs has been announced. The valve island has been expanded so that it can control up to 128 solenoid valves on a single valve island assembly.

    PRODUCT UV disinfection simplifies water treatment. - Berson and Hanovia have jointly launched a new low-pressure UV disinfection system for the treatment of municipal, re-use and waste water. The easy-to-install AmaLine R UV range has been third-party validated, in line with US EPA and NWRI guidelines.

    PRODUCT Wide aspect ratio display. - Industrial LCD manufacturer KOE have announced the introduction of a new 10.3-inch Rugged+ TFT display module. The TX26D206VM0BAA features HD (1920 x 720 pixels) resolution, a 8:3 wide aspect ratio, IPS (in-plane switching) technology which provides excellent image quality when viewed at any viewing angle, and an extended operating temperature range.

    Education and Research Supporting digital factory. - SolutionsPT is hosting a series of events in Britain, designed to support manufacturers in meeting the growing connectivity and security demands of the digital factory.

    PRODUCT Large diameter pipeline inspection/measurement. - Laser triangulation measurement specialists Riftek are represented in Britain by Ixthus Instrumentation. As an example of the company's wide experience in the application of laser triangulation sensors, they recently completed the supply of custom designed 2D measurement scanners that included a high resolution video camera and LED lighting.

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