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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trips 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Partners in reporting & dashboards! - WellinTech has joined the Dream Report Proven Partner Program and is recommending Dream Report as a solution for reports and dashboards.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Level switch with IO-Link. - Baumer has announced the immediate availability of LBFH and LBFI level switches with IO-Link and ATEX approval.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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
Enhanced testing. - XJTAG and Systech Europe have announced the availability of an integrated solution using XJTAG boundary scan and Takaya's flying probe system.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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™.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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