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Measurement, Control and Automation Resources throughout the World
Communications co-operation - CiA publishes the LIN Supplier ID on the newly released LIN website. The website comprises also some basic information about LIN and related news. It will be extended in the next year, in order to give the LIN community a home again.
First Globally in DCS. - With around 20% market share across industries, ABB is the leader of digitally enabled control and automation according to the ARC Advisory Group's "Distributed Control Systems Global Market 2016-2021" report.
LED panel mounted indication. - The MARL 671 Series of High Voltage LED panel mounted indicator suitable for fixed and portable equipment and is internally potted making it suitable for high vibration applications is now available through Foremost Electronics.
Time sensitive networking. - Time-sensitive networking (TSN) is a promising technology drawing a lot of attention at the moment, especially in the context of Industry 4.0, where it is generally viewed as the opportunity for better integration of OT networks into the IT networks of companies.
System includes Intrinsic Anomaly Detection. - Bedrock Automation has announced its Bedrock™ Open Secure Automation (OSA™) firmware will include intrinsic Anomaly Detection (AD). Bedrock OSA AD will be available as standard integrated functionality that continuously monitors the controller's network and system time to detect intrusions and anomalous behavior.
Cloud analytics. - Automation.com has created this Cloud Analytics eBook as a resource showing organizations both the technologies that can help efficiently leverage all their data, as well as strategies to fully connect and secure systems in the process.
Linear actuator. - The new 35DBM high power Stepper Can Stack Linear Actuator has been introduced by Portescap.
Signal quality analyser enhanced. - Anritsu Corporation has released the Variable ISI MU195020A-040/041 option for upgrading the Emphasis function of the Pulse Pattern Generator for the Signal Quality Analyzer-R MP1900A series, along with the USB Link Training Software MX183000A-PL022 supporting the USB3.0/3.1 Receiver Test.
Measuring tyre-rim pressure. - Interface Force Measurements has announced the launch of two new sensors for its tyre pressure monitoring system from XSensor.
Smallest camera-based sensor. - Leuze Electronic has introduced the smallest camera-based sensor on the market for compartment fine positioning with high-bay storage devices in single-depth storage.
Compact encoders offer syncronisation with PLCs. - As a recent addition to its PROFINET IRT protocol variants, Wachendorff's WDGA 58F absolute magnetic encoder features a minimum bus cycle time of 125 μs which is eminently suited to tightly synchronised multi-axis motion control on the fastest PLCs.
Robust metal connectors for easy installation. - Harting is now offering its Han® PushPull Power L connectors in a robust metal format which allows more room for installation and simplifies the wiring process when the connectors are used with large conductor profiles.
Withstanding catastrophe. - A chemical plant in southeast Texas relies on several Eclipse® Model 706 Guided Wave Radar (GWR) transmitters installed on sumps. In an email to MAGNETROL Global Product Manager Bob Botwinski, Chris Oglesby, a representative from Tech Quip in Houston, stated: "[The ECLIPSE 706 devices] held up to Harvey…even after being submerged for several days."
Level switch with IO-Link. - LBFH and LBFI level switches with IO-Link and ATEX approval are available from Baumer. The IO-Link interface allows the user to automate the configuration of sensors.The inclusion of ATEX also enables the use of commercially available barriers. The sensors are suitable for hygienic and industrial applications.
Mixer efficiencies. - Manchester University's School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Sciences is leading world class developments in energy efficiency in the process industries. Researchers have incorporated TorqSense transducers into a test rig that is analysing losses in in-line mixers.
High speed wireless test reduces costs. - Autotalks has endorsed Anritsu Corporation's RF calibration and validation test solution based on Anritsu's MT8870A high-speed wireless test platform.
ProfiNet I/O option for electromagnetic flowmeters. - ProfiNet I/O is now available for Krohne's OPTIFLUX, WATERFLUX and TIDALFLUX electromagnetic flowmeters with IFC 300 signal converter.
Transformers for the safe measurement of heavy current. - Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG is introducing the SIRAX series of current transformers, as part of their marketing philosophy "everything from one source". This represents another milestone in the expansion of their product offering for heavy current engineering.
Protected optical-fibre connector. - The new PushPull SFP XS fibre-optic connector, from Harting, is designed to address the biggest challenge to the use of optical connectors in industry: their susceptibility to dirt and damage to the contact surfaces forming the interface with the transceiver which converts the optical signal into an electrical signal.
Smart actuators. - Thomson Industries has released an educational video that summarises the benefits of smart actuators, which feature integrated electronics.
MAC layer support! - National Instruments (NI) has announced MAC layer support for its LabVIEW Communications 802.11 Application Framework. Wireless researchers can take advantage of the new multiuser MAC layer enhancements to the 802.11 Application Framework to go beyond the PHY layer to address complex network-level problems that must be solved to make the 5G vision a reality.
Design data from the Net. - Baum¨ller is integrating its converter family b maXX 5000 into the web-based EPLAN data portal. With all of the necessary data for over 40 products, the company is enabling its customers to save time during the design phase.
Processor offers inteligent solution! - HBM has introduced its new CP52 Communication Processor (CP), which has been exclusively designed for use with the widely acclaimed MGCplus Data Acquisition System.
British sector deal makes pharma upbeat - Despite the very real concerns of failure in the negotiations, the British pharmaceutical, biotech and medtech industries will put aside their worries tomorrow when a new 'Sector Deal' for the life sciences industries is unveiled by the government. This puts the sector in a privileged position, as it will be the first industry to be offered a bespoke deal to help it thrive post-Brexit. (pharmaphorum.com)
LCI Junction Box. - The intelligent LCI junction box from Applied Measurements, delivers continuous enhanced load cell alarm and fault monitoring for up to 4 load cells. This instant and constant fault monitoring means problems are detected immediately, increasing production safety and limiting costly downtime.
6.4-inch TFT display module. - A new high resolution 6.4-inch TFT display module has been introduced by KOE. The TX16D201VM0BAB features XGA (1024 x 768 pixels) resolution, a 4:3 wide aspect ratio and IPS (in-plane switching) technology.
Level 2 Security Development Lifecycle Assurance certification. - The Calgary, Alberta (CDN) and Lake Forest, (CA USA) process automation product development centers of Schneider Electric have been certified by exida, the globally recognized ISO 17065 certification body.
Remote access via smartphone or tablet. - eWON eCatcher is the software that eWON users utilise to establish a remote connection via an eWON router to their machine. HMS Industrial Networks has launched a mobile version of this award-winning remote access solution called eWON eCatcher Mobile. It is available for free for iOS and Android.
Flow for hygienic applications. - Endress+Hauser has announced updates to its Proline 300 smart Coriolis and electromagnetic flowmeters for the hygienic industries. Their compact hygienic 316L stainless-steel housings are robust and optimized for highest reliability. Additionally, they have been designed to support an optional IP69 ingress protection rating, impervious to water ingress from high pressure wash-down.
The Signpost has been honoured to receive a number of awards.