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    NEWS Celebrating twenty years abnormality!BLOG - This year the Abnormal Situation Management (ASM®) Consortium is celebrating 20 years of thought leadership in the process industry

    PRODUCT Integrated production control system with enhanced alarm and batch functions - The just released CENTUM® VP R5.04, is an enhanced version of Yokogawa's flagship integrated production control system. This new CENTUM release features enhanced alarm and batch functions.

    EVENTS European industry in transition! - ARC Advisory Group is organizing their European Industry Forum (EIF) in Amsterdam (NL) on March 4-5, 2015. The event will focus on the "European Industry in Transition: The Information Driven Enterprise in a Connected World".

    PRODUCT Conductivity and temperature at a glance! - Baumer is expanding its CombiSeries to include a new conductivity sensor. CombiLyz is the name of the newest sensor, which was developed primarily for precise analysis and differentiation of media in the food and pharmaceutical industries and in water treatment technology.

    APPLICATION Safe lithium-ion batteries in China! - Major manufacturers of Lithium-Ion batteries in China have chosen the S4000RS and S8000 Integrale precision chilled mirror hygrometers to monitor environmental conditions in their production facilities.

    NEWS Agreement signed! - Diversified Technologies (DTI) has recently signed an agreement with SigmaPhi Accelerator Technologies of Vannes (F). They will be working together on systems for the next generation of particle accelerators.
    PRODUCT Module helps engineers develop embedded systems faster, with less risk! - The NI SOM has been launched by National Instruments (NI). It combines the Xilinx Zynq All Programmable system on a chip (SoC) with supporting components such as memory on a small PCB and features a complete middleware solution and ready-to-go Linux-based real-time operating system (RTOS) already integrated.

    Video Fault-tolerant fieldbus system - MooreHawke, a division of Moore Industries, has released a new video highlighting its TRUNKSAFE Fault-Tolerant Fieldbus System.

    NEWS Formal recognition of an ISCI CRT Tool! - The FFR Raven (Japanese) for ICS is now recognised as an approved CRT (Communication Robustness Testing) tool for ISASecure control systems certification programs.

    APPLICATION Real-time railway bearing monitoring by wireless! - LPRS, recently nominated as one of Europe's top five wireless system design houses and manufacturer of short-range radio devices, is supplying their market leading easyRadio Advanced (eRA) wireless modules to Perpetuum Ltd for a sensor system which enables users to predict failure of rotating components including wheel bearings and gearboxes on railway trains.

    PRODUCT Gigabit power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) injectors! - Red Lion Controls has added the N-Tron series Gigabit 1000-POE+ Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) injectors to its industrial networking solutions portfolio.

    PRODUCT Installing photoelectric sensors a breeze! - The new generation of photoelectric sensors in the BOS 6K series from Balluff is absolutely ideal for setting new benchmarks in the compact class. Its small 31.5 x 19.5 x 10.8 mm dimensions not only make it the perfect response to tight spaces in compact machines

    NEWS Secure production control system! - Yokogawa's CENTUM® VP production control system has obtained the ISASecure® Embedded Device Security Assurance (EDSA) certification from the ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI)

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    NEWS Modest component growth predicted in Britain!BLOG - British distributors expect modest growth later in the year, even though growth in the Britain and Ireland electronic components markets remains lacklustre, according to the May market statistics released by the Electronic Components Supply Network (ECSN), the professional community for the electronic component supply chain.

    EVENTS Major water/wastewater event in November - The organisers of WWEM 2014, the international Water, Wastewater and Environmental Monitoring conference and exhibition, have announced the details of the Conferences that will take place at the Telford International Centre (GB), 5-6th November.

    NEWS Oil & Gas sevice company joins cubersecurity body- Aramco Services Company, the North American-based services division of Saudi Aramco, the state oil company of Saudi Arabia, has joined the ISA Security Compliance Institute.

    PRODUCT IS Connectors - The new Han(R) Ex range of connectors from Harting meet all the requirements for the implementation of high-quality connectivity solutions in application areas with explosion protection requirements.

    2,500 enhancements to on-line sales presence! - The first major upgrade to the Anglia Live online sales environment includes a fast search feature which halves the search time, comprehensive forward and back ordering facilities, volume contract pricing and the facility to search suppliers' full database of parts including parts not currently stocked by Anglia.

    PRODUCT Quietly cooling! - Rittal's 'Blue e' cooling units are usually found controlling the temperature within enclosures in workshops or on shop floors in the industrial sector where noise level is largely irrelevant as they cannot be heard above other equipment in these noisy environments.

    Video Industrial Wireless LAN in 20 seconds. - Siemens have released a WLAN video "Wireless LAN in Industry" is a brief, playful way of encouraging viewers to find out more about wireless communication in industry.

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    PRODUCT Hub has diagnostic function! - PROFIBUS Ireland is to launch a brand-new product known as the ProfiHub B5+RD. It is the first ProfiHub that comes with a built-in PROFIBUS DP slave to forward diagnostic data to a PLC.
    People Daniel Duncan
    Daniel L. Duncan has just become the Chief Operating Officer of Yokogawa Corporation of America.

    NEWS Distributor of components in Ireland & Britain! - Anglia Components have been appointed as Ireland and Britain distributor for the passive component range of Samsung Electro Mechanics (SEM).

    PRODUCT Vibrating fork level switch - Rosemount® 2120 level switch gains new features and approvals for greater installation flexibility and improved plant safety

    NEWS Open Wi-Fi on the train! - We find this a boom as we use the trains frequently though super-fast is not always the description we would use to describe it, nevertheless it is usable and useful.

    NEWS Partnership promotes automated report generation! - Ocean Data Systems has announced that B-SCADA has joined the Dream Report "Proven Partner" program and is recommending Dream Report as their solution for automated report generation.

    PRODUCT Slim power supply units! - Siemens has launched two particularly slim, powerful and energy-efficient power supply units in the shape of the new Sitop PSU8200 5 A and 10 A.

    PRODUCT Multi-channel pyrometer system with data logging! - The new PM180 touch screen pyrometer hub from Calex Electronics provides temperature measurement, configuration, alarm display and data logging for up to 6 non-contact infrared temperature sensors, and may be connected to other PM180 units as part of a larger system.

    International automation co-operation at London symposium! - Collaborating with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the International Society of Automation (ISA) highlighted the latest developments, technologies and trends in instrumentation, process measurement and control through expert-led technical sessions, paper presentations and training courses at its 60th International Instrumentation Symposium in London (GB) last month.

    Energy efficiency portal! - Fluke has developed an Energy Efficiency portal on its web site to help maintenance professionals understand ways to manage energy efficiency in a facility in order to save money.

    Research & EducationInvesting in the future! - Contract Electronics Manufacturer, EC Electronics is investing in its workforce of the future with training and apprenticeship programmes to ensure its customer and manufacturing services are of a consistently high standard as the company grows.

    Research & EducationSupporting manufacturing research training! - WEG aims to supply students with a deeper knowledge of Electrical Engineering by providing equipment and services to the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) Training Centre.

    PRODUCT Conductivity and temperature at a glance! - Baumer is expanding its CombiSeries to include a new conductivity sensor. CombiLyz is the name of the newest sensor, which was developed primarily for precise analysis and differentiation of media in the food and pharmaceutical industries and in water treatment technology.

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    PRODUCT Scada software goes mobile! - Siemens has extended the range of functions of the Simatic WinCC Scada software in its latest Version 7.3 and added the Simatic WinCC/WebUX V7.3 option package for mobile applications.
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    EVENTS Energy experience shared by users and producers!BLOG - Last May industrial software and energy automation expert COPA-DATA hosted the Energy Experience Day in Warwick (GB), an event aimed at addressing the challenges currently faced by power utilities, municipalities and grid operators.

    PRODUCT Industry's 1st Quad Core x86 smart camera! - A powerful, new generation x86 smart camera, NEON-1040 has been launched by Adlink. This camera features the quad core Intel® Atom™ processor E3845 1.9 GHz, 2048 x 2048 pixels @ 60 fps 1" monochrome CMOS global shutter image sensor, and PWM lighting control support.

    PRODUCT RFID transponder at a station near you! - The Harting Ha-VIS RF-R500 RFID transponder has been successfully tested in accordance with the European Standard EN 50155 for deployment on railway rolling stock.

    PRODUCT Bringing diagnostic capabilities into the field. - Intelligent Fieldbus from Pepperl+Fuchs is synonymous with a generation of components that brings diagnostic capabilities into the field.

    NEWS Integrators and distributors recognised - Matrikon International celebrated the success of its key distributors in the Americas at the annual Channel Partner of the Year awards ceremony earlier this month.

    PRODUCT Adding sensing intelligence to your product! - LeddarTech has released its Leddar™One Sensing Module, a more compact and low-cost alternative that brings valuable sensing intelligence to a whole new range of finished products.

    Research & Education Pneumatic safety for design engineers - A new training course, Pneumatic Safety for Design Engineers, from Festo, is offered to design engineers and managers who require a deeper understanding of the safe application of pneumatics in relation to the requirements for the Machinery Directive (DIN EN ISO 13849-1) and associated standards.

    PRODUCT A family of annular load cells! - Applied Measurements have introduced the CCG family of annular load cells. These annular or donut load cells have been designed for the measurement of compressive forces, both continually and periodically, and are often used in critical bolted installations to monitor bolt tension.

    APPLICATION Air quality monitors track pollution hot-spotsBLOG - Carmarthen County Council in Wales, operates a network of passive diffusion tubes as part of its commitment to Local Air Quality Management under Part IV of the British Environment Act 1995. However, in 2013, Air Monitors supplied the Council with a new type of air quality monitor, 'AQMesh', that is able to provide continuous air quality readings for a range of important parameters.
    Stefan Haugseth
    Stefan Haugseth has joined Ocean Data Systems in the role of Director of Sales for Europe, Middle East and Northern Africa.

    PRODUCT Mobile operator interfaces. - Industrial automation manufacturer Opto 22 has announced a new groov Box (GROOV-AR1) that hosts groov mobile operator interfaces for virtually any automation system.

    PRODUCT HMI software for machines and embedded systems - A powerful new HMI software product has been released by Schneider as part of its market-leading Wonderware® InTouch® portfolio.

    White Paper Small Data versus Big data! - GreenPeak Technologies, has produced a new white paper, "Sentrollers, and the World of Small Data" (pdf), that details how Small Data, the tiny bits of information collected from billions of small sentrollers (sensors, controllers and actuators) in homes, offices, factories, cars, in all corners of the environment, will create a repository of information that will transform lives and generate entire new business sectors.

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Keith Findlay
Atlas Copco Compressors has appointed Keith Findlay as AIRScan Manager.
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    APPLICATION 450 blisters per minuteBLOG - PLC, motion control, drive as one unit: A complete solution for PG Express described by Alexander Hack, Market Development Manager,Kollmorgen, Ratingen (D). Bringing in latest technological innovations, Kollmorgen is participating in strengthening the packaging & metal forming market segment in a big way.

    PRODUCT Enhancements to FF technical specs! - The Fieldbus Foundation has announced the latest updates to its open, non-proprietary FOUNDATION™ fieldbus technical specifications.

    NEWS Major donation of calibration announced! - Beamex, ISA's Premier Strategic Partner for calibration, has donated to the International Society of Automation (ISA) a significant amount of calibration equipment, including multifunctional documenting calibrators and communicators, pressure pumps, and field temperature blocks, along with calibration management software.

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    Automation market survey! - The survey objective is to benchmark the state and potential of the Automation industry in Ireland. It plans to be the most comprehensive insight into the views of employers, employees and suppliers.

    PRODUCT Flanged process viscosity sensor - PAC recently released its latest 393 flanged process viscosity sensor. The 393 sensor's new design is configurable to the end user's needs; it has numerous industry standard process connection options, including ANSI, DIN, and RTJ flanges.

    APPLICATION Fully automated and centralised detection! - GlaxoSmithKline wants to continue inspecting its products itself. Now, using equipment from Keyence, it can fully automate its production lines and in the process, reduce the risk of human error to a minimum.

    PRODUCT Compact, wireless, high performance pulse generator. - Quantum Composers® announced that they have officially begun shipping the new Emerald Series of Pulse and Delay Generators.

    PRODUCT Service package for Ethernet switches. - Harting has introduced a 5-year service package that provides users with additional protection beyond statutory warranty claims for their Ethernet switches in the event of a product or workmanship defect.

    Website for embedded design engineers! - A new website launch coincides with a landmark for Nohau UK - its 25-Year Anniversary.

    PRODUCT Space saving range of USB data sockets - An extended its range of space saving Digital XLR connectors has been announced by Cliff Electronics.

    PRODUCT Visualisation made easy! - Kollmorgen is extending its automation portfolio with new HMIs. The type AKI panels are available in three performance classes with 16:9 screens sized between 4" and 21".

    EVENTS Vision technology forum success! - The first large scale Stemmer Vision Technology Forum in Britain, took place at Silverstone, the home of the British Grand Prix and proved to be a big success with around 350 participants.

    PRODUCT Guided wave radar level transmitter - The Rosemount® 5300 Guided Wave Radar (GWR) level transmitters are now certified to IEC 61508 for safety instrumented functions up to SIL 3.

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Tom Breen
Tom Breen has joined Headwall Photonics as Director of Global Sales.
    APPLICATION Flooded airflow cooling solution! - Rittal have recently provided high quality TS IT server racks, with a customised chimney venting solution, for data centre provider Datum who required cost effective cooling technology when developing their flagship Farnborough (GB) facility.

    EVENTS Details of August Water/Wastewater symposium released! - This year's ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium (#WWAC) features 33 technical speakers. This 3-day symposium (5-7 August, 2014, Orlando, FL, USA) is focused on the challenges associated with automation and instrumentation in the water and wastewater sectors.

    EVENTS Making industrial internet real! - GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt is to Keynote GE Intelligent Platforms 2014 User Summit adressing the topic "Making the Industrial Internet Real." The summit is scheduled for 27-30 October 2014 in Orlando (FL, USA)

    PRODUCT Portable safe electric vehicle charging! - EVconnectors has introduced an innovative portable charging lead featuring an advanced array of features ensuring safe and efficient e-charging.

    Research & Education Learn about mag meters! - A new basic course on flow measurement is available on the Krohne Academy online learning platform: Participants of the course "Electromagnetic flowmeters" will find a wide range of topics related to this flow measuring principle in three modules.

    PRODUCT Letterbox size TFT display modules! - andersDX is now offering letterbox-format colour TFT screens as replacements for character LCD modules and for space constrained applications where standard format colour TFT can't be used.

    PRODUCT Development, test and maintenance of CAN networks! - HMS Industrial Networks has released canAnalyser Version 3 with improved functionality and user interface.

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    PRODUCT Advance in designing industrial facilities & reducing costs! - Honeywell Process Solutions has launched LEAP™ project services to help manufacturers in the processing industries get their plants up and running faster and at lower cost.

    EVENTS Multiple sensor innovations on show! - E+E Elektronik will be demonstrating their full innovative powers with a whole range of new products for industry, HVAC and OEM applications at this year's Sensor+Test, (Nuremberg D).

    PRODUCT Wirelessly transmit test data! - The new Fluke Connect™ system allows maintenance technicians to wirelessly transmit measurement data from Fluke test tools to their smart phone for secure storage on the cloud, thus enabling access by any team member in the field.

    APPLICATION Mantis preys with miniature strain gauge! - The ICA2 load cell amplifier, from Mantracourt, is being used within the design of the Mantis, a hexapod robot, designed and manufactured by Micromagic Systems Robotics Ltd.

    APPLICATION Efficient cooling solutions lower PUE! - Utilising the latest in energy efficient cooling technonology from Rittal has dramatically lowered PUE (Power usage effectiveness) at Node4's latest datacentre at Northampton (GB).

    Research & Education Safety, cybersecurity, and alarm training in North America. - aeSolutions has signed an agreement to market and deliver the International Society of Automation's (ISA) series of safety, cybersecurity, and alarm management courses.

    PRODUCT On-site hygienic servo solution! - Kollmorgen has developed a scalable solution for motor tasks in the packaging, food processing and pharmaceutical industries with AKMH stainless steel motors.

Ian Jones
Ian Joneshas been co-opted to the governing body of the Society of Operations Engineers (SOE).
    APPLICATION Quieter, more efficient, and improved controllability!BLOG - Dr. Petr Osipov, Product Management Motors, Kollmorgen (D) tells how Multivac relies on Kollmorgen for pneumatic to electric transition

    PRODUCT Connectors with RFID technology offer added value! - Harting's family of Han® industrial connectors are now equipped with RFID transponders, enabling specific data on the connector configuration to be linked with factory IT systems to aid processes such as the ordering of spare parts.

    PRODUCT Compact portable vibration exciter! - Type 8921B reference shaker from Kistler Instruments is a compact, portable vibration exciter designed to calibrate the sensitivity of accelerometers in both laboratory and field environments.

    NEWS Award for sustainable development in automation in China! - Red Lion Controls industrial automation and networkinhas been honoured for its consistent commitment to the sustainable development of China's automation industry by Automation Panorama magazine.

    PRODUCT Improved Load Cell Amplifier - Mantracourt's LCA20 load cell weight indicator is a digital signal conditioning amplifier for multiple or single load cell applications, offering one-pass calibration and fast set-up.

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