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18/1/2017

    PRODUCT Cylinder pressure sensors. - The Type 6124A uncooled cylinder pressure sensor, from Kistler, has a measuring range of 0 to 300 bar and is equally suited to laboratory and on-road applications in challenging environments.

    NEWS Circuit protection in Britain & Ireland. - Anglia has significantly strengthened and enhanced its circuit protection portfolio with its appointment as Britain and Ireland distributor by Littelfuse.

    NEWS Drive ranges purchased to continue availaibility. - Following the recent closure of SmartDrive Limited, Mclennan has purchased the design and manufacturing rights for the entire line of the former motion control provider's D- and DM-series full/half stepping and microstepping Eurocard drives.

    APPLICATION Measuring stylus tracking force. - Demonstrating its continuing role as a technological innovator, Rega will soon be launching a new accessory – a weighing scale that precisely measures stylus tracking force. As an integral component for the scale, Rega chose the Zemic Q70 series miniature load cell, supplied and fully supported in the Britain by Variohm EuroSensor.

    PRODUCT OPC Communication with Secure Link to IoT Clouds. - The new version of Softing's dataFEED OPC Suite now includes an MQTT connector. This makes transfer of data to IoT Clouds simple and secure.

    PRODUCT Connectors to simplify panel building & system integration. - Cliff Electronics has introduced a 1U 19" rack mounting panel to aid system builders with integration of their very successful range of XLR-Format FeedThrough connectors.

17/1/2017
    PRODUCT Air velocity with Modbus. - The EE671 compact air flow probe from E+E Elektronik measures air velocity up to 20 m/s (4000 ft/m) and is ideal for HVAC applications. The new version with Modbus RTU interface facilitates the EE761 integration into modern building automation systems.
16/1/2017
    APPLICATION Control Systems for UAE. - Yokogawa (Middle East & Africa) has received an order from the Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority (SEWA) to provide control systems for the Layyah Power and Desalination Station.

    PRODUCT Rounding out cloud IoT applications. - WebAccess 8.2 is a web based SCADA software package available later this year from Advantech, to round out the IoT applications from the end to the cloud.

    NEWS New lab focusses on IIoT. - Nation Instruments (NI) has announced the opening of the new NI Industrial IoT Lab at its Austin headquarters (TX USA). The new lab focuses on intelligent systems that connect operational technology, information technology and the companies working on these systems.

13/1/2017
    PRODUCT Infrared measurement enhance with software feature. - Fluke has introduced a new software feature which integrates high-resolution thermal data from the company's TiX580 and TiX560 infrared cameras with National Instruments' LabVIEW and MathWorks' MATLAB software, leveraging the strength of those powerful platforms and making it easy to add high-resolution infrared data, video and images to R&D analysis and reporting.
12/1/2017
    Standards Industry's first Technology Qualification certificate for fiscal metering. - Emerson's Daniel 3415 and 3416 Dual-Configuration Gas Ultrasonic Meters have received the industry's first Technology Qualification (TQ) from DNV GL for fiscal gas meters, a risk-based assessment that evaluates meter performance in real-life operational environments to ensure the technology meets the highest fiscal measurement standards.

    People
    Ted Crandall
    Theodore Crandall, who has been appointed senior vice president, Control Products & Solutions (CP&S) at Rockwell Automation.
    Patrick Goris
    Patrick Goris has been appointed senior vice president and chief financial officer with Rockwell Automation.

    EVENTS Water & Waste papers sought! - paper call for 2017 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium (WWAC) which is taking place 8-10 August 2017 in Orlando. (FL USA).

    PRODUCT More options for custom cable assemblies. - Harting has expanded its har-flex® connector family with the addition of individual cable connectors for the self-assembly of custom cable assemblies.

    Standards Development site achieves cybersecurity certification. - The Honeywell Phoenix (AZ USA) product development site in the US has achieved the ISASecure® SDLA lifecycle certification. Honeywell received the conformance certificate from exida, LLC, an ISASecure ISO 17065 accredited certification body.

    PRODUCT Subminiature load cells for delicate applications. - Burster's 8416 and 8417 series tension and compression load cells from Ixthus, are aimed at force measurement in space restricted assemblies or where discreet and minimal weight installation is important.

    Standards Gas detector approved to SIL2. - Tyco Gas & Flame Detection (Tyco GFD) is pleased to announce that the DG-TT7-S H2S gas detector with Metal Oxide Semiconductor (MOS) sensor underwent stringent functional safety assessments by an external certification body and is now SIL 2 approved.

11/1/2017
    PRODUCT Handheld communicator enhanced! - Power the Loop technology has been introduced by Emerson for their AMS Trex Device Communicator, helping users work more effectively and perform faster device configuration – on the bench or in the field – by removing the need for an external power supply.

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    NEWS Transmitter wins safety award. - United Electric Controls, has won the 2016 exida safety award for its One Series Safety Transmitter — the first SIL 2-certified transmitter designed solely for safety system applications.

    PRODUCT Power distribution in harsh environments. - Schneider Electrical has introduced Canalis KR, busbar trunking for high-power distribution in harsh environments and critical applications.

    PRODUCT Flange management! - Atlas Copco Bolt Tightening Solutions has launched an innovative flange management system. The iFMS is a modular, software-based management system designed for planning, data capture, analysis and reporting of activities related to the inspection, maintenance and testing of bolted joints and pipework.

    PRODUCT Display modules. - KOE have announced the introduction of Zero Dot Defect Rugged+ display modules. An improved cosmetic specification has been introduced which defines zero bright dot defects i.e. no dead pixels with a bright failure mode.

    PRODUCT Ex position switches. - Position switches from Steute, with dimensions to DIN EN 50047, have been tested and approved according to ATEX and IECEx for use in gas Ex zones 1 and 2, as well as dust Ex zones 21 and 22.

10/1/2017 9/1/2017
    PRODUCT The Long And The Short Of Environmental Sampling Management!. - Autoscribe Informatics is providing two opportunities to have a close-up look at the new Environmental Sampling module for the Matrix Gemini LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System).

    APPLICATION EMC problems could lead to lost business - Keith Armstrong, global electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) expert at EMC Standards looks at a case where radio frequency interference (RFI) had a significant detrimental impact on a business.

    PRODUCT Elbow plug connector. - A new elbow plug connector called Anglissimo has been launched by LEMO connectors. This patent pending connector offers the system integrator and manufacturer the possibility to orientate the connector in one of the eight possible positions during its assembly.

6/1/2017
    APPLICATION Valve remote control system for offshore crane! - Heerema Marine Contractors has chosen Emerson to provide a valve remote control (VRC) system for the world's largest semi-submersible offshore crane vessel, SSCV Sleipnir, currently under construction at Sembcorp Marine's shipyard in Singapore.
    People
    Steve PflantzSteven W. Pflantz, PE, is the 2017 President of the International Society of Automation (ISA).

5/1/2017
    PRODUCT Machinery protection system with SIL 2 Certification. - Emerson's AMS 6500 Machinery Health Monitor is now certified for Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 2, providing users greater confidence against asset and process failures. Common examples of process applications where SIL 2 advanced safety integrities are needed are steam and gas turbines in power plants and critical refinery and nuclear industry assets.

    PRODUCT Overmoulding protection for sensors. - Variohm EuroSensor includes thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) overmoulding for many of its sensor products and is able to provide this service on a sub-contract basis for other manufacturers.

    PRODUCT Multi-axis network motion controllers. - Elmo Motion's Platinum Maestro is a certified EtherCAT and CANopen network motion controller that offers exceptional levels of multi-axis machine performance.

    OrganisationsElection results announced! - MCAA President Teresa Sebring has certified the election of officers and directors of the Measurement, Control & Automation Association for 2017. The elections were completed by letter ballot of the membership in November.

    PRODUCT Coriolis and magnetic flowmeters. - The Proline 300/500, a family of industry optimised "smart" Coriolis mass and electromagnetic flow instruments has been released by Endress+Hauser. These instruments simplify installation, speed commissioning, and streamline both operation and maintenance activities.

4/1/2017
    PRODUCT Rotation speed! - The SC-System's family of signal conditioners by Pepperl+Fuchs can now be used even more comprehensively: the single rotation speed monitor with just a 6 mm installation width processes digital input signals of all binary sensors currently on the market and is now fitted with a restart inhibit.

    EVENTS Intelligent buildings! - The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA), an association dedicated to the advancement of intelligent home and intelligent building technologies and a member organization of the Automation Federation, will conduct the 2017 CABA Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum April 26-28 2017 in Santa Clara, (CA USA).

    EVENTS Call for papers for FPID17 - The 2016 FPID Conference was the first international ISA symposium held outside of North America. It was very well attended and the local section is extremely proud of its success. This year, ISA's Food and Pharmaceutical Industries Symposium, (FPID) returns to North America, to Boston, Massachusetts - 16–17 May 2017! Deadline for abstracts is 9th January!
    Report on the 2016 Symposium in Cork (IRL)

    PRODUCT Signal Quality Analyser. - Anritsu Corporation has launched the Signal Quality Analyser MP1800A Series 100G-EPON Test Solution.

    NEWS Competence centre inmproves servicing German market! - Seica now offers its German customers, and prospective customers, a generously equipped new technology center, covering 375 square meters.

3/1/2017
    PRODUCT Compact bidirectional data memory module. - A compact, bidirectional data memory module for tight mounting spaces is now available from Balluff.

    NEWS Safety encoder. - In the future, Hengstler will offer the Safety Communication Layer of BiSS Safety for its rotary encoder portfolio in order to meet the steady growth in safety applications.

    PRODUCT Monitor the mini wave. - The smallest thermal profiling system designed specifically for miniature wave selective soldering processes has been announced by Fluke® Process Instruments. The DATAPAQ SelectivePaq uses four thermocouples to take measurements from the electronic assembly as it passes through the preheating and dip soldering phases. Sample intervals can be adjusted to up to 20 times per second.

    PRODUCT Explosion proof. - Electrical Explosion Protection Equipment by Pepperl+Fuchs is exactly tailored to meet the multifarious requirements of process automation.

2/1/2017
    2016 Top ten stories of 2016 - These are the 10 most viewed stories on the Read-out Instrumentation Signpost throughout 2016. There are now over eight thousand stories published in the six or seven years since we started reporting them here.
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29/12/2016
    NEWS Excellence in Automation in Ireland recognised! - The annual ISA Ireland Honours & Awards ceremony was held earlier this month in University College, Cork. This annual ceremony acknowledges and encourages excellence for those training for careers in Instrumentation, Control and Automation and for innovation in the discipline.
28/12/2016
    PRODUCT Enabling PCs communicate with fibre-optics. - HMS Industrial Networks has expanded the IXXAT INpact multi-protocol card series with a PCIe mini variant for PROFINET IRT Fibre Optic.

    PRODUCT Communication securely to IoT Clouds. - Softing's new MQTT Connector enables the integration of automation devices via MQTT Publisher functionality in IoT cloud applications, e.g. IBM Bluemix Cloud. Highest security during transmission is guaranteed through the encryption of the data using SSL/TLS.

21/12/2016
    PRODUCT Cloud for field devices. - Delta's Smart Factory and Cloud Solution provide a remote control and monitoring platform for real-time management of factory facilities. This solution integrates Delta's brand new Industrial 3G Cloud Routers DX-2100 Series to collect facility operation data from PLCs and industrial controllers in factories, and upload it to Delta's DIACloud internet cloud service platform for management.

    PRODUCT Light speed for hazardous areas. - In introducing their series 9721 unmanaged switches with ATEX and IECEx certifications, R. Stahl is presenting a networking product geared towards process plants with fast Ethernet infrastructure in hazardous areas.

    APPLICATION Checking monoblock containers. - Fluke® Process Instruments has developed a miniature monitoring solution for monoblock cure processes. The DATAPAQ MonoPaq2 system profiles the metal temperature of coated aluminum bottles, aerosols, and collapsible tubes both in IBO and OBO lines.

    PRODUCT Wireless Sensor Connection. - The new WIS 2 (Wireless Inductive System 2) is an ideal way for Pepperl+Fuchs to round off its portfolio for the wireless connection of sensors to moving machine parts with a higher-performance system, according to a company statement.

20/12/2016
    PRODUCT PLC series covers most automation applications. - The Delta AS300 series Compact Non-backplane Mid-range PLC is a high performance multi-purpose controller designed for all kinds of automated equipment. Delta's self-developed 32-bit SoC (System on Chip) CPUs offer an enhanced execution speed (40 k steps/ms) and supports a maximum of up to 32 extension modules.
    People
    Vedak RajeshWerum IT Solutions has appointed Rajesh Vedak as India-Country Manager.

    PRODUCT Snap-on pre-printed wire markers. - TE Connectivity has highlighted its market-leading STD and STB snap-on pre-printed markers for wire and cable identification.

    PRODUCT Connectors - waterproof when not connected! - The Binder 620 and 720 sub-miniature and miniature all-plastic snap-in modular connectors are available from Foremost Electronics. The lightweight and compact NCC (non-connected closed) design features internal seals that provide protection to IP67 with excellent electrical characteristics.

19/12/2016
    APPLICATION PCB & control unit assembler improves manufacturing systems. - A customer of Aegis Software since 2008 Cimar Electronics have used V7 NPI tools incorporating iView and iTrac. This year they introduced FactoryLogix R3 into their Veenendaal (NL) facility.

    PRODUCT Fault monitoring alarm system. - Mantracourt has launched a significant upgrade to its Load Cell Integrity Box and Fault Monitoring Alarm – the LCI. This innovative product has been designed to continuously monitor the condition of individual load cells and activates an alarm when faults in the system detected.

16/12/2016
    PRODUCT Servicing & maintenance in hazardous areas! - The IS1+ Remote I/O System from R. Stahl enables preventive maintenance implementations in zone 1 and 2 hazardous areas, where servicing systems and components is particularly challenging and expensive.
    People
    Arthur ChampRed Lion Controls has appointed Bruce Macpherson as Vice President of Sales for the EMEA and SAARC regions.

    EVENTS Call for Analysis Papers! - The International Society of Automation (ISA) and its Analysis Division invite authors, innovators, thought leaders, and other professionals in the process and analytical sciences industry to submit abstracts for presentation consideration at the 2017 Analysis Division Symposium. This 62nd annual technical conference and exhibition will be held 23-27 April 2017 in Pasadena, CA USA.

    NEWS Impressive showing for photoionisation detectors. - Ion Science has doubled sales of its high performance fixed photoionisation detectors (PIDs) compared to 2015. This latest success is being attributed to the launch of the company's Falco series of fixed continuous volatile organic compound (VOC) monitors and MiniPID 2 sensor earlier this year.

    PRODUCT Beta testers wanted for WirelessHART gas detector. - United Electric Controls has announced the availability of beta versions of its Vanguard WirelessHART gas detector. The company offering free beta trials to gain additional feedback on customer experience and product performance prior to the official product roll-out in early 2017.

    PRODUCT NDIR sensing - The Guardian NG NDIR gas monitors from Edinburgh Instruments, typify their commitment to customers convenience and safety, backed by over thirty years of sensor design and manufacturing experience.

    PRODUCT Rotation speed monitor enhanced. - The SC-System's family of signal conditioners by Pepperl+Fuchs can now be used even more comprehensively: the single rotation speed monitor with just a 6 mm installation width processes digital input signals of all binary sensors currently on the market and is now fitted with a restart inhibit.

    NEWS Energy award for Irish PSU manufacturer. - Excelsys Technologies are winners of a Top Supplier award in the Energy category at the 21st Annual SPDEI Awards ceremony held in Paris (F) on the 2nd of December.

15/12/2016
    PRODUCT Solar panel safety. - Omron is addressing the challenge of de-energizing solar PV panels and other renewable energy sources with the launch of a new high power DC relay capable of rapidly interrupting 25A at 1000V DC in the event of an emergency.
13/12/2016
    PRODUCT Encoders using BiSS. - In 2015, the Safety Communication Layer of BiSS Safety was confirmed by TÜV Rhineland for suitability for safety-relevant communication up to and including SIL3. In the future, Hengstler will offer this protocol for its rotary encoder portfolio in order to meet the steady growth in safety applications.
12/12/2016
    EVENTS The latest technologies and the future of engineering. - National Instruments reports that over 600 delegates from across Northern Europe attended this years NIDays in London (GB) in November. They collectively represented a vast field of industrial and professional sectors.

    PRODUCT Bidirectional data memory module. - A compact memory module with IP 67 protection is just 34 x 16 x 8 mm in size is available from Balluff. It can be used as a memory storage device on interchangeable units such as milling heads on gantry type machining centres.

    PRODUCT Light & vision sensors. - The light section sensors from the Pepperl+Fuchs SmartRunner range uniquely combine a high-precision light section sensor and vision sensor into one compact device.

9/12/2016
    People
    Arthur ChampArthur Champ is Key Account Manager with Anglia supporting customers in South East England.
    NEWS Open integration group! - Endress+Hauser's Open Integration Partner Program strives to mitigate risks when commissioning customer plant by ensuring that operators can easily integrate their devices and components into automation systems. To date eight companies are in the program: AUMA Riester, HIMA Paul Hildebrandt, Honeywell Process Solutions, Mitsubishi Electric, Pepperl+Fuchs, Rockwell Automation, R. STAHL and Schneider Electric. These are now joined by Phoenix Contact and Flowserve.
8/12/2016
    PRODUCT Partnership to advance the IIoT! - National Instruments (NI) has announced that SparkCognition is partnering with NI and IBM to collaborate on the Condition Monitoring and Predictive Maintenance Testbed.
7/12/2016
    PRODUCT Highly integrated communication with ModBus. - The second product in their EtherNet/IP Linking Devices family has been released by HMS Industrial Networks. The new EtherNet/IP to Modbus-TCP Linking Device allows users to connect devices on Modbus-TCP to a Rockwell ControlLogix® or CompactLogix® PLC.
    People
    Mrinal IyengarMrinal Iyengar is the Vice President, Product Management with Abaco Systems.

    EVENTS Moving From Data Paralysis to Predictive Analysis. - The National Maritime College of Ireland was the venue last month (Nov 2016) for a joint seminar organised by the Irish Affilate of the ISPE and the Ireland Section of International Society of Automation (ISA). The topic, "Moving From Data Paralysis to Predictive Analysis," proved very attractive and attracted a large number of delegates. This report is from the ISA.

    PRODUCT Wireless vibration sensor. - Yokogawa has developed an ISA100 WirelessTM-based field wireless vibration sensor with the ability to quickly update data as well as a long battery life.

    EVENTS Workshop on dust, arosols & particulates! - Following the success of a similar event last January, TSI and Ashtead Technology have organised another workshop focusing on workplace dust, aerosols and environmental particulates. The event, which is free to attend, will take place on Wednesday 11th January 2017 at TSI's headquarters in High Wycombe (GB).

    PRODUCT Compact connector. - Harting's new Han® Q 1/0 Axial Screw Protected connector is a compact single-pole unit that enables the transmission of high currents - greater than 100 A - within the small footprint of a standard 3 A housing.

    NEWS Japanese Award for automation and control manufacturer. - IDEC Corporation's MicroSmart FC6A PLC has received the Good Design Award from the Japan Institute for Design Promotion, a public interest foundation

6/12/2016
    PRODUCT Mini card enables PCs to communicate. - HMS Industrial Networks has expanded the IXXAT INpact multi-protocol card series with a PCIe mini variant for PROFINET IRT Fiber Optic.

    white paper White paper on FTIR. - A free White Paper on the simultaneous measurement of multiple gases in a wide variety of applications using FTIR (Fourier Transform InfraRed) technology has been published by Quantitech.

    PRODUCT Advanced vibration monitor for rent! - Ashtead Technology has added the Vibrock V9000 Ground Vibration Monitor to its rental fleet of instruments. Portable, lightweight and battery powered, the V9000 is supplied fully calibrated and ready for immediate use, making it ideal for a wide variety of site investigation applications.

5/12/2016
    APPLICATION Particulate monitors selling like hot cakes. - Palas, the German manufacturer of particulate monitoring instruments, is expanding production to cope with demand for its fine particulate monitor, the Fidas® 200. In this article Jim Mills explains why Air Monitors, the British distributor, is being kept busy by the demand for this exciting new technology.

    EVENTS Air pollution conference at show! - AQE 2017, the international Air Quality and Emissions show (Telford, GB, 24th- 25th May 2017) has partnered with IAPSC (Investigation of Air Pollution Standing Conference) to deliver the conference on the second day of the AQE event.

2/12/2016
    PRODUCT Monitoring security & health of systems. - Addressing an increasingly important concern for manufacturers, Emerson is introducing upgrades to Guardian Support so users can monitor the security and health risks associated with control and software systems.

    APPLICATION Gas detection instrumentation for German agency! - Ion Science has recently supplied 300 Tiger volatile organic compound (VOC) monitors to Germany's Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) where they are part of the vital chemical measurement system on board CRBN 'first responder' reconnaissance vehicles.

    PRODUCT Examining components with shiny & diffusely-scattering surfaces. - The new Trevista X4 models from Stemmer Imaging, utilise a patented 2.5D process, called Shape from Shading, identifies surface defects such as scratches, burrs, dents, discolouration or grinding marks, even if only a few micrometres deep. They can be detected with significantly greater certainty with this process than with conventional image processing systems.

    PRODUCT Room climate transmitter! - The EE800 room transmitter from E+E Elektronik combines CO2, temperature (T) and relative humidity (RH) measurement in a single device. It is ideal for use in demand-controlled ventilation and indoor climate control.

    APPLICATION Logistics module for Slovenia. - The P&P Group in Slovenia, recently expanded their business to incorporate SMT d.o.o in 2003 and specialises in the development of complex electronic systems with extensive experience in the development and manufacture of sophisticated custom-made electronic devices.

    PRODUCT Low cost RF Connectors. - Intelliconnect (Europe) has introduced the new Taurus range of low cost high quality, industry standard coaxial connectors and adaptors available from stock in Britain and delivered on a 1- 3 day lead time.

    PRODUCT Level with optimised communications. - Baumer has expanded the successful CleverLevel series with two new variants - the LBFH and LBFI. They are available with two switching outputs, qTeach and a 360° output status indicator.

1/12/2016
    PRODUCT Box PC for IoT inside industrial automation. - The BE10A, from Men Mikro Elektronik, is a space- and power-saving box PC with low power consumption that can be operated in a light, space-saving housing without fans, allowing for maintenance-free operation.

    PRODUCT Cameras for harsh environments. - The GigE uEye FA camera series from IDS Imaging Development Systems is designed for use in the harshest industrial environments.

    PRODUCT Identification marker. - TE Connectivity (TE) has launched ZHD, a new, versatile cable identification product. Until now, heat shrink cable identification systems were either low fire hazard or diesel resistant - but not both. TE's new ZHD identification products combines these two features into a single product.

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