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    PRODUCT Humidity & temperature transmitter. - The highly accurate EE310 humidity and temperature transmitter from E+E Elektronik is dedicated for demanding process control. The modern multi-functional display with data logging function enables intuitive operation and offers an optimum overview of the measuring task. Extensive settings and diagnostics can thus be performed directly on the device.

    PRODUCT Cryogenic connection! - Intelliconnect (Europe) Ltd, can now provide a wide range of Cryogenic interconnect products.

    PRODUCT High-reliability load pins. - The VPG Model 5113 and Model 5117 load pins provide reliable and repeatable measurements of force, tension, load, and overload parameters, with an industry best-in-class safe overload capacity of up to ±250 kN.

    PRODUCT Reliable relays! - JPR Electronics stock a wide range of high quality relays from Finder. Established in 1954, Finder manufactures over 12,500 different products, including step relays, light dependent relays and many other products for industrial, commercial and residential applications.

    Standards Network functions virtualization success. - Anritsu has successfully completed the 1st NFV Plugtests™ at the first of its kind event organized by the European Telecommunications Standardisation Institute (ETSI) with the scope of validating and testing Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) interoperability.

    Len Chambarlain
    LMI has announced the appointment of Len Chamberlain as VP of Sales.
    Education and Research Instrument Training Course for Galway. - GRETB Training Centre run a 10-week full-time day course in Basic Instrumentation commencing March 2017. The course will be held in their Galway (IRL) Training Centre.

    NEWS Speeding Formula students! - Test equipment sourcing specialist Microlease continues to support academia with the announcement that it has provided advanced instrumentation and technical assistance to the Team Bath Racing Electric (TBRe) project - as they prepare for Formula Student 2017.

    publications" Labels catalogue released. - TE Connectivity (TE) has released its new Identification Solutions Catalogue to provide customers easy access to the full range of TE identification products and solutions.

    Education and Research Safety & environmental presented by dust! - Ashtead Technology, TSI and Britain's Health & Safety Laboratory (HSL) recently collaborated to deliver a workshop focusing on the environmental and safety hazards presented by dust and other particulate matter.

    NEWS Acquisition gives access to previously underexploited markets. - The Kistler Group has acquired Schatz AG in Remscheid (D). This acquisition gives the Kistler Group new potential applications in quality assurance in industrial manufacturing. The Schatz Group can now market its systems through Kistler's global sales network, giving it access to previously underexploited markets.
    Leonardo Aguirre
    ZF Switches and Sensors have appointed Leonardo Aguirre as their new Business Development Manager.

    PRODUCT Collars & couplings. - An expanded line of metric shaft collars, couplings, and mounting components suited for mechanical drive systems and structural applications has been introduced by Stafford Manufacturing Corp. of Wilmington (MA USA).

    Education and Research Programming language courses. - Alison, the large free e-learning platform, has launched two new courses on popular programming language R. Although R is sometimes seen as a simpler programming language than others, there is a steep learning curve to begin with as it uses a different syntax model to most common languages.

    PRODUCT Solinoid valve offer. - Humphrey Products Company is offering a test valve free of charge to design engineers seeking to evaluate and specify solenoid control valves for current or future machine development.

    NEWS Strategic alliance advances automation portfolios. - Yokogawa and eSimulation, recently entered into a strategic alliance, which will significantly expand the advanced automation solution portfolios of both companies to bring enhanced value to the North American oil and gas midstream industry.

    webinarGAMP5 complience in pharma industry. - Itris Automation will be hosting a webinar in March 2017 to demonstrate how PLC Checker can help pharmaceutical companies more efficiently verify and document the GAMP 5 compliance of their PLC programs.

    APPLICATION The 'ins and outs' of air quality monitoring! - Jim Mills, Managing Director of Air Monitors Ltd, explains why there will need to be more funding for monitoring if the mitigation measures mentioned in the guidance are to be implemented effectively. Jim also highlights the close relationship between outdoor air quality and the (often ignored) problems with indoor air quality.

    NEWS Marking 30 years in electronic test! - To mark the 30th anniversary of the founding of Seica S.p.A, President, Mr. Antonio Grassino and General Manager, Ms. Barbara Duvall, hosted a gala dinner last month. The event was held in conjunction with the Kick off Sales meeting, a biannual event for Seica’s global sales network.

    PRODUCT Stakeless earth ground clamp. - Fluke's® 1630-2 FC Stakeless Earth Ground Clamp allows electricians and maintenance technicians to measure earth ground loop resistances indoors/outdoors for multi-grounded systems using only the heavy-duty, dual-clamp jaw, so measurements can be taken quickly and safely without the need to disconnect then reconnect the earth electrode from the system.

    PRODUCT Integral torque indicator! - The compact DRBK-A rotary torque transducer from Applied Measurements, comes with a built-in display so there’s no need to buy additional instrumentation, promising a low cost, space saving rotary torque measurement system

    publications" The latest Read-out - Now in the post boxes of Ireland's automation professionals and emailed to international subscribers is the latest issue of Irelands journal of Instrumentation, Control and Automation.

    PRODUCT Rotary angle measurement. - Variohm EuroSensor are supplying Contelec's Vert-X 79 magnetic rotary encoder designed for high accuracy angular measurement on construction machines and heavy-duty mobile vehicle applications where extreme conditions call for the highest levels of durability.

    Standards Industrial cybersecurity in the US national strategy. - A recent Bloomberg LIVE conference was addressed by Patrick J. Gouhin, Executive Director and CEO of the International Society of Automation, spoke on the future of cybersecurity in the US oil and gas sector, urged energy executives to take action now to protect their facilities and operations from cyberattack.

    PRODUCT Efficient automated label printing. - The new Data Automation app from Brady Workstation uses already available data to automatically create identification labels for components, cables, products and packages.

    PRODUCT Upgrade for "All-in-One Instrument!" - The VB-8054 instrument, from National Instruments (NI), is a new higher performance model of VirtualBench. VirtualBench* plays a key role in reducing the cost and footprint of test and measurement systems by consolidating five of the most commonly used instruments into one device without compromising the performance of each instrument.

    APPLICATION Automotive electronic systems leader selects MES. - sitronic GmbH & Co. KG, a German-based manufacturer of automotive electronic systems, has selected Aegis Software's award-winning FactoryLogix® manufacturing execution software (MES) to streamline operational efficiency and enhance quality and traceability for its automated assembly lines.

    PRODUCT Revolutionary spectrum analyser. - Anritsu is set to revolutionise the test market with the introduction of the Spectrum Master™ MS2760A family, the world's first ultraportable, millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum analysers that verify high-frequency designs, including those used in 5G and E-band applications.

    PRODUCT Wireless gas detector with long life battery. - United Electric Controls has a WirelessHART gas detector that can monitor presence of harmful gases for more than five years without a battery replacement. The new Vanguard WirelessHART gas detector reduces monitoring costs and increases safety by eliminating the need for costly and fixed wiring.

    PRODUCT Low cost wireless solutions. - Wireless Industrial Networks (WIN) supply cost-effective wireless products include a Gateway, Universal Transmitter and selection of measurement sensors. WIN's wireless solutions are designed to dramatically change the way the industry thinks about industrial wireless.

    Standards Complete PSU range meet important standard. - The complete product range of Excelsys Technologies now meets the requirements of the 4th Edition (EMC) of IEC60601-1-2 making them all suitable for use in medical applications.

    PRODUCT AI integration added to suite. - has announced the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to its applications suite. Having worked closely with the mining industry for two years as the sector's innovation partner of choice, understands and appreciates the challenges and benefits of delivering OaaS to an asset and process-intensive industry.

    PRODUCT New test system line! - Intepro Systems has announced their Procyon line of integrated production test systems. At the core of each Procyon system are Intepro's industry-leading programmable DC and AC sources and programmable electronic loads.

    PRODUCT Circular connectors. - Harting has expanded its family of M12 PushPull circular connectors with a number of new versions designed to meet the growing needs of today's railway sector.

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    NEWS Service partnership agreed. - Pharma and biotech manufacturers will benefit from Werum's leading PAS-X MES solution and enhanced local implementation support by EIS as additional "PAS-X Endorsed Service Partner."

    David Staunton
    Paul Wilson, Managing Director of Scorpion Vision Ltd has become the new Chairman of the UK Industrial Vision Association (UKIVA).

    EVENTS Industrial software roadshow for Cork. - Wonderware Ireland is hosting a special event at Fota Island Resort, Cork (IRL), to give manufacturers and system integrators an exclusive look at the company's new developments.

    PRODUCT Industrial camera models. - IDS Imaging Development Systems now offers two new camera models with the Sony IMX252 sensor and IMX265 sensor, representing the best 3 MP CMOS sensors on the market.

    APPLICATION Analyzer underpins growth of container inspection company. - The problems associated with traditional gas detection techniques in container inspection lead to the use of portable FTIR multigas analyzers from the Finnish company Gasmet Technologies.

    Education and Research Serialisation research survey! - "What is the biggest challenge you face when preparing for pharmaceutical serialisation? Are you clear what the global requirements for serialization are?" asks Zenith Technologies, which, along with with SEA Vision, is conducting some serialisation research to better understand users' views.

    PRODUCT Small transducer takes the pressure! - As part of its GP:50 range of pressure sensors and transmitters for hazardous and harsh environments, Interface Force has announced the Model 188 miniature flush diaphragm pressure transducer.

    PRODUCT Accurate smart current sensors. - LEM has upgraded "ART" Rogowski current sensor to measure current of up to 10000A AC and beyond with Class Accuracy 0.5. The ART achieves IEC 61869 Class 0.5 accuracy without the need for additional components like resistors or potentiometers, which can drift over time.

    Education and Research Automation education centre in Scotland. - Emerson has opened new education facilities at its Solutions Centre in Aberdeen. The expansion provides for a range of training courses and competency assessment programmes, enabling engineers and technicians to enhance the automation technology skills required to maximise the operational performance of the assets on which they work.

    EVENTS Trump, Brexit, climate change, new technologies, economic turbulence… - This year OEB2017, Europe's leading conference on technology supported learning and training, will look at how rising uncertainty will affect education and the demands on it.

    APPLICATION MES in the older production lines. - Retrofitting production line machinery with Harting's MICA 'open source' industrial mini-computer extends lifetime, improves process efficiencies, saves cost.

    EVENTS Seminar on noise & vibration. - The AcSoft Group, comprising AcSoft, Svantek and G.R.A.S UK, is hosting a free one-day seminar covering Environmental Noise & Vibration Monitoring on 28th March 2017 at the Sharnbrook Hotel in Bedfordshire (GB).

    APPLICATION Cybersecurity at the heart of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. - Ray Dooley, Product Manager Industrial Control at Schneider Electric Ireland examines the importance of maintaining security as we progress through Industry 4.0.

    PRODUCT High temperature infrared pyrometers. - Fluke® Process Instruments announced the expansion of the Endurance® Series line of high-temperature ratio infrared pyrometers to include three new single-color models and one new two-color model with extended temperature ranges and enhanced optical resolution characteristics.

    PRODUCT Encapsulated PSUs. - Gresham Power Electronics has added a number of new models to its very successful range of encapsulated convection cooled power supplies.

    NEWS Mutual co-operation in flow and pressure. - Yokogawa has announced that it has entered into a private label agreement to resell Eagle Research E-Series Flow Computer under Yokogawa's Y-Flow™ brand label. In addition, Yokogawa and Eagle Research signed a supplier agreement contract where Yokogawa will provide pressure transmitter sensor assemblies for Eagle Research's E-Series Flow Computer.

    NEWS One million dollar test rig! - Endress+Hauser has invested nearly $1 million in a state of the art pressure test rig at its U.S. headquarters in Greenwood (IN USA). The rig allows it to test complete instrument assemblies to customer specifications, and provides a 100% test indicating a specific instrument can withstand the design process pressure, up to 15,000 psi.

    NEWS Chief visits new acquisitions - Shigenobu Nagamori, who launched Nidec in Kyoto, Japan in 1973, presented to Control Techniques and Leroy-Somer staff at their respective headquarters in Newtown (GB), and Angouleme (F) on February 2 and 3. The events were simultaneously broadcast to Control Techniques and Leroy-Somer staff across the world.
    Paul Wilson
    Paul Wilson, Managing Director of Scorpion Vision Ltd has become the new Chairman of the UK Industrial Vision Association (UKIVA).
    PRODUCT Game changers in low-pressure calibration! - Additel's 760-LLP automatic handheld low-pressure calibrator takes portable, low-pressure calibration to new levels - a portable, automated low-pressure calibrator in the palm of your hand! The Additel 761-LLP has a built-in high performance electronic pump and precision pressure controller that provides a turn-key solution for calibration of gauges, room and HVAC differential pressure transmitters, and switches both in the field and in the laboratory.

    NEWS Quick ship programme for process instruments. - Yokogawa Corporation of America has announced quick shipping options for process instrumentation and analytical products through its Quick Ship Program.

    APPLICATION Advance operational excellence out of this world! - Lockheed Martin Space Systems is to implement Aegis' FactoryLogix Manufacturing Execution Software (MES) at their Littleton, (CO USA) facility. Operators at Lockheed Martin Space Systems will use the MES solution to increase factory speed, control, and visibility for several government satellite programs.

    PRODUCT Connector selection guide. - New board to board, wire to board, USB and RJ connectors with built in magnetics are just a few of the 700 new Taicom connector products added by Anglia, in a substantial expansion of its offering from this competitive, high quality manufacturer.

    PRODUCT Metering pump enhanced. - Proseries-M® MD-3 Hybrid Diaphragm Chemical Metering Pump from Blue White Industries is now equipped with sonic welded manifolds for added durability and protection from chemical leaks.
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    PRODUCT Safe Frequency-to-DC Transmitter. - The SIL 3 capable SFY Functional Safety Frequency-to-DC Transmitter with display has been released by Moore Industries.

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    Thomas Punzenberger, Stefan Reuther and Phillip Werr now on the Copa-Data Executive Board

    APPLICATION Drainage specialists prefer to rent. - The loss of a crawler meant that Haze Cleansing Services were able to decide whether they should purchase a replacement or simply rent the best inspection equipment for each job. They chose to rent from Ashtead.

    EVENTS Analysis ina rosy setting! - Mark your calendar today to attend ISA's 2017 Analysis Symposium to be held 23-27 April in the charming City of Roses—Pasadena (CA USA).

    PRODUCT Low voltage breaker. - Launched to the market earlier this year, the Masterpact MTZ is the smartest-ever generation of circuit breakers, combining Schneider Electric's performance and reliability with new digital capabilities. Masterpact MTZ is being made available in the Ireland, Britain, Spain, Belgium, France, Germany, and the Netherlands, available from local distributors.

    PRODUCT Multifunction test kits' bargain! - Until 30th June 2017, Fluke UK is offering two money-saving 1660 Series Multifunction Installation Tester Kits. The Fluke 1664FC-TPLKIT comprises a 1664 FC multifunction installation tester with free Fluke DMS Data Management Software and a free Fluke T150 2-pole Voltage and Continuity Tester; the Fluke 1663-TPLKIT comprises a 1663 with free Fluke DMS Data Management Software and a free Fluke T130 Voltage and Continuity Tester.

    NEWS Acquisition Completed. - Nidec has completed acquisition of Emerson Electric's motors, drives and electric power generation Businesses.

    APPLICATION Volatile organic compound monitor. - Lakeshore Environmental (USA), has chosen a handheld, entry-level TigerLT photoionisation detector (PID) from Ion Science to replace an outdated and unsupported competitor instrument.

    APPLICATION Turning a neat thread. - BMI Engineering, one of Britain's leading high volume turned-parts manufacturers, has upgraded its quality department with the addition of an IM Series image dimension measuring system from Keyence.

    PRODUCT Vibrating level with HART! - Emerson Automatio Solutions has launched the Rosemount 2140, the world's first wired HART vibrating fork level detector.

    PRODUCT Load Cell Amplifier. - The LCD20 DIN rail strain gauge amplifier microprocessor from Applied Measurements, delivers smarter automation and control for process applications. Along with its small and stackable design, the amplifier also comes with 2 part screw connectors enabling easy and tidy mounting where space is limited.

    PRODUCT Signal quality analyser. - Anritsu has released two upgrades for the Signal Quality Analyzer MP1800A series which strengthen the company's offering for 32 GBaud PAM4 BER test solutions.

    EVENTS Programme for air quality event! - The programme for Day 2 of the AQE 2017, the international Air Quality and Emissions Show (Telford, GB, 24-25th May) has been published. Developed in partnership with IAPSC (Investigation of Air Pollution Standing Conference), there will be three sessions covering: pervasive air quality monitoring; vehicle emissions monitoring and data management; and local air quality management and policy.

    PRODUCT 20-Channel Discrete Output Module. - Bedrock Automation has set a benchmark in I/O price/performance with the release of a cyber secure 20-channel discrete output (DO) module for its Bedrock™ OSA™ system.

    Education and Research Flowstudys may be purchased on-line. - Flow Research has opened an Secure Online Store. From now on many of their studies may be purchased using the convenience of online ordering, saving money in the process! Currently, they offer a $200 discount on any study ordered through the Secure Online Store.

    PRODUCT Rugged position switches. - With the Ex 99, the steute business unit "Extreme" presents a new series of position switches developed especially for "Extreme" applications and conforming to DIN EN 50041 dimensions.

    NEWS Co-operation to help business integrate into IIoT. - Yokogawa Electric Corporation is to work with Microsoft Corporation, FogHorn Systems, Inc., Bayshore Networks, Inc., and Telit IoT Platforms, LLC to integrate their technology into an industrial IoT (IIoT) architecture for the delivery of new services. With this architecture, the company aims to transform its business model, expand its business scope, and help its customers run their businesses more efficiently.

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    PRODUCT Air manifolds. - RCC's Air Manifold Division is primarily focused on the manufacture of high quality Air Distribution Manifolds. An expanding customer base includes many of the world's leading bluechip multinational companies operating in Ireland and abroad. They are used extensively in Biotechnology, Food & Beverage, Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Facilities.

    EVENTS Smart factory day! - Distec is partnering with Red Lion Controls to host a smart factory day on March 28, 2017. The event, which will be held at the De Vere Cranage Estate in Cheshire (GB), is designed to give plant managers an overview of the benefits of smart factory technology.

    PRODUCT VA meters with HART! - The Krohne variable area flowmeter H250 M40 is now available with HART 7.4 communication.

    APPLICATION Drives for power station cooling towers! - Power Station now using Control Techniques Unidrive M700 variable speed drives from Emerson to control 22 cooling tower fans across two towers. Replacing a system that was first installed in 1975, the advanced new drive brought many benefits.
    Steve McMahon
    Optoscribe has appointed Steve McMahon as its new Sales and Marketing Director.

    PRODUCT Rotary coded switch. - The Elma C15 Rotary Coded Switch range is now available from Foremost Electronics. The C15 multifunction switch is intended for cost sensitive applications where space is critical and is particularly suitable for frequency and channel selection in two way radios, portable appliances, instrumentation and similar miniaturised mobile applications.

    PRODUCT AC/DC power sources. - The AFV-P Series of precision, programmable AC/DC power sources have been introduced by Intepro Systems. The compact rack-mounted units are available in four power levels – 600VA, 1250VA and 2500VA (2U) and 5000VA (5U) – and provide clean power with distortion less than 0.3% at 50/60Hz

    PRODUCT Closing the gap between automation & IT. - Softing Industrial announced that its dataFEED uaGate SI gateway now also supports the MQTT protocol in addition to OPC-UA, enabling easy and reliable integration of Siemens S7 data into cloud solutions.

    APPLICATION Drives aid Dutch innovative fishing craft. - Control Techniques & Leroy-Somer have recently helped complete a landmark fishing industry project by contributing to the construction of a brand new type of marine vessel, the MDV-1 "Immanuel".

    K.S. Chari
    Ion Science has expanded KS Chari's role as Regional Manager for South Asia to include the Middle East .

    PRODUCT TFT screen transform instrument panel. - The new andersDX letterbox display offers an outstanding IPS TFT screen in a unique form factor. It provides a high contrast image that can be easily viewed over a wide angle even in bright sunlight and unfavourable conditions.

    NEWS For the cyclists among us! - For the safety of both cyclists and drivers, bicycle lights are essential. Yet technology in this area hasn't changed much for decades, and the simple bike lights that have been available do not catch enough attention from drivers. For the last two years, Brightspark, a new start-up company, has been developing a more innovative and adequate product, and has announced that it will be available this year.

    PRODUCT Low-noise single axis accelerometer. - Silicon Designs has announced the added versatility of its Model 2210 Series, to include measurement capabilities on one, two, or three orthogonal axes.

    Education and Research Production monitoring seminar/workshop. - Kistler Instruments will be holding a free production monitoring seminar/workshop with hands on workstation sessions providing practical insight into the application of force, pressure, torque and surface strain sensors using their systems.

    Power supply home page! - Gresham Power Electronics has updated its power supply homepage to offer visitors easy access to its wide product range and has added a simple to use product search facility.
    publications" Measurement Uncertainty. - The fifth edition of Measurement Uncertainty: Methods and Applications by Ronald. H. Dieck has been launched by ISA.
    Emily Norman
    The AcSoft Group has promoted Emily Norman to Sales Director.

    Standards Approval for particulate monitors. - The TSI Environmental DustTrak™ Aerosol Monitors in Ashtead Technologies' fleet of particulate matter (PM) monitors have achieved MCERTS approval.

    PRODUCT Plugging into ProfiBus! - With its many years of acquired ProfiBus experience, Procentec has developed a unique series of innovative ProfiBus Plugs that cover the common installation issues.

    Education and Research Rentings for NDT training. - TWI recently ran a Non Destructive Testing training course in Madrid at which, thanks to rented instruments from Ashtead Technology, each participant was able to use individual test instruments.

    EVENTS Cybersecurity Career Pathways for Protecting Critical Infrastructure. - As part of its mission to help develop a workforce capable of competing in advanced manufacturing, the Automation Federation will deliver a presentation on career pathways in industrial cybersecurity at this week's 2017 Workforce Development Institute conference.

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    APPLICATION Pipeline management & control system order. - Yokogawa has received an order from the British Pipeline Agency Limited (BPA), that country's leading provider of engineering and operational services to the oil and gas pipeline sector, to supply a management and control system for a major multi-product fuel pipeline system.

    NEWS Agreement on co-operation on automation opportunities. - Bedrock Automation has signed a memorandum of agreement with Jacobs Engineering Group, one of the world's largest and most diverse providers of full-spectrum technical, professional and construction services.

    APPLICATION Installing a power-off brake! - Thomson Industries, has released an educational video for design engineers, illustrating how to properly install its SB Series power-off brake.

    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.

    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.
    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.

    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.
    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.

    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.

    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.

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    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.

    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.
    Steve PflantzSteven W. Pflantz, PE, is the 2017 President of the International Society of Automation (ISA).

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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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