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    Web Site Power management technology site. - Mouser Electronics has launched its new Power Management Technology site, designed to give engineers easy-to-access information on the latest technical advances in power management technologies.

    PRODUCT Safe vibration data collection in hazardous environments. - Emerson's CSI 2140 Machinery Health Analyser has received ATEX and IECEx, Zone 2 certification, enabling the latest generation portable vibration analyser to be used in hazardous environments.

    PRODUCT SIL2 certified gas detectors. - The Simtronics GD10P detector is for combustible gas detection on offshore installations. It has set the standard for gas detectors in the areas of safety, stability and low maintenance.

    APPLICATION It's an ill wind... - "Bad weather obviously stimulates our business, but continual investment in product development also increases the popularity of our technologies, and the complete monitoring systems that we build make it easier for customers to start collecting and disseminating data." Comments OTT Hydrometry's MD.

    APPLICATION Oil and gas operators maximise production and efficiency.- Emerson has expanded its Integrated Operations (iOps) solutions to include workflow software modules from OVS Group.

    APPLICATION Communicating the sun! - Highly reliable data communications networks created by Westermo are helping to maximise the availability of two thermal solar power plants in south-western Spain.

    NEWS Strategic partnership for calibration continues. - Over the past several years, through the partnership, Beamex and ISA have collaborated to provide ISA members and customers with access to Beamex’s diverse calibration resources, including publications, case studies, webinars, expert advice and more.

    NEWS Acquisition set to increase Industrial - HMS Industrial Networks has signed an agreement to acquire the Belgium-based company eWON SA - a leading IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) manufacturer of intelligent Internet-based remote access routers.

    APPLICATION Ambient air quality monitoring stations throughout Britain. - Air Monitors has been awarded a contract to service, calibrate and maintain the majority of the British Automatic Urban and Rural Network (AURN) of ambient air quality monitoring stations.

    EVENTS Future factory - a moderator's impression!BLOG - Read-out was asked to moderate the automation stream at the National Manufacturing & Supplies conference held last week outside Dublin. This is our report.

    APPLICATION Automation technologies upgrades at largest refinery in US Midwest. - Emerson Process Management is providing process automation technologies and services to help BP further enhance the safety, reliability, and performance of its Whiting refinery in Northwest Indiana, (USA) - without the costly downtime often required for such projects.

    PRODUCT Industrial force & weighing! - The BLH Nobel brand, of the Vishay Precision Group, has introduced the new G5 family of weighing instruments, the latest generation of the company's modular high-speed systems for industrial weighing and force measurement applications.

    PRODUCT Modular system equipped for 10 Gbit Ethernet. - CombiTac combines power up to 300A, signal, thermocouple, coaxial, fiber optic, pneumatic and hydraulic connections in a single modular connector system, and is a choice in applications that require all-in-one space saving modular connectors that guarantee long life performance under the most demanding mechanical and environmental conditions.

    PRODUCT Last ray of light in the dark! - When the lights suddenly go out, they remain to light the way: linear luminaires of the R. STAHL 6009 series, which now provides new emergency lighting solutions for fluorescent lamps with 2 x 18 W or 2 x 36 W power.

    PRODUCT Installation Testers with FREE Current Clamp and data management software! - Until 30th of April 2016 or while stocks last, Fluke (UK) is offering a free current clamp to end users purchasing a multifunction installation tester, plus free data management software with the higher end testers.

    PRODUCT Retractable sensor assemblies ensure continuity in process. - The Cleanfit CPA875 and CPA871 sensor assemblies from Endress+Hauser allow pH, ORP, oxygen and NIR sensors to be installed or removed during operation. By moving the sensor from the measuring position to a service position, these retractable assemblies allow the sensor to be cleaned, calibrated or replaced without interrupting the process.

    NEWS Comprehensive data centre testing. - Cressall is partnering up with its French sister company, Rentaload, to provide the British market with an effective means of load testing data centres. The collaboration comes as a response to the growing popularity of cloud computing and consequently, the need for reliable data storage.

    NEWS Merger makes huge building automation entity. - Johnson Controls and Tyco have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Johnson Controls, a global multi-industrial company, will combine with Tyco, a global fire and security provider, to create the leader in building products and technology, integrated solutions and energy storage.

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    PRODUCT New capabilities ensure quality and address trends in pharmaceutical manufacturing. - Werum IT Solutions has released the latest version of PAS-X Manufacturing Execution System (MES) for the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries.

    Web Site Library of mechanical motion products & solutions. - Thomson Industries has launched a new, multilingual website that improves access to its extensive library of mechanical motion product and application solutions.

    EVENTS Security at Orlando in February. - Experts representing the Automation Federation and the ISA Security Compliance Institute have been selected to speak at the 20th Annual ARC Industry Forum, which will be held 8-11 February 2016 in Orlando, (FL USA).

    APPLICATION The future of regulatory compliance in the pharmaceutical industry. - In this short article, Martyn Williams, managing director of Copa-Data in Great Britain, explains the steps pharmaceutical manufacturers can take on the road to compliance.

    PRODUCT Slim & thin - DCS systems. - R. STAHL HMI Systems has optimised their Series 500 Thin Clients for flexible and safe operation of virtualised decentralised control systems. The slim terminals come with Windows Embedded Standard 7 (WES7) pre-installed and support the DeltaV Remote Desktop Connection (DRDC) by Emerson.

    PRODUCT Miniature piezoelectric indirect force sensor. - The new measuring pin from Kistler, with its exceptionally small diameter of 8 mm and weight of only 34 g, is ideal for protecting a wide range of structures from overload damage.

    NEWS Outlook for automatet test in 2016! - The Automated Test Outlook 2016 has been released by national Instruments. The annual test and measurement report delivers a comprehensive view of the key trends expected to impact automated test environments with the proliferation of connected devices, from preparing to test mmWave communication to effectively using manufacturing test data to propel business results.

    PRODUCT MES helps life sciences manufacturers move to production more quickly. - Emerson Process Management has enhanced the Syncade Suite manufacturing execution system (MES) to help life science manufacturers simplify the transfer of recipes and manufacturing information between project phases and system environments - from design through to validation and production.

    PRODUCT Universal DIN-Rail Mounting Kit for PSUs. - Excelsys Technologies has introduced a DIN-Rail mounting accessory for their innovative, high power density, single output and user configurable modular power supplies.

    NEWS Relocation doubles space providing systems Integration services. - SCADAware have relocated to a much larger premises of 12,000 sq. ft in Normal (IL USA). Their previos premises was a crowded 5300 sq.ft!

    NEWS Graduates join international trainee programme. Graduates with Westermo
    Three university graduates have begun a year-long internship at Westermo as part of its ambitious new international trainee programme, which aims to advance the skillset of participants and attract talented people to the company

    EVENTS Major Food and Pharma event in Ireland looks exciting. - We reported last year that the 3rd International Society of Automation's Food and Pharmaceutical Symposium (#FPID16) was scheduled to be held in Ireland in March 2016. It is the first time that the event has been staged outside of North America and already a formidable line-up of speakers have agreed to present.

    PRODUCT Prevent heavy equipment from falling over. - Memsic has launched a new product family, the MTLT series of Inclination and Tilt Sensors. Samples of the first three family members in MTLT series, the MTLT110S-R, MTLT105S-R and MTLT105D-R are currently available for evaluation.

    White Paper Industrial cybersecurity - To improve industrial cybersecurity understanding and awareness, the International Society of Automation (ISA) has developed a new white paper, "What Executives Need to Know About Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity." The paper was written by Joseph Weiss, PM, CISM, CRISC, a widely recognized industry expert on control system cybersecurity.

    PRODUCT Variable speed drives for low-power motors. - WEG has launched a new cost-effective, reliable and easy-to-use series of compact variable speed drives (VSDs) to enhance energy efficiency across a wide range of applications requiring low motor power.

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    PRODUCT Economical moisture sampling system. - The ES20 Compact Sampling System from Michell Instruments now has the option of an Easidew PRO XP dew-point transmitter. This makes the system suitable for a range of moisture measurement applications in hazardous areas where explosion-proof certification is needed, in addition to the existing intrinsically safe options
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    PRODUCT Pressure on wireless! - The Rosemount Wireless Pressure Gauge, the first such, enables remote collection of field data, keeping operators updated on changing field conditions and improving personnel safety by reducing manual operator rounds and field exposure.
    NEWS Surface mount machines - Key-Tech Electronic Systems is further advancing its production ambitions with the recent installation of two, new, fully automated Yamaha Z:LEXYSM20 modular surface mount machines, within the busy 46,000 sq. ft. facility.

    Research & Education Power Quality Seminars programme for 2016. - Fluke offers a free Power Quality Seminar as part of its programme of seminars for 2016 throughout the Ireland & Britain. Designed to help Facility Managers, Maintenance Engineers, Energy Consultants and Power Engineers to save money on energy bills and increase machinery lifetime

    PRODUCT Wireless switches without batteries. - ZF Electronic Systems is introducing a new line of switches that don't need wired connections and do work wirelessly without batteries. Their power source is ultimately the physical actuation of the switch.

    PRODUCT Ethernet line extenders. - Westermo has released two additions to its range of Wolverine advanced industrial Ethernet line extenders. These rugged, reliable and compact devices are used to establish long-distance, high-speed remote connections between simple or complex Ethernet networks using existing copper cables, thereby reducing installation time and cost.

    PRODUCT SIL 1 safe protection for mahinery - Emerson's CSI 6500 Machinery Health Monitor now has an IEC 61508:2010, Safety Integration Level (SIL) certification, Level 1, making it suitable for use in delivering reliable protection monitoring in such environments as steam and gas turbines in power plants, critical refinery assets, nuclear industry critical assets, and other safety-critical applications.

    NEWS Safety, explosion mitigation and prevention enhanced by acquisition! - Newson Gale has been acquired by the HOERBIGER Group and is now a member of its Safety Solutions business segment.

    PRODUCT Benchtop PSU. - The GPS-TPS352 1200W output benchtop power supply has just been announced by Gresham Power Electronics. Supplied in a convenient and compact desktop case less than 50mm tall, the GPS-TPS352 provides reliable system power up to 1200W (1400W peak) with low output ripple and noise.

    PRODUCT All-in-one instrument for engineers using benchtop test equipment. - National Instruments (NI) has a new, high-performance model of VirtualBench. The software-based VirtualBench all-in-one instrument combines a mixed-signal oscilloscope, function generator, digital multimeter, programmable DC power supply and digital I/O.

    Standards Wireless monitor receives CSA Approval. - The BM 25 Wireless (BM 25W) area gas monitor from Oldham has been certified by Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and now carries the CSA mark of approval.

    Research & Education Learn project management! - The International Society of Automation (ISA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) to deliver a web-based project management course customised to meet the specialised needs of system integrators.

    PRODUCT Enhanced level measurement technology for bulk solids applications. - Further addressing the tough challenges of accurately measuring level and volume of bulk solids and powders in large vessels, bins and silos, Emerson Process Management has enhanced its range of level measurement devices.
    Lou Hermans
    Lou Hermans has joined the EpiGaN Board of Directors..

    PRODUCT Preventive maintenance practices for all! Unplanned downtime due to equipment failure can cost manufacturers up to three per cent of their revenue, according to the U.S. Federal Energy Management Program.

    PRODUCT Increased demand for XRF analyser hire. - Steve Drake, NDT Market Manager at Ashtead Technology believes that XRF is one of the most important technologies in the company's fleet of NDT and environmental testing instruments.

    PRODUCT Weight Indicators With Large LED/LCD Displays. - Two new weight indicators featuring large six-digit LED and LCD displays have been introduced from VGP Transducers. Combining weighing and counting modes with an array of advanced features and communication interfaces, the Intuition 20i and Intuition 22i provide versatile solutions for a wide range of commercial and industrial application.

    PRODUCT Radar level transmitter. - Krohne has introduced a new radar level transmitter, OPTIWAVE 1010, for bypass chambers and magnetic level indicators.

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    EVENTS Major Food and Pharma event in Ireland looks exciting. - We reported last year that the 3rd International Society of Automation's Food and Pharmaceutical Symposium (#FPID16) was scheduled to be held in Ireland in March 2016. It is the first time that the event has been staged outside of North America and already a formidable line-up of speakers have agreed to present. This is the principle event of the ISA's Food & Pharmaceutical Division each year.

    APPLICATION Integrating biometrics with operations management software. - By integrating Emerson's Syncade Smart Operations Management Suite with Xyntek's Biometrics Solution, users can simplify authentication, ensure the identity of the signer and the integrity of documents, and minimise the risk of credential theft.

    Research & Education How cloud computing is changing industrial automation.BLOG - Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of industrial automation supplier European Automation examines how cloud computing is disrupting industrial automation.

    NEWS Automation & reliability provider selected for massive Egyptian petrochem plant. - Emerson Process Management has been selected to provide automation and reliability technologies and services for Carbon Holdings' Tahrir Petrochemicals Project at Ain Sokhna, Egypt. Emerson's initial scope of work is estimated at US$150 million.

    PRODUCT Colour digital panel meter. - The Micra-M, is a programmable color digital panel meter with the update technology, which accepts input signals for: Process (mA, V), Temperature (sensor Pt100, thermocouples), or Load Cells (mV/V, mV). The MICRA-M we are supplying now is an updated and improved version of our successful digital panel meter.

    PRODUCT Advanced quotation module for contract labs. - A new, advanced quotation module for the Matrix Gemini Laboratory Information System (LIMS) will greatly benefit contract laboratories by simplifying the process of producing customer quotations.

    Research & Education The hottest flow studies! - Dr Jesse Yoder tells us that Flow Research is continuing their work in this flow calibration through the industry group called Flow Recalibration Working Group they started building last year.

    Standards Certification to communication standard - The automation software zenon from COPA-DATA has been certified in accordance with the international energy systems standard IEC 61850 Edition 2. zenon thus proves its conformity with the most recent additions to the standard. The certificate was issued by TÜV SÜD Product Service GmbH.

    APPLICATION Success with MES. - Aegis was chosen over a number of other MES providers, both local and international, as Huabel's MES provider after a lengthy and detailed selection proces.

    Standards Wireless steam trap monitor certified! - The SmartWatchWeb™Radio Frequency (SWWRF40) Steam Trap Monitor is the wireless interface designed by BiTherm which provides an ISA100 Wireless compliant solution for the monitoring of gas and steam leaks, temperature, pressure and other relevant information related to valves and the steam system.

    Research & Education Robotics first again... - The rules and game-playing details for its 2016 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) have been announced by FIRST®, a not-for-profit public charity designed to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology.

    PRODUCT Ellipsometer launched. - A revolutionary ellipsometric jet fuel thermal oxidation heater tube scanner has been launched by PAC. The new OptiReader provides pass/fail results with a full 2D and 3D thickness map defining maximum deposit thickness and volume.

    PRODUCT Swimming pool flowmeter! - Blue-White's engineers have taken the iconic F-300 Series flowmeters, for pipe sizes 1½" and 2", and enhanced both the features and accuracy.

    PRODUCT Multi-core power for explosion-protected HMI. - R. Stahl HMI Systems is now fitting explosion-protected touchscreen operating devices with new, fast processors. The highly efficient quad-core Atom E3845 of the Intel Bay Trail family is ideally suited for fanless systems.

    NEWS Intelligent Networking Business Unit finalised. - Taiwanese industrial computing manufacturer Advantech has completed its acquisition of privately-held industrial intelligent networking specialist B+B SmartWorx for the US$99.85 million agreement announced late last year. Operating as Advantech B+B SmartWorx, and will lead Advantech's new Intelligent Networking Business Sector in developing smart networking products as part of the company's Global Industrial IoT Business Group.

    APPLICATION Key connector is key to versatile interfacingBLOG - The small size of a Harting connector allowed Peak to increase the pin count in their interface, allowing power lines to be 'commoned up' and all communications and power to be passed down a single ribbon cable. As a result, expansion modules could be added in a matter of seconds.

    Research & Education Thermography Seminars programme for 2016. - Fluke is offering a series of free Thermography Seminars as part of its programme of seminars for 2016 in Britain and Ireland.

    EVENTS Intelligent building technologies event. - The CABA Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum is scheduled for 26-28 April 2016 in San Diego, (CA USA).

    NEWS Demonstrating a greater perspective. - Boulting Technology has built a new demonstration area for its extensive range of low voltage switchboards. Based at their Warrington (GB) site, the new area is an extension to its existing workshop.

    PRODUCT Set Polarisation in Single-mode Fibres in a Targeted Manner. - Laser Components offers the deterministic polarization controller PSY-201 PolaFlex™ from General Photonics that makes it possible to adjust the polarization of light in 9/125 μm single-mode fibres in a targeted manner.

    Organisations Recognising Irish automation expertise and service! - The 34th annual Honours and Awards Ceremony of the Ireland Section of the International Society of Instrumentation (ISA) was held last month (Dec 2015). This event is held to acknowledge recognise and encourage excellence for those training or working in the Instrumentation, Systems and Automation sector.

    NEWS A new development in the processing publishing business in Britain. - ProcessingTalk is the new identity for the Nick Denbow blog which he intends to strengthen now that he has retired as European Correspondent of the Industrial Automation & Process Insider.

    NEWS Into the cloud! - Yokogawa has acquired Industrial Evolution Inc., a provider of cloud-based plant data sharing services, to strengthen its provision of advanced solutions to the process industries.

    PRODUCT Wire-mounted photo micro sensors. - Omron Electronic Components Europe has launched a new range of wire-mounted photo micro sensors, specifically designed for the many applications where the detector needs to be installed in the appliance away from the main circuit board.

Jim Keaveney
James Keaveney has assumed office in the International Society of Automation (ISA) as its 2016 President.
    NEWS Celebrating 50 years in Ireland! - Atlas Copco Compressors in Ireland rounded off its 50th anniversary year with a celebration for current and former staff members, associates and special guests at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin.

    Publication Automation eBooks - eBooks on Modular Procedural Automation & Agile Projection Execution pH & Boiler control downloadable from Yokogawa. They are also providing publications on Boiler Optimization Toolkit and The pH & ORP Handbook.

    NEWS NDT popularity in Scotland! - Ashtead Technology ran an extremely popular NDT seminar at its Aberdeen facility during December. Due to demand, the one-day seminar, An Introduction to Advanced UT, was run on three consecutive days.

    Research & Education Beyond smoke and mirrors!BLOG - Three things you didn't know about IIoT examined by Martyn Williams, Managing Director of COPA-DATA UK.

    Mark Williamson
    Mark Williamson of Stemmer Imaging, has been elected as the next Chairman of the PPMA (Processing & Packaging Machinery Association). He has also been elected to serve on the Board of VDMA Machine Vision for the next three years.
    PRODUCT Report enhances connectivity! - Ocean Data Systems (ODS) has announced the release of Dream Report version 4.7. The three themes of this release include market expansion, on-line ad-hoc data analysis and overall enhanced productivity.

    PRODUCT Top mounted valve postioner. - The new Research Control® SRD991 top-mount valve positioner from Badger pushes the limits of process control and optimization. The new valve positioner mounts directly to the top of a control valve with a rugged linear potentiometer.

    PRODUCT Torque measuring flange. - The KiTorq torque measuring flange, by Kistler, is now available in eight ranges from 50Nm to 5000Nm and with speed and angular measurement capability.
    Research & Education The IoT and the Explosion of Data. - National Instruments has announced the release of NI Trend Watch 2016. The third annual report examines a range of topics focused on the IoT and its impact on how we manage data - from the consumerisation of software to prototyping 5G to make it a reality.

    PRODUCT Handheld oscilloscope for lab and field. - The R&S Scope Rider from Rohde & Schwarz is equally impressive in the lab and in the field. With an acquisition rate of 50,000 waveforms per second, a 10‑bit A/D converter developed by Rohde & Schwarz and a maximum bandwidth of 500 MHz for the analog input channels, this portable oscilloscope clearly outperforms comparable instruments.

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