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    PRODUCT Dual-mode wireless gateway. - Emerson has announced a new dual-mode wireless gateway which supports both IEC 62951 WirelessHART® and ISA100.11a industrial wireless communications standards.

    Standards Wireless area gas monitor approved to INMETRO standards. - The BM25 & BM 25 Wireless area gas monitor, from Tyco Gas & Flame Detection, have been INMETRO (Brazil) approved as per governmental regulation n°179-2010 and has received certification N°15.0200 X.

    EVENTS Early-bird registration deadline for WWAC. - The deadline for early-bird registration for the 2017 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls (WWAC) Symposium has been extended to 1 July 2017. The original deadline was 15 June 2017.

    PRODUCT Modular cable interface. - Harting has developed a new compressed air module to meet the increased demands on pneumatic interfaces in flexible production processes.

    APPLICATION The Grandmother retires! - After almost 20 years of reliable service a Gasmet FTIR multigas analyser has finally been retired. The instrument, which is a Gasmet 9540 was purchased at the end of the last century by VTT, the Technical Research Centre of Finland.

    PRODUCT Free chlorine analysis. - Free Chlorine Analysis Systems, compliant to EPA Method 334.0 have been introduced by Endress+Hauser.

    PRODUCT Extensometer for vehicular safety applications. - The VPG Transducers brand of Vishay Precision has announced the global market introduction of its Model 182 extensometer, a specialty high-performance strain gage-based force sensor, expressly designed for industrial, EN15000 and EN280 compliant off-highway vehicle and equipment safety applications.

    EVENTS CompEx Competency Validation. - Martin Jones of JT Limited is to discuss the development of competency after the Piper Alpha Disaster in 1988 at a technical meeting of the Ireland Section of the International Society of Automation (ISA). The meeting is scheduled for Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork Wednesday 12th July 2017, 19:30pm.

    APPLICATION DP Transmitter on very long train! - ADZ NAGANO develops and manufactures pressure sensors and transmitters that meet the highest industrial requirements for standard and specialist applications ranging from mobile machinery to aerospace equipment. Represented in Britain by Variohm EuroSensor, ADZ is especially active in technologically demanding projects such as the following railway braking application that call upon its considerable expertise to solve unusually challenging tasks.

    EVENTS Permission to change and develop in the Life Sciences! - The invitation was interesting, and challenging. "Future.Now – Developing the Life Sciences Landscape Together" was an arresting title. It was a co-operative event between National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) and Emerson. Our impressions!

    webinar Living on the Edge! - This "On-demand" webinar has Craig Resnick of the ARC Advisory Group and Jason Andersen of Stratus Technologies discuss new techniques for protecting data in the Era of IIoT.

    NEWS Ready for the floods? - Nigel Grimsley, Managing Director of OTT Hydrometry is urging those responsible for flood prevention and management to take action this summer to ensure they are protected before the arrival of severe weather.

    Blog New blog launched directed at the pharma sector. - Digital channel for experts to exchange ideas on current solutions and forward-looking topics affecting pharmaceutical and biotech manufacturing instituted by Werum.

    PRODUCT Torque transducer. - The T22 torque transducer, from HBM, is now available with three new nominal (rated) torques of 0.5 Nm, 1 Nm and 2Nm, making it a cost-effective and flexible solution.

    NEWS British manufacturers plan for transition from Europe. - The engineering equipment manufacturers’ taskforce - EURIS* - believes that a 5 year transition period for the full implementation of Brexit is necessary to minimise economic disruption to British manufacturing companies as they adjust to life outside the EU.

    During the period that the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland are working through their exit from the European Union (EU) we will endevour to bring items of particular interest and/or relevence to the automation sector in the process.

    Standards Wireless standard speeds along! - The 2017 ON World Report on Industrial Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) found ISA100 Wireless to be the fastest growing Industrial Wireless mesh standard, with adoption increasing at 2.5X the pace of its leading competitor.

    Standards Wiring regulation updates! - Although nearly 15 month's away MCP reviews training, procedures, methods and safety overview in light of the 18th Edition Wiring Regulations.

    PRODUCT Plastic push-pull connector for medical & other applications. - Esterline Connection Technologies – SOURIAU's JMX series is a plastic push-pull connector for use in the medical industry. It is designed for easy use by any medical professional.

    White paper Sink or swim? Drowning under too much info! - Rachel Cooper, category marketing manager – field services with Schneider Electric, talks about managing the Big Data Flood. Smart, connected technology has taken us beyond the human ability to manage what can amount to hundreds of thousands of data points so what to do?

    PRODUCT Miniature sensor for very low force measurement applications. - In response to the increasing miniaturisation of consumer, industrial and business products Kistler Instruments developed a range of very small force sensors to meet the needs of both machine builders and manufacturers of small devices.

    NEWS Leader in medical and safety technology joins wireless group. - Dräger, an international leader in the fields of medical and safety technology, has joined the ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute.

    PRODUCT Safety shutdown & alarm control in field-based final elements. - The One Series ST models from United Electric Controls (UE), can now provide SIL 2-certified control for many types of final elements including pilot valves, actuators, motor controllers and other SIS elements, without involving a DCS or safety PLC.

    APPLICATION Standardising quality at food safety company. - Neogen Corporation Ltd, the international food safety company, is to upgrade its quality system from Ideagen as it looks to standardise quality management across its operations in Great Britain.

    PRODUCT Simple Conformance Test System for simple RF & Protocol conformance tests. - A Simple Conformance Test System, the ME7800L, which enables simple and cost-effective RF and Protocol conformance tests of 3GPP-compliant LTE mobile terminals in one simple package has been launched by Anritsu.

    PRODUCT Operator interface solution advances. - Opto 22 has announced groov 3.4, an update to its mobile operator interface system. With this new version of groov, operators can trend a lot more data over a much longer period: up to 5 years. groov’s built in trend gadget now offers an interactive type of trend that handles many more data points.

    PRODUCT Outdoor connectors. - The Harting Han-Eco® A Outdoor connector is a new variant of the company’s Han-Eco® family, which combines high-performance plastic construction with weatherproof seals for use outdoors.

    NEWS New service partner. - Werum IT Solutions further extends its range of services: The on/off group has been successfully certified as "PAS-X Endorsed Service Partner" for the DACH region and Europe.

    PRODUCT Compact, portable combination measuring instrument. - The Yokogawa DL350 ScopeCorder is the most comprehensive fully portable measuring instrument available for capturing, displaying, recording and analysing a wide variety of electrical and physical parameters in industry sectors including automotive, electronics, energy, transport and mechatronics.

    PRODUCT Hermetic connector with T/C contacts. - The range of circular connector with thermocouple contacts from Esterline Connection Technologies – SOURIAU, now includes a version with hermetic receptacle to meet specific requirements for aircraft, and applications in harsh environments.

    White paper PI and Automation in North America - report - The Measurement, Control & Automation Association (MCAA) has published its Annual Market Forecast for 2017. The report, prepared by the analysts at Global Automation Research, focuses on the Process Instrumentation and Automation (PI&A) markets in both the United States and Canada.

    NEWS Specialist motion components. - Phytron GmbH has appointed Mclennan as its exclusive sales partner in Ireland and Britain. Mclennan will handle enquiries and provide technical and sales support for the specialist and extreme environment stepper motor, drive and motion systems manufacturer.

    PRODUCT Safety in oil & gas storage. - The Enardo ES-665 spring-loaded thief hatch for use on low-pressure storage tanks in oil and gas and other industries has been introduced by Emerson.

    PRODUCT Signal Analyser Solution for 5G and Wideband. - The high-performance Signal Analyzer MS2850A from Anritsu Corporation, targets development and commercial production of 5G mobile communications systems.

    Organisations Automation discipline well served in Ireland. - The AGM of the Ireland Section of the International Society of Instrumentation (ISA) was held recently. It will continue to foster new advances in automation systems and technologies through technical seminars, events and training.

    PRODUCT Indicator with process filtering. - The INT4-P is the latest version of Applied Measurement's INT2-P featuring improved process filtering from your pressure transducer, level transmitter or depth sensor. The INT4-P is directly compatible with the INT2 series as it features the same front panel designs, dimensions and connections, for easy integration.

    EVENTS Quality, risk and safety to be examined! - Ideagen is to hold a two-day event for its US customer base in Orlando (FL USA), later this year. The 'Ideagen Horizons' seminar 2017 will take place in Orlando, 2-3 August 2017.

    NEWS One vision and one success story. - This year, IDS celebrates its 20th anniversary and now has 220 employees who work mainly at the German headquarters in Obersulm, but also internationally in three subsidiaries and three offices.

    PRODUCT Upgrade for LIMS. - The latest software release for the Matrix Gemini Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) from Autoscribe Informatics provides greater bulk sample registration flexibility and enhanced features for visualisation and communications for users.

    PRODUCT Loadcell Indicator. - The INT4-L 6-digit LED display from Applied Measurements, is the latest version of the INT2-L featuring improved load cell and process filtering. It is compatible with any strain gauge based transducer.

    PRODUCT Super-sensitive non-contact temperature sensor. - Omron Electronic Components has extended its non-contact MEMS thermal sensor range with a new narrow-field version specifically designed to provide accurate non-contact measurements of an objects’ surface temperature for industrial control, medical and building automation systems.

    Maurice Wilkins

    Dr Maurice Wilkins FInstMC has been appointed as engineering director of the InstMC.

    APPLICATION Industry 4.0 quality management system. - Salzgitter Flachstahl has appointed the QuinLogic to fit out a state-of-the-art QES quality management system for all relevant production processes. The order comprises a central QES database solution.

    PRODUCT Supporting high data rate requirements. - Anritsu Corporation has introduced the Universal Fixture Extraction (UFX) option for its VectorStar® vector network analyzers (VNAs) to provide signal integrity and on-wafer engineers with an increased range of on-wafer and fixture calibration choices, even when a full set of calibration standards is not available.

    PRODUCT Water cooling in #food industry. - he new Hygienic Design air/water heat exchangers from Rittal are ideally suited to the food industry, where hygiene requirements are exceptionally stringent.

    White paper Use of video in data collecting. - A recent survey, conducted by HBM – a leader in the field of test and measurement – shows that video use is accelerating in data collection.

    PRODUCT Alarm with Dual Relays and Process Transmitter Output in a Single Unit. - Acromag has added new limit alarm and transmitter solutions for their line of microBlox® signal conditioners. The microBlox signal conditioning modules, available for a wide range of sensor inputs, plug into the new uBTA Transmitter Alarm Carriers to provide threshold value switch and process signal output capabilities.

    PRODUCT I/O modules with multiprotocol functionality. - The Standard for I4.0 Solutions: The new Ethernet IO modules from Pepperl+Fuchs support all common Ethernet protocols, such as PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, and EtherCAT, in a single device. The integrated IO-Link master function allows comprehensive diagnosis and parameterization.

    PRODUCT MEMS Capacitive Accelerometers - Silicon Designs, Inc. has introduced six new series of low-cost, high-performance MEMS capacitive accelerometers, in both traditional and smaller footprints.

    PRODUCT New range of radar level transmitters. - Six 24 and 80 GHz FMCW radar level transmitters for liquids and solids have been added by Krohne to their OPTIWAVE series. They aim at liquid and solid applications in a wide range of industries. Based on over 28 years of experience with FMCW technology, each device has a particular target area of application, for example agitated and corrosive liquids, narrow tanks with internal obstructions, or powders and dusty atmospheres.


    Marty Edwards

    Marty Edwards is the new Managing Director of the Automation Federation.

    NEWS Partnership increases test coverage. - XJTAG and Flying Test Systems, a leading provider of electronic test solutions in Britain and Ireland, have announced the signing of a joint Technology Partner Agreement.

    APPLICATION Have you a Percy Spencer in your operation? - Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at obsolete equipment supplier EU Automation, discusses how manufacturers can use their dark data for commercial benefit.

    NEWS Automation operations nervecentres extended in Europe & USA. - Two new ABB Ability™Collaborative Operations Centres near Miami, (FL USA) and Genoa (I), are extending the company’s network.The centres function as the central nervous system for assets and systems fitted with ABB technology. Countless sensors transmit data on the health and performance of machines and essential systems to the centres, where sophisticated software performs advanced data analytics 24/7.

    PRODUCT Versatile load cell. - The innovative PW15iA load cell from HBM is fully adaptable and features a range of integrated functions - which include a wide range of algorithms for check weighing, filling and batching – which eliminates the need to undertake these functions separately.

    APPLICATION Tiger has a g'day down under! - Australian environmental consultancy, JBS&G has purchased another well-proven Tiger handheld volatile organic compound (VOC) monitor from Ion Science. This latest handheld photoionisation detector (PID) is being used on a major new project and was chosen for a number of performance benefits as well as the free extended five year warranty.

    PRODUCT Angle seat valves. - A highly adaptable angle seat valve, the VZXA has been introduced by Festo. Featuring a patented interface and award-winning modular product architecture, its wide variety of valve bodies and actuators can be freely combined for maximum configuration flexibility.

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    APPLICATION Digital mobile maintenance. - This article shows how such process improvement can be achieved by integrating Harting's MICA, a Modular Industrial Computing Architecture edge computer, which can communicate data between the different machine proprietary operating systems and directly forward it to an operator's tablet device.

    Don Schriek

    Don Schriek has been appointed as European Sales Manager with Excelsys Technologies.

    EVENTS US and British collaboration in combating industrial cyberattack. - Industrial cybersecurity experts of the International Society of Automation (ISA), the Automation Federation (ISA’s umbrella organization), and the US and British governments, and global business leaders gathered in London 18 May 2017 to share common experiences and consider strategies to combat common threats.

    NEWS US production capabilities expanded. - Endress+Hauser has further expanded its production facilities in the United States. The Raman analyzer manufacturing plant in Ann Arbor, Michigan was extended at a cost of 9 million US dollars. In Greenwood, Indiana, the company built a new 8 million dollar plant for temperature measurement production.

    NEWSLeading in customer relationships. - Yokogawa has received the Frost & Sullivan Global Customer Value Leadership Award in the automation solutions and services category. This Award recognizes the company’s contributions in building strong relationships with its customers by providing premium solutions that deliver an exceptional return on investment.

    Education and Research Developments in US flowmeters. - Flow Research has taken a fresh look at this dynamic market. The ultrasonic flowmeter market has been one of the best performers in terms of growth over the years, and it is important therefore to gauge its performance in 2016 and beyond. Their new study is called The World Market for Ultrasonic Flowmeters, 5th Edition, and it has a base year of 2016.

    Education and Research Power Distribution for the digital age. - Éirin Madden, Offer Manager at Schneider Electric Ireland talks about the smart devices that enable facility managers to take preventive measures to mitigate potential risks in power distribution.

    PRODUCT PC connectivity for control, data collection and analysis. - Yokogawa's new WTViewerE software provides PC connectivity for the company's industry-leading power analysers - including the WT3000E, WT1800E, WT500 and WT300E models - via Ethernet, USB, GPIB or RS232 interfaces. This connectivity allows users to easily control, monitor, collect and analyse measurement data, and save measurements remotely.

    PRODUCT Servo drives for DC-powered applications. - The Applied Motion Products (AMP) SV2Dx series servo drives are available from Mclennan in a comprehensive choice of control modes to suit use across a wide range of demanding motion control applications.

    APPLICATION Keeping your swimming pool clear! - Langley Leisure Centre in Berkshire (GB) is the first leisure centre in that country to use an optimised low energy UV system to treat water for its 25-metre indoor heated pool. The Hanovia SwimLine Ultraviolet Energy Optimised (UVEO) system is helping to provide high quality water that reduces corrosion and creates a healthier environment for bathers, whilst reducing overall energy consumption.

    PRODUCT Non-contact radar transmitter. - Magnetrol International has launched the PULSAR Model R86 Non-Contact Radar transmitter, an advanced level control solution that offers radar technology with improved performance for a wide range of level measurement applications.

    PRODUCT Ensuring right-first-time production. - Enhancements to Syncade MES Workflow v4.9 application provide operators with an action-oriented, efficient, and secure environment for faster and more precise manufacturing recipe execution.

    Standards Standard approval for power supply unit. - The market leading CoolX600 Series of 600W convection-cooled modular power supplies from Excelsys Technologies, is now approved to IEC 62368-1 – Part 1, the new safety standard for audio, video, information and communication technology equipment.

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    NEWS Noise & vibration testing. - Following the setting up of an acoustic calibration laboratory last year, Svantek UK – part of the AcSoft Group – is now offering in-house calibration of its wide range of high performance noise and vibration instrumentation for occupational health and environmental monitoring applications.
    Michael Fedenyszen
    RIP: Michael B. Fedenyszen, II - a dedicated friend and colleague.

    Standards "Legal-for-trade" certified weighing. - The BLH Nobel brand of Vishay, has announced that its G5 Series panel mount measurement amplifiers (G5 PM Series) are now certified "legal-for-trade" via firmware upgrade, as per the very latest standards set forth by EN45501:2015 and the International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML).

    NEWS Partners in industrial automation. - Capula has been awarded with Qualified Partner status by COPA-DATA. Capula has been a member of the COPA-DATA Partner Community since 2015, however, the company's newly achieved Qualified partner status is an official acknowledgement of Capula's proven record of success in the energy industry.

    APPLICATION Analysers for petrochemical complex in Oman. - Yokogawa has received an order to supply an analyser package solution for the Liwa Plastics Industries Complex, which is being built for Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (Orpic), a company owned and operated by the Oman government.

    EVENTS Innovative solutions for datacentres. - Datacloud Europe (MC: 6 -8 June 2017) is one of the leading events for modern datacenters in Europe. Rittal, involved as a sponsor, is participating in the accompanying exhibition and is will be providing presentations on state-of-the-art technologies related to "Modular to Hyperscale Datacenter Cooling and Energy Efficiency".

    PRODUCT Capturing temperature measurements while unattended. - Fluke's new 64 MAX IR Thermometer features Auto Capture, allowing technicians set time and intervals to record up to 99 data points unattended so it can capture elusive temperature events. The thermometer can be mounted on a standard tripod using its included tripod mount accessory for unattended measurements.

    APPLICATION Crossing the river – and how! - Urban mobility in the Breton city of Brest (F) has been boosted by two cable cars carrying up to 60 people who travel more than 400 meters above the River Penfeld, with a power consumption that is potentially close to zero. Supported by Leroy-Somer (now part of Nidec Corporation) , this is a world first in terms of technology.

    PRODUCT Microscope objective and optics positioning. - Aerotech’s QFOCUS® QF-50 piezo nanopositioning stage is designed for high-performance microscope objective and optics positioning. It offers 400 μm closed loop and 450 μm open loop travel, high speed, 0.01% linearity, sub-nanometer resolution, and 4 nm bidirectional repeatability.

    NEWS System testing of advanced 3D chips wins award. - Imec has announced the successful development of a fully-automatic system for pre-bond testing of advanced 3D chips. The relevance of this new tool is underlined by winning the 2017 National Instruments Engineering Impact Award at a ceremony in Austin (TX USA)

    NEWS Takeover strengthens IIoT and Industrie 4.0 offering. - The Taiwanese company Etherwan System Inc has been acquired by Phoenix Contact The company which is located in New-Taipei is a manufacturer for Ethernet communication technology in automation.

    NEWS Support of Irish engineering community rewarded! - The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) has awarded Lilly Kinsale with Gold Corporate Partner status. Lilly was awarded with gold for demonstrating an ongoing commitment to supporting Irish undergraduate engineering students through its Kinsale manufacturing operation.

    Mike Cafferkey

    Mike Cafferkey has joined Mitsubishi Electric in Ireland as an Automation Controls Engineer.

    PRODUCT Accelerating design and build of automated test systems. - National Instruments have announced new ATE Core Configurations which deliver core mechanical, power and safety infrastructure to help users accelerate the design and build of automated test systems in industries ranging from semiconductor and consumer electronics to aerospace and automotive.

    PRODUCT Field reader. - Harting has expanded its UHF RFID product range for demanding industrial and rail sector applications with the addition of a new version of the 4 Field Reader, featuring built-in M8 and M12 connectors to complement its excellent range of RFID solutions.

    publications" The secret is better control. - This book, Real-Time Control of the Industrial Enterprise, from the authoritive pens of Peter Martin and Walt Boyes, explains both why not and how better controls can be applied to the supply chain, and to enterprise financial management.

    PRODUCT Heated humidity sensors. - The HMC03M humidity sensor from E+E Elektronik is dedicated for use in radiosondes and weather balloons. The sensor is characterized by a short response time even at low temperature. An integrated heating resistor ensures an excellent measuring performance under condensation and icing conditions. This makes the sensor ideal for weather observations in the upper atmosphere.

    PRODUCT Angular position sensors. - ZF Switches & Sensors can now offer designers a complete range of angular position sensors based on Hall Effect technology which responds to magnetic fields generated by a (rare-earth) magnet. The sensors provide a linear change in voltage output corresponding to the rotation of the actuator.

    PRODUCT Metal-seated ball valves. - Emerson has introduced the Fisher™ Z500 line of metal-seated ball valves to its severe service portfolio.

    PRODUCT Multislot Ethernet chasses. - National Instruments (NI) have announced the release of two new multislot Ethernet chassis at their annual NI Week in Austin (TX USA). The cDAQ-9185 and cDAQ-9189 introduce new time-based synchronization built on the latest Ethernet standards, furthering NI’s efforts in Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) and rugged CompactDAQ hardware for distributed measurements.

    publications" Back in harness... - After an enforced two-month absense we welcome a return of the Industrial Automation Insider (IAI).

    Organisations The inspiration of the parabolic curve! - Parabolic flow curves were the inspiration for the new logo for the Measurement, Control & Automation Association which was debuted at the MCAA Industry Forum last month in Atlanta (USA). As well, a completely redesigned website,, was rolled out to the more than 240 attendees at the meeting.

    Organisations Seeking to represent process engineering. - There are two excellent candidates whose names are before the membership and who represent the processing and automation disciplines in Ireland. These are John O'Sullivan of Douglas Control & Automation and Kieran Fallon of DPS Engineering.

    Standards International interoperable wireless! - The ISA100 Wireless™ Compliance Institute (WCI) recently conducted a successful interoperability event that featured more than 20 devices from 13 different suppliers.

    PRODUCT Miniature triaxial accelerometer. - The new Type 8766A lightweight, triaxial accelerometer from Kistler Instruments uses the, patented PiezoStar® crystal developed by Kistler to provide ultra-stable performance with very little sensitivity deviation with temperature changes. Over a temperature range of -50°C to +165°C a PiezoStar® sensor has a sensitivity deviation with temperature which is over thirty times better than a similar quartz sensor.

    website Serving Russia & Spain. - Full information about the Michell Instruments' ranges of humidity and oxygen sensors and analysers is now available in Russian and Spanish via two new language websites.

    PRODUCT SIL 3 certified single controller for water and steam. - Emerson's water and steam detection system is the world's first single controller solution to be certified to IEC 61508 for safety instrumented functions up to SIL 3.

    Michael Nielson

    The ETAL Group has named Michael Nielsen as Global Sales Manager.

    NEWS Discount from leading predictive maintenance leader. - Senseye is celebrating its global recognition as a predictive maintenance leader with its automated condition monitoring and prognostics product by offering a limited discount to new customers in June 2017.

    PRODUCT LIMS web portal! - A web portal for the Matrix Gemini LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) has been announced by Autoscribe Informatics. This allows third parties who do not use Matrix Gemini directly, but have a legitimate need to access relevant data, to be able to view and download reports and metrics produced in Matrix Gemini.

    NEWS Winning Gold! - Following a highly successful collaboration stretching over five years, the global instrumentation manufacturer TSI Inc. has awarded Ashtead Technology the prestigious title of 'Gold Channel Partner.'

    White paper Protecting internet connected devices, machines, and systems. - A new IoT security white paper from Icon Labs, explains PKI, Authentication, and Certificate Management – how they work, what they are, and how OEMs, manufacturers, and developers can implement the latest technical developments in PKI security technologies.

    PRODUCT Pressure calibrator. - The new Fluke 729 Automatic Pressure Calibrator simplifies the calibration process by automatically generating precise test pressures, improving calibration integrity by compensating for leaks, and automatically documenting the pressure calibration process to help meet compliance and regulatory requirements.

    NEWS Acquisition to improve plant performance offering. - Emerson has completed the purchase of MYNAH Technologies, a long-time Emerson alliance partner and a leading provider of dynamic simulation and operator training software.

    PRODUCT Field testing to 100G. - Anritsu Corporation has released a 100G Multirate Module for its Network Master™ Pro MT1000A all-in-one tester supporting interface rates from 10 Mbps to 100 Gbps, and technologies including Ethernet, Optical Transport Networks (OTN), SDH/SONET, Fibre Channel, and CPRI/OBSAI.

    PRODUCT Switching and control in hazardous areas. - For years electrical switching devices for hazardous areas have been a focus for Pepperl+Fuchs. For Hannover Fair 2017 the portfolio for electrical explosion protection was significantly expanded and updated.

    NEWS Award for automation in pharma & biotech. - At the PAS-X User Group Meeting currently taking place in New Jersey (USA), Werum IT Solutions received the Frost & Sullivan Global Technology Leadership Award for Industrial Automation Solutions in Pharma and Biotech.

    PRODUCT Display design. - andersDX has launched a new family of Display Designer Kits offering customers an instant option for creating prototype user interface concepts from a pre-integrated touch screen and processor that can form the basis of or even be the production ready design.

    NEWS Towards fostering sustainable development. - Yokogawa has joined the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). By joining this organisation, Yokogawa anticipates being able to accelerate its efforts to foster sustainability and thereby help to achieve the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    PRODUCT Eddy current sensor. - Kaman has announced a cost-optimised PCB version of its popular and well proven KD-2306 series eddy current linear displacement instrument for integration into volume OEM applications requiring precise linear measurement.

    Bob Deane

    Mac McQueen

    Judy Stevenson

    FCI Co-founders, Robert Deane (top) and Malcolm McQueen (middle) and the late Judy Stevenson of Magnetrol have been inducted into the Measurement, Control and Automation Hall of Fame.

    NEWS Time-sensitive Networking. - A promising new IEEE technology for Ethernet that combines the bandwidth of IT (information technology) networks with the latency of OT (operational technology) networks is in the offing in the form of TSN (Time-sensitive Networking).

    PRODUCT Switch and LED Indicator range. - Specialist distributor JPR Electronics are a major distributor of switches and LED Indicators from APEM in Britain. APEM products are used in such diverse markets as IT, medical, communications, industrial automation, defence and transport.

    NEWS Cybersecurity alert! - We received this warning from Wonderwareon the major Global attack on systems that have been experienced in the past few days. We are sure that other suppliers have issued similar warnings but we though it useful to post this a a reminder to be vigilant always.

    PRODUCT USB connectors. - Cliff Electronics has added dual USB2.0 and USB3.0 24mm Mounting (Rectangular) connectors to its fast growing range of XLR format standard and Feedthrough connectors.

    webinar Calibration uncertainty! - The International Society of Automation (ISA) and its corporate partner, Beamex, Inc., will co-host a free webinar 8 June 2017, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time (17.00 to 18.30 in Ireland), on calibration uncertainty.

    APPLICATION Tiger ensures clean air in New England! - Following an increase in demand for its services, Massachusetts-based Civil & Environment Consultants Inc. (CEC) has added a streamlined TigerLT VOC (volatile organic compound) monitor to its growing portfolio of Ion Science handheld PIDs (photoionisation detectors).

    APPLICATION Ensuring bottled beverage safety! - Effective microbial disinfection of the whole process of producing beverages is essential. To meet this requirement, Cott Beverages has been using Hanovia UV disinfection technology to treat process water used in the production process.

    PRODUCT Safety at work! - Leuze electronic is expanding its product range in the area of safety at work with their new generation of programmable safety controls and the expanded line of safety relays in machine and system construction.

    APPLICATION Safe production of that glass of red? - The need to ensure the safety of visitors, and, of course, their own employees, has ensured that the Louis M. Martini Winery has taken CO2 monitoring very seriously. This is why the Louis M. Martini Winery has invested in Edinburgh Sensor's Guardian gas monitors.

    APPLICATION Handling vegetable products. - The Netherlands based agricultural machinery specialist Van Hees manufacturers its automated BOXFILR system for handling vegetable produce such as potatoes, carrots and onions and they use ZEMIC for load cells and weight information transmitters.

    PRODUCT CNC machining centres! - CNC machining centres, such as Perforex from Rittal Automation Systems, deliver significantly improved efficiency when processing panels in comparison to manual approaches. In fact, it is possible to achieve time savings of up to two thirds. A new web-based return on investment (ROI) calculator helps customers accurately gauge how quickly a Perforex purchase will pay for itself.

    PRODUCT Installation testing tool. - Beha-Amprobe® has introduced the ProInstall-75-UK Multifunction Installation Tester for fast, easy testing. With new advanced features, it is the perfect installation testing tool for verifying the safety of electrical installations in domestic, commercial, and industrial applications.

    PRODUCT Laser probe. - PRONTO-250-PLUS is the latest model in Gentec-EO's PRONTO line of pocket-sized laser probes from Laser Components. As it is promised in the product name, this addition provides a major PLUS in functionalities.

    NEWS Interesting facts emerge from financial report. - E+H reports sales flat, but sees growth in Ireland, reports's Nick Denbow from Basel.
    Alex Habib
    The death of Alex Habib PE, well known in the automation industry and an active member and leader in the International Society of Automation (ISA), has been announced! RIP

    PRODUCT Keyboards for medical and clean applications. - Diamond Electronics has a new range of waterproof and easy to clean keyboards for medical products, clean industrial applications including food processing, semiconductor manufacturing and laboratories, POS systems and public area data input and control.

    Standards Dangerous underestimation of urgency in meeting drug regulations. - Research, conducted by serialization system provider SEA Vision and life science technology firm Zenith Technologies, highlights an urgent need for companies to turn their attention to meeting the demands of the US Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) and the European Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD).

    PRODUCT Testing the Internet of Things! - Konrad Technologies has announced the KT-RFCT 2400 Gen II – an RF communications test system designed with convenience in mind. The low price point creates a cost effective means for testing wireless communication units, while generating a favorable cost to performance ratio.

    NEWS Distribution of test equipment in Britain. - Anritsu Corporation has signed a distribution agreement with Testime Technology Ltd (TTL), a leading provider of test equipment and electronic components. Under the terms of the new agreement, Anritsu's industry-leading test equipment will now also be available in Britain through Testime.

    PRODUCT Temperature transmitter. - The new OPTITEMP TT 33 C/R, a universal 4-20mA temperature transmitter to be used with RTD and TC sensors has been introduced by Krohne.

    Education and Research Moisture analyser aids European project. - Michell Instruments is partnering with VSL, the national metrology institute of The Netherlands, on a jointly EU and EURAMET funded project to increase the use of energy from renewable sources.

    PRODUCT Reusable single gas monitor. - The Protégé SG is a versatile new reusable single gas monitor from Scott Safety. The unit is configurable to detect 13 different gases.

    PRODUCT Interactive Digital Multimeter selection tool. - Until 31st August 2017, purchasers of any Fluke Digital Multimeter can use their invoice to request, using this webpage, a free Fluke 2AC VoltAlert, which offers 90V to 1000V AC voltage detection

    PRODUCT Low cost cable assy. - Intelliconnect (Europe) Ltd, can now offer customers cost effective cable harness solutions for both low and high volume requirements. Based on their recently introduced low cost Taurus connector series, cable assemblies can be supplied with RG style cables including RG58, RG316, RG174, RG178 and low cost LMR cables.

    Standards Safe point-to-point interface released! - With the release and publication of the IO-Link Safety specification by the IO-Link Community and the successful concept assessment by the TÜV SÜD, nothing else stands in the way of implementation in systems and devices.

    PRODUCT Strain gauges. - The Micro-Measurements® brand of Vishay, has launched its Quick-Turn program, offering R&D quality strain gage samples to its worldwide customer base, with deliveries in as few as seven working days, depending on pattern complexity.

    PRODUCT Report Software for multiuser development! - Multi-user and concurrent development now makes Dream Report from Ocean Data Systems (ODS), the ideal solution for the industrial enterprise.

    PRODUCT Stepper motor control. - AMCI by IDEC motion control products integrate closely with IDEC PLCs to provide a simple yet powerful way to control single- and multi-axis motion.

    PRODUCT WLAN Test Toolkit announced! - National Instruments (NI) have announced the WLAN Test Toolkit 17.0 with support for Draft 1.1 of the IEEE 802.11ax standard.

    PRODUCT Surge Protection. - Diagnostics and modularity with an installation width of just 6.2 mm: These features are combined in the new M-LB-5000 surge protection system from Pepperl+Fuchs. By offering these features, the single-channel modules support increased plant availability and optimize total operating costs.

    PRODUCT Paperless recorders and data acquisition system. - Yokogawa is to introduce release 4 of the SMARTDAC+® GX series panel-mount type paperless recorder, GP series portable paperless recorder, and GM series data acquisition system next week. With this latest release, new modules are provided that expand the range of applications possible with SMARTDAC+ systems and improve user convenience. New functions include sampling intervals as short as 1 millisecond and the control and monitoring of up to 20 loops.

    NEWS Unique recognition in Ireland. - Siemens officially has certified Douglas Control and Automation as their Factory Automation Safety Specialist. They are the first and only recipient of this certification in Ireland to date.

    webinar Generation of tender documents for industrial process measurement. - A webinar "Planning Tool for Water and Wastewater Processes" is being presented by Krohne on May 17th, 2017 at 3pm Irish time (4pm on Mainland Europe).

    Mathis Büttiker has been approved to join the Endress+Hauser Group Supervisory Board oversight committee from June 1st 2017.

    PRODUCT Clever height measurement. - The measurement of object height is an important aspect in quality control applications. With the PosCon HM light-section sensor, Baumer offers a unique, compact measuring device for this kind of tasks. The smart, pre-configured profile sensor offers five measurement modes for different measurement tasks. An exact positioning of the measured objects is not required.

    NEWS Best digital solution! - was selected as the Best Digital Solution by Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) at the recently concluded Minex Central Asia in Kazakhstan last month.

    APPLICATION Energy efficient lighting in housings. - Using the new Rittal LED system lights are a no-brainer for Blumenbecker Automatisierungstechnik, a leading control system and switchgear manufacturer based in Beckum (D). These high-performance, energy-efficient LED system lights optimise illumination in housings and enclosures.

    NEWS Nominated finalists for Calibration Laboratory awards. - The large and growing team of instrumentation and calibration experts at LotusWorks wait eagerly for Thursday May 25th to arrive, on that date the winners of the Irish Laboratory Awards will be announced at the Gala Awards Luncheon in Dublin.

    webinar Production Planning and System Integration. - Aegis Software has announced details regarding its upcoming webinar series. The programs are designed to provide attendees with the latest information about increasing manufacturing efficiency through successful material management, as well as software integration with established protocols.

    webinar A Practical Approach to Energy Efficiency! - The third of Fluke's series of free, scheduled, CPD-accredited webinars, running throughout 2107, is titled 'Energy Saving – A Practical Approach to Energy Efficiency' and is suitable for Facility Managers, Energy Managers, and Electrical Engineers.

    PRODUCT High speed optical tuneable filter. - A high speed optical tuneable FS02 BraggMETER filter, which is suitable for both static and dynamic optical filtering applications is now available from HBM.

    PRODUCT Linking devices! - The new EtherNet/IP to PROFIBUS DP Linking Device from HMS Industrial Networks allows users to connect devices on PROFIBUS to a Rockwell ControlLogix® or CompactLogix® PLC.

    NEWS Conformance Test System leads the world. - The LTE-Advanced RF Conformance Test System ME7873LA from Anritsu, has won the first GCF certification for the Cat-M1 RF Conformance Test as part of IoT communications technology. This certification gives Anritsu the world lead in GCF-certified test cases.

    PRODUCT IO-Link® communication option on platform! - The ASCO Numatics 580 Series fieldbus electronics platform has been expanded by Emerson with the introduction of an IO-Link® communication option.

    PRODUCT New Process Automation Profile released. - As Industry 4.0 and IIoT continue to advance, Ethernet technology – and with it PROFINET – will become established in process automation. Therefore PI (PROFIBUS & PROFINET International) has developed a profile specification in the form of PA Profile 4.0 that is independent of the communication protocol.

    PRODUCT Contacts in no time. - With a new generation of maintenance-free conductor connection clamps utilizing push-in technology, Rittal now offers the fastest method of easily and securely connecting conductors to busbars.

    EVENTS The environment in Britain post Brexit! - Lord Whitty has been announced as the opening speaker of the Air Quality and Emissions Conference at AQE 2017 in Telford (GB). The two day event will start on Wednesday 24th May with Lord Whitty's presentation covering 'Environmental Protection Legislation in the Post-Brexit Era.'

    NEWS Flowmeter output growth requires new facilities. - The market for high-quality flowmeters has been growing for decades, with the name Endress+Hauser Flowtec AG in Reinach, (CH), closely linked to the last 40 years. "This new facility, finished to coincide with our company anniversary, is a symbol of this growth as well as a commitment to our production and business location in the Basel region," says Managing Director Dr Bernd-Josef Schäfer.

    PRODUCT Select I/O and digital marshalling. - ABB has launched a new addition to its automation platform ABB Ability™ System 800xA; a redundant Ethernet based single channel I/O system called Select I/O. Select I/O supports ABB's next generation project execution model called Intelligent Projects that provides efficiency improvement for automation projects, as well as faster start-ups while decreasing complexity, project delays and cost overruns.
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    PRODUCT A lift for tall buildings! - Hengstler can use the H-480 safety relay to its full advantage, to give maximum support to lift (elevator) manufacturers as they adapt to the future safety guidelines for ever higher buildings.

    PRODUCT Eight port Gigabit Ethernet Switch! - The LDD-ES8, a Customisable Gigabit Ethernet Switch module for industrial, commercial and building automation data services has been introduced by LDD Technology.

    PRODUCT Controller certified against cyberattack. - The Bedrock SCC, the first industrial controller with intrinsic cyber security protection, has achieved Achilles Level 2 Certification for communications robustness testing (CRT).

    NEWS Valve & controls business purchased. - Emerson has completed the purchase of the Valves & Controls business from Pentair plc for $3.15 billion (€2.89 billion).

    PRODUCT Lighting control solution.- The new Cortet Lighting Control Solution and the Cortet™ by CEL "Powered By Cortet" partnership program enables lamp and luminaire OEMs to provide a full range of local and IoT connected control systems, integrated solutions and lighting accessories to their clients and customers.

    PRODUCT Safely cutting costs. - Baumüller is now offering a new safety solution for the stackable converter generation b maXX 5000. Here the electric motors are no longer shut off in a decentralized process in the individual motor converters but centrally, with one of the STO modules (Safe Torque Off) integrated into the feeder unit.

    Education and Research Academic performance rewarded. - Ciarán Nugent and Ronan Byrne both received the 'David Berber Mitsubishi Electric Award' at the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering Student Award Ceremony recently.

    PRODUCT Low-current power distribution. - The new Rittal RiLine Compact, designed for control units that require a maximum current of 125 A, addresses this need. Despite its size, the busbar system distributes power effectively and reliably, in compliance with all applicable standards.

    NEWS Closing historic gap in machine and factory automation. - B&R, the largest independent provider focused on product and software-based, open-architecture solutions for machine and factory automation worldwide has been acquired by ABB.

    PRODUCT Very cool precision accelerometer. - The new Type 8712B high sensitivity, voltage mode accelerometer from Kistler Instruments is designed to operate reliably at cryogenic temperatures as low as the -196°C (minus 196°C) needed by many aerospace applications.

    PRODUCT Precise control and efficient cooling. - The temperature of the cooling medium in machine tools needs to be controlled accurately so as to ensure high-precision machining. The cooling system must also be energy-efficient, versatile, reliable and easy to maintain. Rittal has factored these requirements into the development of a completely new generation of Blue e+ chillers.

    PRODUCT Networked automation solutions. - Baumueller displayed exhibits in line with the guiding theme of the Hanover Trade Fair "Integrated Industry – Creating Value" last week. The visitors experienced the added value of Industry 4.0 solutions based on numerous features for smart production: from an integrated system for predictive maintenance to the web-capable visualization for quick commissioning and flexible adaptations in the production process.

    PRODUCT IIoT-enabled artificial lift optimisation software. - Emerson's Dynamic Lift Optimization (DLO) software allows producers to extract greater value from existing assets and reduce field decline rates by ensuring a field or platform is producing at maximum efficiency given current production constraints.

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