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19/5/2017

    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).

18/5/2017
    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.
    People

    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.

17/5/2017
    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.

16/5/2017
    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.

15/5/2017
    NEWS Interesting facts emerge from financial report. - E+H reports sales flat, but sees growth in Ireland, reports Processingtalk.info's Nick Denbow from Basel.
    RIP
    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.

12/5/2017
    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.

11/5/2017
    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.

10/5/2017
    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.

9/5/2017
    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).

    People
    Mathis_Buettiker
    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! - IntelliSense.io 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.

8/5/2017
    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.

5/5/2017
    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.

4/5/2017
    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.
    People
    Marc Aeschlimann
    Marc Aeschlimann is to be the CEO of the Schaffner Group.

    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).

3/5/2017
    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.

2/5/2017
    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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28/4/2017
    PRODUCT Non-intrusive temperature instrumentation. - Rosemount™ X-well™ Technology measurement is now available in a conventional wired transmitter simplifying the design, installation, and maintenance of temperature measurement points in wired applications.
    People
    Adrian Gubbins
    Adrian Gubbins is the National Sales Manager with the Industrial/Factory Automation Division of Mitsubishi Ireland.

    NEWS Phenomenal growth in MES sales! - Zenith Technologies, which is headquartered in Ireland, provides MES and data historian deployment and support services to pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers globally. The company has seen sales for this part of the business grow significantly over the last five years, with an average of over 35% year on year growth.

    PRODUCT Network-based Control System enhanced! - Yokogawa Electric Corporation has developed and just released an enhanced version of the STARDOM™ network-based control system.

    NEWS Partnership for industrial artificial intelligence solutions. - ABB and IBM have announced a strategic collaboration that brings together ABB's industry leading digital offering, ABB Ability, with IBM Watson Internet of Things cognitive capabilities to unlock new value for customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure.

    PRODUCT Touchless technology angle sensor. - Novotechnik's recently launched RFX-6900 series touchless technology angle sensor is ideal for precision rotary position feedback for mechanically-extreme applications in automotive, agricultural and construction equipment is now available from Variohm EuroSensor.

27/4/2017
    APPLICATION Keeping Lavender smelling like roses! - Following an emergency Friday afternoon call from Lavender International, an Olympus Nortec 600 Eddy Current Flaw Detector from Ashtead Technology was rushed to Sheffield to support a Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) training course that was due to take place the following week.

    webinar Everything you should know about Aircraft Structural Testing! - As airframe structures must be thoroughly tested to ensure top performance through its operational life, 'Everything you should know about Aircraft Structural Testing', a webinar from HBM scheduled for 27th June 2017, is suitable for structural engineers who are working on the development of modern aircraft.

    People
    Craig Ardrey
    Craig Ardrey is new Business Development Manager for ETAL magnetic components in Britain and Ireland.

    NEWS Championing open source! - Opto 22 is championing open-source technology by joining The Linux Foundation® to participate, collaborate, and sustain the code and developer communities that are critical to modern business, technology, and society.

    PRODUCT RFID identification of tools. - Tool identification using Balluff Industrial RFID increases production efficiency, as it makes incorrect tool allocation or missing tools a thing of the past. This enables optimizing the service time utilization of the tools.

    PRODUCT Vibration sensor performance. - Two new Metrix Instrument Hardy Portable Shakers are available from Ixthus Instrumentation. They offer significant enhancements for self-contained vibration condition monitoring and sensor validation.

    NEWS Co-operation to create new portfolio. - Yokogawa and Dover Energy Automation are to join forces to create the "Well Managed™" product portfolio. This collection delivers an optimized business operations solution to customers, allowing both companies to solve key challenges across the oil and gas industry.

    PRODUCT Robotics inspiration from elephants, octopuses and the human arm! - Festo has unveiled three new lightweight robotic concepts for handling with pneumatics, working in collaboration with humans.

    PRODUCT Connector aids incorporation of automation software. - Maplesoft and Phoenix Integration have a new plugin that enables engineers to easily incorporate Maplesoft software products Maple and MapleSim into the ModelCenter workflow integration and automation platform from Phoenix Integration.

    APPLICATION Reliable moisture measurement in UHP conditions. - One of Michell's long-standing customers, S.A. Marine Pty. Ltd from Australia specialise in evaluating and testing UHP air systems. Due to the high pressures involved, it's vitally important that the air is pure and free from contaminants such as compressor oil particulates or water.

    PRODUCT Push-Pull connector. - Harting has added a PushPull interface to its M12 PCB angled D-coded connector, not only enabling direct Ethernet transmission from the cable to the printed circuit board but also leading to considerable savings in assembly time.

    webinarPiezoelectric and strain gauge technology. - When it comes to deciding which force sensor is the right one for your application, HBM – a market leader in the field of test and measurement has the answer in its free Piezoelectric or Strain Gauge Technology webinar, which takes place on June 30th at 9 a.m (G.M.T)

26/4/2017
People
Andrew Thompson
Servomex has appointed Andrew Thompson to the role of Director, VP, Global Marketing & Business Development.

25/4/2017
    EVENTS Post BREXIT buoyancy to be highlighted at Vision show. - A new Machine Vision Conference and Exhibition for UKIVA is to be opened by on 27th April 2017 at Arena MK by Iain Stewart M.P. , the local Member of Parliament. His opening address will take place at 9.45 AM and will be followed by the first keynote presentation at 10.00 AM.
21/4/2017
    PRODUCT Early Warning of Condensation Danger. - The compact EE046 from E+E Elektronik monitors reliably the condensation danger on chilled beams and other critical cold spots, in air conditioning systems or switching cabinets.

    Education and Research "Ten years empowering the world!" - Alison, celebrating ten years as online learning pioneer, has launched a new mobile-friendly, personalised platform design, enhancing user experience and strengthening learner engagement.

    PRODUCT Profile painted & powder-coated surfaces. - The newest generation DATAPAQ® EasyTrack®3 system makes profiling oven cure of painted and powder-coated products as easy as never before.

    webinar UV disinfection in industry. - Hanovia is to host a webinar aimed at helping manufacturers optimise the removal of chlorine within their water treatment operations on the 23rd May 2017.

20/4/2017

19/4/2017
    PRODUCT Managing terminals! - TerminalManager, from Emerson, provides a single software platform to manage the entire terminal business process, helping operators streamline the loading processes, achieve greater connectivity to customer needs, and close the books faster.

    PRODUCT Seismic sensors. - Omron Electronic Components Europe has announced the availability of what it believes is the world's smallest class size seismic sensor, specifically designed to trigger the shutdown of potentially hazardous or easily damaged systems in the event of an earthquake.

18/4/2017
    PRODUCT Breathing life into level transmitters! - Heartbeat Technology has been added to the Endress+Hauser Micropilot FMR5X free-space radar and FMP5X Levelflex guided radar level transmitters.

    NEWS Powerful sensor solutions worldwide! - A global distribution agreement with MEMSIC has been announced by Mouser Electronics. MEMSIC is a world leader for the consumer electronics, communications, automotive, medical and industrial sensing sectors.

17/4/2017
People
Wolfgang Morr
Wolfgang Morr has joined ARC Advisory's European team as Senior Consultant
13/4/2017
    PRODUCT UHF RFID readers. - Harting has expanded its Ha-VIS family of UHF RFID readers with the addition of two new devices that offer higher levels of versatility, enabling individual project requirements to be met even more efficiently and flexibly.

    NEWS Installed base maintains strength. - The installed base of devices with interfaces of the communication technologies of PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI) continues its very strong overall market position.

    Other companies exhibiting at Hannover Messe 2017
    PRODUCT Delta's high-calibre solutions for smart manufacturing & energy efficiency. - Delta's expanded and strengthened portfolio of state-of-the-art solutions, capable of realizing smart manufacturing and higher energy efficiency in a broad range of applications, will be featured at Hannover Messe 2017 (April 24 to 28).

    publications" Motion & Machne control. - Aerotech's new Integrated Motion and Machine Control Solutions brochure presents their latest machine automation products.

    Pictures Industry 4.0 concept reviewed in Limerick. - EPLAN joined forces with ABB, DesignPro, Douglas Automation, Igus, Industrial Society of Automation (Ireland Section ISA), Omron, Panasonic, Prion PLM, Portalis, Rittal Ireland, Rockwell Automation, Siemens, SL Controls and Weidmuller to bring Industry 4.0 to the Limerick Institute of Technology. Here are some pictures from the day!

11/4/2017
    PRODUCT Milestones for automation software systems. - Copa-Data has presented what it call "further milestones for ergonomic working for project engineers and operators in manufacturing companies and the energy sector," with the new version of its automation software systems, zenon 7.60 and zenon Analyzer 3.10.
    People
    Conor Duffy
    The Board of Excelsys Technology has appointed Conor Duffy to take over as CEO.
    Other appointments include Shane Callanan who has been appointed to the new position of Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Dermot Flynn is to become Director of Sales & Marketing and Brendan Forde as Quality and Manufacturing Manager.
10/4/2017
    NEWS Name change for Test & Measurement leader! - Yokogawa Meters & Instruments Corporation is to change its name to Yokogawa Test & Measurement Corporation in October (2017).

    EVENTS The future of Automation and Control. - InstMC, ISA & IET are supporting a major conference in June looking at the future of automation and process control. Organised by IChemE there will be lots of opportunities to share views and debate the implications of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

    PRODUCT Money-saving kit for electricians! - Until 30th June 2017, Fluke is offering a 325/T150/C550KIT, a money-saving starter kit for electricians, which includes a clamp meter, a two-pole tester and a sturdy, steel-framed toolbag.

    EVENTS Vision conference programme released. - The full Conference programme for the UKIVA Machine Vision Conference and Exhibition (Milton Keynes (GB) 27th April 2017) has now been published.

7/4/2017
    PRODUCT Non-contact level measurement. - Easy-to-use SIL 3 Rosemount™ 5408 Non-Contacting Radar Level Transmitter provides enhanced diagnostics and remote proof-testing capability, supporting critical overfill prevention applications.

    PRODUCT Piezoelectric strain sensor. - The new Type 9238B piezoelectric strain sensor from Kistler Instruments monitors the force-proportional strain on machine components and structures.

    NEWS Aquisition ensures a broader range HMI supplier! - IDEC Corporation has acquired APEM. Together, IDEC and APEM are now one of the world's largest manufacturers of human machine interface (HMI) components, panels and systems.

    APPLICATION Networking in Japanese #paper plants. - Yokogawa Solution Service Corporation, has completed the installation of a software-defined networking (SDN) solution at four paper plants in Japan that are operated by group companies of Oji Holdings Corporation (the Oji Group).

6/4/2017
    PRODUCT Safe switches. - JPR Electronics stock a wide range of Switches from Shin Chin Industrial (SCI) SCI set up the first UL-approved laboratory in Taiwan for switch testing under the UL Witnessed Test Data Program (WTDP) process.

    EVENTS Celebrating robotics in Britain! - Britain's role at the heart of robotics innovation will be celebrated again with the public this summer with the return of UK Robotics Week, encompassing an expanded nationwide programme of events for this week-long celebration (24th – 30th June 2017).

    NEWS Heavy duty computer interface devices. - Foremost Electronics has been appointed as a distributor for Storm Interface, manufacturer of heavy duty keypads, keyboards and custom computer interface devices. All Storm products are built to withstand rough use and abuse in unattended public and industrial applications.

5/4/2017
    PRODUCT Safety certification for switches. - United Electric Controls (UE) has received SIL 2 certification on two of its most popular electromechanical switch offerings.

    APPLICATION Performance analysis for swimmers! - In 2015, the Manchester Aquatics Centre, the home of the British Para-Swimming National Performance Centre, was the first in the world to install the Kistler Performance Analysis System for Swimmers (PAS-S) which uses state of the art sensor technology and high speed video to record a swimmer's starts, turns and relay changeovers in minute detail, under and on the surface.

    APPLICATION Intelligent switchboards. - Nick Boughton, sales manager at industrial systems integrator, Boulting Technology tells how switchboards need to adapt to keep up with increased energy demands.

    PRODUCT Portable data logger. - The Model 9330 high speed, portable data logger and digital display has been launched by Interface Force Measurements.

4/4/2017
    PRODUCT EN50155 certified Ethernet switches. - The EN50155 certified EKI-9516/9512 Ethernet Switches with M12/M23 connectors, from Advantech's iConnectivity Group (ICG), are highly resist against shock and vibration and ensure stable connection and communication.
    People
    Greg Arnot
    Greg Arnot has been appointed as Marketing Manager with Gardasoft.

    webinar The good the bad and how to measure! - The second of Fluke's series of free, scheduled, CPD-accredited webinars, running throughout 2107, is titled 'Power Quality – The Good, The Bad and How to Measure' and is suitable for Electrical Engineers, Plant Maintenance Facility Managers, and Energy Managers.

    NEWS Battery management technology agreement. - Swindon Silicon Systems and Dukosi have signed a strategic agreement to bring Dukosi's disruptive semiconductor chip based battery management solution to market.

    PRODUCT Sensor for indoor air quality monitoring. - Responding to the growing demand for reliable and accurate detection of a wide range of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) at extremely low levels, Ion Science has launched a high sensitivity version of its MiniPID 2 sensor.

    Education and Research Ten million learners! - Alison pioneered free online education ten years ago when it launched the world's first massive open online course (MOOC) provider. The site serves more than two million users each in the United States and Great Britain, and one million users in India. The site has two million users across Africa, making it the largest single provider of free online education on the continent.

    PRODUCT Sensor actuator boxes. - Harting has introduced a new range of sensor actuator boxes which will save users time and money by enabling faster installation and reducing the number of cable lengths required between the sensors and the control cabinet.

3/4/2017
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