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    Publications Control system integrator industry's digital marketing performance. - Authentia has published an important and comprehensive study of the control system integrator industry’s digital marketing performance. Many industrial/manufacturing industries lag behind in their adoption of modern digital marketing practices, largely due to target demographics that have been slow to embrace social media and mobile computing.
    People Dave Wellman
    Dave Wellman to be responsible for sales of Gresham's wide range of commercial power supply products & will run their European distribution network..

    EVENTS Students! Consider the process control industry as a future career. - MCAA’s annual Industry Forum is scheduled for April 19-21, 2015 in Scottsdale (AZ USA). Over 200 attendees are expected experience an educational event featuring expert speakers, breakout sessions, roundtables, and peer networking opportunities.

    PRODUCT 8-channel Arbitrary Waveform Generator. - Teseq's ARB 5500 fits inside the transient generator and features memory for over 64,000 standard waveform segments as well as 1 GB of Clone memory for user-defined shapes. This is enough memory for several thousand hours of simulations.

    NEWS Acquisition consoladates leadership towards 5G commercialisation. - National Instruments (NI) has announced its acquisition of BEEcube, a technology innovator and leading supplier of high-performance FPGA prototyping and deployment products for advanced wireless research, wireless infrastructure and military/defence applications.

    NEWS Survey response shows customer satisfaction improvement - A new customer survey published early in 2015 by Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) specialist, Autoscribe, has shown an across-the-board increase in customer satisfaction levels compared to a similar survey carried out in 2013.

    NEWS Half a million industrial cameras! - Almost exactly ten years after releasing its first industrial camera, IDS Imaging Development Systems has shipped its 500,000th camera. The milestone camera was from the completely re-designed second generation series of the USB 3 uEye CP cameras, featuring the latest 2.3 MP Sony IMX174 CMOS sensor.

    White Paper Report on virtualisation in IACS. - The Automation Federation has released a public report - commissioned on behalf of the Linking Oil and Gas Industry to Improve Cybersecurity (LOGIIC) - that examines the use of virtualisation technology in industrial automation and control system (IACS) environments.

    PRODUCT Switching system test tools! - Pickering Interfaces is lowering the cost of ownership of switching systems with the introduction of their latest diagnostic test tools-eBIRST Switching System Test Tools.

    APPLICATION Variable speed drives improves the quality of glass ovens. - A leading manufacturer of glass tempering ovens has turned to the Unidrive M family of variable speed drives from Emerson Industrial Automation to greatly improve the quality of its products.

    PRODUCT High Mating Cycle (HMC) connectors! - Harting has added a new hinged frame to the Han-Modular® range of industrial connectors. The new frame allows Han-Modular® components to be integrated with the company's family of High Mating Cycle (HMC) connectors, which are designed to handle more than 10,000 mating cycles.

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    EVENTS Exciting Keynotes at June event in California! - To celebrate 30 years of success as one of the largest tradeshows in the industry, Sensors Expo & Conference is featuring two dynamic and thought provoking keynote speakers at this year's event. Dr. Mike North, the host of Discovery Channel's "Prototype This," "Outrageous Acts of Science" and "In The Making," and Gadi Amit, the Technology Designer behind projects such as Google Project Ara, Fitbit Fitness Trackers and the Lytro camera.

    Research & Education Thermography seminars! - Fluke is offering a series of free Thermography Seminars as part of its programme of seminars for 2015 throughout Britain and Ireland.

    NEWS Sound design, analysis, quality and synthesis! - AcSoft has been appointed exclusive distributers in Britain for LEA software from Genesis S.A. at the Instrumentation, Analysis and Testing Show at Silverstone (GB).

    EVENTS Cybersecurity expert to deliver keynote at intelligent building event. - The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) has named Steve Mustard - a globally acclaimed cybersecurity expert of the Automation Federation and its founding sponsor, the ISA - as a keynote speaker at the CABA Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum 14-16 April 2015 in Austin, (TX USA).

    PRODUCT M-Bus to Modbus - New gateway from HMS Industrial Networks enables M-Bus data from measuring devices to be monitored from Modbus-TCP networks.

    EVENTS PXI automatic test systems on display! - At the 2015 PXI Show, the Peak Group is adding a number of new products to its portfolio of automatic test systems based on its partnerships with National Instruments (NI), GOEPEL electronic and Virginia Panel Corporation (VPC).
    NEWS Acquisition for clearer vision in Denmark! - Stemmer Imaging in Denmark has purchased Image House A/S - the leading supplier of vision solutions and vision components in Denmark. The acquisition becomes effective from the 1st of April 2015.
    Maverick Technologies appoints Bud Blankenship as industry manager.

    APPLICATION Ultrafast 2D metrology system gives the French subcontractor a leading edge. - Located in the town of Marignier, in south-eastern France, DBC specialises in precision machining and screw machining. A few months ago it was one of the first companies to acquire Keyence's IM-6500 image dimension measurement system.

    NEWS Belgian manufacture joins partnership network! - eWON has recently been named an EncompassTM Americas Product Partner in the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork™ program; the company was previously a member of the Encompass European Partner Network.

    EVENTS Lab scientist wins! - Visitors to the SEAL Analytical stand at WWEM 2014 were entered into a competition to win an iPad mini, and SEAL has announced that the lucky winner is Chris Bevan, an assistant scientist at Anglian Water's wastewater laboratory near Huntingdon.

    PRODUCT 4-20mA output for VA flowmeters! - With the new option "WIM", a 4...20mA electrical output signal is now available for the Krohne variable area flowmeter VA40. While the flow rate with these glass devices could previously be read only locally, the 4...20mA output option allows for transmission of the measured value for control or evaluation purposes.

    NEWS Consortium membership leads to versatile programming options! - Moore Industries is now a member of PACTware, a consortium dedicated to developing and maintaining manufacturer and fieldbus-independent software for operating field instruments.

    PRODUCT 8 port unmanaged Gigabit Ethernet switch. - Red Lion Controls has announced the addition of the N-Tron® series 1008TX unmanaged Gigabit Ethernet switch to its industrial networking solutions portfolio.

    PRODUCT Hazardous area media converters for fibre optic Ethernet - R. Stahl's 9721 series of media converters for optical cables enable hot plugging of Ethernet connections in zone 1 and 2 hazardous areas, i.e. the safe plugging and unplugging of communication links during operation.

    EVENTS Extended online support platform increases efficiency for industry. - At the Hanover Trade Fair 2015, (13 to 17 April 2015 in Hannover (D), Siemens presents its extended Industry Online Support, which, with around 1.8 million visits every month, is one of the most frequently used Internet services offered by Siemens.

    PRODUCT Reference shaker! - The new portable reference shaker from Kistler has selectable frequency and amplitude vibration combined with battery operation to allow the sensitivity of accelerometers to be verified and calibrated with equal precision in the field and the laboratory.

    PRODUCT Ending connection nightmare! - All installation professionals know what a nightmare unidentified cables & components can be. Professional identification labels take away this frustration and increase job efficiency. With a Brady Portable Printer any label may be printed on-site in mere seconds, even die-cut and custom labels.

    PRODUCT Certified for ProfiNet! - The new Anybus CompactCom 40-series from HMS Industrial Networks has passed certification for PROFINET Version 2.31, certified for use with the highest conformance class (C) as well as the highest netload class (III).

    PRODUCT Hydraulic network balancing! - Hymod is the market's first local hydraulic network balancing module that is designed to ensure variable flows in secondary circuits and thus optimise the energy efficiency of heating or cooling systems.

    NEWS Gas monitoring representation in Canada! - Demesa will represent Edinburgh Sensors standard OEM Gascard NG and fixed wall Guardian NG products in Canada.

    EVENTS EMEA Automation event for UAE. - The International Society of Automation (ISA) and DMS Global, a global marketing specialist for the energy sector, have finalised an agreement to organise the ISA Automation Conference and Exhibition, EMEA 26-27 May 2015 in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

    PRODUCT Miniature outdoor logging of environmental sound system - The MOLES (Miniature Outdoor Logging of Environmental Sound) system has been launched by Svantek. Low cost yet powerful, this new outdoor noise monitoring solution can operate for up to an impressive four weeks on a single charge.

    PRODUCT High brightness displays! - Ginsbury has announced the introduction of two new high-brightness Kyocera TFT LCD displays.

    NEWS Cloud platform for industrial customers! - Siemens is building an open cloud platform for analysing large datasets in industry. This will provide a platform for data-based services such as Siemens offers for predictive maintenance, asset and energy data management.

    PRODUCT New Generation of LED Modules! - Omicron has developed new high-performance LED modules. The updated product in comparison to the previous version is characterised by greater functionality and flexibility for applications in industry and research.

    Research & Education Educational vision project! - A six month vision project has been started with a group of 5 students from Farnborough Sixth Form College (GB) by Stemmer Imaging. This is the third project to be carried out with the College, and will involve the design and construction of a vision system to carry out automated packaging inspections on breakfast cereal boxes.

    PRODUCT Temperature sensor series for HVAC & building technology. - E+E Elektronik's has introduced its product range with various sensors for passive temperature measurement for HVAC and building technology.

    APPLICATIONEliminate overhead cables! - Harting has developed an RFID system that allows electric trams or buses to operate without overhead electric wiring in areas where it would be unacceptably obtrusive (in historic town centres, for example) or where it might cause interference to sensitive equipment

    EVENTS Switching Modules at AMPER 2015 - Pickering Interfaces are to showcasing their broad catalog of PXI and Ethernet LXI switching solutions at Amper (Brno, CZ March 24-27). These products include Pickering’s LXI, PXI, Programmable Resistors, Microwave Multiplexer and PCI Ranges.

10/3/2015 6/3/2015
    EVENTS Process control & safety under the microscope! - The Program Committee of the 2015 Process Control & Safety Symposium has issued a Call for Papers, inviting authors, innovators, thought leaders and other professionals in process measurement and control--particularly in the chemical and energy processing and other key process industry sectors--to submit abstracts for presentation consideration at the conference.

    Research & Education Investing in education & training - Electroustic is investing in the future of engineering by donating £3000 (€4200) worth of stock to Milton Keynes College (GB). In recognition of the current British skills gap in science and engineering, the company is seeking to promote practical learning opportunities and help cultivate bright young minds for the future.

    PRODUCT Protecting small installations - A new range of small GRP cabinets from Intertec provides installers with increased flexibility for protecting outdoor equipment. The new MINICAB housings combine a relatively high containment capacity with convenient pipe stand or wall mounting.

    Standards Unique analyser certification claim vindicated! - The SICK 3006 is the only portable FID with MCERTS approval for using either hydrogen or hydrogen/helium fuel gas. This was a claim made recently by Quantitech. This claim was challenged, but Sira Certification has confirmed that the 3006 passed the MCERTS performance requirements for both gas options

    PRODUCT More pixels for high-end industrial applications. - A new 10.1-inch TFT display module featuring WUXGA (1920 x 1200 pixels) resolution has been introduced by KOE.
    People Luca Marinelli
    Luca Marinelli has been appointed as General Manager for Servomex - Americas.

    PRODUCT Connect a PC to any industrial Ethernet network. - The new IXXAT INpact from HMS Industrial Networks combines the proven Anybus technology with years of IXXAT know-how in the PC interface card area.

    PRODUCT An industry first! - National Instruments has announced the NI PXIe-8880 controller, which is based on the Intel Xeon processor, and the NI PXIe-1085 chassis, which is the industry's first chassis that uses PCI Express Gen 3 technology.

    NEWS Assembly elections - The CAN-CiA group has elected Harm-Peter Krause (esd) as business director recently. Uwe Koppe (MicroControl) and Holger Zeltwanger have been confirmed as technical director respectively managing director.

    PRODUCT Frequency inverters provides maximum drive performance. - One of the highlights of the Mitsubishi Electric next generation range is their new FR-A800 inverter. The ultramodern drive has been specially designed for use in classic plant and machinery and with its maximum output and performance, increased efficiency and productivity are guaranteed.

    PRODUCT Expanded I/O & Control range enhances flexibility & energy efficiency. - ABB has launched its Symphony® Plus SD Series of flexible control and input/output (I/O) products, which offer total plant automation across application types, irrespective of size or physical location.

    PRODUCT RF signal generator series leads in price! - The Tektronix TSG4100A is a vector signal generator (VSG) at the affordable price of basic signal generator.

    White Paper Reducing energy costs associated with compressed air by 60%. - A new whitepaper entitled "Reduce energy costs in compressed air systems by up to 60%".The whitepaper, which can be downloaded here free, clearly outlines how engineers can identify where potential energy savings can be made and discusses compressed air generation costs, the effects of leakages and implementing solutions to reduce energy consumption overall.

    PRODUCT Safety devices for hazardous areas. - IDEC Corporation has released the EU2B family of safety devices including pushbuttons, pilot lights, selector switches and ammeters.

    PRODUCT Better delivery from medium voltage variable speed drives. - WEG has more than doubled the maximum power of its air-cooled MVW01 medium voltage variable speed drives - from 6.5 MW to 16 MW for voltages from 2.3 kV to 4.16 kV - to meet the needs of medium voltage three-phase induction and synchronous motors across a broader power range.

    PRODUCT Spectrofluorometer combined with cryostat - Edinburgh Instruments has combined its FS5 Spectrofluorometer with a liquid nitrogen cryostat to achieve a range of significant sample measurement capabilities with a single click.

    APPLICATION Application for Mass flow measurements for those over 18 years old!BLOG - When thinking of alcoholic products that are produced in Britain, a fine malt Whiskey may spring to mind or perhaps beer brewed in one of the numerous breweries that can be found dotted around the country. How many people however, would immediately think of Vodka? Read how Krohne mass flowmeters is helping.

    PRODUCT Achieve a high speed, information driven, operation in manufacturing! - Mitsubishi Electric has announced its next generation iQ Platform, the iQ-R Controller Series is now available.

    PRODUCT Non-contact signal transmission for same cost as slip-ring types! - The Kistler Type 4520A sensor for measuring torque on shafts rotating at up to 10,000 rpm uses frequency modulation to transmit the torque signal from the rotating shaft without contact and convert it into an analogue signal.

    PRODUCT Audio, data, and fibre connectors! - Cliff Electronics has announced the FT Digital XLR Feed-Through connector series. The FT Series is a complete range of audio, data, and fibre connectors that can be front or rear mounted into an industry standard 24mm XLR connector mounting hole.

    EVENTS Fastest 50 in USA: Sensors and their systems on show! - For the second consecutive year, the leading event in the USA focused exclusively on sensors and sensor-integrated systems, Sensors Expo & Conference has been named to Trade Show Executive's (TSE) Fastest 50 list. Scheduled for June 2015 in Long Beach (CA USA).

    PRODUCT Reliable fibre optic connecting. - Radiall now offers the EB-LuxCis® product range. This new solution is suitable for highly contaminated environments and demanding applications where ease of maintenance is necessary.

    PRODUCT Make M-Bus measuring devices talk Modbus-TCP - New gateway from HMS Industrial Networks enables M-Bus data from measuring devices to be monitored from Modbus-TCP networks. M-Bus (Meter-Bus) is a widely used communication standard for measuring devices.

    NEWS New office expands research capability for PSU innovator! - Stadium Power has opened an R&D centre in Norwich (GB) as a stand-alone facility for the development of power products as part of the wider company strategy to become a leading design-led technology business

    PRODUCT Thermogrraphers sharing info by phone! - With a full 180° articulating lens and 14.5cm touchscreen, the Fluke's new TiX520 and TiX560 Infrared Cameras allow thermographers to easily navigate over, under, and around objects to preview and capture images.

    PRODUCT Differential current transformer - Harting has added a differential current transformer capable of carrying out current measurements at up to 10 A to its family of current sensors for industrial applications.

    PRODUCT Ex d inverters - R. Stahl's solutions for hazardous area equipment also include explosion-protected motor switches and frequency inverters for installation close to Ex d or Ex e motors in ATEX zones 1 and 2.

    PRODUCT LCD touch screens. - Varitronix has announced the availability of a new range of Projected Capacitive LCD Touch Screens, for use with a stylus, a gloved finger or bare finger.

    EVENTS Live rental instrument demonstrations at show! - A wide range of the latest air quality and emissions monitoring equipment will be on display at the Ashtead Technology exhibition stand at AQE 2015. (22/23 Apl 2015).

    PRODUCT Measuring vibration on your phone app! - Fluke has introduced the handheld Fluke® 805 FC Vibration Meter, a portable multifunction vibration screening tool that provides quantifiable information on the bearings and overall health of motors and other rotating equipment.

    APPLICATION Keeping trains moving in cold weather - A manufacturer of safety equipment for railways relies on Michell's Humidity and Temperature sensor, PF72-Series, to monitor and control its range of railway switch-point heating systems.

    NEWS Connector distributor of the year - MH Connectors, manufacturer and supplier of I/O interconnect products has awarded its Distributor of the Year 2014 accolade to RS Components.

    Research & Education Wearable electronics enabled by sensors! - New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Wearable Electronics Enabled by Sensors, finds that the sensors market earned revenues of €70 million ($108 m) in 2014 and estimates this to catapult to €710 million ($800 m) in 2020.

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    PRODUCT Portable 3D body scanner for human metrics applications! - The world's first portable 3D body scanner from Space Vision, (J), utilises nine board-level UI-1221LE USB cameras from IDS Imaging Development Solutions.
    People Rob Wilkinson
    Rob Wilkinson, CEO of AEW Europe, has been re-elected Chairman of the Green Rating Alliance for the year 2015.

    PRODUCT Zone 1 and 2 hazardous areas enclosures! - As part of its new range of ATEX load cells, LCM Systems Ltd is launching the AEN ATEX/IECEx stainless steel Ex d enclosure.

    EVENTS VOCs - why speciate? - The Quantitech stands at AQE 2015 in Telford (GB), the air quality and emissions show (22/23 Apl 2015)., will feature three different technologies for measuring individual organic compounds.

    White Paper Ex ic - Intrinsic safety's new protection level! - Power management company Eaton has released a new whitepaper, Ex ic - Intrinsic Safety's New Protection Level, that helps users and manufacturers understand more about Ex ic, the new intrinsic safety protection level for electrical apparatus in flammable environments.

    PRODUCT Connector with rapid termination technology - Harting has introduced a slimline version of its har-speed X-coded M12 connector equipped with HARAX® rapid termination IDC connection technology.

    PRODUCT Radio communication in hazardous areas. - The Series 9730 HFisolators from R. Stahl enable users to deploy any type of standard industrial antennas for radio communication in hazardous areas.

    APPLICATION Sensors in space!BLOG - Kistler pressure sensors monitored the fuel consumption continuously for the whole ten year voyage to ensure that Rosetta arrived at its destination with enough fuel to make the final corrections to put the Philae landing probe into orbit.
    People Gary Howse
    Stadium Power has appointed Gary Howse to the role of Managing Director, Global Power.

    PRODUCT Simple & accurate adjustment with wire-wound variable resistor. - The VRH320 Variable Wire Wound Resistor available from ARCOL Resistors, has a wide range of applications for voltage and current adjustment including industrial machinery RPM adjustment, instruments, automated control installations, load simulation and educational modelling.

    PRODUCT Processing signals - Pentek has announced the Model 7070 PCIe FMC carrier with a Virtex-7 FPGA. As a stand-alone signal processing board, it provides an ideal development and deployment platform for demanding DSP applications.

    APPLICATION Emissions analyser helps manage power station! - A multiparameter emissions monitor at Thetford power station (GB) is being used to demonstrate to the Environment Agency that the plant is performing within the conditions of its environmental permit. However, the data from the analyser, which was supplied by Quantitech, also performs a vitally important role in helping to manage the plant.

    PRODUCT Duct mounting HVAC transmitters. - The new EE150 humidity & temperature transmitter has been optimised specifically for use in the HVAC and building technology sectors and impresses with an outstanding price/performance ratio.

    EVENTS Succesful Food & Pharma completed! - Nearly 130 professionals within the automation and control field and the pharmaceuticals and food industries gathered in Philadelphia last week to explore solutions to the critical challenges relating to automation in food processing and drug manufacture and distribution.

    PRODUCT Dual input Smart HART temperature transmitters. - The THZ³ and TDZ³, Moore Industries' next generation of Smart HART temperature transmitters have been released.

    PRODUCT Optical spectrum analyser - A new version of Yokogawa's AQ6373 optical spectrum analyser has been released It incorporates a new monochromator with a sharp passband filter edge plus a number of new features including a double-speed measuring mode, a multipeak/bottom search function and a data-logging function.

    APPLICATION Saving 500 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide! - How WEG helped in saving 500 tonnes of CO2 per year, expected to be saved at Kingston Heights, a new sustainable housing development in south west London (GB), thanks to its pioneering use of water from the River Thames to supply heating, hot water and cooling.

    PRODUCT Measuring with Piezoelectric Sensors has never been so easy! - The new Kistler LabAmp Type 5165A is an amplifier designed specifically to combine impressive flexibility with convenient usability for the measurement of dynamic signals.

    PRODUCT Industry's broadest range of card edge connectors. - EDAC has enhanced its already extensive range of card edge connectors to include 8,000 standard styles and 435,000 customised variations in what is today the broadest range of card edge connectors available in the industry.

    Website Web pages renewed and introduce new products! - Fluke has renewed and extended its Solution Centre web pages. Now there is even more information on choosing and using thermal imagers, as well as full details of Fluke's Performance, Professional and Expert Series thermal imagers.

    PRODUCT Universal LightProbe tests colour and intensity of LEDs. - The Universal LightProbe Spectra USB Sensor from Optomistic Products, designed for the colour and intensity testing of LEDs, is now available exclusively in Britain from Peak Test Services.

    Research & Education Centre of excellence awarded! - MCP has been awarded Centre-of-Excellence status by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) for providing high quality training courses for electrical installers and contractors.

    NEWS CPD Accredited Employer standard awarded to Irish PSU company. - Excelsys Technologies has been awarded the CPD (Continuing Professional Development) Accredited Employer standard by Engineers Ireland.

    PRODUCT Airborne pathogen measurement - The 'Coriolis µ' from Air Monitors, employs a wet-walled cyclone technology that improves bioaerosol sampling for bacteria, pollen, endotoxins, viruses and fungal spores thus delivering an accurate measurement of airborne load.

    PRODUCT Error-free configuration and ordering of pneumatic systems. - The new Festo Design Tool 3D configuration software reduces the risk of errors when designing and ordering pneumatic actuator assemblies. Specifying system modules as a complete package with a unique product key simplifies design, logistics and assembly operations.

    EVENTS Industry forum for Amsterdam next month! - ARC Advisory Group will host its European Industry Forum (EIF) in Amsterdam (NL) during March 4-5, 2015.
    People Paul Tanners
    Paul Tanner has joined Red Lion Controls as Vice President of Sales for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

    NEWS Successful audit! - Following a three day on-site audit Stadium United Wireless, a leading provider of connected M2M (machine to machine) wireless solutions, have been re-awarded ISO/TS16949 certification - a global capability for their customers in the niche automotive sectors.

    NEWS Time capsule marks the spot! - Construction has been started of a new €22 million (US$ 27m) office and manufacturing centre to be built in Gothenburg (S) for Emerson.

    PRODUCT Housing offers versatile mounting possibilities! - Harting has introduced a new angled Han® 3A housing panel mount with a square mounting flange that permits attachment in either a vertical or horizontal configuration in conjunction with the identical panel cutout.

    PRODUCT Small but perfectly formed fro measuring pressure! - The new Type 9215A miniature force sensor from Kistler Instruments is only 23.3mm long and 6.0mm diameter and weighs only 2.5g making it ideal for both laboratory and industrial applications where space is at a premium.

    Publications Aspiration smoke detection applications guide! - A new in-depth FAAST Aspiration Smoke Detection Applications Guide has been released by Honeywell this month, in order to aid system integrators, consultants, specifiers and installers during the specification, design, installation and commissioning process.

    NEWS FDT Group Sponsoring Member announced! - M&M Software GmbH of St. Georgen (D), has elevated it membership status to that of sponsoring member of the FDT Group. In raising its support to the highest level possible, M&M Software will take a seat on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the FDT Group.

    Publications Unlocking the full power of automation systems - In his latrst book, "The Value of Automation: The Best Investment an Industrial Company Can Make," Dr. Peter Martin contends that the immense capabilities of automation systems are untapped because their true potential value is not adequately measured or recognised.

    PRODUCT High efficiency 800W, micro redundant 1U industrial PC PSU - An 800 watt M1V2-5801V4H 1+1 micro redundant 1U industrial PC power supply is now available from Stadium Power. This is ideal for secure bulk power applications including digital imaging, file servers, storage systems, workstations, blade servers, communication systems, telecom/broadcast systems, and industrial PCs.

    PRODUCT Intelligent cooling concept! - This is an interesting product for Aavid Thermalloy. It is an intelligent, innovative, high performance Liquid Cooling System which aims to replace existing air cooled systems.

    NEWS Sex on the beach or a cuppa? - A home-made cocktail machine which mixes a "Sex on the Beach" fully automatically, or a robot which casually pours out a cup of tea (see below!) - if you have ideas like this, you should take part in the "Productivity Contest" of Festo. Prizes include VIP iunvite to Hannover Messe and iPads.
    People Richard Fathers
    Richard Fathers has joined MCP Consulting and Training as Specialist Maintenance Consultant

    OrganisationsPartnerships renewed - The renewal of four ISA partnership agreements for 2015 has been confirmed. The four companies renewing their partnership contracts with the Society for the year are: Beamex, FDT Group,Eaton, and Ultra Electronics.

    PRODUCT Seal for use in very aggressive and difficult media - LABOM are offering a new type diaphragm seal made of plastic, the DD8040 series. When measuring solid-free, neutral, and aggressive liquid media, the plastic diaphragm seal offers a technologically useful additional option that complements the LABOM portfolio of stainless steel diaphragm seals.

    EVENTS Sensing Technologies Driving Tomorrow's Solutions! - For 30 years, Sensors Expo & Conference has established itself as the United States' leading event focusing exclusively on sensors and sensor-integrated systems. In 2015, for the first time ever, the longest running event in the industry will be hosted in Long Beach, (CS USA) , offering attendees easy access to Silicon Valley and the cutting-edge markets of Aerospace & Defense, Medical, Entertainment, and more.

    PRODUCT Most sustainable analyser! - When Servomex, the world leader in gas analysis technologies, launched its new MiniLaser platform in January 2015, it also launched its most sustainable product platform to date. With greatly reduced carbon and ecological footprints and improved resource efficiency in manufacturing, the MiniLaser platform also boasts higher energy efficiency with all the associated cost benefits to customers.
    People Richard Nagorny
    Richard Nagorny has been appointed as Managing Director at Werum IT Solutions GmbH

    PRODUCT Electric rod style linear actuator. - Curtiss-Wright Corporation has expanded its Exlar FT Series™ universal electric rod style linear actuator product line with the release of the FT45 model.

    APPLICATION Clean bill of health for steel vessel after Eddy Current Tests - JF NDT's Mohan Kang recently attended an Ashtead Technology training event which featured the Eddyfi Ectane Surface Inspection System, and he believed that Eddy Current Testing with the Ectane would be ideal for an application to inspect a large stainless steel vessel.

    Research & Education A first for Africa in fieldbus training! - The FieldComm Group has announced that IDX Academy, the South African industrial communications training centre based in Johannesburg (ZA), has been successful in the rigorous certification process required to become a site that offers fieldbus training courses certified under the FOUNDATION™ Fieldbus Certified Training Programme (FCTP)

    PRODUCT New Managed switches maximise port, speed & power options for demanding networks! - Red Lion Controls has expanded its N-Tron® series NT24k managed Gigabit Ethernet industrial switch platform with the addition of compact DIN-rail mountable switches.

    PRODUCT Solid state interface relays - An addition to its existing RV8 DIN rail product line has been announced by IDEC Corporation. The RV8S solid state interface relays feature 100mA to 3A switching capability in a compact 6mm wide space.

    PRODUCT Updated thermal calculation software! - To simplify the often time-consuming and complicated calculation of enclosure cooling and heating require-ments use Rittal's Therm 6.3 software.

    People Nathan Ashford Damien Croft Debbie Pendergrast Alex Grout
    EDAC has restructured its European sales and customer-service operations. From Top:Nathan Ashford (European Distribution Manager), Damien Croft (European Marketing Manager), Debbie Pendergrast (Sales Manger Southern Europe), Alex Grout (European Managing Director)

    Website Enterprise-control system integration standard information - A newly redesigned website with a bold new look and enhanced navigation experience has been inaugurated by the European office of ISA to serve the ISA95 community.

    PRODUCT Firmware for wireless gateway enhances ease-of-use! - Emerson Process Management has used customer input to design the new firmware version 4.5 for its Smart Wireless Gateways.

    PRODUCT Cable termination technology with enhanced reliability - Harting has extended its preLink® pre-wired connector system with a number of additional components that allow easy, quick and reliable installation under extreme environmental conditions.

    PRODUCT Handheld IR thermometer for high-temperatures - A handheld thermometer series for flexible temperature monitoring in high-temperature industrial applications from 400 to 3,000 *C, such as steel production and processing, chemical and petro-chemical industry, as well as heat treatment and power plants has been added to the Raytek range.

    Research & Education Students refresh their maths skills - In order for a maths refresher course at Vienna TU to be most effective, a web-based assessment system with automatic grading capable of handling mathematics was crucial - this is where Maplesoft™, a subsidiary of Cybernet Systems Co was called in!

    PRODUCT Low-wear test plugs for testing standard interfaces - ENGMATEC test plugs, now available through the Peak Group are designed to speed the production testing of electronic equipment incorporating a range of standard interfaces including USB, HDMI, RJ45 and eSata.

    NEWS Collaboration to deliver security! - Yokogawa has announced a collaboration with Cisco Systems, Inc. to deliver Shell's SecurePlant initiative at Shell.

    PRODUCT Open CCTV system flexible & safe! - R. Stahl Camera System's OPEN CCTV SYSTEM offers the unique option of operating CCTV equipment of various manufacturers in one system, essentially independent of communication protocols.

    EVENTS Connectivity & Convergence - The core catalysts of innovation impacting all of humanity are connectivity and convergence, the theme of Frost & Sullivan's Growth, Innovation and Leadership (GIL) 2015: Europe being held in London next May (2015).

    PRODUCT Accuracy offers peace of mind in custody transfer of natural gas - The new OptiPEAK TDL600 moisture analyzer from Michell Instruments has a class-leading measurement accuracy of +/-1% of reading.

    PRODUCT 17 new SL Series Programmable DC PSUs - The Magna-Power Electronics SL Series product range now spans 70 models at power levels 1.5 kW, 2.6 kW, 4 kW, and 6 kW all in a 1U, 1.75" high rack-mount form-facto

    Website Website updated - The Peak Group has launched a new web site which reflects the company's updated divisional structure.

    APPLICATION H & S in Irish SmartPly facility - Pilz Ireland are the lead H&S consultants for the €60 million expansion of the Coillte Smartply Facility in Belview Port, Waterford (IRL), which is currently the largest industrial construction/manufacturing expansion project in the country.

    People Markus Behet
    EpiGaN has appointed Markus Behet as Chief Marketing Officer for its GaN/Si and GaN/SiC epitaxy wafer product.
    PRODUCT 4-20mA output for glass variable area flowmeters. - A 4-20mA electrical output signal is now available with the new option "WIM" for the variable area flowmeter VA40 from Krohne. While the flow rate with these glass devices could previously be read only locally, the 4...20mA output option allows for transmission of the measured value for control or evaluation purposes.

    PRODUCT Latching DC connectors prevent critical power loss - Cliff Electronics has announced a new range of latching DC plugs and sockets designed for use where it is critical power is not lost or interrupted by accidental disconnection in applications including medical, data, monitoring, emergency lighting and equipment charging

    NEWS New offive for DC programmable power products to serve Europe - Magna-Power Electronics has opened a subsidiary in Britain. The new sales office follows significant growth of the Magna-Power Electronics brand in Britain, Ireland and the rest of Europe.

    EVENTSBLOGTechnology Modernisation of Plant Automation Systems -
    This year's seminar of the Ireland Section of ISA is to showcase new developments within Technology in the Manufacturing/Service Industries realm under the banner of"Technology Modernisation of Plant Automation Systems".
    People Jens Neubauer
    Caroline Blyth
    Seal Analytical has appointed Jens Neubauer (top) to manage business development in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Caroline Blyth to boost customer support in Britain.

    NEWS Powerful distributor! - Avnet Abacus has been named Distributor of Year 2014 by the power supplies manufacturer Excelsys Technologies

    PRODUCT Energy-saving lights for hazardous areas - Thanks to extraordinary light efficiency, the new 6036 series of LED-based tubular light fittings from Stahl, ensures considerably lower operating costs.

    PRODUCT Pencil-type contact sensors! - Enclosed in a cylinder measuring barely 8 mm in diameter, the novel head of the pencil-type GT2 Series sensor from Keyence, enables absolute measurements with an accuracy of 1µm.

    APPLICATION RFID transponder - Harting has developed an RFID transponder which will electronically detect the state of locking mechanisms on cable cars: a legislative requirement for cable-car operators since 2013.

    NEWS Co-operation with refining company in Russian Federation! - Late last month (January 2015), JSOC Bashneft and Yokogawa signed a long-term partnership agreement in the area of support of Ufa Refining Complex production facilities with automatic process control systems and field instrumentation/process control instruments. (Republic of Bashkortostan in Rusian Federation).

    NEWS Partner of the year - ProSoft Technology won "Partner of the Year" award at Schneider Electric event which gives system integrators and CAPP partners the opportunity to develop their skills, collaborate and grow together.

    APPLICATION Grid automation system! - National Instruments has announced a new phasor measurement unit (PMU) hardware platform for the NI Grid Automation System. Operators can use this technology to gain better insight into grid health so they can tailor measurement solutions to meet their specific and evolving needs.

    PRODUCT Fast and secure implementation of Lockout/Tagout - While Lockout/Tagout is very successful, it does require intense preparation to implement. Based on worldwide experience, Brady can help implement best practice lockout/tagout programmes.

    PRODUCT Fan-and-filter units with speed control - Rittal fan-and-filter units with EC (electronically commutated) motors should be the preferred choice for energy efficiency in enclosure climate control, as their operating ratio is significantly higher than standard AC fan-and-filter units.

    NEWS Connectors for both outside and inside cabin connectivity approved - The SOURIAU (part of Esterline Connection Technologies) WME cable connector series is uniquely approved by the EN 16330 for both outside and inside cabin connectivity.

    PRODUCT Power resistors added to range! - Anglia Components has added a range of power resistors covering 0.1W - 2000W following its appointment as the Britain and Ireland distributor for US specialist manufacturer Ohmite. Anglia will also offer Ohmite's heat sink range, and will be able to support opportunities for custom resistors under the agreement.

    EVENTS Harmonization of C& Q and CSV Initiatives - This is the title of the forthcoming Technical Talk from ISA Ireland Section is to be held at Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork on Wednesday, 18 February 2015. The speaker is Jorge L. Rodriguez - President & CEO - PACIV.

    PRODUCT A portable, fully autonomous battery-powered marking gun! - E-mark is an 'all-in-one' marking gun from SIC-Marking. Its built-in marking head, programming keypad and battery make it a unique marking system that is the subject of an international patent application.

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