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Meitheamh 2016 June
    NEWS Agreement fosters embedded and enterprise IoT devices. - Mouser Electronics has announced a global distribution agreement with VIA Technologies, Inc., a global leader in the development of highly integrated embedded platform and system solutions for machine-to-machine (M2M), Internet of Things (IoT), and smart city applications.

    PRODUCT PXI source measure unit. - National Instruments (NI) has announced the NI PXIe-4135 source measure unit (SMU) with a measurement sensitivity of 10 fA and voltage output up to 200 V. Engineers can use the NI PXIe-4135 SMU to measure low-current signals and take advantage of the high channel density, fast test throughput and flexibility of NI PXI SMUs for applications such as wafer-level parametric test, materials research and characterisation of low-current sensors and ICs.

    NEWS Our thoughts on that referendum! - The legal situation at present is that Britain is a fully paid-up member of the European Union and will remain so until they activate an Article 50 application. In reality Britain is being excluded already from important meetings for the first time in forty three years. Nobody really expected this result. So despite people saying that they had "contingency plans" in reality the answer to all questions is "Nobody knows!"

    NEWS New analyser plant. - Endress+Hauser is expanding its manufacturing facility for Raman analyzers. Wholly-owned subsidiary Kaiser Optical Systems is investing US$8.6 million to develop the Ann Arbor, (MI USA) location, which will more than double in size.

    NEWS Continuing the European exploration tradition. - John O'Sullivan, a automation engineers with Douglas Controls & Automation, has now published "In the footsteps of Columbus" (ISBN-10: 3319275607), telling the story of the ESA astronauts and their work on board the International Space Station over its first decade and how they have lived on board, helped construct the space laboratory and performed valuable scientific experiments.

29/6/2016 28/6/2016
    PRODUCT Multi-functional CAN-to-Ethernet gateway. - The new IXXAT CAN@net NT 200 is a CAN-to-Ethernet gateway which allows users to connect CAN and Ethernet. Thanks to its two operating modes, CAN@net NT can be used as CAN-Ethernet-CAN bridge and as CAN-to-Ethernet gateway. Equipped with two CAN interfaces, it supports an even wider range of use cases compared to the well-known CAN@net II.

    APPLICATION Automation in water plant! - Modular products from Delta have been selected as part of an innovative automated system installed recently at a major water treatment facility in Romania.

    EVENTS Busy gas detection zone in November! - Gas detection has always been an important component of the WWEM events, but organiser Marcus Pattison says: "Following the publication of important new guidance on confined space entry and a new standard for toxic gas detectors, the Gas Detection Zone at WWEM 2016 will be busier than ever."

    NEWS Effects of Brexit on the Automation Markets - The impact could exceed the 2009 crisis for European companies, but ARC is actually less pessimistic. However, we think that the Brexit will hinder growth in 2016, 2017, and 2018. Overall, it is a difficult and challenging task to identify all the dynamics and even more to quantify them later. We decided to analyze the effects by geographic region, by subject, and by time-frame.

    NEWS Contribution recognised! - During the recent AGM of the Ireland Section of ISA the part of Read-out in publicising the third ISA Food and Pharmaceutical Division Seminar (FPID2016) was acknowledged. The Food and Pharmaceutical Division of ISA is one of the most active in the Society.

    Research & Education The internet of zombies. - Last year, a Radware report stated more than 90 per cent of companies surveyed had experienced some sort of cyber attack. However, the term internet of zombies describes a more advanced kind of attack. Here, Jonathan Wilkins of EU Automation discusses the internet of zombies and how companies can prepare for the outbreak.

    NEWS Emissions monitoring certification awarded. - The Gasmet Continuous Emissions Monitoring System (CEMS II e) and the portable (DX4000) FTIR analysers have been awarded an MCERTS certificate (Sira MC030014/08) demonstrating compliance with the MCERTS Performance Standards EN15267-3 & QAL 1 as defined in EN 14181. The certificate demonstrates enhanced performance across an extended range of gases.

    PRODUCT Hoods and housings! - Harting has extended its range of Han® HPR series hoods and housings, these are designed for safety-critical applications in harsh and dynamic environments, such as railways and rail vehicles.

    PRODUCT Online humidity calculator. - With the online humidity calculator from E+E Elektronik, humidity-related parameters can be calculated quickly and easily. In contrast to other programs, it takes into account the measurement uncertainties.

    EVENTS Hyperspectral imaging training. - Stemmer Imaging's new dedicated British Customer Centre at its Tongham offices is devoted to customer activities and will host a free hyperspectral imaging training day on July 5th 2016.

    PRODUCT Gender changing connections! - Cliff Electronics have added two new connectors to their very successful range of XLR-Format Feedthrough Data Connectors. The new chassis mounted “gender change” sockets are available in USB2 A-to-B and B-to-A versions and allow designers to integrate USB2 networking and data feeds into professional equipment for broadcast, lighting, audio and industrial applications.

    PRODUCT Vibration filtering accelerometers and tilt switches. - Memsic has announced a unique new family of a sensors providing tip-over and acceleration sensing in a wide range of Automotive, Industrial and Consumer applications, such as motorcycle and off-road vehicle tip-over detection, vehicle navigation and Digital SLR camera horizontal position detection.

    PRODUCT Wirelessly-monitored storage tank emergency vents. - Emerson has introduced wirelessly-monitored Enardo 2000 emergency pressure relief vents (EPRVs) that provide safety control by managing abnormally high storage tank pressures in the oil and gas, chemical, petrochemical and pharmaceutical industries.

22/6/2016 21/6/2016
    PRODUCT Power & data connectivity at workstations. - Schneider Electric has announced the launch of its Desk Unit range. The advanced suite of products combines industry leading modular design flexibility, quality and ease of installation. The comprehensive range has been engineered for commercial and residential applications, to provide elegant and practical solutions for power and data connectivity at work stations.
    Shawn Opatka Werum IT Solutions has appointed Shawn Opatka as Vice President Sales & Marketing in North America.

    PRODUCT PE module connection. - Harting has announced an additional Han-Modular® PE module for the pluggable connection of large PE (Protective Earth) cross sections of between 10 and 35 mm².

    PRODUCT Push Button Switches. - A range of rugged illuminated pushbutton switches from Dailywell Electronics are available from Diamond Electronics.

    APPLICATION Testing conditions for tank testers. - Steve Drake from Ashtead Technology believes that the most efficient approach to the maintenance of tanks is based on a flexible non-intrusive inspection programme.

    PRODUCT Fanless PSU. - The CoolX600 Series is the new, revolutionary, convection-cooled modular power supply platform from Excelsys Technologies which delivers an incredible 600W without fan assisted cooling from a very compact 8.5 x 4.5 x 1U package.

    NEWS Major British award for asset management consultant. - The Asset Management consulting and training services company MCP, is celebrating the award of Britain's highest accolade for business success -The Queen's Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2016.

    PRODUCT Miniature pressure transducer. - The Model 188 miniature flush diaphragm pressure transducer is part of Interface Force's GP:50 range of pressure sensors and transmitters for hazardous and harsh environments.

    video Rigidity in a linear actuator. - Thomson Industries has released an educational video that provides design engineers with best practice tips on how to increase the rigidity of a linear actuator.

    APPLICATION Current sensors and renewable energy. - Harting has released information for the first time about the uptake of its current sensors by the renewable energy industry.

    PRODUCT Multicomponent dynamometer. - The stationary, multicomponent dynamometer from Kistler Instruments has been designed specifically for measuring forces and moments in all three axes produced during high performance cutting processes with high accuracy and signal quality for the precise analysis of drilling, cutting and grinding at high removal rates.
    Ken Roberts Following the acquisition of Quantitech by Gasmet Technologies, Ken Roberts has been appointed as the company's new Managing Director.

    NEWS Gas analysis workshop report. - Gasmet Technologies organised a meeting in Lisbon, immediately prior to the CEM 2016 conference and exhibition in May, to provide delegates with an insight into the wide variety of applications for which FTIR technology is employed.

    EVENTS What will be important in RFID? - RFID tomorrow 2016 is an intense, unique congress experience which features an exhibition, SpeedLabs, and a conference, in a concentrated working atmosphere over 2,500 square meters Duesseldorf (D), very close to the airport, which is held from 19th to 20th September.

    PRODUCT Gas Detection Controller. - Designed to meet SIL1 requirements, the new MX 32, from Tyco Gas & Flame Detection, is a compact, low-profile controller that continuously monitors gas detection.

    PRODUCT No more wires - Strain Gauge! - The new P-DMS Polymer Strain Gauge from Hoffmann + Krippner is now shipping. This compact and cost-effective solution for measuring pressure is based on their patented sensor paste technology printed onto a PCB board.

    PRODUCT Future-proof and cost-effective I/O system. - The IS1+ Remote I/O system makes it easy to achieve considerable savings in planning, installation, commissioning, and operating costs.

    EVENTS Power symposium not to be missed. - The preliminary program for its 59th Power Industry Division (POWID) and Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Symposium, to be held 27-30 June 2016 in Charlotte, (NC USA).

    PRODUCT Precision metering pump. - Blue-White®'s all New Proseries-M® MD-3 Chemical Metering Pump, provides Precision Chemical Metering for the Treatment of Municipal Water & Waste Water.

    web Site Timing technology on line! - Mouser Electronics, has launched its new Timing Technology site, designed to give engineers easy-to-access information on the latest technical advances in timers, counters, and clocks.

    PRODUCT Speeding Time-to-Deployment of Embedded Computing Applications. - Abaco Systems have announced AXIS DataView, an innovative extension to the company’s AXIS software development environment. DataView is unique in the market, and allows customers to rapidly develop graphical user interfaces (GUIs) for their embedded applications deployed on Abaco Systems hardware.

    PRODUCT New features and options for watermeter! - Krohne has introduced several new features and options for WATERFLUX 3070. As water meters are often installed in remote locations, reducing the frequency of visits to the sites and the time spend on set-up and maintenance is crucial.

    NEWS Industrial Ethernet switches certified! - Harting has announced that its Ha-VIS eCon 2000 and 3000 16-port unmanaged Ethernet switches are now certified by DNV and GL (Germanischer Lloyd) as compliant with Det Norske Veritas' rules for classification of Ships, High Speed & Light Craft and Det Norske Veritas' Offshore standards.

    APPLICATION Complete Tensile Monitoring System Delivered in Under 1 Week. - Clark Masts, a telescopic and sectional mast manufacturer, needed a way to accurately monitor the tensile stress in the guy cables of their newly developed super-heavy telescopic masts and they needed it urgently. Using Applied Measurements' DBBSM S-beam load cell with the rod end bearings, Clark Masts increased the overall efficiency of their tensile monitoring system.
    Joe Haugh Robert Perks s Vice President of Werum's American operation

    EVENTS Keynote speaker at Water & Waste Symposium announced! - Steven D. Drew, the Water Resources Director for the City of Greensboro, North Carolina and a national delegate of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), will deliver the keynote address at ISA's 2016 Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls (WWAC) Symposium (2-4 August 2016 in Orlando, FL USA)

    NEWS Safety certification. - Yokogawa has received TÜV Rheinland certification for Functional Safety Management (FSM) IEC 61511-1:2003 SIS Integration Phase 4 (Design and Engineering), FSM 159.

    PRODUCT Calibration device puts HART at user's fingertips. - The Fluke 154 provides HART communication functionality that, when combined with a Fluke 750 Series Documenting Process Calibrator or 720 Series Multifunction Process Calibrator, enables the user to calibrate the full range of HART devices used in the process industry.

    PRODUCT Transducers for high-precision current measurements. - Harting has announced the launch of a new range of current transformers. These transformers have been developed in close collaboration with key the companies in wind energy plant construction to specifically meet key 'alternative energy industry' requirements.

    PRODUCT Encoder with EtherCAT interface. - Hengstler has extended their ACURO® AC58 product line with the widely-used EtherCAT interface. The number of systems using this open, powerful, Ethernet-based system continues to grow at a rapid pace.

    Standards Wireless nominations being evaluated! - The ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute is currently evaluating candidates for the 2016 ISA100 Wireless Excellence in Automation Award.

    PRODUCT Range of detector switches. - An extended product range of detector switches is now available from knitter-switch. Detector-switches are used for recognition of variation or manipulation of movable or removable parts.

    PRODUCT Secure remote connections to the network edge. - WeConnect is a new solution that Westermo has developed to allow connectivity to remote networks using the internet

    PRODUCT Certified wireless compliance. - The ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute has announced that Yokogawa Electric Corporation has successfully achieved ISA100 Wireless certification for its latest ISA100 Wireless Stack implementation, the F9092RB.

    PRODUCT Positioning drive for manufacturing systems. - The EMCA positioning drive from Festo, consists of a maintenance-free and wear-resistant brushless DC motor with integrated power and control electronics.

    PRODUCT High power modular drives. - Control Techniques has extended its range of high power modular drives. Both its Unidrive M and Powerdrive F300 variable speed drive ranges are now available in the larger frame size 11, providing a flexible method of building compact, reliable high-power solutions.

    PRODUCT See your process - anywhere in the world! - Schneider Electric™ has launched a new Software as a Service offer - Eurotherm Online Services (EOS). An integrated online platform and management tool for overseeing calibration records and regulatory status, EOS offers an automated, digitized process for easy collection and retrieval of critical process data - from shop floor to top floor - when and where required.

    PRODUCT High-density signal conditioning modules - A full line of microBlox™ isolated signal conditioning modules are now available from Acromag. Offering over 175 models, microBlox uB modules can safely interface a wide variety of voltage, current, temperature, frequency, and other field signals with a ±5V or 0-5V DC output to host measurement & control systems.

    PRODUCT Software for 3D Data Exchange. - The current version of the conversion software "3D Evolution 4.0 SP2" from Core Technologie, makes it possible for the first time to automatically take over material specifications during the JT data exchange.

    PRODUCT Ultra-miniature, high-precision pressure and temperature transducer. - Emerson's Paine™ 310-38-0050 Series Transducer acquires critical data for smoother and more efficient downhole oil and gas operations

    PRODUCT USB data connectors. - The latest addition to Cliff Electronics rapidly expanding range of XLR-Format Feedthrough Data Connectors is a USB Type - C format socket. This new high speed connector offers system integrators and panel builders a number of useful features.

    PRODUCT 2-wire loop powered operating device for process analysis sensors. - SMARTMAC 200 W is a 2-wire loop powered operating device with HART 7 communication to the SMARTPAT series just introduced by Krohne .

    White Paper Industry 4.0 & IIoT papers! - Harting has published two new 'whitepapers' for businesses planning to implement 'Industry 4.0' methods and 'Industrial Internet of Things' networks.

    PRODUCT Safe disconnect in accordance with IEC 62626-1. - Two safety switches (load disconnect switches) from R. Stahl, Sers 8146/5-V37 and 8150/5-V37, give users a wide range of products that comply with IEC/EN 62626-1, class 1.

    PRODUCT Versatility, Capability and Economy in Industrial Process Monitoring. - A significant upgrade to United Electric Controls' One Series line of explosion-proof, programmable transmitters and switches has appeared. The new line compresses all of the functionality of the preceding line into only five models while adding new operational, programming and diagnostics capabilities.

    NEWS Scopes in space! - Scope Rider sent into space to initiate quest for innovative and unusual applications for handheld oscilloscope. Rohde & Schwarz has launched a competition to find the most innovative use for its recently announced this rugged portable oscilloscope with lab performance.

    Emerson Improve Operations Performance White Papers

    PRODUCT Position sensors. - ZF Electronic Systems Pleasant Prairie LLC (formerly CHERRY Industrial Solutions) has two new sensor products. The new sensor products consist of a Linear Position sensor (LIN Series), as well as another angle position sensor (ANG series) to complement the existing sensor line.

    NEWS 5 year guarantee VOC detector! - Further underlining its commitment to providing unrivalled technical support and first class service delivery, Ion Science is reminding its global customers to register their gas detection instrumentation online to benefit from industry-beating extended warranties.

    PRODUCT Valve island customers given greater flexibility! - ASCO have added a new valve size to their Valve Islands range which gives users greater flexibility across a variety of applications and industries.

    PRODUCT Submersible level transmitters. - The Model 59Y submersible level transmitter series, designed to provide accurate, continuous liquid level measurements of water and wastewater within industrial and municipal environments has been launchee by Viatran.

    PRODUCT Surge suppressor Kit. - A surge suppressor kit is now available for use with Moore Industries’ field-installed instruments enclosed in our BH and SB housings. The kit is approved for use in Explosion Proof applications in the United States/Canada (sCSAus) and Australia/New Zealand (ANZEx).

    PRODUCT Small system turbo blowers - The turbo series TB from Aerzen was particularly developed for biologically operating wastewater treatment plants with small and medium volume flow requirements.

    PRODUCT Pre-Tested Solution to Analyse Time-Series Sensor Data. - National Instruments (NI) and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), have announced a collaboration to facilitate the availability of pre-tested Big Analog Data™ solutions based on NI DataFinder Server Edition software and HPE Moonshot Systems.

    video How to customize a base model electric linear actuator. - Thomson Industries has released an educational video that offers design engineers advice and best practice tips on how to properly customise a base model electric linear actuator for a specific application.

    NEWS Worldwide hub for semicon and IG customers reopened! - Servomex has celebrated the reopening of its Americas Technical Center (TC) located at in Woburn (Mass USA) following an extensive refurbishment including the refit of the facility's manufacturing capabilities.

    APPLICATION Drives commissioning from anywhere. - When Newton Tesla sets up new variable speed drives for their customers, they can do configuration, re-programming and monitoring from any location. By connecting the HMS Netbiter gateway to their drives systems, they can offer their customers immediate assistance and do remote commissioning during the critical start-up period.

    PRODUCT Fieldbus power supply with integrated FF H1 diagnostics. - ISbus fieldbus power supplies from the 9412 range from R Stahl, provide flexible diagnostic capabilities for the Foundation Fieldbus H1 as a standard feature: they continuously monitor physical layer parameters such as voltage and current, signal level, noise, jitter and shield shorts (unbalance).

    PRODUCT Ruggedised computer. - Harting has announced the commercial availability in Britain of its ruggedised computer, MICA (Modular Industry Computing Architecture).

    EVENTS Call for papers for CAN Conference - The 16th international CAN Conference (iCC) to be held in the historic Town Hall of Nuremberg (D) on March 7 and 8, 2017 in conjunction with CiA’s 25th anniversary. The call for papers for the conference has been announced.

    PRODUCT Calibrating human vibration accellerometers! - Svantek has launched a new portable vibration calibrator. The hand-held SV110 is designed for verification of machine sensors as well as on-site checks of human vibration accelerometers, in accordance to ISO 8041.

    PRODUCT Pressure transmitter for demanding environments. - Viatran Corporation has announced the global market introduction of its industry-exclusive Model 386 Flush Tip Pressure Transmitter.

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