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26/8/2015

    EVENTS Innovation tour extols totally integrated automation.Imeacht in Éirinn - The latest TIA Portal Innovation Tour in Ireland will enable visitors to discover how to optimise their engineering and production processes and make their plant considerably more profitable. Venues at Belfast, Dublin and Cork.
25/8/2015
    White Paper A lesson in communication! - European Automation has published a special industry report about the importance of the machine to machine (M2M) communication protocol OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) in achieving Industry 4.0 goals.

    NEWS Integration creates new process automation entity! - Fluke Corporation is integrating its Raytek, Ircon, and Datapaq product lines into a new brand: Fluke Process Instruments. All three companies have been part of the Fluke Corporation portfolio for some time.

    PRODUCT Simplifying power quality and maximising versatility! - The PowerLogic PM8000 series meter has been launched by Schneider Electric.

    PRODUCT Signal testing solutions prioritise Vehicle safety! - Anritsu Corporation has released new functionality for the MD8475A, its world class network simulator, to provide the first laboratory hardware in the loop system level test for the European eCall system and Russian ERA/GLONASS system.

24/8/2015
    Research & Education Engineering is no longer a man's world!BLOG - Amy Wells, business development manager of specialist industrial connectors Electroustic compares unusual roles women have played in the past with the current struggle to get more women into science and engineering.
    PeopleAndy Cross
    LPRS has appointed Andy Cross as their new Business Manager.

    NEWS Power conversion specialists accredited ISO9001. - Ideal Power Ltd have passed their final assessment and received accreditation to ISO 9001:2008. Being recognised as having a quality management system which consistently provides products that meet customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements is an essential part of Ideal Power's ethos.

    NEWS Are you a legend? - Fluke is looking for legends. Fluke announces its "Legend of Fluke" promotion, a way for Fluke digital multimeter (DMM) customers to share their stories for the possibility of winning one of ten state-of-the-art Fluke tool bundles and the glory of becoming a legend.

21/8/2015
    PRODUCT Tool update from FieldComms. - Automation suppliers can download the latest version 1.1 of the FDI Tools and Components to take advantage of feature enhancements and general bug fixes.

    APPLICATION UL-Listed control panels for Alaska. - aeSolutions has obtained NNNY and NRBX UL listings certifying industrial control panels for use in hazardous locations and shipped their first NNNY listed Burner Management System (BMS) panels to an oil and gas customer in Prudhoe Bay, (AK, USA).

    Research & Education Scholorships in automation! - The International Society of Automation (ISA) is accepting applications for its wide range of 2016 educational scholarships, which will be awarded to college and university students who demonstrate outstanding potential for long-range contributions in the fields of automation, instrumentation and control.

20/8/2015
    PRODUCT Raising the alarm in extreme conditions! - The new 'Yodalex Super Series,' from Stahl, comprises a suite of signalling devices designed for use in hazardous areas and harsh environments.

    White Paper Choosing the right pot! - This Hoffmann+Krippner white paper has been published to help design engineers understand how membrane potentiometer sensors work and how to pick the right type of membrane potentiometer for their project. It covers the various types of potentiometers, potentiometer development history, their various components and materials, and an overview looking at the technical issues of printed potentiometers and foil (membrane). The paper also covers the various tech specifications of accuracy and linearity when specifying potentiometers.

19/8/2015
    EVENTS Prototyping a Batch Process Control System!Imeacht in Éirinn - The Ireland Section of the International Society of Automation will host a technical presentation from Cormac Garvey of HAL-Software, in September entitled: Prototyping a Batch Process Control System using ISA-S88 and ISA-S95.

    NEWS Power product provider acquired! - The Stadium Group has acquired Stontronics Ltd, a leading global provider of power supplies, AC-DC adapters, LED drivers, DC-DC convertors, transformers and other specialist power products, based in Reading (GB).

18/8/2015
    APPLICATION The road to Wireless - which wireless standard suits you best?BLOG - WiFi, Bluetooth or Zigbee? Tom McKinney of HMS Industrial Networks offers a review of the available short range wireless standards for industrial applications.

    video Linear units for washdown. - Thomson Industries has released a new video to showcase the benefits of its prism guided linear units for wash-down applications.

    PRODUCT Multi-parameter analysers with fieldbus interfaces. - Knick introduces Stratos series analysers with integrated bus interfaces for PROFIBUS DP, PROFIBUS PA or FF (Foundation Fieldbus).

    PRODUCT Stopper cylinder! - Festo has launched the DFSP, a reliable, robust and cost effective series of stopper cylinders which are the most powerful cylinders of their type in the market.

    PRODUCT Natural gas analyser in hazardous area! - Michell Instruments’ OptiPEAK TDL600 moisture in natural gas analyzer now has a variant specifically designed to meet US NEC500 requirements for hazardous area installation.

    Standards CANopen profile for weighing devices. - The device profile family for weighing devices specifies the CANopen interface including the PDO mapping and the necessary configuration parameter. Part 1 and part 2 have been released CiA internal as Draft Standard Proposal (DSP).

    PRODUCT Energise to break reed relay. - Pickering Electronics have announced the addition of Form B (energise to break) reed relays to their new Series 119 high voltage micro-SIL relay range.

    PRODUCT Smart energy saving in the home! - An entirely new range of easy-to-use energy saving products that could help to reduce energy bills in households by as much as 20%1 in a simple yet effective way has been launched by Energenie.

    NEWS PROFINET conformity declaration - Harting has issued a conformity declaration which certifies that its new connectivity products conform with the current Cabling and Interconnection Guidelines for the PROFINET Industrial Ethernet system.

17/8/2015
    NEWS Leading DCS vendor in China sharpen cutting edge. - The latest release of SUPCON's DCS (Distributed Control System) asset management application, SAMS, includes full FDT2 functionality. SUPCON is a member of the China FDT Group Association.

    PRODUCT Robust 3D stereo cameras to IP65/67 standard! - The new N30 and N35 Ensenso 3D stereo cameras from IDS Imaging Development Systems are ideally suited to applications in demanding industrial environments.

    PRODUCT Getting handy with water treatment! - Chem-Aqua (part of NCH), has launched HandiChem, an innovative solid-concentrate water treatment system. Consisting of HandiPak and HandiFeed, the new system reduces the weight and handling burden in water treatment facilities and can also help reduce customers' carbon footprint.

14/8/2015
    White Paper Powering cathodic protection.BLOG - Steve Hughes of REO UK explains how cathodic protection can adapt to become more controlled and efficient than ever before, in line with industry 4.0.

    APPLICATION On/Off-grid solar power system design guide. - CyboEnergy has released an On/Off-Grid Solar Power System Design Guide. This guide will help customers and installers to design on-grid and on/off-grid renewable energy systems with battery storage to provide backup power when the grid is down.

    PRODUCT Open architecture communications protocol facilitates monitoring in automated systems. - Excelsys Technologies has announced the availability of PMBus communications on its Xsolo series of 1U, single output power supply units (PSUs).

    PRODUCT PoE gateway! - Emerson Process Management has added Power over Ethernet (PoE) to the Smart Wireless Gateway 1420, making it possible to power the gateway and compatible devices using a standard Ethernet cable.

    PRODUCT Room transmitter for CO2, humidity and temperature. - The EE800 transmitter from E+E Elektronik measures CO2, temperature and relative humidity and calculates the dew point temperature.

    APPLICATION Single board computer deployed on International Space Station! - GE Energy Management's Intelligent Platforms tells us that its CR11 single board computer (SBC) has been successfully deployed and is fully operational onboard the International Space Station (ISS) as part of the continuing experiments by the European Space Agency (ESA) taking place way above the earth.

    PRODUCT Wireless position switches and wireless sensors for explosive environments. - With its "Wireless Ex", the steute business division Extreme has developed a technology making the installation and operation of switchgear in explosive environments easier. Switching devices are no longer connected to the evaluation units in the control cabinet by ex-compliant cables, but via a wireless protocol developed by steute.

13/8/2015
    PRODUCT DC Electronic Load with Energy Recovery to AC Mains. - Intepro Systems has introduced the ELR9000 Series of electronic dc loads. A unique feature of the ELR9000 Series is an integral, grid-synchronized inverter designed to return up to 95% of the load test energy back to the grid
12/8/2015
    PRODUCT Let the future begin! - The latest version of software, PACTware 5.0, is fully based on the FDT2 standard. It is the first FDT2 product from the PACTware Consortium consisting of 22 member companies in the device and automation solution industry.

    PRODUCT Tough and dynamic synchronous motors. - A new series of robust and efficient synchronous motors, the SM40 series, has been introduced by WEG. It is specifically for the power range from 5 to 35 MW.

    PRODUCT Now EX4.0. - "Ex 4.0" is a new distinguishing label for state-of-the-art solutions in explosion protection that ensure maximum versatility of use from R. Stahl. Designed for operation in almost all regions, "Ex 4.0" equipment can be integrated into diverse installations and networks.

    PRODUCT How small is your particle! - From a human health perspective, the particles of most interest in the air are those that penetrate deep into the lungs. For this reason, Air Monitors has launched the Naneos Partector nanoparticle detector in Britain.

    NEWS Maritime award for drives! - Earlier this year Rob de Ruiter of DNV-GL at Barendrecht (NL), presented the DNV type approval certificate to Teun van der Heiden of Emerson Industrial Automation at Sliedrecht (NL).

11/8/2015
    PRODUCT Measuring very small pressures! - The new Type 601A miniature pressure sensor from Kistler Instruments, available in both charge output and voltage (IEPE) output types, is ideally suited to a wide variety of dynamic pressure measurement applications.

    NEWS Power supply in Scandinavia! - Excelsys Technologies has added Divisoft AB to its distribution network. Divisoft will distribute solutions from Excelsys Technologies to OEM customers in the Industrial, Medical and Government Sectors throughout Scandinavia & Northern Europe.

    White Paper The Solution Platform for Process Automation. - PROFIBUS and PROFINET International (PI) has published a new white paper detailing the existing functions and capabilities of PROFINET that already meet the demands of the process automation industry, and providing guidance as to specifications that are published, or under development, and could be implemented and utilised in future.

10/8/2015 7/8/2015
    PRODUCT Helping engineers solve big data challenges. - New CompactDAQ measurement systems with Intel Atom quad-core and USB 3.0 technology, DIAdem 2015 and DataFinder Server Edition 2015 create smarter measurement and data management solutions.

    Research & Education Innovative biosensors incite use in non-traditional applications.BLOG - Besides healthcare and food, biosensor devices are penetrating the mobile, security and automotive segments, notes Frost & Sullivan.

    PRODUCT Wireless production test. - The Wireless Test System (WTS), is a solution from National Instruments (NI), that dramatically lowers the cost of high-volume wireless manufacturing test.

    NEWS Smart Home and IoT semiconductor company opens in India. - GreenPeak Technologies has opened a new office in Mumbai (Ind). GreenPeak has established the Indian office in response to the growing demand for its innovative RF chips for the operator/service provider and Smart Home market.

    PRODUCT Fast Track Ethernet switches. - Harting has extended its Ha-VIS eCon range of "plug & play" industrial Ethernet switches with the introduction of new versions incorporating 16 RJ45 ports.

    NEWS Best practices award! - Bedrock Automation, the Silicon Valley company that recently introduced its revolutionary Bedrock™ universal control system, has been named Frost & Sullivan's North American Industrial Control System Entrepreneurial Company of the Year.

6/8/2015
    PRODUCT Control systems optimised for the Industrial IoT - National Instruments (NI) has announced the new embedded systems hardware based on the open, flexible LabVIEW reconfigurable I/O (RIO) architecture.

    PRODUCT CAN FD node and system design recommended practice. - The nonprofit CAN in Automation (CiA) association has released part 1 of the CiA 601-1 CAN FD node and system design recommended practice. The CiA 601 series of guidelines and recommendations fills the gap between the ISO standards for CAN FD and the system design specifications

    PRODUCT Seven-inch HMIs for hazardous area. - The only 7" widescreen HMI for Zone 1 hazardous area applications, Stahl's innovative ET-208 operator interface, is now available with Movicon, the HMI visualisation software solution for complex engineering tasks.

    Publication FGS for process industries. - ISA has published a guide to designing and implementing performance-based Fire and Gas Systems (FGS) for process industries, as described in the ISA technical report, ISA-TR84.00.07-2010, Guidance on the Evaluation of Fire and Gas System Effectiveness.

5/8/2015
    PRODUCT Write Code Faster - LabVIEW 2015 system design software has been announced at this years NIWeek being held in Austin (TX USA). The latest version delivers speed improvements, development shortcuts, and debugging tools.

    PRODUCT Two factor authentication! - The 2-factor authentication prevents hackers from using stolen passwords to gain access to remote PLCs and machine networks. The new version of eCatcher, the eWON remote access VPN software, includes 2FA in order to protect the connection identity.

    APPLICATION Motors & Drives upgrade Champagne production! - We have had a number of wine applications of late and here is just one more from the Champagne region of France. Nicolas Feuillatte, the globally recognised champagne producer, has chosen Emerson to deliver improvements to its bottling line.

    PRODUCT pH/ORP measurement solution. - The SensTation Digital sensor measurement system, a scalable and integrated solution that combines the unique capabilities of the digital SMART sensors and the SMARTDAC+ data acquisition and control system has been announced by Yokogawa.

4/8/2015
    PRODUCT Linking CANopen to TCP-based networks - Everyone is talking about the Internet of Things (IoT). However, it is, according to CAN in Automation (CiA), just "new wine in old bottles". "We do this since more than 10 years," explained Holger Zeltwanger, CiA's managing director. "First users came from the ModbusTCP business followed by the generic ASCII protocol."

    APPLICATION Is HAL taking over?BLOG - As we enter the golden age of robotics, the fear that robots will take human jobs has slowly spread. Jobs such as assembly, farming and surgery are already being delegated to robots. Here, Darren Halford of European Automation considers if our jobs are really at risk.

    PRODUCT Autobots, transform and roll out! - SolutionKit® is a range of servo actuators, from Harmonic Drive, designed to be completely customisable for high precision applications. The new range offers all of the benefits of an off-the-shelf actuation system, without the typical product development drawbacks.

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31/7/2015
    PRODUCT Wireless pressure transmitters utilise energy harvesting. - Emerson Process Management is making energy harvesting a reality for its Smart Wireless transmitters through the use of Perpetuum’s Vibration Energy Harvester and Intelligent Power Module solutions.

    PRODUCT Calibrate up to ten sensors at the same time. - An enhanced version of Knicks sensor management software for Memosens technology is now available. MemoSuite Advanced allows for the calibration of up to ten sensors at once.

    PRODUCT Low cost, semi-rigid SMA RF connector. - A new range of SMA Male connectors for 0.141 and 0.085mm diameter cables is now available from Intelliconnect.

    PRODUCT Safety lifecycle management suite. - The aeShield® V4.0 with aeFacilitator®, the latest version of their Safety Lifecycle Management platform has been announced by AESolutions.

    PRODUCT Computer in your pocket! - Mouser Electronics is now shipping the Intel® Compute Stick with Ubuntu Linux, a new generation of computer from Intel Corp. The Compute Stick is a revolutionary new device that enables any screen with an HDMI interface to become a fully functional personal computer.

    PRODUCT Ethernet switches with compact 16-port versions. - Harting has extended its Ha-VIS eCon range of "plug & play" industrial Ethernet switches with the introduction of new versions incorporating 16 RJ45 ports.

30/7/2015
    PRODUCT It's not a Cable, It's an Antenna!BLOG - Keith Blodorn of ProSoft Technology, tells us there are several conditions in industrial communication systems where using a radiating cable as an antenna offers major benefits.

    APPLICATION Providng building owners with real-time data from their buildings! - Processcomponent in Sweden has found a way to quickly connect M-Bus sensors to the OptoEMU Energy Monitoring System. By using the Anybus M-Bus to Modbus-TCP gateway from HMS, they can provide building owners with real-time data from their buildings so they can do monitoring, logging and invoicing.

    PRODUCT USB enabled motor controller. - Ealing Catalog has introduced a new USB enabled motor controller can control up to two open or closed loop DC servo motors.

    APPLICATION Testing access barriers. - Yokogawa's PX8000 Precision Power Scope is playing a key part in production tests being carried out by Magnetic Autocontrol Group of Schopfheim, (D): a major global supplier of vehicle and pedestrian access barriers for installations as diverse as access barriers at Frankfurt Airport, the Paris Metro ticket control systems and the Kuala Lumpur Petronas Twin Towers.

    PRODUCT Protecting IoT &embedded devices against cyber-attack - Floodgate Security Manager (FSM ), a security management software suite specifically designed to protect IoT and embedded devices against cyber-attack has been launched by Icon Labs.

    PRODUCT Absolute feedback systems for efficient drives. - The BML series from Balluff offers rugged, precise and quick absolute position and angle measurement systems, which are ideal for installation or direct integration into drive and positioning systems.

29/7/2015
    PRODUCT Multi-parameter analysers with fieldbus interfaces! - Knick's Stratos series analyzers for pH level, conductivity and dissolved oxygen measurements are widely used in the chemical industry, in process engineering, power plant technology, and the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sector due to their exceptional versatility, high reliability and full-fledged compatibility with conventional sensor types (analog, digital, Memosens).
    PeopleJustin Barker
    AcSoft has appointed Justin Barker as its new Sales Manager.
28/7/2015
    PRODUCT Enabling innovation for Industrie 4.0. - The close networking of automation components, machines, systems, and IT systems needed for this, including across locations or even between different companies, is only possible with standardised and integrated communication. In recent years, PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI) has brought about numerous developments that meet these requirements.

    Research & Education Control training course for Scotland. - Registration is now open for the Advanced Control Systems Training Course being held on the 22nd - 25th September 2015 in Glasgow City Centre (GB). This four day training course will introduce control systems design techniques for applications that are severely nonlinear, requiring control that is more advanced than classical PID.

    PRODUCT Wide-area plant network deployment simplified! - A Wi-Fi access point that connects WirelessHART® sensors to the control network has been introduced by Emerson. Jointly developed as an integral part of Cisco's IoT Systems, the 1552WU Gateway is a fully-featured mesh access point that simplifies Wi-Fi and WirelessHART installations,

27/7/2015
    PeopleDaniel Seiler
    The executive board of IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH has appointed Daniel Seiler as CEO.
    NEWS Larger facility for high level of service! - Power conversion specialists Ideal Power Ltd have moved to a larger facility to ensure continued high levels of customer support as the company's sales grow and to accommodate their expanding telesales team.

    PRODUCT Multiphysics software speeds the optimisation of electrical machines. - A powerful new version of the Opera electromagnetic and multiphysics design software has been launched by Cobham Technical Services.

    APPLICATION Protecting fragile portable instruments! - GB Wild Water Racing (WWR) have chosen to transport their timing equipment, to and from races throughout Britain & Europe, in the safety of a Nanuk portable waterproof protective case from Leafield.

24/7/2015
    PRODUCT SIL2-certified wireless gas detection system for LNG facility! - Yokogawa and GasSecure AS, a Dräger owned company, announce the delivery of the world's first SIL2-certified wireless gas detection system for use at an LNG facility in Northern Europe.

    Publication Moisture calibration subject of new e-books. - Michell Instruments has issued two e-books which cover different aspects of humidity and moisture calibration. The e-books are available for free from Michell's website.
    People
    Bob Swanson and Bob Dobkin
    Bob Swanson and Bob Dobkin, co-founders of Linear Technology, have received the EDN and EE Times ACE Lifetime Achievement Award.

23/7/2015 22/7/2015
    NEWS New member for ICSI. - Bedrock Automation has become a member with the ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI). This is the latest in a growing number of companies to support the ISASecure® Cyber Security Conformance Scheme.

    NEWS Optical & wireless comms laboratory. - Tektronix, and IRCICA, a major French research laboratory, have opened a new optical and wireless communications innovation laboratory at the University of Lille (F).

    PRODUCT Proportional valve with an external sensor input. - A new proportional valve VPPX with an external sensor input has been launched by Festo. It offers users improved performance, maximum flexibility and excellent process quality.

    PRODUCT Positions available in supplier to environment & occupational health sectors. - Leading designer and manufacturer of gas detection equipment for the environment and occupational health, Ion Science has announced a recruitment drive across a number of departments at its facility in Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire (GB) as a result of recent growth.

    PRODUCT Precision liquid injection! - The CHEM-PRO® M series diaphragm metering pump from Blue-White, is engineered and designed for precision liquid injection in municipal water treatment applications, exceeds industry standards.

21/7/2015 20/7/2015
    PRODUCT Entrained Gas Managementnow available for twin straight tube Coriolis flowmeters. - The OPTIMASS 1400 and OPTIMASS 2400 with the new signal converter MFC 400 has been introduced by Krohne. Thereby, the Entrained Gas Management EGM feature is now available for the twin straight tube sensors, providing no loss of measurement with gas entrainment up to 100%.

    PRODUCT Ethernet switches permit flexible communication. - Siemens is expanding its range of managed Industrial Ethernet switches with a new product line. The cost-effective Layer 2 Scalance XB-200 switches provide high data rates up to 100 Mbps and a multitude of functions.

    NEWS Radiometer/ Photometers range to be discontinued! - As a result of G&H Instruments' continuing effort to optimise the value and performance of their instrumentation solutions, we announce the immediate discontinuation of the OL 730 Radiometer/Photometer Series.

    PRODUCT CO2 Detector launched! - Oldham has launched the CTX 300 CO2 detectorThe CTX 300 is a 4-20 mA analog detector designed for industrial applications in areas without explosion hazard classifications.

16/7/2015
    APPLICATION Drives help stretch handling & palletising machines to the limit! - Render Technology, a specialist in the manufacture of end-of-line handling and palletising machines for the packaging market, has switched its drives partner to Emerson.
    PeopleRob Hardy
    SEAL Analytical has announced the appointment of Rob Hardy as Sales Manager in Britain.

    PRODUCT Data analysis and report generation software enhanced! - Ocean Data Systems (ODS) advises that their Dream Report version 4.64 is now available. This release is primarily focused on OEM partner enhancements for Schneider Electric, GE Intelligent Platforms, Mitsubishi and Yokogawa, but it also delivers feature and productivity enhancements to benefit all existing customers.

    PRODUCT Set-up of automated cells made simple. - Sinumerik 828 controllers from Siemens offer a simple solution for connecting robots to machine tools. This represents an integral part of automated production cells set-up.

    PRODUCT Ex position switch with analogue output. - The steute business division Extreme presents its Ex HS 98 position switch. The difference between it and other position switches in the extensive steute range for explosive environments is that this switch does not work with conventional "on-off" technology. Instead, it emits an analogue signal which corresponds to the position of the actuator or plunger.

15/7/2015
    APPLICATION VOC monitoring keep things on track!BLOG - Award-winning geotechnical company, BAMRitchies Limited, is using an Ion Science handheld Tiger photoionisation detector (PID) for nightly monitoring of volatile organic compound (VOCs) concentrations during on-site headspace testing of contaminated soil samples on railway contracts.
    PeopleCraig_Day
    Craig Day is Product Specialist to support the introduction of Quantitech's tuneable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS) technologies in Britain & Ireland.

    PRODUCT F-ROM in the process industries. - A hazardous area Remote I/O solution for the "Foundation for Remote Operations Management (F-ROM)" of the Fieldbus Foundation (now a member of the FieldComm Group) has been introduced by R. Stahl in co-operation with Softing.

    PRODUCT Enhanced Rugged+ TFT display delivers high temperature performance. - The TX18D205VM0BAA, from KOE, features the latest generation of IPS (in-plane switching) technology, WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) resolution and a 15:9 wide aspect ratio, improved optical performance and an extended operating temperature range.

14/7/2015
    video Setting up a limit switch. - Thomson Industries has released a new educational video to help design engineers to setup a limit switch correctly with a Thomson linear unit.

    EVENTS Brisk pre-registration for water & wastewater sympsium! - The International Society of Automation (ISA) tells us that pre-registration activity for the 2015 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls (WWAC) Symposium has been brisk.

    PRODUCT Bi-directional flow sensors. - The MFC2030 Bi-Directional Flow Sensor has been launched by Memsic. It is intended for a wide range of applications such as analytical instruments, anesthesia and other medical flow devices, process control, and natural gas measurement.

13/7/2015
    APPLICATION Software expertise in a keg! - Huber Packaging Group GmbH in Germany, needs to respond with the utmost flexibility to seasonal fluctuations and wideranging customer tastes. This is a challenge the design department has met using the Solid Edge portfolio from Siemens PLM Software. Simple operation and supplementary programs provide valuable support to the company's metal packaging development engineers.
    PeopleClive Martell
    Renishaw has appointed Clive Martell MSc, CEng, MIET as Head of Global Additive Manufacturing.

    PRODUCT Simple multi-point temperature monitoring. - The PyroMiniBus, a simple system of infrared temperature sensors and interface modules designed to make multi-point industrial temperature monitoring easier and more affordable, has been launched by Calex Electronics Ltd.

    NEWS I/O connectors distribution in Britain announced! - MH Connectors has concluded a distribution agreement with Azcon CSL Ltd., a high-service distributor broadly specialising in electro mechanical technologies.

    PRODUCT Connecting industrial outstations inexpensively and securely. - Siemens enables telecontrol applications based on the Sinaut ST7 telecontrol protocol with the new CP 1243-8 IRC communication processor. The new communication processor makes it possible to connect Simatic S7-1200 controllers as outstations (remote terminal units/RTUs) to higher-level ST7 stations with minimum effort and low costs.

    PRODUCT Complete pressure portfolio. - With the release of the OPTIBAR series, KROHNE extends its range of process instrumentation to include pressure measurement.During ACHEMA 2015, a complete portfolio for process pressure, hydrostatic pressure and differential pressure was unveiled.

    PRODUCT Explosion-proof HVAC system for process control system cabinets. - Intertec has developed an innovative ATEX-compliant HVAC system that provides a complete all-in-one climate control and personnel safety solution for walk-in style process analytical instrumentation shelters.

    PeopleDan Coruz
    Servomex has appointed Dan Coruz as General Manager - Europe, Middle East, Africa and India (EMEAI).
10/7/2015
    PRODUCT Diaphragm valve with integral pneumatic actuator! - GF Piping Systems adds the new diaphragm valve type 604/605 with integrated pneumatic actuator to its extensive product range.

    Web Site Home and factory automation online. - Mouser Electronics, Inc. has announced a new update to its Industrial Applications Site by featuring new resources devoted to the popular topic of home and factory automation.

    PRODUCT Modern .NET interface for developing applications that control and communicate with control systems. - Industrial automation manufacturer Opto 22 has announced its new .NET Controller Software Development Kit (SDK) for writing custom Microsoft Windows software applications that communicate directly with Opto 22 SNAP PAC controllers.

    PRODUCT Precise and fast! - In modern production processes, two things are critical: precision and speed. Time-based IOs such as Siemens' technology module TM Timer DIDQ enable microsecond- accurate signal acquisition and/or output based on accurate time information. As of now, these modules can also be configured using Simotion Scout and Simotion Scout TIA, increasing productivity and at the same time saving costs.

    PRODUCT Trace moisture analyser. - Michell Instruments has launched its new trace moisture analyzer - the QMA401 - featuring the latest generation of quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) sensor and designed to provide consistently accurate measurements of trace moisture.

9/7/2015
    EVENTS Important Food and Pharma event scheduled for Ireland in 2016. - 160 professionals within the automation and control field and the pharmaceuticals and food industries will gather in Dublin (IRL) next March to explore solutions to the critical challenges relating to automation in food processing and drug manufacture and distribution.

    PRODUCT Tunable diode laser (TDL) gas analyser for ammonia launched! - The SERVOTOUGH MiniLaser Ammonia has been launched by Servomex. This is the world's smallest cross-stack Tunable Diode Laser (TDL) gas analyzer and only TDL analyzer specifically optimized for NH3 measurement.

    PRODUCT Humidity & temperature transmitters with BACnet interface. - The EE210 and EE160 transmitters from E+E Elektronik are designed for highly accurate measurement of relative humidity and temperature. Both are now available with a BACnet MS/TP interface for easy integration into a network or bus system for modern building automation.

    PRODUCT Harvesting wireless switches in production. - Energy harvesting wireless switches for industrial applications from CHERRY are now available in two standard versions: a rocker switch for actuation by hand or a snap-action switch for mechanical actuation typically by a machine as limit switch or position switch.

8/7/2015
    PRODUCT Light force switch for pressure applications. - Microprecision Electronics SA is now offering a new variation of its MP500 sealed subminiature micro switch for this type of application.

    PRODUCT Round touchscreen. - andersDX has unveiled new round TFT touch screens aimed specifically at the growing market for wearable electronics, especially in the healthcare and fitness sectors.

    PRODUCT AC load bank. - Intepro Systems has introduced the PEL Regenerative AC Electronic Load Bank. Built around a 60 kVA chassis, the system can be paralleled for higher power requirements.

    PRODUCT Custom connectors and cable assemblies! - Intelliconnect's extensive in-house design experience and components enables the company to respond to customer enquires within 48 hours and begin production immediately on acceptance of design specifications.

    EVENTS Addressing design challenges. - Anglia Components, Analog Devices and Honeywell Sensing & Control on (stand E27) are exhibiting an extensive array of solutions for the addressing the key challenges in creating environmental monitoring solutions.

6/7/2015
PeopleMelba Crawford
Emerson Process Management has appointed Constantijn Tsiris as General Manager, The Netherlands.
    APPLICATION New monitoring network for Scottish ports!BLOG - Following a competitive tendering process Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL), which owns many of the ferries, ports and harbours in the west of Scotland, procured a network of 15 tide and weather stations from instrumentation specialist OTT Hydrometry. The new monitoring equipment provides live data on port conditions to enable the ferry sailing decisions to be made in a timely manner.

    PRODUCT Compact time converter for reliable operation in harsh environments! - Siemens has expanded its portfolio of rugged network components with the Ruggedcom RMC8388 - a cost effective compact time converter designed to operate in harsh environments with widely varying climatic and environmental conditions.

    PRODUCT The world's most accurate and stable power analyser! - Yokogawa has enhanced its WT3000 precision power analyser to produce the WT3000E: the most accurate and stable power analyser in the world.

3/7/2015 2/7/2015
    PeopleMelba Crawford
    Dr Melba Crawford has been elected to Headwall's Board of Directors.
    NEWS Focus on home and factory automation. - Mouser Electronics, Inc. is teaming up with celebrity engineer Grant Imahara and a group of visionaries in the home and factory automation industry, including Insteon, AiroCorp, TE Connectivity, and Factory Automation Systems, to announce an exciting new Home and Factory Automation Series.

    PRODUCT Pinch valves for optimised processes. - Festo has launched a new pneumatic pinch valve - the VZQA - which provides reliable control and shut off in food and drink production processes.

    PRODUCT Software tool for the centralised management of large amounts of data! - Version R3.20 of its Plant Resource Manager (PRM) software tool for the centralised management of large amounts of data from plant monitoring and control devices and manufacturing equipment has been released by Yokogawa.

1/7/2015
    PRODUCT Debut for emissions & pressure sensors and signal amplifiers. - Kistler Instruments are showing three new products at the Sensors & Instrumentation Show 2015 (Sept) in Birmingham (GB); acoustic emission sensors, high sensitivity miniature pressure sensors and a signal amplifier for both piezoelectric and voltage output sensors.
    PeopleWayne Derbyshire
    Wayne Derbyshire is the new Sales Director EMEA Stadium United Wireless.

    Research & Education Integrated industrial cybersecurity courses and certificate programs. - Building on its global leadership in industrial cybersecurity and its commitment to help prepare a new generation of workers capable of preventing potentially catastrophic cyberattacks, the International Society of Automation (ISA) has introduced an expanded suite of industrial automation and control system (IACS) cybersecurity training, including three new technical training courses with associated certificate programs.

    NEWS Vertical integration of production plants & #ERP systems for consistent Industrie 4.0 infrastructures. - A close collaboration has begun between COPA-DATA and COSMO CONSULT, the leading pan-European Microsoft Partner for the enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution Microsoft Dynamics NAV.

    PRODUCT Plug-in DC modules for reactive loads. - The Reactive Load powerMod series of plug-in DC output modules that are optimized for driving DC motors and other reactive loads has been introduced by Excelsys Technologies.

Meitheamh 2015 June

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