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    PRODUCT An innovation in energy automation. - Camille Bauer Metrawatt has combined, for the first time, the functionality of a highly accurate measurement device for heavy current applications with the capabilities of an integrated programmable logic controller.

    PRODUCT Compact, robust, compression load cells. - Flintec's RC3 compression load cell has been re-developed, providing customers with a modern alternative. The RC3 and RC3D are compact, robust, compression load cells manufactured from high-grade stainless steel and hermetically sealed for reliable performance in the harshest environment.

    PRODUCT Debugging pioneer joins international architecture foundation. - Ashling Microsystems has joined the RISC-V Foundation, a non-profit corporation controlled by its members to drive the adoption and implementation of the open, free RISC-V instruction set architecture (ISA) forward.

    APPLICATION Combustion control in crematoria! - Michell Instruments has released a new application featuring two case studies of combustion control in crematoria. Cremator operators not only need to comply with local emissions guidelines, but also have to take into consideration the social and emotional well-being of local residents and mourners

    PRODUCT Reliable positioning. - The PXV 2-D absolute positioning system from Pepperl+Fuchs sets new performance benchmarks when it comes to reliability and handling. With its large reading window, the system keeps a sufficient number of codes in view, even in relation to track switches and changes to the code tape.

    PRODUCT PLC with up to 2,060 local I/O. - MicroSmart FC6A Plus is a powerful PLC with up to 2,060 local I/O from IDEC Corporation. With its expanded I/O capacity, the unit can control and monitor the largest machines or entire small-scale manufacturing facilities, a capability seldom found in a micro PLC.

    PRODUCT Network-based control system enhanced. - Yokogawa will release an enhanced version of the STARDOM™network-based control system in the first quarter of fiscal year 2018. This new version of the STARDOM system will include a new E2 bus interface module that has been developed for use in FCN-500 autonomous controller extension units.

    PRODUCT Level switch with IO-Link. - Baumer has announced the immediate availability of LBFH and LBFI level switches with IO-Link and ATEX approval.

    NEWS Flare gas measurement. - Emerson and Fluenta are collaborating to provide ultrasonic flare gas measurement solutions for the oil and gas and chemical industries to improve energy efficiency and comply with increasing regulations across the globe to measure, monitor, and report flare gas emissions.

    NEWS Coriolis flow innovation recognised! - Endress+Hauser has won the Swiss Technology Award in the Innovation Leaders category with their Promass Q. This Coriolis-based flowmeter, developed especially for applications in the oil & gas and food & beverage industries, was cited for its outstanding measurement accuracy, even in difficult operating conditions.

    APPLICATION Flowmeters for wellhead allocation. - The Colorado Oil and Gas Producer Bonanza Creek Energy is taking advantage of the Entrained Gas Management (EGM) that ensures both stable and uninterrupted measurements of oil with high gas content. Integrated in Krohne's OPTIMASS Coriolis flowmeters, the technology provides a cost effective, rugged, and reliable measurement for accurate well allocation information.

    PRODUCT Toggle Switch fror PCBs - The Salecom TS40-T range of sub-miniature toggle switches are marketed in Britain by JPR Electronics. This compact switch offers designers space savings on PCB layouts and reductions in control panel size.

    NEWS Leading in DCS. - Frost & Sullivan has named ABB, DCS company of the year for addressing automation market challenges with innovative technologies like cloud engineering, digital marshaling, virtualization, automated data management

    PRODUCT Self-calibrating RTD. - The iTHERM TrustSens hygienic RTD from Endress+Hauser, is the world's first self-calibrating temperature sensor. TrustSens' self-calibration process functions in situ and provides the necessary documentation to meet the conformance requirements for various regulatory agencies.

    Martin Ralph
    Martin Ralph has joined the Hanley Controls sales team in Clonmel (Irl).

    NEWS Batch reporting halves reporting time. - Emerson is expanding its alliance agreement with Informetric Systems, a leading developer of data collection and reporting applications, to help life sciences companies deliver a more than 50 percent reduction in batch reporting time while getting rid of bottlenecks in batch release processes.

    Publications MagMeter Market study - Flow Research have completed and published a new Magnetic Flowmeter study. It contains some surprising and unexpected results. As it turns out, the magnetic flowmeter market was more affected by the downturn in oil prices than was anticipated.

    PRODUCT Non-contact level of bulk solids! - A dedicated version of the Rosemount™ 5408 Non-Contacting Radar Level Transmitter to meet the specific demands of bulk solids level measurement has been launched by Emerson.

    PRODUCT Connectors for higher cable cross-sections. - Harting has expanded its Han-Eco® series of lightweight connectors with two new hoods in sizes 6 B and 10 B with M40 cable entry, allowing users to take advantage of larger cable cross-sections and more cabling space within the same compact dimensions. As a result, customers can transfer more power in the same installation space.

    APPLICATION UV keeps Nirvana pure. - Nirvana Spa in Berkshire is one of Britain's most prestigious spa facilities, frequented by elite athletes and celebrities. The facility has a reputation for using crystal clear natural mineral water drawn from the same pristine source 700 feet beneath the spa. To maintain the purity of the water within each of its nine pools, the spa is using the latest ultraviolet (UV) disinfection systems from Hanovia.


    Gary Prentice
    Gary Prentice is the Vice President of Sales with Moore Industries International.

    PRODUCT Measuring & monitoring heavy current networks. - The SINEAX AM series from Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG is a range of compact devices for measuring and monitoring heavy current networks. The quality of the display, intuitive controls, and measurement precision are all signs of the Swiss comprehension of product quality.

    PRODUCT Graphical design of Ex control boxes. - Your own specific control box or control station for hazardous areas within glasfibre reinforced polyester as well as in stainless steel enclosures can be designed using this Android App from Quintex.

    PRODUCT New motor and drive ranges - Leroy-Somer, now part of the Nidec group, has launched new ranges at SPS IPC Drives. They are demonstrating Commander ID300, a new integrated drive for the control of its IMfinity® induction motors from 0.25 to 7.5 kW. This all-in-one drive solution has been designed to meet the strategic challenges of increasingly complex and demanding production environments, induced by the transition to Industry 4.0.

    NEWS Serving the North American market for automated test solutions. - Konrad Technologies has completed the acquisition of V I Engineering. This acquisition provides Konrad with two strategic attributes to enable the acceleration of the expansion of Konrad capacity to serve the North American market for automated test solutions; industry acknowledged expertise in the National Instruments toolchains & platforms and local access to the vibrant technology hub in Detroit focused on Autonomous Driving and Electric Vehicles.
    APPLICATION Automation & Services in drug plant awarded. - The Global healthcare company Novo Nordisk has awarded Emerson a $40 million (€34 m) automation systems and services contract for a new US-based drug manufacturing facility to help battle the global diabetes epidemic.

    APPLICATION Checking Russian leaks. - Russia-based Quinta-Analytica Yaroslavl has purchased an advanced GasCheck G gas leak detector from Ion Science to monitor its liquid chromatography (LC), tandem mass-spectrometry (MS/MS) laboratory, which performs the analytical aspect of clinical research studies, for nitrogen and argon leaks.

    PRODUCT 3-Phase power quality loggers. - The measurement, understanding, and reporting of power quality in distribution systems requires capturing large amounts of data and then spending hours to analyse and report. With powerful software that automates setup, analysis, and reporting, the Fluke 1740 Series Power Quality Loggers simplify the collecting and reporting of critical utility power quality trends.

    PRODUCT Easy scheduling of LIMS activities. - Matrix Scheduler is an optional module for the Matrix Gemini LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) from Autoscribe Informatics. Users can automatically schedule reports, worklists, registration of samples and more. In this way activities can be managed more efficiently and significant savings in staff time can be made.

    Publications Digital communication. - Parker Software is releasing a book about the future of business to customer communication. The book is titled, The Conversation Engine: A Shop Assistant of the Smart Age, and explores the next frontier of digital communication.

    PRODUCT Plant information management. - The latest version of the Exaquantum plant information management system (ExaquantumTM R3.10) from Yokogawa, comes with stronger security and improved compatibility through the support of OPC Unified Architecture (OPC-UA), the latest OPC communication standard.

    PRODUCT Ensuring quality of domestic appliances. - To ensure that products stay marketable, measurements need to be carried out in a straightforward and cost-effective manner in the development phase, during production and in final test. The APLUS from Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG is a complete device that fulfils these requirements.

    NEWS HMI/SCADA distributorship in Japan. - Yokohama-based LINX R&D Corporation has become the new Japanese distributor for zenon, the software system developed by Copa-Data.

    PRODUCT Two Birds with One Stone. - The new PMI F90 inductive positioning system from Pepperl+Fuchs can precisely detect the absolute position of one actuator as well as the distance between two.

    PRODUCT Communication support service! - Yokogawa is rolling out the SensPlus™Buddy communication support service. With this solution, personnel in the field will enjoy access to support information directly from their mobile devices.

    PRODUCT Improved detection of benzene and TACs. - As part of the enhancements, Ion Science has introduced own brand benzene pre-filter tubes. Specially developed for use with Tiger Select, the highly cost effective tubes offer enhanced performance by demonstrating better resistance to interference gases.

    APPLICATION Torque at sea! - Wireless sensors from Sensor Technology are playing an important role in new product development for Hydraulic Projects Limited (Hy-Pro), one of Britain's leading developers and suppliers of hydraulic drive units for marine steering and autopilot systems.

    PRODUCT Reliable measurement in heavy current networks. - Based on the principle of "good enough", Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG is introducing the SIRAX-ECOLINE series. This expands the product portfolio in the mid-range performance segment with products for electrical measurement functions.

    PRODUCT Ethernet datalogger. - TCW220, manufactured by Teracom and marketed in the USA by Paralan has two analog inputs with 10-bit resolution and two discrete inputs. It supports a 1-Wire interface for up to eight Teracom 1-Wire sensors – carbon dioxide, 0/20mA, AC/DC current, temperature, humidity, etc.

    NEWS Intelligent inline spectrometers. - Blue Ocean Nova AG, a manufacturer of innovative inline spectrometers for monitoring quality-relevant process parameters has been acquired by Endress+Hauser, adding to its portfolio of products, solutions and services in the field of process analytical measurement.

    Publications Catastrophic computer failure at automation publication. - As a result of a normal upgrade of Windows 10, the computer on which Spitzer & Boyes makes the Industrial Automation & Process Control INSIDER (IAI) has suffered a catastrophic failure. We usually highlight each issue on our home page. The next issue will cover two months October & November 2017. In the meantime...

    PRODUCT Eddy current measurement chain solution. - Emerson's newest eddy current measurement chain solution helps reliability organisations shorten process downtime by eliminating factory calibration and delays in acquiring replacement parts. Traditional eddy current chains are complex, and parts management is difficult.

    NEWS Promoting in the cryogenics market! - Intelliconnect has become a member of the British Cryogenics Council in order to extend the market reach of its cryogenic cables and components and to participate in the rapid development of this growing field.

    PRODUCT Exchanging critical data from factory floor. - Aegis Software has announced that its FactoryLogix® MES software platform has been certified for SAP® Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), version 6.0

    Education and Research To honour the late Dick Morley! - The International Society of Automation (ISA) has created a named scholarship fund in honor of Dick Morley, a longtime ISA supporter, founder of Modicon (now part of Schneider Electric) and the initial designer of the first Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)—a primary component in modern-day automation. Morley, 84, passed away on 17 October.

    PRODUCT Enhanced testing. - XJTAG and Systech Europe have announced the availability of an integrated solution using XJTAG boundary scan and Takaya's flying probe system.

    Organisations Ireland honoured at international automation event. - The International Society of Automation held its Autumnal Governance meeting in Tampa, Florida (USA). The Ireland Section took an active part as usual. The Section won an award as a recognition of the work put in by the Section Committee in organising and hosting the FPID Symposium in Cork during March 2016. This was the first time that this symposium had been held outside of North America.

    APPLICATION Concept for IA and Control enterprises. - Yokogawa has announced Synaptic Business Automation™ a new industrial automation and control business concept that expresses the company's commitment to working with its customers to sustain their creation of corporate values.

    EVENTS Testing, analysis and monitoring. - PEFTEC 2017 is scheduled for Antwerp (B) from 29th to 30th November 2017, and with four Conferences, over 60 Seminars and an international Exhibition, the organisers are urging visitors to plan their time carefully.

    APPLICATION MES in Pharma plant. - In the context of a tendering process, the Spanish pharmaceutical company Almirall opted for Werum's PAS-X Manufacturing Execution System to be installed in the German plant in Reinbek near Hamburg. Almirall is the market leader for skin medicine in Germany and e.g. produces the Balneum® skin care products.

    PRODUCT Automated reporting & data analysis software update. - Ocean Data Systems (ODS), has announced that Dream Report version 4.81 is posted and available for download. Version 4.81, technically a maintenance release, is available to all 4.8 customers.

    PRODUCT Real-time solutions for efficient asset management. - ecom, a Pepperl+Fuchs brand, addresses the topics of asset tracking and automation in times of digital transformation at the SPS IPC Drives 2017. The company demonstrates how companies can implement and put IIoT-solutions to profitable use: including innovative solutions for real-time localization and an efficient, interconnected asset management.

    PRODUCT Empowering the Agile and Connected Factory. - AegisSoftware has announced the general availability of FactoryLogix® 2017.1. As an industry leader in MES, Aegis continues to innovate and deliver unparalleled capabilities enabling complex discrete manufacturers to connect, manage, optimize and digitally transform their manufacturing operations.

    PRODUCT Multi-gas analysis! - Servomex has launched the SERVOPRO MultiExact 4100: a high-performance multi-gas - analyzer offering up to four simultaneous digital gas stream measurements and configurable to a wide range of industrial gas and pharmacopeia applications.

    PRODUCT FPGAs and high-performance data converters. - A new PXI FlexRIO architecture that integrates mezzanine I/O modules with Xilinx Kintex UltraScale FPGAs has been announced by National Instruments (NI).

    PRODUCT The factory of the future is smart, connected & already here. - Smart, connected factories are the future of manufacturing. And just as over a century ago when it was at the forefront of electrifying cities and railways, ABB participating in this new era with a range of products and solutions under the name ABB Ability™.

    APPLICATION Tool-less termination. - Harting's Han® ES Press connector, which offers fast tool-less termination based on an innovative high-reliability cage-clamp design, is playing a key part in minimising installation time for motorised safety roller shutter door guard systems for the robotic assembly cells in an automotive assembly line.

    EVENTS Chair announced ag Industry 4 event. - Richard Halstead of the manufacturers' organisation EEF is to be Chair of the first day of the second annual Industry 4.0 Summit. The 2nd edition, which takes place on the 28th Feb – 1st March 2018 in Manchester (GB) , aims to build on the success of the inaugural event that attracted almost 300 conference delegates.

    PRODUCT SPS17 EMC & power quality. - Schaffner is exhibiting at the SPS IPC Drives 2017 trade fair and introducing product innovations from its EMC, Power Quality and Power Magnetics divisions.

    EVENTS Vision conference announced! - The next Machine Vision Conference and Exhibition is scheduled for Wednesday 16th May 2018 at Arena MK, Milton Keynes (GB) . It will follow a similar format to the highly successful inaugural event held in 2017, which attracted more than 300 visitors.
    NEWS United for UF disinfection! - Hanovia Limited and Berson Milieutechniek B.V., both part of Halma plc, have merged to create a new unified company providing ultraviolet (UV) disinfection systems.

    PRODUCT Measurement amplifiers upgraded & expanded. - The BLH Nobel has added PROFINET support, Factory Mutual (FM) approvals, and French and German language accessibility for its industry best-selling G5 Series measurement amplifiers (G5 Series).

    PRODUCT Wireless remote monitoring. - The next generation Cellio LoRa long-range low-power wireless transceivers for wide area, long range, end-to-end monitoring and control for agriculture, cold chain, gas distribution, transportation, and many other industrial applications has been announced by Device Solutions.


Steve Brambley
Steve Brambley is to take over as Chief Executive of Gambica during January 2018 succeeding Dr Graeme Philp.

    PRODUCT HD pneumatic valve island. - A major update to the ASCO Numatics G3 Series electronic valve island platform, enabling a reduction in installation costs has been announced. The valve island has been expanded so that it can control up to 128 solenoid valves on a single valve island assembly.

    PRODUCT UV disinfection simplifies water treatment. - Berson and Hanovia have jointly launched a new low-pressure UV disinfection system for the treatment of municipal, re-use and waste water. The easy-to-install AmaLine R UV range has been third-party validated, in line with US EPA and NWRI guidelines.

    PRODUCT Wide aspect ratio display. - Industrial LCD manufacturer KOE have announced the introduction of a new 10.3-inch Rugged+ TFT display module. The TX26D206VM0BAA features HD (1920 x 720 pixels) resolution, a 8:3 wide aspect ratio, IPS (in-plane switching) technology which provides excellent image quality when viewed at any viewing angle, and an extended operating temperature range.

    Education and Research Supporting digital factory. - SolutionsPT is hosting a series of events in Britain, designed to support manufacturers in meeting the growing connectivity and security demands of the digital factory.

    PRODUCT Large diameter pipeline inspection/measurement. - Laser triangulation measurement specialists Riftek are represented in Britain by Ixthus Instrumentation. As an example of the company's wide experience in the application of laser triangulation sensors, they recently completed the supply of custom designed 2D measurement scanners that included a high resolution video camera and LED lighting.

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    NEWS Awards in automation announced. - Two Yokogawa employees and the subsidiary Yokogawa Solution Service Corporation have received awards from the Society of Instrument and Control Engineers (SICE).

    Dan Walker
    Dan Walker is taking up the new role of General Sales Manager with Cliff Electronics.

    EVENTS Digital data exchange in networked production. - At this year's SPS IPC Drives, Softing is presenting itself as a competent partner for the realization of networked automation. With its products and solutions, the company closes technological gaps between OT and IT, and creates the conditions for seamless exchange of digital data in Industry 4.0 applications.

    PRODUCT Monitoring and control of energy parameters. - Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG has combined, for the first time, the functionality of a highly accurate measurement device for heavy current applications with the capabilities of an integrated programmable logic controller.

    APPLICATION Disinfection robot with robust wireless access. - STERISAFE-Pro is a disinfection robot from the Danish company INFUSER. It disinfects surfaces in any given room – for example patient rooms, operating theatres or hotel rooms – removing up to 99,9999% of pathogens. "We needed an access point that was omni-radiant and also 100% sealed. This is when we came across the Anybus Wireless Bolt from HMS Industrial Networks."

    Web Site Microsite for utilities! - Fluke has created a special 'knowledge platform'– a web microsite called the 'Fluke solutions center for the Electrical Power Industry'.

    PRODUCT IS Temperature transmitter. - A new member of the Moore Industries Associated Intrinsically-Safe (AIS) family of products has been announced with the release of the THZ3 compact Dual Input Smart HART® Temperature Transmitter in DIN Rail Mount housing with Associated IS sensor connections.

    PRODUCT Collaboration for safety system set-up. - The DeltaV™ safety instrumented system (SIS) configurator, an exida exSILentia® tool that automatically generates DeltaV SIS configurations has been announced. By pairing built-in DeltaV functionality with exida's comprehensive software tools for functional safety, users can develop safety logic configurations much faster and in fewer steps.

    PRODUCT Pressure sensor meets SIL 2, PL d! - Following intensive testing of its SMO series current-loop output pressure sensors ADZ NAGANO, the leading German industrial sensor manufacturer, has released comprehensive diagnostic information for failure rates, reliability and lifecycle performance that enables users to meet the requirements for functional safety related applications to SIL 2 and PL d.

    EVENTS Cybersecurity in industrial control. - SolutionsPT, together with Schneider Electric, has announced an OT Cyber Security event series, aimed at helping today's manufacturers protect their industrial control systems and critical infrastructure.

    Publications M&C condensed for the forth time! - The International Society of Automation (ISA) has just announced the fourth edition release of The Condensed Handbook of Measurement and Control by Nabil (Bill) E. Battikha, PE. This has been one of the most successful books from the ISA stable.

    PRODUCT Smart LED Drivers for Network-Connected Lighting. - Mouser Electronics now stocks Transcend® Smart LED Drivers, part of the Transcend Network Connected Lighting System from Molex. The Molex Transcend Network Connected Lighting System is an intelligent, low-voltage, and low-energy system for U.S. markets that uses smart LED drivers, LED cable harnesses, Power over Ethernet (PoE) gateways and a range of wireless components to feed multi-sensor information and data to a central host.

    PRODUCT Managing data. - The Data Management Software Suite from National Instruments (NI) offers a complete workflow to standardise measurement data across teams, mine that data for useful information, transform the data through automated analysis and deliver reports with valuable insight.

    APPLICATION Load cells for weighing. - A leading multi head weighing machine manufacturer in Hampshire (GB) has specified PW12C load cells from HBM – market leader in the field of Weighing Technology for its latest range of checkweighers.

    PRODUCT TSS sensors & transmitter. - Krohne has added two new total suspended solids (TSS) sensors and a transmitter (OPTISENS TSS 3000 and 7000 and MAC 300) to its analytical portfolio.

    PRODUCT CXPI automotive serial bus analysis. - CXPI serial bus analysis has been added to the range of options available on Yokogawa's DLM2000 and DLM4000 Series mixed signal oscilloscopes.

    PRODUCT Flowmeter aids savings in compressed air supply. - The monitoring of compressed air consumption ensures cost transparency and helps cutting energy costs by identifying potential savings. The EE741 in-line flow meter from E+E Elektronik is ideal for measuring the consumption of compressed air and technical gases.

    EVENTS Methane emissions to be studied! - High profile speakers from 13 different countries will present at this year's Industrial Methane Emissions Conference, which will take place alongside PEFTEC 2017 in Antwerp (B) on 29th and 30th November 2017.

    PRODUCT Software upgrades! - Anritsu Corporation has rolled out two new software upgrades that enable testing of RF Transceiver (TRx) characteristics for 6CC CA using the company's popular MT8821C.

    NEWS Expansion in Brussels. - The Endress+Hauser Group is celebrating another development: After expanding production and building a new plant in the US, plus opening new sales offices in Malaysia, France and Chile, the company has now dedicated a new facility in Brussels. Endress+Hauser invested approximately €6.6 million in the new building in Belgium's capital.

    PRODUCT Wireless, Multi-touch & Safety Functions. - The wireless handheld panel HGW 1033 from Sigmatek pulls out all the stops in operating comfort. First, through wireless data transfer, the meter-long cables in the production hall have been eliminated. Second, the mobile panel has a 10.1-inch multi-touch display (PCT) that is suitable for industrial applications and offers a wide range of visualization options and an intuitive operating concept.

    NEWS Celebratory conference! - Ion Science recently hosted a two-day distributor conference to celebrate the opening of its new €5million+ state-of-the-art facility in Cambridgeshire (GB).

    PRODUCT Improves field device reliability. - The latest version of Emerson's AMS Device Manager introduces new alert optimisation capabilities and mobile device health dashboards. Out-of-the box alert filtering templates created using Human Centered Design principles provide the potential for as much as a 60 percent reduction in unnecessary alerts coming from intelligent field devices.

    PRODUCT Complete edge appliance for automation and IoT. - A new version of Opto 22's groov, embedding key IIoT technologies MQTT and OPC-UA drivers directly into its industrial edge appliance has been announced.

    PRODUCT Quality testing of IoT Devices. - A new WLAN Security Function software for its MT8862A Wireless Connectivity Test Set, which supports evaluation of devices for the rapidly growing IoT market even when WLAN security is turned on has been launched by Anritsu.

    APPLICATION Challenging designs. - Ian McWha, key account manager at industrial systems integrator Boulting Technology, explores the importance of recognising and overcoming challenges when designing a switchboard.

    PRODUCT Software support for machine designers. - Supporting its comprehensive range of electric, wireless and air actuated foot and hand switching controls, Herga Technology has added an easy-to-use 3D product viewer and CAD file download facility to its website.
    PRODUCT Flow computer & terminal unit! - The Y-Flow® product family from Yokogawa consists of the Y-Flow® YFFC (Field Flow Computer) and Y-Flow® YRTU (Remote Terminal Unit).

    PRODUCT Coaxial contact for RG 179 B/U. - LEMO has launched a new 3GHz contact that can be used in various insulator types, providing an alternative solution to HD – BNC in the broadcast market (HDTV, 4K, 8K).

    NEWS New rental partnership for NDT prods. - Ashtead Technology has been appointed as the preferred rental partner in Britain for all Silverwing products, a line of NDT inspection equipment by Eddyfi Technologies.

    NEWS Industrie 4.0 award in China. - Advantech has received an award from ROI Management Consulting for its Industry 4.0-compliant digital factory. The "ROI Industry 4.0 Award China" was given to Advantech at the awards ceremony in Shanghai.

    NEWS MES for pharma & biotech manufacturers in China. - Werum IT Solutions has expanded further its PAS-X Service Partner network. They have signed a partnership agreement with Neotrident. Based in Beijing with several local offices in China, Neotrident is a leading IT solutions provider to the Chinese life sciences industry.


Dick Morley
Richard E. "Dick" Morley - 1932-2017
Father of the PLC, Mentor, Innovator, Thinker, Educator. Friend.

    PRODUCT Industrial router for remote automation! - Westermo has launched an industrial ADSL and VDSL2 router/modem to provide robust and secure communications to remote industrial automation equipment.

    NEWS Three nominations for learning well! - Employees at the Boulting Group, are celebrating having received three nominations for the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) 2017 Awards.

    Webinar Cybersecurity in gas applications. - The International Society of Automation (ISA) and its Corporate Partner, Honeywell Process Solutions, will co-host a free webinar on 3 November 2017 on how to address cybersecurity concerns in gas metering and data management.

    PRODUCT Preventing transmission loss for television OBUs in wet weather. - Harting expanded beam fibre-optic cable assemblies prevent transmission loss for television outside broadcasts in harsh environmental conditions.

    NEWS Strengthing digital portfolio for exploration to production. - Emerson is to acquire Paradigm®, a leading provider of software solutions for the oil and gas industry, for a purchase price of $510 million, reflecting a multiple of 13 times expected 2017 EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization).

    PRODUCT Stainless steel housed converters. - Signal converters IFC 100 and MAC 100 as well as SMARTMAC 200 operating unit are now available in stainless steel housing from Krohne. Mainly targeted at applications in the food and beverage industry, they can be also used where high corrosion resistance is demanded, e.g. in salty environments.

    EVENTS Celebrating robotics. - UK Robotics Week 2018, with robotics activities and competitions is now open for early registration to schools, academic institutions and industry.

    PRODUCT Gearing specialist exhibits. - Aerospace, medical and automotive engineers will be able to speak with Harmonic Drive AG to improve the accuracy and efficiency of their applications at this year's SPS IPC Drives show in Nuremberg (D). They will be launching its FHA-C Mini Servo Actuators with Absolute MZE encoder.

    PRODUCT Helping standardise PLC programming. - The development tool PLC Checker from Itris Automation is now available with a PLCopen® coding guidelines rules set allowing developers to automatically verify that their program respects this reference standard.

    NEWS Cable Entry and EMC Systems. - Foremost Electronics has been appointed as a distributor for Icotek GmbH. Icotek have been developing innovative cable entry and EMC cable shielding systems for over 15 years, hold a number of patents and are designed-in to global OEMs and leading companies in a wide number of industries.

    NEWS Serving Chile. - The new 2,300-square-meter facility for Endress+Hauser in Chile, opened recently, contains modern office space, an auditorium, conference rooms, a training center and a calibration laboratory. Customers and employees can expect a high-quality infrastructure and excellent work environment.

    PRODUCT Connectors in 1U, 19" rack. - Cliff Electronics is now offering system integrators 1U, 19" rack panels pre-assembled with up to 16 of their market–leading Feedthrough (FT) connectors to simplify system assembly, reduce manufacturing time, component count and cost.

    NEWS Award for automation platform with intrinsic cybersecurity. - Bedrock Automation has won Chemical Processing magazine's Vaaler Award for the BedrockTM Open Secure AutomationTM system — the first universal industrial control system to be designed with intrinsic cyber security.

    PRODUCT Bluetooth with HART. - Many modern mobile devices only support Bluetooth Low Energy. iOS mobile devices in particular only support Bluetooth Low Energy. The world's first Bluetooth Low Energy HART Modem has been launched by ProComSol.

    APPLICATION Wireless all the way... - After a decade of pioneering wireless technologies for industrial companies, Emerson predicts the next 10 years will see exponential growth in the adoption of wireless and pervasive sensing applications that help companies maximise safety and reliability, optimise production and enable Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) strategies.

    Publications Challenges during process analyzer engineering! - Process Analyzer Systems Project Engineering and Management by Gary Nichols, PE, CAP®, from the ISA (International Society of Automation) stable, is designed to eliminate or minimize the difficulties, breakdowns and other obstacles that process analyzer system engineers often encounter during project development, engineering and design, procurement, construction, closeout, and sustain phases.

    EVENTS Vision on show! - Registration is now open for Stemmer Imaging's Vision Technology Forum at the Silverstone Wing Exhibition and Conference Centre (GB), 15 -16 November 2017.

    APPLICATION And now the electric vehicle... - Sevcon in Gateshead (GB), which designs and manufactures high-quality motor controllers and system components for hybrid and electric vehicles, has driven efficiency into its equipment testing regimes by standardising TorqSense transducers from Sensor Technology.

    PRODUCT VOC sensors. - Alphasense has launched a new sensor for the measurement of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). The new p-type Metal Oxide sensor is a broadband total VOC detector with a range of 0 to 100 ppm (isobutylene) and 10-50 ppb detection limit, depending on the VOC.

    OrganisationsRecognising Irish service to autoamtion. - The Ireland section of ISA is seeking nominations from the General Membership for the three categories.This section has been recognising service, innovation and mastery in the discipline of instrumentation, measurement, control and automation in Ireland since 1977.

    NEWS Gas analysis leader moves into pleasing premises. - Ion Science has completed the move into its new state-of-the-art £4.5 million, 1500m² facility. It is perhaps one of the most architecturally pleasing premises to have come to our attention.

    NEWS Acquisition enhances integrity in oil & gas industry offering. - Emerson has acquired GeoFields, the leading global supplier of software and implementation services for pipeline integrity data collection, management and risk analysis for the oil and gas industry.

    Webinar Celebrating strain gauge birthday! - To help start the celebrations for the 80th anniversary of the strain gauge, which will take place next year; HBM is running a series of webinars, which will take place on 14 -17 November 2017 at 9am.

    PRODUCT Connecting machines to the Internet. - The new 4G LTE EU (Europe) extension card for eWON Flexy, an advanced IIoT gateway and remote access router, has been announced by HMS Industrial Networks. This enables Flexy users to access, monitor and control machinery remotely over the cellular 4G network.


    Phillipa Wolfarth
    Philippa Wolfarth is Internal Sales Executive with the AcSoft Group.

    PRODUCT Infrared pyrometers range expanded. - Fluke® Process Instruments has expanded their Endurance® Series high-temperature ratio infrared pyrometers to include a new, rugged noncontact fiber-optic (FO) measurement system with single and two-color models.

    APPLICATION Leak checking tanks. - When a tanker ship is having maintenance, the leak check of the tanks is an important part of the final safety procedure. Portable oxygen analyzers, such as the GPR-1100 from Analytical Industries Inc. (AII), sister company of Michell in Process Sensing Technologies (PST), are the preferred tools used for this purpose.

    PRODUCT 3D imaging technology camera. - Stemmer Imaging has been appointed as an approved supplier for Intel® RealSense™ technology and will promote and provide support services to accelerate the integration of the latest 400 series of Intel RealSense™ 3D imaging technology into real world applications.

    Education and Research Top trends to influence automation in 2018. - National Instruments (NI), released their NI Trend Watch 2018. The report examines the technological advances propelling our future faster than ever before along with some of the biggest challenges engineers face looking ahead to 2018.

    PRODUCT Accurate energy consumption data. - The Tinytag Energy Logger is a portable, non-invasive and easy to use device for recording single and three phase power usage. It can be a useful tool in helping organisations monitor energy consumption in line with ESOS, ISO 50001, and other energy management requirements.

    NEWS Partnership to provide most comprehensive PCI Express® 4.0 Test System. - Anritsu Company U.S. and Teledyne LeCroy have formed a partnership to provide the industry's most capable PCI Express® 4.0 (PCIe Gen4) test solution, integrating the Anritsu Signal Quality Analyzer (SQA) MP1900A BERT with the LabMaster 10Zi-A oscilloscope and QPHY-PCIe4-Tx-Rx software from Teledyne LeCroy.

    PRODUCT Low power pressure transmitter. - Endress+Hauser added a 1-5 VDC Low Power output option to the PMP71 pressure transmitter that draws only 17 milliwatts of power at 9V, making the PMP71 consume less power during operation than any other voltage-output pressure transmitter in the market.

    Paul Gruhn
    Paul Gruhn of aeSolns is to be President -elect/Secretary of the International Society of Automation. (ISA).

    Publications Shaping smarter cities. - Mouser Electronics has announced a series of compelling e-books that provide in-depth views of leading-edge technology featured in the Shaping Smarter Cities series, part of Mouser's award-winning Empowering Innovation Together™ programme.

    APPLICATION Quality Managers are the Leaders! - Jennifer Sillars, Product Marketing Executive for Ideagen tells why quality managers are the leaders that manufacturing needs using the experience of one of their client companies, HepcoMotion.

    APPLICATION Proof of concept test of pump monitoring. - Yokogawa has begun working with Iwaki Co., Ltd. on a proof-of-concept (PoC) test for a remote pump monitoring service. The PoC test will examine the market potential for such a service and investigate means by which it may be offered.

    PRODUCT Analyser suitable for inverter driven motors. - The new version Fluke® 438-II Power Quality and Motor Analyser also supports measurements for inverter driven motors. It simplifies the process of motor performance diagnosis by providing analysis data for both the electrical and mechanical characteristics of the motor while it is in operation.

    Education and Research Cybersecurity Training Course. - An ISA course (ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Fundamentals Specialist - IC32), scheduled for venues in Ireland and England, provides a detailed look at how the ISA/IEC62443 standards can be used to protect your critical control systems.

    EVENTS Flow and Radar Level measurement. - Endress+Hauser will introduce a new range of instruments for flow measurement as well as a new instrument portfolio for radar level measurement at SPS IPC Drives (28-30 November 2017) in Nuremberg,(D).

    PRODUCT Connector housings. - Harting has expanded its Han® M range of industrial connector housings with a new series of bulkhead hoods with significantly increased resistance to external influences including dust, dirt and liquids.

    Education and Research Degree in Process Automation & Instrumentation. - The Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB - IRL) has just launched a new 3 year Bachelor of Science Degree in Process Instrumentation & Automation under their Learn + Work model.

    NEWS Partnership formalises complementary skill set. - ProComSol has formed strategic and business partnership with Smart Embedded Systems located in Silicon Valley, USA. Smart Embedded Systems (SES) has developed a firmware based HART PSK (9600/1200 BPS) and FSK (1200 BPS) modem to complement their HART 7 compliant communication stack.

    PRODUCT Troubleshooting electrical systems safer and more efficiently. - The new Fluke® T6 Electrical Testers with FieldSense Technology make troubleshooting safer and more efficient by allowing electricians to take simultaneous voltage and current measurements, not just detection, without test leads.

    People Automation and electric drive systems pioneer passes! - Günter Baumüller, Managing Director of Baumüller Holding, died on Monday after a short but serious illness, surrounded by his family. He was 77 years old. He was until recently actively involved in the company's activities


    Douglas Barth
    Douglas Barth as Senior Global Product Manager with Servomex.

    EVENTS Seminars on Petroleum,Refining,Environmental Monitoring. - The organisers of PEFTEC 2017 (Antwerp B) have published details of a comprehensive series of seminars that will follow the event's themes of testing, analysis and monitoring in the petrochemical sectors.

    Web Site Supporting datacentres! - To support the smooth running of data centres, Fluke has developed a web microsite specifically targeting those running and maintaining the infrastructure. The site provides a range of downloadable information for Data Centre Facility Managers, Contractor Services Managers, electrical engineers and UPS, HVAC, mechanical and electrical technicians.

    PRODUCT Finding and fixing difficult-to-detect software bugs quickly! - Ashling Microsystems has just announced a new debug probe for NXP's SmartMX3 secure microcontroller platform. This high performance probe supports the development of applications and operating-systems for security controller ICs which can involve substantial amounts of complex software.

    PRODUCT Open channel flow meter. - The Dynasonics® iSonic 4000 flow meter, an economical solution for a wide range of open channel flow measurement applications, has been introduced by Badger Meter.

    Rich Sorelle
    Rich Sorelle has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Abaco Systems.

    PRODUCT Message analysis for vehicles. - Anritsu Corporation has launched its V2X 802.11p Evaluation Software MX727000A, the first of its kind solution that supports V2X message analysis for US, EU and Japan vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-roadside (V2X) communications standards.

    PRODUCT Asset Management Solution. - Ashtead Technology has launched a new 'Asset Management Solution' for a number of major brands in the occupational safety and environmental monitoring sectors.

    EVENTS Visual analytics software. - Integration between Seeq visual analytics software and Emerson Process Management offerings, and customer use cases of Seeq with Emerson automation system products, will be featured at the Emerson Global Users Exchange conference in Minneapolis (MN USA).

    NEWS Supply and technology partnership announced! - ABB and Northvolt have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a wide-ranging supply and technology partnership, including products and services for Northvolt's state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery factory and close collaboration on development of battery solutions and R&D activities.

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