Mobile measurement! - Suitable for a wide range of servicing and calibration tasks, HBM's SCOUT55 provides a light weight and cost-effective solution.
Withstanding catastrophe. - A chemical plant in southeast Texas relies on several Eclipse® Model 706 Guided Wave Radar (GWR) transmitters installed on sumps. In an email to MAGNETROL Global Product Manager Bob Botwinski, Chris Oglesby, a representative from Tech Quip in Houston, stated: "[The ECLIPSE 706 devices] held up to Harvey…even after being submerged for several days."
T & M distribution in Britain. - A distribution agreement with Comtec Cable Accessories Ltd, a leading provider of components, equipment and services for the telecoms and datacoms industry has been announced by Anritsu.
Commitment to 100% renewable energy! - Schneider Electric has committed to sourcing 100 per cent renewable electricity and is throwing light on the doubling of its energy productivity.
Level switch with IO-Link. - LBFH and LBFI level switches with IO-Link and ATEX approval are available from Baumer. The IO-Link interface allows the user to automate the configuration of sensors.The inclusion of ATEX also enables the use of commercially available barriers. The sensors are suitable for hygienic and industrial applications.
Report generation. - Ocean Data Systems (ODS) has announced that Dream Report is now a reference product in the Rockwell Automation Encompass™ Program.
Mixer efficiencies. - Manchester University's School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Sciences is leading world class developments in energy efficiency in the process industries. Researchers have incorporated TorqSense transducers into a test rig that is analysing losses in in-line mixers.
High speed wireless test reduces costs. - Autotalks has endorsed Anritsu Corporation's RF calibration and validation test solution based on Anritsu’s MT8870A high-speed wireless test platform.
Celebrating Northern Europe's Automation Engineers & Engineering. - NIDays welcomed hundreds of delegates from across Northern Europe to the historic Sandown Park Racecourse in England in November 2017, for its annual conference and exhibition. Each event was designed to educate and inspire the engineering community.
A lot riding on Brexit endgame for Irish scientific endeavour - Dick Ahlstrom of the Irish Times says, "Let there be no repeat of the recent unedifying political point-scoring." (7/12/2107)
Rugged, compact IoT gateway/controller. - Adlink Technology's MXE-210 offers a small footprint and is fully operable in harsh environments from -40°C to 85°C, making it an ideal choice for industrial automation, transportation, agriculture/aquaculture, and smart city applications.
ProfiNet I/O option for electromagnetic flowmeters. - ProfiNet I/O is now available for Krohne's OPTIFLUX, WATERFLUX and TIDALFLUX electromagnetic flowmeters with IFC 300 signal converter.
Transformers for the safe measurement of heavy current. - Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG is introducing the SIRAX series of current transformers, as part of their marketing philosophy "everything from one source". This represents another milestone in the expansion of their product offering for heavy current engineering.
Protected optical-fibre connector. - The new PushPull SFP XS fibre-optic connector, from Harting, is designed to address the biggest challenge to the use of optical connectors in industry: their susceptibility to dirt and damage to the contact surfaces forming the interface with the transceiver which converts the optical signal into an electrical signal.
Archived News published in November 2017
Digital innovation! - The Digital Innovation Challenge, which has been organised in association with The University of Manchester, aims to showcase and recognise the capabilities of students in digital innovation. A prize of £2,500stg will be given to the individual or team that presents the best innovation to meet any challenge relating to Industry 4.0 – the term that describes the next generation of smart manufacturing.
Smart actuators. - Thomson Industries has released an educational video that summarises the benefits of smart actuators, which feature integrated electronics.
MAC layer support! - National Instruments (NI) has announced MAC layer support for its LabVIEW Communications 802.11 Application Framework. Wireless researchers can take advantage of the new multiuser MAC layer enhancements to the 802.11 Application Framework to go beyond the PHY layer to address complex network-level problems that must be solved to make the 5G vision a reality.
Design data from the Net. - Baum¨ller is integrating its converter family b maXX 5000 into the web-based EPLAN data portal. With all of the necessary data for over 40 products, the company is enabling its customers to save time during the design phase.
Standards co-operation in communication. - The PI (PROFIBUS & PROFINET International) and OPC Foundation Joint Working Group are reported to be making good progress in the preparation of an OPC UA Companion Specification for PROFINET. This team was launched following the discussions and prioritization of issues relevant to PI in the "Industrie4.0@PI" working group in May 2017.