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Education and Research Inspiring more females into the industry. - SolutionsPT hosted local primary and secondary school pupils at their Cheadle (GB) HQ, as part of a ‘Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) for Girls’ day, designed to encourage more girls to pursue STEM subjects and careers.

Standards Capturing and transmitting process automation knowledge. - The work of the ISA106 standards committee, Procedure Automation for Continuous Process Operations, is intended to provide a framework for building some of that knowledge into automated procedures. This is especially important for such plant procedures as startup, shutdown, product grade change and the like – as studies have shown that plants are particularly vulnerable to safety incidents caused by inexperienced operators performing unfamiliar manual functions during such key operations.

EVENTS Automation and the city! - More and more people are moving to the city – a trend that presents major hurdles. In order to prevent a shortage of resources and improve quality of life, the city of the future must be more efficient and more sustainable. At SPS IPC Drives, COPA-DATA will be exhibiting on how urban areas can start gearing up for these future challenges now.

NEWS Connectivity solution wins security certification. - The remote connectivity solution, eWON Talk2M, from HMS Industrial Networks, is now ISECOM STAR security certified.

PRODUCT Radar level instrument. - The 80 GHz Micropilot FMR6x free space radar level instrument for process applications has been introduced Endress+Hauser. It is suitable for use in tanks or silos with complex geometries, obstacles, baffles and/or nozzles.

PRODUCT Cloud based SHM packages! - HBM has announced its capabilities in offering complete customised, end to end cloud-based structural health monitoring (SHM) packages. The packages include all associated hardware, software, installation, and monitoring requirements, along with cloud-based data access for each customer.

PRODUCT Miniature Sensors for force, displacement, pressure, strain and acceleration. - The Micro-Measurements® brand of Vishay Precision Group, industry experts in the design, development, and manufacture of resistive-foil sensors for high-precision strain measurements, has introduced a new range of miniature, lightweight hybrid sensors, offering cost-effective force, displacement, pressure, strain and acceleration measurements within high-volume OEM and test applications

PRODUCT World's first LiFi enabled light bar! - The world's first LiFi enabled light bar will be demonstrated by pureLiFi and Linmore LED at Lux Live. (LiFi is high speed bi-directional networked and mobile communication of data using light. LiFi comprises of multiple light bulbs that form a wireless network, offering a substantially similar user experience to Wi-Fi except using the light spectrum.)

PRODUCT Distribution blocks: Simply unpack, connect, and you're done! - The new PTFIX distribution blocks from Phoenix Contact can be used straight away without manual bridging, enabling space savings of up to 80%.

PRODUCT Testing low frequency sensors - To characterise the performance of its low frequency sensors in that range below 2Hz, which is too low for most test shakers, Monitran has developed a new high displacement test rig that can generate oscillations accurately at frequencies as low as 0.2 Hz.

White Paper Monitoring of mercury emissions. - Gasmet Technologies has published a new White Paper on the monitoring of mercury emissions to air from industrial processes.

PRODUCT All-round industrial camera. - A newly developed generation of their successful uEye SE industrial camera family is being launched by IDS. The camera will be available as both a GigE and USB 3.1 Type-C connection – in each case screw-on – as a housing version or as a board stack version, and with a broad range of CMOS sensors with rolling or global shutter.

APPLICATION Safe switching for surgical equipment. - Herga Technology is supplying 6448 bellows footswitch and 6763 airswitches to Cipher Surgical Ltd for its OpClear® laparoscope lens cleaning system.

PRODUCT Motion controller ideal for robots. - Aerotech's HEX RC is a 6-axis motion controller ideal for controlling robotic systems like hexapods. The HEX RC is 4U rack-mountable and compatible with the Automation 3200 (A3200) motion platform.

APPLICATION Simulating Agricultural Climate Change Scenarios using Controlled Growth Chambers - For researchers to study the effects of climate change on plant growth using growth chambers or greenhouses, highly accurate CO2 measurements are required. A Spanish team used the Edinburgh Sensors Guardian sensor in their greenhouses to provide precise, reliable CO2 measurements.

PRODUCT Small TFT displays. - Small TFT displays with an easy to integrate SPI interface and a power consumption of just 3mA have been introduced by andersDX.


During the period that the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland are working through their exit from the European Union (EU) we will endevour to bring items of particular interest and/or relevence to the automation sector in the process.


Honeywell User Group - Europe
25/09/2017 to 28/09/2017
The Hague (NL)

ISPE Europe Biotechnology Conference
"Five Megatrends in Technology and Regulatory Development"
26/09/2017 to 29/09/2017
Dublin (IRL)

Sensors & Instrumentation
Expo for test, measurement+control.
26/09/2017 to 27/09/2017
Birmingham (GB)

PROFIBUS, PROFINET and IO-Link Training Day
Wrexham (GB)

MES & Process Minds 2017
Pharma & Life Science Industries
28/09/2017 to 29/09/2017
Berln (D)

ECCE 2017
IEEE Energy conversion congress & expo.
2/10/2017 to 3/10/2017
Cinncinnati (OH USA)

Sensors MidWest
Conference & exhibtion
2/10/2017 to 4/10/2017
Rosemount (IL USA)

The Industrial Wireless Reliability Conference
organized by the ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute
Taipei (RC)

Production and assembly automation Expo
8/10/2017 to 11/10/2017
Stuttgart (D)

PROFIBUS, PROFINET and IO-Link Training Day
Cambridge (GB)

Engineering Design Show

18/10/2017 to 19/10/2017
Coventry (GB)

European Cyberthreat Summit
Conference - use #CTS2017
Dublin (IRL)

10th Annual Asian Downstream Summit
Transforming the Oil & Gas Industry with Digital and Process Technologies
25/10/2017 to 26/10/2017

InstMC Awards Night

London (GB)

ISA Fall Leaders MTG
For elected and appointed Department Directors, Division Directors, Assembly members, and Executive Board members.
28/10/2017 to 30/10/2017
Tampa Bay (FL USA)

ISPE Annual Meeting & Expo
Exhibition & Conference
29/10/2017 to 1/11/2017
San Diego (CA USA)

Advanced Engineering 2017
Conference & exhibtion
1/11/2017 to 2/11/2017
Birmingham (GB)

CWIEME Istanbul
Coil Winding Expo
2/11/2017 to 4/11/2017
Istanbul (TR)

PCS 2016
Process Control and Safety Symposium and Exhibition
6/11/2017 to 9/11/2017
Houston (TX USA)

iDICs 2017
International Digital Image Correlation Society Conf & Workshop
6/11/2017 to 9/11/2017

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