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NEWS Compact pressure & Temp sensors for Formula Student. - Kistler has been sponsoring the Formula Student Team at the University of Bath since 2014. In 2017, Kistler provided the team with its 4080A family of M6 piezo-resistant absolute pressure sensors - the 4080A and the 4080AT.

PRODUCT Automatic data collection using Ethernet connectivity! - Gemini's Plus LAN loggers collect data automatically: they plug into a network point and send data directly for viewing in the Tinytag Explorer Connect software – an easy to use Windows program – by any permitted user on a network.

EVENTS Zero defect moulding. - On the Interplas "Introducing Stage" at 14:00 on the 28th September, Kistler Application Engineer, Duncan Webster, is to deliver a paper on the latest developments of the Kistler ComoNeo cavity pressure monitoring system.

NEWS Communication solutions in the railway sector rewarded! - The Harting Technology Group has received an award for exceptional quality from rail manufacturer Hitachi Rail.

NEWS Forty years of automation in Ireland! - Douglas Control and Automation is marking 40 years in business with the announcement that the firm will create an additional 10 new jobs in the coming 18 months. Founded in 1977, the company is partnered with global giants such as Siemens, Wonderware, Rockwell and Stahl, to deliver solutions for the manufacturing, pharma, biotech, medtech and transport sectors in Ireland, Britain and Europe.

PRODUCT Visual analytics application upgraded! - The latest release of Seeq software enables engineers and scientists in process manufacturing organisations to rapidly wrangle, investigate, and share insights on production data. Target markets include oil & gas, pharmaceutical, chemical, energy, mining, food and beverage, and other process industries.

PRODUCT New integrated drive. - Leroy-Somer has announced the launch of Commander ID300, a new integrated drive solution optimized for the control of IMfinity® induction motors.

PRODUCT Gas Leak Detector. - The new Fluke® Ti450 SF6 Gas Leak Detector combines an affordable, high-quality, infrared camera with an SF6 leak detector that visually pinpoints the location of SF6 leaks without shutting equipment down.

NEWS Training for telecommunication sector! - Anritsu Corporation have signed a strategic training partnership agreement with Ubi-Tech (3R) Ltd to offer Anritsu Approved, instructor led, industry standard, certification training to the telecommunication market in Britain and Ireland.

publications" A useful magazine! - The writer in this months issue of InTech says, "I would like to compliment you on your work with InTech, which now seems a useful magazine again."

Website Process instrument website! - Fluke® Process Instruments has announced the launch of a new website, combining its extensive global capabilities in industrial temperature measurement.

EVENTS Serving the beverage and liquid food industry. - Endress+Hauser will be demonstrating measurement technology and automation concepts from a single source for all process control areas using the examples of mixing & blending and CIP at drinktec 2017 (11-15 Sept'17 Munich, D).

PRODUCT Valves comply fully with forthcoming regulations for marine industry. - Emerson has gained DNV-GL approval for its ASCO 551 and 553 series solenoid valves. This means that the valves comply with the soon-to-be-introduced (September 2017) worldwide regulations for ballast water treatment.

PRODUCT Load cell. - Designed to address the problem of lateral forces, which if great enough, can damage or even destroy a force transducer, which can subsequently cause a drop in production, HBM's U3 is capable of absorbing up to 100% of rated forces in the form of lateral force, without losing its measurement capability, or sustaining mechanical damage

Video What is automation? - Do you know that virtually everything we as humans depend on—the food we eat, the beverages we drink, the cars we drive, the electricity we use in our homes and so on—is made possible through automated processes and the skills and knowledge of automation professionals? It’s true.

PRODUCT Evenly-illuminated switch keycaps. - Multitron has announced the ex-stock availability of four ranges of full-face, evenly-illuminated switch keycaps, utilising MENTOR's world-leading Light Guide expertise.

PRODUCT Unique features enable improved reliability and easier maintenance and commissioning. - ASCO 330 Series volume booster from Emerson can be used in control and on/off applications, and where partial stroke testing is required

PRODUCT Signal Analyzer/Spectrum Analyzer options. - Two new options for Anritsu's Signal Analyzer/Spectrum Analyzer MS2850A have been added to support high speed transfer of captured waveform data to an external computer for post processing and analysis.

Webinar CPD-accredited webinars. - Fluke is running a series of free, scheduled, CPD-accredited webinars throughout 2017.

NEWS Leading the IPC global market. - Twenty-five years since its inception, Advantech has become a leader in the global IPC (Industrial PC) market. During this period, the company has created a solid base to remain the key player within this sector, holding a 30% market share of the global industrial PC market.

APPLICATION Accompaning customers on the path to digitalisation! - The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has huge potential: predictive maintenance, asset information management and device configuration are just some examples of the opportunities digitalization has in store for companies. Endress+Hauser is driving IIoT forward through innovative products and solutions as well as by working with partners.


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.


12th International Conference on Advances in Experimental Mechanics

29/08/17 to 30/08/17
Sheffield (GB)

12th International Conference on Advances in Experimental Mechanics

29/08/17 to 30/08/17
Sheffield (GB)

EPC17 ECCE Europe
19th European Conference on Power Electronics & Applications
11/09/17 to 14/09/17
Warsaw (PL)

Sensor China
Exhibition & Conference
11/09/17 to 13/09/17
Shanghai (CN)

German Wind Trade Fair & Congress
12/09/17 to 15/09/17
Husum (D)

Annual Conference of Society of Instrument and Control Engineers
19/09/17 to 22/09/17
Kanazawa (J)

SEIA' 2017
3rd International Conference on Sensors and Electronic Instrumentation Advances
20/09/17 to 22/09/17
Moscow (RU)

Honeywell User Group - Europe
25/09/17 to 28/09/17
The Hague (NL)

Sensors & Instrumentation
Expo for test, measurement+control.
26/09/17 to 27/09/17
Birmingham (GB)

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

ISPE Europe Biotechnology Conference
Five Megatrends in Technology and Regulatory Development
26/09/17 to 29/09/17
Dublin (IRL)

MES & Process Minds 2017
Pharma & Life Science Industries
28/09/17 to 29/09/17
Berln (D)

ECCE 2017
IEEE Energy conversion congress & expo.
02/10/17 to 03/10/17
Cinncinnati (OH USA)

Sensors MidWest
Conference & exhibtion
02/10/17 to 04/10/17
Rosemount (IL USA)

APPLICATION Optimising prototyping & manufacturing processes. - Protoduction Inc., a product design and manufacturing company, has selected Aegis’ FactoryLogix platform to streamline and optimize its prototyping and manufacturing processes to ensure the highest level of quality while accelerating time to market

APPLICATION IoT/M2M for systems integrators. - LPRS CS have identified systems integrators and service providers as having the greatest opportunity of all company types to deploy, use and generate revenue from IoT/M2M applications. They are the feet-on-the-street with first-hand knowledge of the end use requirements, applications and end users and can therefore leverage this technology to the benefit of all.

PRODUCT Monitoring sulfur dioxide. - As part of its comprehensive emissions monitoring analyser range, Servomex, the world leader in gas analysis, offers the SERVOPRO SO2, an analyser that uses pulsed Ultraviolet (UV) Fluorescence technology to deliver a reliable, continuous measurement of ultra-low sulfur dioxide in emissions and ambient applications.

APPLICATION Quick rehabilitation of drainage pipes. - In a project designed to alleviate traffic congestion on the English Motorway M6, Sapphire Utility Solutions has dramatically reduced the time required to rehabilitate drainage pipes by employing a method that was originally developed for the wastewater sector.

Standards PPE Regulation Certification. - One of the first British companies to achieve Module B Certification from the BSI (British Standards Institution) is Scott Safety. This follows the PPE Directive 89/686EEC being updated with the PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425 in April 2017.

PRODUCT Automatic synchronisation. - Emerson's AMS Trex™ Device Communicator adds new enhancements that improve response time to operational changes through best-in-class visibility of field changes. Auto Sync technology makes AMS Trex the first handheld communicator to automatically synchronise field data with a facility's AMS Device Manager database

APPLICATION Waterproof connector for telemetry system. - A British manufacturer of remote water monitoring and control systems for irrigation, drainage systems, and data loggers has been supplied with SMA Interface waterproof adaptors, from Intelliconnect.

NEWS A strong team for IT infrastructures. - Rittal is expanding its global sales and distribution network by forging a partnership with ALSO Germany, an ICT and consumer electronics distributor. ALSO is broadening its portfolio to include over 500 Rittal products and IT components, and will make these solutions available to its resellers.

NEWS Best pharma solutions! - For the second time, Werum IT Solutions has been presented the Asian Manufacturing Award in the "Best Pharma Solutions Provider" category. With this award, the jury of experts honors the technological development, product innovation and expert service of Werum's Manufacturing IT solutions in the pharma and biotech industry across Asia.

NEWS Towards a liveable Earth! - Yokogawa has developed sustainability goals for the year 2050 that will guide its efforts to make the world a better place for future generations.

PRODUCT Safety handling asbestos! - Delivering clean filtered air in accordance with the latest European best practice for asbestos removal, Scott Safety's Phantom Vision provides a virtually unrestricted field of view, simplified decontamination, cleaning and maintenance, and low through life costs.

EVENTS Disinfection technology for food & drink examined. - The latest technological innovations supporting water disinfection in the food and beverage industry will be the focus of the Water Academy seminar, jointly organised by Hanovia and Domnick Hunter RL, taking place in Bangkok, Thailand, in September.

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