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NEWS Agreement fosters embedded and enterprise IoT devices. - Mouser Electronics has announced a global distribution agreement with VIA Technologies, Inc., a global leader in the development of highly integrated embedded platform and system solutions for machine-to-machine (M2M), Internet of Things (IoT), and smart city applications.

PRODUCT PXI source measure unit. - National Instruments (NI) has announced the NI PXIe-4135 source measure unit (SMU) with a measurement sensitivity of 10 fA and voltage output up to 200 V. Engineers can use the NI PXIe-4135 SMU to measure low-current signals and take advantage of the high channel density, fast test throughput and flexibility of NI PXI SMUs for applications such as wafer-level parametric test, materials research and characterisation of low-current sensors and ICs.

NEWS Our thoughts on that referendum! - The legal situation at present is that Britain is a fully paid-up member of the European Union and will remain so until they activate an Article 50 application. In reality Britain is being excluded already from important meetings for the first time in forty three years. Nobody really expected this result. So despite people saying that they had "contingency plans" in reality the answer to all questions is "Nobody knows!"

NEWS New analyser plant. - Endress+Hauser is expanding its manufacturing facility for Raman analyzers. Wholly-owned subsidiary Kaiser Optical Systems is investing US$8.6 million to develop the Ann Arbor, (MI USA) location, which will more than double in size.

NEWS Continuing the European exploration tradition. - John O'Sullivan, a automation engineers with Douglas Controls & Automation, has now published "In the footsteps of Columbus" (ISBN-10: 3319275607), telling the story of the ESA astronauts and their work on board the International Space Station over its first decade and how they have lived on board, helped construct the space laboratory and performed valuable scientific experiments.

Siemens' Automation Summit
Las Vegas (NV USA), 27-30 June 2016

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Webinar Differential pressure flowmeter calibration training. - The International Society of Automation (ISA) and its Premier Strategic Partner for calibration, Beamex will co-host a free webinar 26 July 2016 on differential pressure flowmeter calibration.

PRODUCT Multi-functional CAN-to-Ethernet gateway. - The new IXXAT CAN@net NT 200 is a CAN-to-Ethernet gateway which allows users to connect CAN and Ethernet. Thanks to its two operating modes, CAN@net NT can be used as CAN-Ethernet-CAN bridge and as CAN-to-Ethernet gateway. Equipped with two CAN interfaces, it supports an even wider range of use cases compared to the well-known CAN@net II.

APPLICATION Automation in water plant! - Modular products from Delta have been selected as part of an innovative automated system installed recently at a major water treatment facility in Romania.

EVENTS Busy gas detection zone in November! - Gas detection has always been an important component of the WWEM events, but organiser Marcus Pattison says: “Following the publication of important new guidance on confined space entry and a new standard for toxic gas detectors, the Gas Detection Zone at WWEM 2016 will be busier than ever.
NEWS Effects of Brexit on the Automation Markets - The impact could exceed the 2009 crisis for European companies, but ARC is actually less pessimistic. However, we think that the Brexit will hinder growth in 2016, 2017, and 2018. Overall, it is a difficult and challenging task to identify all the dynamics and even more to quantify them later. We decided to analyze the effects by geographic region, by subject, and by time-frame.

NEWS Contribution recognised! - During the recent AGM of the Ireland Section of ISA the part of Read-out in publicising the third ISA Food and Pharmaceutical Division Seminar (FPID2016) was acknowledged. The Food and Pharmaceutical Division of ISA is one of the most active in the Society.

Research & Education The internet of zombies. - Last year, a Radware report stated more than 90 per cent of companies surveyed had experienced some sort of cyber attack. However, the term internet of zombies describes a more advanced kind of attack. Here, Jonathan Wilkins of EU Automation discusses the internet of zombies and how companies can prepare for the outbreak.

NEWS Emissions monitoring certification awarded. - The Gasmet Continuous Emissions Monitoring System (CEMS II e) and the portable (DX4000) FTIR analysers have been awarded an MCERTS certificate (Sira MC030014/08) demonstrating compliance with the MCERTS Performance Standards EN15267-3 & QAL 1 as defined in EN 14181. The certificate demonstrates enhanced performance across an extended range of gases.

PRODUCT Hoods and housings! - Harting has extended its range of Han® HPR series hoods and housings, these are designed for safety-critical applications in harsh and dynamic environments, such as railways and rail vehicles.


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29/06/2016 to 1/07/2016
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Nova Sessions
Conf: Biomass feedstocks today and in the future - going beyond food vs fuel
30/06/2016
Koeln (D)


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5/07/2016 to 6/07/2016
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7/07/2016
Basingstoke (GB)


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24/07/2016 to 28/07/2016
Nice (F)


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24/07/2016 to 28/07/2016
Nice (F)


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22/08/2016 to 25/08/2016
Mumbai (IND)


Instrumentation Scotland & Offshore Systems
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31/08/2016 to 1/09/2016
Aberdeen (GB)


PRODUCT Online humidity calculator. - With the online humidity calculator from E+E Elektronik, humidity-related parameters can be calculated quickly and easily. In contrast to other programs, it takes into account the measurement uncertainties.

EVENTS Hyperspectral imaging training. - Stemmer Imaging's new dedicated British Customer Centre at its Tongham offices is devoted to customer activities and will host a free hyperspectral imaging training day on July 5th 2016.

PRODUCT Gender changing connections! - Cliff Electronics have added two new connectors to their very successful range of XLR-Format Feedthrough Data Connectors. The new chassis mounted “gender change” sockets are available in USB2 A-to-B and B-to-A versions and allow designers to integrate USB2 networking and data feeds into professional equipment for broadcast, lighting, audio and industrial applications.

PRODUCT Vibration filtering accelerometers and tilt switches. - Memsic has announced a unique new family of a sensors providing tip-over and acceleration sensing in a wide range of Automotive, Industrial and Consumer applications, such as motorcycle and off-road vehicle tip-over detection, vehicle navigation and Digital SLR camera horizontal position detection.


San Antonio, TX. USA: 19-24 June 2016
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PRODUCT Keeping better track of complex processes. - The new MANTA widescreens from R. STAHL HMI Systems visualise even complex production systems in process plants in a clear, concise and comprehensive manner.

PRODUCT Power & data connectivity at workstations. - Schneider Electric has announced the launch of its Desk Unit range. The advanced suite of products combines industry leading modular design flexibility, quality and ease of installation. The comprehensive range has been engineered for commercial and residential applications, to provide elegant and practical solutions for power and data connectivity at work stations.

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PRODUCT PE module connection. - Harting has announced an additional Han-Modular® PE module for the pluggable connection of large PE (Protective Earth) cross sections of between 10 and 35 mm².

PRODUCT Push Button Switches. - A range of rugged illuminated pushbutton switches from Dailywell Electronics are available from Diamond Electronics.

APPLICATION Testing conditions for tank testers. - Steve Drake from Ashtead Technology believes that the most efficient approach to the maintenance of tanks is based on a flexible non-intrusive inspection programme.

PRODUCT Fanless PSU. - The CoolX600 Series is the new, revolutionary, convection-cooled modular power supply platform from Excelsys Technologies which delivers an incredible 600W without fan assisted cooling from a very compact 8.5 x 4.5 x 1U package.

NEWS Major British award for asset management consultant. - The Asset Management consulting and training services company MCP, is celebrating the award of Britain's highest accolade for business success -The Queen's Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2016.

PRODUCT Miniature pressure transducer. - The Model 188 miniature flush diaphragm pressure transducer is part of Interface Force's GP:50 range of pressure sensors and transmitters for hazardous and harsh environments.

video Rigidity in a linear actuator. - Thomson Industries has released an educational video that provides design engineers with best practice tips on how to increase the rigidity of a linear actuator.


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