Wireless in Automation held up by inate Conservatism of process industry management?

We approach the end of 2012, overshadowed still in many ways by the dark clouds of the austerity philosophy which seems to be showing no real signs of abatement as yet. The Automation world also is facing many challenges, more in the advancement of technologies which change perceptions and also in the perhaps sudden realisation that the great advancements afforded by digital technologies present their own problems especially in the area of Security.

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Resistance to industrial networking/comms devices
The promise of improved efficiency and productivity ought to fuel uptake, yet, despite multiple benefits, lingering end-user conservatism about new technologies is hampering penetration rates. A Frost and Sullivan study,"European Industrial Networking/Communication Market," headlined in this issue points out that the market will increase though the traditional conservatism of process production ownership/management will impede this increase somewhat.

Automation Week
Read-out had just returned from this years ISA Automation Week and some landmarks were hailed such as the awards presented to Declan Lordon, for his service to Automation and to David Twohig, who authored a prizewinning article, "Driving economic performance through the utilisation of automation technologies," in the November 2011 issue of InTech. A fuller report giving our impressions of this event, held in Orlando (FL USA) is given in our article, "Not a Mickey Mouse eventÉ" where we point out that "learning the central motif" of this conference.

The Irish arm of Endress+ Hauser has engaged in an important partnership with the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT). Our InsideFront article tells how this important body, formed in co-operation with several third level education colleges, expands its understanding of bioprocessing using pilot plant from Endress+Hauser. "A strong relationship with mutual respect and trust has quickly emerged," according to a spokesman. Read more...

Training and Education
The progamme of ProfiBus Irelnd is featured in the training section. They have just completed their biennial workshop in Limerick University. It had a truly intenational flavour with over sixty five delegates with representation from Belgium, Greece, Spain, Poland, Bulgaria, Jordan and Ireland. Listed also were details of future courses in ProfiBus and Siemens technologies.

Also holding courses in October and November are Mitsubishi on GX Works. These are to be held in their Dublin HQ.

Company News
There are three items of news involving co-operatin betwen international automation companies and Irish enterprises.
CompuCal Calibration, the Cork based calibration management specialistes have announced a long-term investement in the company by Endress+Hauser. It is hoped this investment will accelerate CompuCal's ambitious growth targets. Read more....
The system integrator, Zenith Technologies, also headquartered in Cork, aere to work with ABB to to develop and implement automation solutions that will help life science customers in China and India meet new regulatory and product safety requirements. Read more...
Hanley Controls Clonmel are now acting for Honeywell process instrumentation range in Ireland.
Burkert have produced a Catalogue as a single source for fluid control products and a key platform in pledge to provide faster deliveries to the Irish market. Catalogues available through Petrochem Pipeline Supply Limited. Read more...

Among the products featured in this issue are National Instruments Test Solutions for 802.11ac WLAN and Bluetooth. Also in the area of wireless is the new RadioLog developed by Hanwell in partnership with Instrument Technology. P.J. Boner & Company supply, install and calibrate an advanced Wireless Monitoring System from Tektroniks, A typical system comprises of a base station, wireless sensors and if necessary wireless repeaters (range extenders).
The Biotector Analytical System developed here in Ireland is attracting worldwide attention and early signs of interest are very encouraging.

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