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    NEWS Monochrome LCDs for Ireland & Britain! - Ginsbury has announced a new distribution agreement with LCD manufacturer Blaze Display Technology promote and distribute their full range of display products in Britain & Ireland.
    People Andrew Brindley
    Tentec Ltd has appointed of Andrew Brindley to its Internal Sales team.

    NEWS CERN collaboration! - National Instruments (NI) has announced a collaboration with CERN (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire), the intergovernmental research organisation building the world's largest and most advanced scientific instruments.

    PRODUCT "Come hell or highly waterproof connectors!" - Industrial connector specialist Electroustic has teamed up with environmentally-sealed component manufacturer Bulgin to supply, design, prototype and manufacture customised cable assembly and box build solutions.

    PRODUCT Convection cooled power supply ofers 92% efficiency - Excelsys Technologies has announced the XS500 range of high efficiency 500W Convection cooled AC/DC power supplies.

    PRODUCT Ex HMIs in sandwich design - "Cool at heart" - that's the innovative approach to heat dissipation in the latest 4x8 HMI series developed by R. Stahl HMI Systems.

    PRODUCT PCI-programmable resistors - Pickering Interfaces is expanding its range of PCI and PXI Programmable Resistors with the introduction of two new Programmable Resistor & Relay solutions

    PRODUCT World's smallest cross stack TDL monitor! - The SERVOTOUGH MiniLaser Oxy, the world's smallest cross-stack Tunable Diode Laser (TDL) gas analyzer and only TDL analyser specifically optimised for O2 measurement has been launched by Servomex.

    PRODUCT Clamping force measurement over machine control! - The Siemens Sinumerik CNC controllers have been getting the maximum productivity out of each machine for over 50 years. Now they have another partner on their side: the Hainbuch Testit software.

    PRODUCT Support for product launch! - Wonderware UK and Ireland, is supporting the launch of the ground-breaking Wonderware 2014 R2 with a series of free webinars and Wonderware in Practice demo events.
    People Paul Nolan
    Paul Nolan has joined VisionID as the national Cognex Product Manager in Ireland.

    Publications Basics in measurement & control! - The newly released fifth edition of the book Measurement and Control Basics has been extensively updated to reflect the latest advances in automation technologies and incorporate valuable new self-study exercises and challenge-solution examples.

    PRODUCT Busbar foe AC & DC applications - Rittal is the world’s first manufacturer to offer an approved busbar system with standard components, optimised for both AC and DC applications. No other products are required.

    Video Step-by-step measurement and control videos! - Endress+Hauser has released over 100 free, step-by-step instructional videos to the Endress+Hauser YouTube channel.

    PRODUCT Energy data logger - The Tinytag Energy Logger is widely used in industrial/manufacturing plants with high-consumption equipment to accurately monitor single and three phase power usage.

    NEWS Competition spurs innovation in technology and pricingBLOG - The global programmable logic controllers (PLC) market witnessed a strong decline in growth in 2012 due to the uncertain economic scenario in the developed world, most notably in the mature markets of North America and Europe says this report from Frost & Sullivan. Since 2013, however, the market has witnessed positive growth across all regions.

    Research & EducationIndustrial cybersecurity seminar at forum! - The Automation Federation is scheduled to conduct a high-profile seminar on industrial cybersecurity at the 19th Annual ARC Industry Forum, which will take place 9-12 February 2015 in Orlando (FL USA).

    PRODUCT High density switching matrix! - Pickering Interfaces is expanding its range of LXI switching matrices with the introduction of new high-density matrix modules.

    APPLICATION Keeping food fresh! - A major manufacturer of climate-controlled food storage systems incorporates Michell's I7000 humidity and temperature modules within their products to ensure the reliable temperature and humidity control.

    PRODUCT Smart data acquisition system - The SMARTDAC+ GM data acquisition system from Yokogawa, improves operational efficiency due to its modular design, which facilitates the mounting and removal of modules. In addition, the SMARTDAC+ GM system supports Bluetooth wireless communications for use with handheld mobile devices.

    NEWS EDSA certification for field control processor! - The Schneider Electric Field Control Processor 280 has been certified to the ISASecure® Embedded Device Security Assurance (EDSA) certification.

    Standards Industrial networking - platform share! - PROFIBUS remains the most widely used industrial network globally but several networks are closing up. PROFINET and EtherNet/IP compete for first place within industrial Ethernet and no network consolidation is in sight. These are some of the conclusions from HMS Industrial Networks as they present their view of the industrial network market in 2015.

    People Rick Roop
    Rick Roop is the 2015 President of the International Society of Automation (ISA).
    PRODUCT Electric rod style linear actuator! - The FT Series roller screw driven actuators from Curtis Wright, offer high thrust, high speed, and high robustness in a compact form factor, making them an ideal alternative to hydraulic cylinders.

    PRODUCT The world's first 7''wide screen HMIs for ATEX zone 1. - The world's first operating devices with a 7" wide screen suitable for use in ATEX zone 1 from R. STAHL HMI Systems combine state-of-the-art, user-friendly equipment with a highly robust design.

    APPLICATION No oil to trouble water! - Quantitech's portable oil in water monitor has proved extremely popular in the oil sector. It ought also be ideal for other industries where oil contamination is an issue.

People Joann & Eric Byres
Eric Byres and his wife Joann (Tofino co-founder and Belden Vice President) have announced that they are retiring from the Tofino Security group at Belden.
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    publications" How to improve batch and continuous reactor and control system performance! - A new book, Advances in Reactor Measurement and Control by Gregory K. McMillan, shines light on the latest technologies and methods for increasing plant performance by improving bioreactor, fermenter and chemical reactor automation.

    PRODUCT The Perfect Combination! - Tailor-made Ex de solutions from Pepperl+Fuchs offer all the benefits of the Ex e and Ex d ignition protection classes in an ideal setup. These solutions are designed and built locally around the world in the company's Solution Engineering Centers, to customers' specific requirements.

    PRODUCT Thermal imaging system kits! - Fluke has introduced new Thermal Imager Connect System kits featuring thermal imagers that utilise the new Fluke Connect™ system, enabling the transfer of measurement data from the test tools to smart phones and the cloud, and thus improving maintenance team communication, safety and productivity.

    PRODUCT Rack has over 100 configurations! - Rittal has expanded its modular TS IT rack to offer more than 100 configurations, providing customers with more options and greater flexibility for their IT enclosures.

    PRODUCT Version 2 data-logging software developed! - Yokogawa has developed an enhanced version, release 2.0, of the GA10 data-logging software for the SMARTDAC+®data acquisition and control system.

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    APPLICATION An overview of SIS, system-design risk analysis - John O'Sullivan, of Douglas C&A, outlines how to assign a safety integrity level to a system, identifying and analysing risks associated with a system design and implementing the appropriate safety instrumented system to mitigate those risks. (Irish

    PRODUCT DIN-Rail power supply - BEC Distribution has announced the availability of the new PULS 24V/10A DIN-Rail power supply - the CPS10.

    publications" Wireless & the process industry. - By providing a thorough exploration of wireless field devices and the challenges of using wireless devices in control, this valuable book, just released from the ISA stable,

    PRODUCT Sunshade for process instrumentation! - Intertec has launched a large cube-shaped sunshade for process instrumentation. It provides plant engineers with a highly cost-effective means of shielding equipment such as electronic monitoring systems, explosion-proof junction boxes or analyser installations from solar radiation.
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    PRODUCT Dual display digital indicator - NOSHOK have added a new addition to their "Smart System" offering of digital indicators - the 2200 Series Dual Display Digital Indicator.

    PRODUCT Remote access routers with LAN, WiFi, and 3G - During SPS IPC Drives, eWON unveiled the new eWON Cosy 131, a range of industrial VPN remote access routers with LAN, WiFi, and 3G+ connection options. With eWON Cosy, machine builders and OEMs can access machines PLC and HMI, and troubleshoot them from the comfort of the office!

    PRODUCT Highest-density module for connector family! - The new Han DD® Quad module from Harting is the highest-density module available in the company's Han-Modular® industrial connector family.

    PRODUCT Pre-charged relay! - Omron Electronic Components Europe (OCB-EU) has launched a new pre-charge relay aimed specifically at electric and hybrid vehicles and other heavy duty battery powered systems.
    People Tim Tabener
    Tim Taberner, has joined B&B Electronics as the global product manager for the company's advanced IoT cellular gateways.

    PRODUCT Clamping force measurement over machine control - The Siemens Sinumerik CNC controllers have been getting the maximum productivity out of each machine for over 50 years. Now they have another partner on their side: the Hainbuch Testit software.


    EVENTS Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home - CABA will conduct the Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum 14-16 April 2015 in Austin Tex USA.

    APPLICATION Hi Tech to hand presses - Kistler Instruments and Toolex Limited, British agent for Maeder presses, have joined forces to apply the latest process control technology to a range of German made hand presses.

    PRODUCT New Lockout/Tagout solutions for EMEA - More and more EMEA customisation requests are implemented in next generation Lockout/Tagout solutions such as Brady's products.

    Website What tools do you choose? - Fluke has developed a new 'Solution Centre' portal on its British web site featuring Why Professionals Choose Fluke tools.
    NEWS Archive 2014The Signpost Archive for 2014 - Here we list all the news items and changes to the Read-out Instrumentation Signpost site over the past twelve months.

    APPLICATION Weighing into the baking industry in France - Aria, based at Vieillevigne, in the Loire Atlantique department of France, has been for more than 30 years, and continues to be, a specialist in the manufacture of storage, handling and weighing equipment for the baking industry. Aria very recently parted company with its mechanical welding business to set up Aria industrie wich uses the Verlinde Eurochain VR Vario hoist.

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    PRODUCT Helping Grandma stay at home.... - GreenPeak Technologies, has announced the availability of Senior Lifestyle sensor and cloud based intelligent system technology for service providers and retailers.

    PRODUCT Design software! - Rittal's latest RPE software can supply the actual current carry capacity (Inc) of all leading air circuit breaker manufacturers, plus the CAD drawings of the ACB connections required to fit within Rittal's Ri4Power modular switchgear systems.

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    PRODUCT The Perfect Combination - safety EX d & Ex e - Tailor-made Ex de solutions from Pepperl+Fuchs offer all the benefits of the Ex e and Ex d ignition protection classes in an ideal setup.

    NEWS Business boom! - Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) specialist, Autoscribe Ltd, believes that its continued growth is due in no small part to the pricing structure and configurability of its flagship Matrix Gemini LIMS.

    NEWS Gas analysis portfolio expanded by acquisition - Sterling (Scotland) based Cascade Technologies Ltd., a leading manufacturer of gas analysers and monitoring systems using Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) technology has been acquired by Emerson.

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    Research & Education eLearning course on "Vortex Flowmeters: Applications" - A new course on "Vortex Flowmeters: Applications" has been released on the KROHNE Academy online learning platform.

    PRODUCT Diode pumped solid state lasers. - Quantum Composers, a manufacturer of digital delay and laser technology, has released a series of diode pumped solid state lasers.

    APPLICATION High-speed, high-accuracy measurements on reflective targets. - Auto Chassis International uses a custom-built tester to finely measure heat distortion on brake discs. The process is made complex by the fact that the discs rotate at high speed and measured with an accuracy of 0.01 mm must be completed. Keyence's LK-G CCD laser displacement sensor enables stable detection despite the glowing-hot reflective metal.

    PRODUCT Compact metering pump - The CHEM-FEED® C-1500N Diaphragm Metering Injector Pumps from Blue-White Industries, are compact and efficient.

    NEWS Test Product of the Year! - National Instruments VirtualBench, the all-in-one instrument that has introduced a radically practical approach to benchtop instrumentation, recently won Test Product of the Year at the 2014 Elektra European Electronics Industry Awards.

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    APPLICATION MES Software decision driven by easy integration! - Aegis Software has recently supplied an integrated suite of FactoryLogix manufacturing operations software modules to EMS solution provider Connor Solutions.

    PRODUCT A peek at conductivity with PEEK sensor! - The Smartec CLD18 toroidal conductivity transmitter for hygienic applications has been introduced by Endress+Hauser.

    PRODUCT PXI high power solid-state switches. - Pickering Interfaces has introduced two new PXI high power solid-state switch modules to its range of PXI switching solutions.

    APPLICATION Testing electric bikes! - Test instruments supplied by Yokogawa are playing a key role in the final testing of motors for electric bikes manufactured by Heinzmann in the village of Schoenau in Germany's Black Forest region.

    PRODUCT New transportable crawler inspection camera can be hired! - The Mini-Cam Proteus crawler camera inspection system can now be hired from Ashtead Technology with a battery power pack option.
    People Appointment
    LCM Systems has appointed Stacey Bond as Internal Sales Engineer for its range of load cells and instrumentation.

    APPLICATION Modular switch gear busbar solution for Biomass generation plant room - Rittal's Ri4power modular switch gear busbar system helped to deliver the solutions for Nova Controls during their installation of water treatment PLC for a Yorkshire (GB) biomass site that the site demands.

    PRODUCT Moisture analyser ensures quality of stored natural gas! - Michell's new OptiPEAK TDL600 moisture analyser's fast response and non-contact spectroscopic measurement principle ensures that gas storage companies are able to meet demand quickly while also satisfying the contractual standards for moisture content when stored natural gas is withdrawn and injected to the pipeline network.

    APPLICATION Successful trial for new remote Phosphate monitor!BLOG - The measurement of phosphate necessitates colorimetric analysis and this presents a significant challenge in remote locations with difficult access or where mains power is not available. The Cycle PO4 from OTT Hydrometry (known as the Cycle-P) is gathering considerable interest because it is battery powered and able to operate unattended in the field, running over 1,000 tests before a field service is necessary to change the reagents.

    PRODUCT Data transmission via Fibre-optic or copper cables! - Optical data transmission offers numerous advantages, particularly for data-intensive applications with a high demand on availability, such as are typical in the automotive industry. Balluff takes this into account with the new push-pull variants of its PROFINET IO-Link master modules.

    NEWS 3 million modules keeping control - HMS Industrial Networks has shipped its three millionth Anybus module to Bosch Rexroth.

    PRODUCT Level switch listed for safety! - The proven Baumer CleverLevel LBFS/LFFS level switch has now been listed by the American Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL). Testing of the CleverLevel included numerous safety-related aspects in accordance with UL standards and requirements.

    PRODUCT Wireless navigation! - Emerson's Smart Wireless Navigator helps users manage their expanding wireless infrastructure and get the most value from their wireless networks

    PRODUCT HMI featuring a high-quality display and more realistic images - Delta Electronics has released the DOP-W Series HMI, which offers sizes of up to 15".

    PRODUCT Solid state pulse amplifier! - Instruments for Industry (IFI), a subsidiary of AMETEK Compliance Test Solutions, offers a dual-mode, solid-state amplifier that combines continuous (CW) and pulse (P) operating modes.

    PRODUCT Get a grip! - Expanding on the company's 'inspired by nature' research, Festo's MultiChoiceGripper concept is an adaptive, flexible handling system that employs the concept of opposable thumbs to ensure maximum stability when gripping.

    People Dr James Truchard
    Dr. James Truchard of National Instruments named an IEEE Fellow

    publications" Automation authors honoured. - The International Society of Automation (ISA) has published details of the recipients of its 2014 author awards presented annually by ISA's Publications Department.

    NEWS Testing, testing, one two - Exciting business growth at Cressall, has allowed the firm to launch a new research and development (R&D) department.

    APPLICATION MES update at one of the worldwide most important J&J sites. - The multinational pharmaceutical and consumer goods manufacturer Johnson & Johnson has updated their site in Geel (B), to Werum's PAS-X V3.1.5.

    PRODUCT Advanced laboratory instrument data integration software. - PAC has announced the latest version of its advanced laboratory instrument data integration software, IRIS Software v2.0. IRIS Software provides customers the advantage of connecting their PAC laboratory instruments, locally or worldwide, and managing these instruments, including gathering and analyzing test data, as well as communicating results.

    publications" Refined and practical analogue circuit design techniques! - Elsevier has just published Analog Circuit Design Volume Three: Design Note Collection, the next book in the Analog Circuit Design series, edited by Bob Dobkin and John Hamburger.

    NEWS Promoting Industry 4.0 - Industry 4.0 is a hot topic throughout the industry. Mitsubishi Electric has been actively involved in the development of Industry 4.0 standard specifications in Germany.

    PRODUCT Robust connector housing for extreme requirements - The new Han® M Plus range of connectors from Harting incorporates effective protection against extreme environmental influences through the use of an additional polyurethane coating.

    PRODUCT One Ethernet hardware - any industrial Ethernet network - HMS Industrial Networks has released "Anybus CompactCom for Common Ethernet" - a communication solution which includes an Ethernet hardware that is loadable with PROFINET, EtherCAT, EtherNet/IP or Ethernet POWERLINK.

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    APPLICATIONDreamliner soars with safety lifecycle management!BLOG - As a prime contractor on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, AIT had responsibility for the final assembly and body join functions, charged with delivering a fully automated positioning and joining system.

    PRODUCT Dome and line lights! - CCS Inc, has introduced two new dome lights and a bi-directional line light. The PDM and LAV series of dome lights provide uniform diffused lighting by using combinations of diffused, axial and low-angle lighting. The LNIS/LNIS-FN series of line lights provides obliquely angled light making them ideal for the inspection of surface scratches.

    PRODUCT Connector with pin socket version! - Fischer Connectors continues to lead the trend of miniaturization. After the successful launch of the Fischer MiniMax™ Series in 2012, Fischer Connectors extends this miniature high performance rugged connector with a pin socket version.

    NEWS Bar codes on steroids in industry! - European Automation has published an industry report about the potential applications of radio-frequency identification (RFID) in industry. An in-depth analysis of the technology, the report looks at how RFID can be used in sectors including retail, logistics and manufacturing.

    EVENTS Connector ranges and contract manufacturing capabilities! - At Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2015 (10-12/2/2015 Farnborough GB), Harting is featuring a number of new additions to its ranges of board-to-board and board-to-cable connectors, as well as a greatly expanded range of M12 connectors for instrumentation and control applications.

    PRODUCT New tools for design exploration! - MapleSim&trade, the advanced system-level modeling and simulation platform has been released by Maplesoft&trade.

    PRODUCT The performance of a long-range scanner and the simplicity of a sensor. - Taking full advantage of Pepperl+Fuchs' powerful Pulse Ranging Technology (PRT), the R2000 Detection scanner is the ideal solution for demanding field monitoring applications and assistance systems.

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    APPLICATION Trash to gas project to help life on Mars!BLOG - If you are travelling to Mars on a journey that will last for several months, you need to maintain good breathing air quality and you need to manage your resources very carefully. This article describes research on the off-gases from astronaut waste; checking that they are not harmful and figuring out if they can be converted into water, oxygen and rocket propellant.

    PRODUCT Intermateable and interchangeable connectors - Esterline Connection Technologies - Souriau has awarded a dual-source agreement to AB Connectors for the supply of its micro38999 connectors, which are used by many of the group's customers.

    NEWS Protocol allows higher transmission speed plus! - At the end of October, a CAN-FD-plug-fest took place in the offices of the international users and manufacturers group CAN in Automation (CiA). Participants of fourteen companies communicated in a network with their CAN-FD-products.

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