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    PRODUCT Investment in gas detection! - Following a move to new premises with custom built service facilities, Ashtead Technology has extended its RAE/Honeywell servicing capabilities to help customers ensure the accuracy and reliability of their gas detection activities.

    APPLICATION Researchers investigate ultra-low Mediterranean nutrient levels. - Researchers at Haifa University’s Marine Biological Station in Israel are exploiting the ultra-low detection limits of advanced laboratory equipment to measure extremely low nutrient concentrations in marine water.

    APPLICATION Measuring stress under pressure! - When Terex Pegson® MPS needed a reliable and flexible system to measure stress on its LJ5139 stone crushing machine, it turned to HBM to provide a comprehensive and effective solution.

    NEWS Agreement makes connections. - Rosenberger and Molex have signed a dual-sourcing agreement allowing Molex to produce High-Speed FAKRA-Mini automotive coaxial connectors based on the Rosenberger HFM® design.

    PRODUCT Module Systems with Higher Performance. - Baumüller is introducing new axis units for its module system b maXX 5000. The new units are suitable for a performance range with a peak performance of up to 240 kW.

    NEWS 50 years underground substations. - Fifty years ago, ABB (then BBC) installed the first GIS in an underground substation in the heart of Zurich (CH), enhancing the city’s power supply, conserving space and starting a revolution that continues to shape the way power is transmitted and distributed.Gas-insulated switchgear transformed power grid possibilities and continues to enable grids and smart cities.

    NEWS IT & Automation expertese for Ireland & Britain. - Novotek has launched its Britain and Ireland brand following the acquisition of Glasgow-based Kerrco Automation. The rebranded Novotek UK and Ireland will help businesses across the manufacturing, utilities, process and energy sectors to improve all aspects of operational effectiveness.

    NEWS Hermes for sell-calibrating temperature probe! - Endress+Hauser has been recognized by Hannover Messe with the prestigious Hermes technology award for iTHERM TrustSens, the world’s first self-calibrating temperature probe for industrial applications.

    PRODUCT PXI Fault Insertion Switching. - Pickering Interfaces has expanded their range of PXI Fault Insertion Switching. These new PXI Fault Insertion Switches (model 40-202), available with 22 or 11 fault insertion channels, were primarily designed to simulate fault conditions in automotive and avionics test applications involving the reliability testing of safety-critical controllers.

    PRODUCT Process Optimisation and Reliability. - Baumüller has developed a tool as part of its Industry 4.0 solution that can be operated via the cloud or local predictive maintenance or that can be used to determine potential for process optimization.

    PRODUCT Ex tablet! - The industrial tablet Tab-Ex 02, from Pepperl+Fuchs, combines top performance with innovative applications such as augmented reality. It is ideally suited for IoT-capable applications and simplifies data exchange with SCADA / DCS systems, enterprise resource planning systems (SAP, IBM Maximo), project management systems and computer-aided system planning.

    Events Sponsor for control system conference. - Seeq will sponsor this year's Control System Integrators Association annual conference as it grows its worldwide partner network.

    Standards Blockchain: the future of food traceability? - Shan Zhan, global business manager at ABB’s food and beverage business, looks at how blockchain* can be used to enhance food traceability.

    NEWS Passing the torch! - After 35 years at the helm of the Laser Components Group, company founder Günther Paul (72) is taking full time retirement. In 2014 he transferred his company shares to his sons Patrick (40) and Felix (38).

    PRODUCT Automation and reporting software. - New versions of Copa-Data's automation and reporting software with zenon 8.00 and zenon Analyzer 3.20 have been announced. Users will benefit from a number of performance improvements, extensive functionality for smart factories and energy distribution, as well as new predictive analytics calculations.

    NEWS Flowmeter right on the dot! - The jury of the Red Dot Design Awards was impressed enough with Endress+Hauser's Picomag flowmeter to award it the Red Dot seal of quality in the product design category. The smart plug-and-play instrument scored equally well for its functionality and compact design.

    PRODUCT Another network connection makes total 17! - Ethernet POWERLINK is the 17th industrial network to be included in the Anybus® X-gateway™ offering. The new gateways enable system integrators and machine builders to connect POWERLINK-systems to any other fieldbus or industrial Ethernet network.

    Education and Research Why monitor dust? - "Almost any place of employment can present a potential threat to health and safety from airborne particulates and aerosols. It is important to note, however, that dust hazards are not necessarily visible to the human eye and that the finest particles can represent the greatest threat because of their ability to travel deepest into the lungs. Effective monitoring is therefore key to the implementation of an effective risk management strategy." Josh Thomas of Ashtead Technology discusses the reasons for monitoring dust in the workplace.

    PRODUCT Power System Manager enables monitoring. - The Power by Linear™ LTC2972, a 2-channel power system manager, featuring current, power and energy monitoring of the intermediate bus input to point-of-load (POL) converters has been launched by Analog Devices.

    PRODUCT CAN FD monitoring. - A new CAN FD monitoring module for its ScopeCorder family of portable data-acquisition and recording instruments has been introduced by Yokogawa Europe. Their new 720242 plug-in module is compatible with the DL850EV (Vehicle Edition) instrument and the new DL350 ScopeCorder fitted with the /VE option.

    NEWS Gold for 3D cameras. - The Ensenso X series from IDS Imaging Development Systems has been awarded "Gold" in the "3D cameras" category from the American trade magazine Vision Systems Design, and is thus considered one of the most innovative products in image processing.

    PRODUCT sSmart camera with choice of software. - Stemmer Imaging can offer Adlinks's x86 NEON-1021 smart camera pre-loaded with a choice of Teledyne DALSA Sherlock, Stemmer's Common Vision Blox or MVTec Merlic embedded software. Users can choose, for the first time, the image processing platform that best suits their application needs and be guaranteed a rich range of image processing functionality.

    PRODUCT Connectors for medical devices. - With the introduction of the JMX plastic Push-Pull series, Souriau has made a distinguished entry into the market for connectors for electronic medical equipment. As well as superior technical characteristics, the perfectly-adapted design corresponds to medical device manufacturers' requirements in terms of aesthetics and functionality.

    Christian Grunart & Uwe Schallenberg
    Christian Grunert succeeds Uwe Schallenberg as Director of Production for Laser Optics at Laser Components.

    PRODUCT New generation in active harmonic filters. - Schaffner is setting a benchmark with its product offering for harmonics mitigation solutions. ecosine® active sync uses superior technology to reliably mitigate excessive harmonics with an evolutionary modular product concept.

    NEWS Robotics: A new revenue source for the taxman? - Robot tax? A tax on robotics is as absurd an idea as a tax on pencils. As Britain's political parties discuss a potential tax on automation and robotics, Nigel Smith, managing director of Toshiba Machine partner, TM Robotics, explains why slowing down the machine economy would lead to a productivity disaster.

    PRODUCT Pressure switch for high electrical loads. - WIKA has extended its family of pressure switches with a heavy-duty instrument for machine building. The model PSM-520 can switch electrical loads of up to AC 230 V/10 A.

    NEWS Innovators honoured! - Endress+Hauser submitted 261 patent applications in 2017. The company owns a total of 7,479 active property rights around the world. Innovators are honoured at the Group's annual Innovators' Meeting.

    Events Making vision visible! - The UKIVA Machine Vision Conference and Exhibition which is taking place in Britain (May 16th 2018) has a truly international flavour with exhibitors from Canada, France, Germany, People's Republic of China and the USA in addition to the many from within Britain.

    PRODUCT Position sensor for hazardous areas. - Control and shut-off valves are used for oil and gas transmission in refineries and petrochemical plants. The valve position is regulated using the position measuring systems, because they are extremely reliable, especially in very harsh environments. When explosion protection has the highest priority, the new, certified position measuring system BTL7-T500 from Balluff could be the right choice.

    Standards Quality recertified! - The ISO 9001:2008 quality management system of Moore Industries has been audited and recertified to the latest ISO 9001:2015 version.

    PRODUCT Low cost pressure measurement. - Variohm EuroSensor has expanded its range of pressure sensors with the new low-cost EPT2105 series for a 0.5…4.5 V ratiometric output in two measurement range options of 10 and 12 bar.

    APPLICATION Helping provide reliable flood protection. - This case study from Westermo looks at how industrial networking technology is helping AWA to achieve dependable 24/7 regulation of water levels at three lakes in the canton of Berne in Switzerland.

    Peter Martin
    Peter G. Martin, PhD, Vice President of Strategic Ventures with Schneider Electric to be inducted into the Measurement, Control and Automation Hall of Fame.

    PRODUCT LED displays. - JPR Electronics has a wide range of Kingbright 7 segment single digit SMD LED displays from stock. These rugged displays are white diffused with a grey face and coloured LED segments.

    PRODUCT Smallest PC-interface for Industrial Ethernet and Profibus. - With the new IXXAT INpact M.2 interfaces, users can implement PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, EtherCAT, Modbus-TCP, Powerlink and PROFIBUS slave connectivity with the smallest footprint ever.

    PRODUCT IR sensor for refrigerants and SF6. - The OLCT 100 is a 4-20 mA analog gas transmitter from Oldham, designed for industrial applications in hazardous locations.

    PRODUCT Triaxial accelerometer. - If you need a triaxial accelerometer that combines wide frequency range from, DC to 2kHz with exceptionally low noise, the choice has been very limited until now. The new Type 8396A triax from Kistler has those characteristics plus excellent linearity and an integral signal amplifier for an analog voltage output all in a miniature, titanium housing weighing only 30 grams.

    Events Tech Day Event! - Taking place on 18th April 2018 at SolutionsPT's headquarters in Cheadle (GB), the SolutionsPT 'Tech Day' will comprise live demonstrations and workshops, showing how critical infrastructure and software applications have been developed to meet the need for highly available and insightful operational big-data.

    PRODUCT Faster 3D image processing. - IDS offers the EnsensoSDK 2.2 release, that guarantees very fast processes and high clock rates. Stereo matching can now be supported by the Nvidia CUDA graphics card, which speeds up the process by about five times. This feature and other functions of the software development kit can be used with all cameras of the Ensenso series.

    PRODUCT Compact OLED displays. - Midas Displays has introduced a range of micro and round OLED displays. These displays feature compact mechanical dimensions, exceptional brightness and contrast performance, and three different colour options.

    APPLICATION Productivity and safety at sugar plant. - Sucrivoire, an Ivory Coast sugar producer, has a production capacity of more than 100,000 tons of sugar per annum, which is generated from 11,000 hectares of sugarcane. The company projects it will produce around 118,000 tons by 2020, with just-released annual results already showing an increase in production compared to previous year.

    PRODUCT Shafting! - Thomson Industries has announced the latest addition to their shafting product line, T-CaseTM LinearRace® Shafting. Thomson T-Case™ shafting is a readily available and affordable automation solution designed to endure tough usage with optimal performance for demanding European maintenance schedules.

    PRODUCT Industrial edge computer. - Harting's MICA modular industrial edge computer is at the heart of a system for workflow optimisation at warehouse packing stations that offers the benefits of process optimisation for increased productivity as well as integrating incompatible hardware and software and simplifying the jobs of the packing operatives.

    PRODUCT Advanced outdoor shelters. - A novel new style of outdoor shelter for process plant applications is being introduced by Intertec. Featuring a cooling system based on a hybrid combination of unpowered passive and active powered technologies, the shelter helps to ensure stable and highly reliable operating environments for control, analyzer and instrumentation electronics.

    NEWS The effects of tariffs? - Though not strictly automation the "trade-war" between the US and China may have implications for manufacturers of automation products and hardware. This release from the British Electronic Component Supply Network (ECSM) examines some possible implications.

    PRODUCT Linear motors. - Aerotech's ECO-LM and ECO-SL series linear stages combine high performance and rugged mechanical design in a cost-effective, economic package. A comprehensive choice of direct-drive linear motor, rotary servomotor, or stepping motor versions is available across 44 models with travels from 50 mm to 800 mm, plus vacuum and cleanroom versions.

    PRODUCT Sensors for composite moulding. - Kistler Instruments has produced a novel combined pressure and temperature sensor specifically to support automated resin transfer (RTM) and wet moulding composite manufacturing methods.

    NEWS Computing and communication unite! - MEN Mikro Elektronik GmbH and duagon Holding AG are merging to become a provider of software and hardware solutions for data processing and communication.

    Events Youth and Automation! - The upcoming FIRST® Championship is an opportunity for STEM-gifted young people to showcase their inventiveness & learn about potential career paths in automation. Approximately 30,000 young people from around the world are projected to gather in two US cities in late April to participate in the 2018 FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Championship.
    PRODUCT Programmable power! - Magna-Power Electronics has increased the power capability of its popular 1U (1.75" high) SL Series to 8 kW with the addition of 17 new models.

    APPLICATION Regional and mid-sized pharma manufacturer benefits from comprehensive product-based functionality. - Desitin Arzneimittel is implimenting Werum's PAS-X Track & Trace as serialisation and aggregation solution at its plant in Hamburg (D). The company is a regional, mid-sized pharmaceutical manufacturer with leading positions in the treatment of neurological and psychiatric illnesses – especially epilepsy and Parkinson's syndrome.

    PRODUCT Rugged, high resolution display. - A new 7.0-inch Rugged+ TFT display has been introduced by KOE. The TX18D212VM0BAA features WXGA (1280 x 768 pixels) resolution, a 5:3 wide aspect ratio, an extended operating temperature range and IPS (in-plane switching) wide viewing angle technology that delivers exceptional optical performance.

    NEWS Test & Measurement leader relocates in vehicle testing facility. - HBM has relocated to Millbrook Proving Ground, bringing sales, marketing and product development together under one roof, the state of the art research facility also provides training facilities, which enables HBM provide even higher levels of customer service, whilst continuing to build on its leading position in test and measurement.

    PRODUCT Oxygen analyser to reduce energy costs and help meet environmental regulations. - To improve energy efficiency and meet environmental regulatory requirements for small and midsize boiler markets, Emerson has introduced the Rosemount CX1100 in-situ oxygen analyser, the first high-performance, zirconia cell-based combustion control system designed for these users.

    NEWS New business in machine vision. - Protacon has strengthened its framework by purchasing the business of Vision Systems a Finnish company. For process industry customers this means an increasingly broad range of services with turn key deliveries that can include, in addition to measurement and quality control solutions, Industry 4.0 technology in the form of remote control as well as equipment functionality analysis.

    Events Linux, Ethernet, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Connectivity. - BCD-Atlantik are to host workshops in Duxford* near Cambridge (GB) to help designers get the best performance from two key embedded module lines.

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    PRODUCT Optical rotary torque. - New benchmark performance standards for optical rotary torque transducers is now available from Sensor Technology, with the launch of its digital ORT 230/240 series. These new optical rotary torque sensors are ideal for applications when the demand is for low torque and/or high bandwidth, providing precise, dynamic measurement of rotary and static torque of less than 100Nm and for bandwidths of up to 50kHz.
    PRODUCT Postioning in world of Industrie 4.0! - As well as measuring and displaying electrical parameters, Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG offers position sensoring solutions for angular position and tilt measurements. These precision sensors are an important link between the mechanical hardware and control intelligence.

    PRODUCT FPC connectors. - Omron Electronic Components Europe offers time savings with its Rotary Backlock FPC connector range. The XF series of FPC connectors is a popular and space effective option for interconnecting PCBs and connecting boards to displays.

    PRODUCT Flow, temperature and volume of process water. - The Proline Prosonic Flow E 100 ultrasonic flowmeter has been introduced by Endress+Hauser. It is specifically for measurement of flow, temperature and volume of process water—regardless of conductivity, pressure, density or temperature.

    Trevor Sands
    Trevor Sands has been appointed as new President of Servomex.

    PRODUCT Image processing for AI applications. - Release 2.0 of Abaco Systems' powerful, flexible ImageFlex image processing and visualization toolkit has been released. Leveraging the enormous power of GPU technology, ImageFlex provides an easy-to-use API framework to considerably speed and simplify the development, optimization and maintenance of advanced AI applications – especially those targeted at autonomous vehicles.

    PRODUCT Fire investigation kit. - The world's first fire investigation kit featuring the well-proven, handheld Tiger or TigerLT photoionisation detector (PID) for the reliable detection of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) at sites of suspected arson-related incidents has been launched by Ion Science.

    Standards Security standards in automation. - The ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards, developed by the ISA99 committee as American National Standards and adopted globally by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), is designed to provide a flexible framework to address and mitigate current and future security vulnerabilities in industrial automation and control systems (IACS).

    PRODUCT Power connector. - The Han® M23 Power from Harting is a new hybrid industrial connector that combines the capability to transmit both power and signals with a high degree of environmental protection.

    NEWS Next generation honoured - . Mitsubishi Electric sponsor the 'David Berber Mitsubishi Electric Award' which is bestowed to the Best Overall Academic Performance in the Final Year of the BEngTech in Electrical & Control Engineering (DT009). This year Christopher P. Dunne received the award at a ceremony earlier this month.

    NEWS Automated fuel management co-operation. - Protacon has purchased a substantial part of Inray Ltd, a Finnish company supplying X-ray technology based measurement systems to power and thermal plants. Together, Protacon and Inray can now offer a complete solution for fuel measurement and analysis to bioenergy-fired thermal plants, for example. The solution is fully automated and provides real-time data.

    PRODUCT Measuring FTTx Networks. - For the installation and maintenance of FTTx and PON networks, Laser Components recommends the new, revised version of the MTS-4000 base meter from VIAVI Solutions. Thanks to its faster processor, the system can be up and running in less than 30 seconds.

    PRODUCT Co-operation means Best-practice approach. - Werum IT Solutions and EXTEDO has announced the launch of RImanager Starter Package. The package includes the RImanager software and a set of services such as software installation, pre-defined and EMA SPOR-compliant configurations, best-practice content, consulting and training.

    PRODUCT New options for signal analyser. - Five new 5G measurement software options for its MS2850A Signal Analyser have been announced by Anritsu. The five new software options are compliant with the 3GPP 5G standards (5G NR hereafter) and used for measuring the RF Tx characteristics of next-generation 5G base stations and mobile terminals.

    PRODUCT Easy Data Integration. - The Softing gateway dataFEED uaGate MB is commercially available now. The new product enables easy and secure integration of process- and machine data coming from Modbus PLCs with IoT- and Industry 4.0 solutions.

    PRODUCT Waterproof cable assembly. - A new waterproof cable assembly fitted with a non-reversible 2 pole plug with a current rating of 5A has been introduced by Cliff Electronics.

    PRODUCT Miniature object recognition. - The new O300 miniature laser sensors with IO-Link by Baumer are the specialists for the reliable detection of very small objects and gaps. A laser beam which focuses to within 0.1 mm and the high repeat accuracy of 0.1 mm, ensures that objects can be positioned with high precision and follow-up processes controlled exactly.

    Publications Advancing automation. - The growth of IIoT and Industry 4.0, is studied in another edition of Advancing Automation to help users get up to speed on the latest trends.

    PRODUCT Hinged frame connector. - Harting has added a new hinged frame module to its established Han-Modular® industrial connector system.

    PRODUCT Optical particle counter. - Alphasense has launched a new version of its optical particle counter. The new OPC-N3 retains all of the advantages of its predecessor (OPC-N2) with the added benefit of automatic range switching covering PM10, PM2.5 and PM1.

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    Tom Van Gaal
    Tom Van Gaal is Business Line Manager for Atlas Copco Ireland's Compressor Technique Service division.

    NEWS Partnership supporting Industrie 4.0. - Aegis Software has announced their partnership with SEICA Italy, a global supplier of intelligent automatic test equipment and selective soldering systems, consolidating Aegis' and Seica's mutual vision to support Italian and EU government-driven environment sustainability and Industry 4.0 digitalization initiatives.

    APPLICATION Reducing electric vehicle test development times. - Major automotive manufacturers like Subaru are using National Instruments (NI) hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) technology to simulate actual road conditions for electric vehicle testing, eliminating environmental factors to reduce test time and costs.

    APPLICATION Helping ensure hazardous waste is safe. - Tabib Toxic Waste Services Ltd has purchased a second Tiger handheld photoionisation detector (PID) from Ion Science – leading specialist in gas detection instrumentation for global occupational health and environmental monitoring applications – to ensure the safe export of hazardous waste from a new hazardous waste transfer station in Israel.

    APPLICATION Methane detection in mines. - The most common source of mining accidents, particularly in coals mines, is an explosion of methane gas. Methane is a colourless, odourless gas which is trapped in mines as part of the coal formation process. As coal is formed from compressed plant matter methane is produced as a by-product then, when rocks are excavated, methane is released into the local atmosphere with potential deadly consequences. One sensor range that is suited to the critical safety issue of detecting methane outgassed from mines is the Guardian NG series from Edinburgh Sensors.

    Events Are process control & automation systems secure? - The growing threat from Cyberattacks on the control systems running manufacturing plants and critical infrastructure is not going away. ISA Ireland - Conference on Cybersecurity for Process Control and Automation Systems, Cork, Ireland. 13th April 2018.

    PRODUCT Measuring high pressure in hydraulic & pneumatics systems. - To measure high pressure in hydraulic and pneumatics systems or highly dynamic pressure measurements in shock tubes or blast tests, Kistler Instruments has the answer.

    NEWS Eight years of growth. - Kamstrup has posted a record-breaking turnover for the 8th consecutive year, reaching a total of DKK 2,1 billion (EUR €282 million) for 2017. The pre-tax profit reached DKK 311 million (€42 million) according to its annual report just published.

    PRODUCT Digital room sensors. - The EE10 room sensors from E+E Elektronik measure accurately the relative humidity and temperature in commercial and residential buildings.

    Paper on IoT published. - This white paper, Assuring Communications Quality of IoT Devices, from Anritsu discusses, wired and wireless communications, differences in standards and quality requirements.

    PRODUCT Router & data gateway supports MQTT. - The IIoT gateway – eWON Flexy (all models including the new Flexy 205) from HMS, now supports Message Queue Telemetry Transport (MQTT) protocol – a simple and lightweight messaging protocol aimed at minimizing network traffic and device resource requirements.

    PRODUCT Transducers enable true RMS measurement. - Knick have defined a completely new class of AC/DC transducers for true RMS values with the announcement of their series P 43000 TRMS AC/DC high voltage transducers. Input values range from 100 mA up to 5 A AC.

    PRODUCT New standard in miniature connectors. - The new Han® K32/55 from Harting sets new standards in the miniaturisation of rectangular connectors. With a combination of 32 power and 55 signal contacts for use in size 10B housings, this new addition to their Han-Com® product series offers exceptional contact density to save customers both time and money.

    Events Connecting, communicating and creating in Netherlands. - The size of the Emerson User Group Exchange thi year was in marked contrast to the Brussels meet in 2016 which was overshadowed by the terrible terrorist attacks in that city only three weeks earlier which presented transport difficulties. This time there were over one thousand six hundred delegates filling the huge hall of the Hague Convention Centre. These are our impressions.

    PRODUCT Controlled monitoring and control of transformers. - To address the needs of the energy automation sector and in the context of digitization, Camille Bauer is introducing higher-performance variants of the CENTRAX CU3000 and CU5000.


    Irwin Jacobs
    Imec to honour Qualcomm Founder Irwin M. Jacobs with Lifetime of Innovation Award.

    PRODUCT Solderless connectors. - Intelliconnect (Europe) has introduced a range of cost effective 2.9mm connectors providing solderless attachment to 0.085"(RG405) and 0.141" cables. System designers will find the main advantages of these connectors are faster assembly time, repeatability and performance and they also provide field replaceable connectivity.

    NEWS Silica particles for chromotography. - Nanologica AB has entered into a service agreement with global contract development and manufacturing organisation (CDMO) Sterling Pharma Solutions for the large-scale production of silica particles.

    NEWS Automation systems facility in Cork expands. - A new €7.4 million software development centre in Cork (IRL) has been opened by Pilz. The opening of this state-of-the-art facility coincides with the 20th anniversary of the company's presence in Ireland.

    PRODUCT Multifunctional DC energy meter. - Camille Bauer's SIRAX BM1450 multifunctional DC energy meter is designed for the measurement and monitoring of DC systems. With four independent channels and multi channel support, it is ideal for bidirectional voltage and current measurement.

    PRODUCT Magnetic flow meter transmitter. - The Rosemount 8712EM Wall Mount Magnetic Flow Meter Transmitter from Emerson, has additional protocols, powerful diagnostic capabilities and usability features to help users in the pulp and paper, metals and mining, and other industries gain quick and easy insight into their processes.

    NEWS Competition encourages technological advancements. - Mouser Electronics is once again sponsoring the Create the Future Design Contest, a challenge to engineers and students worldwide to create the next great thing.

    PRODUCT Optical Loss Meter. - Viavi Solutions sets new standards introducing the industry's first dedicated optical loss test set for MPO and MTP fiber connections. The device distributed by Laser Components needs less than six seconds to measure fiber length, optical loss and polarity of all twelve fibers in a standard MPO connection.

    NEWS Gas chromatographs for China. - The Chinese subsidiary of Yokogawa has won an order to supply the gas chromatographs for the first phase of a project to construct an integrated refinery and petrochemical production complex that is being undertaken by Zhejiang Petrochemical Co., Ltd. at a new industrial site in the Zhoushan archipelago.

    PRODUCT Making project engineering & operations more intuitive, flexible, accessible and secure. - DeltaV_InterfaceEmerson has expanded its Plantweb™ digital ecosystem with the launch of DeltaV version 14, a cybersecurity-certified control system designed to deliver new value in capital projects and make plant operations more connected and productive.

    PRODUCT Diesel fuel analyser. - The Phase Technology DFA-70Xi, from PAC, is the world's first 4-in-1 analyser that tests diesel fuel viscosity, density, cloud and pour point.

    PRODUCT Wireless remote control system. - Herga Technology has recently added a new range of 2.4 GHz wireless remote controls for industrial machinery and equipment switching. With a standard range of 30 to 40 metres, the new 6313 and 6314 series transmitter and receiver modules are available with a choice ergonomic handsets with up to 10 buttons and receivers with 5 or 11 relays at 12/24 VDC at 1 A.

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    NEWS Board elected! - The members re-elected the three members of the board at annual CiA General Assembly: Uwe Koppe (Technical Director), Christian Schlegel (Business Director), and Holger Zeltwanger (Managing Director).

    PRODUCT Improving enterprise-wide visibility. - Plantweb Optics, from Emerson, helps companies visualise and take action on their most important plant assets with mobile-ready collaboration software that transforms business processes.

    PRODUCT High-current connector on rail vehicles. - Harting has extended its Han® HPR connector series with the Han® 22 HPR slim: an ultra-slim high-current device optimised for up to four 250 A contacts.

    PRODUCT Mercury emissions monitoring. - Gasmet Technologies will focus on mercury emissions monitoring at CEM 2018. Technical support staff will be available at the company's exhibition booth to discuss the latest regulatory developments and how Gasmet's recent certification achievements enable compliance with current and future monitoring requirements.

    PRODUCT Ethernet transmits humidity! - Beside the RS485 interface with Modbus RTU protocol, the EE310 humidity and temperature transmitter and the EE360 moisture in oil transmitter from E+E Elektronik now feature an Ethernet interface with Modbus TCP protocol.

    NEWS New HQ opens in Dublin's pharma district. - Atlas Copco Ireland has officially opened its new state-of-the-art headquarters in Dublin. The building is an ample 560 m2 in size and will be the permanent new workplace for the company's 32 local employees.

    PRODUCT MagMeter for water. - The Picomag electromagnetic flowmeter is an in-line transmitter for measuring temperature and flow of conductive liquids in pipe sizes ranging from ½" to 2", such as drinking and industrial water just announced by Endress+Hauser.

    NEWS Five million deliveries! - HMS Industrial Networks has shipped its five-millionth Anybus product to Parker Hannifin — a Fortune 250 global leader in motion and control technologies. The five-millionth Anybus is an Anybus CompactCom B40 which is to be used in one of Parker's new valve control unit. Anybus CompactCom will enable these valve controls to communicate on any fieldbus or industrial Ethernet network and consequently be used in any type of application, anywhere.

Marc Meyer
Marc Meyer is Warum's Managing Director for their French subsidiary.

    NEWS Strain guide! - A new online portal from HBM, looks at selection, installation, data acquisition, and analysis of electrical as well as optical strain gauges - namely those based on Fiber Bragg Grating technology (FBG) -, provides users with an easy and intuitive step-by-step guide.

    PRODUCT Optical spectrum analyser. - Yokogawa Test & Measurement, has for the first time, released a cost-effective instrument optimised for testing telecom devices during and after production.

    PRODUCT Detecting tiny objects and gaps. - The new O300 miniature laser sensors with IO-Link by Baumer are the specialists for the reliable detection of very small objects and gaps. Thanks to a laser beam which focuses to within 0.1 mm and the high repeat accuracy of 0.1 mm, objects can be positioned with high precision and follow-up processes controlled exactly.

    Events Emissions monitoring event filling fast! - CEM 2018 is scheduled for Budapest (HU) from 16th to 18th May as we reported last month. The organisers report that the number of visitor registrations is growing fast. With 51 speakers from 11 countries, the CEM 2018 conference has wide international appeal and this is reflected in the registered visitors, which will be coming to Hungary from all over the world.

    Education and Research
    Sacrificing security for speed - A new survey reveals that 52 percent of companies admit to cutting back on security measures to meet a business deadline or objective. The report into SecOps (Security Operations) from intrusion detection company Threat Stack also reveals that 68 percent of companies say their CEO demands that DevOps and security teams don't do anything that slows the business down.
    Education and Research Industrial Ethernet is now bigger than fieldbuses. - Industrial Ethernet has overtaken traditional fieldbuses in terms of new installed nodes in factory automation. This is the main finding in HMS Industrial Networks' annual study of the industrial network market.

    NEWSExcellence in wireless automation. - Alcoa Corporation (Alcoa) was presented the 2017 ISA100 Wireless Excellence in Automation Award for "Leadership in Development and Implementation of Wireless Applications for Mining/Refinery Operations."

    NEWSAcquisition to support Middle East enterprises. - Edinburgh Instruments parent company, Techcomp (Europe) Ltd (TEU), has acquired Dubai based AASolutions FZCo and re-named the business Techcomp (Middle East) FZCo (TME).

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