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    EVENTS Announcements at user group meet! - Although we have not been following it in dept we have kept an eye on some of the discussions and announcement at this weeks Emerson user group in North America.

    PRODUCT Are you sitting comfortably? - For advanced and sophisticated seat pressure mapping Interface Force Measurements announce the availability of a new range of systems from XSensor. Incorporating the new LX series of capacitive pressure sensors, these systems provide seating engineers with highly accurate, repeatable and durable testing.

    Ion Science has appointed Emily Lane and Gracia Scott as Marketing Assistants while Andrew Scott joins as Multi-media Designer.

    APPLICATION Why PLCs fail! - Boulting Technology has released an infographic to help engineers mitigate problems with programmable logic controller (PLC) based control systems. The handy guide highlights the top five causes of failure and can be downloaded, free of charge, from their news page.

    PRODUCT Hygienic conductivity sensor. - s Endress+Hauser four-electrode sensor measures conductivity and temperature in pharmaceutical, food and life sciences applications requiring hygienic operation.

    APPLICATION Boosting sugarcane delivery at Thai plant. - A Control Techniques Unidrive M600 variable speed drive is helping a major sugar plant in Thailand to guarantee the efficient delivery of sugarcane between processes.

    EVENTS Cybersecurity under scrutiny at conference! - Security and automation professionals from various industries will gather next week in Atlanta, Georgia at the 2016 edition of SecurityWeek's ICS Cyber Security Conference, the longest-running event of its kind.

    APPLICATION Automated temp monitoring! - Testo has supplied its latest temperature and humidity data logging system, Saveris 2, to Stansted Laboratories' facility in Barking (GB). It specialises in microbiological analysis of water and air, with its main income derived from Legionella testing of water and drinking water bacteriological analysis.

    APPLICATION AC/DC Drives for oil rig cranes! - A US-based specialist in the supply of complete electrical packages for oil rig cranes is using Control Techniques AC and DC drives as part of a landmark $500,000+ order involving the upgrade of 10 LeTourneau cranes.

    Research & Education Automation training centre for Saudi college. - Industry and workforce development officials in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) are celebrating the October opening of an ISA training centre at the Jubail Industrial College in the country's Eastern province as a major step forward in positioning the region for ongoing economic growth and industrial innovation.

    PRODUCT Linearization and Teach! - Thanks to linearised calibration curves and very low standard dispersion rates, the new distance-measuring inductive sensors IR08, IR12 and IR18 from the Baumer AlphaProx family offer easy and reasonably priced analysis of the measurement results without any additional cost or effort for programming.

    PRODUCT Platform combines communication and control. - The rugged Graphite® platform has been expanded by Red Lion Controls, to include a new Graphite Core Controller and Graphite Crimson® Control Module that combine communication and control capabilities to reduce cost and ease operations.

    PRODUCT Electrical test lead sets. - In response to increasing numbers of enquiries for replacement test leads and enquiries for types of lead sets not available from other suppliers Cliff Electronics now offer end users a very comprehensive range of standard test lead sets and are happy to provide custom solutions where required.

    PRODUCT Ethernet connection system expanded. - Harting has expanded its preLink® integrated Ethernet connection system with new versions of the preLink® termination block for interfacing with PROFINET, industrial Ethernet and ultra-flexible cables, typically used on robots.

    PRODUCT EGM on Coriolis mass flowmeters. - Entrained Gas Management EGM technology is now available for all Krohne OPTIMASS Coriolis mass flowmeters.

    PRODUCT Mid range temperature transmitter. - The YTA610 temperature transmitter has been released by Yokogawa. Although the YTA610 is a mid-range model, it has the same dual-compartment housing for the transmitter terminal block and electronics that is used with the company's high-end models, ensuring excellent environmental resistance.

    PRODUCT Gas analyser for hydrogen-cooled generators. - Michell Instruments' XTC601 for hydrogen cooled generators has been designed with three phase profiles to cover all of the gas analysis requirements for operation and maintenance.

    PRODUCT Pressure transducers for absolute or gauge pressure in gases, vapors, liquids and dust. - The Cerabar PMP11, 21 and 23 pressure transducers, just introduced by Endress+Hauser, measure up to 6,000 psi and are factory spanable to specific application requirements. The transducers are available with threaded or welded hygienic process connections, meet a variety of industry standards including FDA, FM, IEC and Ex, and provide 4-20 mA or 0-10 Vdc output signals.

    PRODUCT Multi rotary switch. - The Cyber One multi rotary switch from leading HMI manufacturer ELMA is now available from Foremost Electronics. Cyber One is a splash proof, versatile, force feed-back encoder with push button function and RGB backlit illumination.

    PRODUCT Autonomous vehicle testing. - National Instruments (NI) has released VeriStand 2016, the latest version of its software used by embedded software test engineers to build and run hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) verification systems.

    PRODUCT Hydrogen sensor. - The Meridian Hydrogen sensor from Tyco Gas & Flame Detection comes standard with two user selectable gas ranges: 4% by Volume or 1% by Volume, and is ideal for Hydrogen detection in environments where Catalytic bead sensor use is impractical, or available power is limited.

    Standards Japanese approval for intrinsically safe transmitters. - The intrinsically safe EE300Ex humidity and temperature transmitter from E+E Elektronik has been certified according to TIIS. The device, which already meets the relevant requirements for Europe and North America (ATEX, IECEx, FM), may now be employed in Japan as well. TIIS-certified EE300Ex devices can be obtained from the Japanese E+E sales partner TEKHNE Trading Co., Ltd.
    Aidan HubbardAcSoft has appointed Aidan Hubbard (above) as Sales Engineer and Rebecca Lever as Internal Sales Executive.
    Rebecca Lever

    PRODUCT Software enables faster adoption in expanding enterprise deployments. - R15 is the newest version of Seeq, the application for engineers and operations analysts in process manufacturing to rapidly achieve insights from asset and operations data. R15 accelerates all aspects of the user and organisation experience with Seeq, enabling broader adoption of current deployments in the oil & gas, pharmaceutical, chemical, energy, and food and beverage industries.

    NEWS FID gas analysers distributorship in Britain. - The German manufacturer of gas analysers SK Elektronik (SKE), has appointed Quantitech as its exclusive distributor in Britain. SKE is a leading global provider of gas analysers based on the principle of Flame Ionisation Detection (FID).

    EVENTS Ethernet in process automation. - At a joint symposium, PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI) and NAMUR e.V. discussed the use of Ethernet in the process industry. The goal of the event was to evaluate, coordinate and prioritize the requirements placed on an Ethernet communication system for process automation.

    PRODUCT Connecting machines to each other, the Internet and the cloud. - InduSoft has released Service Pack One of InduSoft Web Studio v8.0, adding major improvements to its award-winning software. Continuing the company's vision of any device, any network and any data - this new service pack improves existing HTML5 and custom widget capabilities, introduces an add-on conversion tool for FactoryTalk® applications, and enhances IoTView®.

    PRODUCT Remote management solution rebranded! - HMS Industrial Networks now offer the Netbiter Remote Management solution under the newly acquired brand name eWON®. Alongside eWON Cosy and Flexy, Netbiter will be one of the three main product lines within the eWON Remote Solutions offering.

    NEWS Shortlisted for IET award. - Plessey, a leading expert in the manufacture of lighting and sensing products and components, announced today that it has been shortlisted in the Healthcare Technologies category for its imPulse ECG monitor at The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Awards 2016.

    PRODUCT Touchscreen gloves. - The Double Layered Touchscreen Gloves has been developed by Mujjo in response to requests from those in colder climates looking for touchscreen gloves with extra insulation. The extra layer, made out of wool, acts as an insulator and doubles as lining, providing enhanced insulation.

    NEWS SCADA portfolio strengthened! - SolutionsPT has become distributor for Citect in Ireland and Britain. Renowned for the development and application of SCADA and HMI solutions, the Citect brand is owned by Schneider Electric, and its range of products includes CitectSCADA, CitectHMI and CitectHistorian.

    NEWS Growth prompts move! - Following a succession of service contract wins and rapid growth in sales of new air monitoring products such as AQMesh and FIDAS, Air Monitors has moved to new larger, more modern facilities near Tewkesbury (GB).
    Seán McMahonO'Neill Industrial has appointed Seán McMahon as Technical Services Manager.

    Research & Education Educational discounts for transducers and instrumentation. - UUniversities, Schools or other Institutions can benefit from educational discounts from Applied Measurements Limited. These apply to their range of load and force sensors, pressure, level and depth sensors, LVDT’s displacement/position sensors and torque sensors.

    PRODUCT Special offers for testers. - Until 31st December 2016, Fluke UK is making two special offers as part of their Autumn Promotional Campaign. A Safety Kit consisting of a Fluke 115 Digital Multimeter (DMM) with a Fluke TLK-225 SureGrip™ Master Accessory set of leads and connectors is available at a special price and a cash back offer for any brand of multifunction tester traded-in when purchasing a latest model of Fluke 1660 Series Multifunction Installation Tester.

    PRODUCT More efficiency and flexibility with new hubs. - IO-Link actuator/sensor hubs from Balluff feature eight ports for 16 in-/outputs. They allow for example signals from up to 16 switching sensors to be collected from a distance of up to 20 m so that they can be made available to the machine controller via IO-Link and an IO-Link master using a simple 3-conductor cable.

    Organisations White smoke at ISA! - The current president of the International Society of Automation, Jim Keaveney, has announced the result of the elections for Society Leaders and Officers held during September.

    NEWS European HQ relocated in Germany. - Teledyne LeCroy has relocated its European Headquarters to Heidelberg (D). The company's established office in Heidelberg has significantly expanded its premises, doubling its staff and trebling its office space.

    PRODUCT Obsoleting old HMI standard. - IDEC Corporation's 4.3" HG1G HMI is one of industry's first display products to take full advantage of the worldwide standard 4.3" LCD screen size.

    APPLICATION Tissue manufacturer benefits from upgrade - A leading manufacturer of tissue and paper-based consumer products has upgraded to Control Techniques Unidrive M variable speed drives.
    Martin HurleyMartin Hurley has joined Douglas Control & Automation as Business Development Manager.

    PRODUCT Solution to boost use of renewables. - A modular and scalable “plug and play” microgrid solution to address the globally growing demand for flexible technology in the developing market for distributed power generation has been announced by ABB.

    PRODUCT Dust sensor! - Omron Electronic Components Europe is launching a new dust sensor module, offering four times greater sensitivity compared with other LED dust sensors on the market. The higher performance and greater sensitivity of the sensor will allow tighter pollution control as well as the creation of more effective air purifiers and similar systems.

    PRODUCT Not completely normal switches! - They look like "completely normal" compact position switches with standard dimensions according to DIN EN 50047. But the construction details of the light and robust Ex 97 switching devices with plastic housings now available from the steute business unit "Extreme" make these devices unique.

    PRODUCT Analyser program for release next year! - Process Data Analytics is an application program from Yokogawa that can detect a decline in quality or productivity at an early stage of the manufacturing process by analysing process data, facility status information, operation history, and other data. Used in combination with Yokogawa's analytical services, this software can help companies stabilize and continuously improve the quality of their products. It will be released for sale in March 2017.
Vince PretiousCliff Electronics have appointed Vince Pretious as their new Sales Engineer for the South of England.
    publications" Automation authors recognised! - The International Society of Automation (ISA) honoured authors at an awards ceremony held during ISA's 2016 Autumn Leaders Meeting in September 2016.

    PRODUCT High-speed electronic DC load. - The EL 2000 HS (high-speed) electronic DC load from Intepro Systems is the latest addition to its growing family of power system automatic test equipment (ATE).

    PRODUCT Gas detector provids natural gas discrimination. - Tyco Gas & Flame Detection has launched a new portable gas detection device. The Gasurveyor 700 (GS700) is a high-performance IR detector with a user-friendly interface that is suitable for all gas utility applications.

    APPLICATION Switches in critical control networks in petrochem plant! - A complete new network backbone for power control and distribution as well as an upgraded network backbone for the emergency shutdown system has been built with Westermo switches to support the applications in the Ethylene unit at the largest chemical production facility in the country in the Czech Republic.
    Will KeeganLynx Software Technologies has named Will Keegan as Chief Technology Officer.

    website New website for Gas sensor manufacturer. - Edinburgh Sensors has launched a newly designed website The updated site features a bold and uncluttered design.

    NEWS Time capsule marks new facility! - HBM has launched a new dedicated production and logistics facility, which is based at its Darmstadt (G) headquarters.

    PRODUCT Intuitive rugged handheld communicator! - The AMS Trex Device Communicator, from Emerson, is a handheld communicator delivering an intuitive consumer-quality user experience and a brilliant modern display in a tool built to withstand harsh industrial environments.

    PRODUCT Two points of gas detection from one device. - Tyco Gas & Flame Detection has introduced the iTrans 2 fixed gas detector featuring a unique intelligent electronics platform that provides up to two points of detection from a single device.

    PRODUCT Firewire connectors! - Cliff Electronics very successful range of XLR-Format Feedthrough Data Connectors range has been further increased with the addition of Firewire, HDMI A-A and 50 ohm BNC versions.

    NEWS Best in quality award! - McGrattan and Kenny, based in Dublin, has just been named as the Best Engineering Company in Ireland for Quality Management Systems at this year's National Q Mark Awards.

    NEWS Non-intrusive wireless corrosion monitoring added to portfolio! - Emerson has agreed to acquire the British company Permasense Limited, a leading provider of non-intrusive corrosion monitoring technologies for the offshore and onshore oil production, refining, chemical, power, pipelines, metals and mining and other industries.

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Grant for Thin Film research. - World-leading nanoelectronics research centre imec announces that Kris Myny, one of its young scientists, has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant.

    PRODUCT IR cameras now more affordable. - Companies conducting infrared inspections want the high quality images that Fluke's TiS Series offers, to enable better analysis, presentation, and professionalism. Poorly focused images make it difficult to see details and also impact temperature measurement accuracy.

    PRODUCT Compact portable hygrometer for convenient spot checks. - The MDM50 portable hygrometer from Michell Instruments makes taking spot checks of dew point or moisture content down to -50°C dew point quick, easy and simple.

    Standards PLCopen Coding Guidelines. - The independent association PLCopen has recently released a set of coding guidelines for Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs). This is the first time a standard for PLCs has officially been published in the automation industry and it will allow managers to test any and all PLC programs for quality and consistency reasons.

    PRODUCT Software dedicated solely to pharma and biotech industries. - Werum IT Solutions has released a standalone version of its PAS-X KPI software product. PAS-X KPI is the only KPI/OEE tool dedicated solely to the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries. It is capable of seamlessly integrating data both from the ERP level and the machine level at the shop floor.

    APPLICATION Collaboration between Robots and Humans - Today's pharmaceutical and medical technology production environments see robots and human operators increasingly working side by side. Mitsubishi Electric's integrated Robot Safety Solution helps manufacturers to boost productivity and lift human-machine collaboration by allowing the robot to continue operation, within tight constraints, while operators access its work cell.

    PRODUCT Sensor for verification and inspection. - The new Boa Spot ID is a low cost identification vision sensor from Teledyne DALSA that combines 1D/2D code reading with OCR and verification tools for a host of product identification, verification and tracking applications. It can handle up to 45 parts/second. It is marketed by Stemmer.

    PRODUCT Filter, regulator, and lubricator (FRL). - Emerson has introduced the ASCO Numatics 651 Series filter, regulator, and lubricator (FRL) line of air preparation products. This new FRL line broadens the company's high flow-rate 650 Series family to include products with G1/8 and G1/4 port sizes.
    James O'BrienJames O'Brien has been appointed by Zenith Technologies to lead its manufacturing execution system (MES) business.

    PRODUCT Connecting devices wirelessly by bolt! - HMS Industrial Networks has introduced The Anybus Wireless Bolt - a wireless access point designed to be mounted on a machine or cabinet to give it wireless access via WLAN, Bluetooth or Bluetooth Low Energy.

    NEWS Highly reliable industrial wireless communications infrastructure. - Yokogawa has announced that it has received a Technology Award from the Society of Instrument and Control Engineers (SICE) for its achievements in the development of industrial wireless technology.

    APPLICATION Treating wastewater as a resource. - A number of British landfill operators are turning wastewater into a resource by utilising OTT monitoring and control systems to manage the irrigation of Willow crops (for renewable energy generation) with pre-treated effluent.

    PRODUCT Housing allows two modules. - Han-Modular® Twin is a new connector housing that allows two modules from the Harting Han-Modular® range to be combined in a space-saving and flexible way. The new angular housing means that the system is now easy to use as a motor connector.

    EVENTS The automation imperative! Call for Papers! - The Advisory Board of the 4th ISA EMEA Conference, the principal event dedicated to all aspects of process automation, control and instrumentation technologies, is now accepting abstracts for the 2017 conference to be held in Bergamo (I) on 24-25 May 2017.

    PRODUCT ATEX inspection tools for hire! - Responding to increased market demand for equipment that is certified for use in potentially explosive environments (ATEX), Ashtead Technology has become one of the first rental companies to heavily invest in the latest ATEX certified remote control crawlers and push-rod cameras.

    Research & Education Development of new gas detection technologies. - Edinburgh Sensors, has a dedicated R&D team which focuses on the development of new technologies in coperation with clients, pushing the boundaries for gas detection.

    APPLICATION Upgrade helps keep energy flowing in Philippines. - Emerson recently upgraded automation technology to improve the reliability of the Malampaya operation, and by finishing the work ahead of schedule helped SPEX restore the supply of gas as planned so the Philippines would benefit from the continued use of reliable and cleaner-burning natural gas to power its economy.

    PRODUCT Flow meter for oil and gas applications. - Krohne has extended the available options for the H250 M40 flowmeter in order to match the requirements of the oil and gas industry. Here, variable area flowmeters are widely used for flow measurement on injection skids for corrosion-, scale- and hydrate-inhibitors like Methanol or Monoethylene Glycol.

    PRODUCT Hygienic certification for sensors. - SKS Automaatio Oy has acquired a hygienic design certification for certain acid proof SKS Sensors® sensor types. This opens new sales opportunities for their sensors in Food industry, Pharmaceutical, Beverage manufacturing, Laboratory use etc.

    EVENTS Nuálaíocht Inbhuanaithe agus Oideachas Innealtóireachta. - Tá caint ar an ábhar seo le tabhairt ag Fionnbarra Ó Brolcháin, léachtaí de chuid Scoil GhnÓ Smurfit agus iar-ollamh airgeadais i DCU ag Cumann na nInnealteoirí i mBaile Átha Cliath an mí seo chugainn. (Deireadh FÓmhair 2016).
    English: Talk on "Sustainable Innovation and Engineering Education."

    EVENTS Chromatography mass spectrometry event. - EFASIG, a special interest group within the British Mass Spectrometry Society will run a free workshop at WWEM 2016, the international Water Wastewater & Environmental Monitoring event that will take place in Telford (GB) this November.

    PRODUCT Radar level transmitter. - The FMR10 and FMR20 free space radar level transmitters from Endress+Hauser measure liquid levels in storage tanks, open basins, open channels, weirs and canal systems.

    PRODUCT Data acquisition and test stand automation using an OPC UA interface. - Delphin Technology has extended its Expert Logger range with the new type 400 model equipped with an OPC UA Client/Server interface. This enhancement to the independently functioning data logger system ideally equips it for the universal exchange of measurement data at field level and for the requirements of Industry 4.0.

    PRODUCT Frequency selectable RF power sensor: A world first! - The Power Master MA24507A is an ultraportable, millimeter wave (mmWave) power analyser that enables simple, numeric, frequency based measurement of RF power from 9 kHz to 70 GHz has been introduced by Anritsu.

    PRODUCT Ethernet switches on trains! - To meet the growing need for more capacity in train communications networks, Westermo has introduced a new generation of Ethernet train switches that provide highly robust networks to support many end devices and high data rates. Specifically designed for train applications, the wide range of interoperable Viper switches delivers reliable and versatile solutions for train networks, enabling optimal configuration for every need.

    Standards Gas detector achieves wireless certification. - The ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute announces today that Riken Keiki's SDWL1 wireless gas detector has successfully been certified as ISA100 Wireless interoperable, assuring that the SDWL1 will seamlessly join and interoperate in any other suppliers' certified ISA100 Wireless network.

    PRODUCT Low-power compute module. - Mouser Electronics is now stocking the highly anticipated Intel® Curie™ module, a complete low-power solution designed for use in wearable devices and consumer and industrial edge solutions.

    PRODUCT Touch control! - Kurz has developed plastic component decoration solutions that are tailored to the application of sensors. When metallic designs are employed, Kurz uses so-called NCVM (non-conductive vacuum metallized) films that do not interfere with the function of the capacitive sensor field.

    PRODUCT Secure data access across DMZs. - Matrikon OPC DMZ Agent facilitates the transfer of real-time and archived automation data through DMZs in a secure and controlled manner.

    NEWS Pharma MES partnership endorsed! - Werum IT Solutions has recertified NNE Pharmaplan as "Endorsed Service Partner" for Europe, the USA and China. Thus, NNE Pharmaplan, an international company specialised in pharma engineering, is qualified to support pharma and biotech companies with the implementation of Werum's PAS-X MES.

    PRODUCT Voltage transducers for the traction market. - The DVM series for insulated nominal voltage measurements in traction applications has been itroduced by LEM. This family of devices spans the range from 600-4200 VRMS and incorporates their proven and patented insulating technology.

    PRODUCT No lab too small for a LIMS! - Matrix Express is Autoscribe's entry-level 'Out of the box' Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) and provides all the key functions expected of a LIMS for smaller organisations.

    EVENTS Water & Wastwater event to break records. - With 8 Conferences, more than 80 Workshops and over 140 Exhibition stands, WWEM 2016 (November 2nd & 3rd) is destined to outperform all previous attendance figures.

    PRODUCT Intelligent and Cyber Secure PSU. - Bedrock Automation has added an intelligent, standalone power supply to its growing line of simple, scalable and secure control technologies.

    APPLICATION Spectrometers help developing infrared lasers. - One of Edinburgh Instruments' mid-IR fluorescence spectrometers is in the Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (China). Here, materials for solid-state mid-IR lasers such as rare earth-doped silicate or Cr,Fe:ZnSe have been successfully developed with help from an FLSP920 Spectrometer.

    PRODUCT Single hand held solution for fibre testing! - The new CPRI RF module installed in the Anritsu Network Master Pro™ MT1000A, will enable wireless carrier engineers and technicians responsible for optical fibre testing, and solving interference and PIM issues have a single handheld solution for accurate and efficient LTE CPRI testing and verification of the latest generation of tower mounted radios (Remote Radio Heads, RRH).

    PRODUCT Not "completely normal" switches! - They look like "completely normal" compact position switches with standard dimensions according to DIN EN 50047. But the construction details of the light and robust Ex 97 switching devices with plastic housings now available from steute's business unit "Extreme" make these devices unique.

    PRODUCT Modular in-line flow meter. - The compact EE741 in-line flow meter from E+E Elektronik measures accurately the consumption of compressed air and technical gases. Thanks to the modular design, one and the same transmitter can be used for three different pipe diameters (DN15, DN20, DN25).

    NEWS European test centre. - Rockwell Automation and Endress+Hauser have now inaugurated their first joint test plant for validation purposes in Europe.

    PRODUCT Differential pressure transmitter now in Europe! - Yokogawa's EJXC40A digital remote sensor is now available in Europe. This is a newly developed DPharp EJX® series differential pressure transmitter. Equipped with two pressure sensors that are connected with an electric cable, the EJXC40A offers superior performance in the measurement of liquid levels in large tanks and large differential pressure with high-pressure fluids.

    NEWS Core products for pneumatics available globally. - Festo is now offering more than 2,200 pneumatic actuators and drives, valves, sensors and accessories for factory and process automation as part of its 'blue star' core product range.

    EVENTS Training in control fundamentals. - Registration is now open for the ACTC Control Fundamentals Training Course being held on 11th - 13th October 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

    PRODUCT Portable optical tester enhancements. - A tri-wavelength OTDR module has been introduced for Anritsu's Network Master™ Pro MT1000A portable optical tester that provides field engineers and technicians with a comprehensive test tool to verify fiber lines in core, metro, and mobile networks.

    EVENTS Celebrating 25 and looking forward. - Wonderware Ireland and UK, divisions of SolutionsPT, are hosting a two day event at which it will exclusively reveal the next generation of Wonderware industrial automation software, including updates to its HMI and SCADA offerings.

    PRODUCT Chilled mirror hygrometer. - Michell Instruments' S8000RS chilled-mirror hygrometer offers an accuracy of ±0.1 °C, with a wide measurement range of -90 to +20 °C dew point, making it the ideal choice for moisture control in a range of metallurgical processes, including sintering.

    NEWS Hospital for sick transducers! - It's a sad situation when a transducer becomes sick or injured, but unfortunately it does happen. Whether in the line of duty or due to handler's abuse, with Applied Measurements' Treatment Centre the patient need not be poorly for long.

    PRODUCT Gas detector provides natural gas discrimination. - Tyco Gas & Flame Detection has launched its new portable gas detection device. The Gasurveyor 700 (GS700) is a high-performance IR detector with a user-friendly interface that is suitable for all gas utility applications.

    PRODUCT Oxygen moniter achieves SIL Level 2. - Customers using Servomex's OxyDetect life safety oxygen monitor can now be further assured of its reliability after the hardware attained Safety Integrity Level 2 certification.

    PRODUCT Field cable and antenna analyser. - The ultraportable Site Master™ S331P, from Anritsu, is the lightest, smallest, fastest and most cost-efficient Site Master field cable and antenna analyzer ever developed.

    PRODUCT Power analysis. - Yokogawa Europe has launched of the WT1800E power analyser. This new instrument introduces new standards of accuracy and flexibility in power measurement across a broad range of applications.

    Research & Education Thin-Film solar cells research grant!- imec the nanoelectronics research centre and Hasselt University, have announced that one of their scientists has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant. The grantee is Bart Vermang, researcher at IMOMEC, imec's associated lab at the Hasselt University.

    NEWS Accreditation for calibration laboratory. - LotusWorks Management has recently extended the scope of the ISO 17025 accreditation in the laboratory and onsite at our customer facilities in order to further improve service to customers.

    EVENTS Roadsow on network installation and maintenance. - Anritsu Corporation are presenting the latest information regarding the future of Network Installation and Maintenance to engineers at 33 Roadshow events in 15 countries across Europe.

    PRODUCT Packaged interconnection solutions. - Harting is now offering a wide range of M12 packaged interconnection solutions providing one of the most flexible and versatile product offerings on the market.

    Research & Education Grant for Thin Film research. - World-leading nanoelectronics research centre imec announces that Kris Myny, one of its young scientists, has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant.
    EVENTS Innovation for Dublin. - An opportunity to meet with the Emerson team and discuss challenging measurement and control issues has been organised for October 2016 in Dublin (IRL).

    PRODUCT Entry-level PXI/PXIe platforms. - Adlink Technology has announced new entry-level PXI and PXI Express (PXIe) platforms for PXI testing system startup users. Computing performance and system bandwidth are increased by up to 50%.

    APPLICATION Dairy producer reduces refrigeration energy use substantially! - A Belgium-based producer of dairy products is achieving minimum energy savings of at least 18% from its refrigeration process as a result of switching to Dyneo permanent magnet motor technology from Control Techniques & Leroy-Somer.

    NEWS Automation Lab opened in Limerick! - The Mitsubishi Electric Automation Laboratory, based in University of Limerick, was officially opened last month by Minister Denis Naughten T.D. of the Department for Communications, Climate Action & Environment.

    PRODUCT Ex Floodlights. - The new 6125 series (for zone 1) and 6525 series (for zone 2) floodlights from R. Stahl are designed for challenging environments such as chemical, food and oil and gas extraction. Offering a service life is of 50,000 hours, they feature high corrosion resistance supported by a robust IP66/67-rated enclosure.

    Research & Education DCS worldwide - Analysis! - ARC Advisory Group has just completed fresh market analysis and associated research on the worldwide market for distributed control systems (DCS).

    PRODUCT 3-D profile sensor. - The new LMI Gocator 2100 Series of self-contained 3D profile sensors, from Stemmer, has been introduced to replace Gocator 2000 models. The Gocator 2100 Series combines improved VGA sensors with a host of other improvements in size, connectivity and measurement tools, at a highly competitive price point.

    PRODUCT Installation tester special offer. - Until 31st December 2016, Fluke UK is offering its latest top of the range installation tester, complete with data management software at a special promotional price.

    PRODUCT Software to manage plant resources enhanced! - Version R3.31 of Yokogawa's Plant Resource Manager PRM® software tool for the centralised management of large amounts of data from plant monitoring and control devices as well as manufacturing equipment has just been released.
    Brian CurtisBrian J Curtis is one of the nominees for President-Elect/Secretary in the International Society of Instrumentation (ISA). He is a long-time member of the Ireland Section.

    White Paper IIOT Security Guide for Design Engineers. - Icon Labs has published a resource for embedded designers working with Internet of Things (IoT) applications: a white paper focusing on "Device Security for the IIoT" (pdf).

    APPLICATION Automation maintenace & reliability afloat down under! - Shell Australia has chosen Emerson to provide automation maintenance and reliability services for Shell's Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) facility.

    PRODUCT Wireless torque measuring and monitoring. - TECAT Performance Systems is now shipping its new WISER 4000 wireless torque measuring and monitoring system for automotive, industrial, energy, and aviation applications. Featuring shunt calibration, TECAT's latest WISER system is designed to simplify instrumentation verification for users while allowing them to check calibration of the system in the field.

    PRODUCT Pressure transmitters introduced! - The Viatran Model 24A/34A Series is a family of general purpose industrial pressure transmitters, designed for optimal application versatility and reliability.

    APPLICATION Dairy producer reduces refrigeration energy use substantially! - A Belgium-based producer of dairy products is achieving minimum energy savings of at least 18% from its refrigeration process as a result of switching to Dyneo permanent magnet motor technology from Control Techniques & Leroy-Somer.

    PRODUCT 2-Slot USB/LXI Modular Chassis. - Pickering Interfaces are launching their new 2-Slot Modular Chassis (model 60-104) which offers a small, lightweight form/factor ideal for portable, benchtop and space restrictive applications.

    NEWS Express service means faster motors, servos & drives! - The new Express Availability service from Control Techniques and Leroy-Somer (CT & LS), means a large range (0.09 up to 500 kW) of motors, servos, geared motors, drives, options and accessories are now available to be shipped directly to customer premises quickly and reliably.

    NEWS Automation priorities post Brexit: Survey Report! - GAMBICA, the Trade Association for Instrumentation, Control, Automation and Laboratory Technology in Britain, has published a report that summarises the priorities and planned actions of its members following BREXIT vote to leave the European Union.

    EVENTS Lab Conference to focus on priority pollutants. - Laboratory analysts from around the world will congregate in Telford (GB) on 2nd and 3rd November to focus on the testing, monitoring and analysis of water, wastewater and environmental samples.

    NEWS Best pharma solutions provider. - Werum IT Solutions has been named "Best Pharma Solutions Provider" at this year's Asian Manufacturing Award ceremony. With this, the deciding jury of industry experts acknowledged Werum's innovations and continuous advancement of its PAS-X Manufacturing Execution System.

    Ron SalernoRed Lion Controls has appointed Ron Salerno as Vice President of Strategic Marketing.

    PRODUCT Online product configurator for power supply units. - Excelsys Technologies have redesigned their online power supply configurator to include the newly introduced CoolX series of 600W convection cooled power supplies alongside the very successful UltiMod, Xsolo and Xgen product ranges.

    PRODUCT T/c simulator. - Pickering Interfaces has introduced their first Millivolt Thermocouple Simulator Module.

    APPLICATION The right Equipment in the right hands at the right time. - Microlease has launched its Railway Tool Boxes, simplifying access to the essential equipment needed to manage and maintain the multitude of electrical, electronic and communications systems used on today's railway.

    NEWS Rotation rate sensors win award! - Based on its recent analysis of the market for acceleration and rotation rate sensors in the rail industry, Frost & Sullivan has recognised Advanced Sensors & Calibration (ASC) GmbH with the 2016 European Frost & Sullivan Company of the Year Award.

    PRODUCT Special offer for test & measurement kits. - Until 31st December 2016, Fluke UK is offering a T150 Voltage and Continuity Tester and an LVD2 Volt Light with a 15% saving over the manufacturer's recommended price, plus a free toolbelt, as part of its Autumn promotions campaign.

    PRODUCT Rugged TFT display. - KOE have announced the introduction of a new 8.0-inch Rugged+ TFT display module. The TX20D203VM0BAA features WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) resolution, a 15:9 wide aspect ratio, extended operating temperature range and IPS (in-plane switching) technology which provides exceptional image quality when viewed at any viewing angle.

    PRODUCT Clamp Multimeter. - The Beha-Amprobe ACD-14-PRO-EUR Dual Display 600 A TRMS Clamp Multimeter has been introduced. It has a large backlit LCD dual display that simultaneously displays voltage and amperage measurements to speed troubleshooting, including voltage drop tests.

    video Ball screw assembly. - Thomson Industries has released an educational video that demonstrates simple techniques to help design engineers identify ball screws assemblies.

    PRODUCT Robust RFID reader. - Harting's new Ha-VIS RF-R300 UHF RFID reader is a highly flexible unit which combines extremely robust construction for use in the toughest industrial environments with flexible modular software that allows it to be tailored to a wide range of applications.

    PRODUCT Ruggedised and waterproof Piezo switches. - The ONPOW range of rugged and waterproof Piezo electric push button switches has been launched by Diamond Electronics.

    PRODUCT High-Performance Fanless Embedded Computers. - Adlink Technology has announced its new MXC-6400 Series of high-performance expandable fanless embedded computers, featuring 6th generation Intel® Core™ i7/ i5/ i3 processors (codename Skylake) and the QM170 chipset.

    PRODUCT Cable identification printer. - Brady's new thermal transfer BMP™61 Label Printer is designed for quick and efficient identification of wires, cables and components. With high performance materials that can handle the toughest industrial identification applications, the BMP61 Label Printer is a durable partner in the field and a dependable workhorse in the shop.

    PRODUCT Data acquisition and test stand automation using an OPC UA interface. - Delphin Technology has extended its Expert Logger range with the new type 400 model equipped with an OPC UA Client/Server interface. This enhancement to the independently functioning data logger system ideally equips it for the universal exchange of measurement data at field level and for the requirements of Industrie 4.0.
    Research & Education Generous donations to fund automation & control scholorships. - Beamex, ISA's Premier Strategic Partner for calibration, has donated $4,155.00 to ISA's Process Measurement & Control Division (PMCD) educational scholarship fund.

    APPLICATION Analyser seected for Chinese PTA facility. - Servomex has been selected by Jiaxing Petrochemical Co Ltd to supply a complete analyser system for the second phase development of their purified terephthalic acid (PTA) production facility in Zhejiang province, China.

    PRODUCT Housing components allow larger diameter connectors. - Harting has introduced a new range of housing components which allow the company's Han® 3A size connectors to be produced with larger diameters, enabling them to be used with cables up to 25% wider. As a result, customers will be able to use contact inserts with higher rated current and bigger cross-sections - such as the Han® Q series.

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