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    Research & Education Energy efficient obsolete technology has a new name.BLOG - "With international standards such as ISO 50001 and programmes like the Ecodesign Directive and the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme, being energy efficient is as important as being cost efficient to many plant managers," explains Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of European Automation. "Implementing Eco Obsolete Technology fulfils both objectives, reducing your carbon footprint whilst avoiding a costly system upgrade."

    PRODUCT Panel feed-through for Gigabit Ethernet! - Harting has expanded its har-speed range of industrial connectors with an X-coded M12 panel feed-through that is supplied complete with a length of cable allowing it to be integrated directly into Gigabit Ethernet systems.

    PRODUCT Streamlining specification processing to reduce project risk. - Emerson Process Management has released Project Data Link, a project engineering environment that helps reduce complexity and accommodate changes in capital projects.

    PRODUCT Photoelectric sensor innovations in intelligent combinations and compact design . - The R100 and R101 from Pepperl + Fuchs, are available in standard, assembly-compatible housing designs and offer photoelectric sensors for both detection and measurement.

    PRODUCT Mobile plant management in the process industry. - Version 2.0 is the latest release of Comos Mobile Solutions, and offers a new graphical user interface for touch-capable terminals. This simplifies operation for the user by providing context-sensitive support functions. All project stakeholders can now navigate to relevant plant information with the aid of quicklinks, view documents and submit project-related inquiries faster than ever – also using a tablet.
    PeopleNick Plummell
    Low Power Radio Solutions (LPRS) has appointed Nick Pummell as Managing Director.

    Standards Humidity & air velocity calibration at the highest level. - E+E Elektronik maintains the national standards for humidity and air velocity in Austria as a designated laboratory of the Federal Office for Metrology, BEV (Bundesamt für Eich-und Vermessungswesen). Recently, the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) authorised E+E Elektronik to use the CIPM MRA logo (International Committee for Weights and Measures - Mutual Recognition Arrangement) on its BEV/E+E calibration certificates.

    PRODUCT Miniature proportional valve. - Emerson is introducing its Preciflow 12.7mm miniature proportional valve by ASCO Numatics. This small and highly accurate proportional valve offers users an easy-to-integrate solution on a broad range of pressure and flow control applications.

    PRODUCT Scanning accessory for spot pyrometers. - Fluke® Process Instruments has introduced the SpotScan™ line scanning accessory for its family of best-in-class spot pyrometers. Compatible with the Endurance™, Marathon, and Modline® 5 and Modline 7 Series of infrared (IR) noncontact temperature measurement sensors, the accessory features an innovative scanning mechanism that enables users to gather temperature data over a larger area on the target.

    PRODUCT Peristaltic metering pump enhanced and redesigned. - The FLEXFLO® Peristaltic Metering Pump from Blue-White, has a re-designed that greatly increases both performance and strength.

    PRODUCT Condensate monitor. - The condensation monitor is an electronic Hygrostat, from B+B Sensors, which is designed to sense dew formation or beginning of water condensation on cooled objects such as piping.

    PRODUCT Intelligent drive with integrated motion controller. - TECHNOSOFT has released iPOS4808 MY-CAT-STO, an intelligent drive with integrated motion controller offering 1 kW of peak power in a compact and flexible design.

    PRODUCT Commissioning made easy! - Emerson Process Management has introduced Smart Commissioning, a technology-enabled process that drastically reduces automation commissioning time and effort. Smart Commissioning helps automation projects meet strict and shifting deadlines by reducing trips to the field, eliminating tasks, and accommodating late project changes.
    PeopleLonnie Anthony
    Lonnie Anthony has been appointed as Vice President of Sales & Marketing for the U.S. business of Ion Science.

    PRODUCT Operator control and monitoring in special environments. - The new stainless steel Simatic Inox Pro devices have the high IP66K degree of protection, and are suitable for use in hygienic production areas in the food and tobacco, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, and fine chemical industries.

    EVENTS The concept of Industry 4.0 is bound to achieve global resonance. - The impact of Industry 4.0 on the Indian manufacturing industry will be outlined by Frost & Sullivan Global President and Managing Partner, Mr. Aroop Zutshi, during his presentation at upcoming SPS IPC Drives exhibition in Nuremberg, Germany.

    Web Site Browse over 2500 sensors. - Sterling Sensors have recently launched a new Ecommerce website. A significant shift for the company who specialise in the manufacture of made to order temperature sensors.

    NEWS Inspection centre for pipelines, ducts, culverts, cavities, drains and sewers! - Ashtead Technology's facility in Hertfordshire (GB) is now an approved Service Centre for the iPEK range of high-quality pipeline inspection systems, providing repair and maintenance for a number of iPEK Systems, including the Rovver®, Rovion® and Agilios™ crawler and push-rod cameras.

    PRODUCT USB Type-C receptacles. - Mouser Electronics, Inc. is now stocking the USB Type-C receptacle from TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity. This new mid-mount connector provides data, power, and audio/video connectivity and transmission in a single solution.

    PRODUCT Ex LED tubular lights. - The new generation of R. Stahl's LED-based tubular light fittings for use in hazardous areas (Ex zones 1, 2, 21 and 22) combine excellent energy efficiency with great usability and easy handling.

    PRODUCT Waterproof push button and rocker switches. - Cherry Industrial Solutions KC, KF and KD round waterproof switches meet IP65 specifications and provide a cost-effective switching solution for the many applications requiring protection from water and dust ingress.
    PeopleGunner Rasmussen
    Gunnar Rasmussen founder of G.R.A.S. Sound & Vibration, celebrates his 90th birthday this month.

    APPLICATION Collaboration to drive biopharma manufacturing efficiency. - GE Healthcare's Life Sciences business and Emerson Process Management will collaborate to integrate Emerson's DeltaV™ distributed control system with GE Healthcare's enterprise offerings and start-to-finish technologies for the global biomanufacturing industry.

    NEWS Market volatility boosts NDT instrument rental resources. - Despite challenging times in the oil and gas sector, rental equipment specialist Ashtead Technology has continued to invest in its fleet of inspection instruments; adding over £150k (€214k) worth of equipment.

    PRODUCT Electromechanical relays are ideal for limited space installations. - IDEC Corporation has added the 14mm-wide RV8H compact relay family to its existing interface relay line.

    PRODUCT Mobile Panel with 4 inch widescreen display - Siemens has added a small mobile operating and monitoring device to its cable-connected Mobile Panel product line.

    PRODUCT 7inch TFT display module. - KOE has announced the introduction of a new compact 7.0-inch TFT display module. It features Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels), IPS (In-plane Switching), LVDS data interface, LED backlight and an extended operating temperature range.

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    PRODUCT Switches without wires or batteries! - Cherry is introducing a new line of switches that don't need wired connections and do work wirelessly without batteries.
    PeopleRob Gledhill
    Rob Gledhill is Blue-White Industries' new President.

    PRODUCT Helping users simplify cybersecurity best practices. - The version 13 releases of the DeltaV distributed control system and AMS Suite: Intelligent Device Manager asset management software focus on tools to make cybersecurity compliance to emerging cybersecurity standards and best practices easier and more robust.

    PRODUCT User interfaces for medical equipment configurable by App. - Medical devices can already be comprehensively adapted to suit individual requirements. This task has now been made simpler through an application developed by the .steute business division Meditec.

    PRODUCT New & innovative products from AdLink! - Industrial automation - especially now with all the new prospects which Industry 4.0 is offering - is key to success in the manufacturing arena. Enterprises are facing enormous pressure to automate and consolidate resources for maximum output and cost-efficiency. ADLINK will present several new products and platforms at SPS.

    APPLICATION Control in methanol plant! - Yokogawa Corporation of America, has received an order from Orascom E&C USA to deliver control and safety systems for the Natgasoline LLC methanol plant (USA).

    EVENTS Event to explore the drivers of actionable intelligence within manufacturing operations. - Industrial IT software solutions provider, Wonderware Ireland, is hosting a special event for manufacturers and system integrators at Fota Island Resort, Cork.

    PRODUCT Gateways/Routers for remote installations! - Westermo M2M 3G Gateways/Routers provides access to remotely located machines, SCADA systems, PLCs and HMIs using a wide variety of communication methods, eliminating the need for time-consuming site visits and providing a network infrastructure suitable for today's 'always-on' society

    PRODUCT Insulation multimeter. - Fluke has introduced the Fluke® 1587 FC Insulation Multimeter, a high performance wireless digital insulation tester plus full-featured true-rms digital multimeter (DMM) combined into one versatile handheld tool.

    PRODUCT Laser modules smaller than a pin. - New laser modules from Laser Components are smaller than a pin, illuminate as a red or green dot, as a red line, or as a red cross-hair. Some of them can be used at temperatures of up to 60°C, and others can be focused.

    PRODUCT Filter-regulator-lubricator. - The 652 Series filter, regulator, and lubricator (FRL) line of air preparation products is new from ASCO Numatics.

    NEWS Facility safety - training bargain! - The Annual Training Pass from ACM Facility Safety allows process and safety engineers to attend multiple hazardous operations training classes for a super-low fee. The fee also covers membership in the Institute of Hazard Prevention, and a one-year license for SafeGuard Profiler Expert Package software.

    PRODUCT 3KW DC Power Source. - Intepro Systems has introduced the PSI 9000 2U programmable DC power source, providing a 1-3KW supply with a feature set typically found in higher power 3U systems.

    PRODUCT Not just a pretty face! Upgraded hygrometer! - Michell Instruments has redesigned its S8000 Integrale Chilled Mirror Hygrometer to take advantage of improvements in technology since its introduction in 2007, as well as give it a fresh new look.

    PRODUCT TFT modules target harsh industrial applications. - Ginsbury has announced the introduction of two small-format TFT display modules from Japanese display manufacturer Kyocera.

    PRODUCT Near infrared/colour multispectral line scan cameras. - Two new series of line scan cameras added to the Stemmer camera range provide enhanced multispectral imaging capabilities for industrial imaging applications.

    White Paper Technically challenging LIMS project. - Autoscribe Informatics, has published a new case study describing the use of the Matrix Gemini LIMS in a major Radiological, Environmental and Analytical Laboratory.

    PRODUCT Track & Trace solution! - Werum IT Solutions is expanding its integrating role in the field of packaging serialization and aggregation and is extending its independent Track & Trace solution by a connection to OCS Checkweighers equipment.

    PRODUCT Network-based control system enhanced! - Yokogawa has announced it will release an enhanced version of the STARDOM™ network-based control system in the spring of 2016 that includes a newly developed high-speed CPU module for the FCN autonomous controller.

    PRODUCT An IoT system large area wireless networking. - Cellio LoRa is a long-range low-power wireless network system for end-to-end automation and instrumentation in Factories, Farms, Warehouses, Transportation, Agriculture, and many other industries.

    PRODUCT Transducer BTL with real-time Ethernet interfaces. - New transducers in rod and profile housings with an Ethernet interface from Balluff offer multiple advantages for machine manufacturers and operators with respect to startup and machine output.

    NEWS Long-range IoT connectivity products. - Low Power Radio Solutions (LPRS), worldwide radio specialists supplying robust wireless solutions where reliability is paramount, has been appointed by Link Labs to sell its market leading LoRaTM range of wireless modules and gateways.

    Research & Education Lubricating linear bearings & guides! - Thomson Industries demonstrates in its new educational Tech Tips video how to properly lubricate linear bearings and guides.

    Research & Education Demand for advanced signal generators.BLOG - The increasing sophistication of consumer electronics, rising acceptance of 4G, and the constant introduction of innovative products all contribute to the growth of the signal generator market. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Analysis of Opportunities for Signal Generators Market.

    PRODUCT Enhancement for PLC for small scale applications! - The Logo! communications module CMK2000 enables the latest Logo! 8 logic module series from Siemens to be integrated into the KNX building system bus.

    PeopleMichael Hall
    Michael Hall has been recruited to the position of Technical Specialist within Honeywell Security & Fire.

    NEWS Stricter ESD control at components distribution centre. - Anglia Components has announced significant enhancements to the stringent ESD protection measures at its Distribution Centre including integrating anti-static wrist band monitoring with access control.

    PRODUCT Helping refiners optimise in-line blending units. - SmartProcess Blend, from Emerson Process Management, incorporates a new Blend Order Management System as well as an enhanced on-line and off-line optimiser for control of continuous in-line blenders. Emerson's SmartProcess Blend package is a complete, integrated suite of applications native to the standard DeltaV™ distributed control system (DCS).

    PRODUCT Powerful Ethernet switch connects automation and office networks. - Siemens has now added the Scalance XR526-8C to its portfolio of powerful Ethernet switches of the XR-500 product line. The device is compatible to a number of different network components and acts as a link between automation and office networks.

    PRODUCT Supplier of innovative solutions for PLC programming! - As an active member of the association, Itris Automation participated in the writing of a global coding standard for PLC programming and will, like last year, be present at SPS/IPC/Drives (PLC Open Booth).

    PRODUCT USB Infra-red temperature sensor. - The PyroMiniUSB, a new USB infrared temperature sensor from Calex Electronics, makes non-contact temperature measurement in benchtop, laboratory and education applications easier and more accessible than ever before.

    PRODUCT Female connectors! - Harting has extended its product portfolio for Gigabit Ethernet connectivity by introducing a female version of the M12 Slim Design connector.

    NEWS No computer system can be absolutely secure - Emerson Process Management has joined forces with Intel® Security, part of Intel, to enhance and strengthen its integrated cybersecurity solution to better secure the DeltaV™ distributed control system (DCS). This increased layer of cyber protection is designed to help safeguard critical assets and data.

    White Paper White paper on sensor system to help "Seniors" remain at home. - The Sensara Senior Lifestyle System, from Green Peak, is a new generation Internet of Things (IoT) service application that can help people to live at home longer, secure and comfortable, and that provides peace of mind to seniors, their loved ones and their caretakers.

    NEWS Impact on engineering assessed and acknowledged! - National Instruments has unveiled the winners of the 2015 Engineering Impact Awards at a ceremony held as part of the annual NI Days event in London (GB). The awards highlight Northern Europe's most innovative engineering projects using NI technology to solve some of the world's most demanding engineering challenges.

    NEWS Expanding control business in Central Asia. - Yokogawa Electric CIS, has set up a sales and after-sales service office in Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan. This office opened on August 2015.

    PRODUCT Modular breakout system. - Pickering Interfaces and OPAL-RT TECHNOLOGIES, a leading developer of real-time digital simulators and Hardware-In-the-Loop testing equipment have announced their partnership for Pickering's new Modular Breakout System

    PRODUCT Noncontact temperature monitoring in hazardous areas. - All models of the versatile Raytek® MI3 Compact Series infrared sensors are now also available as intrinsically safe versions for use in hazardous environments. Intrinsically safe devices prevent explosions in hazardous locations by limiting the energy and surface temperature of the device under normal operation, or when conditions arise that could become hazardous.

    Research & Education Only German provider of IECEx training courses. - Hazardous area solutions specialist R. Stahl commands comprehensive expertise in all areas of explosion protection, covering everything from real-life application know-how to detailed knowledge of all relevant standards such as ATEX, IECEx and others.

    PRODUCT Relay handles up to 60 I/O with built-in web server. - The FL1F SmartRelay is a substantial upgrade from IDEC Corporation, to their previous FL1E model. Responding to market demand for a programmable relay with many of the features found in micro PLCs, and can now accommodate small- to medium-sized OEM machine control and other applications.

    PRODUCT 5 Amp PXI Solid State Multiplexer. - Pickering Interfaces has announced the launch of a new 5 Amp PXI Solid State Multiplexer.

    EVENTS November is Automation Appreciation Month. - The International Society of Automation (ISA) and its affiliate, the Automation Federation, have designated November 2015 as Automation Appreciation Month.

    PRODUCT Basic servo drive system extended. - Siemens has extended its basic servo drive system, consisting of the Sinamics V90 converter and the Simotics S-1FL6 servo motor, to serve a much wider field of application.

    EVENTS Focus on CAN FD. - About 100 engineers attended the two-day 15th international CAN Conference (iCC) held in Vienna in October 2015. The 22 presentations were of high quality, according to the organiser, CiA.

    EVENTS Call for papers for International Food & Pharma event. - The ISA FPID 2016 is organised by the International Society of Automation (ISA) in Ireland. The first call for papers has been issued with a deadline of 30th November 2015.

    PRODUCT High-sensitivity current probes. - Two new high-sensitivity current probes are now available for Yokogawa's families of mixed-signal oscilloscopes and ScopeCorders.

    APPLICATION Automated test system producing ground-breaking broadband solutions. - An automated test system installed by the Peak Group at SMT Developments is helping Genesis Technical Systems, an award-winning supplier of broadband solutions based on ground-breaking technology, to guarantee the quality of its mBond® system for delivering affordable superfast broadband over existing copper networks.

    Research & Education "What 35 years in engineering has taught me!"BLOG - Brian Booth, VP of the Water Treatment Innovation Platform of global water, energy and maintenance solutions provider with NCH Europe shares what he has learned.

    PRODUCT Wider range of applications for compact IP65/67 IO system - Siemens has expanded its product line of extremely compact Simatic ET 200AL IO systems, which have the high IP65/67 degree of protection, to include modules with the M12 connection system, higher output currents, and longer maximum distances between modules.

    PRODUCT A new variable speed drive (VSD). - A new variable speed drive (VSD) from WEG is designed to meet the European market's growing demand for inverters - in line with the requirements of the latest ErP Directive on energy efficiency - the new CFW300 variable speed drive (VSD) offers an easy-to-use and cost-effective solution for applications requiring low motor power.

    PRODUCT PAT Tester Kit includes 'free' accessories for British market! - Fluke is offering a Fluke 6500-2 UK Basic Portable Appliance Tester Kit as one of their Special Offers, until the end of the year. This can be used to verify the electrical safety and operation of portable appliances in accordance with the latest relevant guidelines and regulations.

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    PRODUCT SCADA software for remote oil and gas operations. - Enhancements to the OpenEnterprise v3 SCADA platform for the onshore oil and gas market have been announced by Emerson.
    PeopleAlexander Pavlov
    Alexander Pavlov has been appointed as Country Manager for Atlas Copco's Compressor Technique business in Ireland.

    PRODUCT Compact, powerful all-rounder. - Siemens has unveiled the FSAA, a new housing size for its Sinamics G120C converters - More compact without compromising performance or functionality.

    PRODUCT Harsh environment connector. - Foremost Electronics is now stocking the new 696 Series HEC (Harsh Environment Connector) which has been specifically developed for outdoor applications.

    PRODUCT Performance boost for industrial heating systems. - Siemens has equipped its Siplus HCS modular heating control systems for switching and controlling heat emitter arrays and elements with considerably higher output power and power density.

    PRODUCT Logistics management software optimises terminal movements & simplifies stock management. - Syncade Logistics management software v4.12, form Emerson, gives terminal managers improved control over terminal traffic and eliminates the need for specialised storage tanks for unique blends.
    PeopleSimone Bruckner
    Cressall Resistors has appointed Simone Bruckner as managing director.

    NEWS Mobility in hazardous areas. - SolutionsPT has continued its proactive response to the growing trend towards mobility in manufacturing by partnering with the world's leading manufacturer of mobile computing devices which are designed for use in hazardous areas, including tablets, smartphones and handheld computers.

    PRODUCT Device programming in the manufacturing process. - Adaptsys is launching ProgWorx ISP, a programming system for the parallel programming of panels containing multiple boards as an aid to optimising the manufacturing process.

    Publication Advanced sensors and measurements books. - IFSA Publishing provides information and latest knowledge on modern advancements in the area of sensors and measurements.

    PRODUCT IO-Link compatible low cost servo drive controller. - The CMMO-LK low cost drive controller, the world's first IO-Link controlled servo drive has been launched by Festo. The CMMO-LK can be connected with any IO-Link master or any Modbus TCP Ethernet port, allowing for easy system integration across many applications

    APPLICATION World famous library upgrades building automation system! - France's biggest library - and one of the most important in the world - has chosen drive and motor solutions from Emerson to maximise the reliability of its air conditioning units.

    PRODUCT Eight KB transponder. - The Simatic RF200 is an RFID system from Siemens which is particularly suitable for use in industrial production in the areas of for small assembly lines and intralogistics.

    People Change of management at Harting
    Philip Harting has succeeded his father Dietmar Harting as Chairman of the Board. The two Presidents and General Partners are managing the Harting Technology Group together with Margrit Harting, Senior Vice President and Partner, and Maresa Harting-Hertz , Senior Vice President Finance and Purchasing as well as President and General Partner, in the second and third generation.
    PRODUCT Precision DC calibrator! - The new Yokogawa 2560A precision DC calibrator offers a simple, stand-alone solution for the testing and calibrating DC measuring instruments such as analogue meters, clamp meters, thermometers, temperature transmitters and data loggers.

    PRODUCT Smallest yet 120W PSU. - Following their recent appointment to distribute the EOS Power range of ultra-miniature, high efficiency power solutions Gresham Power Electronics, has launched the EOS WLP120 series of 120 watt power supplies.

    EVENTS Energy seminars. - Fluke is offering Energy Seminars as part of its programme of seminars for 2015 throughout Britain and Ireland.

    APPLICATION Illuminated capacitive switches. - Stadium IGT is offering a range of single LED illuminated capacitive switch modules that are proving to be critical components to medical equipment manufacturers.

    PRODUCT Fast engineering of power distribution boards. - Explosion-protected R. Stahl power distribution boards for zone 1, 2 and 21, 22 hazardous areas are now based on a modular design.

    PRODUCT Analysing phosphorous in water and wastewater applications. The Liquiline System CA80PH orthophosphate analyser for monitoring water treatment processes has bee launched by Endress+Hauser. The CA80PH is available in four measuring ranges.

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    Research & Education BLOGSelf-Organizing Networks, Cloud-Based Radio Access Networks & IoT Drive Network Testing and Monitoring Equipment Market - Network operators require analytics solutions that are not only predictive but can also test automated network infrastructure, finds Frost & Sullivan - New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Global Big Data and Cloud Analytics Test Service Market and Monitoring Equipment Market, finds that the market earned revenues of €522.5 million (US $650.1 m) in 2014 and estimates this to reach €1.46 billion (US$1.63b) by 2019.

    PRODUCT Electrical test tool kit! - Until 31st December 2015 and while stocks last, Fluke is offering a 325 Toolbelt Kit which represents around a 15% saving on the recommended combined purchase price of a Fluke Clamp Meter, a Fluke Voltage and Continuity Tester and a Fluke non-contact Voltage Detector, plus it includes a free toolbelt and wirestripper.

    Webcast RF & Wireless webcast! - NI is hosting its RF & Wireless Virtual Summit from 1st to 3rd December 2015, a 6-part interactive webcast series helping engineers reduce the time and cost of RF design and test across a range of wireless applications.

    PRODUCT Low power proportional valve. - ASCO Numatics, part of Emerson, has a new member in its already successful family of Sentronic proportional valves.
    PeoplePaul Rubens
    Paul Rubens has been appointed to the newly created position of General Manager of the AcSoft Group.

    PRODUCT Transmitters to analysers! - Michell Instruments has announced the release of four kits which will enable users to upgrade their existing general purpose XTP601 oxygen and XTC601 binary gas transmitters into fully-functioning analysers with the minimum of fuss and at a fraction of the cost of buying a new unit.

    PRODUCT New generation alternators. - Two new products from Leroy-Somer Electric Power Generation (Emerson) will renew the brand offering in the 180-1000 kVA power range.

    NEWS Office supports expanding BioHub. - Autoscribe Informatics celebrated the opening of a new office facility in Britain this month. Based in Alderley Park in Cheshire the office will supply and support laboratory and business information systems management to customers across the north of the country.

    EVENTS On top of the world! - The North American Emereson User Group event (#EMrex) took place high up in the Rocky mountain city of Denver (CO USA) and certainly looked like a very full programme with the usual enthusiastic plethora of tweets submerging our twitter feed.

    PRODUCT Transducer BTL with real-time Ethernet interfaces. - The new transducers in rod and profile housings with an Ethernet interface from Balluff offer multiple advantages for machine manufacturers and operators with respect to startup and machine output.

    PRODUCT A new dimension in vibration Measurement. - Expert Vibro is a new measurement device, from Delphin Technology, for the acquisition of transient signals and vibrations. Vibration measurement is made easy with Expert Vibro. Intuitive configuration means fast implementation and short commissioning times.

    NEWS Gas detection equipment strenthens marketing in France & Italy. - As part of a long term growth strategy to further expand its operations in Europe, leading manufacturer of gas detection instrumentation for occupational health and environmental monitoring, Ion Science has opened an office in Italy in conjunction with existing partner in the country, LabService Analytica.

    Standards Three product development sites are world's first to reach important industry benchmark. - Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management and automation, has received an ISASecure Security Development Lifecycle Assurance (SDLA) conformance certificate from exida, LLC, an ISASecure ISO 17065 accredited certification body.

    PRODUCT Custom-specific interconnection solutions globally! - Harting has launched Harting Customised Solutions (HCS), a global operation for producing custom-specific interconnection solutions.

    NEWS Acquisition aids monitoring for critical power transmission & distribution equipment. - Emerson has acquired IntelliSAW Inc., a leading provider of systems that protect electric power transmission and distribution equipment by measuring and monitoring temperature, humidity, and partial discharge using advanced sensor and analytic technologies.

    NEWS Safety integrity level for gas detectors. - Oldham's MX 43 controller has been awarded SIL 1 certification.

    APPLICATION Kiosks use PCT™ technology. - Zytronic, manufacturer and developer of advanced, rugged Projected Capacitive Technology (PCT™) touch screens announces that its 46-inch multi-touch and 42-inch dual-touch sensors have been deployed in the new NOMYU multimedia kiosk (advertising video) from PARTTEAM GROUP & OEMKIOSKS.

    PRODUCT Screw-in test probe for cable harness testing. - The new P53/G from Peak Test Services is a series of screw-in threaded test probes designed for use in test modules for cable harness testing.

    PRODUCT Process instrumentation selection tool. - Yokogawa Corporation of America announced the availability of its new online Process Instrumentation Selection Tool. Collaborative and user-friendly, the Selection Tool serves as a guide for customers and partners to use in selecting world-class instrumentation for their applications.

    PRODUCT Multiple options for advanced VOC detector. - Ashtead Technology has boosted its fleet of rental instruments with the advanced MiniRAE 3000.

    PRODUCT Metal Housed connectors. - Following the considerable success of Cliff Electronics' recently introduced moulded plastic Digital Feed-Through connector series, a complimentary range of Metal Housed versions offering more robust performance for industrial and instrumentation applications, is now available.

    EVENTS Transparency in the blogosphere! - Though not strictly instrumentation we though this event might interest our visitors. Last March "Rock the Blog" at the CeBIT Global Conferences in Hannover (D) celebrated a tremendous debut. Now this event "of, by and for bloggers" is hitting the road with a satellite event in Berlin.

    Standards Cybersecurity accreditation in Germany. - Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle GmbH (DAkkS), the accreditation body for certification bodies in Germany, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the ISA Security Compliance Insititue (ISCI) to provide accreditation for Germany-based ISCI ISASecure certification bodies.

    PRODUCT Measurement Devices for Optical Fibres. - Laser Components provides the new SmartOTDR from Viavi: an inexpensive and easy-to-operate handheld unit that is also suited for inexperienced technicians.

    PRODUCT Multi-channel data-acquisition. - Three new modules enhance performance and flexibility of Yokogawa's DL850E/DL850EV ScopeCorder family of portable multi-channel data-acquisition recorders.

    Standards Breaking Moore's Law - Can things go on?BLOG - With its depth of only 6.7mm, the iPhone 6 holds more processing power than was used by NASA at the time of the 1969 moon landing and over four times that of the Mars Curiosity Rover. Here, Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of European Automation, analyses the rate of technological progress and discusses the validity of Moore's Law.

    PRODUCT Cost effective and simple motion control. - Festo has added three new actuators to its Optimised Motion Series (OMS) of electrical positioning systems.

    APPLICATION Information and industrial automation technologies for oil refineries! - Yokogawa Solution Service Corporation - the company's control business in Japan - and Cisco Systems G.K. are to provide a new solution for oil refineries that makes use of their respective information and industrial automation technologies.

    PRODUCT Free offer for Voltage, Continuity and Current Tester! - Until 31st December 2015, Fluke is offering a choice of one from three free products when a customer purchases a Fluke T5-600 or T5-1000 Voltage, Continuity and Current Tester. The free products are a Fluke H5 Electrical Tester Holster, a Fluke CAMO-37 Camouflage Carrying Case or a Fluke 2AC VoltAlert™ Voltage Detector.

    NEWS VOC monitor achieves Korean certification. - In an on-going bid for ambitious global growth via its expanding distributor network and widespread overseas offices, Ion Science The well-proven Tiger handheld VOC (volatile organic compound) monitor from Ion Science, has achieved Korean certification for use in potentially hazardous environments.

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    EVENTS VS Drives and motors for elevator market! - Control Techniques and Leroy-Somer, both part of Emerson Industrial Automation, are displaying their range of variable speed drives and a new permanent magnet motor specifically for the elevator market at October's Interlift 2015.

    EVENTS Impact of Industry 4.0 and the IoIT on the manufacturing industry. - Senior industry executives and thought leaders will gather in Frankfurt (D) on 17 November 2015 to discuss new business models, supplier ecosystems and technological advancements across industries at GIL 2015.

    PRODUCT A new dimension in vibration measurement. - Expert Vibro is a new measurement device, from Delphin Technology, for the acquisition of transient signals and vibrations. Vibration measurement is made easy with Expert Vibro. Intuitive configuration means fast implementation and short commissioning times.

    PRODUCT Prediction data for protection system. - The CSI 6500 ATG protection system, from Emerson Process Management, is a stand-alone machinery protection solution that also allows users to cost-effectively introduce prediction monitoring of critical assets from the same system.

    Research & Education Process Training Unit - BridgeValley Community and Technical College in West Virginia (USA) celebrates the opening of a cutting-edge PTU® (Process Training Unit) made possible by the generous contributions of Endress+Hauser, BridgeValley and Rockwell Automation.

    NEWS Unique accreditation for European lab. - Yokogawa's European Calibration Laboratory has become the world's first non-governmental facility to receive full ISO17025 Accreditation for power measurements at up to 100 kHz.

    PRODUCT Bulkhead-mounted industrial connector housing with self-closing cover. - Harting has added a new bulkhead mounted housing equipped with a hinged self-closing cover to its Han® B family of heavy-duty industrial connectors.

    PRODUCT Flexible programmable DC power supplies. - Intepro Systems has introduced the PS9000 2U Series of auto-ranging programmable DC power sources with models rated at 1.5kW and 3.0kW. The panel-mounted units operate at 92-93% efficiency.

    Standards Cybersecure testing suite recognised! - The Raven Product Security Testing Suite for Embedded Systems (Raven ES) Test tool provided by Hitachi Systems Ltd. has been formally recognised for official use by certification bodies in the ISASecure industrial automation and control system (IACS) cybersecurity certification program.

    EVENTS Intelligently networking machines, products and humans. - At this year's SPS IPC Drives (November 24-26thNuremberg D) , COPA-DATA is presenting consistent and robust solutions for the Smart Factory. With zenon, companies can construct scalable value networks - be it on-premises, in hybrid environments or in the cloud.

    EVENTS Process Control & Safety event! - The advance programme for ISA's 2015 Process Control & Safety Symposium (PCS15), featuring world-class presentations, paper sessions, panel discussions, tutorials, training courses, vendor exhibitions, and other value-packed activities—all designed to help process measurement and control professionals in chemical and energy processing and other process industry sectors operate more safely and securely.

    PRODUCT LED tubular light fitting designed for use in extremely rough conditions. - R. Stahl's 6036 series tolerate temperatures as low as -55 °C and are therefore suitable for applications such as LPG exploration in the Arctic region. On the other end of the spectrum, they withstand heat up to +60 °C, and also tolerate extreme temperature fluctuations.

    EVENTS Robotics is added to exhibition portfolio - productronica's objective is to establish the robotics sector at the fair in the long term, increase the number of exhibitors and further promote the topic in the process. "This is productronica's way of guiding the entire industry into the future, much as it has in the past."

    PRODUCT Security platform for IoT and industrial automation. - Icon Labs has integrated Icon Labs' Floodgate security products with Renesas' R-IN32M3 industrial network controller ICs and Renesas Synergy™ Platform.

    NEWS Audit, Tax and Advisory giant and security complience. - The ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI) has announced that Japan-based KPMG Consulting Co., Ltd. has joined the ISA Security Compliance Institute as a technical member in August 2015.

    PRODUCT Wireless telemetry sensor. - Mantracourt has launched a new, upgraded version of its T24 wireless telemetry sensor system for multiple data acquisition in real time. The new T24 improvements include a 4x increase in transmission range, improved security features and smarter diagnostics.

    PRODUCT New vision system - Adaptsys a new vision system for the V-Tek TM50 manual taping machine that will eliminate many common errors associated with taping parts. The new system which offers both manual and automated configurations, performs multiple checks, including Mark, Orientation and Ink Dot inspection to verify that parts have been correctly inserted into the tape pockets.

    NEWS Isolation product lines acquired! - Humphrey Products has recently acquired "Medical and Media Isolation Product Lines" from the Curtiss-Wright Corporation. Specifically, these products include Liquid Isolation (Inert) Valves, Liquid Isolation (Inert) Proportional Valves, and a high resolution Proportional Control Valve Series for air, inert gases and some liquids.

    Standards Countdown to February 2016 - Preparing for CEC Level VI.BLOG - The CEC (California Energy Commission) Level VI standard is due to come into effect on February 10, 2016 and will bring in some significant revisions and definitions. OEM manufacturers will need to be aware of new performance thresholds, direct and indirect operation models and exemptions. Ideal Power's Jon Vallis discusses the impending regulations.

    PRODUCT Speed sensors for industrial applications. - Cherry Industrial Solutions modular system speed sensors offer a reliable and cost effective alternative to conventional sensors with metal housings.

    Standards Standardised access to CANopen services. - CAN in Automation (CiA) has released the CiA 314 specification, which substitutes partly the CiA 405 specification published around 20 years ago.

    EVENTS The ultimate flying probe test technology. - Visitors will be able to learn more about this new software concept at Seica's booth at Productronica in Hall A1 Booth 445, where the MINI line of testers will also be on display. They will be able to view their solution for laser-based selective soldering, the Firefly, as part of a fully integrated production line at their second booth (Hall. A3 Booth 305).

    Research & Education Rental and leasing Services in T & M in Europe - According to the recent Frost & Sullivan Market Insight, Test & Measurement Market in Europe: Trends in Rental and Leasing Services, market participants in general have shown a greater interest in rental services to reduce acquisition and ownership costs associated with test and measurement equipment.

    PRODUCT Transmitters for demanding meteorological applications. - EE33-M is the newest addition to the well proven EE33 transmitter series for relative humidity (RH) and temperature (T) from E+E Elektronik.

    EVENTS Driving the Digital Enterprise - At this year's SPS IPC Drives, Siemens will be pointing the way towards the digital future of industry under the banner "On the way to Industrie 4.0 - Driving the Digital Enterprise".

    PRODUCT New ways to interconnect the PROFI-world. - With their recently upgraded Anybus X-gateways, HMS Industrial Networks can offer ways to get heterogeneous PROFI-equipment connected.

    APPLICATION Terminal automation systems - Yokogawa has won a turnkey project order valued at 730 million rupees (US$11 million) to automate truck loading terminals for the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (BPCL).

    PRODUCT Low pressure sensor for reliable measurement. - Rotronic has expanded its measurement parameters still further with the introduction of a low pressure sensor with analogue output for controlling processes as well as other applications.

    Research & Education Winter training programme announced - Endress+Hauser has announced its Fall and Winter 2015 schedule of instrumentation training courses in the US.

    Publication Sensors and Signals - Prof. Sergey Y. Yurish, together with Dr. Amin Daneshmand Malayeri has edited and published a book titled 'Sensors & Signals'. The book is available in both print (hardcover) and pdf formats from IFSA.

    PRODUCT Location awareness and safety in SCADA - ARC Informatique and Ubiquicom, at the forefront of technological innovations, are collaborating to combine their skills to offer a unique mobility solution. This partnership manifests a joint effort to instill mobility at the heart of supervisory systems.

    NEWS Find "Ye olde controle valve!" - Moog Inc has launched a contest today to find the oldest operating Moog servo valve. The company will also be sponsoring monthly drawings to give people with newer valves a chance to participate. This contest is part of a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Moog's operations in Europe.

    PRODUCT Ultra-Compact 1,000W power supply. - Excelsys Technologies, XSolo family of 1U high, ultra-compact single output modular power supplies offer designers of critical systems an off the shelf high reliability power solution.

    PRODUCT High current relay. - IDEC Corporation has added the RL family of high current electromagnetic relays to its existing R relay product line. There are forty different variations of the RL relay to fit a wide variety of applications.

    PRODUCT Quick and simple product sample ordering: Connectors. - Harting has eased the process of providing product samples to engineers and designers by increasing its stockholding of PCB connectors and I/O connectors to over 2000 devices.

    White Paper Instrumentation symposium issues "Call for Papers!" - The Program Committee of the 62nd International Instrumentation Symposium (IIS) has issued a Call for Papers, inviting authors, innovators, thought leaders and other professionals in the instrumentation field to submit abstracts for presentation consideration at the conference.

    PRODUCT More gateways - As the standard Ethernet protocol for Siemens® and new GE PACs, ProfiNet is used in industries around the globe.Now, ProSoft Technology is helping users connect PROFINET controllers and Modbus or EtherNet/IP devices with five new gateways.

    APPLICATION Measuring VOC in ground investigation. - Independent site investigation, geotechnical engineering and environmental consultancy, Southern Testing, has opted to use handheld Tiger VOC detectors from Ion Science to measure volatile organic compounds in the field.

    PRODUCT Scanning accessory for spot pyrometers. - Fluke® Process Instruments has introduced the SpotScan™ line scanning accessory for its family of best-in-class spot pyrometers.

    Web Site High voltage Reed Relays. - Pickering-Relays-High-VoltageThe new Series 119 is the industry's smallest high voltage SIL Reed Relay for up to 3kV stand-off. This new relay is intended for voltages considerably higher than standard small SIL relays, ideal for Cable and Backplane Testers and Mixed signal ATE.

    APPLICATION Oil giant standardises manifolds. - Total RC, the refining and chemicals arm of French oil giant Total SA, is standardising on manifolds produced by the Instrumentation Products Division of Parker Hannifin.

    Web Site Responsive site reflects change in engineering habits. - NCH Europe's new website reflects change in use of online technology across a range of technical communities. Professionals working in the water, energy and maintenance sectors can now access information from them at the click of a mouse.

    PRODUCT Entry-level model for LCD touchscreen infrared cameras. - With a full 180° articulating lens and 14.5cm touchscreen, the new entry-level Fluke® TiX500 Infrared Camera allows thermographers to easily navigate over, under, and around objects to preview and capture images.

    PRODUCT 10.4" and 15.6" displays now available! - Larger 10.4" displays now come as a standard on the Sinumerik 828D Basic, replacing the 8.4" version. With its panel processing unit (PPU) 290, Siemens is also offering both the Sinumerik 828D and the Sinumerik 828D Advanced with a 15.6" display equipped with capacitive touch technology for the first time.

    EVENTS Showcasing The Evolution of Industrial IT in Ireland - Taking place on Wednesday 4th November at the iconic K Club in Kildare, the Irish leg of the SolutionsPT Roadshow will provide best practice guidance for designing industrial IT infrastructures, with topics covering resilience, security and system flexibility.

    PRODUCT Ethernet switches and supporting software. - Configuring complex resilient Ethernet networks has now become easier with the release of an enhanced range of layer-2 switches and the latest version of Westermo's WeConfig software.

    PRODUCT IR sensor for smartphone! - PyroNFC is a small, low-cost infrared temperature sensor from Calex, that lets engineers and machine operators use a smartphone app to check temperature measurements on the production line.

    PRODUCT Precision automated system removes field technicians from hazardous locations. - Remote Solutions is a leading provider of innovative solutions for remote racking of utility, industrial and commercial circuit breakers. The company has introduced the Rotary Hot Stick Operator (RHSO) for use by field technicians in remotely opening or closing electrical load break switches.

    Web Site France, Great Britain, Ireland & Scandanavia benefit from expanded webstore! - IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH has expanded its webstore. B2B customers from Germany, Austria and now also from Great Britain, Ireland, France and the Scandinavian countries Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden can register for online ordering with the opportunity to get information on different camera models, make comparisons and to order 24/7.

    Research & Education Finalists announced for engineering awards! - The details of the shortlisted finalists in the National Instruments 2015 Engineering Impact Awards, which honour Northern Europe's most innovative engineering projects using NI software and hardware have been published.

    NEWS Supporting IoT Security. - Lynx Software Technologies has joined the recently launched Internet of Things Security Foundation (IoTSF) to support its vision of delivering a safe Internet of Things environment for all.

    Standards Changing industry standards for OEMs Enginers & contractors: one year on!BLOG - Pat McLaughlin, Boulting Technology's Operations Director, evaluates how original equipment manufacturers, panel builders, electrical engineers, consulting engineers and contractors have been affected by the new BS EN 61439 standard.

    PRODUCT Performance boost for CNC hardware in the high-end segment! - In introducing version 4.7 of the Sinumerik Operate software, Siemens is presenting new, more powerful CPUs, and 15 and 19 inch "Blackline" panels in widescreen format for the Sinumerik 840D sl CNC. The new 7x0.3B PN processors are Profinet-compatible NCUs (Numerical Control Units).

    PRODUCT Plant information management system. - Yokogawa Electric Corporation has released the Exaquantum R3.01 plant information management system. Compared to the previous version Exaquantum R3.01 delivers a six-fold increase in data acquisition performance and can handle five times as many data points (tags).

    PRODUCT HART enabled transmitters with integrated switching for On-Off control. - United Electric Controls has introduced a unique new family of HART capable transmitters that provides programmable switching functionality for industrial process monitoring applications.

    PRODUCT Custom pressure-resistant sensors for hydraulic valves. - In cooperation with the German manufacturer INELTA, Hoffmann + Krippner now offers a family of robust and customer-specific hydraulic valve position sensing solutions used in a wide range of industries such as oil & gas, power generation or wherever a precise valve position in hydraulic applications is required.

    NEWS Test & Measurement in Britain & Ireland - Teledyne LeCroy and Anritsu Corporation announced today that they have signed an agreement providing for Anritsu to become an authorised reseller of Teledyne LeCroy products in Britain and Ireland.

    PRODUCT Innovative reed relays. - Pickering Electronics have expanded their Reed Relay range to include three new series, that all offer higher packing densities. The Series 67 and 68 dry Reed Relay range for up to 10kV, and the Series 119 Micro-SIL range for up to 3kV.

    Publication Emerging changes in industrial communications technology and cybersecurity - In response to fast-evolving communications and wireless technologies and the increasing risk of industrial cyberattack, the International Society of Automation (ISA) has published a fifth edition of its best-selling book, Industrial Data Communications.

    NEWS Partnership to protect connected IoT devices from targeted attacks. - Webroot and Lynx Software Technologies have announced a strategic partnership. The companies are combining unique security technologies which enable developers to build advanced threat detection and protection into Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices.

    NEWS Power management solution wins award! - Delta Electronics has just received a Red Dot Award: Product Design 2015 for Golden Eagle, a 600W 48VDC power supply for telecom applications.

    PRODUCT Smart conductivity measurement in liquids. - Extending its portfolio of process analysis sensors and systems, Krohne introduces three new SMARTPAT sensors for conductive conductivity measurement in liquids: SMARTPAT COND 1200, 3200 and 5200.

    PRODUCT Demonstration and access to a free trial of Seeq Workbench. - Integration between Seeq analytics software and Emerson Process Management offerings will be demonstrated throughout the exhibition area at the Emerson Global Users Exchange conference. (12-16 Oct 2015, Denver COL USA).

    PRODUCT Functional Safety Smart HART Dual Input Temperature Transmitter - Moore Industries has released the SIL 3-capable STZ Functional Safety Smart HART Temperature Transmitter family. Part of the FS FUNCTIONAL SAFETY SERIES, the STZ is a dependable and accurate temperature transmitter for use in Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) where dangerous processes occur.

    NEWS Photoionisation detector (PID) achieves top accolade! - The newly launched TigerLT handheld volatile organic compound (VOC) monitor, from Ion Science, has been named New Product of the Year in the Industrial Hygiene category at Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) magazine's prestigious seventh annual awards.

    PRODUCT Mobile access for manufacturing operations. - A new version of Aegis inSite has just been released, bringing the app's mobile process visibility to owners of Aegis' FactoryLogix software for manufacturing operations.

    PRODUCT High-temperature ratio pyrometers. - Fluke® Process Instruments has introduced the Endurance™ Series of high-temperature ratio pyrometers. These rugged and flexible instruments enable continuous visual process monitoring and are designed to meet the demands of harsh industrial environments, including primary and secondary metals manufacturing, carbon processing and silicon production.
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