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

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

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

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

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

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

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to meet demand quickly while also satisfying the contractual standards for moisture content when stored natural gas is withdrawn and injected to the pipeline network.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    APPLICATION Future-proofing paint spraying facility! - Michell Instruments has developed a customised solution to measure relative humidity and temperature in the paint spraying facility for a major European car manufacturer.
    NEWS Reliability management consulting service! - Enterprise-wide reliability strategies can save global companies more than $50 USD billion a year in costs and increase capacity by more than 5 per cent. Emerson's new global reliability management consulting practice is guiding leaders on how to better manage maintenance costs, improve reliability and increase profitability

    NEWS Control systems FEED order in Canada. - Yokogawa has been selected as the main automation contractor (MAC) for a natural gas liquefaction project that is proposed by LNG Canada, a joint venture comprised of Shell Canada Energy (50%), an affiliate of Royal Dutch Shell plc, and affiliates of PetroChina (20%), Korea Gas Corporation (15%) and Mitsubishi Corporation (15%).

    PRODUCT Intelligent stepless motor - Technosoft has released the first member of their iMOT line of motors with integrated motion controller and drive -- the iMOT172S XM-CAN intelligent stepless motor.

    PRODUCT Phase matched cable assemblies. - The Cable Assembly division of Intelliconnect (Europe) Ltd now offers phase matched cable assemblies. This allows customers to specify the electrical length in time or degrees at the frequency of operation for a specific cable assembly.

    PRODUCT One box integrated control panel - In opting for a single completed assembly, Stadium removes the need for further integration, complex testing and multi-vendor liaison in the event of any functional problems.

    EVENTS Automated test products and solutions. - At Southern Manufacturing & Electronics (Farnborough GB, 10-12 February 2015), the Peak Group is featuring its range of automated test & measurement solutions along with probes, test accessories and bespoke software development capabilities.

    PRODUCT Fitting in! - Equipment designers dealing with tight space constraints or low-strength signals in sensing applications can now overcome these challenges using new G3VM MOSFET relays announced by Omron.

    NEWS Air compressors & quality air products for Ireland. - C&L Industrial Ltd, based in Galway and Dublin (IRL), has been appointed as an authorised premier distributor for Atlas Copco's range of industrial air compressors, quality air products and spare parts.

    PRODUCT Connecting devices - wirelessly - After the acquisition of the wireless gateways from u-blox/connectBlue in September, HMS Industrial Networks can now present an expanded suite of Anybus Wireless Bridge products for connecting industrial devices wirelessly.

    NEWS Targeting growth... - Industrial IT solutions provider, SolutionsPT, has boosted its sales and technical team as it announces it is targeting further growth over the next 12 months.
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    PRODUCT Multi-function wireless adaptor! - Yokogawa has announced that it is releasing a newly developed multi-function wireless adaptor on the 1st December 2014.

    APPLICATION RFID systems optimised for railway servicing and maintenance! - Radio-frequency identification (RFID) systems from Harting offer an optimal solution to a number of challenging problems in the servicing and maintenance of modern railway systems.

    EVENTS BLOG "Better, bigger, busier!" report on environmental show - It is harder than ever to prize people away from their desks and laboratories these days, so it is all the more gratifying that WWEM continues to grow, with this year's event attracting 15% more visitors than WWEM 2012 - that's consistent growth with every event since the first in 2005.

    EVENTS HMI & Control at SPS14 - A cost-effective and reliable HMI featuring a high-quality display and more realistic images! Cost effective controller with high reliability, integrated network communication capability, and motion control functions for advanced automation solutions.

    PRODUCT Remotely monitoreing and controlling EtherNet/IP-equipment - The Netbiter Remote Management solution from HMS Industrial Networks now allows automation devices using EtherNet/IP to be monitored and controlled via the web.

    PRODUCT Paddlewheel flowmeter - Blue-White Industries' BW DIGI-METER® Micro-Flo with analogue output displays flow rate and accumulated total flow, and features 4-20 mA / 0-10 VDC circuitry for low flow applications.

    PRODUCT Mobile monitoring, visualising and analysing real-time plant & industrial process data. - The updated version of Wonderware® SmartGlance™ 2014 R2 mobile reporting software includes a host of new features that make monitoring, visualising and analysing real-time plant and industrial process data via mobile devices easier than ever.

    NEWS New member for British Manufacturing Technology Centre! - Stemmer has become a member of MTC, the British-government funded Manufacturing Technology Centre.

    APPLICATION CC-Link IE leads the way to Industry 4.0 - One might argue that a technology becomes mainstream when politicians begin debating it. The German chancellor, Angela Merkel made a very interesting statement about Industry 4.0 during the national IT Summit that took place in Germany at the end of October says John Browett, General Manager of CLPA-Europe at SPS/IPC/Drives.

    PRODUCT Signal conditioners enable plants to reduce operational costs! - Eaton has launched a new series of signal conditioners for safe-area applications - the MTL1000 Series. Process managers can now specify Eaton's signal conditioners for all areas of their plant, enabling them to reduce the complexity of their supply chain and save on operational costs.

    PRODUCT Pressure sensors for ATEX zones. - The range of high performance, pressure sensors from Kistler Instruments are now available certified for use in ATEX Zone 0, intrinsically safe and Zone 2, non-incendive hazardous areas.

    NEWS Safety award for interface modules - The SSX and SST Safety Isolators and Splitters by Moore Industries, have received the 2014 Safety Award for Interface Modules from exida, the global leader in functional safety certification for the process industries.

    APPLICATION Vision system reduces chance of product recall - A leading manufacturer of OTC healthcare products has commissioned a 5 camera inspection system on a cartoning machine with two separate leaflet feeders to ensure that cartons not only contain a patient information leaflet but that it is also the correct one.

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    PRODUCT Multi-purpose safe area modbus scanners. - The Vantageview PD6730X Modbus Scanner, from Precision Digital Corporation, is a rugged, NEMA 4X/IP65 Modbus master, slave, or snooper (sniffer).
    People Wolfgang Andorfer
    Wolfgang Andorfer is joining Design LED Products as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, responsible for developing the company's core business.

    PRODUCT Integrated production control system! - Yokogawa Electric Corporation is developing the CENTUM® VP R6.01, an enhanced version of the company's flagship integrated production control system, and plans its release in February 2015.

    NEWS Advice on HCFC ban! - From 1st January 2015 it will be illegal to use any recycled or reclaimed ozone-depleting hydrochloro-fluorocarbon (HCFC) R22 refrigerant gas to service cooling units. Rittal advises!

    PRODUCT A cool way to keep your hands warm while touching your screen! - Touchability, an innovative company specialising in touch-screen gloves has launched an extensive product range in time for the Christmas rush, with its newest being the superior 'full touch glove.'

    PRODUCT Gas detection sensors. - The enhancement of its existing range of gas sensors has been announced by Edinburgh Sensors. In addition to CO, CO2 and CH4 the new custom sensors will also include N20 and R125 gas detection.

    NEWS Are you afraid of Cyber Attacks?BLOG You are not alone!. - Three quarters of surveyed adults (75 percent) across 10 countries say they are fearful that cyber hackers are carrying out attacks on major industries and sectors of the economy in their countries, according to the results of a study announced recently by Honeywell Process Solutions.

    White Paper Automation Revenues Maintain Momentum in Q3! - ARC Advisory Group includes the most recent quarterly results for automation suppliers that publicly report their results.

    PRODUCT Worried about increasing energy prices! - The new ALTOSONIC V12, from Krohne, is the next generation of ultrasonic gas flow meters for custody transfer applications. This instrument is the ideal solution for increasingly accurate flow meters in a world of increasing energy prices.

    NEWS Humidity calibration in Pharma - Michell Instruments' calibration products play a key role in helping leading pharmaceutical companies satisfy their humidity calibration requirements.

    PRODUCT Passive oscilloscope probes operate over wide temperature range. - The Model 702902 and 702906 from Yokogawa are 10:1 passive oscilloscope probes that operate over a wide temperature range from -40°C to +85°C. As a result, they are ideally suited to use in accelerated testing and validation methods where temperature cycling is part of the test procedure.

    PRODUCT Implementing OMAC PackML - Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management, has made it significantly easier for customers and machine builders to realise the benefits of the OMAC PackML standard without having to replace existing control and automation infrastructure.

    PRODUCT Easy integration of #RFID data into production management systems - Ha-VIS Middleware from Harting is a system that offers easy and flexible integration of data from UHF RFID readers into production management systems.

    NEWS Temperature and pressure measurement from one central location in Europe - Emerson Process Management has expanded its European investment in manufacturing, engineering and services for its Rosemount® temperature and pressure technologies in Wessling and Karlstein, (D).

    PRODUCT Pin socket version connector! - Following the successful launch of the Fischer MiniMax™ Series in 2012, Fischer Connectors has extended this miniature high performance rugged connector with a pin socket version.
    PRODUCT Guided wave radar level transmitter. - Honeywell Process Solutions has announced their SmartLine® Guided Wave Radar Level transmitter, the latest addition to HPS's SmartLine® industrial transmitter family. The new device can measure the level and volume of liquids inside processing tanks up to 160 feet in height.

    PRODUCT Wireless paperless recorder - The SMARTDAC+® GX20W wireless paperless recorder from Yokogawa supports the ISA100 Wireless™ industrial automation wireless communication standard and is expected to become an essential component of the SMARTDAC+ data acquisition and control system.

    NEWS Automation supply prioritises trust Customers of the automation supply and maintenance firm, CP Automation, can now enjoy a whole host of new features and information at their fingertips thanks to the launch of its new website.

    PRODUCT 310 nm, sub 800 ps picosecond pulsed LED! - Edinburgh Instruments has released the 310 nm picosecond pulsed LED with a sub-800 picosecond typical pulse width. This is first of many forthcoming new product releases to have such a low pulse width and is optimised for Time Correlated Single Photon Counting (TCSPC).

    White Paper Another communications war in the offing? - GreenPeak Technologies, the Smart Home semi-conductor/systems company, has posted a new white paper regarding the oncoming war between ZigBee and the new version of Bluetooth - Bluetooth Mesh.

    PRODUCT LED stroboscope - Fluke has introduced the Fluke® 820-2 LED Stroboscope, a simple, easy-to-use tool for investigating and observing potential mechanism failure on a variety of machinery without making physical contact with the machine.

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    PRODUCT No mean feat for an accelerometer! - Packing a 1000g triaxial capability with integrated signal conditioning into a miniature, titanium cube accelerometer weighing less than four grams is no mean feat but that is what Kistler Instruments has achieved with the latest addition to its PiezoStar® family.

    WEbinar E-Commerce site for load cells! - Customers looking for load cells and associated instrumentation will find that not only does LCM Systems have one of the most comprehensive ranges available, but now many of its most popular load cells and indicators are available to buy online.

    Standards Dynamic pressure sensor calibration facility! - Britain's National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is working on a dynamic pressure sensor calibration method, based on shock tube techniques, which NPL hopes will be adopted as an ISO standard. The methodology uses a shock tube, in which a bursting disc separates two sections, and an increasing pressure in one section initiates failure of the disc, creating a pressure shock wave in the other section.

    NEWS Membership to drive innovation for next generation network solutions! - ADLINK Technology has become a member of the Network Intelligence Alliance (NI Alliance), an industry organization created for collaboration among vendors of products and solutions based on network intelligence.

    PRODUCT Short-wavelength pyrometer with touch screen and data logging! - The new PyroMini 2.2 series of infrared temperature sensors from Calex Electronics combines the ability to accurately measure reflective surfaces and high-temperature objects with the modern and innovative touch-screen interface of the hugely successful PyroMini.

    NEWS PSUs for Switzerland! - Excelsys Technologies has added CL-Electronics GmbH to its global distributor network. CL Electronics will distribute solutions from Excelsys Technologies to customers in a variety of specialist markets including Military, Industrial, Medical, and Communications throughout Switzerland.

    publications" Interactive catalogue creator simplifies industrial automation selection! - Plant management professionals are set to receive a productivity boost because COPA-DATA has released a bespoke catalogue creator on its website. The new tool allows users to generate and customise catalogues from a pre-existing list of pages about the company's industrial automation software package, zenon.

    PRODUCT One thousand PXI modules! - Pickering Interfaces has announced a significant milestone in providing test engineers with the optimum PXI solutions for their Test & Measurement applications.

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    PRODUCT Ergonomic HMI/SCADA solutions for Industry 4.0 - At this year's SPS IPC Drives in Germany, COPA-DATA will be presenting consistent solutions for Industry 4.0. T

    PRODUCT HMI+PLC with extensive analogue capability! - The new model of IDEC FT1A Touch micro programmable controller series of combo HMI+PLC units is the FT1A Touch 14 I/O. New features make it suitable for advanced analog monitoring and control, allowing users to economically perform both operator interface and control for a much wider range of application.

    PRODUCT Valve and flap monitoring! - Position switch with analogue output for extreme environments from steute.

    PRODUCT Linear actuators meet tough hygienic requirements - For precise linear motion in environments with stringent hygienic requirements, Kollmorgen combines its stainless steel servo motors from the AKMH series with stainless steel actuators.

    Research & Education Wireless Lab Management Solution for Education - Tektronix has announced the industry's first wireless lab instrument management solution for quickly setting up and efficiently managing basic electronics engineering laboratories at colleges and universities.

    PRODUCT Ergonomics in enclosure assembly! - Allowing panel builders to work in the most ergonomic and safest way possible, Kiesling Maschinentechnik, a member of the internationally successful Friedhelm Loh Group (which includes Rittal), supply Assemblex assembly frames that support and rationalise processes throughout every stage of machining, assembly, wiring and testing of enclosures.

    NEWS Byrun, the walking, jumping, hopping robot..BLOG - In movies, robots can walk, talk, and even pretend to be human. Their real-life counterparts are considerably more limited. But this gap is closing, and Engineered Arts is seeking to bring reality closer to fiction.

    PRODUCT Innovative highlights. - ADLINK Technology will showcase amongst other products the following innovative highlights for SPS Nuremberg.

    PRODUCT HMI+PLC with extensive analogue capability! - The new model of IDEC FT1A Touch micro programmable controller series of combo HMI+PLC units is the FT1A Touch 14 I/O. New features make it suitable for advanced analog monitoring and control, allowing users to economically perform both operator interface and control for a much wider range of applications.

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