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    NEWS Advanced chemical injection technology acquired. - TechInvent2 AS, a Norwegian enterprise that holds the rights to FluidCom™, a chemical injection metering valve (CIMV) has been acquired by Yokogawa.

    White paper Industrial Cybersecurity for SMEs. - The International Society of Automation (ISA), at the request of the US Department of Homeland Security, has developed a white paper designed to help small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs - the Acronym SMB is used in the USA) recognize their vulnerability to industrial cyberattack and forge an effective cybersecurity plan based on established standards and practices.

    PRODUCT HART modem with power! - A new USB HART Modem that includes a +24Vdc power supply to power HART instruments has been launched by ProComSol. The HM-USB-PWR is the newest member of our modem family and reduces connection complexity and setup time.

    EVENTS IR workshop crosses Atlantic! - Laser Components will sponsor the 4th International WORKshop on Infrared Technologies for a broad audience of leading IR experts. The event will take place at Arizona State University on November 8 - 9, 2017 in Tempe (AZ USA).

    Education and Research Major doubts revealed about requirements for serialization! - As the FDA has announced plans to delay the active enforcement of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) in the US to November 2018, the research, conducted by SEA Vision and Zenith Technologies, gives further evidence for the need for additional time both in the US and Europe.

    PRODUCT Whole wireless gas detection system. - The ProSafe-RS® SIL2 wireless gas detection system is to be released by Yokogawa in September. Established by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), a safety integrity level (SIL) indicates the relative level of risk provided by a safety function.

    APPLICATION Measuring CO2 to optimise bulk storage of food. - Meeting the food requirements of a growing global population is becoming increasingly difficult. Despite the need for additional food, it is estimated that 50-60% of grain is lost after harvesting, at a cost of about $1 trillion per year.

    PRODUCT Concentric contact connectors. - Multi concentric contact connector is a new range of products from Lemo, dedicated to setups where connectors need to allow some rotation. Applications include petroleum downhole drilling systems and turret applications.

    PRODUCT Network simulator support enhancement. - COMPRION eUICC Profile Manager, the only software tool for efficient eUICC life cycle management, has been enhanced by an additional connectivity option. The software allows over-the-air updates of eUICCs and their profiles by means of a simulated network.

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    publications" Handbook for calibration. - The International Society of Automation (ISA) has published a new book designed for operators involved in verifying and calibrating measuring instruments used in ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems, ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems, ISO 16949 Automotive Quality Management Systems, and AS/EN 9100 Aviation Series Quality Management Systems.

    Stemmer Changes

    After 44 years, Stemmer Imaging founder Wilhelm Stemmer is handing the company over to proven successors, Christof Zollitsch and Martin Kersting.

    PRODUCT Moisture sensor is rugged, fast and accurate! - Servomex has launched the AquaXact 1688: a rugged, fast and accurate moisture sensor that can be used as a standalone 4-20mA loop-powered device, or digitally interfaced to Servomex’s AquaXact control unit, SERVOPRO MonoExact DF310E oxygen analyzer or forthcoming SERVOPRO MultiExact 4100 multi-gas analyser.

    NEWS Web based real time temperature monitoring. - A new company, LPRS Connected Solutions Ltd (LPRS CS) has been set up to provide systems integrators with Cloud based end-to-end M2M and IoT monitoring solutions.

    PRODUCT PCB adaptor provides Ethernet straight to the circuit board. - Harting has introduced a new M8 D-coded PCB adaptor that allows Fast Ethernet and PoE (Power over Ethernet) communications to be interfaced directly to a circuit board via an individual miniaturised connector, with corresponding space savings for customers.

    PRODUCT Reducing downtime from the cloud! - Senseye has reached a significant prognostics-at-scale milestone of automatically monitoring over 1,000 machines at a single customer site for early signs of mechanical damage and failure; using machine learning to help the client to avoid unplanned downtime, without relying on expensive consultants.
    PRODUCT Environmental Sensor for the IoT. - A multi-function Environmental Sensor that quickly allows designers to monitor seven parameters from one easy to integrate module has been announced by Omron Electronic Components Europe.

    PRODUCT Inline strain gauge amplifier. - Interface Force Measurements' new product is used to convert a sensor’s millivolt signal into an analogue signal for display or data acquisition. This simple, yet innovative product is connected to the sensor in line via a 5-pin, M12 connector.

    PRODUCT Remote sensor assembly improves safety. - In response to an industry-wide drive towards improved worker safety and reducing maintenance downtime, Crowcon has developed a remote sensor assembly to work alongside its XgardIQ fixed point detector and transmitter.

    Standards Laboratory accredited! - Gooch & Housego Orlando has received ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation from international registration body NVLAP (National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program).

    Education and Research Inline ultrasonic flow - a study! - A just-published study from Flow Research should be of interest to those involved in the fast-moving ultrasonic flowmeter market. The study is called Module A: The World Market for Inline Ultrasonic Flowmeters, and it is hot off the press from Flow Research.

    NEWS Increasing service to MES & Automation sector. - Zenith Technologies has strengthened its global workforce, recruiting 100 people over the past year in response to growing demand for manufacturing execution system (MES) and automation technology in the pharma sector.

    NEWS In-depth support for Malaysian market. - Endress+Hauser has invested 4.5 million euros in a new sales office in Shah Alam near Kuala Lumpur (MAL).

    Education and Research Explaining IT & OT in IIoT. - Craig Resnick of ARC Advisory Group interviws Kirsten Billhardt of Dell IoT and Mike Boudreaux from Emerson-Automation.

    PRODUCT New air monitoring technologies. - Three new ambient air quality monitoring instruments have been launched by Air Monitors. Portable and lightweight, the Spectra-1 can be easily transported from site to site, or left in place as a continuous monitor.

    NEWS Recognised innovators in IIoT. - Each quarter IoT ONE assess 1,600 Industrial IoT companies and identify the 100 companies with the greatest impact in three areas: brand influence in markets, technology innovation, and ecosystem. For 1st quarter 2017, Advantech, has scored a respectable 47th place in this Top100 list. Additionally, in the Innovation category Advantech occupies rank number 20.

    EVENTS Complimentary temperature calibration training. - Irish Power & Process (IPP) are holding a complimentary Fluke Temperature Calibration Training Seminar, September 25th & 28th, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dublin (IRL).

    APPLICATION Case study on avoiding dust explosions. - A new case study which describes a solution created by Michell Instruments to mitigate the risks caused by dust explosions in a sewage plant is now available to download.

    Standards Safety certification achieved for humidity & temperature transmitters. - The intrinsically safe EE300Ex humidity and temperature transmitter from E+E Elektronik now also bears the "Korean Certification Mark" (KC) required in Korea. The KC certification is comparable with the European ATEX, the American FM or the Japanese TIIS approvals already available for EE300Ex.

    PRODUCT High performance display for harsh environment. - KOE have announced the introduction of a new 4.2-inch Rugged+ TFT display. The TX11D201VM0BAA features the latest generation of IPS (in-plane switching) technology, WQVGA (480 x 272 pixels) resolution, a 16:9 wide aspect ratio and an extended operating temperature range.

    PRODUCT Anytime, anywhere plant information – for faster decision-making. - DeltaV™ Mobile is a new platform that leverages Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to empower the manufacturing engineer of the future with the most complete access to real-time data, trends and insight to make better-informed, critical operations decisions – securely from anywhere in the world.

    SEEQ Appointments

    Seeq Corporation has hired five new employees: Todd Amy, Sales Executive-Houston; Jennifer Bentzel, Director of Marketing-Pennsylvania; Cody Ray Hoeft, Software Developer-Oregon; Michael Talmadge, Analytics Engineer-Houston; and Joanna Zinsli, Analytics Engineer-Bay Area

    PRODUCT Hygienic US sensors mounting kits. - Hoffmann-Krippner has announced the availability of the EHEDG (European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group) certified hygienic mounting kit for PiL's P53 "Steel Head" ultrasonic sensors.

    PRODUCT First All-in-One signalling tester. - The functionality of Anritsu's popular Signalling Tester MD8475B all-in-one base station simulator has now been further strengthened with the release of the Enhanced Multi-Signalling Unit MD8475B-071 and LTE 4x4 MIMO Option MX847550B-041.

    PRODUCT Making life easier for H&S managers! - Life just got a little easier for health and safety specialists with Cirrus Research introducing the doseBadge5 with its new scheduled monitoring feature.

    PRODUCT Connectors for miniaturisation in the rail sector. - The new Han® 16 HPR EasyCon from Harting is a robust industrial connector that has been designed specifically to meet today’s requirements for miniaturisation in the rail sector.

    APPLICATION Good healthy brewing in New Zealand - Crowcon was asked to provide a quotation by Manukau-based DB Breweries health and safety advisors, a trend which is increasing within the food & beverage industry as the industry is currently upgrading its gas detection policies.

    People Reorganisation announce. - As part of the restructuring at Acromag, Mr. Russell J. Nieves accepted the position of Vice President of Sales and Mr. Robert M. Greenfield accepted the position of Business Development Manager.

    PRODUCT Smart Grid connectivity made easy. - New IXXAT SG-gateways from HMS Industrial Networks enable data exchange between infrastructure and energy networks based on IEC61850 or IEC60870-5-104, and common fieldbus and industrial Ethernet systems.

    PRODUCT Bi-directional differential pressure sensors. - Mimsic has launched its MDP200 Bi-Directional Differential Pressure Sensor for CPAP, breath detection, room pressure, damper control, flow hood, fume hood, filter monitoring and other applications where ultra-low differential pressure performance is required.

    PRODUCT Handle options. - Multitron has announced the availability of 50 new Stainless Steel and Chromium-Plated Handles, added to Mentor's range of Equipment Handles, bringing the total range of Handle options to over 270. The majority are available ex-stock and at low MOQs.

    NEWS Partnership to grow MES commitment to European EMS & OEM Companies. - Aegis Software, has announced its partnership with SEICA who provide services to top tier global EMS and OEM companies, a relationship that will enable Aegis to continue its vision to expand its software solutions offerings within Europe.

    Standards German standards body authorised for cybersecurity certification. - DAkkS, the accreditation body for certification bodies in Germany, recently accredited TÜV Rheinland to be an ISA Security Compliance Insititue (ISCI) certification body. TÜV Rheinland is now authorised to issue certificates of conformance for the IEC 62443 based ISASecure® control systems cybersecurity certification scheme.

    NEWS Acquisition creates a uniquely comprehensive automation portfolio. - The acquisition of B&R (Bernecker + Rainer Industrie-Elektronik GmbH) has been completed by ABB. B&R is the largest independent provider focused on product- and software-based, open-architecture solutions for machine and factory automation worldwide.

    PRODUCT Online product selection. - Yokogawa has announced an enhanced online product selection experience for customers through the use of its online 2D/3D configurator. The tool allows customers to configure field instruments based on any options or requirements and identify the exact model they need from thousands of potential combinations.

    PRODUCT Weight indicators upgrade! - The VPG Transducers brand of VPG has released a next-generation upgrade for its industry best-selling Intuition Series weight indicators.

    NEWS Open Rack technology. - Rittal has joined the Open19 Foundation. Driven by the Microsoft subsidiary LinkedIn and global vendors, such as HPE and GE Digital, it was launched in May 2017 with the aim of making data centers more cost-effective, more efficient and more flexible.

    PRODUCT Connectors shrunk! - In line with the trend to miniaturisation in the industrial sector, Harting has introduced a new DIN 41612 multipoint connector that is only one third the size of previous versions.

    NEWS Irish PSU manufacturer acquired! - Advanced Energy Industries, a global leader in precision power, has acquired Excelsys Holdings Limited (Excelsys) the PSU manufacturer based in Cork (IRL).

    PRODUCT Rotary Encoders with increased efficiency. - BlueBeam is essentially specially developed blue-light LEDs, which Pepperl+Fuchs uses for the first time in the new ENI58IL incremental rotary encoders, thereby offering performance features that have so far only been possible in high-performance special solutions.

    PRODUCT First battery-less Off-Grid Solar Inverter for air conditioners. - CyboEnergy has released a family of off-grid and on/off-grid CyboInverters that can run Inverter-Air-Conditioners (IAC) without batteries. New product spec sheets are released and downloadable from their website.

    PRODUCT Modified enclosures. - When a standard enclosure doesn't meet the requirements of a new design, specialist distributor JPR Electronics can provide bespoke modified enclosure solutions from Hammond Manufacturing.

    APPLICATION Reducing chloramines in swimming pools. - Wycombe Leisure Centre in Buckinghamshire (GB) is using Hanovia's SwimLine UV disinfection technology to keep chloramines at bay in its three indoor swimming pools.

    APPLICATION Twenty year leak detectors replaced with latest models. - Air Liquide Electronics, has recently replaced two 20-year old Ion Science gas leak detectors with the company's latest GasCheck G instruments. Chosen for the robust, reliable and upgradeable design, the Dallas-based semiconductor manufacturer is using the high performance handheld instruments to check for gas leaks after high pressure cylinder changes.

    NEWS 30 years 'setting parameters instead of programming" in automation! - COPA-DATA will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its founding on September 1, 2017. With the vision of making automation in industry a hands-on and enjoyable experience, Thomas Punzenberger founded Ing. Punzenberger COPA-DATA GmbH in 1987 in Salzburg. What began as a small start-up is now a company which boasts international success, with subsidiaries, distributors, partners and customers based all around the globe.

    PRODUCT Large scale containment valves. - Powder containment and aseptic transfer valve specialist ChargePoint Technology has invested in new manufacturing machinery at its facility to meet increased demand for larger diameter valves for use in large scale drug manufacturing that requires containment.

    NEWS sNew switch distributor! - ZF Switches & Sensors has appointed Ivory Egg as its first distributor for their KNX compatible Energy Harvesting Switching solutions.


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    Ron De Feo

    The board of directors of Kennametal, has appointed Chris Rossi (Top) as president and chief executive officer and Ron De Feo as executive chairman of the board.

    PRODUCT Capacitive proximity switches. - With its new range of capacitive products, Leuze electronic is introducing contactless, wear-free switches which are resistant to electromagnetic influences, interference and contaminants in the air such as dust.

    PRODUCT Drive system configuration tools. - NORD Gear has recently released its new online product configuration tool that covers practically all of the information, add-on options and selection criteria required to size, specify, purchase and integrate the manufacturers broad range of geared motors, motors and drive electronics.

    PRODUCT Multi concentric contact connectors. - The S and E Series Multi concentric contact connector is a new range of products from Lemo, dedicated to setups where connectors need to allow some rotation. Applications include petroleum downhole drilling systems and turret applications.

    PRODUCT Communicating with BACnet or KNX. - Two new gateways connecting factory automation equipment to building automation systems – Anybus Modbus to KNX gateway and Anybus Modbus to BACnet gateway, have been released by HMS Industrial Networks.

    NEWS Top connector supplier of 2016. - Crouzet Automatismes awarded its top suppliers of the year during a ceremony held in late 2016. The 2016 awards were given out by Florence Coiffet, Crouzet's purchasing director, who also presented the results and named SOURIAU as the year's top connector supplier.

    APPLICATION Research for new tesla coil sesigns. - Thomson Industries has donated a high-precision ball screw assembly to The Geek Group National Science Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to help develop revolutionary designs of Tesla Coils (TC). An ambitious R&D program has been initiated there to discover new uses for the TC with help from a new automated process for winding coils.

    PRODUCT TFT LCD Modules. - Diamond Electronics has introduced new 2.4" & 2.8" TFT LCD Modules from Winstar Display Co. Ltd. The WF24E and WF28E modules are small format TFT displays with full colour 240 x 320 RGB TFT LCD modules and have diagonal sizes of 2.4 & 2.8 inches respectively.

    EVENTS Users driving digital transformation. - The worldwide Emerson user community "at the heart of the industrial digital transformation" will host two Emerson Global Users Exchange conferences one in the USA and the other in the Netherlands serving the EMEA region. These are organised "to collaborate, network and solve the challenges in achieving Top Quartile performance – representing the top 25 percent of peer companies in operations and capital performance."

    NEWS Acquisition to strengthen digital grid portfolio and focus. - ABB to acquire the mission-critical communication business of the KEYMILE Group to strengthen its communication networks portfolio. The acquisition will bring with it key products, software and service solutions, as well as research and development expertise.

    PRODUCT High Power Regenerative DC Load. - The ELR 9000 HP Series of regenerative, programmable electronic DC loads has been introduced by Intepro Systems. This latest version of their ELR Series is designed to accommodate three-phase mains between 360V – 528V AC. The increased power density of HP Series units provides load ratings of up to 15kW in a single 3U rack-mounted instrument.

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    PRODUCT Analyser for NOx detection. - As part of its comprehensive emissions monitoring analyser range, Servomex, the world leader in gas analysis, provides a key solution to cover the broadest range of emissions applications involving oxides of nitrogen.

    PRODUCT Second generation industrial PC. - Phoenix Contact has introduced the 2nd generation of its successful Basicline industrial PC product line. The new, affordably priced BL2 family includes box PC's and resistive touch panel PC in several display sizes, all powered by the latest 7th generation Intel Core processors.

    Education and Research Training in digital communications. - These free-to-attend seminars, organised by PI UK this Autumn, address the key practical issues arising from the use of digital communications technologies in automated manufacturing and process industry applications, with particular attention to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industrie 4.0.

    PRODUCT Industrial flow monitor. - The Blancett® B3100 Series flow monitor has been introduced by Badger Meter. It is a flexible, durable, easy-to-use digital signal processing platform for demanding flow metering applications.

    PRODUCT Extending circular display range into a new technology. - A round AMOLED display has been added by andersDX to its range for wearable and instrumentation applications, complementing the circular PMOLED and touchscreen modules that it already offers.

    PRODUCT Indicators, Controllers and Monitoring Systems for safe & hazardous areas. - The F-series product range from Fluidwell offers you an extensive selection of Indicators, Controllers and Monitoring Systems for liquid and gas flow applications, as well as for Level, Pressure and Temperature Measurement in safe and hazardous areas.

    People Racing in Clonmel! - Congratulations are in order for the staff at Hanley Controls Clonmel Ltd who were recent winners of Division Five, Morrison Mini 6K Series Road Race in their native Clonmel (IRL).

    PRODUCT Software for Ignition SCADA system. - Seeq Corporation have announced the availability of a Seeq connection module for Inductive Automation's Ignition SCADA system. This new integration module simplifies integration of Seeq Workbench into Ignition displays and server gateways.

    Organisations Progress at ISA section in Spain. - The International Society of Automation (ISA) Spain Section's annual Assembly and Conference 2017 was held earlier this month in Madrid (ES). The main subject was "Automation and Control in the SMART era".

    PRODUCT White sockets. - The successful Dual DC Power Socket from Cliff Electronics, is now available in white to facilitate design into medical, domestic and personal electronic products.

    NEWS Partnership delivers modular data center solutions. - Rittal is to partner with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to jointly deliver modular data center solutions for the global market. Rittal will bring to the joint market approach their broad portfolio of modular and scalable datacenter solutions from a micro data center to largely scalable container solutions.

    PRODUCT Coping with high temperatures! - The latest range of C Series Strain Gauges (SG's) from HBM, is specifically developed to cope with modern temperatures (below 250°C) and minimise strain due to expansion.

    Standards Quality accrediditation for photonics leader. - Gooch & Housego Orlando (FL USA) has received ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation from international registration body NVLAP (National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program).

    PRODUCT Online resource for lamp and luminaire afficianados! - Cortet™ by CEL has announced a new online resource for manufacturers, integrators, installers and reseller of lighting systems, luminaires, lamps and control/management systems for industrial and office facilities, warehouses, and other large facilities.

    PRODUCT Motor offers precision valve control. - The new Limited Angle Torque (LAT) Motor, BEI Kimco model LAT22-18, for motorised valve control has been released by Sensata Technologies.


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    Lucy Ackland, Senior Development Engineer at Renishaw, has been selected as one of Britain's Top 50 Women in Engineering in 2017.

    PRODUCT The (small) force be with you! - The U1A Force Transducer is the latest addition to HBM's comprehensive range of force sensors and load cells. This series of force transducers are specifically designed for the measurement of static, as well as compressive forces up to 50 N and dynamic tensile, even when lateral forces are present.

    NEWS Quality with power! - Powerstax has been awarded ISO 9001 on its recently combined manufacturing facility in Wickford, Essex (GB).

    PRODUCT Soft starters. - WEG has recently launched the SSW900 series of soft starters. These compact soft starters, which replace the current SSW06 soft starter series, are designed for industrial and commercial applications.

    PRODUCT Methane gas detector. - Ashtead Technology has launched an advanced natural gas detection system that is able to differentiate between different gases and does not require a hydrogen source gas. Developed and manufactured by Inficon, the IRwin® is a portable, intrinsically safe methane specific gas detector with additional capability for LEL, oxygen and toxic gas measurements.

    PRODUCT Tiny iInductive path sensors. - The new Inelta ILAT Series Miniature LVDT Sensors provide precision measurements of position and path in the range of single-digit millimeters.

    EVENTS Heading for Data Centres event! - The utilities department of Hanley Controls Clonmel have signed up to exhibit at Data Centres Ireland Exhibition & Conference in November at the RDS in Dublin.

    PRODUCT Dual-mode wireless gateway. - Emerson has announced a new dual-mode wireless gateway which supports both IEC 62951 WirelessHART® and ISA100.11a industrial wireless communications standards.

    Standards Wireless area gas monitor approved to INMETRO standards. - The BM25 & BM 25 Wireless area gas monitor, from Tyco Gas & Flame Detection, have been INMETRO (Brazil) approved as per governmental regulation n°179-2010 and has received certification N°15.0200 X.

    EVENTS Early-bird registration deadline for WWAC. - The deadline for early-bird registration for the 2017 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls (WWAC) Symposium has been extended to 1 July 2017. The original deadline was 15 June 2017.

    PRODUCT Modular cable interface. - Harting has developed a new compressed air module to meet the increased demands on pneumatic interfaces in flexible production processes.

    APPLICATION The Grandmother retires! - After almost 20 years of reliable service a Gasmet FTIR multigas analyser has finally been retired. The instrument, which is a Gasmet 9540 was purchased at the end of the last century by VTT, the Technical Research Centre of Finland.

    PRODUCT Free chlorine analysis. - Free Chlorine Analysis Systems, compliant to EPA Method 334.0 have been introduced by Endress+Hauser.

    PRODUCT Extensometer for vehicular safety applications. - The VPG Transducers brand of Vishay Precision has announced the global market introduction of its Model 182 extensometer, a specialty high-performance strain gage-based force sensor, expressly designed for industrial, EN15000 and EN280 compliant off-highway vehicle and equipment safety applications.

    EVENTS CompEx Competency Validation. - Martin Jones of JT Limited is to discuss the development of competency after the Piper Alpha Disaster in 1988 at a technical meeting of the Ireland Section of the International Society of Automation (ISA). The meeting is scheduled for Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork Wednesday 12th July 2017, 19:30pm.

    APPLICATION DP Transmitter on very long train! - ADZ NAGANO develops and manufactures pressure sensors and transmitters that meet the highest industrial requirements for standard and specialist applications ranging from mobile machinery to aerospace equipment. Represented in Britain by Variohm EuroSensor, ADZ is especially active in technologically demanding projects such as the following railway braking application that call upon its considerable expertise to solve unusually challenging tasks.

    EVENTS Permission to change and develop in the Life Sciences! - The invitation was interesting, and challenging. "Future.Now – Developing the Life Sciences Landscape Together" was an arresting title. It was a co-operative event between National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) and Emerson. Our impressions!

    webinar Living on the Edge! - This "On-demand" webinar has Craig Resnick of the ARC Advisory Group and Jason Andersen of Stratus Technologies discuss new techniques for protecting data in the Era of IIoT.

    NEWS Ready for the floods? - Nigel Grimsley, Managing Director of OTT Hydrometry is urging those responsible for flood prevention and management to take action this summer to ensure they are protected before the arrival of severe weather.

    Blog New blog launched directed at the pharma sector. - Digital channel for experts to exchange ideas on current solutions and forward-looking topics affecting pharmaceutical and biotech manufacturing instituted by Werum.

    PRODUCT Torque transducer. - The T22 torque transducer, from HBM, is now available with three new nominal (rated) torques of 0.5 Nm, 1 Nm and 2Nm, making it a cost-effective and flexible solution.

    NEWS British manufacturers plan for transition from Europe. - The engineering equipment manufacturers' taskforce - EURIS* - believes that a 5 year transition period for the full implementation of Brexit is necessary to minimise economic disruption to British manufacturing companies as they adjust to life outside the EU.

    During the period that the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland are working through their exit from the European Union (EU) we will endevour to bring items of particular interest and/or relevence to the automation sector in the process.

    Standards Wireless standard speeds along! - The 2017 ON World Report on Industrial Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) found ISA100 Wireless to be the fastest growing Industrial Wireless mesh standard, with adoption increasing at 2.5X the pace of its leading competitor.

    Standards Wiring regulation updates! - Although nearly 15 month's away MCP reviews training, procedures, methods and safety overview in light of the 18th Edition Wiring Regulations.

    PRODUCT Plastic push-pull connector for medical & other applications. - Esterline Connection Technologies – SOURIAU's JMX series is a plastic push-pull connector for use in the medical industry. It is designed for easy use by any medical professional.

    White paper Sink or swim? Drowning under too much info! - Rachel Cooper, category marketing manager – field services with Schneider Electric, talks about managing the Big Data Flood. Smart, connected technology has taken us beyond the human ability to manage what can amount to hundreds of thousands of data points so what to do?

    PRODUCT Miniature sensor for very low force measurement applications. - In response to the increasing miniaturisation of consumer, industrial and business products Kistler Instruments developed a range of very small force sensors to meet the needs of both machine builders and manufacturers of small devices.

    NEWS Leader in medical and safety technology joins wireless group. - Dräger, an international leader in the fields of medical and safety technology, has joined the ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute.

    PRODUCT Safety shutdown & alarm control in field-based final elements. - The One Series ST models from United Electric Controls (UE), can now provide SIL 2-certified control for many types of final elements including pilot valves, actuators, motor controllers and other SIS elements, without involving a DCS or safety PLC.

    APPLICATION Standardising quality at food safety company. - Neogen Corporation Ltd, the international food safety company, is to upgrade its quality system from Ideagen as it looks to standardise quality management across its operations in Great Britain.

    PRODUCT Simple Conformance Test System for simple RF & Protocol conformance tests. - A Simple Conformance Test System, the ME7800L, which enables simple and cost-effective RF and Protocol conformance tests of 3GPP-compliant LTE mobile terminals in one simple package has been launched by Anritsu.

    PRODUCT Operator interface solution advances. - Opto 22 has announced groov 3.4, an update to its mobile operator interface system. With this new version of groov, operators can trend a lot more data over a much longer period: up to 5 years. groov's built in trend gadget now offers an interactive type of trend that handles many more data points.

    PRODUCT Outdoor connectors. - The Harting Han-Eco® A Outdoor connector is a new variant of the company's Han-Eco® family, which combines high-performance plastic construction with weatherproof seals for use outdoors.

    NEWS New service partner. - Werum IT Solutions further extends its range of services: The on/off group has been successfully certified as "PAS-X Endorsed Service Partner" for the DACH region and Europe.

    PRODUCT Compact, portable combination measuring instrument. - The Yokogawa DL350 ScopeCorder is the most comprehensive fully portable measuring instrument available for capturing, displaying, recording and analysing a wide variety of electrical and physical parameters in industry sectors including automotive, electronics, energy, transport and mechatronics.

    PRODUCT Hermetic connector with T/C contacts. - The range of circular connector with thermocouple contacts from Esterline Connection Technologies – SOURIAU, now includes a version with hermetic receptacle to meet specific requirements for aircraft, and applications in harsh environments.

    White paper PI and Automation in North America - report - The Measurement, Control & Automation Association (MCAA) has published its Annual Market Forecast for 2017. The report, prepared by the analysts at Global Automation Research, focuses on the Process Instrumentation and Automation (PI&A) markets in both the United States and Canada.

    NEWS Specialist motion components. - Phytron GmbH has appointed Mclennan as its exclusive sales partner in Ireland and Britain. Mclennan will handle enquiries and provide technical and sales support for the specialist and extreme environment stepper motor, drive and motion systems manufacturer.

    PRODUCT Safety in oil & gas storage. - The Enardo ES-665 spring-loaded thief hatch for use on low-pressure storage tanks in oil and gas and other industries has been introduced by Emerson.

    PRODUCT Signal Analyser Solution for 5G and Wideband. - The high-performance Signal Analyzer MS2850A from Anritsu Corporation, targets development and commercial production of 5G mobile communications systems.

    Organisations Automation discipline well served in Ireland. - The AGM of the Ireland Section of the International Society of Instrumentation (ISA) was held recently. It will continue to foster new advances in automation systems and technologies through technical seminars, events and training.

    PRODUCT Indicator with process filtering. - The INT4-P is the latest version of Applied Measurement's INT2-P featuring improved process filtering from your pressure transducer, level transmitter or depth sensor. The INT4-P is directly compatible with the INT2 series as it features the same front panel designs, dimensions and connections, for easy integration.

    EVENTS Quality, risk and safety to be examined! - Ideagen is to hold a two-day event for its US customer base in Orlando (FL USA), later this year. The 'Ideagen Horizons' seminar 2017 will take place in Orlando, 2-3 August 2017.

    NEWS One vision and one success story. - This year, IDS celebrates its 20th anniversary and now has 220 employees who work mainly at the German headquarters in Obersulm, but also internationally in three subsidiaries and three offices.

    PRODUCT Upgrade for LIMS. - The latest software release for the Matrix Gemini Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) from Autoscribe Informatics provides greater bulk sample registration flexibility and enhanced features for visualisation and communications for users.

    PRODUCT Loadcell Indicator. - The INT4-L 6-digit LED display from Applied Measurements, is the latest version of the INT2-L featuring improved load cell and process filtering. It is compatible with any strain gauge based transducer.

    PRODUCT Super-sensitive non-contact temperature sensor. - Omron Electronic Components has extended its non-contact MEMS thermal sensor range with a new narrow-field version specifically designed to provide accurate non-contact measurements of an objects' surface temperature for industrial control, medical and building automation systems.

    Maurice Wilkins

    Dr Maurice Wilkins FInstMC has been appointed as engineering director of the InstMC.

    APPLICATION Industry 4.0 quality management system. - Salzgitter Flachstahl has appointed the QuinLogic to fit out a state-of-the-art QES quality management system for all relevant production processes. The order comprises a central QES database solution.

    PRODUCT Supporting high data rate requirements. - Anritsu Corporation has introduced the Universal Fixture Extraction (UFX) option for its VectorStar® vector network analyzers (VNAs) to provide signal integrity and on-wafer engineers with an increased range of on-wafer and fixture calibration choices, even when a full set of calibration standards is not available.

    PRODUCT Water cooling in #food industry. - he new Hygienic Design air/water heat exchangers from Rittal are ideally suited to the food industry, where hygiene requirements are exceptionally stringent.

    White paper Use of video in data collecting. - A recent survey, conducted by HBM – a leader in the field of test and measurement – shows that video use is accelerating in data collection.

    PRODUCT Alarm with Dual Relays and Process Transmitter Output in a Single Unit. - Acromag has added new limit alarm and transmitter solutions for their line of microBlox® signal conditioners. The microBlox signal conditioning modules, available for a wide range of sensor inputs, plug into the new uBTA Transmitter Alarm Carriers to provide threshold value switch and process signal output capabilities.

    PRODUCT I/O modules with multiprotocol functionality. - The Standard for I4.0 Solutions: The new Ethernet IO modules from Pepperl+Fuchs support all common Ethernet protocols, such as PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, and EtherCAT, in a single device. The integrated IO-Link master function allows comprehensive diagnosis and parameterization.

    PRODUCT MEMS Capacitive Accelerometers - Silicon Designs, Inc. has introduced six new series of low-cost, high-performance MEMS capacitive accelerometers, in both traditional and smaller footprints.

    PRODUCT New range of radar level transmitters. - Six 24 and 80 GHz FMCW radar level transmitters for liquids and solids have been added by Krohne to their OPTIWAVE series. They aim at liquid and solid applications in a wide range of industries. Based on over 28 years of experience with FMCW technology, each device has a particular target area of application, for example agitated and corrosive liquids, narrow tanks with internal obstructions, or powders and dusty atmospheres.


    Marty Edwards

    Marty Edwards is the new Managing Director of the Automation Federation.

    NEWS Partnership increases test coverage. - XJTAG and Flying Test Systems, a leading provider of electronic test solutions in Britain and Ireland, have announced the signing of a joint Technology Partner Agreement.

    APPLICATION Have you a Percy Spencer in your operation? - Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at obsolete equipment supplier EU Automation, discusses how manufacturers can use their dark data for commercial benefit.

    NEWS Automation operations nervecentres extended in Europe & USA. - Two new ABB Ability™Collaborative Operations Centres near Miami, (FL USA) and Genoa (I), are extending the company's network.The centres function as the central nervous system for assets and systems fitted with ABB technology. Countless sensors transmit data on the health and performance of machines and essential systems to the centres, where sophisticated software performs advanced data analytics 24/7.

    PRODUCT Versatile load cell. - The innovative PW15iA load cell from HBM is fully adaptable and features a range of integrated functions - which include a wide range of algorithms for check weighing, filling and batching – which eliminates the need to undertake these functions separately.

    APPLICATION Tiger has a g'day down under! - Australian environmental consultancy, JBS&G has purchased another well-proven Tiger handheld volatile organic compound (VOC) monitor from Ion Science. This latest handheld photoionisation detector (PID) is being used on a major new project and was chosen for a number of performance benefits as well as the free extended five year warranty.

    PRODUCT Angle seat valves. - A highly adaptable angle seat valve, the VZXA has been introduced by Festo. Featuring a patented interface and award-winning modular product architecture, its wide variety of valve bodies and actuators can be freely combined for maximum configuration flexibility.

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    APPLICATION Digital mobile maintenance. - This article shows how such process improvement can be achieved by integrating Harting's MICA, a Modular Industrial Computing Architecture edge computer, which can communicate data between the different machine proprietary operating systems and directly forward it to an operator's tablet device.

    Don Schriek

    Don Schriek has been appointed as European Sales Manager with Excelsys Technologies.

    EVENTS US and British collaboration in combating industrial cyberattack. - Industrial cybersecurity experts of the International Society of Automation (ISA), the Automation Federation (ISA's umbrella organization), and the US and British governments, and global business leaders gathered in London 18 May 2017 to share common experiences and consider strategies to combat common threats.

    NEWS US production capabilities expanded. - Endress+Hauser has further expanded its production facilities in the United States. The Raman analyzer manufacturing plant in Ann Arbor, Michigan was extended at a cost of 9 million US dollars. In Greenwood, Indiana, the company built a new 8 million dollar plant for temperature measurement production.

    NEWSLeading in customer relationships. - Yokogawa has received the Frost & Sullivan Global Customer Value Leadership Award in the automation solutions and services category. This Award recognizes the company's contributions in building strong relationships with its customers by providing premium solutions that deliver an exceptional return on investment.

    Education and Research Developments in US flowmeters. - Flow Research has taken a fresh look at this dynamic market. The ultrasonic flowmeter market has been one of the best performers in terms of growth over the years, and it is important therefore to gauge its performance in 2016 and beyond. Their new study is called The World Market for Ultrasonic Flowmeters, 5th Edition, and it has a base year of 2016.

    Education and Research Power Distribution for the digital age. - Éirin Madden, Offer Manager at Schneider Electric Ireland talks about the smart devices that enable facility managers to take preventive measures to mitigate potential risks in power distribution.

    PRODUCT PC connectivity for control, data collection and analysis. - Yokogawa's new WTViewerE software provides PC connectivity for the company's industry-leading power analysers - including the WT3000E, WT1800E, WT500 and WT300E models - via Ethernet, USB, GPIB or RS232 interfaces. This connectivity allows users to easily control, monitor, collect and analyse measurement data, and save measurements remotely.

    PRODUCT Servo drives for DC-powered applications. - The Applied Motion Products (AMP) SV2Dx series servo drives are available from Mclennan in a comprehensive choice of control modes to suit use across a wide range of demanding motion control applications.

    APPLICATION Keeping your swimming pool clear! - Langley Leisure Centre in Berkshire (GB) is the first leisure centre in that country to use an optimised low energy UV system to treat water for its 25-metre indoor heated pool. The Hanovia SwimLine Ultraviolet Energy Optimised (UVEO) system is helping to provide high quality water that reduces corrosion and creates a healthier environment for bathers, whilst reducing overall energy consumption.

    PRODUCT Non-contact radar transmitter. - Magnetrol International has launched the PULSAR Model R86 Non-Contact Radar transmitter, an advanced level control solution that offers radar technology with improved performance for a wide range of level measurement applications.

    PRODUCT Ensuring right-first-time production. - Enhancements to Syncade MES Workflow v4.9 application provide operators with an action-oriented, efficient, and secure environment for faster and more precise manufacturing recipe execution.

    Standards Standard approval for power supply unit. - The market leading CoolX600 Series of 600W convection-cooled modular power supplies from Excelsys Technologies, is now approved to IEC 62368-1 – Part 1, the new safety standard for audio, video, information and communication technology equipment.

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