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Updated 2017-10-20 19:01
Fluke earns NECA Showstopper Award for T6 Electrical Testers
The Fluke T6 Electrical Testers with FieldSense technology are designed to make troubleshooting safer and more efficient by allowing electricians to take simultaneous voltage and current measurements — not just detection — without test leads.
Honeywell helps SECCO enhance operator training simulator system
SECCO plans to use part of the suite known as Honeywell Connected Plant UniSim Operations, which is a cloud-deployed learning solution that enables access to simulation-based operator training.
Fluke announces sponsorship of WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017
WorldSkills brings together vocational students from 77 countries to compete in 51 skill areas, and draws more than 150,000 attendees. The competitors, all under the age of 22, simulate real work challenges that must be completed according to international industry standards.
Emerson announces Roxar Tempest 8.1 version of reservoir management software suite
The release is designed to complement and enhance the uncertainty analysis delivered by Ensemble Smoother Based History Matching, previously introduced in the Tempest 8.0 release, and provides a means of representing flow behavior in the vicinity of fractures.
Honeywell introduces Sensepoint XRL fixed gas detector
The Sensepoint XRL fixed gas detector monitors industrial operations for specific hazardous gases, such as carbon monoxide or methane. Sensepoint XRL is Bluetooth-enabled, meaning it can be set up and maintained remotely using a smartphone app.
Automation industry legend Dick Morley, 'Father of PLC' passes away
Widely known as the ‘Father of the PLC’, Morley was the initial designer of the first PLC, produced by Modicon nearly 50 years ago. Morley was also a fervent entrepreneur, and heavily active in engineering and automation education, especially with the International Society of Automation.
Yokogawa introduces Y-Flow family of computer and remote terminal unit (RTU)
The Y-Flow YFFC is a computer designed to measure AGA 3 orifice gas flow and the Y-Flow YRTU is a remote terminal unit designed to measure various complex AGA gas flow calculations as well as remote control applications.
Schneider Electric announces Insight Performance operations management module
Insight Performance is designed to empower operators with data-driven KPIs and real-time visibility into equipment performance through an interface. Built-in analysis capabilities are designed to enable cross-plant equipment benchmarking that delivers actionable intelligence to effectively increase equipment performance and operating efficiency.
Insights on the Impact of Industry 4.0 for Process Automation
By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.comOf the technology trends that I have observed in recent years, few developments have been more exciting than Industry 4.0 for Process Automation. But what does Industry 4.0 mean for your facility?
Turck introduces TBIP CIP Safety Hybrid Block I/O module
The hybrid safety concept from Turck combines both safety I/O and general purpose I/O in a single, on-machine, remote I/O device. The CIP Safety module expands the existing hybrid safety offering, which already includes an option for PROFIsafe over PROFINET.
Kaman announces OEM-2306 non-contact linear displacement measuring instrument
The OEM-2306, using eddy current technology, is factory configured for each unique application. The system’s board level configuration makes it ideal for integration into OEM equipment. Additionally, the OEM-2306 is RoHS compliant and supports the full line of Kaman sensors.
PCB introduces Model 132B38 micro ICP pressure sensor
This design features a centered sensing element which is intended to improve accuracy of time of arrival, targeting, sniper/projectile detection systems, and aerodynamic testing in high speed wind tunnels.
Itris Automation announces PLC Checker now with PLCopen coding guidelines
Itris Automation decided to integrate the PLCopen coding guidelines into PLC Checker as they share PLCopen’s objective of improving the quality of PLC programs and promoting good practices.
Epson Robots announces T3 All-in-One SCARA robot at The ASSEMBLY Show
The T3 robot comes with a built-in controller. It offers an automation solution for simple applications such as pick and place, assembly, parts handling and dispensing in industries ranging from automotive and medical development, to lab automation, consumer electronics, electronic components and industrial.
Fluke announces expanded Endurance pyrometer series models with remote sensing heads
Major application fields include primary and secondary metals manufacturing, primary glass manufacturing, and laser welding. Featuring a 0.1 °C measurement resolution, the Endurance pyrometers also fulfill the requirements of the semiconductor industry.
Endress+Hauser announces new Chilean office facility
The 2,300-square-meter facility contains modern office space, an auditorium, conference rooms, a training center and a calibration laboratory.
Alliance Sensors Group releases LZ-33 series of linear position sensors
These are contactless devices designed for use in factory automation or assembly machinery applications where space is a premium, as well as for external mounting on hydraulic cylinders to sense rod position.
ATEK announces AssetScan suite of condition monitoring solutions
The AssetScan condition monitoring suite includes differential pressure monitors, level monitors and temperature monitoring solutions. The AssetScan condition monitoring suite also includes battery-powered and cellular enabled solutions.
Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence announces expanded HTA Measurement solution
The HTA technology packages are designed to deliver reduced measurement cycles and data sets for manufacturers looking to integrate dimensional inspection more effectively into their production processes
Beckhoff announces HART integration into TwinCAT software and I/O system
Full implementation of HART functionality, both in the I/O system and in the TwinCAT engineering environment,is intended to promote simple project planning and reliable commissioning.
Fluke announces T6 Electrical Testers with FieldSense Technology
The Fluke T6 Electrical Testers with FieldSense Technology are designed to make troubleshooting safer and more efficient by allowing electricians to take simultaneous voltage and current measurements — not just detection — without test leads.
SABIC turns to Yokogawa TDLS analyzers to enhance safety function and production
By Jon Moscovic, Lead Reliability Engineer, SABICSABIC’s situation proved to be harder than most typical applications due to a mix of specific conditions. For many years operators struggled while working with paramagnetic and electrochemical cell sensors.
Sciemetric Instruments announces free Leak Test Workshop
Through demonstrations, presentations and one-on-one discussion with leak test experts, the Nov. 8 Leak Test Workshop will give practical information and ideas that attendees can take back to their factories and implement for a better, faster and more reliable leak test.
ISA publishes new book: Process Analyzer Systems Project Engineering and Management
Process Analyzer Systems Project Engineering and Management by Gary Nichols, PE, CAP®, includes specific recommendations for defining hardware and documentation deliverables, adhering to procurement policy, working with team members in other disciplines and in the supply chain, and communicating among project teams.
Beckwood partners with Siemens to produce automated hydraulic press
The company was seeking a turnkey package consisting of two 1400-ton hydraulic presses and two automated stamping die handling systems to load and unload the presses more efficiently than the conventional forklift and manual labor-intensive system this customer was currently utilizing.
AutomationDirect introduces SureMotion linear motion slide actuators
The SureMotion lineup includes both motor-ready actuator assemblies and an assortment of sliding components and accessories to provide a variety of motion control solutions for X-Y and X-Y-Z positioning systems.
Identifying Odor Control Needs in Manufacturing Operations
Timur Dunaev, BioAir SolutionsOdor problems at manufacturing facilities can be unexpected, and can work against the production the facility is meant to accomplish. Solving the problem requires analyzing how a facility’s processes generate and disperse odorous air, and then identifying an appropriate odor control solution.
Emerson unveils Plantweb IoT platform enhancements at 2017 Emerson Global Users Exchange
Built on the foundation of process control and safety systems, Plantweb expands on existing automation infrastructure to make the promise of Industrial IoT scalable and achievable, with a portfolio of Pervasive Sensing technologies, a suite of analytical software tools, secure data infrastructure devices and expert services.
Endress+Hauser introduces 1-5 VDC low power output option to PMP71 pressure transmitters
The PMP71 measures absolute and gauge pressure of gas, steam or liquid and has built-in algorithms to calculate level, volume and mass of liquids. Measuring spans are available in ranges from -6 to +6 psi up to -15 to 10,500 psi.
Emerson opens Global Users Exchange with focus on the 'digital workforce'
Emerson opened its annual Emerson Global Users Exchange event with a focus on the resources that will enable manufactures to drive greater business performance in the future
Honeywell introduces ControlEdge RTU with gas and liquid flow measurement
This latest release increases the efficiency of remote asset management by doubling as a flow meter, as well as allowing operators to automate loop check and commissioning, reduce hard-wired input/output (I/O) devices, and extend device diagnostics.
Siemens' SIRIUS 3RR Monitoring Relays helps EcoClean avoid downtime
The main symptom of EcoClean's heating problem was excessive heating times. Due to the heaters consisting of several heating elements, the issue might have been a blown fuse or an open element pulling less current than it should.
Endress+Hauser announces appointment of Kailash Desai as COO
Kailash Desai has been promoted to this position and will take charge of the India business. In his stint with Endress + Hauser since 2003, he worked in various management roles focusing on marketing and sales, while also gaining experience in human resources and the projects business.
Growing Automation Professionals: Developing Skilled Labor Improves the Economy
It is a simple fact in today’s industrial environment that the world needs more automation professionals. Closing this skills gap has been a well-documented priority for a number of organizations, as a result.
Endress+Hauser introduces Micropilot FMR6x 80 GHz free space radar level instrument
The Micropilot FMR6x 80 GHz device features reduced tank wall effects, less interference from obstacles, and the ability to measure lower dielectric media. The FMR6x’s process connection, as small as 3/4 inch, allows for installation in tanks with small process connections, in tall nozzles, and through ball valves.
Emerson helps Karma Culture create refrigeration-free probiotic beverages
Today, the KarmaCap manufacturing process features automated production using Emerson’s Branson SW300 servo-driven spin welders to produce caps that are free from the issues associated with snap-fit seals –improving production efficiency and eliminating nearly all rejects.
Eaton continues 2017 Industrial Controls in Motion mobile tour
The hands-on, 40-foot, interactive showroom will travel to nearly 20 U.S. cities and educate original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), facilities managers, commercial customers, end users, contractors and others about Eaton’s newest energy efficient innovations for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R), pumping, process industry and machinery applications.
Endress + Hauser announces investment in new French facility
Endress+Hauser has invested 4.9 million euros in a new building in Lyon. As well as 25 sales and service employees from Endress+Hauser, nine employees from the European headquarters of Kaiser Optical Systems will move into the new facility.
Honeywell announces Experion Local Control Network (LCN) solution
This offering enables the incremental upgrade of the company’s legacy TotalPlant Solution (TPS) control system to allow for integration with Experion PKS.
Siemens announces Sitrans FCT030 and FCT010 Coriolis digital transmitters
To extend the process-optimizing advantages of the digital Coriolis flowmeter platform to low-flow applications such as batching, dosing and filling of both liquids and gases, the Sitrans FCT030 and FCT010 digital transmitters can now be paired with the Sitrans F C MASS 2100 and Sitrans FC300 Coriolis sensors for small line sizes from DI 1.5 to DN 15.
Eaton announces VFD online training program
Created by Eaton experts in VFD technology and application, the program supplements basic product understanding through self-guided and instructor-led training and includes commissioning classes.
Automating and Documenting Temperature Transmitter & Sensor Calibrations
By Jim Shields, FlukeTemperature transmitter calibrations are often performed without taking into account temperature sensor performance. This practice can be problematic for critical process measurements or those that need a higher degree of confidence or accuracy.
Endress+Hauser announces acquisition of IMKO Micromodultechnik
The IMKO systems measure moisture with time domain reflectrometry (TDR), a technology based on the time of flight of reflected radar waves. IMKO’s headquarters will remain in Ettlingen, Germany; the company’s 19 employees have been retained.
Fluke announces Fluke Digital Multimeter online course
The Fluke Digital Multimeter online course uses narration, video, interactive activities, and illustration to familiarize participants with DMM basic operations, common applications and some of the more advanced modes.
Emerson helps enhance process controls at Turkish power plant
Replacing the aging controls with a unified Ovation platform is expected to improve the reliability of the plant, which supplies electricity to western Istanbul. The contract was awarded by TEMSAN, the government-owned organization leading the project.
PCB Piezotronics announces launch of University Laboratory Programs
Each program bundles sensors and accessories, laboratory experiments, classroom lecture, and technical poster for use in academic classrooms and laboratories.
AutomationDirect introduces NITRA pneumatics rotary actuators and pneumatic object grippers
The design of the NITRA rotary actuators is ideal for general material handling and other industrial applications such as conveying, clamping, transferring parts, positioning, and controlling valves. NITRA Pneumatic Grippers are used in a broad range of general automation processes such as pick & place, material transfer, clamping and indexing.
Balluff introduces BTS infrared temperature sensor with IO-Link interface
A variety of setting possibilities and functions open up a range of applications for the user. Steelworks, foundries, forging, the ceramics industry and glassworks are perfect examples of applications.
ISA releases technical report on capturing and transmitting knowledge in continuous process automation
The work of the ISA106 standards committee, Procedure Automation for Continuous Process Operations, is intended to provide a framework for building some of that knowledge into automated procedures.
Endress+Hauser announces AdEdge Water Technologies has joined OEM Business Partner Program
Endress+Hauser’s OEM Business Partner Program is a new concept designed to develop and enable a higher level and more strategic OEM customer relationship that is focused on tangible business results and people development.