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Updated 2019-05-24 00:16
Fluke announces online safety resources for National Safety Month
Making a mistake while working on a high-energy electrical system can cause serious injury to anyone who fails to take the right safety precautions. In anticipation of National Safety Month in June, Fluke is highlighting its safety content to create more awareness of its free online resources to improve workplace safety.
Zivid announces Zivid One Plus product range with support for Matrox Imaging image processing software
The 3D camera is also directly supported in the Matrox Design Assistant X flowchart-based interactive development environment (IDE) by way of a software interface also developed using the Zivid 3D Camera Core API.
Linor Technology introduces IoTMeter Wireless Equipment Hour Meter
IoTMeter is a wireless equipment runtime monitor and alert system. The device remotely collects real-time data on offline industrial vehicles and powered equipment.
Emerson to enhance control for Nebraska water/wastewater facility
Emerson will install 68 Ovation controllers to control and monitor various utility processes including high-voltage breakers; gas distribution network flow and pressure; water treatment plant control; water well level monitoring; and wastewater lift station monitoring.
Flow Research Study: Flow meter market projected to approach $8.8B by 2023
Volume X is the result of a full year of research, and displays in one glance a comparison of the revenues, units sold, and compound annual growth rate for all the main types of flowmeters. No other study exists that provides this type of all-in-one view of the flowmeter market.
Rockwell Automation introduces e-learning courses for worker training
The courses cover a range of topics to help engineers, technicians and IT personnel design, implement and maintain industrial control systems. Currently, 14 courses are available spanning six technology areas
AVEVA to help Covestro digitize process engineering workflow
Covestro chose AVEVA’s SimCentral Simulation Platform as a single solution to replace legacy systems across the plant lifecycle.
AW-Lake Company introduces HUB-40EX flow sensor
Added for equipment with active inputs, the sinking digital I/O provides a ground connection to the load while the sourcing digital I/O version provides an active voltage source for PLCs designed for source output.
Digital Safety for the Energy Industry: Inside Siemens & TÜV SÜD’s cybersecurity partnership
Cyber threats continue to be a prominent concern as the digitalization movement grows ever larger. Siemens and TÜV SÜD are partnering to try and counter these concerns.
Mitsubishi Electric announces acquisition of ICONICS
ICONICS’ software products are used for SCADA, HMI, IoT, mobile, analytics and cloud applications. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions.
BASF chooses Emerson to modernize automation software and controllers at German chemical production facility
BASF will implement Emerson’s hybrid automation solution that replaces existing programmable logic controllers (PLCs), used to control 20 reactors, with Emerson’s DeltaV PK Controller.
Rockwell Automation and Aparian introduce PMIO scanner
The I/O scanner acts as a direct communication interface between the Rockwell Automation controller and the Honeywell I/O network for complete connectivity, so users can use their existing I/O and field wiring.
MCAA announces induction of Ken Hoffer into the Measurement, Control and Automation Hall of Fame
On Wednesday, May 1, during the Association’s Industry Forum in Tucson, AZ, the distinguished achievement award was presented to Ken Hoffer, Chief Executive Officer of Hoffer Flow Controls, Inc.
KPM Analytics announces acquisition of Sensortech Systems
Headquartered in Oxnard, CA USA, Sensortech joins KPM as provider of real-time moisture measurement and solutions that automates quality control. Sensortech further expands KPM’s core NIR technology portfolio while adding RF to KPM’s technology mix.
Endress+Hauser announces Nivector FTI26 point level switch
The Nivector FTI26 point level switch is designed for detection of all types of powdered and fine-grained solids such as plastic granules, detergent, grain, sugar, spices, milk powder, animal feed and other dry materials.
Emerson releases Micro Motion 4200 2-wire loop-powered Coriolis transmitter
The 4200 transmitter provides a viable migration path where Coriolis meters were previously not practical as a 2-wire solution, either due to restrictions on running additional wiring or a lack of power sources. The unit is also a solution for greenfield applications.
TASI Group announces acquisition of Sierra Instruments
Offering flow and test solutions to international markets, Sierra Instruments is comprised of two divisions: FLOW, headquartered in Monterey, California and AUTO, headquartered in Malvern, United Kingdom.
KPM Analytics announces acquisition of Sightline Process Control
Sightline Process Control is a company specializing in 3D color vision and automated inspection systems for the food production process.
Rockwell Automation announces addition of five companies to PartnerNetwork Program
The PartnerNetwork program allows companies to face automation challenges together by providing access to a network of suppliers, distributors, system integrators and OEMs.
HARTING, HIROSE and FLUKE networks announce ix Industrial Ethernet Connector test adapter for FLUKE DSX CableAnalyzer
This Ethernet interface is a joint development of HIROSE and HARTING. The adapter allows the DSX Series to connect to cabling systems employing the ix Industrial connector for the purposes of pre-startup verification and troubleshooting.
ASM Sensors releases posichron PCFP25 magnetostrictive position sensor
The posichron PCFP25 profile was designed especially to suite limited space applications such as crane outriggers.
SICK announces outdoorScan3 safety laser scanner
Safety laser scanners enable humans and machines to work safely alongside one another in industrial environments by reliably protecting stationary and mobile applications.
C&K releases LCW series of sub-miniature sealed snap-acting switches
With a contact rating up to 0.1 amp as first release, the products deliver a repeatable action, making them suitable for detection applications, such as temperature, and pressure switching in motorized equipment, sump pumps thermostatic controls and air conditioners.
Rockwell Automation announces IEC 62443-4-2 certified Allen-Bradley ControlLogix 5580 controller
The certification by third party TÜV Rheinland confirms that the controller meets the global standard’s cybersecurity requirements. The controller achieved compliance with the addition of security features to its firmware.
L-com announces M12FT8A series field termination connectors
These M12 interconnects were designed for factory automation, industrial control, test equipment, I/O connectivity, sensors and actuators, or any connectivity application where a screw down interface is necessary.
Servitization for Sensors: Is S2aaS a viable business model?
By Jonathan Wilkins, EU AutomationThe rapid pace of change in North American manufacturing is causing a dramatic increase in the servitization of products. The reason for this spike? Sensors.
AW-LAKE COMPANY introduces RT-50 Flow Rate Transmitter
The FAC-S Analog Output Sensor and FAC-R Frequency to Analog Converter also offer Bluetooth connectivity and analog output options when interfacing with AW-Lake Flow Meters and other instrumentation.
ABB announces its first CO2-neutral production site in Germany
The installed ABB technology will generate enough power to cover on sunny days 100 percent of the factories` power requirements.
Tension in Industrial Automation: Open Systems and the User’s Dilemma
By Bill Lydon, Automation.com Suppliers either adapt with technology, or they lose customers and die. This is true in every industry. The industrial and process automation industries will be no exception.
AVEVA announces winners of competition for Chemical Engineering students
The competition involved 56 students from 20 universities in North America remotely using AVEVA’s industrial simulation software platform, SimCentral, to solve a challenge: design, optimize and operate a process to produce dimethyl ether—a gas that can be used as automotive fuel—for electric power generation and in domestic applications such as heating and cooking.
Emerson partners with Vayu to optimize wind farms with machine learning
The three-year collaboration combines the power applications and networking capabilities of Emerson’s Ovation automation platform with Vayu’s cloud-computing wind energy optimization technology.
MB Dynamics announces Win475 CRASH-CAL automated accelerometer calibration system
The design of the CRASH-CAL system integrates MB’s own Model CAL25AB air bearing shaker, together with its Model 407-8X multi-channel signal conditioner; MB 500VI power amplifier; and Win475 CRASH-CAL software, facilitating the simultaneous calibrations of up to eight piezoresistive accelerometers
Tesco announces acquisition of Trimax Systems
The union with TRIMAX is intended to provide opportunities for TESCO to increase its water/wastewater market share in Southern California and gain entry to additional industries served by TRIMAX.
Universal Robots and ARC Specialties introduce Artificial Intelligence Pipe Welding System (AIPW)
The AIPW pre-scans the root opening (gap) using a 2D laser, then uses the data to generate the robot path and welding parameters. Gap variations are compensated for with changes in oscillation, torch position, travel speed and welding conditions. Th
Emerson to provide predictive maintenance services to BP's Clair Ridge project
Emerson’s cloud engineering services enabled global project personnel to remotely collaborate on design, development and testing in a common virtualized environment. This allowed project changes and testing to be managed efficiently and remotely.
Cipher Resources announces Alexandra Woodyer Sherron as company President and Chief Executive Officer
Elena Tanzola has resigned as a director and Interim President and Chief Executive Officer. The Company thanks her for her contributions and service.
UL announces Machine Risk Assessment services
The on-site risk assessments can be conducted across industries and a wide range of machine types, for a single machine or an entire factory.
Festo introduces VOFC/VOFD family of solenoid valves at Offshore Technology Conference
VOFC/VOFD solenoid valves and VACC solenoid coils are designed to increase process safety across the entire system. VOCD/VOFD solenoid valves can be used in many applications and meet safety standards (up to SIL3, explosion protection).
Micro-Epsilon introduces induSENSOR MSC7401 controller
The induSENSOR MSC7401 controller is used for displacement and distance measurements in automation technologies and machine building. The controller is compatible with the inductive LVDT and LDR measuring gauges and displacement sensors from Micro-Epsilon.
Nikon Metrology announces strategic partnership with Pixelink
As part of this collaboration, Nikon Metrology NV will distribute Pixelink cameras as stand-alone solutions or integrated with Nikon NIS-Elements Microscope Imaging Software.
Emerson helps U.K. refinery implement terminal automation system
The scalable, enterprise-level midstream logistics management solution based on Emerson’s TerminalManager software and DeltaV distributed control system (DCS) is working to help the terminal achieve its goals
Thorlabs announces acquisition of Cirtemo
The acquisition includes two technologies: Multivariate Optical Elements for spectroscopic chemical analysis and Nanopatterning Tools known as MagAssemble, which were originally developed by MagAssemble, LLC and are used to “3D print” photolithography masks using nanoparticles.
AutomationDirect announces three new sizes of INTEGRA Premium Series polycarbonate enclosures
The Premium series features INTEGRA's unique T-Rail mounting system for dead-front panels, swing-out panels, layering subpanels, and/or variable subpanel height.
Pepperl+Fuchs announces F199 inclination measurement sensor
The F199 measures angles from 0 to 360° with less than 0.01° resolution and absolute accuracy of ±0.15° across the entire measuring range. This addition complements the current portfolio of inclination sensors, which includes the F99 series.
Enerpac announces HM-Series HydraMax and updated GT-Series Hydraulic Topside Tensioners for bolt tightening
Both product series are engineered to achieve accurate bolt-load in single or multiple tensioner configurations, delivering bolt tensioning with performance on critical joints.
Emerson introduces Rosemount R305 Integral Manifolds and Rosemount R306 In-line Manifolds
When a Rosemount R305 or R306 is selected with a transmitter, the components are fully assembled and high-pressure leak tested at the factory.
IQD Frequency Products introduces IQXO-923 series of HCMOS based clock oscillators
Available in either a voltage of 1.8V (IQXO-923-18) or 3.3V (IQXO-923-33) this clock oscillator is housed in an hermetically sealed 3.2 x 2.5 mm ceramic package with a height of 1.1mm.
Robotic Process Automation: Human Touch Still Required
By Jack Wilson, Optimum Consultancy ServicesRPA allows a robot to observe human-initiated actions between multiple data sources and technologies on a User Interface, memorize the actions and corresponding sequences, and replicate.
FCI introduces retractable packing gland option for ST series of flow meters
When it comes to maintaining insertion style meters such as FCI’s ST Series, the sensor assembly is retracted from the pipeline through a ball valve/packing gland. When retracted, the ball valve is closed.
Rockwell Automation releases insulated bus option for Allen-Bradley CENTERLINE 2100 motor control centers
Suited for oil and gas operations, it is designed to eliminate the need to manually tape the splices onto the bus. This UL-listed option is available for NEMA MCCs up to 1600 A.