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Updated 2017-05-24 23:30
Fluke releases 64 MAX IR thermometer
The Fluke 64 MAX IR Thermometer features Auto Capture allowing technicians to set time and intervals to record up to 99 data points unattended so it can capture elusive temperature events.
FCI introduces VeriCal calibration verification system for ST100 series of flow meters
This calibration verification system is designed to lower flow meter operating costs in flare gas applications aboard offshore platforms, at land-based oil/gas facilities and in petrochemical plants.
Rockwell Automation announces it is accepting nominations for Manufacturing Safety Excellence Awards.
Winners will be selected based on the three key pillars of a comprehensive safety program: a strong safety culture, well-executed compliance procedures, and effective use of current, machine-safety technology.
Red Lion announces Distrix SDN capability for Sixnet series RAM industrial cellular RTUs
Distrix’s SDN technology, running on RAM devices, is designed to speed deployment of communication networks between industrial devices and IIoT cloud platforms, and deliver security for remote machine access.
Laser 2000 introduces Moku:Lab test & measurement device
By wirelessly communicating with an iPad, Moku:Lab enables technicians, researchers, and students to interact with their experiment and stream data in real-time from anywhere in the lab.
FCI Founders Bob Deane and Mac McQueen named to MCAA Industry Hall of Fame
Bob and Mac began their partnership in 1964 with the development of a thermal flow switch designed to provide service in the the oil/gas industry. Starting in Mac’s home garage, the two engineers improvised with a kitchen candy thermometer, soldering iron, and a bowl of water to prove the validity of their initial sensor concept design and then began manufacturing the devices for a major U.S. oil company.
ABB introduces CMS-700 energy monitor and control unit
The CMS-700 energy monitor and control unit can integrate up to 96 sensors, which can be displayed and processed using the built-in web server, Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) or a Modbus Remote Terminal Unit (RTU).
Rockwell Automation introduces Allen-Bradley Guardmaster Lifeline 5 cable-pull switch
The solid-state operation of the Lifeline 5 cable-pull switch offers an electronic, rope-monitoring system to compensate for thermal expansion and cable sag.
Spirax Sarco announces flow measurment training class
The three-day class, from June 6-8, will focus on physics of flow and various flow measurement technologies available, along with a basic understanding of digital communications. The course will be a combination of classroom and hands-on training.
AutomationDirect introduces NS-Series NSF certified valves
These NS-Series NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) certified valves (from GC Valves) are a choice for food and beverage grade potable water applications.
IPS announces opening of Corpus Christi, Texas service center
The IPS Corpus Christi Service Center is one of seven IPS service centers supporting industry in the Gulf Coast Region including Houston, TX, Beaumont, TX, Sulphur, LA, Shreveport, LA, Birmingham, AL and Dothan, AL.
Process Sensors Corporation introduces PSC-T54L infrared temperature pyrometer
The PSC-T54L is designed for industries including paper, powders, food and ceramics to wallboard, thermoforming, composites and glass.
Endress + Hauser FlowTec announces expanded Swiss office extension
This recently completed extension offers an additional 25,000 square meters of space for offices and production, which brings the facility to a total of 74,500 square meters. Endress+Hauser Process Solutions AG, the competence center for process automation and digital communication, is also housed in the new facility.
Red Trident announces joining of Bedrock Automation Systems Integration Network
Red Trident, an industrial control systems (ICS) cyber security and process automation firm focused on protecting critical infrastructure, has joined the Bedrock Automation Systems Integration Network.
ISA and Beamex to co-host free webinar on calibration uncertainty
The webinar, which will be held from 12PM to 1:30PM EST on 8 June 2017, will feature two calibration experts: Ned Espy, Technical Director at Beamex; and Roy Tomalino, Calibration Engineer at Beamex.
Improving Plant Safety with Industrial Automation
By Jonathan Wilkins, EU AutomationWith the introduction of driverless cars by brands such as BMW and Google, safety is being revolutionised through autonomy. But what can other industries learn from this? This article discusses how new technology and increased automation improves safety across sectors.
Rockwell Automation announces Best Practices for Risk Management ebook
By addressing risk in key areas, companies can effectively manage brand-critical safety, quality, security and obsolescence challenges at their source. An e-book outlining the four key areas of risk management is available on the Rockwell Automation website.
HIMA announces launch of redesigned website
The new website is intended to form the basis for stronger digital interaction with customers. It is also part of a comprehensive, multi-year global digitalization strategy.
Beckhoff introduces ELX series of EtherCAT terminals
With I/O terminals that feature explosion protection, the ELX series expands the Beckhoff EtherCAT Terminal system, which already offered more than 100 different signal types.
Aplus Finetek announces EPR series of paddlewheel flow meter
Using magnetic paddlewheel technology and electronics, the EPR continuously measures the flow of liquids in pipes with a velocity range of 0.98ft/s~32.8ft/s (0.3m/s~10.0m/s) in pipe sizes from ¾” through 2” (DN20 to DN50).
ATAM introduces model 455 solenoid
The model 455 solenoid which features an explosion-proof case and ATEX and IECEx certifications for gas and dust for zones 1 and 2. This model is addressed to demanding hydraulic applications.
Emerson launches Roxar Salinity Measurement System
Through the system, operators can identify changes in the flow stream and the smallest amounts of saline water at high levels of sensitivity. This enables the operator to take immediate remedial action to prevent threats to production, such as scaling, hydrate formation and corrosion.
Siemens Automation Summit 2017
The annual Automation Summit is a user conference for manufacturing professionals who use Siemens automation technologies.
Honeywell Users Group Americas 2017
Honeywell Users Group (HUG) conference provides users of Honeywell process control and industrial automation systems with a forum to exchange technical information and provide feedback to Honeywell on their equipment and service needs.
ISA announces lineup of technical division symposia for automation and control
Each year, ISA’s technical division symposia events bring together innovators, thought leaders and other automation and control professionals from around the world to explore the latest technologies, trends and best practices.
GBC Survey analyzes digital transformation of the oil and gas sector
In a recent survey published by GBC, the keynote speakers of the IIoT and Digital Solutions for oil and gas conference (OMV, Eni, Petronas and Halliburton) have mentioned that the mind-set change in integrating the IT in the overall business strategy and the breakdown of cultural and technical silos will leverage the speed of the opportunities in this sector and will deeply transform the legacy operations.
Open Architecture Standards and Vendors: Finding Clarity Amidst the Chaos
By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.comWe've received a number of comments and questions from vendors about The Open Group's effort to push for open process automation standards. Tn the aim of encouraging more discussion on the topic, we're sharing some of these questions in order to provide some more clarity on its importance.
AutomationDirect introduces Wera hand tool sets
AutomationDirect has added 14 new assorted Wera tools including miniature and insulated screwdriver sets, a driver-bit set, metric and Imperial T-handle and L-key hexdriver sets, an impact driver set and adjustable torque screwdrivers and torque wrenches.
ABB introduces PGC process gas chromatograph
The PGC5009 represents process analytics for simulated distillation analysis using fast temperature programmed process chromatography.
Yokogawa announces enhanced version of STARDOM network-based control system
This latest version supports Windows 10, and the STARDOM CPU module comes with a new function that enables Java applications to run on a STARDOM controller. In addition, an oil flow rate calculation function has been added to meet the needs of oil and gas well operations.
Emerson announces Rosemount 5408 radar level transmitter
The Rosemount 5408 has been designed to simplify operator tasks. Pictorial instructions and a software interface guide the operator through installation, commissioning, proof-testing, operation and maintenance.
AutomationDirect adds Total Air Preparation (TAP) Units and Ethernet/IP (EIP) Modules to NITRA pneumatics line
Both TAP units contain an automatic drain air filter with clogged filter indicator, relieving regulator, lockable shut-off valve, pressure gauge and air dump.
Kamstrup helps Ghana boost smart water metering efforts
Ghana Water has invested in 40.000 Danish intelligent meters to help diminish the nation’s supply challenges. The project is the first of its kind ever carried out in Ghana
PLCs of the Future: Are they still PLCs?
By Jonathan Wilkins, EU AutomationThis article discusses the evolution of the programmable logic controller (PLC), and predicts what the future might hold for this crucial piece of equipment.
OSI to deliver distribution management system to Ottawa power company
Hydro Ottawa transports power from the provincial electricity grid across a distribution network comprised of 85 distribution stations, 2,700 kilometers of underground lines, 29,000 kilometers of overhead lines, 45,000 transformers, and 48,000 hydro poles.
Novatio Solutions announces company launch
Novatio Digital Workforce is designed to automate repetitive business tasks while freeing companies’ human capital for more value-added activities.
Honeywell introduces Matrikon FLEX OPC UA developer tookit
Intended for use by discrete and process industry manufacturers, commercial customers, and automation original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), Matrikon FLEX is a developer toolkit that enables any application, regardless of size, with OPC UA.
Dragos announces Worldview threat intelligence service for ICS operators
Dragos’ WorldView intelligence insights is designed to give electric power, advanced manufacturing, oil and gas, petrochemical and other ICS operators visibility into threats jeopardizing control systems’ integrity and reliability.
Hilscher announces release of netIOT SAP connector
SAP and Hilscher executed a co-development on implementing a bi-directional integration of the sensor / actuator level via the netIOT Edge Gateway from Hilscher to the SAP Asset Intelligence Network (AIN) and the SAP Cloud Platform.
HARTING announces the HARTING PushPull V4 Industrial
These innovations are designed to offer the user enhanced process reliability and make the PushPull fit for demanding applications. The HARTING PushPull V4 Industrial – for Data, Signal, and Power in a modular concept.
Yokogawa partners with Dover Energy Automation to introduce "Well Managed" product portfolio
This collection is designed to deliver an optimized business operations solution to customers, allowing both companies to solve challenges across the oil and gas industry.
Siemens releases Simatic RTU3010C & Simatic RTU3030C remote terminal units
These RTUs can be used for the implementation and monitoring of measurement points for important process data such as level, flow and fill level, as well as pressure and temperature, even for plants spread over a wide geographical area.
TrendMiner software selected by Total to deliver analytics for refining and chemical activities
With TrendMiner, process and mechanical engineers and operators can identify trends in their processes, look for similar trends in the past, fingerprint operating windows, monitor behavior, send notifications to engineering or control room staff and predict deviations in live processes.
ISA Society Goes to Washington: Building America's Engineering Vision
By Paul Gruhn, ISA Society LeaderPat Gouhin (ISA CEO and Executive Director), Robert Lindeman (AAES Board member and former ISA Society President), along with Eric Cosman and Paul Gruhn (two ISA Society Leaders), attended a number of meetings in Washington D.C. in late April, discussing the future of American engineering with the government
HARTING introduces Han Pneumatic Module Metal
The module means that users can see the benefits of compressed air technology in frequently converted production facilities, too – e.g. in assembly plants, processing cells or production modules for loading and unloading machines.
SignalFire introduces Hatch Watchdog tank hatch monitoring sensor
The Hatch Watchdog is a wireless thief hatch sensor that monitors the status of tank hatches to mitigate environmental and safety risks associated with accidental emissions.
Festo announces in-town relocation of Hauppauge headquarters
This location will serve as center of operations for the Festo North American executive management team, as well as marketing, finance, technology, human resources, and other corporate functions. All employees from the current Moreland Road location will relocate to its new location on Motor Parkway.
CMR Group announces Alvin Sim as CEO for CMR Far East
Based at the Singapore office, he will oversee all areas of a business that is seeing demand for precision engineering services from industrial and manufacturing sectors, and recently opened a new Thailand office in Bangkok.
Second Annual Global Day of the Engineer Set For Wednesday April 5
The second annual Global Day of the Engineer, presented by DiscoverE, is a one-day event that unites individuals, engineering employers, educational institutions, governmental bodies and engineering associations, all of whom pledge to join in celebrating engineers and engineering.
AutomationDirect announces design improvements for Bryant watertight line of plugs
Design improvements include a cone seal that prevents water from accumulating at the cable entrance; rugged PBT (Polybutylene terephthalate) interiors provide resistance to moisture and temperature; and a new Gotcha ring and collapsible bushing design provides strain relief.