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c3controls introduces Series 1100 line of miniature circuit breakers
Configurations include one-pole, one plus neutral, two, three and three plus neutral, with current ratings from 0.5A to 63A, all with thermal and magnetic trip elements for overload and short-circuit protection.
OnRobot announces Gecko Gripper, Polyskin Tactile Gripper & RG2-FT gripper
The Gecko Gripper, Polyskin Tactile Gripper, RG2-FT gripper and a technical upgrade of the HEX force-torque sensor product line based on OptoForce technology will open up new applications for collaborative robotics
Honeywell introduces Safety Manager SC safety platform
Safety Manager SC is designed for global hydrocarbon processing companies with greenfield projects requiring SIL2 or SIL3 solutions for distributed and safety applications, or stand-alone safety solutions.
Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions releases 2018 Catalog and Design Guide
The catalog and design guide illustrates a range of products engineered for use as building blocks in linear motion assemblies depending on the customers’ application needs.
Fluke introduces DS701 and DS703 videoscopes
The 800 x 600 resolution DS701 Diagnostic Videoscope and 1200 x 720 resolution DS703 FC High Resolution Videoscope are built for industrial maintenance troubleshooting and quality assurance testing.
Examining the Role of Women in Engineering's History and Future
By Helen Marston, CressallThere are several women in our past that have changed the face of engineering forever, being highly praised for their skills and expertise. This article discusses the role of women in engineering throughout history.
BISTel introduces Dynamic Fault Detection (DFD) trace analysis solution
BISTel’s online DFD system offers manufacturers real-time monitoring and detection of full sensor trace data. Customers can now detect, and analyze yield impacting events and resolve yield issues. DFD® also integrates s to legacy FDC systems.
Moore Industries announces 50th anniversary celebration
Since 1968, Moore Industries has been serving process manufacturing businesses and fortune 500 companies in oil, gas, mining, chemical, power generation, water/waste water treatment, pharmaceutical, food, beverage, consumer packaged goods, semiconductor, and biotechnology industries.
Exploring the World of Virtual Commissioning
Industry 4.0 continues to open up new opportunities across food and beverage manufacturing. Virtual commissioning is one of these key technologies. This article explores the concept of virtual commissioning and how system testing can benefit the food industry.
Novotechnik introduces RFC4800 Series of touchless angle sensors with J1939 CANBus interface
Features include programmable zero point offset, measurement averaging and sign of rotational direction. RFC4800 Series has a resolution of 14-bits across 360°, repeatability of 0.36° and independent linearity of ±0.5% of full scale.
Bimba announces Collaborative Robot Vacuum Tool
Developed to meet the versatile nature of collaborative robots, Bimba’s CRVT comes off-the-shelf as a solution with no external valve required.
Rockwell Automation announces new version of PlantPAx distributed control system
This system release leverages enabling technologies to eliminate a complexity barrier for small to mid-sized operations seeking to implement a DCS. By consolidating servers into a single machine, applications can implement the full functionality of a modern DCS.
Siemens announces automation partnership with Sartorius Stedim Biotech
This agreement provides that Sartorius Stedim Biotech will use Siemens automation technologies, which will include industrial PCs, the S7-1500 software controller, the TIA Portal and the SCADA system Simatic WinCC, among others.
COPA-DATA introduces zenon 8.00 and zenon Analyzer 3.20
The updates include extensive functionality for smart factories and energy distribution, as well as new predictive analytics calculations.
Software AG announces acquisition of TrendMiner
Following its acquisitions of artificial intelligence (AI) specialist Zementis (2016) and the Cumulocity IoT (2017), Software AG’s acquisition of TrendMiner is consolidating its position in the IoT market.
Balluff introduces non-contact, RFID safety guard locking switch
The safety guard locking switch combines non-contact, coded-transponder safety technology with a mechanical solenoid locking function to create asolution to meet the levels of safety required by international standards.
Monitoring and Managing the Unpredictable: 3 challenges for renewable energy
By Alan Binning, COPA-DATA UKRenewables are set to be the fastest-growing source of electrical energy generation in the next five years. This article explores three common issues for renewables — managing demand, combining distributed systems and reporting.
Siemens announces Simotics XP Chemstar series of low-voltage motors
Simotics XP Chemstar low-voltage motors are used in machines and applications such as pumps, compressors, fans, extruders, agitators and separators.
SAP and Endress+Hauser to cooperate to develop IIoT applications for the process industry
The goal is to fully integrate the Endress+Hauser field instruments as digital twins into the SAP cloud platform. Both companies want to take advantage of the services and smart apps from SAP’s Leonardo system as well as Endress+Hauser’s IIoT offering.
Perception Robotics, OptoForce and On Robot announce merger into OnRobot
The new company combines U.S.-based Perception Robotics, Hungary-based OptoForce, and Denmark-based On Robot to become OnRobot, which aims to drive innovation for robotic end-of-arm tooling. OnRobot's headquarters will be located in Denmark under Iversen’s management, and the three entities will continue their individual operations and development as well.
ABB to supply microgrid solution for Australian power company
The solution will connect an ABB Ability PowerStore 30 megawatt (MW) battery energy storage solution to the Electranet transmission system enabling the value stacking of storage in regulated energy market.
Leybold announces VARODRY vacuum pump series
Equipped with complete air cooling, the oil-free VARODRY screw pump is intended to make water cooling superfluous. The developers at Leybold were guided by the idea of using fewer, machine parts and components in their design.
ABB to help Finnish power company enhance process monitoring capabilities
Housed in a glass-clad building, the 400-kilovolt (kV) Länsisalmi substation plays a key role in Finland’s transmission grid. As part of the project, ABB replaced an outdoor air-insulated switchgear (AIS) installation with its gas insulated switchgear (GIS) technology, freeing up 70 percent of the space occupied by the old facility.
Honeywell earns ISASecure Embedded Device Security Assurance (EDSA) Level 2 certification for ControlEdge Remote Terminal Unit
The certification recognizes the cyber security features of the ControlEdge RTU, which is used for remote automation and control applications such as wellhead monitoring in the oil and gas industry
Siemens introduces Sitrans P320/420 pressure transmitters
The HART7 Sitrans P transmitters are ready for plant digitalization, giving users control and analysis through data logging functions and event control.
Aucotec announces Engineering Base 2018
In addition to the specification-driven workflow and class warranty, the process engineering with EB 2018 also has rule-based design. Here it can be specified what information is to be passed on from which object to where.
ARNO USA introduces SE grooving and part-off system
This cutting tool and insert system from ARNO USA is designed to optimize turning, grooving, parting-off and copy turning operations.
Averna announces software release for DP-1000 DOCSIS Protocol Analyzer
Averna’s DP-1000 Protocol Analyzer is a mixed-mode, dual DOCSIS 3.0/3.1 sniffer, allowing simultaneous capture and monitoring of channels of different types (DS 3.0, DS 3.1, US 3.0, US 3.1 channels).
Optimal Engineering Systems announces seven solenoid control modules
Applications of these modules measuring 3.000 in. x 3.000 in. include: solenoids, valves, actuators, DC motors, electromagnets, hydraulics, LEDs, power amplifiers for electro-pneumatic proportional valves, and pressure and flow control valves.
EXAIR releases 303SS Air Jets
These 1/8 NPT Stainless Steel Air Jets replace open tubes and pipe nipples on parts cleaning, drying and cooling operations. With temperature rated up to 400°F, they will produce up to 1.25 pounds of force upon a target.
Seeq releases R20 software update
Recent releases of Seeq have focused on enabling larger deployments through scalability features in the software by making the Seeq application easier to use. Seeq also announced their new Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) office will be led by Seeq Managing Director for EMEA Mike Purcell
PCB Piezotronics introduces Model EX378B02 prepolarized condenser microphone system
The EX378B02 is equipped with a free-field microphone cartridge. It has a frequency range of 3.75 to 20,000 Hz. With the low-end noise-floor measurement capability of 15.5 dBA, it can measure accurately to 137 dB at the top end.
Maxim Integrated introduces MAX22505 ±40V USB fault protector
The MAX22505 is a solution that combines USB fault protection (480Mbps) for industrial voltages, while being flexible to support either host or device applications including USB On-The-Go (OTG).
Automating the Food and Drink Industry
By Nigel Smith, TM RoboticsMany industries have already made the jump to automated processes. However, it’s only been in recent years that the food and beverage industry has begun to truly explore what automation and robotic technology has to offer.
Nozomi Networks announces Version 18.0 of its ICS cybersecurity solution
Expansion of the company’s global partner network is designed to better enable IT/OT integration in customer deployments; and global expansion provide CIOs and CISO’s around the world with the security expertise they need to better manage and reduce their OT risks.
Rockwell Automation introduces Allen-Bradley Bulletin 1492-P series push-in terminal blocks
The vibration-proof terminal blocks feature a clamp to secure loose wiring and achieve a safe connection point. The front facing terminals provide a sight line and access for wiring.
Sterling Systems & Controls announces automatic Material Weighing Systems
These systems (a.k.a. micro, minor and major ingredient weighing or batching systems) can include supply bins, feeders, work platforms, automatic or manual bin refilling, raw material bag handling equipment, dust collection/control, batched material conveying equipment (pneumatic and mechanical) or transport totes, lot tracking and traceability, barcode scanning, and RFID scanning.
Define Instruments introduces Nimbus smart relay unit
Designed specifically to allow industrial companies using process machinery to control and connect their machines to the Cloud, the Nimbus provides the opportunity for these companies to utilize operational data from their machines to plan maintenance, consumables replenishment, parts replacement and other ongoing tasks.
Fluke Process Instruments announces Thermalert 4.0 infrared spot pyrometer
The Thermalert 4.0 is a smart, integrated sensor providing temperature measurement suitable for factory automation applications. The device offers a choice of optics for long and short focal distances, and an ambient temperature range of 68 °F to 185 °F (-20 °C to 85 °C)
AMETEK Sensors announces automatic calibration alert to XP2i pressure gauge
Manual record-keeping and notifications are replaced by customizable on-screen alerts prior to the due date, warning alerts on and after the due date, and an optional capability to lock the gauge from use after its calibration due date. Dates, reminders and message types are set by supervisors through free software.
ABB announces new connectivity functions for ABB Ability Electrical Distribution Control System
Users can allocate energy consumption and costs to specific assets and the ABB Ability Electrical Distribution Control System helps them optimize power use by receiving data-driven insights and alerts via smartphone, tablet or PC.
Microchip Technology introduces PIC18 Q10 and ATtiny1607 families of microcontrollers
Suitable for applications that use closed-loop control, the PIC18 Q10 and ATtiny1607 MCUs are the CIPs that independently manage tasks required from the CPU.
How Oil & Gas Operators Are Investing for Innovation
By Stephany Romanow, Industry ConsultantBecause of the ever-changing business environment, O&G operators can no longer thrive, or even survive, by relying solely on yesterday’s technologies. They must reinvent themselves to be competitive within the marketplace and remain attractive to investors.
Honeywell to help process monitoring at Romanian refinery
OMV will use the Honeywell Connected Plant's Process Insight Reliability Advisor to continuously feed plant data through Honeywell UOP process and fault models, and to provide performance information and process recommendations.
Pepperl+Fuchs releases KFD2-RSH safety relays
The KFD2-RSH safety relays from Pepperl+Fuchs combine a diagnostic function, line fault transparency, and dual redundancy in a 1oo3 (one out of three) architecture. During each switching operation, the function of the switching contacts is automatically checked.
How Sensors Are Moving Material Handling Towards Safe Automation
By Alessandro Bosio, Sensata TechnologiesAutomated and integrated systems are proving to be solutions in industries like Materials Handling. The rise of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) in these applications is driving the need for safer and more reliable sensing systems and controls.
AMETEK Factory Automation introduces Gemco 958A Compact Housing LDT
To assure longevity in demanding applications such as steel-, mining- or construction -hydraulics the Gemco 958A Compact Housing LDT is designed to deliver tolerances of 1,000Gs shock resistance and 30Gs vibration resistance.
Kistler introduces MicroDyn 9109AA dynamometer
Measuring 30x30 mm, the MicroDyn has a natural frequency of 15 kHZ in all three axes, and dynamic forces up to 500 N can be measured and the resulting torques of up to 50 Nm calculated.
Honeywell to help Chinese chemical company enhance process production capability
Honeywell will provide licensing, the process design package, proprietary and non-proprietary equipment, on-site operator training, technical services for startup and continuing operation, and key catalysts and adsorbents for the project.
Siemens releases enhanced Scalance X-200, Scalance XF-200BA, Scalance XC- 200EEC and Scalance XP-200EEC Ethernet switches
They support system-wide diagnostics, configuration changes and plant expansions during operations as well as the construction of redundant networks.