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Updated 2017-06-23 10:01
Honeywell introduces Experion Elevate real-time SCADA solution
Experion SCADA is at the heart of Honeywell’s Experion systems and provides a scalable, integrated multi-service system with a human-machine interface (HMI).
ISA announces Fundamentals of Industrial Process Measurement & Control (FG05M) now available in modular format
FG05M, an overview course that provides technicians, engineers and managers the basic understanding of industrial process measurement and control and a foundation for communicating with other control systems professionals, is now offered in a training format that delivers the same valuable information in small, computer-based chunks.
ABB releases ReliaGear UL 1558 switchgear
Features of the ReliaGear UL 1558 LV switchgear that foster safety and reliability include safety shutters and insulating barriers between sections and around the bus compartment to isolate it from the cable compartment. Additionally, no ventilation is required in the front of the equipment.
Keeping Your OPC Data Safe from WannaCry
By Bob McIlvride, Skkynet Cloud SystemsMore and more companies are recognizing the value hidden in their process data, and are looking at ways to tap into it. If you need to provide access to OPC data on your plant system, say for analytics, predictive maintenance, or real-time dashboards, you'll need to secure your system from the kind of threat that WannaCry poses
Modern Functions in HMIs
By Scott A. Kortier, Schneider Electric SoftwareAutomation applications are benefiting from HMIs that have moved well beyond panel device replacers and are now collecting, filtering and displaying data from multiple machines or processes.
Exele and Benchmark Software announce partnership for SCADA Alarm Notification
The result is intended to be a SCADA alarm notification and management solution with minimal development and configuration time.
Technology and Approaches to Cut Lab & Building Energy Use
By Gordon P. Sharp, Aircuity Inc.A major research study was conducted that generated a significant amount of objective data on the indoor environmental quality (IEQ) conditions of labs and vivariums that are using dynamic control of air change rate.
ABB introduces ZX2 AirPlus for power distribution
This latest addition to the AirPlus series is designed for primary power distribution to ensure grid reliability, efficiency and safety. It shares the same compact dimensions and advantages of the established ZX2 switchgear, but boasts a global warming potential (GWP) of less than one.
United Electric releases 24 VDC and 125 VDC One Series Safety Transmitters
One Series safety transmitters embed a process sensor, logic solver and safety relay in a single, SIL 2-certified field device. Although it looks like a traditional temperature or pressure transmitter, the ST can also switch final elements such as valves, motors, and blowers directly from the transmitter.
Endress + Hauser introduces amperometric Free Chlorine Analysis Systems
The systems are suited for applications in drinking water, industrial water, power and other industries where water is disinfected using chlorine.
Flow-Cal announces Michael Squyres appointment as president of 2017 ASGMT Board of Directors
ASGMT is the largest gas measurement school in the United States devoted to natural gas and natural gas liquid measurement, pressure regulation, flow control and other measurement related arenas.
MCAA Market Forecast Projects Industry to be worth $14 Billion by 2021
The 2016 Process Instrumentation and Automation market in the United States, valued at $11.7 Billion, is projected to grow 3.6 percent by 2021 to a total of $14 Billion.
Bürkert introduces Type 8741 and 8745 mass flow meter and controller
Typical applications for mass flow meters and controllers are in the areas of metal, glass or ceramic processing, coating technology or in the production of foams in the food and plastics industries.
Baumer introduces DSRK strain probe
The DSRK strain probe from Baumer is designed for tie bar strain measurement. Containing no elastomers, it can be used at ambient temperatures up to 85°C, and does not require subsequent recalibrations due to age.
Rockwell Automation releases Safety Maturity Index for Machine Builders tool
This tool provides a self-guided assessment for machine builders to measure their performance in the three pillars of industrial safety: culture (behavior), compliance (procedure) and capital (investment in contemporary technology).
AutomationDirect introduces ProSense TSDA25 series of temperature switches
ProSense TSDA25 series temperature switches are designed to offer temperature monitoring and control with setup via mechanical adjustment dials.
PCB Piezotronics introduces Model 137B25 pencil probe
The pencil probe is designed to increase measurement accuracy and expands the 137B series of quartz, free-field ICP blast pressure pencil probes, reducing the need for multiple single-sensor probes.
Festo announces Ethernet/IP & PROFINET capability for MSE6-E2M (E2M) intelligent service unit
The E2M features a solenoid valve integrated with a pressure and a flow sensor in one package. These units flow up to 5,000 liters of compressed air per minute, program, and can connect to Festo MS series air preparation units.
CAN, Industrial Ethernet and CAN FD: A Comparison of Systems for Industrial Automation
By Kent Lennartsson, Research Manager, Kvaser ABThe use of CAN began in the automotive industry and has since branched out into a multitude of sectors, including industrial automation. However, CAN in itself is not equipped to handle the control processes needed for this complex industry. Instead, a secondary, higher layer protocol was required to make adoption possible.
Aplus Finetek announces SAL18 series of RF admittance level switch
The SAL18 series RF admittance level switch features a local LED indication, 20-250VAC/VDC universal power supply, pushbutton calibration, independent adjustable time delay for each material absence and material presence detection and can work with target materials with a dielectric constant down to as low as 1.5.
Silicon Designs announces six series of MEMS accelerometer chips and modules
These include the single axis Model 2220 or triaxial Model 2470, featuring aluminum housings and a standard 1 meter integral cable; the single axis Model 2240 or triaxial Model 2480, featuring hermetically sealed titanium housings and an integral connector; and the single axis Model 2276 or triaxial Model 2476, featuring aluminum housings and an integral connector.
Rockwell Automation to speak on Industrial Safety at ASSE Safety 2017 Conference
Safety professionals will hear how contemporary technologies that combine machinery and safety control into one platform can help to identify the root causes of downtime and stoppages. This can help increase efficiencies, improve product quality and make operations more responsive.
FCI releases MT100 series of thermal mass flow meters
FCI’s MT100 Series Air/Gas Flow Meters provide temperature-compensated direct mass flow measurement of air and gases for repeatable measurement in large diameter pipes, stacks and rectangular duct installations
ABB to update control and automation equipment for Swedish iron mine
ABB’s delivery includes mechanical equipment for the hoist plants and shafts, electrical and control equipment, construction, electrical installation, installation supervision, site management as well as commissioning.
Thorlabs announces PolySense industry-university research lab to advance gas sensing technologies
The move augments Thorlabs’ current research collaborations with Vincenzo Spagnolo, an expert in optical gas sensing and associate professor at the Technical University in Bari.
Automation Federation announces Marty Edwards as Managing Director
Edwards will begin his tenure at the Automation Federation on 26 June. Current Automation Federation Managing Director Mike Marlowe will continue with the organization as Managing Director Emeritus until his retirement in December.
Turck introduces range of 8 mm barrel inductive proximity sensors
The sensors with a cable outlet are provided with a cable suitable for E-chain use, and a semi-transparent LED ring at the sensor end, which shows the sensing state from any viewing angle. The sensors are IP67 rated, and have an operating temperature of -25 to 70 °C.
OSIsoft announces Softbank acquisition of minority interest
As part of the investment, OSIsoft and SoftBank will collaborate on developing new products and services enabling digital transformation and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and strengthening OSIsoft’s presence in new markets.
Yokogawa to provide process automation tools to Oman petrochemical facility
The Liwa Plastics Industries Complex is being built in Sohar, on Oman’s northern coast. This package order is for 15 analyzer houses and associated analysis systems consisting of process analyzers and sampling instruments.
Out of the Dark Age: How Data Can Transform Industrial Safety
By George Schuster, Rockwell AutomationMany safety teams, in comparison, are stuck in the dark ages. That’s because they still rely on antiquated data-collection and reporting techniques. A Connected Enterprise provides an opportunity to close this disparity – and revolutionize industrial safety through the use of safety data.
Prysmian Group and Nanocomp Technologies announce technology cooperation agreement
The technology cooperation agreement is aimed at testing and improving the use of technologies in power transmission, power distribution, telecom networks, control and instrumentation applications.
Rotork provides LP actuators for Middle East oil refinery
One significant order involves the supply of 70 LP range linear pneumatic actuators for the operation of large gate valves. The order for these actuators includes the assembly and factory testing of local control panels with digital valve positioners.
Endress + Hauser announces completion of two US manufacturing plants
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 an 8 million dollar plant for temperature measurement production.
University of Wyoming completes Rate-Predictive Control (RPC) performance and stability analysis
The Rate-Predictive Control (RPC) algorithm earned a United States patent in 2016 and is an inherently adaptive (or “naturally self-tuning”) process control algorithm.
Emerson announces completion of Total Uncertainty Management program with Statoil
The program focused on how E&P companies can improve history matching, uncertainty management and quantification across the entire reservoir characterization workflow through Roxar Tempest ENABLE, Emerson’s history matching and uncertainty estimation software solution.
Fluke announces launch of Fluke Pressure Calibration Tool Grant Program
The Fluke Pressure Calibration Tool Grant Program lets educators have a chance to win Fluke pressure calibration tools for their labs by giving Fluke’s product design team input on the specific challenges facing technicians working in the process industries.
EGE announces SNS 552 flow sensor
The device facilitates readout of flow volumes by showing liter or cubic meter measurements on a display that can be rotated for better visibility.
Wood Group announces acquisition of CEC Controls Company
This follows the acquisition of the Automated Technology Group (ATG), one of the UK’s largest independent suppliers of control and power solutions for industrial automation, in September 2015.
Hardy introduces HI 6020IT and HI 6020JB summing box models
Hardy HI 6020 models use two core Hardy technologies: C2 electronic calibration and Integrated Technician (IT). Weighing applications include: batching/blending, filling/dispensing, level-by-weight, inventory management and product inspection.
Nordson ASYMTEK earns two innovation awards at NEPCON China 2017
Dual-simultaneous dispensing enables two Nordson ASYMTEK dispensing valves or jets mounted on a single Z-head to simultaneously dispense fluid at two locations to increase throughput. Automatic Dual Simultaneous (ADS) systems automatically adjust the relative positions of the two valves in X, Y, and Z axes.
NI introduces series of 28 GHz radio heads for the mmWave Transceiver System
This combination creates a full transceiver that can transmit and/or receive wide-bandwidth signals of up to 2 GHz of bandwidth in real time, covering spectrum from 27.5 GHz to 29.5 GHz
PcVue and Sentryo partner to release ICS CyberVision for cybersecurity protection of PcVue SCADA
The technology fosters OT & IT collaboration for enterprise-wide protection of critical infrastructures such as power generation and distribution, water and wastewater, transportation systems and infrastructure like trains, bridges and tunnels, intelligent building management, manufacturing, oil and gas, and other applications that rely on high availability industrial automation.
Sensor Connection introduces CHT-FS series cylinder head temperature (CHT) sensor
Installed under the spark plug or head bolt for monitoring of engine performance and critical over-temperature conditions, the stem design allows for installation in high temperature areas with limited clearance.
Flow-Cal VP Duane Harris wins International School of Hydrocarbon Measurement (ISHM) Memorial Award
Harris, is the winner of the International School of Hydrocarbon Measurement (ISHM) Memorial Award for his technical paper and presentation in 2016 discussing improving field calibration through integrated technologies.
Fluke introduces Fluke Ti450 SF6 Gas Leak Detector
The Ti450 SF6 allows utility crews to include it as a normal part of their maintenance routine, allowing them to conduct both infrared and gas inspections whenever and wherever necessary.
LM76 introduces ETX scraper seals for linear bearings
These FDA/USDA/3-A Dairy compliant scraper seals are designed for pharmaceutical, medical, food, and dairy processing applications.
IT-OT Convergence and Conflict: Who Owns ICS Security?
By Katherine Brocklehurst, BeldenIT and OT are very different organizations that have begun to converge very rapidly. This convergence has led to conflict, perhaps which has even been felt in your organization. This article addresses a major cause of their conflict and how to start resolving the growing pains.
Honeywell releases Honeywell Sotera safety software platform
The Honeywell Sotera platform will support connected worker offerings such as two-way communications, geo-location and automatic safety alerts to provide employers with real-time awareness of safety incidents and the ability to respond quickly if an employee is injured in a remote location.
ABB helps Italian water company improve maintenance efforts
CBV expects to reduce plant operating costs by up to 30 percent and maintenance time by up to 40 percent when ABB Ability Electrical Distribution Control System is fully implemented at other locations.
FCI earns agency approbals for FS10i flow switch/monitor
The FS10i Flow Switch/Monitor features an air/gas sensitivity and setpoint range from 0.25 to 400 SFPS [0.076 to 122 MPS] and for water or liquids from 0.01 to 0.5 FPS [0.003 to 0.15 MPS].