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Updated 2018-12-09 23:16
TrendMiner introduces TrendMiner 2018.R2 update
The release includes a set of capabilities, collectively called ContextHub. Other additions include: OSIsoft PI Event Frames integration, a related context item search for filtering of time-series data, and further extensions to the recommendation engine that helps operators and engineers to speed up root cause analysis of process anomalies.
Emerson announces LED version of Appleton A-51 lighting fixture
Emerson is offering the luminaries in an output range of 1,600 to 3,200 lumens to replace incandescent fixtures up to 300 watts. They deliver bright light with color rendering for optimal visibility. The LED lamp has a lifespan of 50,000+ hours
Lanner introduces LEC-3340 edge consolidation server (ECS)
LEC-3340 is a 3U rackmount fanless industrial edge consolidation server powered by Intel Xeon E3-1505L V6, Core i3-7100E or i5-7442EQ (Codenamed KabyLake-H) CPU.
ABB announces commissioning of two Italian digital substations
Key supplies to the substations include ABB Ability-based automation and control systems, intelligent protection equipment, transformers with sensors, digitally enabled switchgear and advanced communication systems.
SICK introduces Safe Portal Solutions
Safe Portal Solutions from SICK ensure safeguarding for automated material transfer stations. Operating with up to four simultaneous protective fields, two vertically installed safety laser scanners detect people gaining unauthorized access of any kind.
United Electric Controls announces beta test for WirelessHART Vanguard Gas Detectors
Beta testers of the ammonia and carbon monoxide detectors receive up to fifty percent discount on the first three ammonia or carbon monoxide Vanguard detectors they purchase.
Skkynet Cloud Systems helps Siemens enhance digitalization and remote monitoring for Argentinian power plants
Tricco was tasked with developing a secure and reliable way to collect data from control systems running at power plants located hundreds of kilometers from the Siemens office. The first phase was to be a pilot—to connect his WinCC OA SCADA system to a Siemens T3000 DCS running at a power plant located about 100 kilometers from Buenos Aires.
Schneider Electric announces global OEM and distribution partnership with Transpara
The partnership combines Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure IIoT capabilities with Transpara’s Visual KPI solutions to help customers in operationally intensive industries, including refining, petrochemical, energy and mining
Beckhoff Automation announces three I/O modules for their TwinSAFE safety controllers
The three I/O modules can be used as controllers for the direct execution of customer-specific safety projects. A special feature is their communication capability.
Keeping Vibration Analysis Happy
By Chris Johnson, SMB BearingsVibration analysis can provide valuable insight into machine condition, flagging up problems before extensive damage occurs. This article explains the steps machine builders should take to reduce the likelihood of bearings being the root cause.
ABB helps Portuguese island facilitate renewable energy transition
The modular ABB Ability PowerStore microgrid solution and Microgrid Plus automation system will enable EEM to increase the island’s adoption of solar and wind power and raise the share of renewables in the energy mix from 15 to 30 percent.
Inside Dell’s Ongoing Quest for Digitalization Acceleration
By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.comLast year, we explored Dell Technologies quest to accelerate IoT focus to the edge. Through numerous discussions and presentations over the last few years, Dell Technologies has clearly aligned itself to provide industry with solutions that span from computing at the network edge to cloud services.
COPA-DATA and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories announce expansion of collaboration
Entering the fifth year of collaboration, SEL looks to expand zenon’s SCADA capabilities in more upcoming power management applications.
Pentek introduces Model RTX 2590 recorder
The Model RTX 2590 provides eight phase-coherent channels of 250 MHz 16-bit A/Ds, allowing users the ability to capture up to 100 MHz of RF/IF signal bandwidth per channel with range.
Endress+Hauser announces Saudi Arabian calibration and training center
The training center features a classroom with interactive technology, an equipped workshop and a field bus training lab. It offers practical, hands-on training programs designed to impart knowledge on measurement technologies and process control systems that are in demand by the hydrocarbon, power and water & wastewater industries.
ABB announces release of Freelance 2019 distributed control system (DCS) solution
The Freelance suite of solutions comprises Freelance Operations for use at operator level, a scalable process level option, and Freelance Engineering which is used to configure and commission the system including the operator interface.
Marktech Optoelectronics introduces Model MTPD1346D-xx series of InGaAs/InP broadband PIN photodiodes
Typical applications include aerospace, automation, autonomous vehicles, high-speed communications, industrial controls, LIDAR, medical, material and chemical analysis, security, and wearables, among others.
Festo announces dedication of Technology Engineering Center for the life sciences
The TEC is the company’s first engineering center in the United States devoted to the life sciences. The choice of the United States for this engineering center was based on this country’s leadership in the global life sciences industry.
Schaefer introduces the PBAF 690-560 liquid cooled active harmonic filter
The filter ensures a harmonic suppression independently of the number of loads and corrects the power factor. 140A AHF pluggable modules (4 per system) = 560A per cabinet and each filter module has its own complete control system.
Molex announces set of 1.00mm pitch wire-to-board Pico-Clasp Connectors
The connectors range in circuit size options, from 2 to 50, in single- and dual-row configurations. Gold plating provides security that the connectors will remain intact in harsh weather conditions.
E+E Elektronik introduces EE1950 dew point measurement module
Together with an additional, external temperature sensor, the EE1950 allows for calculation of the relative humidity. It is therefore a solution for climatic chamber control.
Rotork introduces CML-1500 and CML-3000 models of modulating actuators
The actuator is capable of a maximum 4,500 lbf (20 kN) seating thrust. The sizes increase the CMA range modulating thrust performance to 3,000 lbf (13 kN) with a 114.3 mm (4.5”) stroke length for the automation of larger valves with higher pressure ratings.
Siemens introduces Sipart PS100 valve positioner
The Sipart PS100 is available in two enclosure variants: polycarbonate and aluminum. The Sipart PS100 uses contactless technology to detect the position of the valve. Equipped with a corrosion-resistant silencer, the Sipart PS100 is suited to applications in the chemical and power sectors.
Leuze introduces RSL 400 safety laser scanner
This device is a safe scanner that combines safety technology and measurement value output in a single device. This enables safeguarding and navigation of AGVs.
7 Steps for Total Facility Safety Labeling
By Kelsey Rzepecki, Graphic ProductsBefore beginning work, it’s crucial to evaluate your facility for safety hazards. Consistent and effective labeling, in accordance with OSHA and other industry regulations, is essential to prevent workplace injuries, costly downtime, workers’ compensation claims, and fines.
AutomationDirect releases NITRA Hybrid PVC Hose
The hybrid PVC hose is available in 1/4" and 3/8" hose inside diameters and is sold with or without 1/4 inch male NPT nickel-plated brass rigid fittings (additional fittings may be purchased separately).
Optimal Engineering Systems releases Motorized Linear X-Axis Plus rotary positioning stages
The four X-and-Theta stages in this series feature linear travels of: 15 mm (0.591 in.), 30 mm (1.181 in.), 50 mm (1.968 in.) and 75 mm (2.953 in.), and the rotary table, capable of continuous 360O rotation in either direction, measures 100 mm (3.937 in.) in diameter.
Overcoming the Toxic Gas Threat in Pulp and Paper Plants
By Joshua Hernandez, Emerson Automation SolutionsAll processing facilities have goals to operate their facilities safely, in compliance with regulations, and profitably. Safety is paramount among these objectives; thus, it is important to measure, alert when abnormal, and understand the hazards that could negatively impact the facility or personnel.
ABB releases ST 200 M supplementary protectors
Installation of the ST 200 M features ABB’s patented twin terminals with captive screws for field wiring up to AWG 4. The labeling of the ST 200 M is done with lasers, providing resistance to fading to enable identification of product type, rating and approvals, even when it is installed on the panel.
Siemens announces Safety Library version 3.0
APC also requires no additional sensors or actuators, and ensures the permanent prevention of mast vibrations. APC even kicks in under continuously changing vibration conditions, caused for instance by different loading conditions or variable disturbance factors such as wind.
RIGOL introduces MSO5000 Series Digital Oscilloscope
With bandwidth from 70MHz to 350MHz, 8GSa/sec sample rate, 500,000 wfms/sec waveform capture rate, and up to 200M Record Length, the MSO5000 Series delivers system performance, signal resolution and memory depth.
Phoenix Contact introduces PTFIX potential distribution blocks
PTFIX distribution blocks offer a range of mounting configurations, including both horizontal and transverse positioning on standard 35-mm DIN rail and “mini” 15-mm DIN rail. PTFIX is also available in other mounting configurations, such as direct mounting with flanges and tool-free adhesive mounting.
AutomationDirect introduces ReeR MOSAIC safety controller system
As a stand-alone controller, the M1 master MOSAIC module has 8 inputs, 2 safety outputs, 2 status outputs and 2 inputs for Start/Stop interlock (RST) and external device monitoring (EDM).
ABB to help Abu Dhabi petroleum facility integrate automation and electrification solutions
The upgrade will include a fully integrated ABB Electrical, Control and Telecommunication (ECT) solution with 45 power and capacitor bank skids, as well as centralized and localized automation systems.
Dematic helps Australian meat company implement automated buffer system
The Dematic Meat Buffer storage and handling solution will work to provide better visibility of product flow and accuracy at the meat processing facility.
Balluff introduces BES05N6 proximity sensors
Balluff's family of proximity sensors are designed and tested to provide non-contact object detection in ambient temperatures up to 230 °C/446 °F. This level of protection is required for hot metal stamping, glass manufacturing, steel and aluminum manufacturing, steel forging, steam curing, and other high-temp processes.
Hoffmann + Kripner announces P53-80-D18 ultrasonic sensor
Due to the housing construction made of V4A stainless steel (1.4404) with a roughness depth of 0.6μm, the P53 STEEL HEAD is well suited for use in harsh environments such as dust, moisture and water vapor.
AAEON introduces BOXER-6750 DIN rail-mount-designed box PC
The BOXER-6750 measures 69mm x 183mm x 155mm and is fitted with the Intel Core i3-6100U or, for customers with lower performance demands, the Intel Celeron 3955U.
Brooks Instrument introduces instrumentation engineering scholarship
The $2,000 scholarship will be awarded based on the candidate’s potential for leadership and his or her interest in engineering with a focus on instrumentation, fluid mechanics and flow or pressure measurement.
Deloitte Study: 2.4 million manufacturing jobs may go unfilled by 2028
Five out of 10 open positions for skilled workers in the U.S. manufacturing industry remain unoccupied today due to the skills gap crisis. These “skilled positions” require specific training or skillsets and often take months to fill.
AW-LAKE COMPANY introduces FAC-S Analog Output Sensor
Designed for use on any AW-Lake Gear or Turbine Flow Meter, the FAC-S produces a scalable voltage or current output for download to a PLC or other control system.
FieldComm Group releases version 6.3.1 of the H1 Interoperability Test Kit in support of Standardized Connection Points
By separating the PV from full integration, end users can get their process back online without the need for a Device Description (DD) or other engineering staff.
Open Systems Accelerate Paths to Project Efficiency & Profits
By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.comAn open system can impact all phases of a project from inception, through its entire lifecycle including: project design, configuration, operations, and lifecycle maintenance in order to create tremendous savings and value.
FlexArm introduces GH-60 tapping arm
FlexArm GH-60 tapping arms are an alternative to tapping large diameter holes manually, or via CNC, even laser cut holes - with no reaming or preparation required.
EXAIR releases Catalog 32 compressed air safety resource
The expanded Catalog 32 introduces Super Air Scraper Nozzles, Soft Grip Super Air Scraper Safety Air Guns and Hazardous Location Cabinet Cooler Systems.
Endress+Hauser helps InnovaGel activate level measurement solutions
InnovaGel, a manufacturer of vitamins and supplements in the nutraceutical and OTC market, was in need of solution for its soft gelatin encapsulation machine application. Endress+Hauser was able to provide a level measurement solution that best fit InnovaGel’s application needs.
Festo introduces CPX-FB36 digitalization solution
The Festo CPX-FB36 is the first Rockwell Automation third-party device that provides FactoryTalk Analytics for Devices (Shelby) with valve terminal health and diagnostic details.
Clippard releases Precision Flow Controls catalog
Clippard designs and manufacturers over 5,000 standard and custom products including electronic, control and isolation valves, cylinders, manifolds, FRLs, actuators, custom assemblies and much more.
ABB to help Brazilian power company enhance electrical distribution
Power is generated by hydro plants located in the northern and western areas of the country and by wind farms located along the east coast. It is then transmitted over long distances to urban load centers located in the southeast.
Rockwell Automation introduces The Connected Mine
The Connected Mine helps mining companies collect and aggregate data to gain end-to-end visibility into their operations and make informed business decisions to improve mining operations.