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Updated 2017-03-29 05:17
Seeq to present with Bristol Myers Squibb and Devon Energy at OSIsoft User Conference
The presentations will speak of the benefits Seeq customers are realizing in the oil & gas, pharmaceutical, chemical, energy, mining, food and beverage, and other process industries.
Festo introduces family of sanitary valves for pharma and biotech industries
The automated valve solutions feature the company’s VZBE ball valves, VZXA angle seat valves, VZQA pinch valves, DFPD quarter-turn actuators, VSNC NAMUR pilot valves, and the SRBC family of open/close sensor boxes.
Four Common Sources of Inaccuracy in Sensor Measurements
By CAS DataloggersThis White Paper from CAS DataLoggers addresses four measurement accuracy issues in the order of most to least common.
EXAIR introduces Model 1004SS M4 NPT Back Blow Air Nozzle
This nozzle prevents blowing chips further into a part, tube or pipe and eliminates any safety hazard created by blowing debris out the far end of a pipe or tube.
ABB releases Select I/O addition for ABB Ability System 800xA
Select I/O allows users to install standardized cabinets with the bases for field wiring early during a project, then select the type of I/O much later.
HIMA to feature modular automation at Hannover Messe
In Hanover, HIMA will demonstrate the modular automation concept via a safety control system that features considerable processing power, multiple encoder interfaces and granular architecture.
Festo to showcase Industry 4.0 manufacturing advancements at Manufacturing in America
At the March 22-23 event, Festo and Siemens will demonstrate the Multi-Carrier System, a mass customization transport solution. Festo will provide strategies for smart manufacturing during presentations on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon.
Electro-Matic Ventures announces acquisition of RAF Automation
This is the first acquisition for Electro-Matic Ventures, which has three other subsidiaries: Electro-Matic Products, Electro-Matic Integrated, and Electro-Matic Visual.
Softing adds MQTT protocol to echocollect gateway
Alongside OPC UA and other control protocols, the echocollect gateway (version 7.10) includes publisher functionality of the MQTT (Message Queue Telemetry Transport) protocol.
Benefits of Intelligent Valve Actuation in Low Temperature Environments
By RotorkWith the current emphasis in the oil and gas industry on unmanned, remotely operated sites, often utilising renewable energy sources in harsh and challenging environments, capitalising on the functionality and energy saving benefits of IQ3 technology has never been more important.
Altech introduces AMT series of multi-timers
All Altech multi-timers and switches are UL listed and CE certified and are designed to provide solutions for applications where timing is critical.
Mantracourt introduces X24 series of wireless sensor system
The X24 system comprises 3 products that are certified for use in hazardous areas - the X24-HD handheld display unit, X24-ACMI-SA cased transmitter and X24-SAe OEM transmitter.
IDEC introduces the SE2L Safety Laser Scanner
The scanner is certified for use in safety applications including AGVs, forklifts, robots and other items of moving equipment found in industrial facilities.
Synapticon announces SOMANET IFM Drive DC1000 and REM 16MT rotary encoder
The SOMANET modules are a central component of the Synapticon GmbH portfolio. These are hardware and software components for the realization of robotic control systems.
Compliance of the Victim: ARC Industry Forum Highlights an Industry in Transition
By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.comThere is an common adage that has survived the ages: If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Automation system users are expressing frustrations with existing systems and the lack of modern and open technology.
ARC Forum Wrap Up: Finding the Balance Between Connectivity and Security
By Cory Fogg, Automation.comThe February 6-9 event provided an atmosphere buzzing over the potential that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and connected technology are bringing to today’s industry.
BLH Nobel announces v1.3.0 of G5 series of measurement amplifiers
Originally launched in February 2016, the BLH Nobel G5 Series combines standard interfaces, a modular design, and onboard integral web servers for commissioning and calibration functions.
Bluefield Report: Big Data, IoT to address water infrastructure gap
Smart water solutions are gaining traction with municipal water utilities. Over $20 billion is slated for metering, data management, and analytics from 2016 to 2025, globally, according to Bluefield Research.
Endress + Hauser releases SupplyCare 3.0 for tank inventory management
Enhancements in SupplyCare 3.0 include hardware and software options allowing level, flow and pressure data to be displayed at a desk or handheld device regardless of location—and advanced inventory tools for forecasting, reporting, stock analysis and other functions.
Rotork actuators deliver automated safety solution for Mauritius airport
The Profibus-enabled, ATEX-rated failsafe Rotork actuators have been installed in critical valve areas to prevent potential spillages by automatically closing-off the flow of fuel on receipt of an overfill alarm signal.
VPG Transducers releases Models 5113 & 5117 load pins
Model 5113 and Model 5117 load pins provide measurements of force, tension, load, and overload parameters, with a safe overload capacity of up to ±250 kN.
Alicat's BASIS flow controllers chosen by Valco to control gas flow
Designed specifically for original equipment manufacture and process integration, BASIS controls gas flow rates used for mixing or diluting, or supplied into processes—such as gas analyzers, custom blending manifolds, and burners.
GF Piping releases 200 page Valve Technical Handbook
The Valve Technical Handbook provides a resource for customers seeking detailed valve information. Over 20 manual valves and 22 actuated valves in a variety of styles are covered.
Bristol Instruments introduces OMR700 digital chart recorder
This instrument is available with up to 96 input channels and can record from two hours to 132 years of data—depending on the number of channels and frequency of data acquisition.
The Future of Smart Parking
By mySCADAThis whitepaper discusses the smart cities of the future and how IoT technologies can enable smart parking among other advancements
CIMdata releases eBook on capital project success for EPCs
This eBook presents CIMdata's perspective on the use of open standards, notably ISO 15926, to improve interoperability, and the application of integrated project execution and integration construction planning techniques to improve project efficiency.
Brooks Instrument introduces Mohamed Saleen as chief technology officer
Saleem has more than 20 years of experience working with leading companies in the semiconductor industry. Most recently, he was vice president of engineering and business development at Fujikin of America, and a member of their board of directors.
Integration Objects releases updated version of KnowledgeNet Analytics software
Integration Objects’ KNet Analytics is a big data software designed for capturing, storing, processing, analyzing and visualizing raw data.
Define Instruments introduces Zen RTU Mini SCADA for data acquisition
Designed for DAQ applications requiring the collation of multiple signals and signal types from industrial sensors, the Zen RTU Mini collates up to 16 signals for direct routing to SCADA systems and PLCs.
Nook Industries announces Jim Rowell as COO
In this position, Rowell is responsible for overseeing Nook’s leadership initiatives, driving operational strategy and supporting employee development.
ISA Director: Oil & Gas facilities must take action now to protect against cyberattack
Patrick J. Gouhin, speaking at a Bloomberg LIVE conference in Houston, Texas on the future of cybersecurity in the US oil and gas sector, urged energy executives to take action now to protect their facilities and operations from cyberattack.
Fluke announces Fluke 1732 and 1734 three-phase energy loggers
These loggers capture key measurements — voltage, current, power, power factor, and other variables like temperature — to enable managers to understand their energy usage and correlate it to their activities.
Siemens announces collaboration in 'Road to Digital Production' research project
The declared aim of the 26-month project is to advance the development of products and technologies enabling the implementation of digital industrial production.
Improving Worker Safety with Automatic Tank Gauging
By Christoffer Widahl, Emerson Automation SolutionsManual tank gauging at oil and gas extraction sites is a dangerous and potentially fatal operation. The new API MPMS 18.2 standard, which allows automatic tank gauging to be used for custody transfer on production tanks, will help to prevent injuries.
HIMA announces framework agreement with Pepperl+Fuchs
The agreement comprises the jointly developed H-system termination boards and associated modules from Pepperl+Fuchs, which are connected through pre-assembled system cables to the connector boards of the HIMax family.
United Electric announces Vanguard WirelessHART gas detector
Vanguard field-interchangeable gas sensor modules detect and record hydrogen sulfide (H2S) or methane (CH4) gas in parts per million (PPM) or percent of lower explosive limits (LELs) respectively, along with network and battery status.
CMR announces opening of Thailand automation engineering operation
The Bangkok-based operation will provide a range of engineering services, including switchboard supply and fabrication, to the country’s sugar mill, starch, automotive tyre, and food and beverage manufacturers, as well as utility suppliers.
Honeywell and Seeq announce collaboration on Honeywell Connected Plant initiative
This joint development agreement is intended to help customers minimize unplanned shutdowns, maximize output, minimize safety risk and optimize supply chain strategies.
ABB announces launch of K-TEK LMT series of level transmitters
By adopting the ABB two-wire common transmitter design combined with advanced signal processing, LMT delivers measurements with an integrated setup menu, advanced diagnostics with waveform display and signal conditioning.
Rockwell Automation releases FactoryTalk View v9.0
The latest version of FactoryTalk View software from Rockwell Automation is designed to improve the operator’s experience with data-driven information while also delivering design-time productivity via tighter integration with the control system.
Huffman Engineering announces opening of Denver office
The expansion allows Huffman Engineering to accommodate a growing client base in the western part of Nebraska, as well as Colorado and Wyoming.
Honeywell to provide process control for Chinese petrochemical company
Honeywell UOP will supply a range of technologies in the form of license, design, key equipment, and state-of-the-art catalysts and adsorbents, while Honeywell Process Solutions will provide the process controls and automation systems.
Chem Show Report: Chemical Process Industry expects widespread growth in 2017
Based on survey results, 82 percent of respondents expect their sales to increase this year, with 69 percent additionally rating the 2017 business climate as either good or excellent.
Tacoma Public Utilities chooses OSI to supply Energy Management System
A publicly owned utility, Tacoma Power provides electricity to Tacoma, Washington and the surrounding areas, serving more than 160,000 customers. It draws 90 percent of its power from hydroelectric generation.
Fluke's 279 FC thermal multimeter wins Control Engineering Engineers' Choice Award
The 279 FC Thermal Multimeter is a test tool designed to integrate an RMS digital multimeter with a thermal camera in one device to speed troubleshooting
The Rise of Cloud Computing in Industrial Process Automation
By Latha D.S. & K. Jayaprakash, Tata Consulting EngineersThis article provides a brief cloud technology overview and discusses how cloud computing technology is transforming industrial automation for the future, enhancing plant productivity and cost optimization.
Mobile Experts report: IoT devices market poised to double
The report investigates connectivity for IoT devices in applications including: energy, manufacturing and process control, transportation, and construction, and further explores the migration from Fieldbus and Ethernet to a variety of wireless technologies.
Mass Flow ONLINE releases MV-108 flow meter & MV-308 flow regulator
Both models have 4 pre-installed ranges (100%, 40%, 20% and 10% of maximum FS range) selectable, using a 4-way navigation button. The user can select one out of the 10 pre-installed gases – Air, N2, O2, Ar, CO, CO2, N2O, CH4, C3H8, C4H10
OPC Training Course supports industrial convergence of SCADA systems to IIoT
Business Industrial Network, a leading provider of industrial training, announced the release of the new OPC Training for SCADA & DCS Certificate Course software.
Endress + Hauser installs $1M pressure test rig at Indiana facility
With the high pressure test rig located in the Greenwood, IN, production center, instruments can be tested and certified for faster delivery to customers in the U.S. and the Americas.