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SENSOR+TEST 2017 Europe’s Biggest Measurement Fair – End of May in Nürnber The 24th international measurement fair, the SENSOR+TEST, will be held from the 30th of May to the 1st of June, 2017, on the fair grounds of the Nürnberg Exhibition Center. This is the communication platform across all branches of industry for developers, design engineers, and users in the area of sensor, measuring, and testing technology. It is also a must for students of natural sciences and engineering. State-of-the-art sensors and measurement technology are crucial for future advances in... Readmore
CIA Exploits of IoT Devices: What lessons can we learn? Recent WikiLeak documents allege that the CIA developed, or sought to develop, or even “borrowed”, cyberattack technology that could target a wide range of IoT devices, including smart TVs, connected cars, and mobile phones. In the case of smart TVs and mobile phones, the attacks allowed these devices to be used to eavesdrop on either voice communication, data communication or both. Readmore
Micro-Epsilon’s displacement measurement sensors to be used in European telescope project The European Southern Observatory based in Garching, Germany, is relying on displacement measurement systems from Micro-Epsilon for a project to build the world’s largest mirror telescope in Chile, which also involves French cooperation partner Fogale. The inductive sensor systems used for displacement measurement determine the position of each single mirror segment in three axes to nanometer accuracy.Readmore
The Cost of Functional Safety for Food Processing In 2014 in the UK, a large food manufacturer had to pay a £800,000 fine after a serious industrial accident. An engineer was trapped by the machinery while examining a conveyor belt and suffered major injury and ongoing nerve damage. An investigation revealed that this dangerous accident could have been prevented if a guard was in place on the machine. This article explains how safety procedures must be developed in food processing plants.Readmore CRU’s 11th Wire and Cable conference comes to Munich Germany has emerged as a world renewable energy leader, which makes the country the perfect place to understand the future of wire and cable consumption in power generation. This year’s conference will include special highlight sessions that focus on the future of renewable energy, connected living, automotive electronics and subsea wire and cable usage. These sessions will explore next generation applications of wire and cable and how it will impact producers, traders and distributors around the world.Readmore Galland Hedding Nopak announces Brian Sternberg as president; Sudarashan Sharma as chief engineer Galland Henning Nopak, a manufacturer of high-density balers and hydraulic and pneumatic valves and cylinders, announced the appointment of two executives: Brian Sternberg as President and Sudarashan Sharma as Chief Engineer. The announcement of the management team expansion comes as the privately-held, fourth generation family business ... Readmore Victrex announces acquisition of minority interest in Magma Global Victrex and Magma Global are continuing to build their strategic partnership targeted at the oil and gas industry. Following the joint development of Magma carbon composite m-pipe utilizing VICTREX PEEK, Victrex recently invested in a minority interest in Magma to further facilitate the adoption of its m-pipe for subsea applications...Readmore Columbia/Okura announces strategic partnership with Statec Binder Columbia/Okura LLC, a provider of robotic palletizing solutions, is excited to announce the formation of a strategic alliance with Statec Binder, a packaging and palletizing supplier, specializing in bagging solutions. This customer-focused alliance was initiated by each company’s desire to provide North American producers with fully automated bag line solutions..Readmore Sampol chooses Advanticsys to automate meter reading effort Advanticsys extends its projects portfolio with an automated meter reading project in one of the largest District Heating/Cooling networks in the south of Europe, operated by Spanish company Sampol. In particular, this project, located in Palma (Majorca – Spain) provides heating and cooling to the Balearic Islands University (UIB) and the Balearic Islands Innovation Park..Readmore Dataforth announces launch of updated website Many months in the making, Dataforth’s updated website is designed to be dynamic, informative, and user-friendly. From details and specs on the full product line to a library of Application Notes, videos, and the latest enewsletters and product releases, it’s all available at www.dataforth.com.Key website navigational categories are Products, Functional Search, Sales & Support, and Literature..Readmore Physik Instrumente announces acquisition of ACS Motion Control Motion control and nanopositioning systems global leader PI (Physik Instrumente) announced the acquisition of 80% of the Israeli-based company, ACS Motion Control, a developer and manufacturer of controllers and drives for multi-axis systems.With this investment, PI is better able to serve industrial customers with tailored systems that can be integrated into a variety of automation environments...Readmore Wibu-Systems joins the Chinese Alliance of Industrial Internet Wibu-Systems has joined the Sino-German Industrie 4.0 Project (I4.0 Project), which is aimed at identifying existing Sino-German cooperation projects on intelligent manufacturing and interconnected production processes in China. Already in 2015, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Ministry..Readmore Is MES On Its Way Out? The convergence of IT and OT is one of the more fascinating trends that has spawned many discussions throughout the industrial space. At Inductive Automation 2016 Ignition Conference in Folsom California, I had a lively and insightful discussion with an experienced industrial automation professional, debating the future of IT and, specifically, MES (Manufacturing Execution Systems). Readmore Casa Systems chooses Omnify Empower PLM software to manage engineering products Omnify Software, a provider of web-based Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software for discrete manufacturers, announced that Casa Systems implemented Omnify Empower PLM to replace the use of Excel spreadsheets for managing Bill of Materials (BOMs) and engineering changes.Casa Systems was growing and they needed to find a solution to support formal engineering change control processes in order to eliminate issues they were....Read-more Sightline’s Enterprise Data Management software provides visibility for appliance manufacturer Sightline Systems announces that its IIoT software, Enterprise Data Management (EDM), has been selected by a major global appliance manufacturer to provide real-time visibility into their manufacturing processes. This software will be included in manufacturing operations around the world and will provide real time visibility. Sightline’s IIoT EDM software is planned for the....Read-more Honeywell’s Connected Performance Services chosen to boost PetroVietnam performance Honeywell announced that a subsidiary of PetroVietnam will use its IIoT-based Connected Performance Services (CPS) to improve the performance of its manufacturing operations in Quang Ngai City, Vietnam.Binh Son Refining and Petrochemical Co., Ltd. (BSR) will use Honeywell’s CPS technology which integrates Honeywell UOP’s deep process knowledge to improve refinery and plant performance at its naphtha complex. CPS is part of Honeywell’s Connected Plant initiative ....Read-more Whitmore Manufacturing chooses Rockwell to automate new facility Lubricants are essential in everything from mining and railways to space travel. They keep gears moving. They reduce friction to improve performance and longevity. For NASA, they help transport space shuttles to the launch pad.The Whitmore Manufacturing Company is responsible for producing these industrial lubricants, as well as sealants, coatings, cleaners and oils. The company produces over 16 million pounds of lubricants each year, ranging from biodegradable and.... Read-more Materials Handling Automation Innovations include Safety and Ergonomics Obviously, there is no greater concern than the safety, health, and lives of workers. Profits, while very important, are secondary to lives. The notions of safety and profitability are not mutually exclusive. Avoiding costly worker’s compensation costs, wrongful death and injury lawsuits, and reducing a wide variety of injury-related costs, allow organizations to utilize resources to improve safety, productivity, product quality, and overall business competitiveness..... Read-more Prairie Power selects OSI to implement cooperative SCADA system Open Systems International, Inc. (OSI) has been selected by Prairie Power, Inc. (PPI) to implement a new centralized member cooperative distribution SCADA system capable of collecting data and sharing it between their main and backup control centers, as well as between member distribution cooperatives. PPI has been a user of OSI SCADA technology since 2012.....Read-more Industry’s New Breed of IoT System Integrator “Having IT expertise without OT (industry) expertise doesn’t work – neither does OT without IT.” That was the main refrain of Don Rogers, Business Development Manager, Manufacturing Engineering for World Wide Technology. While attending the 2016 Cisco Live! Conference in Las Vegas, this July I was fortunate to be introduced to Rogers and WWT....Read-more Fluke’s DATAPAQ tracker system saves fuel for Polish steel manufacturer Commissioning a new slab reheat furnace, Danieli Centro Combustion capitalized on application-tailored DATAPAQ Furnace Tracker systems from Fluke Process Instruments. Two systems were used to profile slabs in four different production scenarios, to set up the furnace, and fine-tune energy consumption. This validation proved to the customer, a leading global steel manufacturer....Read-more Menzel Elektromotoren delivers dust resistant motor for Senegalese cement manufacturer For a major inspection process, a Senegalese cement manufacturer had to replace their old coal mill and install a technically and mechanically compatible replacement motor in 2015. Tasked with this assignment, Menzel Elektromotoren from Berlin was faced with a particularly dusty challenge. The motor, which provides the plant with finely ground coal dust to meet the plant’s primary energy needs, is operated in a hazardous area classified as zone 22....Read-more Gainco chooses noax to implement industrial HMI in poultry plant A Gainco Product Marketing Manager weaves his way through the busy poultry processing plant on his way to the YieldScan Rapid Frame Analyzer demo currently being tested at a customer’s facility. When he arrives at the equipment, he is pleased to see that the freshly processed chicken carcasses needed for the Frame Analyzer demo have .... Read-more Killdeer Mountain chooses Aegis’ FactoryLogix MES software for North Dakota plant Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing, a manufacturer of electronic components for the aerospace and defense industries, recently selected Aegis FactoryLogix MES Software to implement in their North Dakota plant. The MES software was chosen to implement an intelligent paperless documentation system and real-time data analysis for increasing yield and enhancing traceability.... Read-more Netzer introduces DS-25 series of electric encoders The recently introduced DS-25 is a member of the DS series of Electric Encoders, based on Netzer Precision proprietary technology. These encoders offer many features, including:
17 bit resolution
< 0.025° accuracy .... Read-more
PowerXpress announces PowerXpress Plus USB power supply PowerXpress Solutions announces its PowerXpress Plus – USB power supply with a built-in HART interface modem for fast, easy and reliable device configuration. This universal solution powers and communicates with a device for configuration, management and diagnostics when used with PC-Based asset management application. The PowerXpress Plus works with....Read-more Honeywell recognizes 8 partners for excellence in EMEA regionHoneywell Process Solutions (HPS) recognized the successes of its key channel partners at its annual Channel Partner Conference for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), held in tandem with the 2016 Honeywell Users Group EMEA Conference.Purshottam Kanji Trading Co, of Oman, was named Distributor of the Year for delivering major customer wins and new product sales....Read-more Honeywell and Flowserve announce collaboration on Honeywell's INspireT IIoT programHoneywell and Flowserve today announced they will collaborate to provide Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions to help industrial customers make their operations safer, more efficient and more reliable. The collaboration will be part of the Honeywell INspireT program, Honeywell’s joint customer development program for its IIoT ecosystem.....Read-more Emerson announces launch of Operational Certainty engineering performance programAs the oil and gas, petrochemical, refining and other manufacturing companies face mounting pressure to achieve improved financial results, Emerson launched Operational Certainty, a technology and engineering-based program designed to help industrial companies achieve top performance and recover more than $1 trillion in operational losses globally......Read-more FCI announces Fluid Components Saudi Arabia Ltd joint venture with GAS Arabian ServicesFluid Components International (FCI) announces the establishment of Fluid Components Saudi Arabia Ltd., a joint venture with GAS Arabian Services Co., Ltd (GAS). FCI is a global manufacturer of gas flow meters, gas and liquid flow switches and liquid level switches for application in industrial processes and plants.“This new operation provides localized, full-service capability to all of FCI’s ..........Read-more Solutions to Drive Increased Performance in a Connected Enterprise on Display at IMTS 2016 At this year’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), Rockwell Automation will showcase smart manufacturing capabilities with dynamic displays featuring solutions for powertrain applications, intelligent conveying systems, remote monitoring and analytics.Read more ABB appoints Guido Jouret as Chief Digital Officer Internet of Things pioneer to drive next level of ABB’s digital solutions ABB has appointed Guido Jouret, a pioneer of the Internet of Things, as Chief Digital Officer, reporting to ABB’s CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer, effective October 1, 2016. Jouret will lead the next level of development and deployment of ABB’s digital solutions for customers globally and across all businesses.Jouret is a citizen of both the United States.....Read more Major Automation Vendor Selects Matrikon Technology To Embed Opc Ua Functionality In Reliability Product Honeywell (NYSE: HON) Process Solutions (HPS) today announced that its Matrikon OPC Unified Architecture (UA) Software Development Kit (SDK) has been selected by Emerson Process Management to embed OPC UA in their CSI 6500 ATG Machinery Health™ Protection System.Growing adoption of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industrie 4.0 is driving requirements for open and secure... Read more Beamex donates more than $4,000 to ISA’s Process Measurement and Control Division scholarship fund, pledges additional donations before year end The International Society of Automation (ISA) reports that Beamex, ISA’s Premier Strategic Partner for calibration, has donated $4,155.00 to ISA’s Process Measurement & Control Division (PMCD) educational scholarship fund.The contribution is derived from a successful training event-2016 Best Calibration Practices: Interactive Workshop-that was co-hosted by ISA and Beamex 18 August 2016 at the Space.. Read more Global Process Plant Equipment Market In Downstream Oil And Gas Industry 2016-2020 This market research report analyzes Fluor, Hyundai, Saipem, Samsung, and Technip to be the top players in the global process plant equipment market in downstream oil and gas industry. A comprehensive study of this market is also presented by type (boiler, piping, plant equipment, and valve) and by geography (the Americas, APAC, Europe, and MEA). Read more ABB announces 2nd edition of Single Loop Control Methods ABB announces the publication of the updated second edition of the process control textbook Single Loop Control Methods, written by Kevin Starr, Director of Advanced Services for ABB’s Oil, Gas and Chemicals Business Unit. The book is used extensively by control engineers in industrial process environments, as well as with universities and automation providers. Read more... Deutsche Messe announces Krister Sandvoss as CeMAT project manager Krister Sandvoss will take over management of the “CeMAT Worldwide” department. Along with the CeMAT exhibition in Hannover, his responsibilities include the foreign exhibitions of Deutsche Messe in the field of intralogistics, consisting of the following events: CeMAT ASIA, CeMAT RUSSIA, CeMAT INDIA, CeMAT AUSTRALIA, CeMAT SOUTH AMERICA, CeMAT EURASIA, CeMAT SOUTH EAST ASIA and Intralogistica Italia. His predecessor, Bernd Rohde, has been appointed Managing Director of the Deutsche Messe subsidiary in Mexico. Read more... Yaskawa America earns reaccreditation for Robot Division The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) has awarded reaccreditation status to the Motoman Robotics Division of Yaskawa America, Inc. Yaskawa Academy (formerly known as Motoman Technical Education Center – MTEC) has been an Accredited Provider since 1993. IACET Accredited Providers are the only organizations approved to offer IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs). The accreditation period extends for five years and includes all programs offered or created during that time. Read more... Kepware announces participation in oil & gas cyber security research project Kepware Technologies, a PTC business developing industrial connectivity software, has announced its participation in the latest research report commissioned by the Linking Oil & Gas Industry to Improve Cybersecurity (LOGIIC) programme. The Real-Time Data Transfer Project (RTDT) report highlights vital factors that should be considered when implementing an RTDT solution in the oil and gas sector.. Read more...