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Enhancing DP-based flow measurement with dynamic compensation (20/06/2016)
Article image Henk van der Bent describes how a multivariable pressure transmitter with built-in dynamic compensation can correct many of the errors and inaccuracies that occur in differential pressure based flow measurements. He also explains how modern flowmeters can ensure ease of integration with FDT technology based tools.
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Cleaning matters (20/06/2016)
Article image Cleaning is an important consideration for many critical applications, to ensure optimum performance. Control Engineering Europe reports.
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Which antennae for wireless solutions? (14/06/2016)
Article image Hans-Joachim Richter offers advice on how to choose the most suitable antennae to help get the best out of wireless technology in industrial applications.
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Transforming capital project schedules and costs 07/06/2016
Suzanne Gill reports on the European introduction of a new initiative from Emerson Process Management which is designed to help improve scheduling and costs for capital engineering projects, helping companies to achieve top quartile performance. Full Story...

Taking the weight out of pressure regulation 31/05/2016
Suzanne Gill reports on the development of an innovative design for pressure regulation devices which results in a longer life, lightweight solution with a small footprint. Full Story...

Versatile vision solution for laser marker 25/05/2016
Many materials processing applications now incorporate cameras and suitable software solutions to support the positioning of workpieces and tools, or to perform tasks in the area of visual quality inspection. Full Story...

From vision to reality: an innovative combination of automation and cloud technology 25/05/2016
For many, the Internet of Things (IoT) is, still a far-off vision. While productivity is set to improve with the increasingly networked, Internet-capable smart devices and the data they provide, specific details on implementation as well as fully developed business models are generally unavailable or have not yet been fully fleshed out. Arno Martin discusses a cloud-based solution which opens up new use cases in the area of system automation. Full Story...

Parallel working solution for different engineering project disciplines 25/05/2016
Traditionally, the different disciplines of an engineering project – mechanical engineering, electrical and controls engineering and PLC/ software engineering – have been worked on within isolated silos. Maximilian Brandl, president of Eplan and Cideon, believes that greater efficiencies can be achieved by working on these tasks in parallel. Full Story...

Secure communication is the key 17/05/2016
Anja Moldehn believes that the basis for success of Industry 4.0 is the creation of plant-wide secure and consistent digitisation. Full Story...

A vendor-unifying communication standard 10/05/2016
Suzanne Gill spoke to automation vendors involved in the development of OPC-UA solutions to gather their thoughts on the technology and where it fits into their industry offerings. Full Story...

Improving asset performance in refineries 10/05/2016
The high density of rotating equipment used in refineries means that effective asset management of pumps, turbines, compressors, motors and generators, can play a vital role in maintaining plant up-time and achieving OEE targets, in addition to ensuring high safety levels and profitability. Harald Großmann looks at the maintenance challenges facing petrochemical refineries and how to improve asset performance and reliability. Full Story...

‘Data-grabbing’ conditioning monitoring tactics may hamper operational efficiency improvement work 10/05/2016
An over-reliance on condition monitoring data could be hampering maintenance teams in their task of improving plant operational efficiency, according to ERIKS UK. Full Story...

The dawn of a new manufacturing frontier? 03/05/2016
Martin Griffiths, senior LabVIEW architect at Metis Automation, specialist software engineers, discusses the evolution of manufacturing processes and the dawn of the next stage – mass customisation. Full Story...

Seeing the light 22/04/2016
The quality of lighting can make or break a machine vision system. Control Engineering Europe takes a look at a solution which fully integrates lighting control into the other elements of a vision solution. Full Story...

Smoothing out system integration issues 15/04/2016
Control Engineering Europe reports on the recent introduction of a multi-vendor solution which aims to ensure system integration in real-life situations through an extensive pre-testing program.  Full Story...

Panel downsizing: help is at hand 13/04/2016
Jodie Commercial discusses how a new breed of compact panel components can help to address panel builders downsizing challenges. Full Story...

Mobile devices - Taking things slowly 13/04/2016
Suzanne Gill reports on the use of mobile devices in industrial applications. It appears to be a slow-burn technology on the plant floor and there are some hurdles that need to be overcome before mobile devices become more widely used. Full Story...

Avoiding software development nightmares 05/04/2016
Tim Fellows, a certified LabVIEW developer and system integrator at LiveWires Automation, discusses how to avoid problems during software development. Full Story...

Managing change in alarm rationalisation 29/03/2016
It is essential to manage change when making modifications to process alarms and alarm systems. Management of Change (MoC) should,  therefore,  be a fundamental process within the alarm management lifecycle, argues Ian Brown. Full Story...

Radar level transmitter developments 22/03/2016
Doug Anderson explains how radar level transmitter technology has developed over the years to become an easy to use and predictably accurate process level measurement solution. Full Story...

The next step in collaborative robots 15/03/2016
Suzanne Gill reports on the UK launch of YuMi, a new dual-arm, seven-axis robot which is able to work alongside humans, without the need for safety guarding. Full Story...

Partial stroke testing solution 08/03/2016
Richard Harvey examines the strengths and weaknesses of traditional partial stroke testing solutions and looks at where new technology is enabling advancement. Full Story...

Drive system helps maximise oil and gas field productivity 08/03/2016
A bespoke variable speed drive system has been designed by WEG to help with extraction from some of Oman’s older oil fields, where the natural pressure is beginning to fade. Full Story...



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