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A stepped approach to securing automation systems (24/02/2015)
Article image Professor Dr. Frithjof Klasen, a member of the Managing Board of the PROFIBUS Nutzerorganisation e.V. (PNO), discusses problems surrounding security for automation systems and explains how guidelines from communication technology organisations, such as PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI), can be helpful.
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Design guide helps reduce machine running costs (24/02/2015)
Article image A new Design Guide from Techdrives aims to help industrial designers and specifiers to reduce the running costs of their machines.The 30 page document focusses on energy savings in the drive train – motors, drives and gearboxes.
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Eliminating downtime caused by lightning strikes (17/02/2015)
Article image Control Engineering Europe looks at the journey taken by Tüpras Kirikkale petroleum refinery to ensure its plant is better protected from downtime due to lightning stikes in the future.
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Pneumatic automation solution for water pumping station 10/02/2015
Guernsey Water has made the decision to use a pneumatic automation solution for the control of a remote pumping station.  CE UK finds out more. Full Story...

High-speed vision system inspects high technology web 03/02/2015
A bespoke high-speed vision inspection system has been developed for a manufacturer of high technology web that is fabricated for use in green energy projects.  Full Story...

Improving flowmeter calibration accuracy 27/01/2015
Dr Norman Glen, principal consultant at NEL, explains how the use of synthetic reference fluids can help improve flowmeter calibration accuracy.  Full Story...

Robots eat their way into the food sector 19/01/2015
To date there have been few applications that have employed robots in the food processing industry. Chris Evans, of Mitsubishi Electric, believes that this is now changing and predicts that in five years time they will be considered very much the norm. Full Story...

How often should instruments be calibrated? 19/01/2015
Plant efficiency can be improved and costs reduced by performing calibration history trend analysis. It can help to define which instruments can be calibrated less frequently and which should be calibrated more frequently. Calibration history trend analysis is only possible with calibration software that provides this functionality, says Beamex.  Full Story...

FDI and FDT: working together for limitless integration 12/01/2015
Glenn Schulz, managing director of the FDT Group, recently spoke about the emerging FDI standard and explained how it will sit comfortably alongside the existing FDT standard. Suzanne Gill reports. Full Story...

Centralised or decentralised - which way to go? 06/01/2015
Arne Linder, product manager at KOLLMORGEN, looks at the benefits and barriers to the use of centralised and decentralised servo technologies. Full Story...

Plant engineering software helps improve interoperability in power system engineering 16/12/2014
Plant engineering software is helping ENERGOPROJEKT Katowice SA (EPK), a power system engineering specialist, to optimise engineering workflows and offer shorter times to market. Full Story...

Thermal imaging and dimensional measurement of microelectronics 09/12/2014
Chris Jones, managing director at Micro-Epsilon UK, discusses how the latest thermal imaging cameras and confocal displacement sensors are helping with the inspection of a variety of electronic devices, circuit boards and MEMS. Full Story...

PLC adds value to modernised rice filling machine 09/12/2014
When it needed to modernise an outdated rice-filling machine, Impasa Automation also wanted to take the opportunity to create a customised display for its customer. Full Story...

Analysing waste gases on a simulated Mars mission 02/12/2014
As part of a project to measure the effects of long-term isolation on astronauts, small groups of individuals have been selected to live in a tiny ‘Habitat’ perched on the upper slope of a volcano in Hawaii to contribute to the understanding of issues that would confront a manned mission to Mars. Full Story...

A framework for defining control project requirements 02/12/2014
Ryan Hildebrandt, a self-employed UK-based controls engineer and project manager considers a six-point framework for defining requirements for a controls project helps save time and effort, while ensuring the project stays on track. He argues the importance of understanding control project requirements, tie them to business goals, and stay true to the design to improve project success. Full Story...

Integrated automation solution benefits 02/12/2014
Control Engineering Europe spoke to Carsten Meier, marketing manager TIA Portal, Siemens AG, Digital Factory Division, to find out what benefits TIA Portal can offer users today, and in the future. Full Story...

SCADA solutions offer greater mobility 18/11/2014
Control Engineering Europe looks at some recent enhancements and additions to offer additional versatility to SCADA and visualisation solutions. Full Story...

Inline inspection in subzero temperatures 18/11/2014
Inspecting and maintaining sub-surface pipelines is a challenging task – even more so when the pipeline is located offshore in turbulent seas and in subzero temperatures… Full Story...

Identifying mechanical failures without physical contact 18/11/2014
Fluke has introduced the Fluke 820-2 LED Stroboscope tool for investigating and observing potential mechanism failure on a variety of machinery without making physical contact with the machine. Full Story...

CC-Link opens up Asian markets for measurement specialist 07/11/2014
In a recent video made with the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA), sensors and measurement specialist HBM Test and Measurement (HBM) has developed a CC-Link gateway module, which allows a single PLC to collect live data from multiple load cells. Full Story...

Applications of the IEEE 519 standard for VSDs 07/11/2014
Jonathan Wilkins, of European Automation, discusses the intricacies of the IEEE 519 standard and how it affects plant maintenance strategy and operations, especially those sourcing obsolete components.  Full Story...

Why use limit devices in temperature control applications? 07/11/2014
Ian Collins, product manager for West Control Solutions, explains why limit devices are required in temperature control applications and describes how they work. He also explains why they reduce risk. Full Story...

Applications of the IEEE 519 standard for VSDs 04/11/2014
Jonathan Wilkins, of European Automation, discusses the intricacies of the IEEE 519 standard and how it affects plant maintenance strategy and operations, especially those sourcing obsolete components.  Full Story...



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