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SCADA solutions offer greater mobility (18/11/2014)
Article image Control Engineering Europe looks at some recent enhancements and additions to offer additional versatility to SCADA and visualisation solutions.
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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…
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Identifying mechanical failures without physical contact (18/11/2014)
Article image 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.
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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...

Sensors need to evolve to make Industry 4.0 workable 04/11/2014
The successful evolution of Industry 4.0, from a concept into a practical reality, will be heavily contingent upon the quality of data that can be acquired and shared between the component parts of a digital production system. This will require a new generation of sensor technology that is not yet available to engineers. Rahman Jamal, technology and marketing director for Europe at National Instruments, looks at the building blocks that will define the impact of Industry 4.0 on manufacturing. Full Story...

A systematic approach to the functional safety of machinery 28/10/2014
Functional safety is one of the core elements in the design and construction of machinery. But how can the general requirements of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC be met in each specific case? Which codes and standards should be taken into account? And how can risk assessment be documented correctly and in compliance with the legal requirements? Dr Rolf Zöllner, risk manager at TÜV SÜD Industrie Service, explains. Full Story...

Simulation table extends safety and performance testing 28/10/2014
The Thule Group, an outdoor and sport retail company, has selected Moog to supply a second hydraulic simulation table for its test lab in Hillerstorp, south Sweden. Full Story...

Calibration in hazardous areas 14/10/2014
This article discusses many of the issues surrounding calibration in hazardous areas, highlighting some important issues that need to be addressed before entering a hazardous area with calibration equipment.  Full Story...

Breaking down industrial security 08/10/2014
Mark Daniels and Richard Piggin discuss the issues surrounding cyber security for Industrial control systems and look at different approaches to ensure the best protection for critical business enablers. Full Story...

Rapid migration to new safeguarding system 30/09/2014
When the automatic shutdown control system at the Den Helder low calorific gas processing terminal needed to be updated, Yokogawa was able to provide the automation system, plus electrical, mechanical and civil engineering services required for the upgrade to shorten the project time by an estimated six months and allowing the upgrade to be performed during the plant's planned three-yearly shutdown period. Full Story...

High-speed vision system inspects high technology web 30/09/2014
Optimal Industrial Automation has designed, developed and installed a bespoke high-speed vision inspection system for a manufacturer of high technology web that is fabricated for use in green energy projects. Full Story...

Easy proof testing of guided wave radar sensors 16/09/2014
The latest overfill protection standard API/ANSI 2350 states that device verification of most overfill prevention sensors should be carried out semi-annually. Carl-Johan Roos, functional safety officer at Emerson Process Management, explains how this can be achieved without having to raise the level in the tank above its maximum working level. Full Story...

Peace of mind in hazardous areas 09/09/2014
Piston air motors can offer many advantages over their electric equivalents, including energy efficiency, simple installation, easy maintenance, longevity and precise controllability. However, they really come into their own in hazardous area installations. Full Story...

Profibus: small installation benefits 02/09/2014
The ability of Profibus to connect to an instrument remotely is generally considered to be a feature employed only in larger plants. However, this situation is now changing, according to James Powell, business developer, PI Communications at Siemens Industry Automation. Full Story...

CC-Link gains strength as end-users automate 19/08/2014
Suzanne Gill reports on the increasing demand for CC-Link enabled solutions, as more Asian end-users in the manufacturing sector turn to automated production processes to ensure better quality products, and to reduce costs. Full Story...

Industrial wireless blackout looms 19/08/2014
Andrew Evans, technical executive at GAMBICA – the UK trade body for instrumentation, control, automation and laboratory technology industry – is calling for the harmonisation of the new EN62657-2 industrial wireless co-existence standard, which otherwise could lead to a major industrial wireless failure. Full Story...

Industry first: In-line flowmeter employs SAW-based technology 12/08/2014
Presented for the first time at Hannover Fair this year, Bürkert is now preparing for the launch of its new FLOWave series of in-line flowmeters which, uniquely in flow applications, employ surface acoustic wave (SAW) technology. Suzanne Gill reports. Full Story...

Boiler contaminants: jeopardising power plant operation 05/08/2014
Optimum positioning of analytical instruments at key points throughout the water and steam cycle and water treatment plant on modern power stations can provide operators with a valuable insight for improving plant efficiency and cost effectiveness. Les Slocombe, of ABB Measurement Products UK, explains the benefits of balanced boiler chemistry and how key contaminants can be kept in check to ensure a safe and efficient process. Full Story...

Taking the opportunity to optimise process integration 29/07/2014
In a recent whitepaper the ODVA describes an opportunity for the optimisation of process integration (OPI) and offers an overview of its vision for a comprehensive approach to OPI. Full Story...

Look no wires! Automated monitoring solutions 08/07/2014
Automated monitoring solutions are increasingly being used to gather business critical data in process plants, to help cost-effectively meet legislative requirements and ensure plant safety as well as to increase productivity.   Full Story...



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