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HART Communication adapts for the Internet world (15/04/2014)
Article image SUZANNE GILL finds out more about the benefits offered by HART-IP, which is the latest enhancement to the HART Protocol Specification.
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HART Communication adapts for the Internet world (15/04/2014)
Article image SUZANNE GILL finds out more about the benefits offered by HART-IP, which is the latest enhancement to the HART Protocol Specification.
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Europe-wide drives and motors network (04/04/2014)
Article image Andy Love, service channel manager at ABB, explains the rationale behind the company’s new Authorised Value Provider programme and what this initiative means to industry across Europe.
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Uncovering hidden operational risks 02/04/2014
As long as production runs according to plan, possible risks often remain undiscovered until an unexpected event triggers an incident. HAZOP studies can help uncover these hidden risks and take preventive and systematic actions to improve safety. Rainer Semmler, TÜV SÜD Chemie Service, discusses what might happen if workflows in the process are interrupted. Full Story...

Change management systems - safeguarding plant automation assets 28/03/2014
The increased use of plant floor automation to achieve production goals has created a dependency on PLCs, PC-based control systems, SCADA systems, robotic controllers and HMIs. It is therefore vital that companies ensure that proper safeguards are in place to protect and manage any changes made to control logic across the plant, says Andy Thorogood, product manager at MAC Solutions. Full Story...

Do you manage your data…or does it manage you? 25/03/2014
Graham Green, measurements product manager at National Instruments, discusses the number one concern on an engineers mind – data management, and explains how it is possible to take control. Full Story...

Moving meter calibration into the 21st Century 18/03/2014
Calibration is fundamental to the operation of any measurement system. Without regular comparison to national standards it is difficult, or impossible, to demonstrate the continued satisfactory operation of a measurement system to the regulatory authorities. Craig Marshall, project engineer at NEL, discusses the need for a more innovative approach to calibration of offshore fiscal measurement devices. Full Story...

Preparing for the arrival of ISO 14119:2013 11/03/2014
There has been a great deal of discussion about the forthcoming ISO 14119:13 Safety of machinery – interlocking devices associated with guards.  Control Engineering Europe garnered some views about its main requirements.  Full Story...

The IE4 effect on the motor market 11/03/2014
The IE2 regulations effectively cleaned-up the lower efficiency end of the market – if an application requires a motor to operate rarely, then its energy consumption is not so critical and users will want the cheapest machine they can buy that will be reliable. The IE2 regulations are intended to make sure that new motors being supplied into these conditions still meet a minimum standard of efficiency. Full Story...

Control signals – which to choose? 04/03/2014
As process control systems continue to advance and the use of complicated networked solutions develops, is there still a requirement for the simple analogue signal?  Chris Hoey of Bürkert, offers an insight into selection of control signals to produce the optimum process control system. Full Story...

PAC and DCS advances 25/02/2014
Suzanne Gill reports on some of the most recent industrial control solutions to come to market, and looks at their main features and benefits. Full Story...

Controls convergence to enhance customer value 18/02/2014
Bernie Anger, general manager, Control & Communication Systems at GE Intelligent Platforms, explains the rationale behind the company’s recent announcement relating to the consolidation of its control platforms to enable the Industrial Internet. Full Story...

The cyber security checklist 11/02/2014
Security measures aim to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of an industrial automation and control system (IACS) from being compromised through deliberate or accidental attacks. Paul Gogarty, Cyber Security for Oil & Gas at ABB UK, explains how control system security improvement needs to be a continuous activity. Full Story...

Engineering the tools of discovery 04/02/2014
At the annual NI Day in London, Jeff Kodosky, co-founder of National Instruments and the Inventor of LabVIEW, spoke about the company’s mission to equip engineers and scientists with the tools to accelerate productivity, innovation and discovery. Full Story...

Future-proofing with multigas monitors 28/01/2014
The popularity of multiparameter gas monitors that employ fourier transform infra-red technology has grown in recent years. Antti Heikkilä, from Gasmet, explains more about the technology and its increasing popularity. Full Story...

ARMing OEMs with a solution for changing automation needs 21/01/2014
The increasing degree of networking in automation calls for a new generation of intelligent, decentralised networked devices. Standardized Computer on Modules with the SMARC specification with ARM SoCs are now enabling this new class of device to be developed efficiently. Martin Unverdorben, product manager, Computer-on-Modules at Kontron, explains. Full Story...

Cutting machine costs without sacrificing functionality or safety 14/01/2014
When PCL Ceramics was tasked with decreasing its machine building expenditure as part of an overall cost-reduction programme, it sought advice from Festo to find out how the latest technology could help it achieve this objective without sacrificing functionality or the safety of its machines.  Full Story...

Minimising the installation effect of flowmeters 14/01/2014
Craig Marshall, project engineer at NEL, discusses how and why installation effects cause errors in flow measurement, and looks at ways of reducing this problem. Full Story...

Industry 4.0: a catalyst for trade with Asia? 07/01/2014
Since the concept was first highlighted, at the Hannover Messe this year, Industry 4.0 has been the buzzword on everyone’s lips. John Browett, general manager of The CC-Link Partners Association (CLPA), discusses its possible impact on international trade. Full Story...

AC drive offers a global solution 07/01/2014
When Mixing Solutions, a supplier of industrial mixing machinery, needed a test system that would allow it to accurately determine the current consumption and other electrical characteristics of its products, two AC variable speed drives from Vacon provided a solution. Full Story...

Standardising on a Profibus communications solution 17/12/2013
Agribusiness company, Syngenta has implemeted a policy of system standardisation and protect current process control investment decisions at its Huddersfield manufacturing centre. Full Story...

Standardising on a Profibus communications solution 17/12/2013
Agribusiness company, Syngenta has implemeted a policy of system standardisation and protect current process control investment decisions at its Huddersfield manufacturing centre. Full Story...

Retrofitted drives cut pump repairs in mining application 17/12/2013
A major producer of energy from coal mine methane (CMM) is aiming to cut its pumping costs by using variable-speed drives (VSDs) to make its process more reliable. The specified VSDs will ensure the pumps are not over stressed, allowing them to last longer. Full Story...



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