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A systematic approach to the functional safety of machinery (28/10/2014)
Article image 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.
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Simulation table extends safety and performance testing (28/10/2014)
Article image 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.
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Calibration in hazardous areas (14/10/2014)
Article image 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. 
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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...

Wireless Anywhere: leading the way for wireless process solutions 01/07/2014
Following the announcement that Yokogawa’s ‘Wireless Anywhere’ concept was given the Frost & Sullivan 2014 Global Enabling Technology Leadership Award, in its wireless solution category, Suzanne Gill found out why. Full Story...

OPC: at the heart of the Internet of Things 20/06/2014
Suzanne Gill finds out more about OPC developments and the potential role it has to play in the Internet of Things in the industrial environment. Full Story...

Visualising plant floor excellence 13/06/2014
An IDC Manufacturing Insights whitepaper has identified some recent trends for manufacturing operations management across Europe. Control Engineering Europe looks at the main points to come out of the research. Full Story...

Pervasive sensing is key to increased business visibility 10/06/2014
At the recent European Emerson User Exchange, Peter Zornio, chief strategic officer at Emerson Process Management, highlighted some of the key drivers for the process industries today and identified a new role for sensing technologies in business critical applications. Full Story...

Cyber security solutions boost automation system protection 10/06/2014
With the ever-present risk of cyber threats and malware, Metso's security business solution is able to provide the necessary safeguards to protect automation systems from attack. Full Story...

Easing the squeeze on profitability 03/06/2014
Eric Petela, business consulting director at AspenTech, discusses the benefits of having effective energy management strategy and explains more about how this can be achieved. Full Story...

Building sustainable value through improved reliability 20/05/2014
The HART Plant of the Year award is presented annually by the HART Communication Foundation to end-user companies to recognise ingenuity in the application of the HART Communication Protocol. The latest winner is Dow Chemical’s Deer Park facility in the US, for its use of the smart diagnostics available through HART communication as part of a larger maintenance initiative. Full Story...

Thin clients and servers in the industrial environment 13/05/2014
Industrial thin clients and servers are now being applied in industrial applications, where their performance and robustness, combined with user-friendliness and simple maintenance is paving the way for cost-optimised infrastructures. Full Story...



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