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CC-Link opens up Asian markets for measurement specialist (07/11/2014)
Article image 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.
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Profibus: small installation benefits (02/09/2014)
Article image 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.
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Taking the opportunity to optimise process integration (29/07/2014)
Article image 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.
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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...

Ensuring network availability in an industrial environment 22/04/2014
Loredana Coscotin, product marketing manager for Industrial Cable EMEA at Belden, explains why industrial grade cables really can make a difference to the long-term performance and reliability of industrial networks. Full Story...

HART Communication adapts for the Internet world 15/04/2014
SUZANNE GILL finds out more about the benefits offered by HART-IP, which is the latest enhancement to the HART Protocol Specification. Full Story...

HART Communication adapts for the Internet world 15/04/2014
SUZANNE GILL finds out more about the benefits offered by HART-IP, which is the latest enhancement to the HART Protocol Specification. 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...

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...

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...

Technology developments for PROFIBUS and PROFINET 29/10/2013
At a PI (UK) conference held in the summer to celebrate 20 years of PROFIBUS and PROFINET in the UK, Karsten Schneider, PI chairman, spoke about PROFIBUS and PROFINET technology developments. Full Story...

FDT offers device setpoint confidence 22/10/2013
For one chemical intermediate manufacturer in Switzerland, FDT Technology and the company's chosen FDT Frame Application, have provided the peace of mind that its measurement device setpoint documentation is always up to date. Suzanne Gill reports. Full Story...

HART - the next 20 years 03/09/2013
With the HART Communication Foundation celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Ted Masters, president and CEO at HART Communication Foundation, offers his views on how and why the HART protocol will stay relevant for the next 20 years. Suzanne Gill reports. Full Story...

What does mobile means for measurements? 30/07/2013
Gartner estimates that 1.2 billion smartphones and tablets will be purchased in 2013. What does this mean for industrial measurement and control applications? Are portable measurement devices and industrial HMIs also on the path to obsolescence? Kyle Voosen, marketing director at National Instruments UK & Ireland, tackles these questions. Full Story...

WirelessHART extends your reach: the easy way to add new instrumentation 24/06/2013
Douglas Carlson, Smart Wireless gateway marketing engineer at Emerson Process Management, discusses the benefits and considerations of deploying WirelessHART device networks and offers advice on how to minimise growing pains when installing new field sensors and actuators. Full Story...

HART benefits the bottom line 28/05/2013
Implementing the right technical solution, the right way, can have a major impact on your profitability. A HART Plant of the Year Award recipient reveals keys to effective implementation and resulting financial benefits. Peter Welander, content manager for Control Engineering, reports. Full Story...

Energy harvesting technology in action at Tata Steel 14/05/2013
Tata Steel is trialling an ABB thermocouple that is able to generate the energy needed to drive it from the heat in the surrounding process. Combining this energy harvesting technology with wireless communications eliminates the need to run any wires to or from the device. Full Story...

Network flexibility for device manufacturers 14/05/2013
At a UK press event, to introduce the Chip, Brick, Module (CBM) Concept for its Anybus CompactCom offering, David Folley of HMS, offered details of some interesting global networking usage trends and figures identified by the company. Full Story...

Liberating operators from the control room 07/05/2013
There is universal agreement that mobile devices will be making an appearance on more plant floors in the future, although agreement from automation suppliers on a timescale for this to become general practice is less easy to come by. Suzanne Gill reports. Full Story...

Using HART with asset management systems 24/04/2013
Being the most broadly deployed smart device platform, HART is the right choice for your plant’s asset management system, argues John Yingst, a senior principal product manager for Honeywell Process Solutions. Full Story...



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