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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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Control signals – which to choose? (04/03/2014)
Article image 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.
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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...

What can the Cloud offer the process industry 19/03/2013
Tim Taberner, of Eurotech, looks at some of the benefits and barriers to adoption of Cloud-based technologies within the process industry. Full Story...

Connecting robot cells to any industrial network 19/02/2013
Svensk Industriautomation in Sweden is using Anybus X-gateways to connect its DeviceNet-based robot cells to any network requested by customers. Full Story...

A fast synchronous network as the basis for achieving a high-performance overall system 23/11/2012
What are the factors for successful automation? Factors such as speed or the performance capability of a particular sensor are often mentioned. However, the outstanding features of an individual component are only an advantage if the design of the overall system is compatible. In practical terms, this means that high-precision sensors are of little use without a fast synchronous network, and vice versa. Full Story...

FDI – A common solution for device management? 25/09/2012
Suzanne Gill reports on the emerging FDI standard, and finds out why end-users should be taking an interest in this latest set of specifications, which aims to offer a single source integration solution for managing the functionality offered by intelligent devices. Full Story...

FDT2 goes public 04/09/2012
The long-awaited public release of the FDT2 standard was announced at the Hannover Messe in April where the FDT Group AISBL took the opportunity to discuss some of its enhancements. Suzanne Gill reports. Full Story...

Preventing unplanned shutdowns with wireless technology 17/07/2012
Rosemount Analytical wireless transmitters are being used to monitor changes in boiler condensate conductivity, detecting leaks that could cause boiler damage at a Heat and Power energy facility. Full Story...

Making wireless instruments self-sufficient 10/07/2012
Suzanne Gill reports on a recent development in energy harvesting technology, which looks set to pave the way for the first generation of truly autonomous wireless instrumentation. Full Story...



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