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Recognising innovative use of of HART technology (15/07/2014)
The HART Communication Foundation is currently seeking nominations for its annual HART Plant of the Year Award program and end users and manufacturers right across the globe are encouraged to nominate their plant or a customer’s plant for the award.
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New Whitepaper: High-speed piezoelectric jet valves offer new modular dispensing solutions (15/07/2014)
Article image High-speed jetting technology is a new and innovative alternative to Because high-speed jetting is non-contact it offers a higher degree of flexibility and can be used in a wider variety of applications that otherwise would require a costly Z-axis system with height-sensing and positioning functionality.
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Oil analysis service aims to reduce machinery downtime (14/07/2014)
Article image Contaminated oil has been identified as a key cause of hydraulic system failure, which can lead to machine failure and critical production downtime.
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Agreement to distribute wireless gas detectors 08/07/2014
At the recent European Yokogawa Users Conference, the company announced the signing of an agreement with GasSecure AS for the distribution of GasSecure’s ISA100 Wireless gas detectors. Full Story...

Enhancements to FOUNDATION technical specifications 20/06/2014
The Fieldbus Foundation has announced the latest updates to the FOUNDATION fieldbus technical specifications. The specification updates (Version 2014.1) aim to further enhance FOUNDATION for Remote Operations Management (ROM) and the usability of FOUNDATION technology. Full Story...

Emerson invests in Aberdeen facility to meet demand from oil and gas industry 17/06/2014
Emerson has broken ground on a new office and service centre at Dyce, Aberdeen, Scotland from which it aims to support the North Sea oil and gas industry. Full Story...

Upgraded test engineering laboratory in Den Bosch 17/06/2014
TE Connectivity (TE) has reopened its upgraded Test Engineering Laboratory in Den Bosch, The Netherlands. A key function of the new facility is to support development engineering groups through product testing in all phases of the development process – from concept to final qualification. Full Story...

New whitepaper: Cartesian handling systems – a technical comparison with conventional robots 13/06/2014
This white paper offers and overview of cartesian handling systems and looks at the functional differences between the various systems and key factors and selection aids for selecting a handling system. Full Story...

HART Communication Protocol approved as China National Standard 03/06/2014
The HART Communication Foundation has announced that the HART Communication Protocol is now a China National Standard (GB/T 29910.1-6-2013) approved by the Standardization Administration of the China Industrial Department.  Full Story...

Seminar on unlocking the potential of robotic automation 03/06/2014
A seminar and workshop, hosted by ABB Robotics in the UK, aims to provide a straightforward look at how to assess the potential for robotic automation. Full Story...

UK businesses lack bank support for energy efficiency investment 23/05/2014
Research from Siemens Industry and the Energy Institute shows that businesses in the UK lack support from banks when investing in energy efficiency measures, with nearly 88% having a negative experience. Siemens is calling for a greater role for the Green Investment Bank in supporting the SME market. Full Story...

Wireless technology leads to a need for enhanced EMC tests and services 23/05/2014
The wider integration of wireless technology into products has caused a shift in electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) test services from classic or non-wireless testing to wireless testing. This has resulted in a higher number of new frequency bands which, in turn, has created a need for noise and emission reduction, making a strong case for enhanced EMC tests and services.  Full Story...

Moving forward to meet challenges 20/05/2014
Suzanne Gill reports on some of the trends and highlights that emerged from the 2014 Hannover Fair. Full Story...

Metso opens a new service center in Leuna 20/05/2014
Metso has opened a new service center in eastern Germany, in the Leuna industrial area, to support a strategy to grow its valve and field device service business globally and to strengthen its service capabilities within the German region for petrochemical, energy, oil & gas and pulp & paper companies. Full Story...

PROFINET and PROFIsafe in automation applications 13/05/2014
The returned figures from an PI (PROFIBUS & PROFINET International) initiated count of devices used in the automation market show that, in 2013, the trend of strong growth for PROFINET and PROFIsafe continued while PROFIBUS maintained a high level. Full Story...

Control room display collaboration for oil and gas sector event 13/05/2014
Two suppliers of visualisation systems for the oil & gas industry are set to join forces to demonstrate a state-of-the-art control room display, designed for demanding process management and control room applications. Full Story...

Whitepaper: New solutions for optimizing delivery of automation projects 06/05/2014
Predictability in capital-intensive markets is a challenge. Project cost overruns across all industrial markets are one of the areas that are out of control and contributing to this dynamic. Honeywell has conducted extensive Voice of the Customer analysis on this topic and has found that these same issues and dynamics are experienced by companies of all sizes, all over the world. Full Story...

Tactile skin development for robots 06/05/2014
A £1.07 million funding grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council has been awarded to support the creation of ultra-flexible tactile skin for robotics and prosthetics. To date this has not been achieved – either the sensor has been too big or the electronics not sufficiently flexible. Full Story...

Partnership exploits opportunities for wider IP video deployment in manufacturing plants 22/04/2014
NW Systems Group has announced a partnership with Swedish-based industrial automation and safety products provider Kentima, in a bid to focus on the wider deployment of IP video monitoring systems in UK manufacturing and processing plants. Full Story...

TE connectivity forms strategic engagement with TTI europe 15/04/2014
TE Industrial has announced a strategic engagement with TTI Europe, a specialist distributor of passive, connector, electromechanical and discrete components. The engagement is part of the TE Industrial business unit strategy to provide customers with improved service levels and an exceptional customer experience, while extending the geographic reach of its products. Full Story...

OPC-UA client function blocks for IEC 61131-3 15/04/2014
Cooperation between PLCopen and OPC Foundation began in 2008 to map the IEC 61131-3 Software Model to the OPC UA information model, which was released in March 2010 by both organisations.  Full Story...

New report: NI Trend Watch 2014 18/03/2014
The annual report from National Instruments focusses on technology trends that accelerate productivity. The company monitors trends across a wide range of industries to help it create tools to integrate with the power of available technology. Because its tools are used in so many industries and applications, the company is in a great position to examine the latest trends in measurement, sensing, networks and test – as they happen. Full Story...

Christoph Widmann becomes chairman of the Marketing Committee of the ETG 18/03/2014
Christoph Widmann, managing director at acontis technologies GmbH, is to be the new chairman of the Marketing Committee at the EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG). He takes over for Michael Strauss from SEW-EURODRIVE GmbH & Co KG who has held the position since 2005. Full Story...



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