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PLCs/PACs/DCS/controllers

Extended DCS capabilities (02/12/2014)
Article image Rockwell Automation has added new virtualisation, batch management and integrated motor control capabilities to its PlantPAx process automation system. The new features combine to extend the capabilities of the company’s DCS platform to simplify system design, deployment, operation and maintenance.
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Relays make safety simpler (20/11/2014)
Article image With just three models, safety relays in the new G9SR range from Omron are said to cover most common control system safety requirements for standalone applications.
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Enhanced DCS improves automation efficiency and performance (04/11/2014)
Emerson Process Management has released version 13 (v13) of its DeltaV distributed control system (DCS) to deliver greater efficiency and performance for process control applications.
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Controller and PC in a compact, powerful package 28/10/2014
The new Automation PC 2100 from B&R allows automation runtime and windows to run at the same time owing to the inclusion of a powerful Intel Atom multi-core processing technology. This allows the Automation PC 2100 to be used simultaneously as an industrial controller and as a PC for sophisticated HMI applications.  Full Story...

Ethernet optimised PLCs 08/10/2014
Schneider Electric has announced the addition of three new versions of its Modicon controller range – the M221, M241 and M251. Full Story...

Panels offer one cable for everything – no more hard wiring 30/09/2014
New openSAFETY control panels from B&R allow safe data exchange over the bus system. The integrated open-SAFETY interface renders the hard wiring of E-stop, operating mode and start buttons obsolete. Full Story...

Transmitter/controller escapes from the panel 29/07/2014
Bürkert's type 8619 multiCELL transmitter/controller is now available in a new housing version and optional 110/230 VAC supply. Full Story...

Improved display for single-loop controllers 29/07/2014
Yokogawa Electric Corporation has enhanced its YS1000 series single-loop controllers with a new thin-film transistor (TFT) LCD that is said to offer improved display characteristics and a design to make maintenance easier. Full Story...

Integrated production control system with enhanced alarm and batch functions 22/07/2014
Yokogawa Electric Corporation has released CENTUMVP R5.04, an enhanced version of its integrated production control system. Features of the new version include enhanced alarm and batch functions. Full Story...

Integrated production control system with enhanced alarm and batch functions 22/07/2014
Yokogawa Electric Corporation has released CENTUM VP R5.04, an enhanced version of its integrated production control system. Features of the new version include enhanced alarm and batch functions. Full Story...

Tablet meets the needs of large groups of users 02/06/2014
Captec has introduced the X220 semi-rugged 10.1in tablet and TCS tablet charging station, a multi-device cableless charging solution which, together, are said to allow large numbers of users to use tablet computers, reducing problems caused by storing and charging numerous devices in one place. Full Story...

Controller gains ATEX Zone 2 certification 13/05/2014
Modules from B&R's X20 controller system have now been certified for ATEX Zone 2 and HazLoc Division 2 environments. Full Story...

IPC harnesses the power of the Internet 12/05/2014
GE Intelligent Platforms have introduced a new solution that utilises the potential of the Industrial Internet to connect machines and turn raw data into actionable information. Full Story...

RISC-based cloud computer for data acquisition and process automation in the field 22/04/2014
Moxa´s UC-8100 series of RISC based embedded cloud computers can be used with the company’s MXCloud, a proprietary, open cloud platform - enabling users to make use of customer-specific services through personal interfaces. Full Story...

Process automation system unlocks process and energy savings 04/04/2014
Schneider Electric has introduced PlantStruxure Process Expert System (PES), its  next generation DCS which is said to combine the ease-of-use and openness of PLC and SCADA with the integration, single database and diagnostic capabilities of a traditional DCS. Full Story...

Control system RTU targets the upstream oil & gas industries 04/03/2014
Yokogawa Electric Corporation has released an enhanced version of its FCN-RTU (field control node remote terminal unit) low-power autonomous controller for the STARDOM network-based control system, developed to meet the needs of the upstream oil & gas industries. Full Story...

PLC platform provides precision temperature control, secure data recording and visualisation 18/02/2014
Invensys Eurotherm has launched a new range of PLC products, with the aim of increasing the profitability and efficiency of heat treatment and thermal processing.   Full Story...

Built-in multi-touch panel PCs 03/02/2014
With its range of control panels and panel PCs, Beckhoff offers a product portfolio for solving PLC, motion and HMI tasks universally, in a plant or machine, with a uniform look and feel.  Full Story...

Micro PLC optimised for standalone and remote machines 03/02/2014
Rockwell Automation has added the Micro820 PLC to its Allen-Bradley Micro800 PLC family.  Full Story...

Scalable control cabinet IPC for automation projects 03/12/2013
Kontron has launched a new control cabinet IPC product family for automation applications. Full Story...

All-in-one, modular and expandable PLC 22/10/2013
Unitronics has introduced a new modular all-in-one PLC range - the UniStream. Features include a powerful dual CPU, HMI touch panels and a variety of I/O. Full Story...

Safety PLC simplifies safety engineering for control projects 22/10/2013
ABB has launched a new safety PLC that offers flexible programming facilities designed to speed and simplify the development of safe control solutions for complex control applications. Full Story...

Rugged PLC requires less protection 16/10/2013
A new PLC, the AC500-XC from ABB, is protected against a wide variety of threats including high and low temperatures, high humidity, low air pressure, salt mist and hazardous gases, and vibration and shock. Full Story...



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