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Smart actuators for process applications

The new PROFOX electric valve actuator from Auma is said to be suited for process industry applications which require fast and precise positioning, flexibility and future-proof interfaces.
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Retrofitting predictive maintenance solution to gearboxes

When a gearbox on a critical application fails there will always be a scramble to get it up and running again. Even when a spare is available, production will inevitably be lost. It is, however, now possible to retrofit a predictive maintenance solution.
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Better data collection from hazardous areas

SKF has gained hazardous area approval for its QuickCollect sensor, which collects vibration and temperature data. This new approval allows the sensor to be used in places that would previously have required a ‘hot work’ permit.


  1. 23/03/2020 Bringing versatility to edge computing

    Red Lion Controls has introduced the FlexEdge Intelligent Edge Automation Platform which is said to bring versatility to edge computing, while offering productivity and efficiency gains from digital transformation initiatives thanks to its simplicity.

  2. 23/03/2020 Self-monitoring temperature sensor

    The TCC self-checking temperature sensor from ifm electronic has been created for use in processes where accurate temperature control is essential and deviations could have costly implications.

  3. 16/03/2020 Integrated motor drive promises efficiency gains

    ABB’s Baldor-Reliance EC Titanium product line utilises Ferrite Assisted Synchronous Reluctance (FASR) technology with non-rare earth magnet materials to exceed IE5 efficiency requirements. Said to be suitable for constant and variable torque applications, it promises up to 16% efficiency gains when compared to alternative motor designs.

  4. 16/03/2020 Vertical-mount variant of SuperTrak launched

    B&R's intelligent track system SuperTrak is now available in a vertical-mount variant which is said to help optimise output per square meter of floor space.

  5. 08/03/2020 Mobile Android solution for configuring and setting up HART field devices

    Softing Industrial, together with MOBILE GmbH and ProComSol, is now able to offer a complete solution for setting the parameters and configuring HART field devices in Android applications.

  6. 08/03/2020 A solenoid valve alternative

    Electric valves have appeal as an alternative to pneumatic actuators, on account of their cost efficiency and performance. The reduced risk of contamination and the application in a wide variety of plants are also positives in favour of electrically operated valves. GEMÜ is responding to this demand with the launch of the GEMÜ eSyLite, eSyStep and eSyDrive valves.

  7. 02/03/2020 Detecting liquid in pipes

    The SICK T-Easic FTS is a new thermal flow switch designed to detect liquid flow in pipes – for example in pumps, machine tool lubrication, or industrial cleaning systems.

  8. 02/03/2020 Creating inference cameras without AI expertise

    An all-in-one solution that is said to make it easy for users to get started with AI-based image processing is now available from IDS in the form of the NXT ocean.

  9. 02/03/2020 Non-invasive inspection of oil and gas separators

    An optical gas imager from FLIR Systems is said to be safely and efficiently enabling oil and gas producers to undertake routine, non-invasive inspections in their oil and gas separators.

  10. 24/02/2020 Insertion turbine flowmeters for large diameter pipes

    Titan Enterprises offers a range of reliable insertion turbine flowmeters for accurately metering flow in larger diameter pipelines (40 - 900mm).

  11. 23/02/2020 Single-pad gripper for flat, shiny, and perforated workpieces

    OnRobot has launched a compact, single-pad version of its Gecko no-mark adhesive gripper.

  12. 23/02/2020 Robust, space-saving drive designed for maintenance-free long-term operation

    RS Components has introduced the Q2V series of compact inverter AC drives from Omron. Typical market sectors expected to benefit from its use include food and beverage and packaging, along with many industrial motor-control applications in general.

  13. 18/02/2020 Next-generation industrial firewall

    The Hirschmann EAGLE40 Next-Generation Firewall aims to offer optimal cybersecurity to industrial and process automation systems by hardening networks at the factory floor.

  14. 17/02/2020 PLC gains a virtual HMI

    The UniStream PLC is a multi-function controller from Unitronics that offers communication support and introduces the concept of a virtual HMI whereby the PLC stores and runs the program logic as well as the HMI user application within the PLC itself. This allows users to view and operate a machine or to access it remotely.

  15. 10/02/2020 Plant information management system with expanded data acquisition and export capabilities

    Yokogawa Electric Corporation has released Exaquantum R3.20, an enhanced version of its plant information management system (PIMS) software package in the OpreX Asset Operations and Optimisation family.

  16. 10/02/2020 Reduced complexity of deploying machine learning for quality inspection

    Pleora Technologies has introduced a machine vision artificial intelligence (AI) platform that is said to simplify the deployment of advanced machine learning capabilities to improve the reliability and lower the cost of visual quality inspection.

  17. 10/02/2020 Intelligent I/O for the IIoT

    Opto 22 has launched groov RIO, a family of intelligent, distributed input/output (I/O) for IIoT and automation applications.

  18. 03/02/2020 Decentralised IP66 frequency inverter with IO-Link

    The latest addition to the Lenze i500 inverter range, the i550 protec, has been designed for decentralised drive tasks and comes with IP66 protection class, IO-Link connectivity and a power range of up to 75 kW.

  19. 03/02/2020 Compact PLC with smart factory capabilities

    Mitsubishi Electric has introduced its smallest and most powerful compact PLC to date. The aim of the FX5UC series Micro PLC is to give more machine builders and manufacturers more functionality in a smaller space - while also providing web access and network connectivity.

  20. 27/01/2020 Easy-to-deploy vibration sensor simplifies asset monitoring

    The AMS Wireless Vibration Monitor is a low-cost, easy-to-deploy, vibration sensor from Emerson. It is able to perform prescriptive analytics on vibration data using native software to automatically identify failure modes and prevent potential problems involving rotating assets.