Plant safety and security

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Safety interlocks use RFID technology

Safety interlocks in the new MN7XX series from ifm electronic use RFID technology in combination with unique actuator coding, which is said to render tampering and unauthorised operation virtually impossible.
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Security routers protect industrial networks easily

The new security routers of the FL MGuard 1100 series from Phoenix Contact enables users to protect industrial networks against IT attacks. The devices are optimised for industrial use and, at the same time, are convenient to operate.
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Remote assistance capability for explosive hazardous environments

(26/06/2020) MOBILE GmbH, a provider of industrial mobile communication devices, and AMA, a provider of remote support solutions, have announced a strategic partnership to improve safety, efficiency and productivity of field teams in explosive hazardous industrial environments.


  1. 22/06/2020 Modular operating mode and access permission system

    A modular operating mode selection and access permission system from Pilz is said to offer flexibility when implementing safety and security on equipment and processes.

  2. 19/05/2020 Cylindrical inductive safety sensors

    SICK has launched the SICK IME2S inductive proximity safety switch for safe and easy non-contact position and safe area monitoring to help prevent accidents and unwanted collisions in production and logistics environments up to PL d (EN ISO 13849) safety requirements.

  3. 14/04/2020 ATEX approval for ultrasonic clamp-on flow meter

    Badger has announced new hazardous area certification to ATEX/IECEx Zone 2 for the Dynasonics TFX-5000 transit time ultrasonic flow meter.

  4. 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.

  5. 06/10/2019 Rugged DIN signal isolator/converter with a reduced footprint

    The UL Approved ECT-DIN 2-Wire Isolator from Moore Industries is now available in a narrow 15mm aluminium housing.

  6. 21/09/2019 Tablet PC for hazardous areas

    Endress+Hauser has introduced Field Xpert SMT77, a rugged tablet PC tool for commissioning and maintenance staff to manage field instruments and document the work progress. The tablet comes preinstalled with device configuration software and device library.

  7. 03/09/2019 Inductive safety sensor

    A new family of safety sensors from Pepperl+Fuchs includes four cylindrical and rectangular series with cable and plug connection. The sensors are TÜV-certified in accordance with the Machinery Directive (EN 13849) Performance Level PL d, Category 2, and SIL 2.

  8. 27/08/2019 IO-Link enabled safety light curtain

    Panasonic recently launched the SF4D safety light curtain series. In addition to the existing advantages of this light curtain range – including a slim and robust body combined with a new optical system for easy beam alignment, the company has also added IO-Link communication for safety light curtains.

  9. 15/07/2019 Safety laser scanner certified to IEC TS 62998

    SICK UK has announced the launch of the outdoorScan3, which is believed to be the first laser scanner to be safety-certified for use outdoors.

  10. 15/07/2019 World’s first IECEx compliant short canister mixer seal range

    AESSEAL believes it is able to offer the world’s first IECEx compliant short canister mixer seal (SCMS) range.

  11. 08/07/2019 Wireless gas sensors increase toxic gas safety

    Emerson has introduced two new Rosemount628 Universal Gas Sensors to measure carbon monoxide and oxygen depletion in addition to the existing capability to monitor hydrogen sulphide. These additions are said to enable a broader range of hazardous situations to be monitored using the Rosemount 928 Wireless Gas Monitor platform.

  12. 25/06/2019 World’s first Cloud-delivered Industrial CyberSecurity as a Service?

    Indegy has introduced CIRRUS, which is believed to be the first Industrial CyberSecurity as a Service (ICSaaS) offering.

  13. 17/06/2019 Safety interlock switch with solenoid

    IDEC Corporation has released of its new HS1T interlock switch with solenoid. This interlock switch is said to deliver 5,000N of locking force. It includes features that help maximise protection in machine and equipment guarding applications.

  14. 17/06/2019 Hygienic stainless-steel safety light curtain

    With a hygienic stainless-steel housing designed to meet stringent pharmaceutical industry requirements, a new safety light curtain is resistant to aggressive cleaning and decontamination regimes.

  15. 14/06/2019 ATEX smartphone, digital services, platform and new peripherals

    The Pepperl+Fuchs brand ecom has introduced the next generation of its ATEX Zone 1/21 and Div. 1 certified, intrinsically safe 4G/LTE-Android-smartphone Smart-Ex.

  16. 28/05/2019 Indegy Industrial Cybersecurity Suite App now available on Cortex

    Indegy has announced the availability of the Indegy Industrial Cybersecurity Suite app on Cortex by Palo Alto Networks – an open and integrated AI-based continuous security platform.

  17. 13/03/2019 Radiflow prioritises OT security through dynamic vulnerability assessment scoring

    Radiflow, a provider of cyber security solutions for industrial automation networks, has added dynamic vulnerability assessment scoring capabilities to its iSID industrial threat detection solution.

  18. 11/03/2019 Hazardous area inspection software

    Boulting has launched A BS EN 60079:17-compliant cloud-based inspection software that enables plant engineers to ensure control equipment in hazardous areas.

  19. 04/03/2019 Safety network for automated production environments

    With the launch of its Safe EFI-pro System, SICK has delivered standard industrial Ethernet-based safety network integration for highly-adaptive and dynamic safeguarding in automated production and logistics environments to SIL 3/PLe.

  20. 14/01/2019 Position indicator for ATEX areas

    The GEMÜ 1205 electrical position indicator, which is housed in a flameproof enclosure, is based on tried-and-tested engineering for use in demanding ambient conditions.