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27 June 2017

Balluff is expanding its safety portfolio with magnetic, transponder and inductive safety sensors. They are connected directly to the safety Balluff IO-Link I/O module or to any safety controller using standard M12 connectors.

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22 June 2017

Choosing the correct design and specification of valve for a process can save costs, reduce downtimes and minimise product loss or contamination.

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20 June 2017

EDF’s new-generation combined-cycle power plant (CCPP) in Bouchain, France, deploys electric actuators from AUMA for its challenging valve automation tasks. The plant uses a single GE 9HA gas turbine and has a generating capacity of 605 MW. With a record thermal efficiency of 62.22% the plant was rated the world’s most efficient gas-fired power plant by Guinness World Records.

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20 June 2017

Featuring an I/O-Link interface and digital display, EGE has launched the new SNS 552 flow sensor for flow measurement of water and water-based media in large pipes.

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20 June 2017

When Raecom Emergency Alarms, which specialises in wireless alarms systems for leisure facilities, developed a range of products based on air switching, it chose Herga Technology for its component level solutions.

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05 June 2017

To help simplify Eni Norge’s valve processes on the Goliat Field oilfield, prior to its merger with Netherlocks and subsequent name change to Sofis, Smith Flow Control developed a custom-built operating panel that enhances safety and increases efficiency by moving the control and operation of Eni Norge’s large number of valves to a single, safe location.

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08 June 2017

Together with the wide range of safety sensors, the perfectly matched safety components offer complete safety-related automation solutions for a wide range of machine types.

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11 May 2017

OEM Automatic is now the UK agent for Aplisens, which manufactures Smart field devices for pressure, differential pressure, level and temperature.

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12 May 2017

Having provided trouble free operation for over 15 years, when a prestigious food packaging company implemented a full machine refurbishment a busy production lines, elobau safety switches were once again selected.

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11 May 2017

Herga Technology has introduced a new range of protective guards for use with a wide selection of its general purpose, medical-grade, light-duty and industrial footswitches.

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09 May 2017

Systematically integrating advanced multi-touch technologies into its Control Panel and Panel PC portfolio, Beckhoff has provided forward-looking operator interface concepts for years. With the company’s new CPX Control Panel series, applications in hazardous areas, classified Zone 2/22, can now also benefit.

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08 May 2017

New from Omega the FMC-5000 Series of Coriolis Flow Meters are designed to meet the challenges of measuring mass fluids that can be corrosive or difficult to measure.

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12 May 2017

New from Omega, FTB700-S Series turbine meters have a unique system of precisely-machined helical rotors and high-quality jewel bearings; the rotor is the only moving part.

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15 May 2017

Parker Hannifin has added smart connectivity of its pneumatic valve islands to machine controllers by introducing new IO-Link modules that can be quickly integrated with existing Parker valve ranges.

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09 May 2017

The industrial PLC FP7 from Panasonic already forms a solid base for complex solutions related to Industry 4.0. In addition to industrial-grade sensors and displays, the huge portfolio includes MINAS A5 series servo drives, which offer a compact design and high reliability.

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09 May 2017

Rotork IQ Actuators have been selected for an upgrade at the Rio Manso water treatment plant at Brumadinho in the south east of Brazil, which involved the building of an additional filter plant, the replacement of obsolete actuators on existing plant and the introduction of a Profibus digital control network.

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03 May 2017

The latest addition to Badger Meter USA’s portfolio, the RCT1000 Coriolis mass flow meter is suited to the precise measurement of high viscosity fluids, aggressive media and contaminated fluids as well as high density gases, whilst maintaining a wide turndown ratio.

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02 May 2017

Tuthill has introduced an all new in-line digital meter that has ±1% accuracy, global certification and simple, preset calibrations.

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20 April 2017

Alicat Scientific has expanded the communications protocol offerings on its line of mass flow controllers for vacuum coating applications, adding EtherNet/IP and DeviceNet. Alicat’s MCE-Series and MCV-Series mass flow controllers ensure the optimal coating environment in vacuum chambers, maintaining product integrity in vacuum deposition.

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21 April 2017

Hedland variable area flow meters give a clear visible indication of hydraulic line health during operation, without the dangers of a person coming in close contact with operating machinery. A higher-than-usual flow reading may indicate a significant leak while and lower-than-usual flow reading may indicate a possible line blockage.

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FEATURES

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17 May 2017

A new TÜV certificate confirms that AUMA’s electric actuators have passed the most demanding corrosion protection tests and meet the requirements of EN ISO 12944-6 for corrosivity categories C5-M long (marine, coastal and offshore areas) and C5-I long (industrial areas with high humidity and aggressive atmospheres).

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12 April 2017

Mark Lilley, Field Segment Manager, Hygienic - Food and Beverage for Bürkert Fluid Control Systems, looks at the best way to implement an automation project and the benefits it can deliver.

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20 February 2017

Steve Busby, business development director at Oxford Flow discusses how innovations in valve design could help tackle some of the perennial problems in pressure regulation in an industrial setting

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20 February 2017

The valve actuator is often seen as a relatively simple device that performs a simple function, but there are significant opportunities available to the control engineer, and substantial savings to be made through clever deployment of the technology, says Paul Hopkins, managing director, AUMA UK

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09 January 2017

Touchscreens are found on consumer devices but are now increasingly being used in industrial environments. However, there are different types of touchscreens which users must consider. Noel Sheppard, director of industrial computing specialist Distec is your guide

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13 October 2016

Lucozade Ribena Suntory (LRS), one of the leading soft drinks businesses in the UK and Ireland, has partnered with Human Machine Interface (HMI) provider, Wonderware UK & Ireland, to monitor and improve its energy performance.

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19 October 2016

Ian Webster, field segment manager, hygienic processing pharmaceutical at Bürkert Fluid Control Systems, looks at the specific requirements of modern hygienic fluid control applications and how they can be achieved.

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23 August 2016

Many plant operators and managers are still hesitant to deploy wireless technology. Andy Pye reviews guidance from industrial network specialist Moxa on how to optimise a network and fix infrastructure problems

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25 August 2016

Following restructuring of IDEC Electronics’ European business last year, the operations of former IDEC Electronics UK have received a significant boost with the launch by IDEC UK’s former managing director, Stephen Schiller, of Staffordshire-based company, Sys-Tek

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14 June 2016

The interaction between machines and robots is vital for efficient industrial manufacturing. MotoLogix from YASKAWA is a new generation control interface which enables direct integration while still providing all the benefits of a modern control system. 

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20 April 2016

In this world of the beautifully designed smartphone and tablet, the importance of appearance is becoming an important factor in the modern machine concept. This is demonstrated by the latest generation of multi-touch operating panels

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16 February 2016

Sixty years ago, when Raaco started manufacturing plastic drawers and mobile storage solutions in Nykøbing Falster, Denmark, pneumatic actuators were the technology of choice for injection moulding and semi-automatic welding line automation.

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22 January 2016

Despite the emergence of alternative control solutions, the popularity of the PLC endures. Mitsubishi Electric product manager Hugh Tasker outlines ten reasons why you still need a PLC.

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11 January 2016

Manufacturers have developed a huge range of products and systems that can be combined and integrated to produce bespoke process control systems. However, when the application involves operating in potentially explosive atmospheres, designers could be forgiven for thinking that the choice of design might be restricted...

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20 October 2015

Inductive Automation has released Ignition v7.8, the latest version of its modular, web-based HMI, SCADA, and MES software platform. Ignition v7.8 boasts new features that can change how SCADA is used across the enterprise. Andy Pye looks at some of the new features

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07 September 2015

Mark Gibbons, Technical Engineer, maxon motor UK often hears experienced engineers’ talk of developing their own controller for their application, as it’s perceived as being an easy thing to do and, therefore, a cheaper option. But is it?

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21 August 2015

As in any professional sport gaining a competitive edge by taking advantage of the latest technology can make a significant difference and racing yachts are no exception.

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18 August 2015

Andy Pye reviews the grey literature on the relative merits of the Field Oriented Control (FOC) and Direct Torque Control (DTC) methods of controlling AC drives and takes the mathematics out of it

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17 August 2015

With the evolution of PLCs being on an upward slope since the early 70s, customer demands are now playing an even bigger role in their capabilities; especially when they are over-designed or under-powered. Heiko Luckhaupt, category marketing manager, Automation & Control, RS Components, reports

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06 July 2015

For most applications involving a DC or BLDC (brushless DC) motor, it is advisable to use a motor controller, in fact if you are using a brushless (electrically commutated “EC”) motor, then you have to use a controller to fire the correct phase winding at the right time, says Mark Gibbons
, technical sales engineer at maxon motor

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SPONSORED CONTENT

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02 March 2016

For demanding operating tasks

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12 May 2016

New Compact Linear Motor available from LG Motion

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10 June 2016

Series 30M is a compact modular incremental encoder with advanced magnetic sensing and signal processing technology.

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28 July 2015

TFC offers a multitude of services including:

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09 May 2016

The ISO-TECH IDM20 is a great value pocket digital multimeter with double-moulded plastic housing and a large, high contrast 2000 counts LCD display.

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19 May 2015

Visualisation products provide windows into critical production and process information and enterprise data.

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18 April 2017

All your parts online That part you need is just a few clicks away. Register now for full 24/7 access to a huge selection of original equipment parts straight from the manufacturer.

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02 March 2016

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21 July 2015

A guaranteed interference solution

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13 May 2016

LG Motion launch new improved roller guideway MR 4S from Schneeberger

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10 May 2016

An electronic voice tells wearers what settings are being adjusted – no need to take off the headset to check

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19 May 2015

We provide reliable, flexible, high-performance sensors and switches.

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18 March 2013

The new line of drive-oriented motion control solutions, particularly tailored for dynamic applications in equipment and system building.

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10 June 2013

Increases profitability for manufacturers; enables production of more product in same amount of time

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09 May 2016

Large tool kit for automotive work comprising of a comprehensive socket and bit, spanner and precision screwdriver sets.

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