Free tools record sequence-of-event data

New downloadable tools from GE Fanuc enable users to record sequence-of-event data for improving process diagnostics and minimising plant downtime

Eliminating premature bearing failure

Large per centage of bearings fail to meet their normal life expectation because they have been incorrectly installed, according to Eriks UK

Controller can test five switch elements in one cycle

HBM's EASYswitch process controller with TEDS now allows the testing of up to five switch elements in one cycle

Improving plant connectivity with digital automation

As manufacturers seek more powerful automation and production systems, suppliers are developing new information architectures to improve connectivity between production equipment and the rest of the business enterprise

Reducing inventory and invreasing material utilisation

Radan, from Planit, has been developed as a total CAD/CAM solution for the sheet metal industry. This class leading software encompasses design, manufacture and production control for all sheet metal components and products

Automation solutions key to alumina refinery expansions

As the major aluminium manufacturers expand existing capacity and build new plants, Sean Ottewell reports on how state-of-the-art automation solutions are being demanded

Cement manufacturer achieves ‘perfect reliability’ with drives

Two 1.8 MW ACS1000 medium voltage drives from ABB were proposed to meet Lafarge Cement’s needs at UK plant

Condition monitoring technology for industrial control

Motor Condition Monitor and Plant Condition Monitor both use an advanced technique known as model-based fault detection

Reduce plant downtime and improve machine availability

Schaeffler showcases products and services for the inspection and maintenance of plant and machinery, including torque measurement products and oil analysis services

Long-life reed switch is ultra-compact

The new RS series miniature surface-mount reed switch from C and K Components offers an electrical life of one million operations

New version of Profisafe starter kit

Version 3.4 of the Profisafe starter kit is now available, reflecting the current Version 2.4 of the Profisafe profile

Mini circular connectors are sealed to IP68

New MIKQ IP68 series connectors from ITT Interconnect Solutions are sealed to IP68 and can withstand high pressures

Feed-through avoids cable breakages

Schunk is introducing the EDF 30 electrical rotary feed-through for use when cables need to pass through an SRU 30 rotary unit

HMIs with wide-ranging industrial Ethernet support

The HMIs have their own visualisation software and are suitable for simple operating and monitoring tasks in all kinds of processes

Module simplifies implementation of Zigbee

A new module from IDC enables machine builders and OEMs to add Zigbee networking capability easily, quickly and cost-effectively

Improving pH control and compliance in water effluents

One of the world's leading coin and blank manufacturers has invested in advanced pH control technology in order to meet tough environmental standards and improve efficiency. Garry Tabor, Andy Dargue, and Graham Hartry explain

Advanced solutions key to creating competitive advantage

For process plants to run at maximum efficiency, there has to be seamless information transfer during the design, construction and operation phases. Tobias Scheele highlights one important optimisation solution

Asset performance management: improving process productivity

Plant operators face ever greater challenges due to the increasing level of automation, rising diversification in product structures and the growing trend towards integrated industrial assets


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