Award for novel sol-gel process

Many failed attempts have been made to manufacture glass via sol-gel routes. The first company to succeed has won a major European innovation award.

Achieving process understanding and improved operations

Proficy RX 2.0 features improved usability and integration in a complete, integrated process analytical technology software solution

Keeping an eye on your tanks

Tankvision inventory management system offers universal browser access via the internal network, capable of providing visualisation of your tanks on a worldwide scale

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

Machine condition monitor uses Wireless Hart

Emerson's new CSI 9420 Machinery Health Transmitter is a vibration monitoring device that transmits data via Wireless Hart

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

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

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



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