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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

Catalogue covers CC-Link components

The CC-Link Partners Association is offering a new catalogue that contains a broad range of CC-Link products from numerous manufacturers

New version of Foundation fieldbus Host Test Kit

The updated Foundation Fieldbus Host Test Kit aims to bring about consistent interoperability between hosts and devices regardless of the host supplier

Smart Wireless field starter kit gains additional input devices

Emerson Process Management's Smart Wireless field starter kit now includes options for discrete switches, vibration and pH transmitters

Remote data manager for process instruments

Siemens is launching the Sitrans RD500 remote data manager that integrates web access, alarm event handling and data capture for process instruments

Machine condition monitoring device is easy to use

IFM Electronic says it is easy and cost-effective to monitor machine vibrations using its new Efector Octavis VKV monitor with built-in switching output and transmitter

Software for visibility and management of industrial Ethernet networks

Belden's Hirschmann Industrial Hivision v4.0 is suitable for configuring and supervising Hirschmann managed products and third-party devices

Wireless POINT I/O modules for distributed automation applications

Wireless POINT I/O Adapter (ILX34-AENWG) is a high-speed, standards-based 802.11g wireless I/O adapter

GSM/GPRS based device for remote monitoring and control, alarm management and data logging

Anybus RemoteCom is an easy-to-use web gateway and it acts as a Modbus bridge and gives remote access and control of serial devices

Making the most of process automation knowledge

As the process automation environment becomes increasingly complex, capturing and contextualising both the explicit and implicit knowledge embedded in it is a major challenge. Sean Ottewell reports on one novel solution that is already reaping rewards for its users

Card reader modules

Providing an operator with information and receiving operator feedback is central to many industrial processes

Wireless communication ensures interoperability for plant operations

Having its wireless communications hardware validated by one of the leading mobile companies has opened up new opportunities for a leading supplier of technology and software solutions to the process industries

Long-life, robust flash disks for panel PCs in hazardous areas

Open HMIs with Solid State flash disks ensure a high degree of data integrity and system stability even in case of power failures

Dual fuel combustion system reduces NOx emissions

GE Technology upgrade to reduce emissions and improve efficiency at UK power station

Opensafety protocol cleared for international standardisation

Following successful tests to 61784-3 FSCP 13, the Opensafety fieldbus-independent protocol has been released for international standardisation

Maintenance becomes less of a grind at flour manufacturer

Client Needs Analyses were conducted during discussions between key managers and engineers

Cyber security certification for process security

As greater demands are placed on the process industry's digital infrastructure, threats to cyber security continue to grow. Sean Ottewell reports on one solution to ensure that automation and control products are certificated properly

Aluminium processors continue to invest

Investment continues in new aluminium production plants, while a new process could reduce energy bills

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