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Fieldbus megablock wiring hubs help reduce network costs

For hazardous area applications where high energy trunk can be powered by wide range of fieldbus power supplies

Dust explosion identified as cause of major sugar plant blast

An explosion at a US sugar plant in February left 12 workers dead and as many seriously injured in hospital. A dust explosion was to blame, according to investigators. Andrew Martin reports.

Emergency stop switch features compact body

Unlike conventional emergency stop switches, Jokab's new Inca has a slender body that makes it easier to mount, plus it benefits from other value-added features

Duct mount carbon dioxide transmitter

Non-dispersive infrared sensing technology monitors occupancy in a room by detecting the concentration of carbon dioxide in the return air duct

Compact ionisers eliminate static electricity

New ionisers from SMC are remarkably compact at just 16mm thick, plus they are offered with both short-range and long-range nozzles

New safety light curtains unveilled

Contrinex is entering the market for safety light curtains with a family of Type 4 devices suitable for finger and hand detection

Fatal US incidents prompt numerous safety investigations

With more than 15 people killed in separate incidents in the US so far this year, safety officials have numerous major investigations in hand

Kit for noise measurement applications

Each kit is supplied with a CR:812C Sound level meter, a calibrator, windshield, licence-free Deaf Defier3 software and manuals

Detectors continuously monitor for gas leaks

Monitor and report changing gas levels and inform operator as soon as leaks occur; datalogging also records gas concentration levels

Detection device for toxic and oxygen gases

Signalpoint Pro is suited to a wide range of indoor and outdoor applications, detecting toxic gases or oxygen in an IS 2-wire 4-20mA format

Safe calibration of fieldbus transmitters

Until now, no practical solutions have existed for calibrating fieldbus instruments in hazardous areas, says Beamex

Carbon nanotubes offer potential as flame retardants

Frost and Sullivan reports that carbon nanotubes offer a number of advantages over conventional flame retardants in a market worth around $3billion

Meeting the latest safety standards in pneumatics

Ensuring the health and safety of the users of pneumatic equipment has led to unprecedented levels of industry regulation

Safety interlock modules suit wider range of PLCs

Additions to Fortress Interlocks' modular Egard range of controls and interlocks enable the products to be used with both current-souring and current-sinking PLCs

Air foot switches protect critical electrical components

Air impulse bulbs positioned on the floor while the electromechanical actuator is safely elevated and protected

Safety light curtains are easier to integrate

Sick says its new C4000 light curtain is easier to install than conventional muting light curtains thanks to intelligent beam monitoring

Multi-purpose gaskets certified as fire safe

James Walker is launching two new multi-purpose gaskets certified as Fire Safe to ANSI/API Standard 607 and ISO 10497-5:2004 for critical CPI/HPI applications

Safety accolade for high strength fibre which is stronger than steel

A high strength fibre already used in protective apparel has won an award for its latest application - hurricane-resistant curtains.

Doubts raised over safety of two widely used plastics chemicals

Sean Ottewell reports on new research which suggests that two chemicals widely used in the processing of plastic products may be more hazardous than previously thought

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