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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

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

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

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