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Process data acquisition system

Transfer protocol according to IEC 61850 facilitates fault recording in the field of energy technology

Control of water treatment in cooling towers

Transmitter/controller is designed to cut processing costs in water treatment applications, providing one device for the direct connection of a wide range of sensors

Embedded databases help make grids smarter

Steinar Sande explores how embedding controllers around a grid can lead to real-time management for best performance

Entry-level Ethernet switch for industrial networks

Hirschmann Gigabit Ethernet switch offers flexible port options, range of software features for power and transportation industries

High-performance automation controller

Based on IEC61131-3 which reduces both development time and cost

MEMS analogue surface mount accelerometers

Offer reliable general purpose vibration measurements at OEM volumes, with excellent long-term stability

Collect data from existing medium voltage networks

3M Sensored Termination can be retrofitted into existing switchgear to provide accurate measurements

Advanced automation offers universal solutions

Sean Ottewell reports on how advanced automation and control systems enhance activities as diverse as balance-of-plant processes, operator training, remote monitoring and cybersecurity

Variable speeds and ease of configuration top actuator demands

Advanced actuation technologies that have variable speed capabilities allow users to configure each device so that they support a wider range of requirements. Eugene McCarthy reports

Universal connectivity and the smart grid

Chris O'Dell reports on smart metering and the need for consistent connectivity

Plant availability and safety relies on automation

Generators are investing in advanced automation solutions to keep their plants working at maximum availability and safety

Embedded database at the heart of new smart grid technology

Operators face the challenge of monitoring their performance in real time and optimising the microgrid or cell

Double Drax contract win for Capula

Imtech UK’s Capula business division has won two contracts with Shepherd Engineering Services for work at the Drax Power Station

Energy management system tracks greenhouse gases

SCADA system evolves with demand to manage and control energy usage across all areas of distributed manufacturing plant.

Control interface upgrade at power station

New interface built into the recently installed materials handling control system

More than 2,000 actuators installed at power station

Variable speed functionality for soft start and stop and an undervoltage performance

Updating control and automation systems at old coal-fired plants

Owners of coal-fired power plants are turning ever more to modern control and automation solutions in an effort to improve boilers, burners and overall plant processes. Sean Ottewell reports.

Magnetic sensor ignores large local fields

Researchers have developed a magnetic sensor that can operate in environments with stray magnetic fields - such as near power cables

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