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Clustering feature enables integration of all facilities and control on yacht

Through clustering, control environments can reduce the high costs associated with multiple redundancies in hardware, while still ensuring server availability



Securing industrial control systems against threat of cyber infection

We are all aware of the need to protect desktop computers from viruses and other malware, but what about industrial systems? Alistair Rae explains that these are generally less well protected, yet a malicious attack or an infection with malware can have devastating results. Fortunately there are ways to reduce the risks



Magnetic flow meter offered with Profibus PA

Yokogawa is now offering its Admag AXF magnetic flow meter with the option of Profibus PA communications



Micro-manufacturing now offers advantages for specialist processes

Miniaturisation is not new, but manufacturing mechanical, electromechanical and fluidic components on a micro scale is rapidly developing into a recognisable industry in itself. Alistair Rae reports on a selection of the latest developments in this exciting field



Submersible hydrostatic level transmitters

Applications include any type of level or depth measurement task, including water tanks, process lines, aggressive media tanks, sewage treatment, landfills, tank farms, water treatment plants



Micro valve system provides complete flexibility

Features a Fieldbus and Industrial Ethernet communication system that allows users to connect to the valve island using a choice of protocols



DC drive expanded up to 1850A

Sprint Electric is expanding its range of digital DC drives and now offers models rated from 12 up to 1850A.



Demand increases for clean fire suppression agent

Environmental considerations and the agent’s clean credentials are now major considerations when selecting a fire suppression system. Alan Elder reports



Digital valve control goes wireless

Valve actuation specialist Rotork is extending the capabilities of the Pakscan digital control system with the addition of a wireless option



Bitumen companies go wireless to monitor production facilities

Bitumen often poses storage and handling problems. Here, Sean Ottewell reports on two Australian companies who are tackling these by turning to wireless communication solutions



System enables monitoring and control at multiple platforms

Global producer of oil and gas Wintershall has invested in a new control and safety solution to co-ordinate control of multiple offshore platforms in the North Sea



New generation of Delta robots unveiled

Elau's P4 Delta 3 robot benefits from a complete redesign and is offered as a washdown version for use in food, beverage and pharmaceutical applications



Temperature sensors cost less than competitors

Micro-Epsilon says that its new Thermometer CT infrared temperature sensors offer technical advantages plus a lower price than competitive units



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



Ethernet routing switch for extreme environments

Initially developed for bespoke mission critical applications in the defence, rail, aerospace and sub-sea markets



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



Digital automation of coal gasification plant

Emerson PlantWeb architecture and engineering services selected for project that doubles output of methanol to meet the strong market requirement



Revamps of power projects are now key to automation contracts

Although some greenfield power projects are still proceeding, revamps are dominating the project scene in 2009, especially migrations from old technology and the installation of self-organising wireless networks



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



Vision sensor boasts enhanced performance

Sick's Inspector I20 2D vision sensor offers higher performance than the company's Inspector I10 model, especially with reflective surfaces



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