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Optimising electricity supply to boost efficiency and reliability

Macao's sole electricity generator is investing heavily in the latest transformer segregation alarm and outage management systems as it strives to improve supply reliability



Robust future for low voltage ac and dc drives market

Despite the current economic downturn, the market for low voltage ac and dc motor drives remains robust. It is a similar story for the higher voltage market with 2009 already seeing a number of new product launches aimed at the process industries.



AC drives deliver improved efficiency

Designed for industrial applications, Carlo Gavazzi's new Variflex2 series of AC drives provide functions normally found only on larger models



Digital automation for coal gasification plant

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



Core 2 Duo panel PCs are very cost-effective

Amplicon claims that its Senses 6100 units offer the best price-to-performance ratio of any industrial panel PC on the market today



Industrial cellular router connects up to four Ethernet devices

Comes with a built-in relay output that can be configured to indicate the priority of events when notifying or warning engineers in the field



New multi-axis motion and machine controller

Trio Motion's new MC464 multi-axis controller features a 64-bit, 400 MHz Mips processor with 200 MHz DDR memory



Power entry modules handle higher currents

Tyco is adding 10A variants to its Corcom GG general-purpose and HG series medical filtered power-entry modules



Growth in installed nodes as PROFINET confidence grows

The latest report from PROFIBUS and PROFINET International shows an unprecedented increase in the number of installed nodes - as confidence continues to grow in the compatibility of process automation systems



Battling for high definition wireless to run TV channels

Groups around the world are squaring up to provide gigabit data over wireless links in the home. Nick Flaherty reports



Asset management: seamless solutions key to creating business 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



Record growth in installed nodes as PROFINET confidence grows

The latest report from PROFIBUS and PROFINET International shows an unprecedented increase in the number of installed nodes - as confidence continues to grow in the compatibility of process automation systems



Smart wireless solutions solve compliance and complexity issues

Two European chemical companies have turned to smart wireless solutions: the first to help meet local environmental regulations and the second to improve condition monitoring of filters



Growth continues for single-use and disposable process systems

Single-use/disposable process systems are becoming ever more popular in the face of industry demands for improved productivity and reduced costs associated with laboratory, pilot and process activities



PCI card for distributed motion control applications

New from Performance Motion Devices is the Prodigy/CME PCI card that can run motion control applications with no need for it to be connected a host PC



Gas meters provide smart two-way communication of accurate data

Smart metering systems, which combine smart gas, electricity meters and visual display units into one metering system, have been installed in more than 18 000 UK homes.



IP54 frequency inverter benefits from WEG Optimal Flux technology

A new IP54 version of WEG's CFW-11 variable-frequency inverter is suitable for use in food and beverage production areas, as well as other harsh environments



Field-mountable RTU controller offers high availability

GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a unit of GE Enterprise Solutions, is introducing its new PAC8000 RTU (remote terminal unit) controller, a rugged, field-mountable platform



Gas pipeline monitoring: moving from analogue to wireless

As it continues with a major expansion of its natural gas pipeline transmission system, a major Irish energy provider has invested in wireless technology. This, as Sean Ottewell reports, both replaces ageing, hardwired devices and acts as part of a trial to decide the future specifications that the company requires



Building automation: centralised control of single or multi-sites

A specialised facilities monitoring system aims to cut building management costs



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