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Certification: designed to comply

Rob Phillips argues that instead of regarding the issue of compliance as an irritating afterthought, we should instead consider it as an opportunity at the design stage



Photoelectric sensors suit food manufacturing machinery

Sick is launching the versatile MH15V photoelectric sensors that feature stainless steel housings, sealing to IP69K and a wide operating temperature range



NTC thermistors: versatile and durable

Electronic Sensors are critical components for industrial control applications. The operation of industrial processes depends on the interaction of sensors and actuators with electronic controllers. Electronic sensors are also important in modern domestic situation



Flexible meter technology for a fast changing energy market

Energy companies have been developing business practices to comply with changes in industry, government legislation, and general shifting attitudes towards energy management



Actuators with enhanced functionality

Remote mounted, non-intrusive actuators with torque feedback which provides predictive maintenance information



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



StatoilHydro publishes report into Norwegian rig's oil spill

Norwegian company StatoilHydro has published a report which investigates the environmental impact of a crude oil spill at its Statfjord A North Sea platform in December 2007



Crane operates in potentially explosive atmospheres

Controlled through wireless remote, the crane lifts up to 2 tonnes and has a horizontal reach of almost 3m and height of almost 4.5m



Composite technology: repairs and maintenance wrapped up

Dr Paul Hill looks at composite repair technology, the high value it can offer in the oil and gas industry, and the importance of an active management plan and demonstrable design performance



How to drive a modern coke cutting system

Dr Wolfgang Paul and Jay Jones describe the features of modern cutting system drives for hoists and drill stem drives (rotary joints) implemented since 2000



Sulphur in auto oils and fuels: monitoring to global standards

Taco van der Maten outlines a new technology that is making it easier to ensure compliance with the relevant standards for sulphur in automotive fuels



How lagging impacts on temperature measurement

Ali Niazi and Dr Sarah Kimpton examine the impact of thermal lagging on temperature measurement for fiscal/custody transfer metering systems



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



Improving quality of power measurements with IEEE1459

Standard defines rigorous measure of distortion power, a measure of the power consumed due to imperfections in the current and voltage sinusoid



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



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



Low-cost boards offer high-precision speed control

Two new series of low-cost 'smart' digital triac control boards from LCR Electronics offer precision speed control for power tools and appliances



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



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



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