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Closer integration of reverse engineering and CAD techniques

Both reverse engineering and three-dimensional CAD are established techniques, but using the two together has not always been as easy as it could be. Jon Severn reports on a development that combines solid, surface and triangle modelling to enable reverse engineering and CAD to be more closely integrated



Prototyping hardware reduces development times

New Compactrio reconfigurable hardware from National Instruments will help engineers reduce development times and costs



VX Corporation launches VX 2009

Unveiled at VX Corporation's reseller conference, VX 2009 offers users expandability and more Show-n-Tell integral tutorials



Temperature sensors equipped with IO-Link

IFM Electronic's latest TR and TN series temperature sensors benefit from IO-Link connectivity, pushbutton controls and a four-digit alphanumeric display



All-in-one bus node in a 32DIL housing

Handling all bus communication routines, Deutschmann’s ready-to-install Unigate IC supports the application microprocessor



Computer-on-module with 45nm Intel Core2 Duo processor

Kontron microETXexpress-PC Computer-on-Module is 100 per cent compatible with the COM Express specification



Fluid dosage assembly is based on mass flow instruments

New from Bronkhorst is the Cori-Fill fluid dosage assembly that is based on high-accuracy Coriolis-type mass measurement instruments



Shaft couplings now available in carbon fibre

Bibby's Torsiflex shaft couplings for large equipment are now being manufactured from carbon fibre to reduce weight and boost performance



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



Cutting cycle times for sintered parts by more than a half

Superabrasive machining technology is drastically reducing the cycle times for producing parts manufactured from sintered metals.



Securing integrated Scada systems against cyber attacks

Failure to protect a plant's Scada system from the threat of cyber attack can have big security implications. Paul Hurst discusses the protection options



Modelling transformers for high-voltage power distribution

Dr Beriz Bakija discusses the benefits of modelling, designing and testing transformers



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



3D CAD: integration of reverse engineering

Both reverse engineering and 3D CAD are established techniques, but using the two together has not always been as easy as it could be



Regulatory enforcement drives continuous emission monitors

Tighter legal and environmental regulations are ensuring that the chemical companies remain in the market for the latest continuous emissions monitoring systems



SERCOS lll master software driver library to be open-source

Sercos International says that Sercos III is to be the first high-performance real-time protocol for which the driver software will be freely available as source code



Control system covers all aspects of automation

Pilz says its PSS4000 automation system and PAS4000 software suite cover standard automation control, motion, safety, visualisation and diagnostics



Health monitoring systems are key to the modern plant

Monitoring is fundamental to modern plant asset management within the power generation industries



Efficient decomposition of pharmaceuticals through ozonisation

EnviroChemie to develop procedure for a new production facility in Mexico, which prevents the undesired release of ecotoxicologically contaminating drugs



Affordability, portability and precision key to thermal imaging

The latest thermal imagers focus on affordability, portability and the sort of precision you would normally expect to find with more advanced solutions.



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