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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.



Process analysers - pushing for the standardisation of devices

Oliver Schmitt, founder member of the OPC Foundation's Analyser Device Integration working group and Business Line Manager with Malvern Instruments, looks at what lies behind this initiative.



Industrial frame grabber supports PoCL standard

Adlink Technology's new PCIe-CPL64 industrial frame grabber is compatible with the power-over-camera link standard, plus it can be used with non-PoCL cameras



New version of Foundation fieldbus Host Test Kit

The updated Foundation Fieldbus Host Test Kit aims to bring about consistent interoperability between hosts and devices regardless of the host supplier



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



Test system for conducted and radiated immunity

Teseq NSG 4070 offers test frequency range, from 9kHz to 1GHz and its modular set-up, make it suitable for a wide variety of test applications



Knowles - SiSonic Microphones

Built on our CMOS/MEMS technology platform, the SiSonic™ silicon-based microphone series is entering its fourth generation of development, with product shipments exceeding 800 million units to date.



Modular transfer system handles heavy loads

Bosch Rexroth's TS 5 heavy-duty, modular transfer system can transport loads of up to 300kg/m either on pallets or directly on the driven rollers



Advanced analyser improves lab efficiency

TOC and TN analysis is vitally important in applications ranging from power generation, wastewater, drinking water, surface water



Operator panels combine HMI and control functions

New from Gefran is the GF_VEDO family of high-performance touch-screen operator panels with powerful 32-bit processors built-in



Improving machining practices and automation

Edgecam 2009 R2 adds new Operations for rough and finish turning, as well as for 5-axis applications



Planning reliable and efficient statistical tests

Tom Bowler looks at how statistical testing is a delicate balance between precision and cost



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



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



Cut 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



Software simplifies logging of data

Adlink's new AD-Logger software can be used with data acquisition or digitiser cards to log data from a variety of sensors



Engineering design optimisation on a Saas basis

Dezineforce will be exhibiting its software-as-a-service engineering design optimisation package at the All-Energy 2009 event



IBM to set up Systems Engineering lab in Munich

IBM has launched a new software platform for digitally aware and interconnected products, and is using it in its first 'Solutions Experience Lab for Systems Engineering and Embedded Software



Easier connection of measurement systems to a PC

New from HBM is the Canheaddirect that connects to measuring points and transmits data to a remote PC using a USB cable



Kit provides PCIe-to-CompactPCI/PXI expansion

Adlink's new PCIe-to-6U CompactPCI/PXI expansion kit provides remote expansion within a 6U chassis



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