Archive | Instrumentation & Control


9:00 am
August 2, 2016
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HMI Product Selector

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Series 45 complete human-machine-interface (HMI) product selector is a customer-focused, fully interactive resource to enhance the online business experience for engineers and designers. The selector provides 24/7 access to the company’s Series 45 products. An Omni-channel approach presents users with options to parametrically search completely configured kits with single part numbers, view product images and dimensional drawings, insert and download 3D files, and receive product guidance.
Shelton, CT


9:00 am
July 22, 2016
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1607mtprod25pFour additional lines of high-performance triaxial DC accelerometers are available. The plug-and-play vibration-measurement devices are suitable for zero-to-medium frequency applications where performance reliability, low noise, and long-term stability are required. All designs incorporate three orthogonally mounted, low-noise single-axis accelerometers into a single epoxy-sealed anodized aluminum case. Units are available in standard ranges from +/– 2 to +/– 400 g with +/– 4-V differential or 0.5- to 4.5-V single-ended output.
Silicon Designs Inc.
Kirkland, WA


9:00 am
July 20, 2016
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Flush-Tip Pressure Transmitter

1607mtprod23pModel 386 pressure transmitter has a flush-tip zero cavity design said to eliminate the traditional measurement challenges of port clogging and removes installation torque effects on the output signal. The unit has a solid stainless-steel machined diaphragm and all-welded sealed housings. An isolated sensor reportedly eliminates the need for adjustments to the pressure transmitter after installation. Available in 13 standard ranges from 0 to 150 to 0 to 10k psig or psis, the unit can withstand as much as 1.5X proof pressure and 5X burst pressure. Additional ranges and models are available.

Viatran Corp.
Wheatfield, NY


9:00 am
July 14, 2016
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Life-Cycle-Management Software

FactoryTalk AssetCentre v7.0 software automates discovery and tracks the status of devices, network switches, and software on workstation computers across a facility or production operation. The software scans a network to discover hardware, firmware, and software information for assets active in a facility. The devices are then tracked in an active-asset inventory. The asset-inventory agent can be scheduled to scan at regular intervals or run on demand. New discoveries are compiled for user confirmation before they are added to the active inventory. Ongoing tracking of updates provides a history of how a system has changed and potential hazards. Manual entry is still available for devices that are not identifiable during the scan or to fill in missing information or attributes for discovered devices. A mobile-friendly dashboard provides information access.
Rockwell Automation


3:02 am
July 12, 2016
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White Paper | Should IIoT Be Built Top-Down or Ground-Up?

July 11, 2016

There’s been a lot of discussions lately on how Operational Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT) should be structured for success with the Industrial Internet of Things. Should it be a top-down approach coming from IT or a bottom-up operational perspective for adding more monitoring and enterprise visibility.

However, Inductive Automation’s white paper on the OT/IT topic points out that a nimble plant monitoring platform can be a key enabler for larger enterprises (below):

Unlike most SCADA solutions, the ideal IIoT platform must exhibit extreme agility and flexibility — no proprietary solutions, no locked data, and no unneeded frustrations. The ideal IIoT platform must be able to adapt quickly to a wide range of industries and applications without hindering current enterprise infrastructures. Furthermore, it should be capable of making changes without interrupting current processes and workflow.

A recent case application from Chobani Yogurt shows how the right platform can create an IIoT environment. The platform is the Ignition SCADA platform, and the story shows how it increased monitoring for operations and maintenance (O&M).

Recent article in Automation World:

The recently added packaging KPIs show how quickly the Inductive Automation SCADA platform can expand monitoring capabilities for this global food producer. The server-based SCADA software has a built-in Python scripting engine that allows users to implement graphic script builders and avoid writing script to display operational parameters, such as changing properties.

More KPIs help operations and maintenance monitor the dense Greek yogurt processing that has twice the amount of solids compared with more traditional U.S. yogurts.

Download White Paper Here >>


3:54 pm
November 25, 2015
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Schneider Electric Furthers IIoT Evolution

“The Industrial Internet of Things [IIoT] is an evolution, not a revolution,” was the lead statement at the Schneider Electric SPS Nuremberg show in Nuremberg, Germany, Nov. 24, 2015. To support that claim, Clemens Blum, Schneider’s executive vice president of industry business, referred to the description of a Schneider 1999 Computerworld Smithsonian Award that talked about connected products and systems that operate as part of a larger system of systems and smart plants and machines, with embedded intelligence, that are integrated to enable the smart enterprise, improve efficiency and profitability, increase cyber security, and improve safety.

Marketing director of machine solutions, Rainer Beudert, followed with a discussion of smart machines and how they fit in the evolving IIoT. He described the Schneider definition of a smart machine as one that intuitively interacts with operators; assists with predictive maintenance; minimizes its environmental footprint; and provides modularity, connectivity, plug and work setup, self awareness, reusable design, digital mobility, and data management. It also makes available information about status, configuration, conditions, quality, and features.

To learn more about what Schneider is doing to further the IIoT evolution, view the press-conference video at:


3:31 pm
July 14, 2014
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Remote Switch Actuator for ABB/Sace Tmax T7M Molded-Case Circuit Breakers Helps Eliminate Need for Arc-Flash Suits During Operation

Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 10.22.59 AMCBS ArcSafe has introduced a remote switch actuator for the ABB/Sace Tmax T7M low-voltage molded case circuit breakers with current ratings of 1000A and 1200A. The new RSA-174E actuators are designed for Tmax T7M breakers equipped with optional stored-energy mechanisms (SEMs) and allow technicians to safely close and/or trip breakers outside of the arc-flash hazard boundary without any modification to the breaker. In many installations, the Tmax T7M circuit breakers are recessed into a cabinet, and the new remote switch actuators are designed to mount directly on to the breaker inside these cabinets.

According to the company, when accompanied by a CBS ArcSafe remote switch operator (RSO) control unit, the RSA-174E reduces the need for arc-flash suits and eliminates all hazardous manual contact with gear during operation by providing open and close operation from up to 300 feet away. The actuator is lightweight, portable, and simple to install and set up, providing technicians with a quick solution for hard-to-access breaker locations. The RSA-174E requires no modifications for switchgear mounting, and operators can easily move the actuator from one breaker to another.

Optional features for the RSA-174E include a radio remote with a range of up to 300 feet, a wired or wireless video camera system with LCD monitor for remote viewing, and a custom-fit rugged storage case. When combined, these features make the RSA-174E easy to install and remove, allowing technicians to quickly and safely set up and operate different sets of the same electrical equipment.

The manufacturer notes that all CBS ArcSafeproducts are manufactured in the U.S. at the company’s production facility in Denton, TX.


6:19 pm
July 8, 2014
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Interlock Technology Improves Process Safety in Tanker Loading/Unloading Operations

image009Kirk Key’s (Kirk) Eagle Series interlocking products provide process-safety control in tanker loading and unloading operations. The company’s trapped key interlocking systems ensure that users follow a pre-determined sequence of operation for activating road, rail, and sea tanker control valves in oil refining, petro-chemical, pulp and paper, liquefied gas and other industrial applications. Kirk Eagle Series valve interlocks integrate with its mechanical and electromechanical trapped key interlock series to form a comprehensive safety scheme.

According to the manufacturer, product-transfer procedures that rely on manual control can lead to spills or leakage of hazardous gases or liquids, causing injury, property damage and potential fines. By controlling a defined sequence of equipment operation, such hazards are minimized.

The company says its interlocking systems are designed to site requirements and ensure that safety processes move smoothly across a range of equipment including road, rail or marine barriers, hoses, gantry accesses, valves and pump electrical switches. Each step in the scheme releases a uniquely coded key required to move safely on to the next step of the sequence. These oversized keys can’t be duplicated and the sequence can’t be circumvented.

The Eagle Series includes integral valve interlocks to fit every type and size of quarter and multi-turn valves, as well as bolt and electro-mechanical interlocks. To support long-term use in harsh environments, all Eagle Series products are manufactured entirely of 316 stainless steel and incorporate keyways that are protected by a gasketed flip covers.