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|October 26, 2011
|Sponsor: Teledyne DALSA
|Machine Vision for Factory Automation
Many key tasks in the manufacture of products, including inspection, orientation, identification and assembly require the use of visual techniques. Replacing human inspection with machine vision can go far in automating factory operation, but implementers need to carefully match machine vision options with application requirements.
How to choose the right system for your needs.
By David Twohig for InTech
This case study details how a number of different automation technologies and techniques were utilized to identify performance issues and deliver cost-saving solutions on a large fermentation compressed air system.
PLC vs. DCS - Competing Process Control Philosophy
By Bill Lydon for Automation.com
The idea of using a PLC-based system rather than a DCS has become a philosophical and technical debate in the industry. DCSs have been the primary solution for process automation but now many PLC vendors are arguing that a single integrated architecture based on PLCs and/or PACs are the best approach to total plant automation.
Thermocouples: What one needs to know
By Thomas W. Kerlin and Mitchell P. Johnson for InTech
Problems in applications can happen when users are unaware of some simple facts about thermocouple properties and principles or are careless or uninformed during installation. Here are 12 essential facts about thermocouples.
2011 Salary Tables, Charts & Graphs - Oh My!
The results of our 2011 Salary Survey are in. Because many of you are highly analytical, we published a number of salary-related tables, charts, and graphs on Automation.com, including a breakdown of average salaries by regions within the U.S. See how you stack up.
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OMS surveys pipe for Technip
OMS engineers internally inspected Serimax welds on subsea pipes that were destined for use on BP’s Devenick high pressure, high temperature gas project.
Siemens Sinvert Inverters Featured in Solar Powered Aggregate Facility
GCC is using Siemens’ Sinvert PVS1051 UL inverter with an integrated e-house solution and a 1,000 KVA oil transformer. The 1MW solar power generation system will provide clean energy to power Granite’s aggregate mining facility.
Smart Conveying Optimizes Digital Book Print Line
By Jim McMahon for Automation.com
Harlequin Distribution Center uses advanced conveying technology from Shuttleworth to minimize product damage and finishing downtime, and maximize throughput.
Micro-Epsilon Laser scanner provides 3D profiles of rotary pistons
Qsigma GmbH in Kassel, Germany, developed a universal 3D measuring machine using laser profile scanners from Micro-Epsilon to measure the surface profiles and position of rotary pistons.
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SCADA: Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition, 4th Edition - $109.00
After completing these 15 self-study units, readers should be conversant with SCADA nomenclature and architecture, understand the basic technology of the system’s building blocks, understand its limitations, understand how it can benefit particular operations, and have a basis for selecting appropriate SCADA technology for their operational requirements.
Omron STI publishes Guide to Machine and Process Safeguarding
This guide includes essential information and selection guidelines on the company’s family of machine and process safety solutions.
Exele Introduces Free Version of TopView Alarm Management Software
TopView Free provides the same powerful, easy-to-configure, alarm management, notification and remote monitoring tools as TopView.
Fieldbus Foundation Updates H1 Interoperability Test Kit
H1 Interoperability Test Kit (ITK) 6.0.1 tests the functionality of an H1 (31.25 kbit/s) fieldbus device and its conformity with the FOUNDATION function block and transducer block specifications.
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Honeywell announces OneWireless Adapter for HART
Adapter converts field devices that use the HART protocol into devices that can transmit data over an ISA100.11a-compliant wireless network.
Inductive Automation updates Ignition HMI/SCADA
Enhancements include Drawing Tools for making symbols, and the ability to import any image from Symbol Factory and SVG files.
Advantech announces WebOP-2000T Industrial Operator Panels
Designed for harsh industrial environments, the NEMA4/IP66 WebOP-2000T industrial operator panels feature 128MB on board flash memory and micro-SD card slot.
Software Toolbox introduces Dream Report software
Dream Report extracts information from almost any data source, and then delivers reports automatically to anyone, anywhere.
Rockwell Automation introduces ControlLogix 5570 Series PACs
ControlLogix 5570 Series controllers are equipped with on-board display features that provide enhanced diagnostics and run-time information to help ease troubleshooting and increase uptime.
Cognex enhances Checker machine vision cameras
Enhancements include a pattern-based position tool that supports 360-degree rotation to verify object location regardless of its position on the production line.
NI Announces Sound and Vibration Measurement Suite 2011
Software provides a comprehensive collection of analysis and signal processing tools for noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) testing, machine condition monitoring (MCM) and audio test applications.
AutomationDirect announces APR40 series power relays
APR40 series power relays are available in SPDT, DPST, and DPDT models, capable of switching up to 40A with a maximum contact voltage up to 600V. Prices start at $14.75.
Eplan releases Operational Sequence module
Operational Sequence documents the functional timeline of a machine/plant by using convenient process descriptions.
Dwyer announces Series AT2605 Differential Pressure Transmitter
The Flame-Proof ATEX approved Series AT2605 Indicating Transmitter provides for both visual monitoring and electronic control of very low differential pressure.
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|Company & Organization News
Manufacturing technology orders up 101% from 2010
August U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $460.61 million according to AMT and AMTDA.
Emerson reaches 580 million total hours of wireless operation
Emerson says it's accumulated 580 million total hours of wireless operation across 6,100 networks.
Rockwell Automation Celebrates 20 Years of Automation Fair
Manufacturers, machine builders, partners, industry analysts and media from around the world will meet Nov. 16-17 at McCormick Place in Chicago for the 20th anniversary of Automation Fair.
Deutsche Messe invites entries for HERMES AWARD 2012
The competition is open exclusively to companies and institutions that will be exhibiting at HANNOVER MESSE 2012. The closing date for submitting entries is 22 February 2012.
Endress+Hauser acquires part of Finesse Solutions
Finesse Solutions develops, produces and distributes sensors, hardware and software for bioprocess engineering.
Pilz Develops New Method to Calculate Safety
Risk estimation looks at risk from identified hazards to be qualified and quantified to distinguish high-risk possibilities from low-risk possibilities when considering machinery safety.
Exida to certify control system cyber security
Exida will follow the new 2010 IEC 61508 safety standard, which includes cyber security threat analysis.
Other Company & Organization News:
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Bayer Technology to supply simulation technology to Honeywell
BTS will deliver dynamic process simulation and other training systems for deployment in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.
ABB to automate chemical complex in Saudi Arabia
ABB will supply process automation systems, safety systems, project management, engineering, and operator and maintenance technician training to Sadara Chemical Company.
Honeywell to supply control and safety for North Sea platforms
Honeywell will design and install Integrated Control and Safety Systems (ICSS) at both of RWE Dea’s new North Sea platforms, Clipper South and Breagh A.
Matrox to provide Mura MPX to Power Video Wall Controllers
AGELEC chose Matrox Mura MPX Series video wall controller boards to drive AGCWall Series, a new line of video wall controllers.
Browse more Project News by topic on our Automation Portals.
New Job Postings
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- Engineer, Service: Houston, TX
- Instrumentation and Electrical (I&E) Technician: Brady, TX
- Senior Machine Vision Engineer: Charlotte, NC
- Automation Sales Engineer: Raleigh, NC
- Senior Repair Technician: Charlotte, NC
- Design Team Leader: Coatesville, PA
- Project Manager: Charlotte, NC
- Control Systems Engineers: Dallas, TX
- Process Controls Engineer: Bradley, IL
- Project Engineer II - Automation Emphasis: Charlotte, NC
- Electrical Engineering Manager: Minneapolis, MN
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|Events, Seminars & Training
Safety Automation Forum at Automation Fair
The Safety Automation Forum, November 14 and 15 in Chicago, precedes Automation Fair, scheduled for November 16 and 17.
LXI Consortium Announces Upcoming Webcast
In conjunction with Test & Measurement World magazine, this webcast on Tuesday, October 25, 2011, highlights the latest developments in LXI technology.
WirelessHART Seminar Dates Announced
Seminars in October and November 2011, in the USA, Germany and Denmark, include live demonstrations of WirelessHART technology.
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