Plant Monitoring & Control

New modular DC UPS system for DIN rail mounting with safe LiFePO4 battery technology and maintenance-free Supercaps

The modular DC UPS system UPSI from Bicker Elektronik(Donauwoerth/Germany), ensures the uninterruptible 12V and 24V DC power supply and thus the fail-safe availability of process-relevant systems and components. The UPSI system provides effective protection against power outages, flicker…

🕘 09/01/2019

Continuous thermal imaging prevents breakouts and improves the process

Steel breakouts are catastrophic process failures that are both extremely dangerous and costly. Monitoring the health of ladles and torpedoes using thermal imaging can greatly minimise the risk but a handheld infrared camera can only provide a periodic check on the health of these critical…

🕘 03/12/2018

Hardware-independent visualisation made easy

With current web standards such as HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript, the new LASAL VISUDesigner engineering tool from SIGMATEK allows the creation of hardware-independent, user-friendly visualisation solutions optimally displayed on various HMI devices. Thanks to an optimised browser, these also run…

🕘 31/10/2018

Designing HMI for mobile devices

Well-designed human-machine interfaces (HMI) reduce operator error, saving companies millions of dollars by reducing down-time and increasing worker safety. HTML5 programming enables the transfer of HMI designs to mobile devices, but programming is just the enabler. Let's learn some best practices…

🕘 08/06/2018

Latest PlantPAx DCS release empowers a converged workforce through a smarter, more intuitive experience

With the latest release of the PlantPAx distributed control system (DCS) from Rockwell Automation, industrial producers can create smarter, more productive and protected operations. The new system capabilities include a more intuitive design and the ability to see contextualised information from…

🕘 07/06/2018

Eriks launches remote status monitoring system

Eriks UK & Ireland has launched a new, Industry 4.0 compatible condition monitoring system for the remote access and predictive maintenance of critical assets. The e-Connect – which provides 24/7 visibility for operators, engineers, and maintenance managers – monitors and gathers…

🕘 04/06/2018

New generator said to offer double the power and twice the versatility for MPP applications

Atlas Copco has announced a new addition to its QAC range of containerised generators, the QAC 1450 TwinPower is said to deliver versatility, optimised performance and excellent fuel economy in demanding Modular Power Plant (MPP) applications. The QAC 1450 TwinPower is a 20 ft. ISO containerised…

🕘 06/04/2018

Continuous infrared monitoring significantly benefits utilities

For utility companies, condition monitoring is becoming essential to ensuring the reliable delivery of electricity and for minimising operational costs and there are many conventional instrumentation and measurement methods available for this purpose. Most of these systems, however, are invasive…

🕘 01/12/2017

Anglian Water makes pump blockages a ‘thing of the past’ with Siemens technology

Blockages of submersible pumps caused by grease and solids are a major problem in pumping wastewater. In the worst-case scenario, this can result in flooded wells, unwanted spillages and eventually, premature motor failures. Unscheduled work to manually clear the blockages is then required, which…

🕘 19/10/2017

Entry-level, smartphone based machine health monitoring

New handheld instrument and smartphone apps from SKF simplify machine condition data gathering and interpretation. SKF has released a new handheld sensor, which, when used in combination with one of two smartphone apps, simplifies the collection and interpretation of critical machine condition…

🕘 23/06/2017