Plant Monitoring & Control

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

ABB Drives Remote Condition Monitoring helps in maintenance planning and improves risk management

Innovative service enabled by the Internet of Things, Services and People (IoTSP) delivers accurate, real-time information about drive events and helps to predict maintenance needs, operational risks and possible system faults. It will allow equipment to perform better and last longer—keeping…

🕘 27/05/2016

If budget= text display, try Samba™ by Unitronics. Now with a new 4.3'' HMI panel

Samba, an all-in-one, palm-size PLC with HMI and onboard I/Os, fills a growing niche—OEMs on a tight budget who need compact controllers for simple machine control, but still want the competitive advantage of an elegant, color-touch HMI panel. The first model of Samba was released this…

🕘 24/10/2014

A focus on ‘returns’

Product recalls are an expensive business. In 2010 automotive manufacturer, Toyota, recalled over eight million vehicles worldwide over a faulty accelerator pedal, in 2006 computer manufacturer Dell had to recall four million notebook batteries due to overheating problems, and Bridgestone/Firestone…

🕘 01/07/2014