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Winters’ PEM now available with vibration dampening solution

Winters StabiliZR™ dampened movement eliminates pointer  flutter caused by vibration and pulsation.

The PEM-ZR Economy StabiliZR gauge is now available from Winters. The StabiliZR version of the PEM economy gauges is available in 1.5" (40mm) to 4" (100mm) dial sizes, bottom and back connections from 1/8" to 1/4" NPT and ranges from vacuum to 5,000 psi/kPa. PEM-ZR is a general purpose gauge for plumbing, hydraulic and other applications where pulsation and vibration are present.

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Siemens showcases smart solutions for industry-specific implementation of Industrie 4.0

By integrating future technologies into its portfolio, Siemens is offering users new and far more extensive scope for leveraging the exponential growth in industrial data.

Siemens will be placing smart solutions for the industry-specific implementation of Industrie 4.0 at the heart of its Hannover Messe 2019 presentation under the banner "Digital Enterprise - Thinking industry further!" Over an exhibition space of around 4,000 square meters in Hall 9, Siemens will be showcasing these solutions with an array of new additions to its Digital Enterprise offering designed to enable the digital transformation of the discrete and process industries. 

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FLIR launches industry-first high-definition handheld cooled optical gas imaging camera for oil and gas inspection professionals

The new GF620 is FLIR's highest resolution OGI camera. Equipped with a 640x480 infrared detector, the camera is calibrated to measure temperature, allowing the user to assess the thermal contrast between the gas and the background scene, and adjust it to improve visibility.

FLIR Systems, Inc. has introduced what it calls the industry's first high-definition (HD), handheld optical gas imaging (OGI) camera, the FLIR GF620. Designed for oil and gas industry professionals, the GF620 camera sets a new standard for detecting and visualizing invisible leaks of hydrocarbons, such as methane, and common volatile organic compounds (VOCs). With four times the pixels of previous models, the HD resolution GF620 helps inspectors survey for fugitive hydrocarbon emissions from further, safer distances than possible with lower-resolution OGI cameras. 

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Digital transformation has tangible benefits for businesses and organizations: Schneider Electric study

Up to 80% savings in CapEx (Engineering Costs and Time Optimization); and a whopping 85% savings in OpEx (Energy Consumption) reported, among others. The report is based on a study of 230 customer projects over the last 5 years, producing deep, quantifiable, business benefits.

Schneider Electric has released the Global Digital Transformation Benefits Report 2019, presenting concrete evidence of the power of digitization across the spectrum of global industry, commerce and the public sector. This evidence takes the form of deep, quantifiable, business benefits derived from a repository of 230 customer projects Schneider Electric completed in the last five years across 41 countries - all employing the company's architecture and platform, EcoStruxure.

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FLIR launches Its first uncooled methane gas detection camera

“Optical gas imaging technology is a real benefit to industries that use or produce methane, but the cost of the technology has been a barrier for some customers.”

The FLIR GF77 Gas Find IR is FLIR Systems, Inc.'s first uncooled thermal camera designed for detecting methane. This handheld camera offers inspection professionals the features they need to find potentially dangerous, invisible methane leaks at natural gas power plants, renewable energy production facilities, industrial plants, and other locations along a natural gas supply chain. The GF77 provides methane gas detection capability at roughly half the price of cooled gas inspection thermal cameras, to empower the oil and gas industry to reduce emissions and ensure a safer work environment.  

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Bedrock Automation and Wood partner to advance Open Secure Automation

Bedrock Automation, the maker of the world's most secure open industrial control system (ICS), has established a partnership agreement with Wood, a globally recognized integration provider.  Under the agreement, Wood's automation and control group will deliver Bedrock Open Secure Automation (OSA) to its clients in energy and industrial markets. Wood has active membership in The Open Process Automation Forum, which is focused on the development of a standards-based, open, secure, interoperable process control architecture. 

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Wireless gas detectors gain an edge with rising adoption of internet of things technologies

Vendors with solutions that can generate critical business information will find greater growth opportunities, finds Frost & Sullivan.

The rising interconnectivity among devices in industries is opening up the market for wireless gas sensors. These sensors can be installed in smartphones and are designed to support Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, near-field communication, and other wireless connections. Their portability, low power requirements, and high-performance potential make them ideal for Internet of Things (IoT) applications, especially in critical and hard-to-reach areas in mining and oil & gas. With further improvements in battery life, ruggedness, form factor, and standardization, wireless gas sensors will find a wider application and revenue-generation potential.

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Turbimax from Endress+Hauser delivers robust turbidity measuring in industrial applications

The Turbimax CUS50D from Endress+Hauser is a robust, highly reliable absorption sensor for measuring turbidity and suspended solids measurement in hostile environments.

The new Turbimax CUS50D from Endress+Hauser is a highly reliable absorption style sensor for measuring turbidity and suspended solids measurement in hostile environments. It has a robust polymer measuring surface ideal for aggressive media including salt water. The unique dual path length design (5 & 10 mm) ensures effective measurements through a large range of applications including very dark liquids and sludges. This special measuring surface minimizes the risk of dirt accumulating and any surface contamination can be eliminated by the sensor's optional air cleaning system. 

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Hydrocarbon tank vapour recovery systems rely on ST100 thermal mass flow meter

FCI's ST100​ Thermal Mass Flow Meter Series can be calibrated to measure the mixed, dirty hydrocarbon gases resulting from tank loading and unloading operations.

Engineers tasked with finding a green solution to waste gas emissions from hydrocarbon storage tanks during loading and unloading operations will find the ST100 Series Thermal Flow Meter from Fluid Components International (FCI) supports tank vapour recovery systems, which help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Vortex flowmeter from KROHNE designed for advanced energy measurement needs

The OPTISWIRL 4200 is available in a remote version equipped with a field housing converter with a connection cable up to 164 feet (50 meters).

KROHNE, Inc. announces the availability of the new OPTISWIRL 4200 vortex flowmeter, ideal for advanced energy management systems. Used to measure both conducting and non-conducting liquids, gases and steam, the new OPTISWIRL 4200 vortex flowmeter can be used for internal monitoring of energy flows for saturated and superheated steam or hot water, and heat metering applications. It is also a perfect choice for such applications as steam boiler monitoring, burner consumption measurement, or compressed air network monitoring, including free air delivery (FAD) applications.

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Ametek introduces AMEVision communication and display system capability for 3050 moisture analyzers

The 3050 series analyzer can be pre-configured at the factory to directly communicate with AMEVision, eliminating the need to set it up, which will ultimately save time in the field.

AMETEK has broadened its AMEVision communication and display system capabilities to include the 3050 series of moisture analyzers. Originally designed for WDG-V analyzers, the AMEVision system provides real-time moisture measurements and trend data while also detailing a variety of maintenance and troubleshooting information.

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KROHNE to manufacture OPTIMASS twin bent tube coriolis mass flowmeter

The OPTIMASS 6400 has been approved for custody transfers of both liquids and gases, making it ideal for process industries and specialist applications like LNG, CNG, or supercritical gases in terminal or storage/bunkering, along with custody transfer applications.

KROHNE, Inc. announces that it has begun manufacturing the OPTIMASS 6400 twin bent tube Coriolis mass flowmeter at its newly opened state of the art flow and level instrument manufacturing and calibration facility located in Beverly, MA. The OPTIMASS 6400 is ideal for standard liquid and gas applications in the chemical and petrochemical, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, and energy and power industries. The OPTIMASS 6400 is equipped with a new signal converter that features advanced device and process diagnostics, compliant to NAMUR NE 107.

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Electro Static Technology appoints Mathew Laufik as global sales manager

Electro Static Technology appoints Mathew Laufik as global sales manager

Electro Static Technology, the manufacturer of AEGIS Shaft Grounding Rings, and specialist in low- to medium-voltage motor protection technology, has appointed Matthew Laufik as Global Sales Manager.  In this new role, Mr. Laufik will be responsible for the sales of AEGIS products to motor repair shops, motor manufacturers and end users in a range of processing industries worldwide through the company's international sales organizations and distribution network.  He will also manage all sales, marketing, and customer service personnel.

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Dynatrol introduces the CL-10GP proportional level detector

Dynatrol introduces the CL-10GP proportional level detector

The Dynatrol CL-10GP Proportional Level Detector is designed specifically to control liquid levels in pilot plants, processing, small vessels, or anywhere it is necessary to obtain proportional level control over a precise range.  The EC-103C(G) Control Unit is paired with the Detector and can activate electro-pneumatic transducers, valve positioners, indicators, controllers or other DC current devices.

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Allweiler announces IN-1000 Pump Condition Monitoring Device

With the IN-1000, operators can assess expected versus actual performance on such key indicators as leak detection and bearing temperature, vibration, suction, and discharge pressure.

Allweiler, a CIRCOR International brand, and a worldwide supplier of pumping solutions for chemical engineering applications, announces the IN-1000 condition monitoring device, ideal for pumps in operationally critical and environmentally sensitive chemical engineering applications. With one master and up to 10 satellite modules per network, the IN-1000 lets operators monitor as many as 11 pumps at once. Built-in features include a two-level warning and alarm system, logging of sensor data, and remote monitoring with a smartphone app. The IN-1000 is available with ATEX certification for use in EX zones.

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Festo’s new EFSD electric stopper delivers upfront, downstream cost saving

EFSD comes in sizes 20, 50 and 100, enabling users to match the mass range depending on the speed of the conveyor up to a maximum of 100 kg.

Festo's new EFSD electric stopper provides exceptional stop-and-release functionality in the movement of product from station to station in assembly and transfer systems. With benefits such as a lower installation cost, faster commissioning and operational energy savings, it is the ideal choice in stop-and-release wherever an electric actuator is preferred to a pneumatic option.

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Spring-loaded LVDTs perform in applications with corrosive environments and vibration

NewTek offers customized options for its spring-loaded LVDTs including extended temperature ranges up to 400°F (200°C), mild radiation resistance to 30 MRad, air extend probes and custom spring rates.

NewTek Sensor Solutions offers an extended series of spring-loaded LVDTs that provide accurate dimensional feedback for a variety of position measurement and quality assurance applications including go/no-go measurements, automotive part quality testing, roller position/product thickness control, TIR measurements and material testing under stress.  

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5 reasons why organizations are outsourcing pipeline control room services

Houston-based Remote Operations Center (ROC), a leader in oil & gas control room operations, provides outsourced control room services to over 6,000 miles of pipelines, spanning crude, natural gas, saltwater disposal, and refined products.

A pipeline control room is the central nervous system of oil and gas operations - continuously receiving and processing tremendous amounts of sensory data, quickly highlighting important information requiring action and using that information to coordinate and control operations to mitigate risks and optimize performance. With heightened public attention on pipeline assets, growing regulatory oversight over operations, increased market competition amongst operators, and an ever-aging asset base, the ability to effectively and efficiently manage all aspects of pipeline operation has become increasingly difficult. More than ever there is a pressing need to ensure each pipeline is operated safely, reliably and compliant with the latest regulations.

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OMEGA Engineering announces launch of new Canada website

OMEGA Engineering announces launch of new Canada website

OMEGA Engineering is inviting customers to explore its new Canada website. Designed to offer B2B customers a consumer-oriented experience, the site has been completely overhauled. Customers will discover not only cutting-edge functionality, but improvements that make it easier and more seamless to order products, search for content, or manage their account.

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