China-focused oilfield services company Recon Technology Ltd has deployed a new SCADA automation product for extraction of shale. The company linked the development to the introduction of Baker-Hughes fracturing technology to China Petroleum and Chemical Corp's (Sinopec) Zhongyuan Oilfield. (Read more)
The Fieldbus Foundation and the HART Communication Foundation are talks about a merger that would form a single industry body for device communications in the process automation sector. Mid-2014 has been set as a target date for completion. (Read more)
Yokogawa Electric Corp. is releasing a new version of the ProSafe-RS safety instrumented system and has enhanced the DPharp EJX multivariable transmitter. Target markets and applications include emergency shutdown and fire prevention/suppression, production, and other applications in process industries such as oil, natural gas, and petrochemicals.
Eatonhas added an iintelligent iMCC motor control centre for its xEnergy switchboards. The complete control wiring inside the drawer units of the iMCC and the wiring to the higher-level controller are replaced by a communication system – to reduce the wiring effort required by users. Information from the drawer units can now also be transferred to the higher-level controller to increase the reliability and availability of motors in industrial production. The development reflects market moves to intelligent switchgear and switchboards.
The Fieldbus Foundation has issued a Foundation fieldbus Preliminary Specification (PS) addressing fieldbus transducer blocks for ISA100.11a wireless devices. As part of the Foundation for Remote Operations Management (ROM) solution implementing wireless and remote I/O, this defines a fieldbus transducer block used within Foundation for ROM devices to communicate with these instruments. (Read more)
The CC-Link Partner Association staged a ‘Gateway to China’ event to help UK companies discover and access automation business opportunities in Asia, on 24 Sept at the Mitsubishi Electric Europe;s base in Hatfield, UK. (Read more)
Yokogawa has combined its pH and ORP sensor technology with integrated digital communications and signal-processing circuitry to produce a new 'smart sensing' range. The SENCOM smart sensor is designed to enable improved maintenance management and diagnostics. It has its own permanent calibration memory, allowing it to be calibrated in the lab before returning it to the field for higher accuracy, lower operating costs, shorter downtime and improved safety. (Read more)
Mitsubishi Electric has launched its next generation of servo systems, comprising the Melservo MR-J4 series of servo amplifiers with associated positioning units, motion modules and integrated motion control systems. Target 'process' applications, it says, include high-accuracy filling and dosing applications in the food and pharmaceuticals industries.
LocalGrid Technologies has partnered with National Instruments to develop a smart grid-ready platform (lead image) that can be customised to meet the needs of different grid applications. (Read more)
IVL Flow Control claims to have created a "completely different dimension to the theory of constructing dynamic networks" with a new hydraulic control valve component for its smart hydraulic network model. The valve is said to enable users to bring about a autonomous water distribution system and deliver water at the lowest possible cost. The valves can regulate down to flow rates of 0.36 lsec-1.
Aker Solutions has acquired Glasgow-based engineering company International Design Engineering And Services Ltd, which has developed software and technology that improves the quality and accuracy of integrity and life time analysis for oil and gas assets. The analysis can be applied in all phases of the development of an installation, from design through construction, operation and life extension.