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Should Solenoid Valves be Classed as Commodity Items?

Should Solenoid Valves be Classed as Commodity Items?

There are those who view solenoid valves as merely a commodity, and there are those who are interested in long-term reliability. The overall reliability of any system in a process plant cannot exceed the reliability of the final link in the control chain.

Unfortunately, however, low cost and high reliability may be divergent ambitions when it comes to valves. Engineers seeking operational longevity and high-quality performance should think beyond initial purchase price, as any other strategy is likely to cost far more in the long run. 

Driven by cost pressures,...

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Pneumatic Stoppers

Pneumatic Stoppers

Socap’s pneumatic stopper is suitable for the temporary plugging of circular pipes, like sewer lines, aqueducts, drainage lines etc. to completely isolate one section of the pipe containing the liquid from the section where repair or maintenance will take place. This type of pneumatic stopper can also be used to carry out pressure test on the pipe.

Socap ‘s Pneumatic Stopper is also use of temporarily plugging metal pipes (pipelines, gas mains etc.) to be serviced in the presence of flammable gas and liquids at medium pressure. This type of pneumatic stopper...

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Detect Carbon Monoxide Leaks Safely

Detect Carbon Monoxide Leaks Safely

The FLIR GF346 is an optical gas imaging camera designed to detect carbon monoxide and a number of other gases. It is unbeatable for detecting even the smallest leaks. The FLIR GF346 can scan large areas rapidly and pinpoint leaks in real time. It is ideal for monitoring plants where it is difficult to reach components with contact measurement tools such as gas sniffers. Literally thousands of components can be scanned per shift without the need to interrupt the process. Using a FLIR GF346 safeguards personnel from the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning, reduces repair downtime and provides...

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eBook: Secure Remote Access for Industrial Machines

eBook: Secure Remote Access for Industrial Machines

Wouldn’t it be awesome — for you and your customers — if you could quickly and securely perform diagnostics and resolve most of issues remotely?
•    Learn the business benefits of remote access
•    Diagnose and solve problems remotely
•    Ensure secure access via Internet or cloud
 
 
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SIL2/PLd Safety Controllers

SIL2/PLd Safety Controllers

Parker Hannifin Corporation's Electronic Controls Business Unit can now meet the needs of mobile machinery applications with new functional safety controllers. As well as offering high levels of robustness and straightforward system integration, the new RISE (SP) certified IQAN-MC4xFS controllers have been developed to provide a more cost-effective way of meeting the safety standards required for heavy mobile machinery. Typical applications include reach stackers, aerial platforms, refuse truck...

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Prevent slips, trips and falls

Prevent slips, trips and falls

Slips, trips and falls can result both in fatal and non-fatal workplace accidents and they are one of the most frequently occurring accident types. 36% of EU companies acknowledge an increased risk of slips, trips and falls in their workplace according to EU-OSHA. To decrease the risk, we propose a number of reliable and highly visible safety identification solutions.

Floor marking: easily identify safe walking routes, obstacles and hazardous areas in the workplace. Safety signs: a simple safety sign can prevent costly workplace accidents if it is clearly visible, draws attention...

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Integrated Machine Vision

Integrated Machine Vision

Machine vision becomes an integral element of the automation ecosystem with B&R. At this year's SPS IPC Drives, B&R introduced its first image processing solution to be seamlessly incorporated in the automation system. The solution comprises cameras, software and lighting accessories.
 

At the heart of the solution is a broad selection of intelligent camera technology. Options at the lower end will replace simple machine vision sensors, while the top of the range will harness the full potential of high-end...

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Tailored Asset & Component Labels

Tailored Asset & Component Labels

Asset and component traceability, from production to maintenance and even spare part service contracts, becomes easier because more information can be printed in a legible way on durable labels. This can also result in better compliance with legal requirements such as UL certification, safety standards and environmental responsibilities. 

Brady’s asset and component labels can be created with the highest flexibility.
This includes:
-    small prints of text in every language, symbols and special characters
-    improved serialisation...

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Picomag - Economical Pocket-Sized Flowmeter

Picomag - Economical Pocket-Sized Flowmeter

The new pocket-sized electromagnetic Picomag from Endress+Hauser simultaneously measures the flow and the temperature of electrically conductive fluids. It is a cost-optimized solution for utility applications where the focus is on high repeatability (±0.2% o.f.s.) and thus reliable measured values – e.g. to correctly measure water flows (max. 750 l/min, 198 gal/min) or to minimize energy costs.

Due to its compact design, it can be installed into any pipe up to 50 millimeters (2") in diameter, even in confined spaces. In addition, it offers intuitive commissioning with Bluetooth...

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Immediate Quantification of Gas Leaks

Immediate Quantification of Gas Leaks

FLIR Systems announces new Quantitative Optical Gas Imaging (qOGI) technology, developed in conjunction with Providence Photonics, that was designed to work exclusively with its GF-Series cameras. qOGI represents a major advance in the world of optical gas imaging because it eliminates the need for secondary sampling devices to quantify gas emissions.

Using a Providence Photonics’ QL320™ in conjunction with a FLIR GFx320 or FLIR GF320 camera, surveyors can now measure mass leak rates (lb/h or g/h) or volumetric leak rates (cc/min or L/min) for most hydrocarbons.

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