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INSTRUMENTATION & MEASUREMENTS

Smarter Oil And Gas Operations Begin With Quality Data

Digital oilfield technologies need timely, accurate and relevant data before they can transform and improve production.


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Four Ways Machine Learning Is Powering The Mobility Revolution

Amazon Web Services (AWS) sees four main areas where machine learning is powering a mobility revolution for the transportations and logistics industry.


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Digital Transformation Upstream Oil and Gas

 Digital technology is transforming the oil and gas industry, improving efficiencies and boosting safety. Contributed by Emerson


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From Simple To Challenging: How Radar Optimises Your Bulk Solids Applications

With radar technology that is robust, flexible and economical all at the same time, VEGA is setting the course for more efficient production processes involving bulk solids.


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Driving The E-Mobility Revolution With Electronic Design And Test Technology

The coming years will see exciting innovations to develop better power devices and a larger charging infrastructure with electronic design and test technology occupying a critical component of this progress.


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Proper Instrumentation Monitoring Increases Process Efficiency And Membrane Life In Reverse Osmosis Processes

Proper process monitoring allows a plant to run with minimal operator intervention therefore increasing the cost savings of a typical water purification system. Contributed by Burkert


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Market Growth In Challenging Times For Instrumentation

IAA interviewed Seiichi Miyazawa, MD, Hioki Singapore on the company’s future growth and regional potential.


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Measuring The Impossible With 3D Line Confocal Sensors

The advantages of line confocal sensors over traditional point-based solutions are examined. Contributed by LMI Technologies


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Flow Measurement For The Food & Beverage Industry

Selecting the most appropriate flowmeter is an important step in maximising the efficiency and productivity of the production process.


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Food Safety: 4 Technologies Changing The Game

Four technologies are explored that improve food safety across the global supply chain.


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Utilising digital technology to optimise water management in the capital city of Thailand.

As climate change continues to impact water supplies, coastal cities around the world are exploring how technology can make water continues to flow.


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Predictive analytics in automotive manufacturing.

predictive analytics plays an important role in improving product quality and reliability across the manufacturing sector.


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Line Confocal Imaging (LCI) is a unique optical technology for metrology requiring resolutions down to 50 nm.

LCI has developed a novel off-axis confocal design that offers a line scan capability with benefits over the traditional coaxial approach.


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Smart factories drive exponential growth of data-driven sensors, increases the use of mobile devices in plant operations, and converges the traditionally separate OT and IT systems.

Smart factories drive exponential growth of data-driven sensors, increases the use of mobile devices in plant operations, and converges the traditionally separate OT and IT systems.


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Protecting CNC Machines With Whitelist And System Backup Solutions

Advantech has provided SOCO with embedded systems pre-installed with whitelist software application control and acronis’ backup and recovery solution to enhance the security of their sold CNC machines.


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Increasing Offshore Gas Production Through More Effective Piping Erosion Management

Corrosion and erosion monitoring applied to natural gas piping on an offshore platform helps manage sand erosion inside valves and pipes.


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Reliability With Predictive Maintenance And Machine Learning

Having a predictive maintenance plan in place, powered by machine learning, will give you unprecedented insight into your operation and will lead to serious benefits in efficiency, safety, optimisation, and decision making.


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How Big Data Is Changing The World Of Manufacturing

The manufacturing sector has played a very important role as an economic engine of countries across the world.


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Powering The Cities Of The Future

As the rate of urbanisation increases, this poses a serious question in the future: how can we deliver sustainable and reliable energy to so many people?


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The Key To Unlocking The Value Of IoT In Manufacturing

2020 will be a big year for manufacturers and APAC manufacturers will need to seize the Internet of Things.


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How Standards And Conformance Tests Shape the Future of 5G

The development of 5G standards and their commercial rollout appears to be on a fast track.


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Many types of hazardous industrial installations must handle a variety of dangerous gases as fuels, feedstocks or final products.


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Machine Vision: Let There Be Light

In the age of Industry 4.0 and the Industrial IoT, on-the-fly product changeovers are becoming an everyday occurrence – and a vision solution must be able to accommodate that.


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Visual Inspection On HDD Manufacturing

With ever-increasing demand of digital storage in our current society, more and more hard disk drive (HDD) have been produced over the last few decades.


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Today, there are many choices of video measuring machines available on the market, each of them designed to suit different applications and achieve different levels of performance. 


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Clocks are one of the most important signals in modern chipset and device design. 

Clocks are one of the most important signals in modern chipset and device design. 


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Reduce production down time, off-spec product and time-consuming manual grab sampling in food plants with inline instrumentation.

Reduce production down time, off-spec product and time-consuming manual grab sampling in food plants with inline instrumentation.


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With the industry IO-Link sensors around since the past decade, the adaptation is usually limited to specific applications. Article by Carlo Gavazzi.

With the industry IO-Link sensors around since the past decade, the adaptation is usually limited to specific applications. Article by Carlo Gavazzi.


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A good idea is never lost, as Thomas Edison said. At the turn of the 20th century, nearly 30 percent of all cars manufactured in the US were electric...

A good idea is never lost, as Thomas Edison said. At the turn of the 20th century, nearly 30 percent of all cars manufactured in the US were electric…


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While Industry 4.0 has been portrayed as the ultimate manufacturing solution on an Enterprise scale, the magnitude of implementation is daunting. Even if such a massive project were started today, it could be years before major benefits would be realised. 


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Hexagon has announced the acquisition of Etalon, a provider of equipment calibration solutions, whose products are commonly used to monitor and initiate compensation of machine tools, measuring machines, robots and structures so as to ensure the dimensional accuracy of manufactured parts.


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EMERSON Achieving Operational Excellence Using Level Measurement Technologies

Chemical and petrochemical industry applications can prove extremely demanding for level measurement technology. This article explains the challenges presented and compares the ability of traditional and modern measurement methods to perform accurately and reliably. Article contributed by Emerson.


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Electrical Hazards In Industrial Work Environment

Electrical safety in the industrial work environment is imperative. By Wayne Goodall, Director of Business, Industrial Electrical Infrastructure Business, ASEAN, Australia, India, Korea, Panduit.


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Testing The Insulation Resistance of Photovoltaic Panels

The implementation of solar power systems globally has continued to increase in the past decade, presenting new opportunities for measuring the insulation resistance of those systems in the course of their maintenance and management.


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Get the most benefit from your DDR4 and next generation memory designs. By Ailee Grumbine, Strategic Product Planner, Keysight Technologies, Inc.


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IAA spoke with Ng Yousi, area sales manager, National Instruments, on the company’s collaboration with the Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (ARTC) and trends impacting the test and measurement industry in the years ahead.


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3D sensors: Safe Manoeuvring Instead Of Colliding

Gigantic, weighing dozens of tonnes and confusing: In all container ports worldwide reach stackers are used to stack and handle containers. To avoid collision within the container terminals during narrow and rapid manoeuvring ifm offers automatic collision avoidance: A 3D camera at the rear monitors the rear area detects objects in the travel path and warns the driver of possible collision. The driver’s eyes look straight ahead when moving the 14 m wide and up to 40 tonne containers attached to booms through the narrow container stacks. Even when manoeuvring in reverse the driver must keep an eye on the transverse container to avoid hitting the containers stacked on top of each other like a wall.


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Case Study: Tremec Mexico Reduces Shop Floor Gauging Time By 85 Percent

At the Tremec Queretaro plant, near Mexico City, transmission systems are produced for Daimler, Volvo, GM, John Deere and CNH. Tremec decided that its manufacturing process could be improved considerably since the process control of parts was taking far too long.  With a new Daimler gear project, it decided to use Renishaw Equator gauges to take a different approach during grinding and green gear turning.  These cells produce 550-600 gears daily, all for export to the Daimler plant in the US. Previously, after each stage of production, some features were inspected in the quality room, taking around twenty minutes on average. For the best accuracy, more than an hour could be lost waiting for the part to ‘soak’ to the quality room temperature prior to measurement. With the Equator gauges, alongside the machines, this was reduced to two and a half minutes. Tremec uses Equator systems for gauging after the turning phase, where each Kuka robot loads and unloads two Mori Seiki lathes, with one in three sample gauging, followed by operators updating tool offsets when necessary.


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Three Mandates For Successfully Managing Your Things

Building IIoT solutions today represents an opportunity to develop a competitive edge and avoid getting left behind as the market continues to embrace available solutions.


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Deliver products to market faster by using modern data analytics tools. By Brad Doerr, R&D Manager, Keysight Digital Photonics Centre of Excellence and Ailee Grumbine, Strategic Product Planner, Data Centre Industry Solution Team


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Virtualisation Technology Under The Hood

This article will explain the various types of virtualisation software that are available, and discusses the various hardware and software techniques that enable virtualisation. Contributed by National Instruments


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Mark Johnston spoke with Angus Marshall, CEO and MD, Siemens PLM Software (ASEAN & ANZ) on the digital enterprise.


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With more complex tasks and more data to analyse the need to simplify and streamline has never been greater. Four milestones for simplifying common tasks across your applications will be discussed. By Jonah Paul, Senior Software Product Manager, NI


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DC Resistance Unbalance Testing Easy, Low-Cost Insurance For Your PoE Systems

DC Resistance Unbalance Testing Easy, Low-Cost Insurance For Your PoE Systems. Often referred to as phantom power and accomplished by applying a common-mode voltage between two pairs in a four-pair Ethernet cable, PoE is intended to not interfere with data transmission. Contributed by Fluke Networks


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Renishaw’s high-speed data capture technique cuts calibration time 85-95 percent, minimising downtime on key assets. By Rockson Hung, Product Marketing, Renishaw Far East


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Mark Johnston, from Industrial Automation Asia (IAA), spoke with Mitsuo Shimizu, Assistant Manager, and Yoshinori Sato, Manager, Quality Assurance Department, Hioki E.E. Corporation on the top five most asked questions about calibration.


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Upgrading your old coordinate measuring machines can make financial sense, as upgrades typically cost only a fraction of the price of a comparable new machine. By Chris Luhman, CMM/Equator product development manager, Renishaw Far East


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The food industry poses significant challenges to the components — like sensors — used in the Factory. A great number of sensors are necessary for the automation of processes in the food industry. By Jörg Lantzsch


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For Higher Coupling Efficiency: Infrared Cameras Measure Precision Of Laser Beams

Fibre optic cables are an integral part of enabling real-time communications, which is central to the modern communications infrastructure. By Nathalie Többen, Marketing Manager (EMEA), Allied Vision Technologies


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Reflections On 40 Years Of Test And Measurement And What Lies Ahead

Dr James Truchard reminisces about the past 40 years of test and measurement as retires as CEO of National Instruments, and looks ahead at what the future holds for this sector. By Dr James Truchard, president, CEO, and cofounder, National Instruments


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Case Study: Air Traffic Control

Linde Material Handling offers a system for its forklift trucks that automatically reduces the maximum speed in indoor areas as soon as the QT50 radar sensor from Banner Engineering detects a hall roof above the forklift truck.


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Resilience For Process Control Systems

The costs of cyber-attacks are around two to three times higher than the costs for appropriate security provisions – at least.


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An Immune System Approach That Safeguards SCADA Systems

Cyber threats are increasingly common requiring a sophisticated response to safeguard valuable assets.


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Flexible Test Solutions For Handset Power Amplifier Module

The evolution of cellular communication standards from 2G to 3G to LTE as well as the increase in frequency bands has impacted.


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Five Things To Know Before Choosing An Embedded Data Acquisition Device

Before installation, it is important to choose a device with optimal specifications to ensure.


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What Industry 4.0 Means For IO-Link

The more talk there is about Industry 4.0, the more IO-Link is also becoming a hot topic. Not surprising, since the.


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On The Fast Road To Success

A combination of Vega sensors secures production in one of Europe’s most modern production facilities for motor and industrial oils.


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Case Study: Free Access To Diagnostic Data

The continuous condition monitoring of electrical drives is growing in prominence, as the purely digital Hiperface DSL encoder interface makes it possible to provide status data such as the temperature of servo actuators in a format which can be evaluated by control technology.


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Case Study: Machine Vision In Electronic Assembly

Electronic assembly uses machine vision to aid production and to test circuitry.


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Feeling The Force: Singapore’s Newest Test Facility

IAA interviewed Dr Thomas Liew, executive director, National Metrology Centre; Lee Shih Mean, senior metrologist.


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Preparing For The Digital Economy

IAA interviewed Stanimira Koleva, chief operating officer for Asia Pacific Japan; and Eddie McDaid, senior VP for Industry Solutions, Software AG, on the company’s solutions and on Singapore Smart Nation vision.


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Smart Sensors Are Bringing About A Paradigm Shift In Production

The smart factory employs smart sensors to intelligently detect and process data to improve productivity.


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Customer Centric Design

IAA’s Mark Johnston interviewed Wayne Harper, senior technical director, Zebra Technologies Asia Pacific, on the company’s new design approach to its mobile computer and scanner.


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Defining Pressure: What Is Pressure And Why Is It Critical To Process

What is pressure, and how is it applied and measured? This question will be answered here. The article will also highlight how pressure sensors affect process environments and how they are applied in specific applications.


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