Instruments & Controls


Intelligent IR camera sounds alarms

ThermoVision A20 intelligent infrared (IR) camera allows users to remotely monitor and instantly identify thermal anomalies and irregular heat patterns in devices, events, and processes before failures occur. The ultracompact IR camera accepts interchangeable lenses and features high-resolution IR video, extensive output functionality, and locally or remotely configurable logic. Camera is web-enabled and provides for remote monitoring, multivariable alarms, and advanced control capabilities, which include autonomous reaction to programmable thermal parameters. Up to four target spots are configurable locally and remotely. Unit also includes six alarming functions, real-time scan speed, composite video out, and wide range of I/O signal options. Applications include remote substation/underground vault monitoring, process control, machine vision, and advanced security functions.

FLIR Systems Write 304 on PE card

IR sensor/transmitter

OS136 model miniature, low-cost, infrared (IR) sensor/transmitter features aard outputs that interface directly and easily with meters, controllers, dataloggers, recorders, computer boards, and PLCs.

OMEGA Engineering, Inc. Write 300 on PE card

Improved pen arm

Improved pen arms are available for the company's 4-in. temperature and 4-in. pressure chart recorders. Product improvement features updated design pen arm for faster and easier pen and paper changes. New arm lifts completely off the chart, allowing replacement, then snaps back into place for accurate recording.

The Dickson Co. Write 301 on PE card

Smart color sensors

SpectroCam uses an internal spectrograph to split incoming light into its constituent wavelengths. Complete spectrum of a sample can be learned and small deviations detected. Sensor system is highly sensitive to color and has unlimited color-learning capabilities.

DVT Corp. Write 302 on PE card

SCR power controller

The 7300A 3-phase silicon controlled rectifier (SCR) power controller is rated at 16%%MDASSML%%40 A, 100%%MDASSML%%500 Vac, with a 0%%MDASSML%%5-Vdc, 0%%MDASSML%%10-Vdc, or 4%%MDASSML%%20-mA control input. The controller offers zero-cross firing for fixed resistance loads or phase-angle firing for inductive and variable resistance loads.

Invensys Eurotherm Write 303 on PE card

Clamp meter

Model 200 clamp meter measures ac current to 400 A, ac/dc voltage to 600 V, and resistance to 20 Mh. Features include high resolution, 3ductors up to 300 MCM. Clamp meter also comes with test leads.

Extech Instruments Corp. Write 305 on PE card

Automation site relaunch

Relaunched web site features easy navigation and organization according to industries served, which include electronics, pharmaceuticals, automotive, paper converting, and others. The layout of the site invites first-time visitors to navigate through pages from the top, while providing direct links to industry applications for users familiar with the site. The site contains products, applications, and company profile.

FlexLink Systems, Inc. Write 306 on PE card

The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2017 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
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Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

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