Instruments and Controls


I/O block

Inline Block I/O is a new family of block-style I/O modules. Units include 16 and 32-channel digital block modules and are compatible with fieldbus protocols that include Interbus, Profibus DP, DeviceNet, and CANOpen. Sensor and actuator cables can be connected without tools through the use of removable wiring arms.

Phoenix Contact, Inc. , , Write 300 on PE card

Multifunction calibrator

QuikCal 190 Series multifunction calibrator includes a built-in pump for fast pressure calibrations at the touch of a button. This upgraded version features additional ESD protection, enhanced reliability, and increased longevity of plug-in modules. Although primarily a pressure calibrator, unit also simulates and measures dc voltage and current, thermocouple equivalent, and RTD.

Transcat, Inc. , , Write 301 on PE card

Smart camera

Series 550 smart cameras operate up to 8 times faster than previous generation vision sensors. Incorporating Texas Instrument DSP processor, increased RAM, and flash memory, this next-generation smart camera family features gray scale and color-imaging models, high speed, and choices of resolution, depending on application requirements. All models use proprietary FrameWork software.

DVT Corp. , , Write 302 on PE card

Distributed I/O

Advantys STB modular distributed I/O system integrates I/O modules, power distribution, and device integration into a single design that simplifies engineering, wiring, and connectivity issues. System makes it possible for only one fieldbus node to distribute I/O across an entire machine or process. Systems can be monitored remotely through built-in Ethernet web server. Isolated power distribution buses allow outputs to be managed independently from inputs.

Schneider Electric , , Write 303 on PE card

Digital gauge

Service Junior is a hand-held gauge that automatically records momentary pressure spikes on hydraulic and pneumatic systems. Unlike oil-filled gauges that require constant monitoring of bouncing needles, this gauge locks minimum and maximum readings into its memory. Gauge works using piezoelectric principles, which changes electrical properties as the diaphragm is compressed by applied pressure.

Parker Hannifin, Quick Coupling Div. , , Write 304 on PE card

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Product of the Year
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System Integrator of the Year
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.
February 2018
2017 Product of the Year winners, retrofitting a press, IMTS and Hannover Messe preview, natural refrigerants, testing steam traps
March 2018
SCCR, 2018 Maintenance study, and VFDs in a washdown environment.
Jan/Feb 2018
Welding ergonomics, 2017 Salary Survey, and surge protection
April 2018
ROVs, rigs, and the real time; wellsite valve manifolds; AI on a chip; analytics use for pipelines
February 2018
Focus on power systems, process safety, electrical and power systems, edge computing in the oil & gas industry
December 2017
Product of the Year winners, Pattern recognition, Engineering analytics, Revitalize older pump installations
April 2018
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February 2018
Setting internal automation standards
December 2017
PID controllers, Solar-powered SCADA, Using 80 GHz radar sensors

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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