Extracts from the June 2012 INSIDER

The following are extracts from the stories published in the June 2012 issue of the INSIDER Newsletter:

ABB launches CE approved level sensors from K-Tek

The IWEX water exhibition at the NEC last month was not a particularly busy show, but the ABB stand caught the attention of the INSIDER editor since several K-Tek level products were on display for the first time in Europe, now having achieved CE marking approval. These included laser and guided radar level measurement sensors. More conventional devices were also on show, with float operated flap indicators for the liquid level, plus hazardous area approved switching units to provide level alarms.

The big acquisitions in automation planned for 2012

After Jim Pinto raised the topic of the big acquisitions brewing in industrial automation for later in 2012, the INSIDER reviews the likely targets and bidders, to suggest some alternative views as to what might happen next. Undoubtedly the majors like ABB, Emerson, Siemens and Schneider Electric have hefty bank balances and are on the lookout for a major acquisition, but they are not the only ones! And are Invensys, Rockwell and Honeywell Process Solutions really the likely targets?

Even then there are moves being made by other operators to expand by acquisition, and with cash in reserve: readers of the INSIDER will be aware of recent comments to this effect from Metso and Invensys – even Endress + Hauser has more cash available than they had expected.

The full review was published in the INSIDER newsletter for June 2012.

Emerson User Exchange comes to Europe!

In the June Newsletter, the Insider reports from the Emerson Global User’s Exchange in Dusseldorf, Germany – not just a satellite show for the European Middle Eastern and African customers, but a full transplant of the major US event, as seen for the last 25 years in the USA. Even with a large venue in the Dusseldorf Maritim Hotel, conveniently right next to the airport, over 1050 attendees from 46 countries crammed both the main airport hotels. With such a success from the first European event, it looks like Emerson will follow this up regularly: after all EMEA contributes 30% of the Emerson Process Management sales.

The main Emerson themes presented this year were wireless, everywhere, and safety, in terms of the launch of CHARMS units for DeltaV SIS systems, and other improvements with valve controllers and sensors for rotating machinery. For the customer presentations which made up the bulk of the event, the most popular topic again related to wireless, with several control systems even involving WirelessHART communications. These presentations were then reviewed in the July INSIDER newsletter.


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