In Control and In Motion

Last year saw the first InControl at Olympia. Billed as the capital’s Show, it’s now joined by InMotion BY CHRIS WEBB

InControl gathers momentum this year with a move to a bigger hall at Olympia, London, and the acquisition of a sibling – InMotion.

Last year was the first appearance of the show, but September 17/18 sees a move from the National to the Grand Hall, with more space for the 100 main exhibitors and a similar number of other companies that will be represented.

Like last year, InControl’s exhibition profile looks like this: process measurement and control instrumentation; systems; instruments; sensors; components and services; data acquisition; software/hardware and advanced system integration; and interfaces and networks.

But add to this industrial drives and automation, machine actuation and intelligence, power transmission and a whole lot more under the InMotion umbrella, and you’ll see the show has still more reasons to make a space in your diary to attend. And that’s not all. There are almost 30 half-hour seminar sessions to choose from – and they’re free, just like your visit to the exhibition. Just walk in; there’s no need to register. Just leave your (optional) badge in the visitor’s prize draw ‘bonus bin’ upon leaving.

Seminars will include subjects such as a temperature transmitter overview, presented by Endress + Hauser, a session on hydrostatic level gauging for accurate mass measurement, an item on level measurement using time domain reflectromety by Krohne, clean room instrumentation and control from Dwyer and an update on PC-based automation.

Then there is non-contact thermometry from Exergen/QHI Infrared, an item on signal conditioning from Calex, and much more.

In the exhibition itself, there will be new temperature transmitters on show from Status Instruments, and Beka Associates, while seven other companies, among them Dwyer and Wika, will also be showing their own devices.

No fewer than 13 companies will be showing their latest efforts to corner the market in non-contact thermometry technology, including Calex, which also includes this year its new industrial signal conditioning modules from Analog Devices.

Pilz UK will be launching a brand new range of industrial computers to complement its existing PICOMP range. Designated PIPANEL, the newcomer has an innovative styling designed to operate in harsh industrial environments. A full range of offerings will be available from 486DX4 up to Pentium Pro.

This year’s show will see the first UK appearance of photoelectric, inductive and capacitive sensors from the Italian manufacturer, Infra, and they will be distributed by Switchtec, the latter having added Sirena visual and audible warning devices to its growing portfolio of products.

Cegelec will be exhibiting its latest version of the Control Systems Workbench software – Alspa P80 – and the solution to compact drives, the universal Alspa MV1000.

MMIs will be featured extensively at the exhibition, with contributions from Hayes, Industrial Data Products, Toshiba, US Data, Vector and Weidmuller, to name just a few.

Asco Joucomatic will launch a new flameproof high-flow, direct-acting poppet valve for hazardous areas in the oil, gas and chemicals industries, while other valve products on show will come from Dresser, Neles-Jamesbury, Hamilton (GB) and Skil Controls.

Gas, liquid and mass flowmeters will also be much in evidence, with Dwer, Endress + Hauser, Panametrics and Krohne all in the game. Krohne, incidentally, will be launching a new electromagnetic flowmeter (EMF). The device is said to offer very high noise and vibration immunity.

Condition monitoring and vibration analysis and monitoring equipment will be represented by Solartron, Electromac Measurement Services and National Instruments.

Next year sees a change of venue, to Earls Court, a move which, says organiser, Spieler/Steadman, will lend more space to growth.