PROCESS

Fieldbus networks unlocked for laptops

* Laptop computers with PC-card expansion slots can be connected to fieldbus networks using software developed by National Instruments.

Using the 32-bit PCMCIA-FBUS program, engineers will be able to carry out data logging, configuration and maintenance of devices and networks in the field.

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* Pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals tend to be made in small batches with frequent product changes.

A centrifuge for the market handles batch sizes as small as 50kg. Cleaning is fully automatic.

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* Analysis time in preparation of organic and inorganic samples can be cut by a microwave system, Multiwave, that can digest up to six different sample types simultaneously.

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* The paperless plant beckons with Progency RSX, a video recorder that captures process variables and manages the data. It has dual loop control and advanced maths functions.

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