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Industry Experts to Lead General Session at ISA Automation Week 2011:

Technology and Solutions Event


Research Triangle Park NC, USA  – The International Society of Automation (ISA) announced today that leading industry experts, Charlie Cutler, Béla Lipták, Greg McMillan, Russ Rhinehart and Terry Tolliver will lead a 90–minute General Session entitled, “The Present and Future of Automation Worldwide” on 19 October 2011 at ISA Automation Week 2011: Technology and Solutions Event.

ISA Automation Week 2011 will take place at the Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center in Mobile, Alabama, USA on 17-20 October 2011. The General Session expert participants will share their knowledge that is essential for advancing the use of process automation and optimization.

Attendees will gain insights on the best existing practices and new possibilities for the use of process automation and optimization for improving individual unit operation performance and overall manufacturing efficiency and capacity.

The following key talks will be covered in the General Session: Continue reading

2011 ISA Directory of Automation

ISALogoHeaderResearch Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA – With the previous success of the ISA Directory of Automation, the International Society of Automation (ISA) is announcing the release of the 2011 edition of the online industry Directory.

The 2011 version of the ISA Directory of Automation, produced in collaboration with Irving, Texas-based MultiView, contains updated company and product listings, as well as the same features from previous editions.

The premier automation online ISA Directory gives ISA Members and non–members, worldwide a convenient tool to find the most cost-effective and efficient products and services the industry has to offer. Continue reading

AMSBIO Announces US Office…

AMSBIO LLC. to be at the American Association for Cancer Research meeting in April, and the American Association of Immunologists Annual Meeting in May With AMSBIO

amsbio_logoAbingdon, UK & Lake Forest CA, USA  —  AMSBIO has announced, as of 31st March 2011, the opening of a new North American subsidiary company – AMSBIO LLC**.

After successfully selling innovative life science technologies, biotools and services directly to North American researchers, the new office will be a fully integrated entity supporting the AMSBIO product line with a dedicated sales and service facility in Orange County, California.

Commenting on this strategic move, Alex Sim (President, AMSBIO) said, “The US is the single largest market for our stem cell and regenerative medicine, lentivirus as well as tissue derived products and our North American customer base has been growing strongly over recent years.” Continue reading

13th International Conference on Metrology & Properties of Engineering Surfaces

Twickenham Stadium | 12-15 April 2011

The conference will be held at Twickenham Stadium, which is situated approximately 6 miles from Heathrow Airport and approximately 3 miles from the National Physical Laboratory.

It is a  conference focusing on surface metrology, surface characterisation instrumentation and properties of engineering surfaces.

Topics to be covered:

  • Surface, Micro and Nano Metrology
  • Measurement and Instrumentation
  • Metrology for MST Devices
  • Freeform Surface Measurement and Characterisation
  • Uncertainty, Traceability and Calibration
  • AFM/SPM Metrology
  • Tribology and Wear Phenomena
  • Functional Applications
  • Stylus and Optical Instruments

12 April 2011 – Tutorial sessions: Continue reading

Filters for the super-wide inkjet market

inprinta_logoSegensworth, UK & Ashland VA, USA —  Inprinta has launched a range of filtration products specifically for the super-wide graphics inkjet market.

Made to the highest specification – Inprinta wide format filter products have been designed to provide high reliability and high performance operation on large/grand format printer platforms.

The new range of wide format filters is manufactured from only premium grade materials to ensure full UV and solvent ink compatibility.

In addition, using premium grade materials with no binding agents, eliminates filter shredding and maximises the operational lifetime of your printhead. Continue reading

HART Communication Foundation Supports Latest Enhancements to EDDL

EDDL: key industry standard for integrating intelligent devices with automation systems

Hart Foundation LogoAustin TX, USA — The HART® Communication Foundation (www.hartcomm.org) announces support for the latest enhancements to Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) incorporated in the second edition of the International Electrotechnical Commission’s IEC 61804-3 standard.

EDDL is the key industry standard for integrating real-time diagnostic and asset management information from millions of intelligent field devices for optimum data and device interoperability with automation systems.

“The latest improvements to the EDDL standard benefit users throughout the process automation industry. Devices continue to get more sophisticated and EDDL makes them easier to use, transforming data into information so users can take full advantage of intelligent instrumentation,” says Ron Helson, HART Communication Foundation Executive Director.

“The EDDL standard delivers unparalleled ease of use, stability and backward compatibility for industrial automation – ensuring that existing DDs are protected and users have a continuous forward migration path with no investment loss.”

Recent improvements to the EDDL standard enhance the integration of intelligent devices with automation systems, specifically: Continue reading

Filters for Safe Liquid Filtration of Injectable Drug Products…

Filters for Safe Liquid Filtration Segensworth, UK & Ashland VA, USA —  Porvair Filtration Group has announced that its range of absolute rate filters have been tested for and meet United States Pharmacopeia 788 as well as Federal Drug Administration Title 21, Section 211.72 regulations.

These regulations detail how filters for liquid filtration used in the manufacture, processing, or packing of injectable drug products intended for human use must not release fibres into such products.

Unlike some lower cost alternatives this means that Porvair Filtration Group filters have been tested to be safe for the filtration of injectable drug products. Continue reading

Trace Determination of Heavy Metals in Pharma Products…

icp at Warwick Analytical Services Coventry, UK & Chelmsford MA, USA —  Warwick Analytical Services has published a technical article that describes a new standard ICP methodology that has been developed to determine trace heavy metals in pharmaceutical products.

Metal catalysts and reagents used in the synthesis of pharmaceutical products can potentially result in trace levels of metals in the final product that can be toxic to human life.

The new article describes how the traditional US Pharmacopeia standard method for determining heavy metals in pharma products is increasingly being viewed as insensitive, time-consuming, labour intensive and not providing an adequate recovery of the elements being tested. Continue reading

Porvair Showcase Diverse Porous Materials at Hannover Messe

Porous Media and Materials Segensworth, UK & Ashland VA, USA — Porvair Filtration Group has announced that it will be attending the Hannover Messe 2011 where it will exhibit a range of sintered porous materials and filtration products.

Porvair’s sintered porous metal and plastic materials are used in finished products or supplied for OEM manufacture across varied markets including industrial, chemical and life sciences. The sintered porous materials are suited to a host of applications such as filtration, aeration, sound attenuation, vacuum tables, chemical controlled release and powder fluidisation.

Renowned for quality and performance, Porvair filters are manufactured to meet customer’s requirements and can be found in diverse markets including the Aerospace, Nuclear, Chemical Processing, Food and Beverage and Pharmaceutical industry. Continue reading

Highly Sensitive & Specific Chromatin Immunoprecipitation (ChIP) Assay Kit…

Chromatrap Chromatin ImmunoPrecipitation (ChIP) assay kit

Chromatrap Chromatin ImmunoPrecipitation (ChIP) assay kit

Fareham, UK & Ashland VA, USA — Porvair Filtration Group has developed a new technology that has particular relevance to the rapidly expanding Epigenetics market and will be unveiling it at the Epigenetics World Congress in Boston in April 2011.

Chromatin Immunoprecipitation (ChIP) is the key experimental technique used to investigate the interaction between proteins and DNA in the cell.

It aims to determine whether specific proteins are associated with specific genomic regions. ChIP is a core enabling technique that is being widely adopted in the rapidly growing field of Epigenetics.

Using a new approach, based on a rigid porous polymer matrix rather than the traditional sepharose or magnetic beads, Porvair has developed a novel Chromatin ImmunoPrecipitation (ChIP) assay kit called Chromatrap™.

Results from third party field trials, to be presented at the Epigenetics World Congress, demonstrate that Chromatrap™ is able to routinely deliver greater ChIP specificity, higher ChIP sensitivity and faster separations than traditional sepharose or magnetic bead approaches. Continue reading

White Paper on High Throughput Microchromatography

A Highly Versatile Workflow Solution for Quantitative Protein Analysis…

Bravo_AssayMap_Front1_for_webAgilent Automation Solutions has announced a new white paper entitled ‘An introduction to High-throughput Microchromatography’ which introduces a highly versatile quantitative sample preparation technique for protein analysis.

The biotherapeutic industry is driving an ever-increasing demand for protein analysis. Liquid chromatography is a well proven, highly robust and versatile general technique for protein purification from complex samples, for both analytical and preparative applications. A significant challenge has been to adapt liquid chromatography to the requirements of high throughput analysis.

To accomplish this, a number of critical technical requirements for scale, throughput, quantitative binding and elution, controlled flow rate, air entrainment, and microplate format must be met. Continue reading