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News and Markets New catalogue for thermal imaging cameras from Micro-Epsilon The family-owned middle sized company Micro-Epsilon, specializes in high precision measurement and inspection technology. Recently the company has launched the new product catalogue based on “compact thermal imaging cameras”. The catalogue is available online as well as in print version. Detailed specifications of each camera and numerous graphics provide a comprehensive overview of all ‘TIM’ products currently available with Micro-Epsilon. Many new products such as the ‘thermoImager’ TIM M1, G7 and 640 thermal imaging cameras are also included. Thermal imaging cameras recognise, detect and measure the temperature on a surface. Due to their high thermal sensitivity, the infrared TIM cameras are ideal for precision measurement tasks. Different performance classes enable a suitable model to be selected for every application. The camera is connected via a USB interface, which also supplies the power. The new catalogue includes detailed product descriptions of all available infrared cameras, as well as accessories such as PCs, interfaces and cooling jackets that enable the camera to operate in ambient temperatures up to 315 °C. Along with technical details the application examples included in the catalogue. Thus the catalogue provides complete information in all aspects of the thermal imaging cameras, helping the engineers to make a wise decision Bernstein celebrates its 10 th anniversary in China with a new production facility NEWS AND MARKETS In order to grow its global presence, the company Bernstein AG decided to starts its operation in China, with a whollyowned subsidiary in Taicang near Shanghai, 10 years ago. Initially the company started serving the Chinese and Asian markets with products still being imported from Germany. After ten years in business, the Chinese market still offers a great demand for German products but the pricing pressure gets stronger every year through local competitors. At the end of 2014, Bernstein AG decided to significantly expand production in China and to increase the sales activities. As a result, a new production and office building has been built in Taicang. The new facility is almost triple the size of the previous, with over 3,500 m 2 . In addition to the extended assembly of switching contacts, Bernstein also plans to produce enclosures and suspension systems for the Chinese market. The new facilities were officially inaugurated in a ceremony hosted on 30th October 2015. Bernstein AG ranks among the world’s leading providers of industrial safety technology. With a comprehensive range of switches, sensors, enclosures, suspension systems and other components for industrial applications. NI and Astronics Collaborate to revitalize Aerospace and Defense test systems National Instruments and Astronics Test Systems, Inc., recently announced their collaborative efforts to deliver products designed for the aerospace and defense community. The combination of Astronics’ strength in test system integration and NI’s leadership in PXI-based automated test systems is expected to produce a best-in-class portfolio for automated test equipment (ATE) applications. “This move from VXI to PXI will retain the investments made in test program sets (TPSs) while providing a seamless upgrade path for our popular legacy instruments. The ability to collaborate with NI, a leader in PXI, will be a tremendous boost to the long-term sustainability of DoD test systems as we narrow the gap between commercial and military products.” said Jim Mulato, president of Astronics Test Systems Inc. The first product to be delivered as a result of the collaboration is the Astronics Frequency Time Interval Counter (FTIC) for PXI Express, modeled after the Astronics VXIbus 200 MHz Universal Counter. Designed for full TPS compatibility, the instrument can replace existing VXI-based FTICs and deliver the same capability in a newer PXI-based subsystem. AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES 1/2016

Block opens production facility in the Chicago area In November 2015, the company Block Transformatoren Elektronik GmbH, with a grand opening ceremony in Franklin Park, USA, announced the acquisition of A. J. Smoy Co., Inc. Through the acquirement of A. J. Smoy Co., Inc. global expertise and international resources are combined with local know-how to expand the US market. Sales, distribution and warehousing of transformers, reactors, filters and power supplies will be handled by Block USA, Inc., now also located in the same company-owned building in Franklin Park. Wolfgang and Jörg Reichelt, as well as the whole management welcomed numerous customers, suppliers and business partners to officially open the new US location. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was performed together with Barrett Pedersen, Mayor of Franklin Park. Steute and R. Stahl enter strategic partnership in Brazil On evaluating the importance of the Brazilian market, the R. Stahl Group forged a collaboration with Steute do Brasil, the Brazilian subsidiary of Steute Schaltgeräte GmbH & Co. KG. Steute do Brasil will be the exclusive distributor for products and systems made by the R. Stahl Group. This signifies a strategic partnership between two international specialists for explosion protection. The R. Stahl portfolio brings a wide variety of additional products for explosion protection to Steute’s already comprehensive range. For R. Stahl AG, this partnership offers an access to new customers in the region. Steute, with its own sales company in Brazil for more than 10 years and its own production plant in Vinhedo / Sao Paulo has a potential to generate additional turnover for R. Stahl AG. Stefan Schmersal, Acting Partner at Steute comments “This cooperation enables us to offer our customers a much wider range of top- quality explosion-protection products, taking an important step closer towards becoming a provider of complete solutions.” Your Global Automation Partner Safer Than Ever! Hybrid Safety I/O Module Reliable operation through rugged IP65/67/69K module for PROFIsafe Maximum flexibility by combining standard and safety input/outputs and IO-Link in a single device Variably expandable via I/O-hubs with up to 32 standard I/Os


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