New Products


Serial Communications


N-TRON Corp., a global leader in industrial networking, has introduced six new products designed for legacy serial communications in industrial environments. With this release, N-TRON has solved the growing problem of integrating legacy mission-critical components with newer network technology. These cost-effective products bridge the gap between older serial and contemporary Ethernet protocols, allowing organizations to preserve their investments in programming and equipment while moving forward with advancing technology. Connectivity options for 10/100BaseTX and multimode fiber applications are available in each series.
N-TRON Corp.




Measurement Instrumentation


Badger Meter Inc. has purchased Cox Instruments of Scottsdale, Ariz., and its subsidiary companies, Flow Dynamics Inc. and Exact Flow. The entities are suppliers of precision and industrial flow measurement instrumentation worldwide. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The acquisition combines the resources of the three flow measurement companies into a wholly owned subsidiary of Badger Meter Inc. named Cox Flow Measurement Inc. It will continue to be based in Scottsdale. The Cox management team will remain with the company.
Badger Meter Inc.




Digital Multimeter


Fluke Corp., a global leader in test and measurement technology, announced enhancements to its bench digital multimeters. The Fluke 8808A 5.5 digit Digital Multimeter and the 8845A/8846A 6.5 digit multimeters will include a USB to RS232 Cable Adapter, as well as FlukeView Forms Basic software. In addition, Fluke has increased the warranty period on these meters to three years. The USB to RS232 Cable Adapter converts the RS-232 serial port on the 8808A, 8846A or 8845A to a USB, allowing users to connect their multimeter to a PC USB port. FlukeView Forms software increases the power of Fluke bench multimeters by enabling users to document, store and analyze individual readings or series of measurements, then convert them into professional-looking documents. FlukeView Forms Basic can be used alone to download measurement data and create reports that can be saved and printed.




Grid Security


Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Inc. announced that the recently released SEL-3620 Ethernet Security Gateway is available. Designed to provide security to critical infrastructure systems such as water treatment facilities, oil and gas facilities and the electric power transmission infrastructure, the Ethernet Security Gateway protects systems from malicious traffic with virtual private networks (VPNs) and a configurable ingress and egress stateful firewall. It provides up to 60,000 security event reports and supports Syslog with precise time tagging of events through IRIG. The storage for SEL-3620 offers industry-vetted security and interoperable standards, including Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) (RFC 4301, 4302, and 4303), X.509 certificates, OCSP certificate revocation, IRIG-B time synchronization, HTTPS Web interface, Cisco:OPSAID interoperability and Syslog. Tailored specifically to secure smart grid communications, the Ethernet Security Gateway operates with existing information technology and control systems, using an intuitive, menu-driven Web interface to create an IPsec VPN. It secures routable protocols that cross electronic security perimeters and provides up to 16 VPN connections on three Ethernet ports.


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