Moore Industries Acquires Fieldbus Product Line from Hawke to Provide New Options for DCS & PLC Vendors and Process Management Customers

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The Coupling of Hawke's innovative fieldbus auto-termination device couplers and unique hazardous-area power supplies with Moore IndustriesÂ? reputation for reliable manufacturing, distribution and service allows system integrators to capitalize on the newest technology

In a strategic move to provide powerful new application advantages to DCS and PLC suppliers, Moore Industries-International, Inc.—internationally recognized interface solution experts since 1968 -- has forged an agreement with Hawke International (Manchester, England), to acquire its line of innovative FOUNDATION Fieldbus and PROFIBUS PA device couplers and fieldbus power supplies. Marketed under the new name of MooreHawke, the company’s pioneering automatic segment termination and unique split-architecture I.S. power supplies will join Moore Industries’ existing line of distributed I/O, temperature sensors, transmitters, alarm trips and signal conditioners to provide new application options for system integrators, process automation vendors and process management customers.

"MooreHawke provides DCS suppliers with the ability to offer their customers the Moore Industries’ reputation for reliable manufacturing, distribution and service, united with Hawke’s technological advantages in FOUNDATION Fieldbus and PROFIBUS PA device couplers and power supplies for fieldbus applications. DCS suppliers will now have much more to offer when selling to plant engineers and plant managers," says Leonard Moore, Moore Industries’ founder and CEO.

By leveraging each company's respective strengths, Moore Industries now offers a wider range of interface solutions that include the unique MooreHawke TRUNKGUARD™, the first FOUNDATION Fieldbus and PROFIBUS PA device coupler that provides fully automatic fieldbus segment termination. This patented technology prevents segment failure from under- or over-termination, a chief problem in start-ups. The TRUNKGUARD's auto-termination feature assures that local parts of a segment will continue to function if remote parts of that segment are accidentally disconnected, preventing costly downtime and hazardous situations--a matter of critical concern in both process and discrete manufacturing.

Building on Hawke's worldwide reputation in hazardous area and hostile environment applications, MooreHawke also offers the patented ROUTE-MASTER™ I.S. power supplies. Unlike complex FISCO-type power supplies that can only power around 115mA in hydrogen-risk areas, ROUTE-MASTER™ enables 350mA per segment in hazardous locations. This allows up to 16 devices per segment compared to the four typically allowable using barriers or five using FISCO. This advantage removes the shackles associated with FOUNDATION Fieldbus and PROFIBUS operation in hazardous areas and allows plant managers to run their facilities at maximum efficiency, without sacrificing safety.

"The fresh addition of Hawke's innovative device couplers and power supplies for fieldbus to our ever-evolving line of sensors and transmitters significantly reinforces our position as a world class independent interface solutions company and allows us to seek mutually beneficial alliances with leading DCS vendors and system integrators," adds Moore.

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