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Nurturing innovation and entrepreneurs (21/10/2014)
Article image At a recent conference, Roland Bent, executive vice president of product development and marketing at Phoenix Contact, spoke about the power of innovation and how to nurture an innovation culture.
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New imaging technique could detect acoustically ‘invisible’ cracks (08/10/2014)
The development of a new imaging technique  by researchers from the University of Bristol’s Ultrasonics and Non-destructive Testing (NDT) research group promises to be able to detect damage previously invisible to acoustic imaging systems which could lead to aircraft off the future being thinner and lighter. 
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Industrial cyber security: An idea whose time has come? (30/09/2014)
Article image The market for industrial cyber security products remains extremely immature, with currently over 160 vendors offering a variety of hardware, software and services. In contrast to other parts industrial automation markets, no one vendor dominates; and those with the highest market share typically specialise in a particular region, industry sector or technology. However, IHS believes there will be a shakeout.
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Sonepar enters the UK with Routeco 26/09/2014
Sonepar, a global electrical distribution company with operations in 40 countries, has entered into an agreement to purchase the shares of Routeco Group Holdings Ltd.   Full Story...

Industrial Automation Conference: looking into the future 23/09/2014
London will be the venue for the forthcoming IHS Industrial Automation Conference. Hosted by IHS Technology, a global market, industry and economical information provider, the event will take place on October 23-24, 2014. Suzanne Gill finds out more. Full Story...

FANUC and Rockwell Automation to collaborate on integrated manufacturing solutions 23/09/2014
FANUC and Rockwell Automation, have announced a global collaboration effort to provide customers with a seamless and integrated manufacturing solution. Full Story...

Nordic drives companies aim for a leading AC drives position 16/09/2014
Danfoss has announced a public tender offer for all shares of AC drives company, Vacon. The company is a good match to help Danfoss achieve its strategic focus on creating profitable growth. Both companies are significant players in the AC drives business and together it is hoped that they will gain an even stronger market position. Full Story...

Batteryless, wireless RF energy harvesting technology demonstration 16/09/2014
Energy harvesting technology can offers many advantages in applications where a complex wire assembly and/or batteries would be inappropriate…a benefit with the increasing demand for intelligent networking and the increasing trend for 'intelligent factories'. Full Story...

Yokogawa and Dell to partner for provision of dedicated PCs 16/09/2014
Yokogawa Electric Corporation has signed a contract with Dell for the global provision of PC models selected and customised for Yokogawa use. Under the contract, Yokogawa will offer system solutions that utilise Dell PCs and Yokogawa industrial automation system-related products. Full Story...

HART and Foundation organisations to merge as the FieldComm Group 09/09/2014
The members of HART Communication Foundation and Fieldbus Foundation have approved a merger, proposed by their respective boards through a voting process that concluded on 30 August.   Full Story...

Appetite for Engineering: the UK’s annual food processing industry forum 08/09/2014
The 2015 Appetite for Engineering (A4E) event is set to take place on 21 October at the Hinckley Island Hotel, Leicestershire – a must attend event for the UK food processing sector. Full Story...

Skills shortage affecting productivity 08/09/2014
A recent survey conducted by Festo Training and Consulting has shown that skills shortages are having a direct effect on productivity within the manufacturing and engineering sector. Full Story...

Skills shortage affecting productivity 08/09/2014
A recent survey conducted by Festo Training and Consulting has shown that skills shortages are having a direct effect on productivity within the manufacturing and engineering sector. Full Story...

New Whitepaper: The perils of a DIY distributed control system 05/09/2014
Tim Sweet and Bill Stevens, of Honeywell Process Solutions, discuss the technical issues, risks and possible additional costs that can result from the creating a do-it-your-yourself DCS solution from PLCs and HMI software. Full Story...

New Whitepaper: Cloud platform simplifies device and data management 02/09/2014
The convergence of smart connected devices and cloud computing is unleashing an age of continuous 'always-on' connectivity that is fostering entirely new modes of customer interaction and service delivery. Eurotech’s Everyware Cloud platform simplifies device and data management by providing an innovative platform that integrates distributed devices with business enterprise applications providing users and developers a path for building open, scalable M2M applications and smart se Full Story...

Nanotechnology and big data – the next industrial revolution? 02/09/2014
A recent report, commissioned by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, reviews the potential implications of nanotechnology on the safety and performance of engineering assets and the infrastructure on which modern society relies on. It concludes that nanotechnology will have a far reaching impact on almost every industry including energy, transportation, manufacturing, medical, computing and telecommunications. Full Story...

Need for energy costs reductions will lead to boom in green industrial technology 02/09/2014
The manufacturing sector is rapidly turning to energy efficiency technologies to reduce costs and cut emissions, with 79% of UK manufacturers stating that energy will be a business critical issue in the year ahead. Full Story...

Need for energy cost reductions will lead to boom in green industrial technology 02/09/2014
The manufacturing sector is rapidly turning to energy efficiency technologies to reduce costs and cut emissions, with 79% of UK manufacturers stating that energy will be a business critical issue in the year ahead. Full Story...

IE3 Premium Efficiency motors gain ground 27/08/2014
Revenues for IE3 Premium Efficiency (and the equivalent NEMA Premium) in the integral horsepower low-voltage (LV) motor market are on course to almost double by 2018 to over $8,000 million globally, according to figures from IHS. Full Story...

The cost of poor maintenance 27/08/2014
Poor maintenance practices are resulting in industry wasting millions with equipment mark-downs, write-offs and lost revenue, according to ERIKS, a UK-based industrial distributor. The company has voiced it concern that poor performing maintenance and storeroom operations are negatively impacting operational efficiency, tying up capital and, ultimately, reducing a company’s profit. Full Story...

Standardised offshore wave power system development 27/08/2014
A number of leading wave energy firms have joined forces with drive and control manufacturer Bosch Rexroth in a bid to create a standardised, self-contained offshore electricity generator for the wave industry. Full Story...

Growth of Safety Execution Centers demonstrates global demand for safety solutions 19/08/2014
ABB’s global network of Safety Execution Centers (SEC) has grown significantly over the past four years, expanding from ten to 30 centers located in every region and supporting high hazard industrial sectors. Full Story...

Industrial automation equipment market set for growth 05/08/2014
A new report from IHS Technology looks at the industrial automation equipment (IAE) market. It predicts that growth of this market section will be aided by strengthening economies as well as technological innovations. Full Story...



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