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Simplifying robots for the UK manufacturing sector (25/07/2016)
Article image ABB Robotics has introduced Connected Services, which are described as a suite of resources created to enable UK manufacturers to maximise robot uptime through fast data access and problem resolution. 
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Increasing adoption of CC-Link IE and CC-Link adoption (19/07/2016)
Article image Over 2,000,000 CC-Link IE and CC-Link devices were installed in industrial automation applications during 2015, bringing the total number of nodes around the world to almost 17,000,000 by the end of the financial year in March 2016.
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‘Pee power’ charges smartphone (12/07/2016)
Article image The Microbial Fuel Cell technology - which is also inside the ‘Pee Power’ urinals developed at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) – is now able to power up and recharge a smartphone.
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European calibration and repair services company of the year 12/07/2016
Trescal has been awarded the ‘European Calibration and Repair Service Company of the Year’ in Frost & Sullivan’s 2016 Best Practices Awards.  Full Story...

New Whitepaper: A Manufacturing Network Fabric Maturity Model 05/07/2016
Simplify planning for an IoT information enabled manufacturing environment - This white paper discusses the importance of the network fabric in today’s information-enabled manufacturing environments. It outlines the steps that proactive manufacturers can take to capture its full value for years to come and describes a four-stage methodology for improving an existing network to a higher maturity level. Full Story...

HARTING expands commitment to EPLAN Data Portal 04/07/2016
HARTING is set to extend its commitment to the EPLAN Data Portal, a web service providing a component catalogue, built into the EPLAN Platform e-CAD system. Full Story...

RS Components extends pneumatics offer through agreement with Festo 27/06/2016
Distributor, RS Components is set to integrate Festo pneumatics products into its range to provide industrial customers with a wider choice of brands from the distributor. RS is now a key part of Festo's distribution strategy across Europe. Full Story...

Cable falsely claims BASEC approval 27/06/2016
The Approved Cables Initiative (ACI) has been alerted to a batch of low smoke flex, found with a `BASEC approved’ sticker on its packaging that is not BASEC approved. Full Story...

Endress+Hauser selects cellular gateway for its field instrumentation sensors 20/06/2016
The Connect Sensor cellular gateway from Digi International, a provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) and IoT connectivity products and services, has been selected for use as part of Endress+Hauser's Inventory Management Solutions. Full Story...

Toyota selects EtherCAT 17/06/2016
Toyota Motor Corporation has selected EtherCAT as its Industrial Ethernet technology of choice and will base its new factories around the world on EtherCAT.  Full Story...

Digital tools offer optimal productivity and trouble-free audits 07/06/2016
Schneider Electric has launched a new Software as a Service offer - Eurotherm Online Services (EOS). An integrated online platform and management tool for overseeing calibration records and regulatory status, the service aims to offer an automated, digitised process for easy collection and retrieval of critical process data - from shop floor to top floor.  Full Story...

New whitepaper evaluates technologies for level and flow control 07/06/2016
Different technologies are available for in- or out-feed measurement as well as for inventory control in tanks, silos and vessels. Their suitability depends mainly on material characteristics and accuracy requirements for complying with overall process tolerances. Mettler Toledo has recently published a new white paper that discusses the advantages and disadvantages of weighing, level-sensors and flowmeters. Full Story...

New Whitepaper: Five key elements for the lloT implementation assessing existing infrastructure and requirements 07/06/2016
Industrial automation exists within a broader technological framework and has benefitted from advances in industrial networking and mobile computing. The combination of these technologies is helping to make the vision of concepts like the “Connected Factory”, “Industry 4.0” and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) a reality. Often however, the proliferation of competing concepts can lead to confusion and leave some questioning how to begin practical implementation. Full Story...

Technology deployment course for offshore engineers 31/05/2016
The Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) has launched a new course enabling engineers to form a greater understanding of the deployment of new technology within offshore developments. Full Story...

Panduit takes to the road with European Electrical Truck Tour 31/05/2016
Panduit is staging a mobile roadshow across Europe between May and July 2016 which will be hosted onboard a specially designed and equipped truck. Full Story...

Process analyser systems integration service launched by Yokogawa 25/05/2016
Yokogawa Europe has introduced a new service  – Analyser System Integration (ASI) – with the aim of helping project owners to simplify their supply chains by dealing with a single team for all their analytical requirements. Full Story...

Mini computer wins Hermes Award 25/05/2016
A mini-industrial computer from Harting won this year's Hermes Award for industrial innovation, which is presented annually by the Hannover Messe event organisers. Full Story...

Latest projects from Festo’s Bionic Learning Network unveiled at Hannover Fair 10/05/2016
Two new research projects from its Bionic Learning Network were unveiled by Festo at this years Hannover Fair. FreeMotionHandling is an autonomously airborne assistance system with infinite degrees of freedom, while the 3D Cocooner combines complex lattice structures with ‘digital fabrication’ using additive manufacturing. Full Story...

Maintaining critical pipeline valves – a new solution 10/05/2016
IRM Systems (IRMS), an emergency pipeline repair company, has introduced a new solution to help maintain critical pipeline valves which is said to enable savings of up to 70% in lost production, excluding the substantial cost of associated labour, equipment and specialists. Full Story...

Digital transformation business helps to harness the benefits of IIoT 10/05/2016
Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) has established a new business unit designed to help manufacturers harness the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and more rapidly deploy technologies that will allow them to better manage and analyse data, making their operations safer, more reliable and more efficient. Full Story...

OPC Foundation and CLPA sign Memorandum of Understanding to coordinate communications in machine to IT systems 03/05/2016
Digitalisation in all areas of industrial automation requires consistent communications across all levels while using Internet technologies, both inside and outside of the factory, for example to cloud-based services. The OPC Foundation and the CLPA hope to achieve this by developing an interface specification with harmonised access. Full Story...

ODVA works towards a Common Industrial Cloud Interface 03/05/2016
ODVA has announced a new area of technical work to develop standards for the gateway and interface technology needed to transport data between the cloud and CIP-enabled industrial control systems (ICS) populated with EtherNet/IP and DeviceNet devices. This work will result in The Common Industrial Cloud Interface Specification. Full Story...

Molex Acquires Interconnect Systems, Inc. 22/04/2016
Molex, a global manufacturer of electronic solutions, have announced the acquisition of Interconnect Systems, Inc. (ISI) which specialises in the design and manufacture of high density silicon packaging with advanced interconnect technologies. Full Story...



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