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TE Connectivity joins the OPC Foundation (25/09/2016)
Connectivity and sensors company, TE Connectivity, has joined the OPC Foundation, a vendor-independent non-profit organisation which drives the development, maintenance and promotion of Openness Productivity Connectivity – Unified Architecture (OPC UA). 
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Profibus device integration with FDT 2.0 announced (21/09/2016)
The FDT Group has announced the certification of the first generic device Device Type Managers (DTMs) for Profibus DP which are compliant with the FDT 2.0 specification.
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New whitepaper: Simplifying embedded design (05/09/2016)
Article image This new whitepaper from National instruments offers advice on improving the way you design and deploy advanced control and monitoring systems for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) with the unrivaled performance and flexibility of the CompactRIO platform, the ultimate multipurpose controller.
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FieldComm Group and PI sign a cooperation agreement for FDI technology 30/08/2016
The completion of the FDI (Field Device Integration) technology gives us hard evidence of a targeted cooperation between a vareity of different organisations in industrial automation with the aim of providing users with operational technologies for their solutions. This includes the specification of FDI, EDDL, tools, and components to support efficient product development.  Full Story...

Siemens gains a TÜV SÜD-certified development process based on IEC 62443-4-1 30/08/2016
The international series of standards IEC 62443 defines the security measures for industrial automation systems, with Part 4-1 of the standard describing the requirements of the manufacturer's development process. Full Story...

TE Connectivity joins EtherCAT Technology Group 30/08/2016
TE Connectivity (TE) has joined the EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) which manages the EtherCAT (Ethernet for Control Automation Technology) open real-time Ethernet-based fieldbus system.  Full Story...

Honeywell acquires supply chain automation technology 30/08/2016
Honeywell has completed the acquisition of Intelligrated, a provider of supply chain and warehouse automation solutions.  Full Story...

Würth acquires Amber to expand its offerings 23/08/2016
AMBER wireless GmbH, a manufacturer of wireless connectivity solutions, has been acquired by Würth Elektronik eiSos GmbH & Co. KG which has expanded the company’s offerings for Internet of Things, Industry 4.0 and Smart Metering. Full Story...

Training tackles memory distortion to improve process safety 23/08/2016
Hindsight bias – when the outcome of an incident is known before examining the decisions leading up to it – is a common phenomenon that is preventing engineers from learning valuable lessons about process safety. A new training offer, from the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Safety Centre, is designed to tackle this problem.  Full Story...

Specialist technologies now making Industry 4.0 a practical reality 23/08/2016
The opportunity for manufacturing companies to harness the power of the Internet of Things and move towards Industry 4.0 is now becoming more of a practical reality, according to Bosch Rexroth. Full Story...

Total agrees ten-year service solution for upstream control and safety systems 16/08/2016
Total Exploration and Production Services has selected Emerson to provide control and safety system maintenance services that will support its upstream oil and gas operations around the World. Full Story...

Simplified planning for an IoT information enabled manufacturing environment 16/08/2016
A free to download white paper from Panduit 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...

Shape-changing metamaterial 08/08/2016
Engineers from the University of Bristol have developed a shape-changing metamaterial using Kirigami – the ancient Japanese art of cutting and folding paper to obtain 3D shapes. Full Story...

The IO-Link success story continues 01/08/2016
After a surprisingly high number of installed IO-Link nodes was reported in the market survey of the technologies of PI (PROFIBUS & PROFINET International) in 2014, its rate of increase in the 2015 survey has again been impressive.  Full Story...

OPC-UA embedded into Festo valve terminals 01/08/2016
Festo has embedded OPC Unified Architecture (OPC-UA) into its valve terminals, enabling plant managers and engineers to realise the benefits of smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0 principles. Full Story...

Simplifying robots for the UK manufacturing sector 25/07/2016
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.  Full Story...

Increasing adoption of CC-Link IE and CC-Link adoption 19/07/2016
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. Full Story...

‘Pee power’ charges smartphone 12/07/2016
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. Full Story...

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...

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...



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