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Moving from IT-powered automation to Industry 4.0 (20/11/2014)
Article image Phoenix Contact regards Industry 4.0 as a model for the future development of industrial production systems. It is therefore concentrating its activities on digital item description, secure communications, as well as intelligent and independent control of machinery and equipment in combination with easy installation and usability. 
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Making the most of IoT (20/11/2014)
Article image At a recent automation conference in Ireland – organised by Hanley Automation – Rockwell Automation and Cisco jointly presented their manufacturing vision for the ‘connected enterprise’ and explained how they believe it will overcome many of today’s manufacturing challenges. Suzanne Gill reports.
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Advancing manufacturing process productivity through reality modelling (18/11/2014)
Bentley Systems and Siemens PLM Software recently announced their latest actions to enhance the integration of the digital product and process lifecycle with the factory’s digital design. 
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Emerson expands its capabilities in subsea and downhole measurement for oil and gas 07/11/2014
Emerson has acquired the Paine Electronics business from Paine Electronics, LLC, which will become part of Emerson Process Management.  Full Story...

FDI specification publically released 07/11/2014
FDI Cooperation LLC has announced the public release of the Field Device Integration (FDI) specification which will make it possible for automation suppliers to develop  products and host systems compatible with FDI.  Full Story...

Moxa working with Fieldbus Foundation to specify new technology and protocols in oil and gas industry 02/11/2014
In August Moxa became the newest member of the Fieldbus Foundation. Within the Foundation's Remote Operations Management subcommittee, Moxa will collaborate with key sponsors including Petrobras, Reliance, and Saudi Aramco on the specification of new technology and protocols for process automation.  Full Story...

Glasgow-based high capacity wet gas test facility 28/10/2014
NEL has created the UK’s only independent commercial test facility that can test meters to such high flow rates for wet gas conditions, and which is also capable of using oil and water components simultaneously. Full Story...

Nurturing innovation and entrepreneurs 21/10/2014
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. Full Story...

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.  Full Story...

Industrial cyber security: An idea whose time has come? 30/09/2014
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. Full Story...

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...



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