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Time-Sensitive Networking: A key technology in automation networks? (28/11/2016)
Article image Belden used the recent SPS/IPC/Drives event to highlight the importance of Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) in future of automation networks. 
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Siemens to bring MindSphere to the Microsoft Azure cloud platform (28/11/2016)
At the SPS/IPC/Drives 2016 event last week Siemens discussed its plans to make its open IoT ecosystem MindSphere available on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform during the course of 2017. 
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NAMUR and ODVA to collaborate to optimise Industrial Ethernet (28/11/2016)
NAMUR and ODVA are collaborating to develop an EtherNet/IP proof-of-concept system for process automation in a bid to advance the adoption of industrial Ethernet in the process industries.
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The importance of being agile 21/11/2016
Representatives from across the food manufacturing supply chain, industry trade bodies and academics, recently got together at a Siemens-hosted roundtable event to debate the issues that agile manufacturing raises for the food and beverage industry. Full Story...

Rockwell and Endress+Hauser open joint test plant 09/11/2016
Rockwell Automation and Endress+Hauser recently opened their first joint test plant in Europe for the validation of new products. Full Story...

Yokogawa commits to the IIoT 09/11/2016
Yokogawa has recently made some significant moves which demonstrate its commitment to the development of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Firstly it has set up a new division – the Architecture Development Division California – to pursue the development of core technologies to facilitate IIoT architectures. Secondly it has acquired a developer of cyber security software for the IIoT. Full Story...

Webinar: Best practice for industrial Ethernet/IIoT deployment 02/11/2016
The arrival of Industrial Ethernet on the plant floor is driving a shift to Industrial Switch architectures. This can present challenges for those who have traditionally been used to designing and deploying Industrial Automation Control Systems. A free to view webinar offers advice on making the transition to Industrial Ethernet architectures. Full Story...

HMS offers its remote management solution under the eWON brand 02/11/2016
The Netbiter Remote Management solution from HMS Industrial Networks is now being offered under the newly acquired brand name eWON.  Full Story...

Pepperl+Fuchs acquires ecom instruments 02/11/2016
Pepperl+Fuchs has acquired ecom instruments GmbH, a manufacturer of mobile industrial devices for hazardous areas, including explosion proof cell phones, 4G smartphones and tablets.  Full Story...

Service robots replacing human workers 17/10/2016
As technology improves and as prices fall, professional service robots are increasingly doing jobs formerly handled by human workers according to the recent IHS Markit report, which found that revenue from professional service robots reached $2.6 billion, with around 20,000 units shipped in 2015. Full Story...

SolutionsPT signs Citect deal 17/10/2016
SolutionsPT has become the UK and Ireland distributor for Schneider Electric’s Citect brand of SCADA and HMI solutions.  Full Story...

Vision system powers award-winning serialisation compliance solution 10/10/2016
A turnkey validated vision system from Olmec-UK is a core component of the ‘SerialTrac’ serialisation solution developed by Domino Printing Sciences which recently won the Most Innovative Processing or Packaging Machine’ award at the 2016 PPMA (Processing and Packaging Machinery Association) awards. Full Story...

Whetting your appetite for knowledge 10/10/2016
The annual Appetite for Engineering event will be taking place this year on 19th October at the Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham. Find out more... Full Story...

New whitepaper: Simplifying design and deployment of IIoT control and monitoring systems 04/10/2016
A new whitepaper from National instruments offers advice on improving 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. Full Story...

Delivering better plant, productivity & people in the UK food & drink manufacturing sector 03/10/2016
Festo is pleased to be involved again with this year’s Appetite for Engineering (A4E) event, the forum for senior engineering leaders in the UK food and drink manufacturing and processing industry. This year’s programme is focused around the need for better plant, productivity and people in our industry – all areas Festo is committed to helping its customers improve through its industrial automation solutions, as well as its training, development and consulting services.  Full Story...

Emerson acquires UK-based Permasense 03/10/2016
Permasense is a provider of non-intrusive corrosion monitoring technologies for the offshore and onshore oil production, refining, chemical, power, pipelines, metals and mining and other industries. Its monitoring systems use sensor technology, wireless data delivery and advanced analytics to continuously monitor for metal loss from corrosion or erosion in pipes, pipelines or vessels, and reliably deliver high-integrity data from even the harshest environments. Full Story...

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).  Full Story...

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. Full Story...

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...



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