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Siemens UK & Ireland joins forces with oil & gas specialist (09/02/2016)
Siemens UK & Ireland has formed a strategic partnership with oil and gas control system specialist, EFC Group, in with the aim of delivering innovative and cost-saving solutions for the industry.
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Project aims to digitally design pharmaceutical processes (02/02/2016)
A newly formed collaborative project aims to transform the UK pharmaceutical industry by enabling the manufacturing processes of medicines of the future to be designed digitally.
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Is your network IIoT ready? (26/01/2016)
Article image As the number of connected industrial devices continues to rise, so does the possibility of network disruptions. Control Engineering Europe is hosting a webinar which will discuss solutions that can provide increased plant-level awareness and visibility of your industrial network. The webinar will take place on Wednesday 24th February at 2pm (GMT).
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Lack of skilled labour needs to be addressed 26/01/2016
A recent survey undertaken by Festo Training and Consulting shows that skills shortages within the UK manufacturing and engineering sector have increased over the past three years with the majority of respondents believing that a more committed support programme would help alleviate these skills shortages. Full Story...

Partnership agreement for remote access solutions 19/01/2016
Belden has announced that its Hirschmann Automation and Control business has signed a formal partnership agreement with Secomea A/S, a provider of remote access solutions for the automation and machine industry.  Full Story...

Guidance for exporting machinery to North America 12/01/2016
A new whitepaper from Eaton ‘Exporting electrical equipment for industrial machinery to North America’ offers advice for those exporting machinery or control cabinets to the North American market.  Full Story...

Honeywell completes Elster acquisition 05/01/2016
Honeywell has now completed the acquisition of Elster, a provider of measurement solutions for gas, heating, controls, metering and advanced technology.  Full Story...

Electrical engineering industries work together to drive digitalisation 15/12/2015
FIEEC and ZVEI, the French and German electrical and electronics manufacturers´ industry associations, have agreed to work together more closely to drive Europe’s digitalisation and to set up a strong pan-European movement.  Full Story...

CLPA and PI to cooperate for a transparent network infrastructure 08/12/2015
The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) and PI (PROFIBUS & PROFINET International) are set to more closely collaborate with the aims of promoting and disseminating the use of open industrial networks.  Full Story...

Ethernet/IP set to benefit from cybersecurity specifications 08/12/2015
The Open DeviceNet Vendors Association (ODVA) has announced the imminent publication of a new volume in its specifications specifically dedicated to cyber security. This will provide users with additional tools to secure their industrial control systems using EtherNet/IP by augmenting traditional defense-in-depth techniques with CIP Security. Full Story...

OPC UA and POWERLINK set to provide seamless communication from sensors to the ERP layer 30/11/2015
OPC Foundation and Ethernet Powerlink Standardisation Group (EPSG) have announced that they are set to create a solution to integrate communication from the sensor layer to the ERP layer – without the need for any interfaces. Full Story...

Industry 4.0 training rigs at the Manufacturing Technology Centre 23/11/2015
A modular hydraulic, pneumatic and mechatronic training rig will be installed by Bosch Rexroth in December at the Manufacturing Technology Centre in the UK. It will allow students and lecturers to recreate and model real-world applications. Full Story...

Collaboration aims to show benefits of IIoT 23/11/2015
Rockwell Automation and FANUC are collaborating on several new initiatives to help customers realise productivity gains through the implementation of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Full Story...

Supporting machine vision for success 13/11/2015
Jochem Herrmann, president of the European Machine Vision Association (EMVA), highlights what he believes are the priorities during his presidency and looks at the challenges facing the machine vision industry.  Full Story...

Smartfactory KL set to demonstrate proof of concept of ODVA machine data model 09/11/2015
In a keynote speech given by Prof. Dr.-Ing Detlef Zühlke, executive chairman of SmartFactory KL, at ODVA’s 2015 Industry Conference & 17th Annual Meeting of Members it was announced that the 2016 SmartFactory KL Demonstrator will include a proof of concept implementation of the ODVA machine data model.  The proof of concept will be supported by ODVA principal member Bosch Rexroth. Full Story...

Mitsubishi Electric bolsters business in Norway 27/10/2015
Mitsubishi Electric Europe BV has completed the integration of its former air conditioning distributor MIBA AS, acquired in July. From October 2015, the company will expand beyond air conditioning by promoting other businesses, like Factory Automation, in the Norwegian market. Full Story...

Food Processing Awards 2016: Nominations now open! 20/10/2015
The annual Food Processing Awards will take place on 18 May 2016 at Chesford Grange Hotel, Warwickshire in the UK. Highlighting excellence in the food and drink manufacturing and processing sector, the Food Processing Awards are expanding this year to include brand new categories. Full Story...

EPLAN introduced Certified Engineering Programme 06/10/2015
CAE software company, EPLAN UK, has launched a new training academy which aims to help engineers hone their skills and increase productivity. The focus of the academy is an innovative Certified Engineer Programme that helps users of EPLAN software to become certified engineering experts. Full Story...

Oil and gas still considered an attractive career field 28/09/2015
According to a recent industry-wide poll conducted by Rigzone, the majority of oil and gas professionals would still recommend a career in the oil and gas industry to the next generation, despite recent market challenges associated with low oil prices. Full Story...

Alarm system upgrade 28/09/2015
Safety Instrumentation Systems provider Hima-Sella has received an order for the design, manufacture and installation of an upgrade to a large Norwegian oil and gas refinery’s P1 alarm system. Full Story...

Yokogawa and BP renew global agreement 28/09/2015
BP has renewed an agreement with Yokogawa Electric Corporation for the supply of main automation contractor services (MAC services) to BP’s upstream entities. Full Story...

Schneider Electric joins IIC steering committee 22/09/2015
Schneider Electric has been elected to the steering committee of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), giving the company a more central role alongside companies such as AT&T, Cisco, General Electric, IBM and Intel in developing recommendations for industry specifications and frameworks for industrial IoT technologies.  Full Story...

GlaxoSmithKline announces strategic automation partner 15/09/2015
Siemens and GlaxoSmithKline have entered a global strategic partnership which will see Siemens become a strategic partner of GSK in manufacturing automation and the preferred automation supplier for its production and R&D sites worldwide, including Vaccines. Full Story...



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