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FDI moves a step closer (21/04/2015)
Article image Suzanne Gill reports on recent advances with the FDI specification, which aims to harmonise EDDL languages.
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Sercos set for growth (21/04/2015)
With five million real-time nodes installed world-wide, Sercos (Serial real-time communication system) has reached a further milestone in its over 25 years’ history.  
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Hermes 2015 award winner (14/04/2015)
Article image This year’s HERMES AWARD was presented to Wittenstein AG at the Hannover Messe this week. 
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High-frequency drive legislation – do you comply? 31/03/2015
New legislation covering the export of high frequency (HF) drives needs to be considered by machine builders and system integrators.  Full Story...

Membership surge for Sercos International 24/03/2015
Sercos International, supplier of the Sercos automation bus, has recorded a growth in membership of approximately 30% in 2014. Full Story...

Industrial communication with PROFINET book published 24/03/2015
A new edition of the book Industrial communication with PROFINET has been published by PI, the global industrial communications organization taking in the latest version of the PROFINET Standard V 2.3. Full Story...

Online industrial support line extended 17/03/2015
Siemens will be introducing its extended Industry Online Support at Hannover Messe this year. With around 1.8 million visits every month, this is one of the most frequently used Internet services offered by the company. Full Story...

Control Engineering Europe Calibration survey – Win $50 06/03/2015
Calibration has a vital role to play in helping enterprises meet many of their important goals - increasing plant productivity, reducing downtime and ensuring compliance, for example. Full Story...

Integrated safety technology gains UL certification 24/02/2015
B&R's portfolio of products, which feature integrated safety technology, has now gained UL certification which confirms that they comply with IEC 61508, IEC 62061 and ISO 13849. Full Story...

Control system service and support agreement with Sasol 24/02/2015
Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) has announced a five-year agreement to provide comprehensive services and support for the control systems of the world’s largest coal-to-liquids (CTL) plant through its new Assurance 360 Services program. Full Story...

Yokogawa and Cisco deliver cyber security solutions for Shell 17/02/2015
Yokogawa Electric Corporation has announced a collaboration with Cisco Systems to deliver Shell’s SecurePlant initiative.  Full Story...

Are we on the cusp of a 3D printing revolution? 10/02/2015
At the 2014 IHS Industrial Automation Conference, Alex Chausovsky, senior principal analyst, Industrial Automation at IHS, focused on developments in 3D printing, which many believe will be integral to the success of Industry 4.0. Suzanne Gill reports. Full Story...

Raising awareness about business support is vital for SMEs 06/02/2015
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has called on the UK Government to do more to build awareness of schemes to support manufacturing among small and medium enterprises (SMEs).  Full Story...

Ethernet components market continues to expand 03/02/2015
The world market for industrial Ethernet infrastructure components was estimated to be worth nearly $1.38 billion in 2013 and grew by 7.1% to reach $1.48 billion in 2014, according to a report from IHS.  Full Story...

Machinery safety system integrator programme 03/02/2015
Rockwell Automation has created the Machinery Safety System Integrator program to help manufacturers identify best-in-class safety system integrators – with current safety standards expertise, a proven track record in building safety systems, and knowledge of productivity-enhancing safety technologies. Full Story...

Multiple end-use industries help rejuvenate PLC market 27/01/2015
The global PLC market saw a slow down in growth in 2012 due to the uncertain economic scenario in the developed world, most notably in the USA and Europe. However, 2013 saw more positive growth across all regions. In particular, emerging regions such as Asia-Pacific are displaying uptrends due to increased activity in the construction, water and wastewater, and power industries. Full Story...

Vacon becomes part of the Danfoss Group 12/01/2015
The global AC drives manufacturer Vacon has now become part of the Danfoss Group, following Danfoss acquiring over 90% of Vacon shares and voting rights in the company. Full Story...

ODVA expands conformance testing services for CIP Safety in Germany 06/01/2015
The Open DeviceNet Vendors Association (ODVA) has announced the authorisation of two test service providers to conduct ODVA conformance testing services for CIP Safety in Germany. Full Story...

Emerson expands its gas analysis portfolio through acquisition 06/01/2015
Emerson has recently acquired Scotland-based Cascade Technologies, a manufacturer of gas analysers and monitoring systems using Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) technology which measures multiple gases simultaneously. Full Story...

Updated Sercos product guide 16/12/2014
Sercos International, supplier of the Sercos automation bus, has introduced an up-dated English edition of its product guide. Full Story...

Molex becomes a CC-Link Partner Association board member 09/12/2014
Molex has been appointed as a board member of the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) the worldwide body that develops and promotes the CC-Link and CC-Link IE open automation networks. Full Story...

Touchless sensing technology: the next HMI paradigm 02/12/2014
According to Frost & Sullivan, touchless sensing technology is set to transform industries ranging from consumer electronics to gaming. Full Story...

Moving from IT-powered automation to Industry 4.0 20/11/2014
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.  Full Story...



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