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Eaton Unveils Highest Performing Modular Surge Protection Device for Complete Process Reliability (12/09/2017)
Power management company Eaton delivers higher levels of surge protection with the launch of a modular device range designed for easy installation, commissioning and replacement.
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Vendors need to expand their smart handheld optical scanner portfolios (06/08/2017)
A growing interest in industrial automation and enhanced quality inspection are driving the adoption of smart handheld metrology devices, with flexibility and versatility boosting demand, according to a Frost & Sullivan report – Global Market for Smart Handheld Metrology Devices, Forecast to 2023.
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Choosing an Industry 4.0 networking solution (06/08/2017)
Article image A recent whitepaper looks at the key requirements for Industry 4.0 success and proposes CC-Link IE as an Industry 4.0-ready Industrial Ethernet networking solution.
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Aventics named ‘Factory of the Year’ in Hungary 31/07/2017
The Aventics factory in Eger, Hungary is one of the top-rated companies in Hungary, having won awards for Best Management Process, Best Production Support, and Most Energy-Efficient Factory. It also received the Factory of the Year award. Full Story...

PLCopen Safe Motion: first specification released 31/07/2017
The PLCopen Safe Motion version 1.0  specification  can now be downloaded from the PLCopen website. Full Story...

Rewarding innovation in the food processing sector 23/07/2017
The UK’s leading food and beverage engineering industry event is set to take place on 19th October this year at the Manufacturing Technology Centre, Ansty Park in Coventry in the UK. The event has a new web site to provide up to the minute news and information relating to the event, the programme and the Food Processing Awards 2017 which take place in the evening.  Full Story...

OPC UA Companion Standard for Sercos released 23/07/2017
The OPC Foundation and Sercos International have announced that the Sercos OPC UA Companion Specification Release is now available.  Full Story...

ABB wins order to support integration of offshore wind energy 23/07/2017
ABB has won a $30 million order from ScottishPower Renewables to supply two SVC Light Static Compensators (STATCOMs) to smooth out the voltage fluctuations that are an inherent feature of intermittent wind energy.  Full Story...

Servelec Controls becomes a systems integration partner for HIMA safety solutions 17/07/2017
Servelec Controls is now an approved systems integration partner for HIMA’s safety-related automation solutions. Full Story...

Food Processing Awards 2017 – Last chance to nominate 17/07/2017
The annual Food Processing Awards are designed to acknowledge and recognise companies for their excellence and innovation in the UK food and beverage engineering sector. Nominations are now being sought for the 2017 Awards.  Full Story...

B&R has become ABB's global center for machine and factory automation 10/07/2017
Following approval by EU competition authorities, the acquisition of B&R by ABB became legally effective on July 6, 2017. B&R will operate as an independent business unit within the ABB Group's Industrial Automation division. Full Story...

Siemens Mechanical Drives Unit to become Flender GmbH 03/07/2017
With effect from 1st  October 2017, the Siemens Mechanical Drives unit (MD) will be operating in the market as Flender GmbH, a Siemens Company. Branches will also take on the new name worldwide. This move follows an earlier announcement that the unit would be run as a stand-alone company under the Siemens umbrella. Full Story...

New format for vision technology forum 26/06/2017
This year Stemmer Imaging’s Machine Vision Technology Forum will have a new two-day format. Taking place on 15th and 16th November 2017 at the Silverstone Wing Exhibition and Conference Centre, the event now features a complete day dedicated to hands-on training. The second day will include a technical seminar program, live product demonstrations and a new ‘Integrator Zone’ with real-world application examples. Full Story...

Appetite for Engineering 2017: The countdown starts now 20/06/2017
To both inspire and educate engineers working across the food and beverage sector about the benefits of automation technologies, this year's Appetite for Engineering event will be taking place at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) at Ansty Park in Coventry on 19th October. Suzanne Gill reports.  Full Story...

Are you vulnerable to attack? 20/06/2017
According to Derek Burton too many of industrial systems remain unnecessarily vulnerable to cyber attacks. Full Story...

Mobile Apps are transforming the factory environment 20/06/2017
According to Frost & Sullivan, the factory environment is set to witness a massive transformation with the advent of Industrial mobile applications (apps). Coupled with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT), industrial mobile apps will create new business models and revenue streams aimed at enhancing connectivity, control, convergence and customer satisfaction, plus increase overall plant productivity, responsiveness, supply chain logistics and employee relations. Full Story...

Research shows that video in data collection is increasing 08/06/2017
A recent survey, conducted by HBM, shows that video use is accelerating in data collection. Almost half of the respondents (47%) already use video in data recording today, while 54% of the respondents expect video use within their organisation to increase in the next year. Full Story...

Sensor + Test exhibition: visitor numbers 05/06/2017
The organisers of the SENSOR+TEST 2017 Measurement Fair in Nuremberg have released visitor numbers to the show. A total of 8,100 technology professionals attended the sensor, measuring, and testing technology exhibition this year. Full Story...

Industry 4.0 report separates UK ambition from reality 05/06/2017
A report from KPMG says that while many manufacturers are working towards creating the ‘factory of the future’ or digital enterprise, few have worked out how to apply those capabilities across all corners of their operations. Most are still experimenting with discrete pilots or trialling solutions. Full Story...

New Whitepaper: Smoothing out interoperability issues in smart factories 01/06/2017
A new whitepaper from Moxa takes a closer look at the challenges facing systems integrators with OT-to-OT, OT-to-IT, and OT-to-IIoT interoperability. It also highlights the solutions available to ensure nonstop connectivity throughout converged networks. Full Story...

IO-Link Safety specification released 30/05/2017
With the recent release and publication of the IO-Link Safety specification by the IO-Link community and its concept assessment approval by the TÜV SÜD, the way looks paved for the implementation of IO-Link Safety enabled systems and devices.  Full Story...

New Whitepaper: Industry 4.0 - Data and control in future manufacturing 24/05/2017
A whitepaper from the CC-Link Partner Association looks at the key requirements for Industry 4.0 success and proposes CC-Link IE as an Industry 4.0-ready Industrial Ethernet networking solution. Full Story...

Emerson completes Mynah Technologies acquisition 22/05/2017
Emerson has completed the purchase of MYNAH Technologies, a long-time alliance partner and provider of dynamic simulation and operator training software. MYNAH’s solutions enable plant engineers and technicians to test and improve process control strategies and train plant operators in offline, real-world scenarios before implementing them in live production. Full Story...



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