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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.
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Training tackles memory distortion to improve process safety (23/08/2016)
Hindsight bias – when the outcome of an incident is known before examining the decisions leading up to it – is a common phenomenon that is preventing engineers from learning valuable lessons about process safety. A new training offer, from the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Safety Centre, is designed to tackle this problem. 
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Specialist technologies now making Industry 4.0 a practical reality (23/08/2016)
The opportunity for manufacturing companies to harness the power of the Internet of Things and move towards Industry 4.0 is now becoming more of a practical reality, according to Bosch Rexroth.
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Total agrees ten-year service solution for upstream control and safety systems 16/08/2016
Total Exploration and Production Services has selected Emerson to provide control and safety system maintenance services that will support its upstream oil and gas operations around the World. Full Story...

Simplified planning for an IoT information enabled manufacturing environment 16/08/2016
A free to download white paper from Panduit discusses the importance of the network fabric in today’s information-enabled manufacturing environments. It outlines the steps that proactive manufacturers can take to capture its full value for years to come and describes a four-stage methodology for improving an existing network to a higher maturity level. Full Story...

Shape-changing metamaterial 08/08/2016
Engineers from the University of Bristol have developed a shape-changing metamaterial using Kirigami – the ancient Japanese art of cutting and folding paper to obtain 3D shapes. Full Story...

The IO-Link success story continues 01/08/2016
After a surprisingly high number of installed IO-Link nodes was reported in the market survey of the technologies of PI (PROFIBUS & PROFINET International) in 2014, its rate of increase in the 2015 survey has again been impressive.  Full Story...

OPC-UA embedded into Festo valve terminals 01/08/2016
Festo has embedded OPC Unified Architecture (OPC-UA) into its valve terminals, enabling plant managers and engineers to realise the benefits of smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0 principles. Full Story...

Simplifying robots for the UK manufacturing sector 25/07/2016
ABB Robotics has introduced Connected Services, which are described as a suite of resources created to enable UK manufacturers to maximise robot uptime through fast data access and problem resolution.  Full Story...

Increasing adoption of CC-Link IE and CC-Link adoption 19/07/2016
Over 2,000,000 CC-Link IE and CC-Link devices were installed in industrial automation applications during 2015, bringing the total number of nodes around the world to almost 17,000,000 by the end of the financial year in March 2016. Full Story...

‘Pee power’ charges smartphone 12/07/2016
The Microbial Fuel Cell technology - which is also inside the ‘Pee Power’ urinals developed at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) – is now able to power up and recharge a smartphone. Full Story...

European calibration and repair services company of the year 12/07/2016
Trescal has been awarded the ‘European Calibration and Repair Service Company of the Year’ in Frost & Sullivan’s 2016 Best Practices Awards.  Full Story...

HARTING expands commitment to EPLAN Data Portal 04/07/2016
HARTING is set to extend its commitment to the EPLAN Data Portal, a web service providing a component catalogue, built into the EPLAN Platform e-CAD system. Full Story...

RS Components extends pneumatics offer through agreement with Festo 27/06/2016
Distributor, RS Components is set to integrate Festo pneumatics products into its range to provide industrial customers with a wider choice of brands from the distributor. RS is now a key part of Festo's distribution strategy across Europe. Full Story...

Cable falsely claims BASEC approval 27/06/2016
The Approved Cables Initiative (ACI) has been alerted to a batch of low smoke flex, found with a `BASEC approved’ sticker on its packaging that is not BASEC approved. Full Story...

Endress+Hauser selects cellular gateway for its field instrumentation sensors 20/06/2016
The Connect Sensor cellular gateway from Digi International, a provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) and IoT connectivity products and services, has been selected for use as part of Endress+Hauser's Inventory Management Solutions. Full Story...

Toyota selects EtherCAT 17/06/2016
Toyota Motor Corporation has selected EtherCAT as its Industrial Ethernet technology of choice and will base its new factories around the world on EtherCAT.  Full Story...

Digital tools offer optimal productivity and trouble-free audits 07/06/2016
Schneider Electric has launched a new Software as a Service offer - Eurotherm Online Services (EOS). An integrated online platform and management tool for overseeing calibration records and regulatory status, the service aims to offer an automated, digitised process for easy collection and retrieval of critical process data - from shop floor to top floor.  Full Story...

New whitepaper evaluates technologies for level and flow control 07/06/2016
Different technologies are available for in- or out-feed measurement as well as for inventory control in tanks, silos and vessels. Their suitability depends mainly on material characteristics and accuracy requirements for complying with overall process tolerances. Mettler Toledo has recently published a new white paper that discusses the advantages and disadvantages of weighing, level-sensors and flowmeters. Full Story...

New Whitepaper: Five key elements for the lloT implementation assessing existing infrastructure and requirements 07/06/2016
Industrial automation exists within a broader technological framework and has benefitted from advances in industrial networking and mobile computing. The combination of these technologies is helping to make the vision of concepts like the “Connected Factory”, “Industry 4.0” and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) a reality. Often however, the proliferation of competing concepts can lead to confusion and leave some questioning how to begin practical implementation. Full Story...

Technology deployment course for offshore engineers 31/05/2016
The Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) has launched a new course enabling engineers to form a greater understanding of the deployment of new technology within offshore developments. Full Story...

Panduit takes to the road with European Electrical Truck Tour 31/05/2016
Panduit is staging a mobile roadshow across Europe between May and July 2016 which will be hosted onboard a specially designed and equipped truck. Full Story...

Process analyser systems integration service launched by Yokogawa 25/05/2016
Yokogawa Europe has introduced a new service  – Analyser System Integration (ASI) – with the aim of helping project owners to simplify their supply chains by dealing with a single team for all their analytical requirements. Full Story...



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