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Cloud-Based MES: The effort to empower small manufacturers
February 20, 2017

Cloud-Based MES: The effort to empower small manufacturers

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
In this day and age, it can sometimes seem like the small manufacturer is getting buried underneath the bigger entities in the industry. Yet, many of today’s advances, like the cloud-based MES, are making it possible for small and medium size manufacturers to improve their operation

ISA Director: Oil & Gas facilities must take action now to protect against cyberattack
February 20, 2017

ISA Director: Oil & Gas facilities must take action now to protect against cyberattack

Patrick J. Gouhin, speaking at a Bloomberg LIVE conference in Houston, Texas on the future of cybersecurity in the US oil and gas sector, urged energy executives to take action now to protect their facilities and operations from cyberattack.

The Cloud Holds the Answer to Business Optimization
February 20, 2017

The Cloud Holds the Answer to Business Optimization

By Mark Humphlett, Infor
The total output of U.S. manufacturing has increased by more than 250% in the past 25 years, and this growth is expected to continue. In this environment, manufacturers must be proactive about simplifying complex supply chains, or risk falling behind their competitors.

Fluke announces Fluke 1732 and 1734 three-phase energy loggers
February 20, 2017

Fluke announces Fluke 1732 and 1734 three-phase energy loggers

These loggers capture key measurements — voltage, current, power, power factor, and other variables like temperature — to enable managers to understand their energy usage and correlate it to their activities.

Enhanced productivity to be on display at the 2017 HANNOVER MESSE
February 20, 2017

Enhanced productivity to be on display at the 2017 HANNOVER MESSE

What happens when a machine fails or a customer changes its order? Production has to be re-configured, which is time-consuming and expensive. What if there was a better way?

BEI Kimco releases LA05-05 and LA15-16 models of actuators
February 20, 2017

BEI Kimco releases LA05-05 and LA15-16 models of actuators

BEI Kimco’s low out-gassing VCAs are suitable for a wide variety of demanding OEM environmental conditions such as semiconductor, military, aerospace, microelectronics, test and measurement, and industrial manufacturing applications.

Control Station announces technology partnership with OSIsoft
February 20, 2017

Control Station announces technology partnership with OSIsoft

Control Station is one of a select group of software technology companies to join OSIsoft’s Partner EcoSphere. The Partner EcoSphere engages technology and service firms in the creation of value through real-time data collection and analytics.

Comark announces EDT1700 EnduraTouch II series of industrial computer
February 20, 2017

Comark announces EDT1700 EnduraTouch II series of industrial computer

The EDT1700 is a fit for applications such as total wash-down spray areas, areas requiring resistance to bacteria, sanitation areas, high temperature areas, or in wet, dirty or corrosive environments.

Siemens announces collaboration in 'Road to Digital Production' research project
February 20, 2017

Siemens announces collaboration in 'Road to Digital Production' research project

The declared aim of the 26-month project is to advance the development of products and technologies enabling the implementation of digital industrial production.

Otto Motors to supply self-driving vehichles for Mississippi Toyota plant
February 20, 2017

Otto Motors to supply self-driving vehichles for Mississippi Toyota plant

The OTTO self-driving vehicle will be used to sequentially load and deliver tires lineside. The solution will integrate with additional appliances for automatic unstacking onto conveyors. Tires will then move to team members on the line for final assembly.

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Improving Worker Safety with Automatic Tank Gauging
February 17, 2017

Improving Worker Safety with Automatic Tank Gauging

By Christoffer Widahl, Emerson Automation Solutions
Manual tank gauging at oil and gas extraction sites is a dangerous and potentially fatal operation. The new API MPMS 18.2 standard, which allows automatic tank gauging to be used for custody transfer on production tanks, will help to prevent injuries.

CAMI Research releases CB52 interface board for CableEye testing system
February 17, 2017

CAMI Research releases CB52 interface board for CableEye testing system

The CB52 is intended for periodic calibration verification of the Kelvin 4-wire resistance measurement module

InfinityQS Report: Enterprise visibility is the first step to Industry 4.0
February 17, 2017

InfinityQS Report: Enterprise visibility is the first step to Industry 4.0

InfinityQS found in its recent survey of 260 manufacturers that 75% of respondents are still manually collecting data. 47% of those rely on pencil and paper.

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence announces RS4 Scanner for ROMER Absolute Arms
February 17, 2017

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence announces RS4 Scanner for ROMER Absolute Arms

The ROMER Absolute Arm SI with the RS4 scanner is ideally suited for point-cloud inspection, product benchmarking, reverse engineering, rapid prototyping, virtual assembly and CNC milling.

Wibu-Systems' CodeMeter used by Fritz Stephan to secure medical devices
February 17, 2017

Wibu-Systems' CodeMeter used by Fritz Stephan to secure medical devices

CodeMeter protects the company’s intellectual property against counterfeiting and reverse engineering, safeguards its EVE devices from tampering, and enables a convenient, online licensing system for its customers.

Ubiqconn introduces uCOM-AL6C communications module
February 17, 2017

Ubiqconn introduces uCOM-AL6C communications module

uCOM-AL6C is designed to fit the demanding requirements in Embedded IoT, smart factory, smart edge gateway and other Industrial 4.0 related applications which design of power and space is critical.

Siemens announces launch of Lifelong Educational Advantage Program
February 17, 2017

Siemens announces launch of Lifelong Educational Advantage Program

The effort is designed to give high school and technical school graduates a basic-to-advanced machine tool knowledge that will benefit them in future careers as CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machinists.

Emerson introduces SDU AC series of 120VAC and 230 VAC UPS
February 16, 2017

Emerson introduces SDU AC series of 120VAC and 230 VAC UPS

Emerson is targeting the UPS at industries that rely heavily upon robotics, factory automation, PLCs, conveying equipment, CNC machinery, and throughout the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) environment.

HIMA announces framework agreement with Pepperl+Fuchs
February 16, 2017

HIMA announces framework agreement with Pepperl+Fuchs

The agreement comprises the jointly developed H-system termination boards and associated modules from Pepperl+Fuchs, which are connected through pre-assembled system cables to the connector boards of the HIMax family.

System Electronics introduces Multigecko Special automated packaging system
February 16, 2017

System Electronics introduces Multigecko Special automated packaging system

The System packaging process is a system designed also for those needing to pack special parts, and small to medium sized components, such as strips, hexagons, ribbed tiles and skirting panels.