Industry News for Factory and Process Automation 

September 30, 2014

IPSO Alliance Publishes Smart Objects Guideline

The Smart Objects Starter Pack (SOSP) 1.0 provides a basis for interoperability across devices connected to the IoT through an open common object model.

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September 30, 2014

Exor obtains ATEX and UL Certification for HMIs

The eTOP Series 500 Glass HMI has ATEX and UL Class I. Div 2 Hazardous location approvals for use in Oil, Gas and harsh environments.

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September 30, 2014

Schneider Electric upgrades Operations Management Software Portfolio

Schneider Electric software now includes products from newly acquired Avantis, SimSci and Wonderware.

Omron opens new Headquarters near Chicago
September 30, 2014

Omron opens new Headquarters near Chicago

Omron designed the facility to give customers access to engineering and technical resources in one centralized location.

September 30, 2014

Industrial robots sales to increase

More than 200,000 industrial robots will be installed in 2014 worldwide, 15% more than in 2013.

September 30, 2014

Service Robot market growing

For the period of 2014 to 2017, sales forecasts indicate an increase to about 134,500 units with an estimated value of US$ 18.9 billion.

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Schneider Electric to Acquire InStep Software
September 30, 2014

Schneider Electric to Acquire InStep Software

InStep Software is a provider of real-time performance management and predictive asset analytics software and solutions.

GE introduces Roots InSite Support service program
September 29, 2014

GE introduces Roots InSite Support service program

This service program supports GE’s Roots blowers, compressors and controls customers.

September 29, 2014

NEMA Publishes Adjustable-Speed Drives guide

NEMA ICS 7 provides practical information concerning ratings, construction, test, performance, and manufacture of industrial control equipment—adjustable speed drives.

September 29, 2014

ITTIA announces DB Sync database software for Android apps

DB Sync uses a back-end RDBMS, such as Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle Database, to store device data in existing tables and download updates specific to each device.

September 26, 2014

Flowserve Attains NSF 61-G Certification for Potable Water Pumps

This certification, including Annex G for low-lead content water products, puts these pumps in full compliance with the U.S. Safe Drinking Water Act.

Beckhoff Automation hosts EtherCAT Plug Fest
September 25, 2014

Beckhoff Automation hosts EtherCAT Plug Fest

For a period of two days, participants subjected their EtherCAT masters and slaves to rigorous interoperability testing, discussed open questions, and prepared the devices for future marketing.

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Bachmann relocates to Boston
September 25, 2014

Bachmann relocates to Boston

Bachmann moved from Grayslake, Illinois, near Chicago, to Boston.

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TMEIC to manufacture Drives and Inverters in Houston, Texas
September 25, 2014

TMEIC to manufacture Drives and Inverters in Houston, Texas

Fabrication of PV inverters will commence in the Fall of 2014, followed by MV drives in the Spring of 2015 at the Houston, Texas based facility.

September 25, 2014

ISA responds to cybersecurity workforce development report

ISA responded to a report from the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy that calls for a unified US national strategy to address the serious workforce development needs presented by the multi-dimensional threats of cyber attacks.

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September 24, 2014

Will Siemens’ Acquisition of Dresser-Rand Change the Landscape?

Siemens’ announcement that it will purchase gas compressor and turbine supplier Dresser-Rand makes it well-poised to stake its claim as a heavyweight rival to GE.

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Industrial Cybersecurity market immature
September 24, 2014

Industrial Cybersecurity market immature

In contrast to other industrial automation markets, no one vendor dominates; and those with the highest market share typically specialize in a particular region, industry sector or technology. A shakeout may be coming.

September 24, 2014

InTech Plus app wins 2014 American Graphic Design Award

Graphic Design USA has awarded ISA a Certificate of Excellence award in its 2014 American Graphic Design Awards competition for the online design of InTech Plus.

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September 24, 2014

Clearfield Earns Telcordia Certification for Fiber Termination

The fiber termination process used to manufacture fiber jumper assemblies has been certified compliant to the Telcordia GR-326-Core requirements.

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September 23, 2014

Wireless Stokes Demand for RF Electronic Test Equipment

As the link between cloud networks and devices (mobile phones, tablets, notebooks) results in more complex devices under test (DUT), the need for radio frequency test equipment will only intensify.