Industry News for Factory and Process Automation 

Gems Sensors & Controls publishes Online Catalog
September 17, 2014

Gems Sensors & Controls publishes Online Catalog

Digital catalog covers liquid level, flow and pressure switches, with each model linking to immediate online ordering.

September 17, 2014

Global Motion Control Shipments Grow 6.2% in 2014

Global shipments for motion control products grew to $1.5 billion in the first half of 2014, according to the Motion Control Association (MCA), the industry’s trade group.

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September 17, 2014

IMTS show report

IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014 was the fourth largest IMTS in history and the largest six-day show ever with registration of 114,147 representing 112 countries.

Danfoss to acquire Vacon
September 16, 2014

Danfoss to acquire Vacon

Danfoss A/S will acquire Finland’s Facon Oyj, which would result in the union of two of the ten largest variable frequency drive suppliers globally.

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September 16, 2014

PMMI Purchases Summit Media Group

PMMI now owns Packaging World, Automation World, Healthcare Packaging and Contract Packaging magazines.

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September 16, 2014

ISA100 Wireless Standard Gains IEC Approval

ANSI/ISA-100.11a-2011, "Wireless Systems for Industrial Automation: Process Control and Related Applications," has been unanimously approved by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

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September 15, 2014

Fluke invites student entries in Fluke Connect Contest

Wireless applications and business cases are due by October 10th. The school’s department will win $1,000 worth of Fluke tools, and the Fluke Connect tools used in the contest submission, worth approximately $2,500.

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Belden says Dragonfly Malware Targets Pharmaceuticals
September 15, 2014

Belden says Dragonfly Malware Targets Pharmaceuticals

Research that shows the recently revealed Dragonfly (Havex) malware is likely targeting the pharmaceutical sector, not the energy sector as previously believed.

September 15, 2014

MESA Announces Ten International Board Members

The 22-year-old association is seeing an uptick in participation from professionals and corporations who understand the power of Information Technologies (IT) in manufacturing.

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AutomationDirect Named a STEM Education Awards Finalist
September 12, 2014

AutomationDirect Named a STEM Education Awards Finalist

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) announced that AutomationDirect has been named as a Finalist in the Corporate Outreach category for the 2014 STEM Education Awards.

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September 11, 2014

Fanuc & Rockwell Automation to collaborate

The two companies will collaborate in the CNC and Logix programmable automation controller (Logix PAC) environments.

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September 11, 2014

Adept Technology Opens Robotics Center in Ohio

The facility allows robotics integrators and end users to work with on-site Adept application engineers to prove out manufacturing and materials handling applications.

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September 11, 2014

U.S. Companies to Increase Energy Efficiency Investment in 2015

Three quarters of U.S. companies invested in energy efficiency programs in the past 12 months, and more than half (56 percent) project their investment in energy efficiency next year will be more than last year.

September 11, 2014

Schneider Opens Global R&D Center in Andover, MA

The Boston One Campus will also serve as the company’s new North America headquarters and is built to house approximately 750 employees across all disciplines of Schneider Electric’s business segments.

September 11, 2014

Yokogawa buys Dell OEM PCs

Yokogawa will offer system solutions that use Dell PCs and Yokogawa industrial automation (IA) system-related products.

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September 11, 2014

Autopro Automation Consultants Opens Saudi Arabia Office

Mohammed Safiulla (Safi) has been named Country Manager and will be responsible for automation engineering services in the Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, and Utilities industries.

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U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Down 1.1% in July
September 11, 2014

U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Down 1.1% in July

July U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $170 million, down 1.1% from June’s total but up 1.5% from July 2013.

Mitsubishi Opens UPS Test Facility
September 11, 2014

Mitsubishi Opens UPS Test Facility

The lab in Warrendale, Pennsylvania, will test and demonstrate three-phase online, double-conversion UPS systems and related equipment.

September 10, 2014

PLM market growing

Discrete industry manufacturers’ quest to reduce capital expenditure, shorten lead times, and improve productivity is expected to fuel investments in the global product lifecycle management (PLM) market.

Endress+Hauser inaugurates new  Customer Center
September 10, 2014

Endress+Hauser inaugurates new Customer Center

This 16 million dollar investment in infrastructure helps to optimize customer support and further underscores Endress+Hauser’s commitment to the US market and its loyal customers in the Americas.

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