Industry News for Factory and Process Automation 

December 16, 2014

ABB and Hitachi form joint venture

ABB and Hitachi will form a joint venture for high voltage direct current (HVDC) system solutions in Japan.

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December 16, 2014

Logic Supply computer certified for thin clients

ML210G-10-TR is certified as ThinManager-Ready by thin client management software provider ACP.

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Gems Introduces sensor catalog  App
December 16, 2014

Gems Introduces sensor catalog App

The mobile application features the same look, feel and navigation as the standard catalog of of liquid level, flow and pressure sensors, indicators, transmitters, receivers, etc.

HCC Embedded opens office in Austin, Texas
December 16, 2014

HCC Embedded opens office in Austin, Texas

Jim Yastic was hired to run U.S. operations.

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December 15, 2014

Eplan expands support

With fee-based High Value Support, Eplan offers full support worldwide.

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December 15, 2014

MCAA tells OSHA what to do

MCAA’s chairman Todd Lucey of Endress + Hauser told OSHA that it should adopt a plan to use private sector accreditors to perform application reviews and on-site assessments.

December 15, 2014

MCAA Announces Board Members and Officers

Bob Carrell was elected Chairman and Joe Incontri will serve as Vice-Chairman. Peter G. Martin and Stan Ronna were elected to Director-at-Large positions on the MCAA Board.

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Updated Sercos Product Guide available
December 15, 2014

Updated Sercos Product Guide available

The guide lists 130 providers of nearly 300 Sercos-enabled products and serves as a guide for all mechanical engineers, systems integrators and control unit manufacturers who use the high-performance Sercos automation bus.

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December 15, 2014

Express Logic ThreadX RTOS earns UL safety certification

ThreadX RTOS has been recognized by UL for compliance with UL 60730-1 Annex H, CSA E60730-1 Annex H, IEC 60730-1 Annex H, UL 60335-1 Annex R, IEC 60335-1 Annex R, and UL 1998 safety standards for software in programmable components.

Reshoring efforts are slowing down
December 15, 2014

Reshoring efforts are slowing down

A.T. Kearney says reshoring is down 20%. Outsourcing is outpacing reshoring. Un-outstanding news!

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HIMA Named ‘Qualified Vendor’ with Venezuela National Oil Company
December 12, 2014

HIMA Named ‘Qualified Vendor’ with Venezuela National Oil Company

Qualification makes HIMA eligible to compete for PDVSA projects

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U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Up 9.7% in October
December 11, 2014

U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Up 9.7% in October

October U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $193.6 million, up 9.7% from September’s total and up 3.3% from October 2013.

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December 11, 2014

ABB updates remote diagnostic services for GMDs

Enhancements include GMDbeat for online troubleshooting and GMDfit, which provides online condition monitoring, predictive analytics and periodic health checks on gearless mill drives.

Cressall opens research and development (R&D) department
December 11, 2014

Cressall opens research and development (R&D) department

Cressall’s test facility provides it with the means to carry out impulse tests of up to 400,000 Volts in order to prove designs and test resistor prototypes.

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December 11, 2014

Cost and Efficiency Make Electric Drives Indispensable in Europe

The ability to provide higher energy efficiency and precise motion control are fuelling the uptake of electric drives in European discrete industries.

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JOT Automation appoints Petri Halonen CEO
December 11, 2014

JOT Automation appoints Petri Halonen CEO

Halonen previously was CEO of Oulu ICT Oy and CEO of Kuusakoski Oy.

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December 11, 2014

North American Machine Vision Market In Midst of Record Year

This is the best nine month start by the North American machine vision market since AIA began tracking quarterly statistics in 2009.

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December 11, 2014

HMS delivers 3,000,000th Anybus module to Bosch Rexroth

Bosch Rexroth uses Anybus modules mainly to connect welding and tightening controllers to the various control systems used in automation technology.

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 Interview with PULS President – Mr. Bernhard Erdl.
December 11, 2014

Interview with PULS President – Mr. Bernhard Erdl.

By Stephen Las Marias.
PULS president Bernhard Erdl talks to CE Asia about the company’s latest product launches; the PIANO series and CPS10 DIN-Rail mount power supplies.

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December 10, 2014

Belden to Acquire Tripwire

Tripwire is a global provider of advanced threat, security and compliance solutions.