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NEMA publishes NEMA ABP 1-2016 Selective Coordination of Low-Voltage Circuit Breakers
July 28, 2016

NEMA publishes NEMA ABP 1-2016 Selective Coordination of Low-Voltage Circuit Breakers

The purpose of this paper is to provide guidance to engineers regarding the National Electrical Code (NEC) requirements for selective coordination.

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July 28, 2016

Fives announces launch of Liné Machines Robotics

The robotics options will complement the traditional, large machine tool solutions already being provided to the aerospace, rail and heavy equipment industries.

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Automation Federation welcomes SANS Institute as its seventh working group
July 27, 2016

Automation Federation welcomes SANS Institute as its seventh working group

In adding SANS as one of its working groups, the Automation Federation takes a step forward in broadening awareness around the need to integrate both operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) perspectives and expertise in safeguarding IACS from cyberattack.

Allied announces Rebecca Weiser and Mary Edmonds as new directors
July 27, 2016

Allied announces Rebecca Weiser and Mary Edmonds as new directors

Weiser joins Allied as Product Director in Product Management for the Interconnect, Passives and Electromechanical category of industrial automation products. Edmonds was promoted to Director of Web Development in Marketing for eCommerce.

July 27, 2016

TrendMiner announces $1.1 Million funding from The Innovation Fund

This is a symbolic investment after the Fund’s recent series A funding to TrendMiner of $6 million in December 2015. The investment group supports promising companies identified as creating exceptional value to the chemical industry.

Accraplay announces acquisition of Harland Machine Systems
July 27, 2016

Accraplay announces acquisition of Harland Machine Systems

Accraply is a provider of a range of labeling and shrink sleeve application and converting equipment and services. Harland specializes in the design and manufacture of a range of self-adhesive (pressure-sensitive) labeling machinery.

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The past, present and future of smart factories
July 27, 2016

The past, present and future of smart factories

Technavio recently published a report detailing the top three emerging trends impacting the Global RTLS Market for industrial applications to 2020, and found that Ubisense is behind smart factories for many of the globes’ leading manufacturers.

ams announces acquisition of MAZeT vision sensing company
July 27, 2016

ams announces acquisition of MAZeT vision sensing company

The strategic acquisition extends ams’ market leadership in advanced optical sensors and strengthens ams’ position in emerging optical sensing applications.

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Eclipse Automation joins newly formed Smart Automation Group
July 27, 2016

Eclipse Automation joins newly formed Smart Automation Group

This partnership – which includes Eclipse Automation, Insys Industriesysteme AG, Transmoduls Ltd, SMZ Wickel-und Montagetechnik AG, JULI Technology, and ITE Automation – is forming to share best practices and industry IP to provide customers with automation solutions

BACnet Interest Group Europe releases updated BACnet Standard ASHRAE 135-2016
July 27, 2016

BACnet Interest Group Europe releases updated BACnet Standard ASHRAE 135-2016

Among the most important developments, included in 400 additional pages, are BACnet’s support for IPv6 networks and RESTful Web Services, a further step toward equipping the BACnet protocol for future developments in information technology.

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IFR Report: China seeking to join the Top 10 robotics nations by 2020
July 27, 2016

IFR Report: China seeking to join the Top 10 robotics nations by 2020

With a robot density of 36 units, China is currently ranked 28th in the world. So says the World Robot Statistics, issued by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR).

EU Automation releases guide to smart technology
July 27, 2016

EU Automation releases guide to smart technology

EU Automation's one page guide provides an insight into the smart technologies lighting the way to a more energy efficient future. The resource is designed for anyone with an active interest in the automation industry.

AAES receives top ASAE Honors for its Engineering Competency Model
July 27, 2016

AAES receives top ASAE Honors for its Engineering Competency Model

Funded by a grant from the United Engineering Foundation, the model was developed by AAES in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and AAES subject matter experts from education, industry, and private practice.

Allied Electronics announces expansion into South America
July 25, 2016

Allied Electronics announces expansion into South America

The Santiago-based Allied Chile office is the first in South America. Allied Electronics will continue to expand in this region in the next 12 to 18 months.

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ISA publishes second edition Industrial Automation and Control System Security Principles
July 21, 2016

ISA publishes second edition Industrial Automation and Control System Security Principles

The title of the second edition—Industrial Automation and Control System Security Principles: Protecting the Critical Infrastructure—was expanded and updated to reflect the latest advances in industrial automation and control system (IACS) security.

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HCC Embedded announces acquisition of InterNiche Technologies
July 21, 2016

HCC Embedded announces acquisition of InterNiche Technologies

HCC provides data storage and communications software solutions that keep IoT data secure, encrypted, reliable, and fast. InterNiche is known for its Internet protocol software and networking expertise, specifically targeting connected device implementations.

Baumer announces new German facility to open in 2017
July 21, 2016

Baumer announces new German facility to open in 2017

In addition to a central logistics center for Europe, a high-tech center for research & development and production is being built. The investment volume is approximately EUR 30 million.

July 21, 2016

Electronic Technicians Association announces winners of Telecommunications Cabling Championship

Unique to SkillsUSA, the Telecommunications Cabling Championship utilizes many of the competencies and hands-on skills that make up ETA International’s Data Cabling Installer (DCI) and Customer Service Specialist (CSS) certifications.

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EXAIR releases Catalog 30 technical guide
July 20, 2016

EXAIR releases Catalog 30 technical guide

The full color technical guide offers solutions to common industrial conveying, cooling, cleaning, blowoff, drying, coating and static electricity problems.

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FANUC America announces Mike Cicco as President and CEO
July 20, 2016

FANUC America announces Mike Cicco as President and CEO

Cicco joined FANUC in 1999 and has held a variety of management positions. As President and CEO, Cicco will have responsibility for all of the company’s operations in North and South America.