Industry News for Factory and Process Automation 

ABB acquires Spirit IT
July 25, 2014

ABB acquires Spirit IT

Spirit IT of Eindhoven, Netherlands, makes high-performance liquid flow computers, SCADA and custody transfer solutions for use in oil and gas applications.

Deutsche Messe invades Russia
July 25, 2014

Deutsche Messe invades Russia

Hannover Fairs will promote trade fair activities in Russia, particularly in Yekaterinburg.

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July 24, 2014

Lenze adds OPC to its motion control software

EASY Starter software now contains an OPC UA Server, which now makes it possible to access Lenze devices regardless of the type of software used.

July 24, 2014

Emerson signs Control Southern as distributor for Daniel

Control Southern now represents Daniel flow measurement and control products in Georgia, northern Alabama, and Tennessee.

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July 24, 2014

Ocean Data Systems to develop TUS solution for Yokogawa

The Thermal Uniformity Survey (TUS) reporting solution is for Yokogawa recorder models DX, FX, GX and GP.

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July 24, 2014

Fieldbus Foundation and HART to merge

The new organization will continue development, support and promotion of the two existing protocols, and will direct the development, incorporation and implementation of new and overlapping technologies.

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July 24, 2014

Yole says slow military spending killed IR sensor sales

Military market downturn and high price erosion have deeply affected traditional infrared imaging margins for the past few years at both sensor and camera levels says Yole.

Adlink sponsors Cornell University Underwater Vehicle
July 24, 2014

Adlink sponsors Cornell University Underwater Vehicle

The CUAUV team, made up of 43 students from three of Cornell’s colleges, spends more than 20,000 person-hours per year designing its vehicle and has won the annual RoboSub competition four out of the last five years.

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July 24, 2014

RST offers free on-line pressure equalisation calculator for enclosures

A user enters the enclosure volume, the start and end temperatures, the process time and the operating pressure differential, and the calculator shows how many components should be installed under the defined conditions.

Scott Saunders Named CEO of Moore Industries
July 24, 2014

Scott Saunders Named CEO of Moore Industries

Saunders reports to Leonard W. Moore, who remains Chairman of the Board of Directors of the company he founded in 1968.

Rotork  acquires Rotork Midland
July 24, 2014

Rotork acquires Rotork Midland

Rotork Midland, which has been designing and manufacturing stainless steel control equipment for the oil and gas industries for over 60 years, is now part of the Rotork Instruments division.

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Datalogic opens factory in São Paulo, Brazil
July 24, 2014

Datalogic opens factory in São Paulo, Brazil

Located in the city of Jundiai, in the state of São Paulo, the plant has been configured for the assembly of Automatic Data Capture product lines.

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July 24, 2014

Measurement Specialties Opens factory in Chengdu, China

The 130,000 square foot facility is expected to grow from 550 employees currently to 2,000 employees within the next 5 years.

EPLAN establishes three subsidiaries
July 23, 2014

EPLAN establishes three subsidiaries

Subsidiaries have been founded in Japan and South Africa, with Turkey coming soon.

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July 23, 2014

Adept Appoints Klaus Kluger Managing Director for Europe

Prior to joining Adept, Dr. Kluger held several positions at Emerson, including managing director at Emerson Network Power; general manager for Switzerland and Austria at Emerson Process Management; and director Instruments Division for Emerson Process Management.

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July 23, 2014

ABB records orders of $10.6 billion in Q2

But ABB had a lower operational EBITDA margin because of ongoing project-related challenges in the Power Systems (PS) division.

Eaton Releases Updated Electrical Protection Handbook
July 23, 2014

Eaton Releases Updated Electrical Protection Handbook

The book has been published for more than 50 years and covers the selection and application of overcurrent protective devices, including code, standard and regulatory compliance.

Hexagon Acquires Vero Software
July 22, 2014

Hexagon Acquires Vero Software

Vero Software is a UK-based software company that supplies Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software for machine tools.

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July 22, 2014

Aptean announces free MES Calculator

The on-line calculator illustrates the typical savings manufacturers can achieve by using an out of the box manufacturing execution system (MES).

July 22, 2014

IOActive adds two Industrial Security experts

Bradford Hegrat joined the company as industrial services director, and Jason Larsen joined the company as a principal security consultant. Hegrat is from Rockwell Automation and Larsen is from Idaho National Labs.