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Eaton releases W-VACiMB Circuit Breakers for Mining Applications
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Fluke introduces the 28 II Ex intrinsically safe digital multimeter
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HMS adds M12 connectors to Anybus CompactCom modules
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ABB introduces MicroFlex e150 Ethernet servo drives
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AutomationDirect releases Do-more H2 Series PLC
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IMTS 2012 welcomed its 100,000th registrant
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Japans Information-technology Agency Adopts ISASecure
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Fieldbus Foundation Updates HSE Interoperability Test Kit
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HART Communication Protocol Enhanced
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Phoenix Contact announces "PT Wire Retention Strength" video contest
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Chinese slowdown to impact the Low Voltage Generators market
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ABB to automate iron ore mine in Brazil
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Emerson to provide bulk terminal automation systems to Vopak
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AVEVA to supply software to Organika-Sarzyna
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