Industry Web Sites

Our index of other interesting automation, control, or instrumentation related websites and links.  If you would like to add a web site to our industry links page, or if you are interested in a link exchange, please contact Rick Zabel.

 

Organizations

ControlNet - Formed in July of 1997, ControlNet International, an independent organization for users and vendors of ControlNet products, manages the ControlNet Specification and supports worldwide growth of developing test software, providing independent compliance testing, publishing the product catalog, and sponsoring design and implementation training.

 

Foundation Fieldbus - The Fieldbus Foundation is the leading organization dedicated to a single international, interoperable fieldbus standard.

 

ISA - The Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society, a non-profit industry organization.

 

Modbus-IDA - Modbus-IDA is a group of independent users and suppliers of automation devices that seeks to drive the adoption of the Modbus communication protocol suite and the evolution to address architectures for distributed automation systems. At the Modbus-IDA website, you can download the Modbus TCP/IP and Modbus over serial line protocols and implementation guides, learn about companies that supply Modbus products, and participate in our active developers and users discussion forums.

 

OPC Foundation - Organization that manages the OPC (originally OLE for Process Control) standard, created with the collaboration of a number a leading worldwide automation and hardware software suppliers working in cooperation with Microsoft. The standard defines method for exchanging real-time automation data among PC-based clients using Microsoft operating systems. 

 

World Batch Forum - World Batch Forum is a non-profit, professional organization established in 1994 promoting the exchange of information related to the management, operation and automation of batch process manufacturing.

 

Associations

The AS-Interface Expert Alliance - The AS-Interface Expert Alliance consists of a group of UK companies who provide devices, systems and services based on the AS-Interface networking protocol. This is used in industrial production and assembly lines to improve productivity and operating efficiencies in applications ranging from basic conveyors to process control and advanced Functional Safety systems.

 

Association for Facilities Engineering - St. Louis Chapter - A dedicated network for the facility, maintenance, and plant operations professions. Our members advance the field and their careers using the most complete range of technical information, education, best practices, and sharing of common professional experiences.

 

CC-Link Partner Association - CC-Link (Control & Communication Link) is a field network system that processes both control and information data at high speed, to provide efficient, integrated factory and process automation.

 

Control System Integrator Association - The largest organization in North America for independent control system integrators, representing companies responsible for more than $1 billion in industrial automation equipment, including $400 million of hardware and software automation products.

 

EtherCAT Technology Group - In the EtherCAT Technology Group, OEMs, End Users and Technology Providers join forces to support and promote the further development of EtherCAT technology, representing a large variety of industries and vertical market segments. The EtherCAT Technology Group will ensure the simple and cost-efficient integration of EtherCAT interfaces to automation devices and their interoperability.

 

Interbus - The INTERBUS Club is an international association of companies with the joint target to push INTERBUS from a technological point of view, spread it on the worldwide markets and support automation solutions with INTERBUS and complementary technologies like Ethernet.

 

Measurement, Control and Automation Association - Trade association of leading companies who manufacture and distribute process controls, field measurement and analysis instrumentation, systems and software used in industrial process control and factory automation around the world.
 

Open DeviceNet Vendor Association - ODVA is the organization that manages the DeviceNet and EtherNet/IP network technology and standards in addition to promoting their worldwide adoption in industrial automation.

 

PROFIBUS - PROFIBUS International (PI), the parent organization of all Regional PROFIBUS Associations (RPA) worldwide, is the world’s largest organization for industrial communication.

  

PROFIBUS Center - PROFIBUS Center Netherlands is an international oriented company, which concentrates all its activities on PROFIBUS technology. The company has been established to support vendors and engineering companies with PROFIBUS implementations.

 

SafetyBUS p - Association to promote the use and the distribution of the SafetyBUS p safety-oriented bus systems. The association also has the target of integrating of the SafetyBUS p safety-oriented bus system into existing and future automation technology.

  

Trade Expositions & Conferences

AM Expo - Advanced Manufacturing Expo & Conference - AM Expo 2006, located right on South Carolina's I-85 "Boom Belt", is the Southeast's only event for executives, engineers and their teams, who are responsible for advanced manufacturing and productivity solutions. Bringing the region's manufacturing professionals together for this annual gathering, AM Expo 2006 offers product demonstrations and an all new, in-depth educational program that will further enable our attendees to innovate, profit and succeed in the highly competitive global manufacturing market.

 

Eastpo 2008 - The Shanghai International Machine Tool Fair is one of the largest industrial trade shows in China, with thousands of exhibitors and over eighty thousand visitors. The event is held every two years in July at Shanghai New International Expo Centre.

 

Electric Automation America - Electric Automation America is the US event for showcasing industrial automation tech-nologies focused on specific industry applications. The exhibition covers all components ranging from complete system to integrated automation solutions as well as motion control technology in one comfortable, easily accessible environment. 

  

Hannover Messe - Hannover Messe remains the world's leading showcase for industrial technology. Hannover Messe is the ideal place to obtain the latest industrial know-how. Established almost sixty years ago, the Hannover Fair today ranks as the leading international showplace for industrial technologies, materials and product ideas. The 11 high-profile trade fairs including INTERKAMA, Factory Automation, Digital Factory & Industrial Building Automation - all taking place at the same place and the same time - mirror the growing convergence of industrial technologies and markets. In short, Hannover Messe offers an unrivalled opportunity to unlock new sources of business potential. 

 

ISA EXPO - North America's #1 event for automation and control professionals—is a catalyst for the exchange of information and ideas. You can find it all under one roof at ISA EXPO – thought provoking ideas, state-of-the-art technology and solutions, as well as innovative real world expertise. Through a dynamic and timely technical conference, an unparalleled education and training program, and advanced technologies, ISA EXPO provides the tools you need to get ahead and stay ahead in today's marketplace. 

 

M2M Expo and Conference - The M2M Expo and Conference is the only global event that unites the key players in the emerging industry of Machine-to-Machine communication (M2M). This one-of-a-kind event will feature case studies by the early adopters and suppliers of the M2M space which will illustrate the vast diversity and immense application potential of the technology. Designed as an educational and business development venue, the event continues to define the M2M space, structure, players, distribution, and relationships required for the industry to evolve into a significant global business space. 

 

National Manufacturing Week - National Manufacturing Week is where manufacturers of all sizes and from every industry sector meet to fuel their INNOVATION, PRODUCTIVITY and GROWTH. The Shows and Conferences of National Manufacturing Week will help you, no matter what your discipline; stay on top in a global marketplace. Connect with more than 1,000 leading suppliers and meet the people behind the new products and latest technologies that can help transform every aspect of your manufacturing business – fast.

Resources

PLCCompare - Your source for PLC comparisons and detailed product information.

 

21CFRPart11.com - On this site you will find the latest conference, meeting and seminar information as well as links to vendors and consultants who can help the pharmaceutical community with issues of compliance with regulations and productivity. 

 

AS-Interface - For integrators, end users and OEMs, this site offers relevant, easily-accessible information to help you learn about AS-i, choose products and find vendors.

 

Biotechnology Resources - Biotechnology related news, books and web resources.

  

BulgarianIndustry.bg - Industrial Products and Services from the Bulgarian Industrial Market.

  

ClassicAutomation - Provider of parts and products to users of installed control systems such as Siemens, ABB, Bailey, Fisher and Yokogawa.

 

CNC Electronics LLC - CNC Parts Specialists - Fanuc, GE, and GE Fanuc CNC electronic part, exchange and surplus supplier of AC alpha servo spindle drive modules, replacement CNC monitors, power supply units, controls and system boards, memory upgrades, and much more for CNC machine tools fitted with Fanuc. Ship anywhere in America.

 

CNC Machining Manufacturing - Rapid prototyping tooling, CNC abrasive flow machining, custom wire assemblies, manufacturing assembly integration process, test equipment custom design & fabrication, CNC machining manufacturing.

 

CNConestop - Onestop CNC Service. Any control, machine or servo.

 

Control Engineering - Control Engineering provides the right balance of editorial devoted to new products, breaking news, and trends in control technology to keep you on top of the latest industry developments.

 

Controls Weekly Review - Promoting eductation among control and automation specialists with valuable online technical resources.

 

Design News - Deisgn News is an engineering news and applications magazine featuring design application stories on the latest technologies.

 

DirectIndustry - The Industry Virtual Exhibition - On DirectIndustry you can ask for documentation or quotations on over 18.000 industrial equipment and components.

 

Downtime Central - This site has been dedicated to exploring the True Cost of manufacturing downtime. Extensive research and valuable information is provided. The goal being to educate and enlighten the industry, help managers cost justify maintenance. There is a machine downtime survey, reports, power point presentations and other resources, all for free.

 

DrMachines.com - Provides Online troubleshooting for CNC machine or any product or process, Clone your expertise - Make your troubleshooting knowledge, Online Library - File your history software etc., Serve your knowledge to your customers through our web portal.

  

EDN - EDN magazine provides how-to solutions for design engineers in the electronics industry.

  

Feed Forward Maintenance - Engineering Books, CDs and Publications - Delivers best practice facility maintenance, reliability training and manufacturing engineering books, ebooks, software, CDs, free downloads and newsletter.

 

Flow Meter Directory - Flowmeterdirectory.com is the most comprehensive web portal on flowmeter technology, manufacturers, suppliers, and system designers.

 

General Maintenance and Diagnostics Ltd. - Injection Moulding and Extrusion Technical Support - General Maintenance and Diagnostics Ltd. Specialising in Industrial Machinery Repairs, Industrial Machinery Servicing, Machine Installations, Compressor Installations, Compressor Servicing, Compressed Air Conditioning.

 

GNK Resource Site - Online Italian technical resource for programmers of HMI, SCADA, MES, and PLC industrial applications.

 

High Tech Services - HTS developed over 200 web pages packed with tutorials, examples, source code, thousands of links, manufacturers, books, tips & tricks, a message board and other information.

 

HVACWebConnection.com - An online Directory and Information resource offering current News and Events, Job Postings, Featured Products, Training opportunities, books and more for industry professionals.

 

Industrial Ethernet Advisory Group - The Industrial Ethernet Advisory Group has been created to act as a resource and community for anyone related to the Industrial Ethernet field. Covering all aspects of Industrial Ethernet, the IEAG provides a forum for technical support and queries - news & events, articles and product information.

 

The Industrial Ethernet Book - A publication and website that offers the greatest source of industrial Ethernet products and suppliers anywhere.

 

Industrial Leaders - Explore Who's Who in The Global Industrial Marketplace. Directory/Marketplace for engineers and industrial suppliers.

 

Industrial Wireless Book - Independant directory of industrial Wireless products and suppliers.

 

Injection Molding Plastic and Machines- The Internet's best source for information on injection molding machines and plastic resins.

 

Instrumentshop.net - This is an information database for anyone and everyone who has interests in Engineering and Technology.

 

Machine Finder - Find machines, materials and contract services for manufacturing and industry - to specifications.

 

Machine Tool Help.com - CNC machine tool help and advice all in one place. Whether you are buying, selling, troubleshooting, repairing a new, used, machining center, CNC lathe, CNC router or any other type of machine tool, we can point you in the right direction. Avoid mistakes, downtime, and make important educated decisions.

 

Machine Vision Online - Online machine vision resource.  Find products, review articles, case studies and technical papers, request a bid, ask an expert , participate in online discussions, search events, etc.

 

Maintenance Management - Eliminate unnecessary equipment downtime Business Industrial Network's onsite and online maintenance engineering technical support. Provides onsite AB PLC5 and SLC500 PLC training. Provides online solution database, engineering books, e-books and more.

  

Motioncontrol.com - A vertical industry, business-to-business portal("vortal") for the Motion Control industry since 1995.

 

MotionShop.com - A motion control portal that features product releases, news, application stories, technical articles, and motion control related books

  

Motiontoolbox - A searchable growing database of servomotors, drives and precision gearheads.  Also provides motor sizing tool.

   

MrPLC.com - Offers a collection of PLC sample code or whole machine PLC applications that can be downloaded for free. Most applications are submitted by their visitors.

  

Nextsigma.com - Leading edge tools for Six Sigma and Design for Six Sigma.

  

nMetric Manufacturing Software - Manufacturing software providing insight into manufacturing operations.

 

OSHA - Machine Guarding - Online resource for machine guarding, offered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

      

Plant Engineering - Plant Engineering delivers job oriented, problem solving data on the equipment and services plant engineers use daily in the various manufacturing industries.

      

PLCdev - Unique PLC simulators for easy programming and debugging for all manufacturers including Allen Bradley, General Electric, Seimens, Modicon, Omron, Mitsubishi and AutomationDirect. PLC programming help with tutorials, articles, directory and glossary.

  

Process Register - A comprehensive online reference database of suppliers of products and services used for the building and maintenance of the process industries.

 

Product Lifecycle Management - Educational site covering the management of design, production and support information for manufactured products. Includes PLM benefits, evaluation and adoption strategies, configuration hints, reference links and books, free downloadable standards, and a glossary of PLM terms.

 

Progressive Engineer - Online magazine and information source covering all disciplines of engineering in the continental U.S. The magazine features profiles of engineers and companies and stories on projects that detail the accomplishments of engineers from a human perspective in an easy-to-read style.

      

Read-out Instrumentation Signpost - Measurement, Control and Automation Resources throughout the World

  

Robotics Online - Online robotics resource.  Find products, review articles, case studies and technical papers, request a bid, ask an expert , participate in online discussions, search events, etc. 

Sigmapro.com - Global leaders in Six Sigma, Design for Six Sigma and Lean Sigma training and consulting.

Six Sigma - Six Sigma Training and Lean Manufacturing Training Resources for all Organizations.  Six Sigma is an integrated, disciplined, proven approach for improving measurable results for any organization. SixSigmaTraining.us has developed a number of unique processes including "Business Process Charting" to assist organizations deploying Six Sigma and individuals seeking Six Sigma Certification

 

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Temperatures.com - A unique, free internet information/education Web site aimed directly at Engineers, Scientists, Technicians and Students to help them learn about temperature sensors.

 

Tempsensor.net - A web site established as a special resource for temperature sensor equipment vendors, both makers and sellers along with users.

 

Thaiinstrumentation.com - Online industrial equipment and instrumentation resource in Thailand. You can find Thai companies and the products they support by browsing through companies or product type classifications.

 

Used Process Equipment - For over 30 years, Louisiana Chemical Equipment Co., LLC has been buying and selling used chemical plants and surplus process equipment for re-location throughout the world.

 

Communities

AutomationMedia.com - A website devoted to Useful news, articles, reviews,QA forum and knowledgebase about Automation and Controls Engineering with an emphasis on important new technology information and a lot of good information about OPC.

 

Control.com - An online discussion forum for controls and automation engineers, where thousands of engineers freely discuss the technical and business issues that matter to them.

 

Jim Pinto (site contributor) - Jim Pinto's collected writings, articles, essays and satirical poems on technical and business topics.

 

Consultants

ARC Advisory Group - The leader in providing strategic planning and technology assessment services to leading manufacturing companies, utilities, and global logistics providers, as well as to software and solution suppliers worldwide.

 

Red Wing Technologies - Provides market research, engineering & business development services to help grow automation and sensing & control businesses.

 

Walt Boyes (site contributor) - Walt Boyes provides a wide variety of executive level consulting services through MarketingPractice Consultants including strategic planning, organizational development, business re-organization and electronic business re-engineering services for companies from roughly $5 million to roughly $100 million in revenues per year.  

 

Advertising, Marketing Communications, PR Agencies

Media II - is an advertising and marketing communications agency that specializes in promoting business-to-business products and services. We excel in creative ideas, advertising, public relations, literature development, and the spectrum of disciplines in today's communication industry.

 

Next Communications - Next Communications, Inc. is a full-service marketing communications company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We started our company in 1991, but are in no way new to the business.  Our best vision of what an advertising agency should be - the next level of customer service, creativity and measurable results.

  

Publications, Magazines, etc.

East International Technology Medium Limited - publishes 6 magazines for China in simplified Chinese, reaching over 170,000 decision-makers in China’s electric power, petrochemical industry, environmental protection, machinery for food industry, processing, automation industries etc. In addition, they support a bilingual China sourcing site, www.ca800.com / www.chinaautomation.net.

  

 

Managing Automation - Managing Automation is an integrated media resource for business and technology decision makers in manufacturing. The print publication and website (www.managingautomation.com) enable manufacturing management to analyze, select, implement and operate technologies to enhance their business processes for increased effectiveness and competitiveness in the market place.