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International Federation of Robotics Announces IERA Award 2020 Finalists

International Federation of Robotics Announces IERA Award 2020 Finalists


The finalists of the 16th Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics & Automation (IERA) showcase the latest skills robots have acquired to assist humans at work: OnRobot’s applicant is an intelligent gripper named RG2-FT: With the fingertips it “feels” and picks up delicate materials like thin glass or test samples and passes them on to humans.

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HARTING Applied Technologies is 'Toolmaker of the Year 2020'

HARTING Applied Technologies is 'Toolmaker of the Year 2020'


HARTING Applied Technologies GmbH has won the "Toolmaker of the Year 2020" competition, emerging as the overall winner in a top-flight field of participants with more than 200 companies.

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Rockwell Automation Acquires Fiix Inc., Cloud Software Company for Leading Edge Maintenance Solutions

Rockwell Automation Acquires Fiix Inc., Cloud Software Company for Leading Edge Maintenance Solutions


AI-enabled computerised maintenance management system modernises operations planning, management and equipment failure prediction.

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Zero-trust Approach to Industrial IT Security Mitigates Risk of Attack and Downtime

Zero-trust Approach to Industrial IT Security Mitigates Risk of Attack and Downtime


The onward march of smart factory and digitalization initiatives has led to a huge increase in the IT connectivity of industrial manufacturing systems. This raises important questions about how to secure them–especially heterogeneous systems.

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Schneider Electric's Annette Clayton Elected as NEMA Board of Governors Chair

Schneider Electric's Annette Clayton Elected as NEMA Board of Governors Chair


NEMA welcomes officers from Southwire Company, Phoenix Contact and Siemens USA.

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Edge Computing Enables IT and OT Convergence with Three Core Benefits

Edge Computing Enables IT and OT Convergence with Three Core Benefits


On the whole, the value of IT and OT convergence with Edge Computing offers three core benefits to enterprises that need to extract data from the operational edge, gain insight, manage mission critical applications, and reduce IT costs and management.

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The AZ Series Compact Driver works with a variety of AlphaStep AZ Series, DC input products.

The AZ Series Compact Driver works with a variety of AlphaStep AZ Series, DC input products.

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In times of crisis, SkkyHub allows you to work from anywhere.  No VPNs, No security holes.  Industrial IoT Redefined.

In times of crisis, SkkyHub allows you to work from anywhere. No VPNs, No security holes. Industrial IoT Redefined.

  • Skkynet Cloud Systems
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Winmate M133 Series Ultra Rugged Tablet offers a brilliant sunlight-readable 13.3” IPS screen with the size of a laptop in a tablet form factor.

Winmate M133 Series Ultra Rugged Tablet offers a brilliant sunlight-readable 13.3” IPS screen with the size of a laptop in a tablet form factor.

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Reading this handbook will help you prevent problems and instead optimize air/gas flow meters to operate safely and effectively for the long haul with minimum cost.

Reading this handbook will help you prevent problems and instead optimize air/gas flow meters to operate safely and effectively for the long haul with minimum cost.

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Download the new Process Safety ebook and stay informed on safety best practices for improving OT cybersecurity; implementing and managing a safety instrumented system; and more. 

Download the new Process Safety ebook and stay informed on safety best practices for improving OT cybersecurity; implementing and managing a safety instrumented system; and more. 

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Obtain accurate data in real time to improve process efficiency, ensure product quality, and achieve the desired ROI.

Obtain accurate data in real time to improve process efficiency, ensure product quality, and achieve the desired ROI.

  • ISA
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This new edition reflects the continuing evolution of technology and its effects on automation and control.

This new edition reflects the continuing evolution of technology and its effects on automation and control.

  • ISA
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Learn about the crucial tasks CSTs are responsible for and the skills they need when implementing a new system or plant.

Learn about the crucial tasks CSTs are responsible for and the skills they need when implementing a new system or plant.

  • ISA
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Rockwell Automation Expands Visualization Offering, Provides Customers Greater Reliability, Security

Rockwell Automation Expands Visualization Offering, Provides Customers Greater Reliability, Security

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OES Provides XY Alignment Stages Featuring High Resolution and High Repeatability

OES Provides XY Alignment Stages Featuring High Resolution and High Repeatability

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CIP Security Updated to Support User Level Authentication

CIP Security Updated to Support User Level Authentication

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Automation Cartoons - November 2020

Automation Cartoons - November 2020


Submit a caption using the form below for this Otto Mation cartoon for a chance to win a mug!

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Otto Mation Comic Caption Contest - September 2020

Otto Mation Comic Caption Contest - September 2020


Following a long perusal of an unprecedented number of hilarious submissions, we present not one but TWO caption contest winners! Caption number one was submitted by Jerry L. from Ontario. Caption number two was submitted by Troy W. from Pennsylvania.

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Otto Mation Comic Caption Contest - July 2020

Otto Mation Comic Caption Contest - July 2020


The winning caption for this comic caption contest was submitted by Alvin A., in New Jersey. Congratulations, Alvin!

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COPA-DATA

COPA-DATA


COPA-DATA is an independent software manufacturer for industrial and energy automation, specializing in HMI/SCADA and more. Its product, zenon software platform, automates control, monitoring, and optimization of machines, equipment, and power supplies.

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Moore Industries-International, Inc.

Moore Industries-Int., Inc.


Moore Industries-International, Inc. designs and manufactures signal interface instruments for industrial process control, system integration, and factory automation. The company's products are used in industries such as: chemical and specialty chemical; oil & gas extraction, refining and transport; and more.

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EPLAN Software & Services

EPLAN Software & Services


EPLAN offers software and services in fields of electrical, automation and mechatronic engineering. We develop leading software solutions- also known as CAE- for machine, plant and control cabinet engineering.

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Wunderlich - Malec

Wunderlich - Malec


Wunderlich-Malec has successfully designed and implemented engineering solutions for commercial, industrial and government clients throughout North America and abroad since 1981.

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Interstates

Interstates


Interstates offers electrical construction, electrical engineering, and control systems services. For over sixty years, the company has tackled complex challenges and developed innovative solutions for industrial manufacturing and processing facilities around the world.

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SeQent

SeQent


SeQent is a leading industrial automation software provider and early pioneer in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) space with over two decades of experience and thousands of installations worldwide.

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