Industry News for Factory and Process Automation 

Festo announces 350,000 sq ft expansion to Mason, Ohio manufacturing center
April 20, 2018

Festo announces 350,000 sq ft expansion to Mason, Ohio manufacturing center

Construction will be conducted in two phases and is expected to be completed by 2024. The company also plans to add 350 jobs in the fields of engineering, mechatronics, purchasing and material management, as well as production and logistics operations, over the next five years.

Rockwell Automation and Cisco release several Converged Plantwide Ethernet network design guides
April 20, 2018

Rockwell Automation and Cisco release several Converged Plantwide Ethernet network design guides

The guides are intended give companies best practices for wired and wireless network architectures when deploying cloud and mobile industrial IoT solutions. The free resources are the latest addition to the Converged Plantwide Ethernet (CPwE) program.

Voith announces strategic partnership with Franka Emika to create Voith Robotics
April 20, 2018

Voith announces strategic partnership with Franka Emika to create Voith Robotics

Voith Robotics will offer self-teaching robots made by Franka Emika, along with software solutions, apps, services and process consulting, to customers in various industries and markets throughout the world.

Aventics sponsors youth technology education events in Netherlands and Germany
April 20, 2018

Aventics sponsors youth technology education events in Netherlands and Germany

By participating in “Girls Day” and “Future Day,” the pneumatics specialist hopes to draw the interest of children and youth in compressed air as a technology.

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) releases version 1.1 of its Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity
April 19, 2018

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) releases version 1.1 of its Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity

The framework was developed with a focus on industries vital to national and economic security, including energy, banking, communications and the defense industrial base.

Grace Engineered Products announces acquisition of Civionics
April 19, 2018

Grace Engineered Products announces acquisition of Civionics

Civionics were the creators of Percēv IIoT predictive sensing technology. Artificial Intelligence (AI) built into each Percēv wireless sensing node works to maximize battery life and enable predictive maintenance capabilities to be deployed on both new and legacy assets.

Siemens announces adoption of Palo Alto Networks firewalls (NGFWs)
April 19, 2018

Siemens announces adoption of Palo Alto Networks firewalls (NGFWs)

The Palo Alto Networks NGFW aims to put in place protection to secure the complex interfaces between office and automation networks. The NGFWs allow Siemens customers to select from a variety of security levels and adjust them in-line with their own specific needs.

Schneider Electric announces Shonodeep Modak as Chief Marketing Officer for North America
April 18, 2018

Schneider Electric announces Shonodeep Modak as Chief Marketing Officer for North America

Modak will join both the Global Marketing and North America Operations Leadership Teams, reporting directly to Annette Clayton, CEO and president, North America Operations and Chris Leong, Chief Marketing Officer.

Omron Automation Americas donates automation equipment to Georgian College
April 18, 2018

Omron Automation Americas donates automation equipment to Georgian College

Georgian College students will be able to put their knowledge into practice by using a new set of programmable logic controllers (PLCs) to simulate assembly line production in one of the college’s electrical labs.

TT Electronics announces acquisition of Stadium Group plc
April 18, 2018

TT Electronics announces acquisition of Stadium Group plc

Stadium designs and manufactures products for a range of applications including the smarter home, industrial robotics, medical equipment and aircraft cabin controls, working with customers in the industrial, aerospace and defence, medical and transportation sectors.

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ABB helps Australian power station enable microgrid solution
April 17, 2018

ABB helps Australian power station enable microgrid solution

ABB’s microgrid solution includes a 30 megawatt (MW) battery energy storage system, which is one of the largest of its kind to be deployed in a gas-fired power plant. A 30 MW battery energy storage system can supply 6,000 homes with the power supply, where the average supply would be 5 kilowatt (kW).

Endress + Hauser introduces 57 products, 261 patent applications in 2017
April 16, 2018

Endress + Hauser introduces 57 products, 261 patent applications in 2017

April 16, 2018 - Endress+Hauser submitted 261 patent applications in 2017. The company owns a total of 7,479 active property rights around the world. Innovators are honored at the Group’s annual Innovators’ Meeting. In 2017 the Endress+Hauser Group once again invested more than seven percent of sales [...]

Tompkins Robotics partners with RightHand Robotics to combine t-sort and RightPick robotic systems
April 13, 2018

Tompkins Robotics partners with RightHand Robotics to combine t-sort and RightPick robotic systems

Tompkins Robotics, a division of Tompkins International, and RightHand Robotics announced a collaboration that will combine the portable, automated sortation system, t-Sort, with RightPick, robotic piece-picking systems.

ANCA announces expansion of Michigan plant
April 13, 2018

ANCA announces expansion of Michigan plant

The expansion allows ANCA to serve its customers and user base in North America and South America with a larger demonstration floor, classrooms for training, machine assembly and process development, and an enlarged reception area.

Radiflow and Yanai Engineering announce OT SOC cybersecurity partnership
April 13, 2018

Radiflow and Yanai Engineering announce OT SOC cybersecurity partnership

Radiflow and Yanai Engineering, announced that the two companies are offering a new tool set to enable partners to provide managed Security Operations Center (SOC) services for operational technology (OT) networks with industrial control systems (ICS) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems.

Automation and gaming come together with ISA at USA Science & Engineering Festival
April 12, 2018

Automation and gaming come together with ISA at USA Science & Engineering Festival

At the exhibit sponsored by the International Society of Automation (ISA) and its umbrella organization, the Automation Federation (AF), hundreds of young people and their parents as well as other visitors competed in a computerized game based on an actual industrial automation and control system.

MTConnect Institute releases Version 1.4.0 of the MTConnect standard
April 12, 2018

MTConnect Institute releases Version 1.4.0 of the MTConnect standard

This version expands the “Devices,” “Streams,” and “Interfaces” models, adds many new data items, and includes edits for clarity and usability.

Dragos and OSIsoft partner to enhance ICS security visibility
April 12, 2018

Dragos and OSIsoft partner to enhance ICS security visibility

The Dragos Platform integration with OSIsoft's PI System is designed to provide broader visibility of operational data and industrial network data

Wyncode Academy announces Wyncode Custom Cohorts automation training programs
April 12, 2018

Wyncode Academy announces Wyncode Custom Cohorts automation training programs

Once the program launches, the Wyncode Custom Cohort responsibilities shift to actively managing various components such as monitoring student performance, evaluating course progress, coordinating communication between client, instructional staff and participants as well as employment contracts, orientation and housing.

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Phoenix Contact and Wibu-Systems partner to integrate flagship technologies
April 11, 2018

Phoenix Contact and Wibu-Systems partner to integrate flagship technologies

CodeMeter, a solution for protection, licensing, and security, has been selected by Phoenix Contact as the technology to streamline license and entitlement management of their PLCnext control system solution.