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RS Components sponsors innovation competition based on SIMATIC IOT2020 open gateway
March 21, 2017

RS Components sponsors innovation competition based on SIMATIC IOT2020 open gateway

The idea for the competition is for engineers, makers and students to come up with innovative applications and solutions based on the open IoT gateway.

HANNOVER MESSE announces 2nd Startup Pitch @ Young Tech Enterprises competition
March 21, 2017

HANNOVER MESSE announces 2nd Startup Pitch @ Young Tech Enterprises competition

The 2nd “Startup Pitch @ Young Tech Enterprises” from 24 to 28 April 2017, will see forty young companies compete not only for prize money, but also for potential investors, customers, partners and media coverage.

OPC Foundation and M2M Alliance form joint working group
March 20, 2017

OPC Foundation and M2M Alliance form joint working group

The M2M & OPCF user group has been founded in order to document and spread best practices for building secure communication solutions and smart services based on device and machine data.

Seegrid announces appointment of Steven Barto as Chief Financial Officer
March 20, 2017

Seegrid announces appointment of Steven Barto as Chief Financial Officer

Barto comes to Seegrid with more than 30 years of experience and has held CFO and executive positions at both privately held and public technology companies

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GE introduces Industrial Internet Control System (IICS) at Embedded World 2017
March 20, 2017

GE introduces Industrial Internet Control System (IICS) at Embedded World 2017

GE's Industrial Internet Control System IICS is a central control system for industrial asset and plant control on the basis of analyzed machine data.

Electro-Matic Ventures announces acquisition of RAF Automation
March 20, 2017

Electro-Matic Ventures announces acquisition of RAF Automation

This is the first acquisition for Electro-Matic Ventures, which has three other subsidiaries: Electro-Matic Products, Electro-Matic Integrated, and Electro-Matic Visual.

Softing adds MQTT protocol to echocollect gateway
March 17, 2017

Softing adds MQTT protocol to echocollect gateway

Alongside OPC UA and other control protocols, the echocollect gateway (version 7.10) includes publisher functionality of the MQTT (Message Queue Telemetry Transport) protocol.

First ever US-China Robotics Forum to be held at Automate 2017
March 17, 2017

First ever US-China Robotics Forum to be held at Automate 2017

The forum will be held April 4 at the Automate 2017 Show and Conference at Chicago’s McCormick Place. The forum will bring together A3’s Robotic Industries Association (RIA), and its counterpart, the China Robot Industry Alliance (CRIA)

Endress + Hauser announces acquisition of SensAction AG
March 17, 2017

Endress + Hauser announces acquisition of SensAction AG

SensAction will operate as a division of the Endress+Hauser center of competence for flow measurement technology headquartered in Reinach, Switzerland.

Rockwell Automation joins Catalyst CEO Champions for Change Initiative
March 17, 2017

Rockwell Automation joins Catalyst CEO Champions for Change Initiative

The effort, developed by Catalyst, recognizes CEOs and top industry leaders who support and drive diversity and inclusion within their organizations.

Dematic announces plans to integrate Egemin Automation into organization
March 17, 2017

Dematic announces plans to integrate Egemin Automation into organization

The integration, which is targeted for completion by the end of calendar year 2017, is intended to enhance Dematic's system integration capability in Europe. Egemin Automation had been acquired by the KION Group in 2015.

Tripwire Study: IT security professionals expect an increase in IIoT cybersecurity attacks
March 17, 2017

Tripwire Study: IT security professionals expect an increase in IIoT cybersecurity attacks

The study looked at the rise of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) deployment in organizations, and to what extent it is expected to cause security problems in 2017.

AIA Report: North American machine vision market sets record in 2016
March 16, 2017

AIA Report: North American machine vision market sets record in 2016

Total machine vision sales, which grew by one half of one percent, include sales of machine vision components and systems. The machine vision components category saw growth of one percent to $320 million in 2016.

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ABB announces launch of ABB Ability portfolio of digital solutions
March 15, 2017

ABB announces launch of ABB Ability portfolio of digital solutions

ABB Ability helps customers in utilities, industry, transport and infrastructure develop new processes and advance existing ones by providing insights and optimizing planning and controls for real-time operations.

ISA releases iOS app to calculate process variables and loop signals
March 15, 2017

ISA releases iOS app to calculate process variables and loop signals

The tool is at users' fingertips on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, and it allows the user to choose from a variety of engineering units (like pressure, temperature, level, or flow) and process signals (like 4–20 mA or 1–5 VDC) for the calculations.

OleumTech announces partnership with Sigfox
March 15, 2017

OleumTech announces partnership with Sigfox

The partnership is intended to benefit customers with Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) wireless connectivity leveraging OleumTech’s self-contained, battery-powered wireless transmitter technology.

Nordson MARCH's ModVIA plasma treatment system wins 2017 New Product Introduction award
March 14, 2017

Nordson MARCH's ModVIA plasma treatment system wins 2017 New Product Introduction award

The Award, sponsored by Printed Circuit Design and Fab magazine, was presented at a ceremony during IPC APEX 2017, held in San Diego, CA, on February 14, 2017.

Ubiqconn announces acquisition of RuggOn
March 14, 2017

Ubiqconn announces acquisition of RuggOn

This is the first acquisition case of Ubiqconn since its establishment 5 years ago. The management team remains after the acquisition, and resources from the parent company FICG will be provided to expand product lines and branding development for RuggON.

Fieldbus International (Fint) joins the ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute
March 13, 2017

Fieldbus International (Fint) joins the ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute

Fint provides fieldbus network products and services to vendors and users in the process control and offshore industry. Fint specializes in products based on the Foundation Fieldbus, Profibus, HART, WirelessHART and now ISA100 Wireless technology.

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Agincourt Resources chooses Optimum to drive performance
March 12, 2017

Agincourt Resources chooses Optimum to drive performance

MPPIglobal receives project work with Agincourt Resources

Brisbane, QLD, March 13, 2017– MPPIglobal has been awarded the complete installation package of Optimum, MPPIglobal’s Asset Optimization Solution with Agincourt Resources at the Martabe Gold Mine.

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