Industry News for Factory and Process Automation 

ABB completes power project for Polish electric vehicle battery factory
December 11, 2018

ABB completes power project for Polish electric vehicle battery factory

The car battery plant in Kobierzyce, near Wroclaw will be capable of supplying up to 250,000 electric cars with batteries per annum. It is also the first large-scale lithium-ion battery plant for automotive applications producing all battery components, from electrodes to cells, modules and packs.

Emerson announces acquisition of iSolutions Inc
December 11, 2018

Emerson announces acquisition of iSolutions Inc

The acquisition is intended to accelerate delivery of Emerson’s digital transformation roadmap by adding skillsets in information technology/operational technology (IT-OT) and application knowledge to help integrate data from the plant floor to business systems.

Fives Machining Systems announces relocation to expanded Kentucky facility
December 10, 2018

Fives Machining Systems announces relocation to expanded Kentucky facility

The new home of the Machine Tool Services & Solutions will be headquartered in Hebron KY, and support the activity of over twenty service centers worldwide, including the seven in North America - Hebron, KY, Seattle, WA, Valencia, CA, Wichita, KS, Charlotte, NC, Fond du Lac, WI and Cambridge, Ontario.

IDTechEx Report: Piezoelectrics Key to IoT and Power from Roads?
December 10, 2018

IDTechEx Report: Piezoelectrics Key to IoT and Power from Roads?

This 241 page report has a comprehensive Executive Summary and Conclusions for those with limited time. 10 primary conclusions are presented then infograms with data.

ISA highlights refreshed vision, values at 2019 Annual Leadership Conference
December 10, 2018

ISA highlights refreshed vision, values at 2019 Annual Leadership Conference

The organization shared the high points of the festive event, met the award winners, and highlighted four members who were just appointed as fellows.

Hannover Fairs USA announces launch of Digital Industry USA trade show
December 10, 2018

Hannover Fairs USA announces launch of Digital Industry USA trade show

As a complement to HANNOVER MESSE USA in the odd-years, Digital Industry USA will take place from September 10-12, 2019 at the completely renovated Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, KY.

Siemens helps Chinese chrome alloy manufacturer employ new production management system
December 07, 2018

Siemens helps Chinese chrome alloy manufacturer employ new production management system

Siemens will design, engineer and commission a new production management system (PMS), based on the Siemens Minerals Operation Management Solution.

ABB announces commissioning of two Italian digital substations
December 07, 2018

ABB announces commissioning of two Italian digital substations

Key supplies to the substations include ABB Ability-based automation and control systems, intelligent protection equipment, transformers with sensors, digitally enabled switchgear and advanced communication systems.

United Electric Controls announces beta test for WirelessHART Vanguard Gas Detectors
December 06, 2018

United Electric Controls announces beta test for WirelessHART Vanguard Gas Detectors

Beta testers of the ammonia and carbon monoxide detectors receive up to fifty percent discount on the first three ammonia or carbon monoxide Vanguard detectors they purchase.

Siemens helps Chinese coal mines facilitate cloud-based digitalization
December 06, 2018

Siemens helps Chinese coal mines facilitate cloud-based digitalization

Drawing on Siemens expertise in the mining industry and Industry 4.0, the solution will be based on the advanced architecture and performance of Siemens WinCC Open Architecture. As part of the contract, Siemens will also provide inter process communication (IPC), accessories, plus software engineering and site commissioning services.

Schneider Electric announces global OEM and distribution partnership with Transpara
December 06, 2018

Schneider Electric announces global OEM and distribution partnership with Transpara

The partnership combines Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure IIoT capabilities with Transpara’s Visual KPI solutions to help customers in operationally intensive industries, including refining, petrochemical, energy and mining

CNCMachines.net announces Veteran to Machinist scholarship program
December 06, 2018

CNCMachines.net announces Veteran to Machinist scholarship program

One scholarship a month will be awarded in January, February and March 2019. Winners will be announced Feb 12th, March 12th and April 16th

CyberX announces participation in the GE Digital Alliance Program
December 06, 2018

CyberX announces participation in the GE Digital Alliance Program

CyberX is currently partnering with GE’s global community including GrayMatter, GE’s No. 1 software channel partner and a CRN “IoT Innovator.” GrayMatter’s customers include global organizations implementing a range of Smart Manufacturing, Smart Building, and Smart Water initiatives.

EtherCAT Technology Group announces vendor-independent diagnosis interface
December 05, 2018

EtherCAT Technology Group announces vendor-independent diagnosis interface

The software-based interface can be implemented in controllers offered by any device manufacturer, which makes it an interesting feature to vendors of both master devices and diagnostic tools.

Siemens announces support for OPC UA with TSN networks
December 05, 2018

Siemens announces support for OPC UA with TSN networks

Siemens shares the vision of the OPC Foundation to extend the scope of OPC UA down to field level communication and is looking forward to contributing in standardization activities in the upcoming working groups of the OPC Foundation concerning information models for devices, necessary adaption of OPC UA core standards, application profiles, etc.

AVEVA announces digital transformation agreement with KBR
December 05, 2018

AVEVA announces digital transformation agreement with KBR

This agreement spans all three of KBR’s synergistic global businesses: Hydrocarbon Services, Technology, and Government Services.

Coordinate Metrology Society issues call for papers for 2019 conference
December 05, 2018

Coordinate Metrology Society issues call for papers for 2019 conference

The Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS) announced it has formally issued a call for technical papers for the 35th annual Coordinate Metrology Society Conference (CMSC) to be held July 22 – 26, in Orlando, FL.

ABB helps Portuguese island facilitate renewable energy transition
December 05, 2018

ABB helps Portuguese island facilitate renewable energy transition

The modular ABB Ability PowerStore microgrid solution and Microgrid Plus automation system will enable EEM to increase the island’s adoption of solar and wind power and raise the share of renewables in the energy mix from 15 to 30 percent.

EtherCAT Technology Group announces Dmitry Dzilno election to Board of Directors
December 04, 2018

EtherCAT Technology Group announces Dmitry Dzilno election to Board of Directors

Dzilno has been instrumental in making EtherCAT a fieldbus in chip manufacturing. He is currently Head of Engineering at the ALD Division as Managing Director and Senior Principal Member of Technical Staff at AMAT.

Indiana University hosts Big Data and Extreme-Scale Computing workshop
December 04, 2018

Indiana University hosts Big Data and Extreme-Scale Computing workshop

Attendees from around the world -- including national and university labs and supercomputing centers in Japan, China, Saudi Arabia, Spain and the United States -- brainstormed strategies to converge Big Data and the high-performance computing tools necessary to make sense of massive data sets.