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PI releases 250 page catalog for mechatronic actuators and nanopositioning systems
January 18, 2018

PI releases 250 page catalog for mechatronic actuators and nanopositioning systems

Products covered in this catalog use PI’s in-house designed and manufactured Mars Rover-tested piezo ceramic actuators as their drive principle.

PROCENTEC announces opening of Manchester, UK office
January 18, 2018

PROCENTEC announces opening of Manchester, UK office

The office will be PROCENTEC’s fourth office after Wateringen (the Netherlands), Karlsruhe (Germany) and Brescia (Italy). It will focus on sales activities in the first place, but also hopes to become an official Training Center in the UK in the long run.

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Honeywell helps enhance automated control at BASF German waste facility
January 18, 2018

Honeywell helps enhance automated control at BASF German waste facility

Virtualization technology delivers consolidated plant information to operators via eight large-screen Experion Orion Consoles, which also embed traditionally separate Microsoft Office desktop applications alongside the distributed control system one

FANUC to introduce interactive education cart with CR-4iA collaborative robot
January 17, 2018

FANUC to introduce interactive education cart with CR-4iA collaborative robot

Designed for both industrial and educational settings, the cell highlights the CR-4iA robot’s capabilities to interact safely with a person while handling parts.

Control Station announces 2018 North America training services calendar
January 17, 2018

Control Station announces 2018 North America training services calendar

Control Station’s 2018 training services calendar currently lists a total of sixteen workshops scheduled in industrial centers across the United States and Canada. In particular the scheduled workshops target process manufacturers located throughout the Great Lakes, Gulf and Pacific Northwest regions.

ABB's interferometer helps enhance NASA/NOAA weather satellite system
January 16, 2018

ABB's interferometer helps enhance NASA/NOAA weather satellite system

ABB interferometer is at the heart of a key instrument for the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) launched by NASA for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to help improve the timeliness and accuracy of weather forecasts three to seven days out.

Canvass Analytics announces partnership with True North Automation to facilitate predictive models of operation
January 16, 2018

Canvass Analytics announces partnership with True North Automation to facilitate predictive models of operation

Together, True North Automation and Canvass Analytics take process automation one step further by taking the outcome of the predictive model and automatically applying the prediction to the control system.

Koch-Glitsch partners with INVISTA Performance Technology to bring DTL process technology to refineries
January 12, 2018

Koch-Glitsch partners with INVISTA Performance Technology to bring DTL process technology to refineries

DTL process technology converts light olefins, present in fluidized-bed catalytic cracking (FCC) off-gas, coker off-gas and other refinery streams, into high-octane gasoline blend stock.

CC-Link Partner Association announces OPC UA companion specification for “CSP+ for Machine” technology
January 12, 2018

CC-Link Partner Association announces OPC UA companion specification for “CSP+ for Machine” technology

CSP+ for Machine is an extension of the CLPA’s existing “CSP+” (Control & Communication System Profile) that provides network configuration and maintenance by offering profiles that describe each device on a CC-Link IE or CC-Link network

MonarchFx partners with NFI to create Rapid Deployment MonarchFx Center in California
January 11, 2018

MonarchFx partners with NFI to create Rapid Deployment MonarchFx Center in California

Executives from MonarchFx and NFI came together recently to sign the agreement to begin implementation of the RDMC. The Chino location is the first of five locations around the United States, slated to open within the next six months.

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Haydon Kerk announces launch of 3-D-printed leadscrew-nut insert prototype service
January 11, 2018

Haydon Kerk announces launch of 3-D-printed leadscrew-nut insert prototype service

Engineers typically do not have access to 3-D printers to do this prototyping. Instead, most of them contract with a third party to get quick turnaround on parts. With Haydon Kerk 3DP prototyping services, machine builders can now get help with this type of design verification.

Edmund Optics announces Laser Optics Lab video series
January 11, 2018

Edmund Optics announces Laser Optics Lab video series

The first five videos, each approximately three minutes or less in duration, explain the fundamentals of laser optics including specifications, product types, and coating methods.

Huffman Engineering becomes Certified Alliance Integration Partner with Schneider Electric
January 11, 2018

Huffman Engineering becomes Certified Alliance Integration Partner with Schneider Electric

As the seventh US company to meet the technical requirements for the Certified Alliance partner status, Huffman Engineering joins a group of system integration companies who work closely with Schneider Electric to provide customers with knowledge and skill in control system integration

3S-Smart Software Solutions announces opening of CODESYS Corporation in North America
January 11, 2018

3S-Smart Software Solutions announces opening of CODESYS Corporation in North America

3S-Smart Software Solutions will open the CODESYS Corporation in Chicago/Illinois to provide the U. S. customer base with optimal service. Sales, technical support, consulting and training are then available locally for all customers in North America.

ABB to help Singapore university launch autonomous electric bus project
January 11, 2018

ABB to help Singapore university launch autonomous electric bus project

ABB will provide its Heavy Vehicle Chargers (HVC) 300P for the forthcoming project to deliver two autonomous driving electric buses for the island by the beginning of 2019.

HIMA to support safety instrumented systems Ichthys LNG Project in Australia
January 10, 2018

HIMA to support safety instrumented systems Ichthys LNG Project in Australia

HIMA will be responsible for supporting INPEX in maintaining the safety instrumented systems on Ichthys LNG including the supply of parts, and services to ensure that the safety system is operating at its optimum.

Nozomi Networks announces $15 Million investment to expand in ICS cybersecurity market
January 10, 2018

Nozomi Networks announces $15 Million investment to expand in ICS cybersecurity market

The Invenergy Future Fund led the round with participation from THI Investments and all existing investors, GGV Capital, Lux Capital and Planven Investments SA. This latest round brings Nozomi Networks’ total funding to date to $23.8 million.

Fives Machining Systems announces acquisition of Konecranes Machine Tool Service division
January 10, 2018

Fives Machining Systems announces acquisition of Konecranes Machine Tool Service division

Konecranes MTS division brings nearly 40-years of experience providing a full range of preventive maintenance, rebuild, remanufacture, retrofit and repair services, as well as onsite support for all types and brands of machine tools.

Schneider Electric earns CMMI Level 5 appraisal for Indian Software Delivery Center
January 09, 2018

Schneider Electric earns CMMI Level 5 appraisal for Indian Software Delivery Center

With this designation, Schneider Electric’s SDC becomes part of a small group of companies with a CMMI Level 5 assessment in the industrial software industry.

Dematic to help Nypro establish AGV system at Illinois facility
January 09, 2018

Dematic to help Nypro establish AGV system at Illinois facility

Nypro, a Jabil company, wanted to enhance safety and automate the process of transporting raw materials and finished goods from clean room manufacturing to deep lane storage and staging for shipping. The AGV system will transport raw materials packaging to manufacturing staging areas.