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Okuma announces Koma Precision as 2016 Partner of the Year
January 13, 2017

Okuma announces Koma Precision as 2016 Partner of the Year

Koma Precision received the highest number of votes amongst all 50 members of Partners in THINC in the annual partner effectiveness survey to earn the distinguished title.

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ASTM appoints Arman Shakkaliyev to International Board of Directors
January 13, 2017

ASTM appoints Arman Shakkaliyev to International Board of Directors

Shakkaliyev holds a law degree from Gumilyov Eurasian National University; an economics degree from Karaganda State University; and a degree in standardization, certification, and metrology from Kostanay Engineering Economic University.

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January 13, 2017

Mentor Graphics introduces Mentor Safe ISO 26262 qualification programs

Mentor is an automotive systems supplier providing design tools and embedded software in the areas of connectivity, electrification, autonomous drive and vehicle architecture.

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Plex Systems announces Richard Murray as Vice President of Engineering
January 12, 2017

Plex Systems announces Richard Murray as Vice President of Engineering

Murray was most recently senior vice president of engineering at Bromium, where he led development for the company’s global enterprise cyber security solutions.

ISA announces Call for Abstracts for 2017 Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium
January 12, 2017

ISA announces Call for Abstracts for 2017 Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium

Abstracts should include a 250-word proposal outlining the topic to be presented. Prospective authors have the choice of presenting a 30-minute PowerPoint presentation, a paper presentation, or a poster session. Deadline for submission is 31 January 2017.

TT Electronics announces participation in NASA mission to Mars
January 12, 2017

TT Electronics announces participation in NASA mission to Mars

The Mars 2020 Rover will carry an entirely new subsystem to collect and prepare Martian rocks and soil samples. This subsystem will include a coring drill on its arm, controlled partially by TT Electronics’ Hall-effect sensors.

ESA Automation announces acquisition of Selema.
January 12, 2017

ESA Automation announces acquisition of Selema.

The recent acquisition represents a step ahead towards the accomplishment of a complete supply chain for the world of industrial automation

ISA Security Compliances announces ISASecure SLDA certification for Honeywell's Phoenix development site
January 11, 2017

ISA Security Compliances announces ISASecure SLDA certification for Honeywell's Phoenix development site

The certification independently confirms that Honeywell’s named system development lifecycle (SDL), the Standard HPS Iterative Process (HIP), meets the security development lifecycle requirements of the ISASecure Security Development Lifecycle Assurance (SDLA) certification

CeMAT to partner and share locations with HANNOVER MESSE 2017
January 11, 2017

CeMAT to partner and share locations with HANNOVER MESSE 2017

CeMAT and HANNOVER MESSE are being staged as standalone events, but their common ground will be prominently highlighted for the benefit of potential crossover visitors.

ISA and Automation Federation announce kickoff of 2017 FIRST Robotics competition
January 11, 2017

ISA and Automation Federation announce kickoff of 2017 FIRST Robotics competition

This year’s FRC, titled FIRST STEAMWORKS, is expected to involve approximately 85,000 high school students on more than 3,400 participating teams throughout the world.

System Logistics announces acquisition of Vertique to expand warehouse automation solutions
January 11, 2017

System Logistics announces acquisition of Vertique to expand warehouse automation solutions

Vertique is located in Arden, North Carolina, and over the past 15 plus years, has grown to be one of the most important key players in the food & beverage market providing solutions for intra-logistics.

Honeywell and Aereon to collaborate on IIoT solutions for oil and gas industry
January 11, 2017

Honeywell and Aereon to collaborate on IIoT solutions for oil and gas industry

The Inspire ecosystem is a key part of Honeywell’s Connected Plant initiative that helps manufacturers leverage the IIoT to improve the safety, efficiency and reliability of operations across a single plant or several plants across an enterprise.

Hilscher announces IIoT Solutions Marketing Cooperation with Cirrus Link Solutions and Inductive Automation
January 11, 2017

Hilscher announces IIoT Solutions Marketing Cooperation with Cirrus Link Solutions and Inductive Automation

The IIoT Solutions Marketing Cooperation is intended to support sales of high value Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions to industrial automation markets.

NI announces opening of Industrial IoT Lab
January 11, 2017

NI announces opening of Industrial IoT Lab

Designed with flexibility for the future, the lab’s operational focus includes areas such as microgrid control and communication, advanced control for manufacturing, and asset monitoring for heavy equipment.

United Electric Controls' transmitter wins 2016 exida Safety Award
January 11, 2017

United Electric Controls' transmitter wins 2016 exida Safety Award

Selected in the sensor category, the United Electric Safety Transmitter (ST) incorporates a logic solver and high capacity safety relay output (SRO) in addition to an industry standard transmitter and an explosion-proof enclosure.

Bitflow shares 5 technology trends likely to affect machine vision in 2017
January 10, 2017

Bitflow shares 5 technology trends likely to affect machine vision in 2017

Each has the potential to significantly impact or even disrupt processes, and may poise the need for investment by manufacturers who face the risk of being late to adopt.

igus announces launch of 8th igus manus award competition
January 10, 2017

igus announces launch of 8th igus manus award competition

Prizes up to 5,000 euros will be awarded for the most innovative uses of iglide plain plastic bearings and will be presented at April’s Hanover Trade Show in Germany

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CC-Link announces launch of CC-Link IE Field Basic
January 10, 2017

CC-Link announces launch of CC-Link IE Field Basic

This is an open field network using general-purpose 100Mbps Ethernet communication and is a new network mode in the CC-Link IE Ethernet-based integrated network lineup.

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KASTO introduces KASTO machine monitoring app
January 10, 2017

KASTO introduces KASTO machine monitoring app

The KASTOapp displays the status of all KASTO sawing machines in the network that are equipped with the EasyControl or ExpertControl systems.

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USMTO Report: Manufacturing technology orders drop slightly in November
January 10, 2017

USMTO Report: Manufacturing technology orders drop slightly in November

The motor vehicle, aerospace and job shop sectors showed increased order activity in the last few months of the year, indicating capital investment in anticipation of a need for additional capacity.