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March 2007 Automation & Control News

Read about the latest news, products, mergers, and acquisitions in the automation, process control, and instrumentation industries for March 2007.

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March 30, 2007

Annual sales of PROFIBUS reach 3.4 million nodes

Annual sales of PROFIBUS nodes reached a new high of 3.4 million in 2006 according to figures just released by PI (PROFIBUS and PROFINET International). This brings the total number of PROFIBUS nodes installed worldwide to 18.8 million. PROFIBUS remains on track to surpass 20 million nodes by 2008.

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March 30, 2007

Flowserve Wins R&D Honor in India

Audco India Limited (AIL) won an R&D award from the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) of India. AIL is a joint venture of Flowserve and Larsen & Toubro Limited.

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March 30, 2007

Metso sells ball valves worth EUR10 million to Qatar

Metso Automation will supply automated on-off ball valves to Chiyoda-Technip, a Joint Venture formed by Chiyoda Corporation, Japan and Technip, France. The value of the order is well over EUR 10 million.

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Valves & Pumps, Process Automation
Grace Engineered's ChekVolt Voltage Portal C-UL Listed
March 30, 2007

Grace Engineered's ChekVolt Voltage Portal C-UL Listed

ChekVolt voltage portal increases electrical safety by diminishing the risk of arc flash. Externally mounted to an electrical panel, it allows maintenance personnel to use a non-contact voltage detector 'pen' to verify line voltage before and after a main disconnect is opened.

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March 30, 2007

ISA-SP100 group accepts wireless draft standard

At a recent ISA-SP100.11a working group meeting in Karlsruhe, Germany, 60 attendees unanimously approved the scope and systems architecture of Release 1 of the draft standard. Release 1 will assure multi-vendor device interoperability, and will include only 2.4 GHz 802.15.4-2006 radios.

March 30, 2007

Ethernet Direct adds four support locations In India

Ethernet Direct now provides 4 support locations in Pune, Mumbai, Bangalore and soon in Delhi.

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Industrial Networks
Thermo Fisher Introduces QuickQuan 2.0 LC-MS/MS software
March 30, 2007

Thermo Fisher Introduces QuickQuan 2.0 LC-MS/MS software

QuickQuan 2.0 alleviates the bottleneck of sample analysis in early drug discovery. It delivers rapid LC-MS/MS optimization through an automated on-line infusion mode and valve switching design, allowing precise auto-tuning.

March 30, 2007

Omron acquires semiconductor business from Seiko Epson

OMRON acquired the semiconductor business assets of Seiko Epson's consolidated subsidiary, Yasu Semiconductor Corp. The acquisition was completed on March 30, 2007.

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Larson Davis updates sound and vibration webpage
March 30, 2007

Larson Davis updates sound and vibration webpage

The fully searchable site is broken down into various product groups: Sound Level Meters, Data Acquisition Systems, Human Vibration Meters, Spark Dosimeters, Acoustic Calibrators, Microphones & Accessories, and Software Products.

March 29, 2007

Enea Acquires QiValue Technologies

Enea acquired Swedish QiValue Technologies, a provider of Linux solutions. QiValue, with 13 employees, offers Linux services to equipment makers in the telecom and medical industry and specializes in development of Linux based embedded platforms and Linux training.

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March 29, 2007

ABB names Jim Perkins Managing Director of Drives

Perkins will be responsible for leading, directing and managing LV & MV Drives businesses. Perkins will be based in the ABB facility in New Berlin, Wisconsin.

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March 29, 2007

ISA's SP99 Security Standards Committee makes progress

ISA's SP99 standards development committee is making substantial progress on several fronts in its work to develop standards and guidelines for the electronic security of industrial automation and control systems.

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March 29, 2007

Rockwell Automation hosts its 100th show

Rockwell Automation held its 100th Complete Automation on the Move show (CAOTM) in Las Vegas.

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March 29, 2007

WBF to be held April 30-May 3

The WBF 2007 North American Conference will be held in Baltimore, Maryland, April 30 - May 3 at the Tremont Grand Conference Center.

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Square D releases Model 6 low voltage MCC
March 29, 2007

Square D releases Model 6 low voltage MCC

The Model 6 Motor Control Center is suitable for pumps, blowers, fans, compressors, conveyors and variable frequency drive applications.

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March 29, 2007

Cyco Software to install Maximo sotware at Met-Mex Peñole

Met-Mex Peñoles, SA de CV wili install Cyco Software’s AutoManager Meridian ECM solution with the Cyco AutoManager Maximo Module. Met-Mex is the largest non-ferrous metallurgical complex in Latin America, and the fourth largest in the world in terms of production value.

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March 29, 2007

Rockwell Automation names John Genovesi VP of Automotive and tires

Rockwell Automation has named John Genovesi vice president of its automotive, tire and rubber industry initiative. Genovesi will lead the company’s efforts helping automotive, tire and rubber machine builders, components suppliers and end manufacturers compete on a global basis.

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Process Automation, Factory Automation, Automotive
March 29, 2007

ISA Publishes Guide to Manufacturing Operations Management

"The Hitchhiker's Guide to Manufacturing Operations Management: ISA-95 Best Practices Book 1.0" shows the way to dramatically lower total cost of ownership for manufacturing IT architectures and manufacturing, as well as reducing supply chain operational costs.

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Advantech Launches AIMB Mini-ITX Motherboards
March 29, 2007

Advantech Launches AIMB Mini-ITX Motherboards

AIMB-250 and 251 RoHS compliant industrial mini-ITX motherboards have six USB 2.0 and four COM ports integrated in a standard 170 x 170 mm form factor. Prices start at $237.

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Single Board Computers / SBC
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Advantech Industrial Automation Group
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Industrial Computers
March 29, 2007

AS-Interface offers one-day training classes

Classes are free and train attendees on the use of AS-Interface technology for actuator and sensor networking. Classes are in Houston, TX in November.

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