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Meet 2021 ISA Fellow David Strobhar

Meet 2021 ISA Fellow David Strobhar


David Strobhar, one of three ISA Fellows named in 2021, is being honored for applying human factors in control system human machine interfaces and alarm management to improve safety and productivity.

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Can Linear Position Sensors Help Maintain Social Distancing?

Can Linear Position Sensors Help Maintain Social Distancing?


There has been an increased focus on creating or improving automated manufacturing lines to comply with COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, while not compromising work safety and production stability. Linear Displacement Transducers (LDTs), often referred to as linear position sensors, play an important role in today's sophisticated, automated machinery.

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ODVA Updates Terminology in Specifications to Help Create a More Inclusive Industry

ODVA Updates Terminology in Specifications to Help Create a More Inclusive Industry


ODVA announces that the April 2021 publication of the DeviceNet and ControlNet Specifications have replaced the usage of the words “master” and “slave” within ODVA references.

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Meet 2021 ISA Fellow David Strobhar

David Strobhar, one of three ISA Fellows named in 2021, is being honored for applying human factors in control system human machine interfaces and alarm management to improve safety and productivity.

Can Linear Position Sensors Help Maintain Social Distancing?

There has been an increased focus on creating or improving automated manufacturing lines to comply with COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, while not compromising work safety and production stability. Linear Displacement Transducers (LDTs), often referred to as linear position sensors, play an important role in today's sophisticated, automated machinery.

ODVA Updates Terminology in Specifications to Help Create a More Inclusive Industry

ODVA announces that the April 2021 publication of the DeviceNet and ControlNet Specifications have replaced the usage of the words “master” and “slave” within ODVA references.

Frontline Manufacturing Workers Want Connected Digital Tools, But Many Lack Access

Data also suggests workers are likely to leave current jobs for opportunities that offer a more modern, digital work environment.

Peabody Engineering Expands its Manufacturing Footprint to the East Coast

After decades of designing and building industry-leading industrial polyethylene chemical storage tanks from their flagship manufacturing facility in Corona, California, Peabody Engineering & Supply, Inc. is ready to start growing again—on the east coast.

Manufacturers Must Adapt Workers’ Skills for Fast COVID-19 Recovery

Claudia Jarret, US country manager at EU Automation, explains that if manufacturers want to emerge stronger from the COVID-19 crisis, they mustn’t overlook the importance of reskilling their workforce for maximum economic recovery.

Virtual Power Systems Forms Strategic Advisory Council

Industry leaders to provide guidance on global implementation of software-defined power.

New Jobs and Record Sales at EU Automation, Despite Turbulent Global Economy

It’s been a record year for automation parts supplier EU Automation, who managed to create new jobs and boost sales despite challenging times.

The Impact of Industrial Automation on the Maintenance Department

Industrial automation has been a bit slower to make an impact on the maintenance department. The nature of the work and the conservative tendencies of industry are perhaps some reasons for this. Recently, though, there has been more focus on automation in maintenance. These efforts have led to influence maintenance in several ways, which will be covered below.

Ivanti Acquires MobileIron and Pulse Secure to Deliver Intelligent and Secure Experiences Across All Devices

The combination cements Ivanti’s position as a global market leader in Unified Endpoint Management, Zero Trust Security, and IT Service Management.

It Starts at the Top: The Keys to Delivering Manufacturing Projects on Schedule

There’s no doubt that this year has brought a mountain of change—especially in the manufacturing industry. As it is clear, this "new normal" will extend throughout most, if not all, of 2021, we need to collectively be better at identifying risk, empowering teams and adapting to change as it comes.

Honeywell Temperature Monitoring Solution Deployed at JFK International Airport to Screen Air Travelers

Honeywell ThermoRebellionTM uses thermal imaging and artificial intelligence to quickly and accurately detect elevated skin temperatures before boarding flights.

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Learn what you need to know to make clear decisions on the timing and strategy for implementing wireless networks.

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