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Honeywell to help modernize Austrian paper plant
October 09, 2018

Honeywell to help modernize Austrian paper plant

The mill – where paper has been made for more than four centuries – makes 980,000 tons of multicoated paper per year for publications around the world. Honeywell will implement a range of upgrades that include server virtualization, process visualization and cybersecurity solutions.

Emerson announces agreement to acquire General Electric’s Intelligent Platforms Business
October 02, 2018

Emerson announces agreement to acquire General Electric’s Intelligent Platforms Business

The acquisition is expected to close in the first half of fiscal 2019, subject to regulatory approvals, GE’s consultation with employee representatives where required and other customary closing conditions.

Open Systems International announces Al Eliasen as Chief Operating Officer
September 28, 2018

Open Systems International announces Al Eliasen as Chief Operating Officer

Eliasen is an automation industry professional with more than 25 years of experience in corporate operations and engineering management. At OSI, he has overseen all project delivery operations to date.

Process Solutions announces launch of Robotic Controls Division
September 19, 2018

Process Solutions announces launch of Robotic Controls Division

The division is being formed in response to customer and supplier demand, along with the Northwest region’s lack of service providers for robot-based automation.

HANNOVER MESSE announces "Integrated Industry – Industrial Intelligence" theme for 2019 event
September 17, 2018

HANNOVER MESSE announces "Integrated Industry – Industrial Intelligence" theme for 2019 event

The theme of HANNOVER MESSE 2019 underlines the growing importance of artificial intelligence and machine learning in the production and energy industries, including such areas as energy efficiency and use and autonomous production processes as well as challenges in terms of interfaces, protocols and security.

Moore Industries announces 50th anniversary celebration
June 19, 2018

Moore Industries announces 50th anniversary celebration

Since 1968, Moore Industries has been serving process manufacturing businesses and fortune 500 companies in oil, gas, mining, chemical, power generation, water/waste water treatment, pharmaceutical, food, beverage, consumer packaged goods, semiconductor, and biotechnology industries.

Inductive Automation names Brock Solutions as first system integrator in Inductive's Enterprise Integrator Program
March 29, 2018

Inductive Automation names Brock Solutions as first system integrator in Inductive's Enterprise Integrator Program

Inductive Automation defines Enterprise Integrators as those with a high level of Ignition certification, a global presence, the ability to take on enterprise-wide projects, and 250 or more engineers, among other requirements.

Siemens talks digitalization, edge computing at Siemens Factory Automation SCADA/IPC Days 2018
March 02, 2018

Siemens talks digitalization, edge computing at Siemens Factory Automation SCADA/IPC Days 2018

From February 19-22, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas, approximately 130 people gathered for four days of product presentations, emerging technology discussions and a market trend outlook at the Siemens Factory Automation SCADA/IPC Days 2018.

CyberX announces tech integration with CyberArk to enhance remote access security
December 14, 2017

CyberX announces tech integration with CyberArk to enhance remote access security

The CyberX platform is designed to deliver continuous ICS threat monitoring and asset discovery, ICS threat intelligence, and non-invasive risk and vulnerability assessments.

SyTech announces strategic partnership with Tatsoft
December 08, 2017

SyTech announces strategic partnership with Tatsoft

With XLReporter’s custom connectors to FactoryStudio and point-and-click configuration, Users create informative drill-down, summary, utilization and regulatory reports from real-time, historical and alarm data. Completed reports are distributed via web pages, networked printers, PDF files and email.

Industrial Automation Group earns designation as Inductive Automation Premier Integrator
November 28, 2017

Industrial Automation Group earns designation as Inductive Automation Premier Integrator

Inductive Automation looks forward to working more closely with IAG, which is becoming a more active member of the Ignition community.

Mitsubishi Electric partners with Bimba Manufacturing to build electric motion solution
September 12, 2017

Mitsubishi Electric partners with Bimba Manufacturing to build electric motion solution

This arrangement brings together Mitsubishi Electric’s servo motors and control products with Bimba’s electric mechanical actuators.

Beckhoff to feature automation and IT convergence at Pack Expo 2017
August 29, 2017

Beckhoff to feature automation and IT convergence at Pack Expo 2017

Visitors to the Beckhoff booth will again be able to “BYOD”, using their own smartphones and tablets to connect with PC-based control demos – including a wall of IoT-enabled devices, plus articulated robot arms from Stäubli – using any mobile device with a web browser.

Peratech and SMK Electronics partner to integrate QTC technology in SMK remote control products
July 18, 2017

Peratech and SMK Electronics partner to integrate QTC technology in SMK remote control products

Incorporating QTC force-sensing technology into a remote control is intended to improve the experience of using capacitive buttons, touchpads or directional pads, by requiring a press-with-force to send commands to the receiver.

QUBYX Software delivers calibration software to WIDE LCD displays
July 18, 2017

QUBYX Software delivers calibration software to WIDE LCD displays

Available under the product name ezCAL, the application is designed to enable radiologists with an enhanced display to accurately interpret images. WIDE ezCAL is also backwards-compatible and available for use with existing WIDE displays.

Weintek announces opening of Seattle branch
July 11, 2017

Weintek announces opening of Seattle branch

Acting as a branch office, this Seattle facility is designed to enhance Weintek’s HMI position in North America. Weintek is an HMI manufacturer and is dedicated to development, design and manufacturing of HMIs

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Exele and Benchmark Software announce partnership for SCADA Alarm Notification
June 21, 2017

Exele and Benchmark Software announce partnership for SCADA Alarm Notification

The result is intended to be a SCADA alarm notification and management solution with minimal development and configuration time.

IDEC announces acquisition of APEM
April 06, 2017

IDEC announces acquisition of APEM

APEM’s historical presence and reputation will help accelerate IDEC’s growth in Europe. IDEC’s leadership position in Japan and across Asia will open new markets for APEM products, and help to support existing APEM business across Asia.

Phoenix Contact's Valueline panel PCs earn 2017 German Design Award
April 05, 2017

Phoenix Contact's Valueline panel PCs earn 2017 German Design Award

The devices feature a multi-touch screen and are suitable for installation in the front of the control cabinet. The user can choose between different performance classes and display sizes ranging from 7.0 to 21.5 inches.

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ISA announces IACS Security Lifecycle Training Program w/ Cyber Trainers
February 28, 2017

ISA announces IACS Security Lifecycle Training Program w/ Cyber Trainers

The Cyber Trainers are designed and equipped with full-function industrial automation system hardware and software configured to perform like the IACS and networks in a real operating water plant or other critical infrastructure.

Red Lion earns 'Leadership in Automation' award
January 18, 2017

Red Lion earns 'Leadership in Automation' award

Red Lion earned the award for the sixth consecutive year, in part due to its HMI hardware and wireless networking components

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.

Opto 22 announces joining of Dell IoT Solutions Partner Program
November 30, 2016

Opto 22 announces joining of Dell IoT Solutions Partner Program

This combination brings together a hardware platform, data visualization for mobile and web clients, industrial automation protocol support including Modbus/TCP and OPC UA, and data flow processing with software development environments like Node-RED.

Inductive Automation announces six winners of 2016 Firebrand Awards
October 24, 2016

Inductive Automation announces six winners of 2016 Firebrand Awards

The Ignition Firebrand Awards recognize system integrators and industrial organizations that use the Ignition software platform to create innovative new projects.

CC-Link announces Molex receives network certification for PCI Express interface cards
October 20, 2016

CC-Link announces Molex receives network certification for PCI Express interface cards

Molex, Inc. provides two CC-Link certified PCI-Express interface products that are designed to work as a complete solution including full and half height boards for Industrial CC-Link Network interface

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September 14, 2016

Trihedral announces opening of VTScada office in Houston

This is the latest move in Trihedral’s strategy that recently included a new office in Calgary, Alberta, and the addition of Alan Hudson as the VTScada US Sales Manager based in Trussville, Alabama.

August 22, 2016

T&M Associates announces Ivica Cacic as Senior Automation Specialist

Cacic’s skillset will provide clients with solutions to many automation challenges associated with process optimization, system integration and advanced control system design through project conception, planning, design, construction and life-cycle operations.

Comark appoints Parag Shah as Chief  Technology Officer
July 01, 2016

Comark appoints Parag Shah as Chief Technology Officer

As Comark's CTO, Mr. Shah is responsible for the company's technology vision and strategy as well as the development of products and solutions to support Comark's "Smarter Automation" strategy.

APLEX announces ATEX and IECEx certifications for AEx series of panel PCs
June 17, 2016

APLEX announces ATEX and IECEx certifications for AEx series of panel PCs

The fanless AEx-P526 is equipped with 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x LAN port, 1 x COM1, 1 x COM 2 and wide-ranging power input (11~32V DC) port with M12 connector cables and provide sealed & stable communications.

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June 13, 2016

Advantech B+B SmartWorx partners with B-Scada, Inc.

B-Scada will offer the Advantech Wzzard preconfigured for Status Device Cloud, the real-time data monitoring and analytics solution for devices by B-Scada.

Registration opens for ISA’s 2016 Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium
May 20, 2016

Registration opens for ISA’s 2016 Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium

This event—focusing on the challenges associated with automation and instrumentation in the water and wastewater sectors—includes an extensive, two-day program of technical presentations; a tour of a local wastewater treatment plant; and a supplier showcase.

PcVue adds Auto-ID tracking to SCADA software
April 12, 2016

PcVue adds Auto-ID tracking to SCADA software

The combination of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) technology with InformaTrac's Auto-ID technology provides automated tracking and location history.

Rockwell Automation to Launch “Best Future Machine Award” at interpack 2017
April 04, 2016

Rockwell Automation to Launch “Best Future Machine Award” at interpack 2017

The Best Future Machine Award will be an opportunity for machine builders to showcase and discuss their technology in front of some of the industry’s most influential companies.

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CoaXPress Aims to Become New Standard in Machine Vision Interfaces
April 04, 2016

CoaXPress Aims to Become New Standard in Machine Vision Interfaces

Due to the use of standard coaxial cable and its bandwidth, CoaXPress has found itself not only suited for machine vision applications but also for applications in the medical and defense markets where use of coaxial cable is prevalent.

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IHS forecasts steady growth for the world operator terminal market
March 29, 2016

IHS forecasts steady growth for the world operator terminal market

The world operator terminal market is was worth $2.4 billion in 2014, and IHS Technology forecasts it to grow to $2.9 billion in 2019.

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ABB to control SCA’s expanded pulp mill
March 14, 2016

ABB to control SCA’s expanded pulp mill

The integrated automation solution will manage end-to-end production in the pulp industry — from the woodyard to the baling line — from a single control room

Terminal LCD Displays Market to Reach US$18.50 bn by 2022
February 22, 2016

Terminal LCD Displays Market to Reach US$18.50 bn by 2022

The global terminal LCD display market was worth US$13.09 bn in 2014 and is expected to reach US$18.50 bn by 2022, expanding at a CAGR of 4.3% from 2015 to 2022

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Movicon used in MSC Cruise Ship Overhaul Project
January 20, 2016

Movicon used in MSC Cruise Ship Overhaul Project

This extraordinary engineering feat was achieved by slicing the ship in half by following a line marked out with accurate sandblasting and disconnecting over15,000 electric cables. The Movicon software to used to help synchronize moving and lifting operations and stability control of the two halves.

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January 18, 2016

Progea signs Cornerstone Technical Group as distributor

Cornerstone provide SCADA/HMI software solutions in the southeast Unites States

Windows 10: Upgrade or not?
December 18, 2015

Windows 10: Upgrade or not?

Control Engineering
By Art Howell, Maverick Technologies
Microsoft introduced Windows 10, but should industrial institutions consider an upgrade? If you do decide to upgrade and don’t like it, you can always go back to your previous version. Welcome to the future, like it or not! Here is a quick analysis.