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Yokogawa Electric announces acquisition of RAP International
September 13, 2019

Yokogawa Electric announces acquisition of RAP International

RAP specializes in providing digitized solutions that support risk assessment, management of the permit to work (PtW) process, and governance of control of work (CoW) for all plant maintenance activities.

Rockwell Automation announces three additions to Machine Safety System Integrator program
September 12, 2019

Rockwell Automation announces three additions to Machine Safety System Integrator program

The Machine Safety System Integrator program connects companies with system integrators that have expertise in current safety standards and a track record of designing safety systems. The program now has 45 members located around the world.

Mobile Industrial Robots announces opening of larger New York facility
September 11, 2019

Mobile Industrial Robots announces opening of larger New York facility

Mobile Industrial Robots opened a two-building, 7376 sq. ft. office in Holbrook, New York, replacing the Danish company’s first international office, opened in the same city in 2016. It also includes MiR’s first showroom outside of the company’s headerquarters in Odense, designed to showcase its range of mobile robots and the various applications.

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EtherCAT Technology Group holds first Safety over EtherCAT Plug Fest
July 23, 2019

EtherCAT Technology Group holds first Safety over EtherCAT Plug Fest

A total of 36 participants from 18 different companies came to Verl, Germany to test their FSoE devices for interoperability, and in total they brought nine masters, 15 slaves as well as one stack and one tool

Sunnen Products announces partnership with Applied Nano Surfaces to advance friction and wear reduction technology
July 19, 2019

Sunnen Products announces partnership with Applied Nano Surfaces to advance friction and wear reduction technology

Triboconditioning is a combined mechano-chemical surface treatment process which uses a machining procedure to level off surface peaks and apply a friction- and wear-reducing compound to the component surface. Unlike spray coatings, the compound becomes an integrated part of the component structure at a nano level.

ABB to introduce collaborative robots to medical laboratories at Texas healthcare hub
July 19, 2019

ABB to introduce collaborative robots to medical laboratories at Texas healthcare hub

A 20-strong team from ABB Robotics will work in the new 5,300 sq ft (500m2) research facility, which includes an automation laboratory and robot training facilities, as well as meeting spaces for co-developing solutions with innovation partners.

OMRON announces Andy Zosel as President & CEO of OMRON Microscan
June 28, 2019

OMRON announces Andy Zosel as President & CEO of OMRON Microscan

Since the acquisition of Microscan Systems, OMRON has invested in the development of new products and integrating code readers with OMRON's automation technology.

RT Engineering announces opening of Controls Direct automation parts store
June 26, 2019

RT Engineering announces opening of Controls Direct automation parts store

Controls Direct’s goal is to deliver an easy process for ordering automation parts. They offer support, with access to all of RT’s mechanical and electrical engineering expertise, whether if it just more information on a product, or assistance for any ongoing or future projects.

IFR Report: UVD Robot by Blue Ocean Robotics earns IERA Award 2019
June 18, 2019

IFR Report: UVD Robot by Blue Ocean Robotics earns IERA Award 2019

The collaborative robot autonomously drives around hospitals while emitting concentrated UV-C light to eliminate bacteria and other harmful microorganisms. As a result, hospitals can guarantee a 99.99% disinfection rate.

DENSO partners with Honeywell to develop hybrid-electric and fully-electric propulsion systems for urban air mobility
June 10, 2019

DENSO partners with Honeywell to develop hybrid-electric and fully-electric propulsion systems for urban air mobility

By converging their automotive and aerospace expertise, DENSO and Honeywell seek to create propulsion systems that make air travel cleaner, quieter, more efficient and easier to maintain.

Rittal to introduce digital enclosure solutions at “The smarter E Europe” fair
May 03, 2019

Rittal to introduce digital enclosure solutions at “The smarter E Europe” fair

Under the banner “Answers 4.0”, Rittal is appearing at “The smarter E Europe” fair to demonstrate digital technologies. Rittal offers solutions and products that enable panel building and switchgear manufacturers to lay the foundations for gradually forming a digital value chain.

LAMPAS research project announces launch to work for faster laser machines
April 26, 2019

LAMPAS research project announces launch to work for faster laser machines

The European research project "LAMPAS" is working on the world record of fabrication throughput for the production of functionalized surfaces in the domestic appliance market by combining the outstanding characteristics of three laser technologies, being High-Average-Power Ultrafast Lasers, Direct Laser Interference Patterning and Polygon Scanner processing.

Kyocera Corporation announces construction of Japanese smart factory for automated equipment production
April 09, 2019

Kyocera Corporation announces construction of Japanese smart factory for automated equipment production

The facility will develop and produce Kyocera’s automated production equipment, enabling the company to strengthen its use of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) in manufacturing. The company held a groundbreaking ceremony on April 3 at the site.

TrendMiner announces integration with Siemens Mindsphere IoT Platform
April 01, 2019

TrendMiner announces integration with Siemens Mindsphere IoT Platform

The integration of TrendMiner with Siemens Mindsphere enables its users to analyze, monitor and predict their sensor-generated time-series data stored in Siemens’ IoT platform.

Automate announces seven Launch Pad Startup Competition finalists
March 13, 2019

Automate announces seven Launch Pad Startup Competition finalists

On April 10 at 3 p.m. in the “Win the Future” theater, the seven finalists will have five minutes to pitch their technology solution to a panel of judges comprised of industry leaders and investors.

Emerson to help Indian oil company modernize automation operations
March 12, 2019

Emerson to help Indian oil company modernize automation operations

The project will upgrade 14 different process units, including diesel hydro-treating units designed to reduce sulfur content and octane-boosting units either being installed or augmented with desulfurization technologies.

U.S. Department of Labor cites Wisconsin aluminum castings manufacturer for exposing workers to metalworking fluids
March 12, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor cites Wisconsin aluminum castings manufacturer for exposing workers to metalworking fluids

OSHA initiated an inspection at the company’s automotive aluminum castings manufacturing facility in August 2018 after receiving a medical referral. OSHA cited the company for failing to protect the employees from exposure to airborne metalworking fluids during machining operations, and failing to evaluate respiratory hazards.

TM Robotics report: Majority of automation distributors believe collaborative robot performance is lacking
March 11, 2019

TM Robotics report: Majority of automation distributors believe collaborative robot performance is lacking

The report states that over 55 per cent of automation distributors do not believe collaborative robot technology is advanced enough to deliver the performance demands of manufacturing or packaging industries. This coincides with over 80 per cent of distributors witnessing no decline in industrial robot sales since the dawn of the cobot.

Honeywell ISA100 Wireless Device Manager earns ISASecure cybersecurity certification
March 07, 2019

Honeywell ISA100 Wireless Device Manager earns ISASecure cybersecurity certification

The ISASecure certification provides assurances that development of the WDMY is managed under a secure development lifecycle and will maintain its security capabilities as the product is changed and maintained over its lifecycle.

TM Robotics announces robot sketching demonstration for Automate 2019
March 06, 2019

TM Robotics announces robot sketching demonstration for Automate 2019

TM Robotics will exhibit a range of Toshiba Machine’s robots, including the THL500 SCARA, which will be creating free artist impressions of visitors at booth number 6763.

Carnegie Mellon research aims at identifying causes for defects in 3D Printing
February 22, 2019

Carnegie Mellon research aims at identifying causes for defects in 3D Printing

New research published today in Science, led by researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Argonne National Laboratory, has identified how and when these gas pockets form, as well as a methodology to predict their formation – a pivotal discovery that could dramatically improve the 3D printing process.

Maplesoft and Sigmetrix announce direct operations in China
February 21, 2019

Maplesoft and Sigmetrix announce direct operations in China

The two Cybernet Group companies now have an office in Shanghai that is staffed by local experts to provide products and solutions to their customers within all of China.

HANNOVER MESSE 2019 Preview: From components to systems solutions
January 24, 2019

HANNOVER MESSE 2019 Preview: From components to systems solutions

Running under the lead theme of "Industrial Intelligence", HANNOVER MESSE 2019 will zero in on this trend, with a simultaneous focus on the role of human beings – the decisive idea generators for the factory of the future.

Siemens helps Chinese coal mines facilitate cloud-based digitalization
December 06, 2018

Siemens helps Chinese coal mines facilitate cloud-based digitalization

Drawing on Siemens expertise in the mining industry and Industry 4.0, the solution will be based on the advanced architecture and performance of Siemens WinCC Open Architecture. As part of the contract, Siemens will also provide inter process communication (IPC), accessories, plus software engineering and site commissioning services.

November 14, 2018

Deloitte Study: 2.4 million manufacturing jobs may go unfilled by 2028

Five out of 10 open positions for skilled workers in the U.S. manufacturing industry remain unoccupied today due to the skills gap crisis. These “skilled positions” require specific training or skillsets and often take months to fill.

CNCMachines.net announces $2,000 CNC scholarship
November 05, 2018

CNCMachines.net announces $2,000 CNC scholarship

The competitive award is for students enrolled in a CNC machinist, CNC operations, engineering or manufacturing certificate or degree program. As part of the award process, the scholarship recipient's school will also recieve a $500 donation made to their machining or manufacturing department.

OPC Foundation announces standardization and harmonization initiative for OPC UA including TSN enabled Ethernet networks
November 05, 2018

OPC Foundation announces standardization and harmonization initiative for OPC UA including TSN enabled Ethernet networks

The goal of this initiative is to deliver an open, cohesive approach to implement OPC UA including TSN and associated application profiles. This will advance the OPC Foundation providing vendor independent end-to-end interoperability into field level devices for all relevant industry automation use-cases.

Rockwell Automation announces enhancements to Machine Safety Portfolio
November 05, 2018

Rockwell Automation announces enhancements to Machine Safety Portfolio

The additions to the machine safety portfolio are all designed to communicate over EtherNet/IP and are tested against machine safety standards to ease compliance. The products will also be included in the next release of the Safety Automation Builder software tool.

Universal Robots' UR5e cobot to ring closing bell for New York Stock Exchange
October 16, 2018

Universal Robots' UR5e cobot to ring closing bell for New York Stock Exchange

The bell ringer, Universal Robots’ UR5e, is a collaborative robot – or cobot – able to work alongside people with no safety guarding, giving watchers worldwide the opportunity to see just how cobots interact with humans.

exida announces National Instruments as winner of 2018 exida Safety Award
October 09, 2018

exida announces National Instruments as winner of 2018 exida Safety Award

The exida Safety Awards honor exida-certified products or processes that best demonstrate new and innovative work in the realm of functional safety and cybersecurity, which improves the application of IEC 61508 or IEC 62443.

Emerson announces acquisition of HTE Engineering Services
October 03, 2018

Emerson announces acquisition of HTE Engineering Services

HTE Engineering Services is headquartered in Dunboyne, County Meath, Ireland. Terms of the acquisition, which closed on October 1, were not disclosed.

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International Society of Automation announces recipients of 2018 author awards
October 02, 2018

International Society of Automation announces recipients of 2018 author awards

Winners are recognized for their editorial contributions to a wide range of ISA publications, including ISA books; InTech, ISA’s bi-monthly magazine for automation and control professionals; and ISA Transactions

ABB to help provide enclosures for Brazilian pipeline network
September 28, 2018

ABB to help provide enclosures for Brazilian pipeline network

ABB will provide E-houses for the 47 pumping stations along the pipeline, spread across 47 kilometers, connecting a station being built in São Bernardo do Campo to the Capuava Refinery (RECAP) in Mauá in São Paulo.

ISA and Automation Federation highlights growing need for skilled manufacturing workers ahead of Manufacturing Day 2018
September 27, 2018

ISA and Automation Federation highlights growing need for skilled manufacturing workers ahead of Manufacturing Day 2018

Manufacturing Day, 5 October 2018 is designed to amplify the voice of individual companies and coordinate a collective movement toward greater understanding and solutions to key manufacturing challenges

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.

Rockwell Automation announces support for Energy Observer expedition
September 17, 2018

Rockwell Automation announces support for Energy Observer expedition

To help ensure 24-hour energy autonomy throughout its global expedition, the Energy Observer uses a combination of intermittent renewable energy: solar panels, wind turbines, lithium-ion batteries and a hydrogen production system.

EOS and Siemens partner to integrate EOS M 300 series
September 12, 2018

EOS and Siemens partner to integrate EOS M 300 series

EOS expands its portfolio of systems for metal additive manufacturing with the EOS M 300 series. The solution is an automation-ready, future-proof platform that is configurable, scalable, and secure. For this, EOS also trusts in control and drive components from the Siemens Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) portfolio.

ABB announces UK Switch to Robots seminar
September 04, 2018

ABB announces UK Switch to Robots seminar

The seminar provides a step-by-step guide to the key issues around specifying, installing and operating a robot, including how to assess which processes can be automated and how to develop the right solution for specific needs.

Beckhoff Automation announces opening of Quebec office
August 31, 2018

Beckhoff Automation announces opening of Quebec office

The Laval office establishes an automation solution center for Beckhoff customers in Quebec, located conveniently within driving distance from downtown Montreal and Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.

Rockwell Automation opens nominations for 2018 Manufacturing Safety Excellence Awards
August 27, 2018

Rockwell Automation opens nominations for 2018 Manufacturing Safety Excellence Awards

The awards celebrate manufacturers that make safety an inherent value in their company culture, compliance procedures and use of machine-safety technology.