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AutomationDirect releases “Safety Components on Guard” white paper
July 26, 2019

AutomationDirect releases “Safety Components on Guard” white paper

This white paper offers an introduction to safety standards for guarding and protecting personnel; understanding safety fundamentals is critical to applying safety components properly.

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NEMA publishes NEMA SPD 1.1-2019 Part 1—Surge Protective Device Specification Guide for Low-Voltage Power Distribution Systems
June 10, 2019

NEMA publishes NEMA SPD 1.1-2019 Part 1—Surge Protective Device Specification Guide for Low-Voltage Power Distribution Systems

This guide is the first in a series intended to provide guidance on the evaluation, specification, and use of surge protective devices (SPD) deployed in low-voltage power distribution system applications.

Yale Materials Handling announces safety resources ahead of 2019 National Forklift Safety Day
June 06, 2019

Yale Materials Handling announces safety resources ahead of 2019 National Forklift Safety Day

In recognition of the sixth annual National Forklift Safety Day on June 11, Yale is offering online resources to highlight the safety features of its lift truck power, robotics and telemetry solutions.

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Fluke announces online safety resources for National Safety Month
May 23, 2019

Fluke announces online safety resources for National Safety Month

Making a mistake while working on a high-energy electrical system can cause serious injury to anyone who fails to take the right safety precautions. In anticipation of National Safety Month in June, Fluke is highlighting its safety content to create more awareness of its free online resources to improve workplace safety.

Advancing Automation: Safety Innovations, Volume XVI
May 07, 2019

Advancing Automation: Safety Innovations, Volume XVI

In order to help industrial organizations enhance their worker safety, Automation.com has produced their 2nd safety ebook to keep the entire workforce safe. This ebook is dedicated to promoting workplace safety strategies and new technologies. With articles and tips devoted to safety, this ebook has the tools and resources to help ensure an incident-free workplace.

exida announces ALM 102 online alarm management training course
April 30, 2019

exida announces ALM 102 online alarm management training course

This course allows students to achieve the exida Alarm Management Practitioner (AMP) certification, while learning at their own pace.

HorizonScan Study: Global Food Safety Issues Increasing for Manufacturers
April 18, 2019

HorizonScan Study: Global Food Safety Issues Increasing for Manufacturers

For manufacturers, the stakes have never been higher. Under FSMA regulations, failure to implement an effective supply chain risk management program could subject food companies and their officers to significant liability and even criminal charges.

Cressall releases enclosure design infographic
February 07, 2019

Cressall releases enclosure design infographic

The guide aims to support design engineers as well as resistor end users across all industries to understand the requirements of their power resistor enclosure.

Ponemon Institute releases study on Managing Safety, Security and Privacy in the Interconnected World of IT, OT and IIoT
February 07, 2019

Ponemon Institute releases study on Managing Safety, Security and Privacy in the Interconnected World of IT, OT and IIoT

The purpose of this study is to understand the concerns that organizations have for functional safety, cybersecurity and data privacy when there is a convergence of IT, operational technology (OT) and industrial internet of things (IIoT).

igus introduces free tool for automated dresspack configuration
January 24, 2019

igus introduces free tool for automated dresspack configuration

The selection process for components can be time-consuming and error-prone, but the igus configurator enables designers to find the right system based on the triflex R energy chain from igus.

HEIDENHAIN introduces HIT 3.0 online CNC controls learning program
October 18, 2018

HEIDENHAIN introduces HIT 3.0 online CNC controls learning program

Replacing HIT 2.0, this online training program is launching a revised 3-axis machining learning program. With the new guided programming function, the user is able to gain realistic practice with Klartext programing and DIN/ISO programming within the learning packet.

IFR Report: Service Robot sales up 39 percent in 2018
October 18, 2018

IFR Report: Service Robot sales up 39 percent in 2018

The total number sold in this robot category rose by 85 percent (2017). Logistic systems show the strongest demand, accounting for 63 percent of the total units and 36 percent of the total sales (in value) of professional service robots. Prospects for service robots remain positive, as it is also a primary field for start-ups.

exida releases Implementing IEC 62443: A Pragmatic Approach to Cybersecurity book
October 11, 2018

exida releases Implementing IEC 62443: A Pragmatic Approach to Cybersecurity book

This perspective is intended to help busy industry professionals get up to speed on the safety and cybersecurity lifecycle, keeping their facility safe from devastating cyberattacks using a straightforward, practical approach.

LNS Survey: Industrial companies using safety to increase profitability
October 08, 2018

LNS Survey: Industrial companies using safety to increase profitability

75 percent of industrial companies said they have seen operational improvements resulting from the use of advanced safety technology. Similarly, 60 percent of respondents said they have seen financial improvements resulting from the use of advanced safety technology.

MSA introduces Apple iOS X/S Connect App for MSA ULTIMA X5000 and General Monitors S5000 gas monitors
September 04, 2018

MSA introduces Apple iOS X/S Connect App for MSA ULTIMA X5000 and General Monitors S5000 gas monitors

These detectors feature Bluetooth wireless technology and can now connect with MSA’s new Apple iOS X/S Connect App along with the previously released Android X/S Connect App.

ABB releases digitalization guide for oil and gas operators
August 27, 2018

ABB releases digitalization guide for oil and gas operators

The guide suggests that building a digital strategy requires preparing and retraining executives, investing in talent, continually exploring the potential of digital, assessing and benchmarking current data architecture, working the data harder and greater collaboration throughout the supply chain.

exida introduces ISA-18.2 / IEC 62682 Alarm Management certificate program
August 10, 2018

exida introduces ISA-18.2 / IEC 62682 Alarm Management certificate program

The AMP program will be offered in conjunction with the exida Academy Training course ALM 101: Introduction to Alarm Management Practices & Principles, which is offered generically or for specific control systems.

Gartner releases 2018 Magic Quadrant for Integrated Risk Management
August 09, 2018

Gartner releases 2018 Magic Quadrant for Integrated Risk Management

The recently published Gartner Magic Quadrant evaluates multiple integrated risk management solution providers who serve the needs of security and risk management leaders across a spectrum of use cases.

ISA releases Safety Instrumented Systems: A Life-Cycle Approach book
July 09, 2018

ISA releases Safety Instrumented Systems: A Life-Cycle Approach book

Safety Instrumented Systems: A Life-Cycle Approach by Paul Gruhn, PE, CFSE, and Simon Lucchini, CFSE, MIEAust CPEng, leverages the performance and documentation requirements defined in the ISA/IEC 61511 functional process safety standard.

PLCopen releases version 2.0 of the Safety Specification Part 1
July 05, 2018

PLCopen releases version 2.0 of the Safety Specification Part 1

PLCopen Committees are working on two levels:
Standardization in the look and feel of safety function blocks
Integration of standard procedures in the development environment

Advancing Automation: Safety Innovations, Volume X
July 03, 2018

Advancing Automation: Safety Innovations, Volume X

Automation.com, always closely following new advances in safety trends and technologies, has worked with several industry leaders to compile our first ebook focused solely on safety.

Kaspersky Survey: 3/4 of respondents concerned about ICS cybersecurity incident
June 26, 2018

Kaspersky Survey: 3/4 of respondents concerned about ICS cybersecurity incident

To gain a better understanding of the issues and opportunities faced by ICS organizations today, Kaspersky Lab and Pierre Audoin Consultants (PAC – a CXP Group Company) conducted a survey of 320 global professionals with decision-making power on OT/ICS cybersecurity from 25 countries across the globe from April – May 2018.

Conveyco Technologies releases Warehouse Automation Guide
June 22, 2018

Conveyco Technologies releases Warehouse Automation Guide

The 12,000 word guide covers such topics as automation trends, KPI’s, robotics, labor availability, efficiency, AS/RS, G2P, poly-bags, safety, system maintenance, and more.

ISA announces ISASecure Overview and 2018 Update: Securing Control Systems to IEC 62443 webinar
May 17, 2018

ISA announces ISASecure Overview and 2018 Update: Securing Control Systems to IEC 62443 webinar

Participants in the May 24, 11AM EDT webinar will learn about the structure and content of the international IEC 62443 control systems cybersecurity standards and the related ISASecure conformity assessment program.

PI releases 250 page catalog for mechatronic actuators and nanopositioning systems
January 18, 2018

PI releases 250 page catalog for mechatronic actuators and nanopositioning systems

Products covered in this catalog use PI’s in-house designed and manufactured Mars Rover-tested piezo ceramic actuators as their drive principle.

Control Station announces 2018 North America training services calendar
January 17, 2018

Control Station announces 2018 North America training services calendar

Control Station’s 2018 training services calendar currently lists a total of sixteen workshops scheduled in industrial centers across the United States and Canada. In particular the scheduled workshops target process manufacturers located throughout the Great Lakes, Gulf and Pacific Northwest regions.

ISA and Beamex announce free webinar: How to Document Safety Instrumented Systems Inspections and Tests
January 04, 2018

ISA and Beamex announce free webinar: How to Document Safety Instrumented Systems Inspections and Tests

The webinar, which will be held from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., EST on 31 January, will feature three automation experts: Paul Gruhn, Global Functional Safety Consultant at aeSolutions; Ned Espy, Technical Director at Beamex; and Roy Tomalino, Calibration Engineer at Beamex.

ISA announces release of Safety Instrumented System Design: Techniques and Design Verification book
September 14, 2017

ISA announces release of Safety Instrumented System Design: Techniques and Design Verification book

Starting with a description of the entire SLC process, the authors illustrate the advantages and importance of performance-based design, from conceptual design to design verification.

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CREST Report: Pressing need to improve cybersecurity in ICS environments
July 10, 2017

CREST Report: Pressing need to improve cybersecurity in ICS environments

The report highlights a number of challenges and suggests that more technical security testing has a significant role to play in ensuring higher levels of security assurance are met.

Robotiq releases Collaborative Robots Buyer’s Guide eBook
July 06, 2017

Robotiq releases Collaborative Robots Buyer’s Guide eBook

Manufacturers who are thinking about adding a robot to their production floor will have a clear view of what’s available. Those who plan on expanding automation in their factory will see which model would fit best.

Rockwell Automation releases Safety Maturity Index for Machine Builders tool
June 15, 2017

Rockwell Automation releases Safety Maturity Index for Machine Builders tool

This tool provides a self-guided assessment for machine builders to measure their performance in the three pillars of industrial safety: culture (behavior), compliance (procedure) and capital (investment in contemporary technology).

Webinar: How to address Safety, Reliability, and IoT in your Material Handling applications
May 31, 2017

Webinar: How to address Safety, Reliability, and IoT in your Material Handling applications

This free June 6 session will explore emerging trends in material handling and the best ways to ensure that equipment is designed and operates reliably and safely.

DeVry University announces DeVry Manufacturing Bootcamp
May 26, 2017

DeVry University announces DeVry Manufacturing Bootcamp

DeVry University is expanding DeVry Bootcamp to include 11 online Advanced Manufacturing Programs in collaboration with 180 Skills, an online career and technical education company for the advanced manufacturing industry

Rockwell Automation announces Best Practices for Risk Management ebook
May 15, 2017

Rockwell Automation announces Best Practices for Risk Management ebook

By addressing risk in key areas, companies can effectively manage brand-critical safety, quality, security and obsolescence challenges at their source. An e-book outlining the four key areas of risk management is available on the Rockwell Automation website.

Troubleshooting: A Technician's Guide, Second Edition - $70.00
June 14, 2016

Troubleshooting: A Technician's Guide, Second Edition - $70.00

By William L. Mostia, Jr., PE
This edition draws on the author’s long experience as an instrument and electrical engineer and his maintenance expertise to provide a detailed look at the skills and knowledge required for troubleshooting.

Motors and Drives: A Practical Technology Guide - Instructional Supplement - $63.00
May 23, 2016

Motors and Drives: A Practical Technology Guide - Instructional Supplement - $63.00

The practical reference introduces engineering concepts of motors and drives in a way that can be easily understood by both engineers unfamiliar with the technology and technicians who are technically literate but not accustomed to complex theory and mathematics.

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PMMI announces release of Mechanical Components 2 certification test
May 18, 2016

PMMI announces release of Mechanical Components 2 certification test

The Mechanical Components 2 evaluates the candidate's mastery of the principles and application of mechanical components such as clutches, brakes, gear boxes, transmissions, ball screws, and linear components.

AVENTICS releases Machine Safety for Pneumatics manual
May 04, 2016

AVENTICS releases Machine Safety for Pneumatics manual

The forty-eight page guide covers topics such as: international directives and standards, hazards vs. risks, risk assessment, estimating performance level, implementing safety functions, diagnostic coverage & common causes of failure (CCF)

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Fluke offers free online training on how to minimize hazards
January 13, 2016

Fluke offers free online training on how to minimize hazards

Fluke Electrical Measurement Safety course gives guidance reflecting the latest information on how to minimize potential hazards when performing electrical measurements.

NEMA Publishes Electrical Standards & Products Guide
November 16, 2015

NEMA Publishes Electrical Standards & Products Guide

The 2016 Edition has a comprehensive listing of NEMA electrical standards as well as an extensive directory of manufacturers and their products.