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BelAZ and ZYFRA partner to jointly develop robotization technologies for the mining industry
July 17, 2019

BelAZ and ZYFRA partner to jointly develop robotization technologies for the mining industry

The strategic partnership agreement was signed on July 10 at the Innoprom-2019 international exhibition in Yekaterinburg by Petr Parkhomchik, CEO of BELAZ-HOLDING, and Igor Bogachev, CEO of ZYFRA.

The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) announced Eaton's Molly Murphy as 2019 Women in Industry Trailblazer Award recipient
July 16, 2019

The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) announced Eaton's Molly Murphy as 2019 Women in Industry Trailblazer Award recipient

The award honors Murphy for her outstanding and dedicated service to NAED, the Women in Industry group, and the electrical distribution industry at large. Murphy has contributed greatly to the group throughout her career by mentoring many women and presenting at NAED events.

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ASM Assembly Systems announces partnership with Delphi Technologies to advance integrated smart factory solutions
July 15, 2019

ASM Assembly Systems announces partnership with Delphi Technologies to advance integrated smart factory solutions

ASM, one of the electronics industry’s digital transformation partners, will take the lead by supplying production line and factory solutions with open protocols as well as solutions for total data and process integration to electronics manufacturers worldwide on all levels of their manufacturing operations.

Rotork to help Malaysian petroleum company enhance actuator control
July 15, 2019

Rotork to help Malaysian petroleum company enhance actuator control

Rotork’s IQ3 actuators will be used to control the flow of the products on to carriers which use a deepwater jetty with depths up to 24 metres to carry products to the two sites, and will also ensure the isolation of the hydrocarbon products to prevent contamination.

AspenTech announces acquisition of Mnubo
July 12, 2019

AspenTech announces acquisition of Mnubo

These acquisitions are intended to enable AspenTech to accelerate the distribution of embedded AI in both its existing and future solutions.

Universal mCloud announces acquisition of Fulcrum Automation Technologies
July 12, 2019

Universal mCloud announces acquisition of Fulcrum Automation Technologies

The transaction remains subject to the final approval of the TSX Venture Exchange (the "TSXV"). mCloud received conditional approval for the transaction from the TSXV on June 10, 2019.

WebNMS announces partnership with HMS Networks to focus on Industrial IoT Solutions
July 10, 2019

WebNMS announces partnership with HMS Networks to focus on Industrial IoT Solutions

The strategic collaboration will leverage the potential of the IOT platform vendor to achieve data driven digital transformation in manufacturing industry.

Cimcorp announces partnership with Conveyor Networks to reach U.K. market
July 10, 2019

Cimcorp announces partnership with Conveyor Networks to reach U.K. market

The cooperation with Conveyor Networks will focus on intralogistics solutions for the food retail and e-commerce markets.

SensorThink announces Tom Martin as Vice President of Engineering
July 10, 2019

SensorThink announces Tom Martin as Vice President of Engineering

Martin is implementing a digital platform that combines IoT, automation and data analytics to deliver solutions to the warehousing and distribution industries.

Microchip Technology announces opening of Chennai, India research and development center
July 09, 2019

Microchip Technology announces opening of Chennai, India research and development center

The new center will focus on IC design, physical design, Computer-aided Design (CAD), application and software development. It will also catalyze the development of the local ecosystem for integrated circuit design and specialized embedded systems development.

Yokogawa Electric selected by ExxonMobil to establish Open Process Automation Test Bed
July 09, 2019

Yokogawa Electric selected by ExxonMobil to establish Open Process Automation Test Bed

ExxonMobil and Yokogawa are members of The Open Group Open Process Automation Forum (OPAF), an international forum of end users, system integrators, suppliers, academia, and standards organizations who are working together to develop the specifications for utilizing OPA technology in next generation process control systems.

Reliable Controls announces Thomas Leslie Zaban as President
July 03, 2019

Reliable Controls announces Thomas Leslie Zaban as President

Mr. Zaban has taken the first half of 2019 to transition into the top position of the firm while continuing with his executive sales and marketing responsibilities.

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HARTING announces innauguration of European Distribution Center
July 03, 2019

HARTING announces innauguration of European Distribution Center

The 20-meter-high shelf warehouse can accommodate approx. 7,000 pallets and 120,000 containers. Installation work involved laying 100 kilometres of IT cabling, 40 kilometers of sprinkler piping and container conveyor technology with a total length of 1,000 meters.

Yaskawa Motoman announces Beistle Company as winner of “Win a MotoMini” contest
July 02, 2019

Yaskawa Motoman announces Beistle Company as winner of “Win a MotoMini” contest

The Smart Series suite of products, including the MotoMini robot, enables implementation of a robot system. Only weighing 7 kg, the MotoMini robot provides application flexibility in small part handling and assembly applications.

Vuzix announces patent filing for waveguide-based augmented reality smart glasses
July 01, 2019

Vuzix announces patent filing for waveguide-based augmented reality smart glasses

These smart glasses would incorporate multiple components of Vuzix IP and technology/ecosystem it has built around smart glasses

The SEMI Smart Manufacturing Initiative releases semiconductor industry’s Benchmark Survey
July 01, 2019

The SEMI Smart Manufacturing Initiative releases semiconductor industry’s Benchmark Survey

The survey was created by subject matter experts from the Americas Chapter of the SEMI Smart Manufacturing Technology Community. Member companies include Intel, Applied Materials, EMD Performance Materials, MAX International Engineering Group, Cimetrix, Jabil and SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

July 01, 2019

Renishaw announces opening of U.S. Fixturing Centre of Excellence for inspection machines

The Centre of Excellence for metrology fixturing design and manufacturing is located just a few miles away from R&R’s existing Grand Haven operations, but is approximately three times the size.

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.

DENSO announces grants to 26 North American colleges and universities
June 28, 2019

DENSO announces grants to 26 North American colleges and universities

Grants will be used towards programs focused on design, materials management, mechanical and electrical engineering principles, thermodynamics, robotics and more.

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.

CIMdata releases 2019 Simulation & Analysis Market Report
June 26, 2019

CIMdata releases 2019 Simulation & Analysis Market Report

The PLM MAR Series provides detailed information and in-depth analysis on the PLM market during calendar year 2018. It contains analyses of major trends and issues; revenues of PLM providers; and revenue analyses for geographical regions, industry sectors, and historical and projected data on market growth.

FDT Group announces Executive Committee approval of FDT IIoT Server (FITS) specification for release to the FDT membership
June 25, 2019

FDT Group announces Executive Committee approval of FDT IIoT Server (FITS) specification for release to the FDT membership

The emerging FITS standard, set to release at year-end, will provide control system and device vendors with the opportunity to advance their intelligent automation solution offerings with FDT's standards-based, platform-independent, information-driven business models meeting the demands of the process and discrete markets.

Rittal partners with Atos and Siemens to develop Intelligent Edge Data Center
June 24, 2019

Rittal partners with Atos and Siemens to develop Intelligent Edge Data Center

The ‘Intelligent Edge Data Center’ (IEDC) is a configurable datacenter solution that enables companies to process IoT data in real-time

Samsung Electronics selects Optomec’s Aerosol Jet for electronics production
June 24, 2019

Samsung Electronics selects Optomec’s Aerosol Jet for electronics production

The Optomec Aerosol Jet 5X system supports 5-axis of coordination motion with a 200mm x 300mm x 200mm (x, y, z) print envelope and the ability to print features ranging from 10 microns to millimeters.

Sager Electronics announces acquisition of Technical Power Systems
June 24, 2019

Sager Electronics announces acquisition of Technical Power Systems

Sager Electronics, a North American distributor of Interconnect, Power and Electromechanical components and provider of value-add solutions, announced it has entered into a purchase agreement to acquire Technical Power Systems

Arena Solutions announces strategic partnership with eBOM
June 20, 2019

Arena Solutions announces strategic partnership with eBOM

Under the partnership, eBOM will be able to replicate its sales model to all resellers in EMEA and Israel by enabling companies to streamline collaboration with distributed teams and supply chains throughout the new product development process.

Comau to build an automated manufacturing line for lithium-ion battery modules for Leclanché
June 20, 2019

Comau to build an automated manufacturing line for lithium-ion battery modules for Leclanché

The solution selected by Leclanché is capable of automating the entire battery manufacturing process, from pouch cell stacking and welding to the final assembly of up to 32 different product configurations.

Siemens to help European Space Agency develop aerospace design applications for metal additive manufacturing
June 20, 2019

Siemens to help European Space Agency develop aerospace design applications for metal additive manufacturing

The Design4AM project will result in a validated process for using Siemens’ additive manufacturing software to design and produce optimized, light-weighted structural parts for space applications, such as, among others, fittings (structurally bonded to CFRP panel), supports, and bipods.

Mitsubishi Electric announces Scott Summerville as President
June 19, 2019

Mitsubishi Electric announces Scott Summerville as President

In his new position, Summerville will be responsible for expanding MEAU’s value proposition in the Americas’ market by leveraging strategies to grow revenue and market share across all business segments as well as to define the company’s future vision and develop and deploy operational and growth strategies.

Menzel announces transition to digital order management
June 19, 2019

Menzel announces transition to digital order management

The manufacturer of large industrial motors is working to shorten its response times and improve the quality of operational processes, whilst creating transparency through a unified data base, which is available to every employee in real time.

DENSO announces Hirokatsu Yamashita president of DENSO Products and Services Americas
June 19, 2019

DENSO announces Hirokatsu Yamashita president of DENSO Products and Services Americas

Yamashita brings more than 26 years of experience with DENSO in its sales, business planning, and administrative operations to his new post. Over time, he has held various positions of increasing responsibility within the corporation’s overseas network, as well as DENSO headquarters in Japan.

Rockwell Automation announces opening of Electric Vehicle (EV) Innovation Center
June 18, 2019

Rockwell Automation announces opening of Electric Vehicle (EV) Innovation Center

The center will provide live manufacturing demonstrations, hands-on trials utilizing new technology and events showcasing collaboration with industry experts and Rockwell Automation partners.

PLCopen announces changes to Board of Management
June 18, 2019

PLCopen announces changes to Board of Management

In view of his changed responsibilities within Siemens, Dirk Vielsäcker proposed to transfer his Board membership to his colleague Steffen Stang.

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.

Engineers Without Borders UK announces Leeds University team as winners of Engineering for People Design Challenge
June 17, 2019

Engineers Without Borders UK announces Leeds University team as winners of Engineering for People Design Challenge

Over 6,500 first and second year students from universities across the UK and Ireland participated in the competition. The Grand Finals, held at the IET in London on 14th June, saw the top 37 teams pitch their ideas to a panel of expert judges in a bid to win the Grand Prize of a £2,000 educational bursary.

Endress+Hauser Open Integration Event: Process control industry wants open, interoperable systems instead of proprietary solutions
June 17, 2019

Endress+Hauser Open Integration Event: Process control industry wants open, interoperable systems instead of proprietary solutions

A highlight of the event was a presentation from representatives of the chemical and pharmaceutical industries outlining how they benefit from the partner program during digitalization of their processes – and what they would like to see in the future.

ABB to showcase first industrial artificial intelligence application using 5G wireless technology
June 17, 2019

ABB to showcase first industrial artificial intelligence application using 5G wireless technology

A joint pilot project by ABB, Atostek and Telia lays the foundation for new industrial solutions based on 5G wireless technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Webalo announces partnership with GE Power
June 14, 2019

Webalo announces partnership with GE Power

Webalo works to enable frontline workers to improve their daily activities through real-time, mobile, or other connected worker devices

ABB and Caruna announce four-year R&D collaboration agreement
June 13, 2019

ABB and Caruna announce four-year R&D collaboration agreement

The collaboration’s first phase focuses on the development and testing of a new kind of protection technology in the Noormarkku network area in Pori, Western Finland. The goal is to achieve a major improvement in the reliability of electricity distribution.

QComp Technologies announces expansion of Wisconsin production facility
June 13, 2019

QComp Technologies announces expansion of Wisconsin production facility

To meet current and future demand, QComp is continuing to add automation and applications engineers and electrical and installation technicians. QComp is a 100% employee owned ESOP company and currently has 40 team members.