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PI releases Nanopositioning for Microscopy catalog
January 14, 2019

PI releases Nanopositioning for Microscopy catalog

Selecting the best drive technology for each application can become a tedious job for the microscope designer as well as the researcher. PI’s “Nanopositioning for Microscopy” brochure is designed to simplify this selection process with flow charts and application tables.

AutomationDirect announces free online PLC training
January 10, 2019

AutomationDirect announces free online PLC training

Due to the high demand and requests for training in the field of industrial automation, AutomationDirect is now offering unlimited access to selected Interconnecting Automation training series for anyone interested in learning about industrial controllers.

Advancing Automation: Sensors & Instruments, Volume XIII
December 27, 2018

Advancing Automation: Sensors & Instruments, Volume XIII

Automation.com has developed this ebook to serve as a guide to the latest instruments and sensors available to the automation community, as well as how other companies have already utilized new technologies to drive growth in their facilities. We've compiled articles from the technology experts and drivers, to provide this resource to keep you in the know with today's latest and greatest automation technologies.

NK Technologies releases 2019 product catalog
December 19, 2018

NK Technologies releases 2019 product catalog

The 2019 product catalog features performance data, sizes, specifications, and technical references for the company’s portfolio of current sensing switches, transducers, transformers, and ground fault protection products.

IDTechEx Report: Piezoelectrics Key to IoT and Power from Roads?
December 10, 2018

IDTechEx Report: Piezoelectrics Key to IoT and Power from Roads?

This 241 page report has a comprehensive Executive Summary and Conclusions for those with limited time. 10 primary conclusions are presented then infograms with data.

United Electric Controls announces beta test for WirelessHART Vanguard Gas Detectors
December 06, 2018

United Electric Controls announces beta test for WirelessHART Vanguard Gas Detectors

Beta testers of the ammonia and carbon monoxide detectors receive up to fifty percent discount on the first three ammonia or carbon monoxide Vanguard detectors they purchase.

EtherCAT Technology Group announces vendor-independent diagnosis interface
December 05, 2018

EtherCAT Technology Group announces vendor-independent diagnosis interface

The software-based interface can be implemented in controllers offered by any device manufacturer, which makes it an interesting feature to vendors of both master devices and diagnostic tools.

EU Automation releases '4.0 Sight – Digital industry around the world' book
November 28, 2018

EU Automation releases '4.0 Sight – Digital industry around the world' book

The book features interviews with industry experts from around the globe who give insight in to the future of manufacturing. The book is available to order in print.

PLCopen releases version 2.0 of  Safety Specification Part 1
November 28, 2018

PLCopen releases version 2.0 of Safety Specification Part 1

The original document describes the functionalities as well as extensive state diagrams which add to the understanding, references to the applicable standards, description of error behavior, functional checks, and error codes, and identifies different programming levels.

EnOcean introduces “Battery-free by EnOcean” seal to highlight self-powered smart switches
November 09, 2018

EnOcean introduces “Battery-free by EnOcean” seal to highlight self-powered smart switches

As of now, product manufacturers can use the seal to promote their battery-free, wireless switches integrating EnOcean’s energy harvesting technology for wireless standards in the sub-1 GHz and 2.4 GHz range.

Positive Technologies releases PT ISIM freeView Sensor free ICS monitoring solution
November 09, 2018

Positive Technologies releases PT ISIM freeView Sensor free ICS monitoring solution

Intended for basic ICS security monitoring, this version is free of charge and easy to configure. No special technical knowledge is needed. Downloading and getting started with PT ISIM freeView Sensor takes minutes.

Vortec announces updates to online heat load calculator
November 07, 2018

Vortec announces updates to online heat load calculator

This online tool is designed for a range of industries and applications, including industrial/manufacturing, food, chemical, water and other processing environments, oil refining and petrochemical processing, and others that have become dependent on microprocessors, PLCs, and VFDs.

Thomson industries introduces mobile Linear MOTIONEERING product sizing and selection tool
October 31, 2018

Thomson industries introduces mobile Linear MOTIONEERING product sizing and selection tool

The Linear MOTIONEERING tool retains the Thomson engineering calculations for design engineers and has added new product families, interactive navigation, expanded global support and mobile access.

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Advancing Automation: Control Systems, Volume XII
October 30, 2018

Advancing Automation: Control Systems, Volume XII

Automation.com has worked with several industry leaders to compile this Control Systems ebook, designed to help you stay up-to-date on the latest advancements in control system technology.

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.

EdgeX Foundry announces EdgeX-enabled developer kits
October 18, 2018

EdgeX Foundry announces EdgeX-enabled developer kits

There will be two different kinds of dev kits - community and commercial. For options in the community track, the bill of materials will be purchased independently online, the code will be downloaded straight from a special repository on the project GitHub, and questions will be answered through forums like the EdgeX Rocket Chat.

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.

Bentley Systems releases iModel.js open-source library
October 17, 2018

Bentley Systems releases iModel.js open-source library

The iModel.js library is a collection of JavaScript packages that build on standards for modern cloud and web development.

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.

Parker Hannifin releases Parker T-Slot Aluminum Design Architect software
October 05, 2018

Parker Hannifin releases Parker T-Slot Aluminum Design Architect software

Available as a free download on the Parker website, the software has been highlighted by Parker design centers, professional users, and DIYers for its interface, BOM generation, and quote capabilities.

Watlow introduces Watlow SELECT Visual Designer
October 03, 2018

Watlow introduces Watlow SELECT Visual Designer

Watlow’s Visual Designer uses pictures for product option menus and provides a constantly updated drawing of the product being configured. Users click on the features needed and watch them appear in the drawing.

Emerson releases Digital Transformation Roadmap
October 02, 2018

Emerson releases Digital Transformation Roadmap

The goal is to help companies use technology to reach Top Quartile performance, measured by optimized production, improved reliability, enhanced safety and minimized energy usage.

ISA announces ISA/IEC 62443-4-2-2018 standard
September 25, 2018

ISA announces ISA/IEC 62443-4-2-2018 standard

ISA/IEC 62443-4-2-2018, Security for Industrial Automation and Control Systems: Technical Security Requirements for IACS Components, provides the cybersecurity technical requirements for components that make up an IACS, specifically the embedded devices, network components, host components and software applications.

exida announces IEC 62443 OEM software development course
September 07, 2018

exida announces IEC 62443 OEM software development course

The methods taught in the course are based on the IEC 62443-4-1 and IEC 62443-4-2 standards, which represent the expertise of a large group of global experts to reduce cyber vulnerabilities by laying a solid foundation of cyber defense mechanisms for automation system networks.

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.

Advancing Automation: Manufacturing Software, Volume XI
August 31, 2018

Advancing Automation: Manufacturing Software, Volume XI

Automation.com has teamed with some of the leading innovators and providers of manufacturing software in order to deliver this in-depth guide to the variety of software options that drive different aspects of today’s manufacturing operations.

Siemens announces latest version of Siemens Converting Toolbox
August 30, 2018

Siemens announces latest version of Siemens Converting Toolbox

The Siemens Converting Toolbox has separate modules for each of the Siemens product categories typically found on converting machines, including SIMOTION motion controllers, SINAMICS drives and SIMATIC PLCs.

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.

Silicon Designs announces MEMS Variable Capacitive Accelerometer Samples via Amazon
August 24, 2018

Silicon Designs announces MEMS Variable Capacitive Accelerometer Samples via Amazon

This Amazon offering will allow Silicon Designs to distribute MEMS VC accelerometer samples to its customers, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week

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.

CC-Link Partner Association releases companion specification with the OPC Foundation to simplify information transfer
August 09, 2018

CC-Link Partner Association releases companion specification with the OPC Foundation to simplify information transfer

CLPA’s activity with the OPCF aims to expand its existing CSP+ (Control & Communication System Profile) technology from just describing individual devices and to apply it to complete machines and production lines. This is the key concept behind CSP+ for Machine.

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.

Watlow announces SELECT product guide
July 27, 2018

Watlow announces SELECT product guide

Watlow SELECT is a buying experience allowing customers to find products online and in Watlow catalogs, design the product to fit their application, readily access drawings and technical content and receive five days or less shipment on most products.

Bedrock Automation announces Industrial Control Systems Life Cycle Cost Analysis – Quantitative Evaluation whitepaper
July 18, 2018

Bedrock Automation announces Industrial Control Systems Life Cycle Cost Analysis – Quantitative Evaluation whitepaper

The whitepaper, Chapter Five: Industrial Control Systems Life Cycle Cost Analysis – Quantitative Evaluation, delineates 450 different factors that impact costs across the following six phases of the industrial control system (ICS) life cycle: engineering, installation, commissioning, maintenance, system, and cyber security.

CIMdata releases 'Connecting the Value Chain to Accelerate New Product Introduction' eBook
July 09, 2018

CIMdata releases 'Connecting the Value Chain to Accelerate New Product Introduction' eBook

This eBook confronts the trend toward engineering designs comprising a high percentage of procured-in content, and the organizational issues of cross-functional coordination especially between engineering and procurement.

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 announces SFC software construction guidelines
July 06, 2018

PLCopen announces SFC software construction guidelines

This document explains the advantages of Sequential Function Chart, SFC. This is a very expressive graphic formalism of the IEC 61131-3 standard. It is not considered a programming language as it needs other languages to express transition conditions and actions.

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.