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Wipro Limited announces opening of Automotive Innovation Center
December 12, 2018

Wipro Limited announces opening of Automotive Innovation Center

Wipro’s Automotive Innovation Center will develop and showcase solutions that leverage artificial intelligence, analytics, Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT), cloud and crowd sourcing.

Emerson announces acquisition of iSolutions Inc
December 11, 2018

Emerson announces acquisition of iSolutions Inc

The acquisition is intended to accelerate delivery of Emerson’s digital transformation roadmap by adding skillsets in information technology/operational technology (IT-OT) and application knowledge to help integrate data from the plant floor to business systems.

Fives Machining Systems announces relocation to expanded Kentucky facility
December 10, 2018

Fives Machining Systems announces relocation to expanded Kentucky facility

The new home of the Machine Tool Services & Solutions will be headquartered in Hebron KY, and support the activity of over twenty service centers worldwide, including the seven in North America - Hebron, KY, Seattle, WA, Valencia, CA, Wichita, KS, Charlotte, NC, Fond du Lac, WI and Cambridge, Ontario.

ISA highlights refreshed vision, values at 2019 Annual Leadership Conference
December 10, 2018

ISA highlights refreshed vision, values at 2019 Annual Leadership Conference

The organization shared the high points of the festive event, met the award winners, and highlighted four members who were just appointed as fellows.

Hannover Fairs USA announces launch of Digital Industry USA trade show
December 10, 2018

Hannover Fairs USA announces launch of Digital Industry USA trade show

As a complement to HANNOVER MESSE USA in the odd-years, Digital Industry USA will take place from September 10-12, 2019 at the completely renovated Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, KY.

Siemens helps Chinese chrome alloy manufacturer employ new production management system
December 07, 2018

Siemens helps Chinese chrome alloy manufacturer employ new production management system

Siemens will design, engineer and commission a new production management system (PMS), based on the Siemens Minerals Operation Management Solution.

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.

Schneider Electric announces global OEM and distribution partnership with Transpara
December 06, 2018

Schneider Electric announces global OEM and distribution partnership with Transpara

The partnership combines Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure IIoT capabilities with Transpara’s Visual KPI solutions to help customers in operationally intensive industries, including refining, petrochemical, energy and mining

CNCMachines.net announces Veteran to Machinist scholarship program
December 06, 2018

CNCMachines.net announces Veteran to Machinist scholarship program

One scholarship a month will be awarded in January, February and March 2019. Winners will be announced Feb 12th, March 12th and April 16th

CyberX announces participation in the GE Digital Alliance Program
December 06, 2018

CyberX announces participation in the GE Digital Alliance Program

CyberX is currently partnering with GE’s global community including GrayMatter, GE’s No. 1 software channel partner and a CRN “IoT Innovator.” GrayMatter’s customers include global organizations implementing a range of Smart Manufacturing, Smart Building, and Smart Water initiatives.

Siemens announces support for OPC UA with TSN networks
December 05, 2018

Siemens announces support for OPC UA with TSN networks

Siemens shares the vision of the OPC Foundation to extend the scope of OPC UA down to field level communication and is looking forward to contributing in standardization activities in the upcoming working groups of the OPC Foundation concerning information models for devices, necessary adaption of OPC UA core standards, application profiles, etc.

Indiana University hosts Big Data and Extreme-Scale Computing workshop
December 04, 2018

Indiana University hosts Big Data and Extreme-Scale Computing workshop

Attendees from around the world -- including national and university labs and supercomputing centers in Japan, China, Saudi Arabia, Spain and the United States -- brainstormed strategies to converge Big Data and the high-performance computing tools necessary to make sense of massive data sets.

Rockwell Automation joins initiative to bring OPC UA to field-level devices
November 29, 2018

Rockwell Automation joins initiative to bring OPC UA to field-level devices

The initiative plans to address use cases not currently in scope for EtherNet/IP. It could also simplify other use cases, especially in multi-vendor, controller-to-controller environments and for the vertical integration of field devices.

Deutsche Messe announces changes to events portfolio
November 29, 2018

Deutsche Messe announces changes to events portfolio

Deutsche Messe will cancel CEBIT 2019 because of declining visitor numbers and a continuing reduction in space bookings. The latest CEBIT concept consisted of an exhibition, conference and festival.

ISA to provide end-user perspective in IEC systems committee on smart manufacturing
November 28, 2018

ISA to provide end-user perspective in IEC systems committee on smart manufacturing

An IEC systems committee is intended to set high-level interfaces and functional requirements that span multiple work areas across the IEC and its partner, the International Organization of Standardization (ISO), to achieve a coordinated standards development plan.

Weidmüller Group announces Terry Hodgson as President of Weidmuller USA
November 27, 2018

Weidmüller Group announces Terry Hodgson as President of Weidmuller USA

As Executive VP of Weidmuller North America, Mr. Hodgson has full responsibility of Weidmuller operations in the US, Canada and Mexico. His primary focus is the Weidmuller USA market and organizational areas of Sales, Marketing, Engineering, Manufacturing, P&L and Operations

Festo announces dedication of Technology Engineering Center for the life sciences
November 27, 2018

Festo announces dedication of Technology Engineering Center for the life sciences

The TEC is the company’s first engineering center in the United States devoted to the life sciences. The choice of the United States for this engineering center was based on this country’s leadership in the global life sciences industry.

Zuken, CADENAS and ECAD-Port announce component library cooperation
November 26, 2018

Zuken, CADENAS and ECAD-Port announce component library cooperation

The three partners are working together to provide online access to free, validated electrical component data to users of Zuken’s E³.series electrical design tools

Industrial Internet Consortium announces results for Smart Manufacturing Connectivity for Brown-field Sensors Testbed
November 26, 2018

Industrial Internet Consortium announces results for Smart Manufacturing Connectivity for Brown-field Sensors Testbed

IIC-member participants TE Connectivity and SAP SE, with supporting participants OPC Foundation and ifm, developed a solution that enables operators of decades old manufacturing facilities (brown-fields) to connect sensors to an IT system using existing infrastructure without affecting real-time operations.

YXLON announces Thomas Wenzel as General Manager
November 26, 2018

YXLON announces Thomas Wenzel as General Manager

On December 1, 2018, Thomas Wenzel will take over the management of the IXS division from Matthias Barz, who has led it since July 2018 as interim manager and who will continue to assist with the initiated measures until their completion

Nidec ASI announces Dominique Llonch as CEO
November 21, 2018

Nidec ASI announces Dominique Llonch as CEO

Dominique succeeds Giovanni Barra, who has been at the helm of the company since 2013.

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Automation Federation completes third review and update of the original Automation Competency Model
November 20, 2018

Automation Federation completes third review and update of the original Automation Competency Model

The Automation Federation (AF) was invited by the US Department of Labor (USDOL) in 2007 to be the first industry-related technical society to create a competency model using the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) pyramid framework for advanced manufacturing.

Rockwell Automation receives IEC 62443 security certification
November 19, 2018

Rockwell Automation receives IEC 62443 security certification

The certification confirms that Rockwell Automation product-development processes adhere to the security requirements in the IEC 62443-4-1 standard. Rockwell Automation is now using the certified SDL at all global development locations to support the development of all hardware and software products.

Moxa and Trend Micro announce joint venture to provide security solutions for IIoT environments
November 19, 2018

Moxa and Trend Micro announce joint venture to provide security solutions for IIoT environments

TXOne Networks will focus on the security needs present in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) environments, including smart manufacturing, smart city, smart energy and more.

OPC Foundation announces Juergen Weinhofer's election to Board of Directors
November 19, 2018

OPC Foundation announces Juergen Weinhofer's election to Board of Directors

Weinhofer will help lead the OPC Foundation in its mission of creating standards that allow multi-vendor industrial IoT technologies to securely and reliably work together.

Dematic helps Australian meat company implement automated buffer system
November 16, 2018

Dematic helps Australian meat company implement automated buffer system

The Dematic Meat Buffer storage and handling solution will work to provide better visibility of product flow and accuracy at the meat processing facility.

Rockwell Automation announces control device support for CIP Security protocol
November 15, 2018

Rockwell Automation announces control device support for CIP Security protocol

Engineers will be able to implement CIP Security in their systems through Rockwell Automation products and firmware updates to existing products such as Allen-Bradley ControlLogix controllers, communication modules and Kinetix servo drives.

Brooks Instrument introduces instrumentation engineering scholarship
November 14, 2018

Brooks Instrument introduces instrumentation engineering scholarship

The $2,000 scholarship will be awarded based on the candidate’s potential for leadership and his or her interest in engineering with a focus on instrumentation, fluid mechanics and flow or pressure measurement.

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.

Schneider Electric announces Schneider Electric Ventures
November 13, 2018

Schneider Electric announces Schneider Electric Ventures

The mission of this initiative is to identify, support and nurture companies and entrepreneurs whose innovations will transform the way we live and work, how we produce and consume energy, and how we run buildings and factories.

Siemens and Aruba announce strategic partnership focused on bridging IT/OT
November 12, 2018

Siemens and Aruba announce strategic partnership focused on bridging IT/OT

By providing integrated networks with tested interoperability and documented in validated reference designs, the two companies help to ensure that integrated OT/IT systems can be installed, operated more securely, and supported efficiently.

Harpak-ULMA joins Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork program as OEM Machine Builder
November 12, 2018

Harpak-ULMA joins Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork program as OEM Machine Builder

As a member of the PartnerNetwork, Harpak-ULMA is teaming with Rockwell Automation to facilitate the development of smart, connected packaging solutions.

IFS Study: Double-digit increases in industrial IoT sophistication this year
November 09, 2018

IFS Study: Double-digit increases in industrial IoT sophistication this year

Executives at respondent companies, ranging from manufacturers to trade contractors and oil and gas companies, are collecting more data from connected devices, integrating it with other systems in new ways, and making IoT more central to their businesses.

FDT Group announces full-platform independence for FDT IIoT Server (FITS) architecture
November 07, 2018

FDT Group announces full-platform independence for FDT IIoT Server (FITS) architecture

With built-in security protecting valuable information and operating data, the FITS platform will enable cloud, enterprise, on-premise, and a single-user desktop deployment method meeting the needs of the process, hybrid and discrete manufacturing sectors.

ABB announces support for OPC UA over TSN communication standard
November 06, 2018

ABB announces support for OPC UA over TSN communication standard

ABB will take up a designated seat on the board of the OPC Foundation in 2019 to further help accelerate development of the new technology.

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.

Emerson to help modernize Algerian gas processing plant
November 05, 2018

Emerson to help modernize Algerian gas processing plant

In its role, Emerson will update control and safety systems, fire and gas systems, field instrumentation control and isolation valves, and other equipment to improve production efficiencies.

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.

ISA and Siemens' cybersecurity workshop shows cybersecurity investment, sophistication on the rise
November 02, 2018

ISA and Siemens' cybersecurity workshop shows cybersecurity investment, sophistication on the rise

During the workshop, featured experts reported that the rapid pace of digital technology and the increasing sophistication of cyber tools at the disposal of foreign entities are making it more difficult to protect critical infrastructure and the industrial control systems that operate them.