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MTConnect Institute announces  OPC Unified Architecture for MTConnect Companion Specification Release Candidate (RC) 2.0.4
December 11, 2018

MTConnect Institute announces OPC Unified Architecture for MTConnect Companion Specification Release Candidate (RC) 2.0.4

The document is an overhaul and rewrite of RC 1.0.2 (2013) that incorporates current features and functions of MTConnect and OPC UA.

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.

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.

CIMdata announces schedule for 2019 PLM Leadership Certificate Program
November 21, 2018

CIMdata announces schedule for 2019 PLM Leadership Certificate Program

The program, which may be taken as a 3-day or 5-day program, is appropriate for industrial companies that are considering PLM or are already implementing PLM, and to PLM solution providers.

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.

exida announes IEC 62443-2-4 system integration certification courses
November 09, 2018

exida announes IEC 62443-2-4 system integration certification courses

The certifications are based on the IEC 62443-2-4 and IEC 62443-3-3 standards, which lay a foundation of cyber defense mechanisms for automation system networks and cover the specific requirements for developing and designing secure systems.

Famic Technologies and Koganei releases pneumatic catalog for Automation Studio
November 05, 2018

Famic Technologies and Koganei releases pneumatic catalog for Automation Studio

This catalogue has been specifically developed to support automation and manufacturing markets and includes products of Koganei, a user and reseller of Automation Studio

Exida announces FSE 211 – IEC 61508 – 'An Introduction to Functional Safety' self-paced training course
October 29, 2018

Exida announces FSE 211 – IEC 61508 – 'An Introduction to Functional Safety' self-paced training course

The course provides a comprehensive overview of the IEC 61508 requirements needed to ensure functional safety for electrical/electronic and programmable electronic systems.

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.

Industrial Internet Consortium announces IIC Resource Hub
October 18, 2018

Industrial Internet Consortium announces IIC Resource Hub

The IIC Resource Hub references IIC resources including knowledge and expertise from IIC foundational documents, testbed insights, toolkits, demos and relationships with global standards and industry groups, and also provides actionable intelligence.

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.

Rockwell Automation launches State of the Industry: Your Guide to the Future of Smart Manufacturing podcast
October 15, 2018

Rockwell Automation launches State of the Industry: Your Guide to the Future of Smart Manufacturing podcast

The podcast discusses a range of topics with business and academia thought leaders – from how industrial technologies, such as blockchain, will transform supply chains to how academic and business partnerships address workforce and upskilling challenges.

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.

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.

Will Manufacturers Ride the Servitization Wave to Greater Profitability?
September 21, 2018

Will Manufacturers Ride the Servitization Wave to Greater Profitability?

By Charles Rathmann, IFS
Servitization is driven in part by limited opportunity for many product-centric companies to grow in terms of product revenue and profits—due to factors like downward price pressure, volatile demand and increasing prices for inputs and raw materials.

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.

Coordinate Metrology Society releases digital library of technical papers
September 04, 2018

Coordinate Metrology Society releases digital library of technical papers

Developed in partnership with Quality Digest, publisher of the Journal of the CMSCsince 2006, the periodicalis distributed twice a year in the Autumn and Spring by the Coordinate Metrology Society. Each issue devotes its pages to the finest white papers presented by industry professionals at the annual CMSC.

Novotek releases Reality of IIoT whitepaper
August 30, 2018

Novotek releases Reality of IIoT whitepaper

The company outlines the technologies available, and the value in using them, in its new industrial internet of things (IIoT) whitepaper.

InfinityQS Report: 64 Percent of manufacturers view budget as the main barrier to digital adoption
August 30, 2018

InfinityQS Report: 64 Percent of manufacturers view budget as the main barrier to digital adoption

Further, 59 percent cite lack of available resources, and 47 percent claim other business priorities as additional factors holding them back from their digital ambitions.

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.

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

Deloitte Report: Distinctive traits of digital frontrunners in manufacturing
August 24, 2018

Deloitte Report: Distinctive traits of digital frontrunners in manufacturing

Deloitte surveyed 193 C-level executives around the globe to identify frontrunner organizations in manufacturing that are leading on the path toward digital maturity and distinctive traits they possessed.

Omega Engineering announces Predictive Maintenance online resource
August 22, 2018

Omega Engineering announces Predictive Maintenance online resource

On the site, customers can learn how their current maintenance program stacks up and calculate how much time and money their plant can save with a predictive maintenance program.

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Industrial Internet Consortium announces v2.1 of Industrial Internet Vocabulary Technical Report
August 22, 2018

Industrial Internet Consortium announces v2.1 of Industrial Internet Vocabulary Technical Report

The new version of the report serves a need in the industry by defining new IIoT vocabulary terms that are widely used across many vertical industries.

USMTO Report: Manufacturing technology orders up 22 percent in first half of 2018
August 13, 2018

USMTO Report: Manufacturing technology orders up 22 percent in first half of 2018

The latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Report from AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology showed that orders totaled $417 million for the month, down 14 percent compared to May’s totals, and sit at $2.55 billion for the year.

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.

Workcred releases Manufacturing Credentials Report
August 03, 2018

Workcred releases Manufacturing Credentials Report

The report, Examining the Quality, Market Value, and Effectiveness of Manufacturing Credentials in the United States, features recommendations for multiple stakeholders including manufacturers, credentialing organizations, educators, accreditors, and policymakers.

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.

Westfalia Technologies releases Automation and the Modern Bakery whitepaper
July 18, 2018

Westfalia Technologies releases Automation and the Modern Bakery whitepaper

In a white paper titled, “Automation and the Modern Bakery,” Westfalia discusses how implementing automation can help manufacturers of baked goods overcome challenges

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 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

Rockwell Automation announces Studio 5000 Application Code Manager application
June 28, 2018

Rockwell Automation announces Studio 5000 Application Code Manager application

The Studio 5000 Application Code Manager application provides a single place for engineers to access the content, build their applications and even test applications before they build a cabinet.

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.