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FieldComm Group version 1.2 of Field Device Integration standard including support for HTML5, JSON and OPC UA
February 14, 2020

FieldComm Group version 1.2 of Field Device Integration standard including support for HTML5, JSON and OPC UA

Announced in conjunction with the availability of version 1.2 of the FDI specifications (IEC 62769), this release of the FDI Device Package Integrated Development Environment (FDI-IDE) provides enhancements for field instrument software developers.

NK Technologies releases Ground Fault Considerations Tech Guide
November 08, 2019

NK Technologies releases Ground Fault Considerations Tech Guide

The Ground Fault Considerations Tech Guide covers a wide range of topics and includes a selection guide, as well as a variety of case studies and application examples.

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.

International Society of Automation (ISA) announces publication of Situation Management for Process Control
February 28, 2019

International Society of Automation (ISA) announces publication of Situation Management for Process Control

Written by Douglas H. Rothenberg, Ph.D.,—an expert in alarm management and operator support technology—the book explores control room management as a discipline, focusing on the applicable tools, technology, and methodologies that foster safer, more effective control room functioning and improved industrial production.

Softomotive announces Softomotive’s RPA Academy online learning portal
February 15, 2019

Softomotive announces Softomotive’s RPA Academy online learning portal

The Softomotive Academy is designed to improve the employability quotient of professionals and developers. It provides them with the opportunity to develop and deepen their RPA-focused skills which are in short supply at present as enterprises seek to accelerate their digitization efforts and improve productivity.

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).

Graphic Produces introduces Best Practice Guide for Chemical Risk Assessment
February 06, 2019

Graphic Produces introduces Best Practice Guide for Chemical Risk Assessment

Professionals in any industry that work with or produce chemicals will learn how to identify, evaluate, and control chemical hazards to improve safety.

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.

EXAIR releases Catalog 32 compressed air safety resource
November 13, 2018

EXAIR releases Catalog 32 compressed air safety resource

The expanded Catalog 32 introduces Super Air Scraper Nozzles, Soft Grip Super Air Scraper Safety Air Guns and Hazardous Location Cabinet Cooler Systems.

Clippard releases Precision Flow Controls catalog
November 09, 2018

Clippard releases Precision Flow Controls catalog

Clippard designs and manufacturers over 5,000 standard and custom products including electronic, control and isolation valves, cylinders, manifolds, FRLs, actuators, custom assemblies and much more.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Renishaw announces launch of additive manufacturing guide
May 08, 2018

Renishaw announces launch of additive manufacturing guide

The company will use the information hub to educate and inform customers and the engineering community using videos, case studies, feature articles, industry news and opinion pieces.

 Deloitte Study:  Manufacturers’ digital supply chain expectations outpace reality
April 04, 2018

Deloitte Study: Manufacturers’ digital supply chain expectations outpace reality

The survey of more than 200 manufacturing organizations found that 51 percent of respondents believe their DSN maturity is at least “above average” compared to competitors, yet only 28 percent have started implementing DSN solutions.

VMA Report: Slight Growth for U.S. Valve Industry in 2018
February 27, 2018

VMA Report: Slight Growth for U.S. Valve Industry in 2018

The U.S. industrial valve industry will see growth of 1.45% in valve shipments in 2018, a rate that brings the value of those shipments up to $4.615 billion for the year. That rate of growth is slightly behind 2017 when it was 1.89%, which translated to shipments worth $4.549 billion.

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.

Sciemetric Instruments announces free Leak Test Workshop
October 11, 2017

Sciemetric Instruments announces free Leak Test Workshop

Through demonstrations, presentations and one-on-one discussion with leak test experts, the Nov. 8 Leak Test Workshop will give practical information and ideas that attendees can take back to their factories and implement for a better, faster and more reliable leak test.

ISA publishes new book: Process Analyzer Systems Project Engineering and Management
October 11, 2017

ISA publishes new book: Process Analyzer Systems Project Engineering and Management

Process Analyzer Systems Project Engineering and Management by Gary Nichols, PE, CAP®, includes specific recommendations for defining hardware and documentation deliverables, adhering to procurement policy, working with team members in other disciplines and in the supply chain, and communicating among project teams.

ISA releases technical report on capturing and transmitting knowledge in continuous process automation
September 21, 2017

ISA releases technical report on capturing and transmitting knowledge in continuous process automation

The work of the ISA106 standards committee, Procedure Automation for Continuous Process Operations, is intended to provide a framework for building some of that knowledge into automated procedures.

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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