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SOMIC Group announces acquisition of MechanikZentrum Schmidbauer
August 15, 2019

SOMIC Group announces acquisition of MechanikZentrum Schmidbauer

Now known as SOMIC Haag, this division is DIN ISO 9001 certified and will continue to manufacture precision parts for the robotics, optics, aerospace and medical industries.

Rotork actuators to help South Korean fuel cell power plant enhance flow control
August 08, 2019

Rotork actuators to help South Korean fuel cell power plant enhance flow control

More than 90 CVL linear electric actuators and 184 ExMax quarter-turn electric actuators are to be installed on US fuel cell technology company Doosan Fuel Cell’s project at a Hanhwa Total Co. Ltd plant in Daesan.

Reliable Controls announces partnership with IR-TEC
August 05, 2019

Reliable Controls announces partnership with IR-TEC

The IR-TEC product line consists of Passive Infrared (PIR), High Frequency Doppler (HFD) and Ambient Light Sensors (ALS) among others. These sensors are combined to make up a variety of ceiling and wall mount occupancy sensors, light sensors, and wall switching/sensing stations

Hawk Measurement and FLO-CORP announce merger
July 31, 2019

Hawk Measurement and FLO-CORP announce merger

The combined company is privately held and will operate under the Hawk brand. Les Richards will remain CEO of Hawk Measurement Systems. Jack Evans will remain President of Hawk Measurement and Dave Grumney, CEO of FLO-CORP, will become VP of Sales for Hawk Measurement.

Bosch Rexroth AG announces appointment of Dr. Heiner Lang to Executive Board
July 30, 2019

Bosch Rexroth AG announces appointment of Dr. Heiner Lang to Executive Board

In his role, Lang will also be responsible for the three Bosch Rexroth business units which constitute the factory automation division (automation and electrification solutions, assembly technology, linear motion technology).

Emerson and Dragos partner to enhance cybersecurity protection for power and water industries
July 30, 2019

Emerson and Dragos partner to enhance cybersecurity protection for power and water industries

Beyond this agreement, Emerson and Dragos will continue to explore additional areas of collaboration with regards to solutions used by Emerson power and water industry customers.

OSI to help Californian irrigation district modernize transmission network
July 29, 2019

OSI to help Californian irrigation district modernize transmission network

The Turlock Irrigation District, located in Turlock, California, is the first publicly owned irrigation district and one of four that provides irrigation water and power to residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural customers within its service area.

Brüel & Kjær Vibro (B&K Vibro) announces Marcel van Helten as President
July 29, 2019

Brüel & Kjær Vibro (B&K Vibro) announces Marcel van Helten as President

Marcel was previously with Current, powered by GE, where he was the European Chief Digital Officer, responsible for transforming the business into a digitally-enabled and solutions-oriented business.

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EtherCAT Technology Group holds first Safety over EtherCAT Plug Fest
July 23, 2019

EtherCAT Technology Group holds first Safety over EtherCAT Plug Fest

A total of 36 participants from 18 different companies came to Verl, Germany to test their FSoE devices for interoperability, and in total they brought nine masters, 15 slaves as well as one stack and one tool

Siemens announces launch of MindSphere World Korea association
July 22, 2019

Siemens announces launch of MindSphere World Korea association

World Korea is designed to create synergies among members by exchanging technical demands, developing market models and establish IoT platforms and ecosystems based on MindSphere

Analysis and Measurement Services Corporation (AMS) earns ISA Power Industry Division (POWID) Co-Facilities Award
July 19, 2019

Analysis and Measurement Services Corporation (AMS) earns ISA Power Industry Division (POWID) Co-Facilities Award

The award recognizes outstanding application of innovative control systems and/or instrumentation technology in the production of electric power.

Stratus announces joining of The Open Group Open Process Automation Forum (OPAF)
July 18, 2019

Stratus announces joining of The Open Group Open Process Automation Forum (OPAF)

The group brings together global leaders from the process industries such as Chevron, ExxonMobil, and DuPont, as well as system integrators, suppliers, integrated distributed control system (DCS) vendors, academia and other standards organizations

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.

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.

Mallard Manufacturing announces opening of Iowa carton flow rack production facility
July 11, 2019

Mallard Manufacturing announces opening of Iowa carton flow rack production facility

All six types of Mallard carton flow will be produced in the Iowa facility. The style selected by customers is mostly dependent upon the size and style of inventory that will be stored in the flow system.

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.

ABB announces partnership with OKEA to support field developments in offshore operations
July 09, 2019

ABB announces partnership with OKEA to support field developments in offshore operations

The MoU reflects future potential for OKEA to leverage ABB’s global digital resources and industry experience in sustaining lean and optimized operations for the future – with responsive business models to support field developments at a time of technological change in offshore operations.

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.

Quantum Water Services announces start of operations focusing on wastewater in oil & gas industry
July 02, 2019

Quantum Water Services announces start of operations focusing on wastewater in oil & gas industry

The company looks to capitalize on this large and growing market focusing on comprehensive wastewater treatment generated during the on-shore production of oil and gas from either conventional or frac-drilled wells.

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.

June 27, 2019

Process industry veteran Walter Steward passes away at 80

A 35-year veteran of the industrial process instrumentation and controls market, Walter joined YCA while the company was still in NYC in the late 70s. He was part of the small team that coordinated the move and building of the Newnan, GA USA headquarters and manufacturing facility.

Air Products and Chemicals wins 2019 Customer Excellence Award from Siemens
June 26, 2019

Air Products and Chemicals wins 2019 Customer Excellence Award from Siemens

Air Products and Chemicals Inc. provides atmospheric and process gases to a variety of manufacturers, as well as sell related equipment that manufacturers to create their own gases onsite.

InProcess Instruments announces partnership with Chromatotec Group
June 26, 2019

InProcess Instruments announces partnership with Chromatotec Group

This agreement is reinforcing their collaboration initiated in 2012 on worldwide sales, maintenance and service provision of online GC-MS equipment with IPI MS integrated as Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) by Chromatotec.

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Dow Performance Silicones earns 2019 Customer Excellence Award from Siemens
June 25, 2019

Dow Performance Silicones earns 2019 Customer Excellence Award from Siemens

At an executive level meeting called in 2017 between Siemens and Dow, the companies mutually agreed to initiate a special program called “PCS 7 health check.” The main objective was to optimize system reliability.

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

AVEVA announces agreement with Canadian oil and gas company to deliver supply chain management solution
June 20, 2019

AVEVA announces agreement with Canadian oil and gas company to deliver supply chain management solution

The cloud-based solution will enable Husky to plan and schedule its enterprise value chain from crude supply to product distribution through a single and unified system.

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.

Coordinate Metrology Society announces 21 white papers and presentations for 2019 Coordinate Metrology Society Conference
June 06, 2019

Coordinate Metrology Society announces 21 white papers and presentations for 2019 Coordinate Metrology Society Conference

The five-day event provides an educational atmosphere for attendees and exhibitors to share experiences, challenges, research, concepts and theory.

Malvern Panalytical partners with the University of Pittsburgh’s Energy Innovation Center to advance research into rechargeable battery systems
June 06, 2019

Malvern Panalytical partners with the University of Pittsburgh’s Energy Innovation Center to advance research into rechargeable battery systems

The NECSTL, headed by Prashant N. Kumta, PhD, focuses on energy conversion and storage, including rechargeable battery systems. Malvern Panalytical’s Empyrean X-ray Platform, a multipurpose diffractometer, will be used in the lab to identify solid-state materials by determining their internal structure, composition and phase while they are in use.

Averna announces François Rainville as President and CEO
June 04, 2019

Averna announces François Rainville as President and CEO

Effective as of June 1 2019, François Rainville became President and CEO of the company. Former CEO and President André Gareau has moved to a new position as Executive Chairman of the Board.

JMP Solutions announces acquisition of Hi-Def Controls
June 03, 2019

JMP Solutions announces acquisition of Hi-Def Controls

The Hi-Def Controls team comes with relevant industry-specific experience which will not only provide synergies to the JMP Solutions organization but will also compliment the skills of the current JMP team allowing for growth, promoting learning, and ultimately resulting in the delivery of end to end customer experience.

Endress+Hauser announces expansion of Swiss sensor production facility
May 28, 2019

Endress+Hauser announces expansion of Swiss sensor production facility

The 13,500-square-meter plant includes roughly 3,700 square meters of production space, 1,500 of which is set aside for clean rooms. The office facilities and cafeteria were expanded as well.

Emerson to enhance control for Nebraska water/wastewater facility
May 21, 2019

Emerson to enhance control for Nebraska water/wastewater facility

Emerson will install 68 Ovation controllers to control and monitor various utility processes including high-voltage breakers; gas distribution network flow and pressure; water treatment plant control; water well level monitoring; and wastewater lift station monitoring.

Mitsubishi Electric announces acquisition of ICONICS
May 20, 2019

Mitsubishi Electric announces acquisition of ICONICS

ICONICS’ software products are used for SCADA, HMI, IoT, mobile, analytics and cloud applications. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions.

BASF chooses Emerson to modernize automation software and controllers at German chemical production facility
May 20, 2019

BASF chooses Emerson to modernize automation software and controllers at German chemical production facility

BASF will implement Emerson’s hybrid automation solution that replaces existing programmable logic controllers (PLCs), used to control 20 reactors, with Emerson’s DeltaV PK Controller.

MCAA announces induction of Ken Hoffer into the Measurement, Control and Automation Hall of Fame
May 16, 2019

MCAA announces induction of Ken Hoffer into the Measurement, Control and Automation Hall of Fame

On Wednesday, May 1, during the Association’s Industry Forum in Tucson, AZ, the distinguished achievement award was presented to Ken Hoffer, Chief Executive Officer of Hoffer Flow Controls, Inc.

KPM Analytics announces acquisition of Sensortech Systems
May 16, 2019

KPM Analytics announces acquisition of Sensortech Systems

Headquartered in Oxnard, CA USA, Sensortech joins KPM as provider of real-time moisture measurement and solutions that automates quality control. Sensortech further expands KPM’s core NIR technology portfolio while adding RF to KPM’s technology mix.

TASI Group announces acquisition of Sierra Instruments
May 15, 2019

TASI Group announces acquisition of Sierra Instruments

Offering flow and test solutions to international markets, Sierra Instruments is comprised of two divisions: FLOW, headquartered in Monterey, California and AUTO, headquartered in Malvern, United Kingdom.

KPM Analytics announces acquisition of Sightline Process Control
May 14, 2019

KPM Analytics announces acquisition of Sightline Process Control

Sightline Process Control is a company specializing in 3D color vision and automated inspection systems for the food production process.