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Valve Manufacturers Association of America (VMA) announces 2020 Valve Industry Leadership Forum
January 24, 2020

Valve Manufacturers Association of America (VMA) announces 2020 Valve Industry Leadership Forum

The Annual Valve Industry Leadership Forum will be held February 27-28, 2020 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in New Orleans. This is the industry’s premier executive networking event, featuring executive-level analysis on the trends, management strategies, manufacturing innovations, politics and economics affecting the valve industry.

KPM Analytics announces Brian Mitchell as Chief Executive Officer
January 22, 2020

KPM Analytics announces Brian Mitchell as Chief Executive Officer

Mitchell holds a BS in Chemistry from Bridgewater State University and has spent his career leading global technology businesses in the semiconductor, optics and analytical sciences industries.

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Rotork actuators help German town enhance water delivery
January 15, 2020

Rotork actuators help German town enhance water delivery

Stadtwerke Lohr am Main has been supplied with 39 GT pneumatic piston actuators and 13 CK modular electric actuators to be used at two municipal water works which supply the town of Lohr am Main, in Bavaria, and surrounding areas.

StratEdge announces Reginald (Regi) Nocom joins company as process engineer
January 14, 2020

StratEdge announces Reginald (Regi) Nocom joins company as process engineer

Nocom comes to StratEdge from Samtec, where he served as a research and development process engineer. He is certified in Six Sigma Green Belt training, has 5S and RETC semiconductor training, and has developed numerous manufacturing tools and processes.

Yokogawa Electric announces strategic alliance framework with SABIC
December 30, 2019

Yokogawa Electric announces strategic alliance framework with SABIC

Under this alliance agreement, Yokogawa will promote localization in Saudi Arabia, and its integrated control systems and safety instrumented systems will be preferentially selected for plants operated by SABIC in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions.

ARC Advisory Group Report: ABB leads DCS market for 20th consecutive year
December 12, 2019

ARC Advisory Group Report: ABB leads DCS market for 20th consecutive year

According to the report, ABB’s presence in many end-user industries was a major factor in this success. The DCS market saw its main growth in oil & gas, chemicals and refining, where also ABB has a strong footprint.

Creoptix announces appointment of Line Stigen Raquet as Chief Executive Officer
December 10, 2019

Creoptix announces appointment of Line Stigen Raquet as Chief Executive Officer

Line Stigen Raquet joins Creoptix from Mettler Toledo, where she has most recently served as Vice President of Business Development Life Sciences.

Seeq announces achievement of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Industrial Software Competency status
December 06, 2019

Seeq announces achievement of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Industrial Software Competency status

To receive the AWS Industrial Software Competency designation, APN Partners undergo rigorous AWS technical validation related to industry specific technology as well as an assessment of the security, performance, and reliability of their solute

KraftPowercon Sweden announces acquisition of Marsulex Environmental Technologies Corporation
December 03, 2019

KraftPowercon Sweden announces acquisition of Marsulex Environmental Technologies Corporation

The acquisition will enable MET to introduce electrical upgrades of Electrostatic Precipitators (ESPs) using KraftPowercon’s technology ‘SmartKraft’ and ‘MicroPulse’ power supplies.

Emerson to help Danish gas company enhance wellhead pressure monitoring technology
November 26, 2019

Emerson to help Danish gas company enhance wellhead pressure monitoring technology

Total E&P Denmark is replacing the existing wellhead platforms with new and elevated topsides. The 13-meter-high jacket extensions and new topsides will be installed on top of the existing jacket structures.

Honeywell to build Integrated Control and Safety System (ICSS) for BP offshore platform off Trinidad and Tobago
November 22, 2019

Honeywell to build Integrated Control and Safety System (ICSS) for BP offshore platform off Trinidad and Tobago

As the project’s main automation contractor (MAC), Honeywell will deliver all systems, detailed engineering and lead procurement for the integrated control and safety system. The solution will be based on Honeywell’s flagship control system, the Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS)

Whatfix announces collaboration with Automation Anywhere to enhance robotic process automation platform
November 19, 2019

Whatfix announces collaboration with Automation Anywhere to enhance robotic process automation platform

Whatfix is collaborating with Automation Anywhere to streamline customer onboarding during trial and post-trial RPA deployments. The relationship between the two companies is also intended to help improve user engagement and internal sales productivity on Salesforce CRM applications.

Siemens announces agreement to acquire MultiMechanics
November 18, 2019

Siemens announces agreement to acquire MultiMechanics

The company plans to integrate MultiMechanics into Siemens Digital Industries Software, which will add the ability for customers to create a digital twin of materials by closely integrating materials engineering with part design, performance engineering, and manufacturing through the unique TRUE Multiscale technology for a range of material-driven applications.

Ansell Limited announces partnership with ProGlove to enhance safety solutions
November 15, 2019

Ansell Limited announces partnership with ProGlove to enhance safety solutions

This cooperation highlights industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) innovation in scaling Ansell PPE and striving to create a safer work environment. Ansell and ProGlove are working for a breakthrough in enterprise safety management by combining smart PPE to address customer frustrations.

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Honeywell to enhance process control automation for Kuwaiti integrated refining and petrochemicals complex
November 12, 2019

Honeywell to enhance process control automation for Kuwaiti integrated refining and petrochemicals complex

Under the agreement, HPS will provide KIPIC with front-end engineering design and advanced process control technology for the complex, which will help KIPIC expedite production start-up and assist with reaching production targets faster and more efficiently.

Festo announces distribution agreement with Magswitch
November 05, 2019

Festo announces distribution agreement with Magswitch

Magswitch offers single sided gripping systems featuring true on-and-off magnetic technology that can simplify complete automation systems in OEM assembled lines in such applications as robotic welding, pick-and-place, and body-in-white.

Emerson New Jersey-based facility earns Environmental Stewardship recognition
October 30, 2019

Emerson New Jersey-based facility earns Environmental Stewardship recognition

The facility was highlighted for voluntary and proactive measures taken to improve the environment and foster sustainability. Besides being the headquarters for the fluid control & pneumatics businesses, the facility houses the global development center for the ASCO brand of fluid control solutions.

Thorlabs announces acquisition of KMLabs’ Y-Fi portfolio
October 29, 2019

Thorlabs announces acquisition of KMLabs’ Y-Fi portfolio

The various models in the Y-Fi laser series are employed in a multitude of demanding ultrafast applications, including 2- and 3-photon imaging, ophthalmology, and time resolved studies in the NIR and MIR.

New Scale Robotics partners with Fuzehub Innovation Fund to award manufacturing grant to Finger Lakes Community College
October 25, 2019

New Scale Robotics partners with Fuzehub Innovation Fund to award manufacturing grant to Finger Lakes Community College

Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC) has been awarded a $50,000 manufacturing grant from the FuzeHub Innovation Fund to support its work with New Scale Robotics, accelerating development of New Scale’s precision measurement and gripping tools for a range of collaborative robots (cobots).

ABB announces support for Asian-Pacific Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) pilot project
October 24, 2019

ABB announces support for Asian-Pacific Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) pilot project

The project aims to test the production of hydrogen gas through brown coal gasification, liquefaction of hydrogen gas, storage and loading onto a specialized carrier for transport across the Asia-Pacific.

Eaton donates $2M to San Jacinto College's enter for Petrochemical, Energy, & Technology (CPET)
September 20, 2019

Eaton donates $2M to San Jacinto College's enter for Petrochemical, Energy, & Technology (CPET)

Eaton’s consulting, electrical design services and equipment donations helped San Jacinto create a hands-on environment and curriculum for students to study complex energy technologies and ultimately enter the regional workforce better prepared for success.

Emerson partners with San Jacinto College to equip training tools for new petrochemical training center
September 18, 2019

Emerson partners with San Jacinto College to equip training tools for new petrochemical training center

The CPET is supported and equipped by Emerson and local Impact Partner Puffer-Sweiven and features an 8,000-square-foot exterior glycol process unit to develop troubleshooting skills for students and incumbent workers.

TrendMiner partners with eschbach to integrate TrendMiner and Shiftconnector products
September 13, 2019

TrendMiner partners with eschbach to integrate TrendMiner and Shiftconnector products

All relevant manufacturing data will be available on-demand, creating a continuous flow of information. TrendMiner’s analytics capabilities help to predict process deviations. Shiftconnector brings these process deviations into a control room where shift personnel will contextualize these deviations as well as add additional information regarding why the deviation occurred.

TASI Group announces acquisition of innomatec Test
September 12, 2019

TASI Group announces acquisition of innomatec Test

This addition will geographically expand the reach of the Division’s leak test business into Europe and enable it to deliver an unmatched combination of technology and expertise to the global market.

Rockwell Automation announces three additions to Machine Safety System Integrator program
September 12, 2019

Rockwell Automation announces three additions to Machine Safety System Integrator program

The Machine Safety System Integrator program connects companies with system integrators that have expertise in current safety standards and a track record of designing safety systems. The program now has 45 members located around the world.

COPA-DATA announces Giuseppe Menin as Industry Manager for Pharmaceutical
September 09, 2019

COPA-DATA announces Giuseppe Menin as Industry Manager for Pharmaceutical

As Industry Manager for Pharmaceuticals, Giuseppe Menin can share his industry expertise with the entire COPA-DATA Group, and will be involved in further development of the zenon Software Platform.

Sea Machines Robotics demonstrates autonomous systems to assist marine oil-spill response
August 26, 2019

Sea Machines Robotics demonstrates autonomous systems to assist marine oil-spill response

The on-water demonstrations took place aboard the world’s first autonomous spill response vessel – a Vigor/Kvichak Marine Industries-built skimmer boat, owned by Marine Spill Response Corp. (MSRC) – before a live audience of MARAD, government, naval, international, environmental and industry representatives.

ISA’s 2019 Process Industry Conference to shed light on issues in the energy processing and process manufacturing industries
August 26, 2019

ISA’s 2019 Process Industry Conference to shed light on issues in the energy processing and process manufacturing industries

ISA’s 2019 Process Industry Conference (PIC) is taking place 4-6 November at the Westin Houston, Memorial City. This is an event for those who wish to understand the demands and find answers to problems in energy processing and process manufacturing.

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