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E-Technologies Group acquires Superior Controls
April 19, 2019

E-Technologies Group acquires Superior Controls

Superior Controls Co-founder and President Rick Pierro will continue as president of Superior Controls’ life sciences solutions vertical, reporting to ETech CEO Ralph Carter, and will also join the ETech board. Superior Controls will retain its name and maintain the company’s focus in serving the life sciences industry.

Radiant Vision Systems announces opening of Detroit office
April 18, 2019

Radiant Vision Systems announces opening of Detroit office

This location allows Radiant to provide local support to its automotive customer base, with direct resources to enable measurement solutions development for displays, lighting, head-up displays (HUD), and a range of automated visual inspection applications.

Emerson announces acquisition of Bioproduction Group
April 17, 2019

Emerson announces acquisition of Bioproduction Group

Bio-G’s scheduling and modeling systems combined with Emerson’s life sciences technology and expertise portfolio will help companies bring therapies for cancer, diabetes and other illnesses to patients sooner.

Endress+Hauser announces company record 537 granted patent applications in 2019
April 09, 2019

Endress+Hauser announces company record 537 granted patent applications in 2019

Under the motto #empowerthefield, in 2018 the measurement engineering specialist began to bundle its digital activities with a focus on Heartbeat Technology, as well as the recently introduced Netilion IIoT ecosystem.

Emerson and Colorado State University to collaborate on Brewing Innovation Center
April 09, 2019

Emerson and Colorado State University to collaborate on Brewing Innovation Center

Funded by a joint investment, the center will serve as the main educational hub for the Fermentation Sciences and Technology program and will reinforce advanced competencies for digital transformation as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) era continues to evolve the industry.

Emerson announces acquisition of KNet software
April 05, 2019

Emerson announces acquisition of KNet software

KNet is used to extract, clean, transform and analyze operational and manufacturing data. Using libraries of advanced statistical and machine-learning algorithms, the software consumes large quantities of diverse information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) data into actionable knowledge.

Endress+Hauser joins with other suppliers to found Open Industry 4.0 Alliance
April 02, 2019

Endress+Hauser joins with other suppliers to found Open Industry 4.0 Alliance

With this cooperation, the companies want to overcome proprietary solutions and give a decisive boost to the digital transformation of the European industry. Founding members of the alliance are Beckhoff, Endress+Hauser, Hilscher, ifm, KUKA, Multivac and SAP.

SICK announces partnership with AutoCoding Systems (ACS)
April 02, 2019

SICK announces partnership with AutoCoding Systems (ACS)

This partnership will enable SICK to provide customers with a combined package of SICK’s sensor technology and ACS’s software platform.

ISA and Beamex release a second free calibration e-book
March 28, 2019

ISA and Beamex release a second free calibration e-book

The e-book—featuring 23 pages covering essential topics related to effectively managing a calibration program—is a follow up to Calibration Essentials, the first collaborative publication on calibration between ISA and Beamex that was made available in February of 2018.

Lincoln Mining announces appointment of Shing Lee as Director
March 27, 2019

Lincoln Mining announces appointment of Shing Lee as Director

Lincoln Mining Corp. is a Canadian precious metals exploration and development company with two projects in various stages of exploration and development, namely the Pine Grove gold property in Nevada and the Oro Cruz gold property in California.

E.ON Energy acquires TUM energy technology from BayPAT
March 25, 2019

E.ON Energy acquires TUM energy technology from BayPAT

The TUM technology is based on optimizing the steam extraction of cogeneration plants equipped with gas turbines, enabling to achieve higher overall efficiencies and increasing the flexibility of the power plant.

Siemens announces acquisition of Noise, Vibration, and Harshness (NVH) quality testing business of Saab Medav
March 22, 2019

Siemens announces acquisition of Noise, Vibration, and Harshness (NVH) quality testing business of Saab Medav

The NVH quality testing solutions offered by Saab Medav are in the domain of end-of-line quality testing of combustion engines, transmissions, electric motors and motor driven components and systems.

Emerson earns ISASecure System Security Assurance (SSA) Level 1 cybersecurity certification
March 18, 2019

Emerson earns ISASecure System Security Assurance (SSA) Level 1 cybersecurity certification

This certification, for the company’s DeltaV distributed control system, is the latest step in Emerson’s commitment to provide secure digital transformation solutions for customers. ISASecure SSA Level 1 certification covers critical standards of the family of standards, ANSI/ISA 62443 (IEC 62443).

Brooks Instrument announces Eric Pipal as Vice President and General Manager
March 15, 2019

Brooks Instrument announces Eric Pipal as Vice President and General Manager

Pipal originally joined Brooks Instrument as an Operations Director in 2007. Since then, he’s held positions of increasing responsibility within the operations department prior to taking a customer-facing role as manager of the industrial business unit in 2015.

HANNOVER MESSE 2019 announces digital visitor-analysis service for exhibitors
March 14, 2019

HANNOVER MESSE 2019 announces digital visitor-analysis service for exhibitors

At this year's show, which runs from 1 to 5 April, visitors will for the first time be handed little Bluetooth tags along with their badges as they pass through the entry gates. The tags support anonymous analysis of visitor flows on the exhibition grounds and at individual stands. This kind of analysis is particularly useful for companies operating large or medium-size showcases

Seeq announces addition of 50 system integration partners to enhance process manufacturing coverage
March 12, 2019

Seeq announces addition of 50 system integration partners to enhance process manufacturing coverage

Partners have been selected and certified based upon their experience and understanding of how to apply Seeq across a variety of technology solutions

Emerson to help Indian oil company modernize automation operations
March 12, 2019

Emerson to help Indian oil company modernize automation operations

The project will upgrade 14 different process units, including diesel hydro-treating units designed to reduce sulfur content and octane-boosting units either being installed or augmented with desulfurization technologies.

U.S. Department of Labor cites Wisconsin aluminum castings manufacturer for exposing workers to metalworking fluids
March 12, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor cites Wisconsin aluminum castings manufacturer for exposing workers to metalworking fluids

OSHA initiated an inspection at the company’s automotive aluminum castings manufacturing facility in August 2018 after receiving a medical referral. OSHA cited the company for failing to protect the employees from exposure to airborne metalworking fluids during machining operations, and failing to evaluate respiratory hazards.

Endress+Hauser announces groundbreaking for Houston facility
March 08, 2019

Endress+Hauser announces groundbreaking for Houston facility

The facility will house teams to support Endress+Hauser’s products, solutions and services for process automation, SpectraSensors’ gas analysis systems for the U.S. and international customers and Analytik Jena’s product lines for laboratory instrumentation.

Phoenix Contact USA announces Kevin Zak as vice president and general manager
March 08, 2019

Phoenix Contact USA announces Kevin Zak as vice president and general manager

Kevin, who will celebrate his 25th year with Phoenix Contact later this year, will oversee the company’s U.S. Sales Subsidiary, including sales, marketing, channel operations, and service functions within the United States.

Wunderlich–Malec announces acquisition of Control Concepts & Case M&I, LLC
March 07, 2019

Wunderlich–Malec announces acquisition of Control Concepts & Case M&I, LLC

This acquisition is intended to strengthen both companies by providing customers a broader range of industrial engineering and system solutions to meet their needs from a single source solutions provider.

Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS) announces 35th Coordinate Metrology Society Conference
March 07, 2019

Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS) announces 35th Coordinate Metrology Society Conference

From July 22 - 26, 2019, the event will be held at Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida. The CMSC is designed to meet the continuing education needs of the portable and traditional CMM communities.

ISA announces ISA Energy & Water Automation Conference
March 06, 2019

ISA announces ISA Energy & Water Automation Conference

The conference program will feature technologies and best practices that apply to multiple infrastructure sectors. Today’s challenges include leveraging data analytics in a meaningful way, navigating the new world of IIoT with safety and cybersecurity in mind, and applying the insights of recent Smart Cities Initiatives to improve operations.

TM Robotics announces robot sketching demonstration for Automate 2019
March 06, 2019

TM Robotics announces robot sketching demonstration for Automate 2019

TM Robotics will exhibit a range of Toshiba Machine’s robots, including the THL500 SCARA, which will be creating free artist impressions of visitors at booth number 6763.

The International Society of Automation (ISA) announces registration open for 2019 Analysis Division Symposium
February 27, 2019

The International Society of Automation (ISA) announces registration open for 2019 Analysis Division Symposium

ISA offers two training workshops led by industry experts who have real-world experience applying the technology. On Sunday, 5 May, ISA will hold both introductory and advanced ISA process analyzer courses. On Thursday, 9 May, vendors will provide hands-on training on their solutions and applications

Carnegie Mellon research aims at identifying causes for defects in 3D Printing
February 22, 2019

Carnegie Mellon research aims at identifying causes for defects in 3D Printing

New research published today in Science, led by researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Argonne National Laboratory, has identified how and when these gas pockets form, as well as a methodology to predict their formation – a pivotal discovery that could dramatically improve the 3D printing process.

Rockwell Automation and Schlumberger announce Sensia joint venture
February 20, 2019

Rockwell Automation and Schlumberger announce Sensia joint venture

The Sensia joint venture will be a fully integrated provider of measurement solutions, domain expertise, and automation to the oil and gas industry. It will offer scalable, cloud and edge-enabled process automation, including information and process safety solutions.

OSI to help Spanish power company enhance SCADA/Generation Management System
February 15, 2019

OSI to help Spanish power company enhance SCADA/Generation Management System

This system with replace an aging SCADA/GMS currently servicing the Balearic and Canary Islands, two Spanish archipelagos in the Mediterranean Sea and off the coast of northwestern Africa, respectively.

ValvTechnologies announces Keith Whittaker as Director of Global Quality Management
February 11, 2019

ValvTechnologies announces Keith Whittaker as Director of Global Quality Management

Based in Houston, Whittaker will report to company president, Kevin Hunt, and be responsible for global quality standards, programs and systems. In this role, he will lead the development and continuous improvement of our quality programs and processes to support the growth and globalization of the company.

ABB and Intel to collaborate on distribution automation systems
February 08, 2019

ABB and Intel to collaborate on distribution automation systems

At the core of the agreement is ABB Ability smart substation control and protection for electrical systems, SSC600, powered by Intel® Xeon® processors.

FieldComm Group announces OPC Foundation (OPCF) endorsement of process automation device information model specification (PA-DIM)
February 06, 2019

FieldComm Group announces OPC Foundation (OPCF) endorsement of process automation device information model specification (PA-DIM)

Announced at the 2018 ARC Forum, FieldComm Group and the OPC Foundation presented their joint vision for creating a protocol independent, process automation device information model (PA-DIM) specification to implement the requirements of the NAMUR Open Architecture (NOA).

Kistler Group announces opening of Shanghai office
February 05, 2019

Kistler Group announces opening of Shanghai office

The building strengthens the Swiss corporation's presence on the Chinese market, enabling it to offer products and services from one single source to local customers in the future.

Bedrock Automation to help Temblor Petroleum to implement cloud-based well head control
January 31, 2019

Bedrock Automation to help Temblor Petroleum to implement cloud-based well head control

The application enables Temblor to monitor and operate well heads remotely, providing secure real-time production data while minimizing the requirements for onsite operators.

ABB and SUSI partner for microgrid and energy storage projects
January 31, 2019

ABB and SUSI partner for microgrid and energy storage projects

The global energy transformation brings challenges and opportunities for the power sector. These include ensuring power availability and managing complex grids with a growing number of diverse, distributed energy resources and a high penetration of renewables.

Siemens announces opening of Norwegian robotic battery module factory
January 28, 2019

Siemens announces opening of Norwegian robotic battery module factory

The factory comprises a robotized and digitized production line with eight robotic stations with a capacity of up to 300 megawatt hours (MWh) per year.

Alliance Sensors Group announces partnership with Digi-Key
January 25, 2019

Alliance Sensors Group announces partnership with Digi-Key

Digi-Key Electronics has been committed to offering a selection of in-stock electronic components and is pleased to include ASG’s line of LVIT sensors to their product offering.

Reliable Controls announces Roland Laird's induction into BACnet Hall of Fame
January 25, 2019

Reliable Controls announces Roland Laird's induction into BACnet Hall of Fame

Inductees into the BACnet Hall of Fame are individuals with at least a decade of meaningful contributions to the BACnet community, who have played a role in the ongoing development of the BACnet standard or the community, championed open dialog and a collaborative approach to resolving issues, and demonstrated a global perspective with respect for regional and cultural differences.

Fives partners with National Research Council of Canada to enhance manufacturing of composite parts
January 22, 2019

Fives partners with National Research Council of Canada to enhance manufacturing of composite parts

They are developing a profilometer that will provide part inspection. Based on an optical technology, the profilometer for composite placement has in-process inspection technology designed to help manufacturers meet strict standards by providing measuring information without limiting the process functionality.

PI (Physik Instrumente) announces Dave Rego as Vice President and General Manager of PI’s North American Operations
January 18, 2019

PI (Physik Instrumente) announces Dave Rego as Vice President and General Manager of PI’s North American Operations

Rego has proven himself over his 18 years of growth within PI USA’s sales operations and in progressive sales leadership while working at PI USA’s Auburn headquarters.

HARTING announces opening of Polish production facility
January 16, 2019

HARTING announces opening of Polish production facility

HARTING Customised Solutions (HCS) is now manufacturing tailor-made solutions in its 500m2+ facility. These products and solutions are primarily intended for mechanical and plant engineering.