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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.

Schneider Electric announces partnership with Nozomi Networks
January 15, 2019

Schneider Electric announces partnership with Nozomi Networks

Under the terms of the agreement, Schneider Electric will collaborate with Nozomi to provide customers in the industrial manufacturing and critical infrastructure segments advanced anomaly detection, vulnerability assessment and other cybersecurity solutions and services

Hannover Fairs USA names Ed Nichols as vice president of events
January 14, 2019

Hannover Fairs USA names Ed Nichols as vice president of events

Nichols will manage the commercial vehicle show portfolio, which currently includes the North American Commercial Vehicle Show (NACV Show 2019). He also will develop new North American events in the fire and safety segment of the company’s portfolio of INTERSCHUTZ exhibitions & conferences.

ControlSoft announces acquisition of eSimulation and DxT3
January 10, 2019

ControlSoft announces acquisition of eSimulation and DxT3

Through this acquisition, eSimulation can offer a range of solutions to the midstream and upstream industries. For example, ControlSoft’s MANTRA advanced process control (APC) platform can help stabilize gas plants, condensate stabilizers, and fractionation facilities and enable operators to effectively hit optimization targets

 International Society of Automation (ISA) announces Paul Gruhn as 2019 Society President
January 10, 2019

International Society of Automation (ISA) announces Paul Gruhn as 2019 Society President

ISA is a nonprofit professional association that provides technical resources and programs for those who apply engineering and technology to improve the management, safety and cybersecurity of modern automation and control systems used across industry and critical infrastructure.

Prediktor AS announces partnership with Aker BP for OPC UA-based modelling of drilling data
January 07, 2019

Prediktor AS announces partnership with Aker BP for OPC UA-based modelling of drilling data

Data access will be through Aker BP’s Cognite cloud platform, their drilling monitoring solution and other 3rd party applications. OPC UA-based information modelling enables Aker BP to use models that can be shared between companies.

ONICON announces acquisition of Pulsar Process Measurement
December 27, 2018

ONICON announces acquisition of Pulsar Process Measurement

Pulsar’s products provide solutions related to level, open channel flow, pipe flow, sludge interference measurement, and pump control for water utilities and industrial customers worldwide.

Measurement, Control & Automation Association (MCAA) announces their 2019 Board of Directors
December 20, 2018

Measurement, Control & Automation Association (MCAA) announces their 2019 Board of Directors

Founded in the early 1940’s, MCAA has been serving industry organizations for seventy-five years. MCAA is the trade association for manufacturers and distributors of instrumentation and systems associated with the Measurement, Control & Automation Industry.

MonarchFx announces Warren Bishop as Operations Director
December 19, 2018

MonarchFx announces Warren Bishop as Operations Director

Previously, Bishop was the Vice President of Finance, Planning, Analysis, Reporting, and Process Improvement for Macy’s Logistics. He also has experience as the Senior Vice President of Logistics at Levitz Furniture, Vice President of Supply Chain at Giggle, and Director of the East Region Distribution at Toys R Us.

Siemens and MineSense announce cooperation for real-time ore grade measurement solution
December 18, 2018

Siemens and MineSense announce cooperation for real-time ore grade measurement solution

By combining each party’s strengths, the resulting joint solution will provide real-time measurement of ore grades and byproducts by MineSense’s BeltSense in combination with a single material and quality management system, Siemens Simine MAQ

Emerson announces acquisition of Advanced Engineering Valves (A.E. Valves)
December 13, 2018

Emerson announces acquisition of Advanced Engineering Valves (A.E. Valves)

The addition of A.E. Valves supports Emerson’s Main Valve Partner initiative to be a supplier of final control solutions for the LNG industry, and complements its Vanessa triple-offset valve range to create a solution for process isolation in critical cryogenic and severe service applications.

AVEVA announces competition for NAM college chemical engineering seniors
December 11, 2018

AVEVA announces competition for NAM college chemical engineering seniors

The competition will involve using SimCentral, AVEVA’s industrial simulation platform, to solve a problem created by the company in collaboration with Dr. Richard Turton, renowned author and industry expert in the field of chemical process simulation.

Emerson announces acquisition of iSolutions Inc
December 11, 2018

Emerson announces acquisition of iSolutions Inc

The acquisition is intended to accelerate delivery of Emerson’s digital transformation roadmap by adding skillsets in information technology/operational technology (IT-OT) and application knowledge to help integrate data from the plant floor to business systems.

ABB announces commissioning of two Italian digital substations
December 07, 2018

ABB announces commissioning of two Italian digital substations

Key supplies to the substations include ABB Ability-based automation and control systems, intelligent protection equipment, transformers with sensors, digitally enabled switchgear and advanced communication systems.

Schneider Electric announces global OEM and distribution partnership with Transpara
December 06, 2018

Schneider Electric announces global OEM and distribution partnership with Transpara

The partnership combines Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure IIoT capabilities with Transpara’s Visual KPI solutions to help customers in operationally intensive industries, including refining, petrochemical, energy and mining

ABB helps Portuguese island facilitate renewable energy transition
December 05, 2018

ABB helps Portuguese island facilitate renewable energy transition

The modular ABB Ability PowerStore microgrid solution and Microgrid Plus automation system will enable EEM to increase the island’s adoption of solar and wind power and raise the share of renewables in the energy mix from 15 to 30 percent.

COPA-DATA and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories announce expansion of collaboration
November 29, 2018

COPA-DATA and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories announce expansion of collaboration

Entering the fifth year of collaboration, SEL looks to expand zenon’s SCADA capabilities in more upcoming power management applications.

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Endress+Hauser announces Saudi Arabian calibration and training center
November 28, 2018

Endress+Hauser announces Saudi Arabian calibration and training center

The training center features a classroom with interactive technology, an equipped workshop and a field bus training lab. It offers practical, hands-on training programs designed to impart knowledge on measurement technologies and process control systems that are in demand by the hydrocarbon, power and water & wastewater industries.

ISA to provide end-user perspective in IEC systems committee on smart manufacturing
November 28, 2018

ISA to provide end-user perspective in IEC systems committee on smart manufacturing

An IEC systems committee is intended to set high-level interfaces and functional requirements that span multiple work areas across the IEC and its partner, the International Organization of Standardization (ISO), to achieve a coordinated standards development plan.

Festo announces dedication of Technology Engineering Center for the life sciences
November 27, 2018

Festo announces dedication of Technology Engineering Center for the life sciences

The TEC is the company’s first engineering center in the United States devoted to the life sciences. The choice of the United States for this engineering center was based on this country’s leadership in the global life sciences industry.

ABB to help Abu Dhabi petroleum facility integrate automation and electrification solutions
November 16, 2018

ABB to help Abu Dhabi petroleum facility integrate automation and electrification solutions

The upgrade will include a fully integrated ABB Electrical, Control and Telecommunication (ECT) solution with 45 power and capacitor bank skids, as well as centralized and localized automation systems.

Dematic helps Australian meat company implement automated buffer system
November 16, 2018

Dematic helps Australian meat company implement automated buffer system

The Dematic Meat Buffer storage and handling solution will work to provide better visibility of product flow and accuracy at the meat processing facility.

Rockwell Automation announces control device support for CIP Security protocol
November 15, 2018

Rockwell Automation announces control device support for CIP Security protocol

Engineers will be able to implement CIP Security in their systems through Rockwell Automation products and firmware updates to existing products such as Allen-Bradley ControlLogix controllers, communication modules and Kinetix servo drives.

Brooks Instrument introduces instrumentation engineering scholarship
November 14, 2018

Brooks Instrument introduces instrumentation engineering scholarship

The $2,000 scholarship will be awarded based on the candidate’s potential for leadership and his or her interest in engineering with a focus on instrumentation, fluid mechanics and flow or pressure measurement.

November 14, 2018

Deloitte Study: 2.4 million manufacturing jobs may go unfilled by 2028

Five out of 10 open positions for skilled workers in the U.S. manufacturing industry remain unoccupied today due to the skills gap crisis. These “skilled positions” require specific training or skillsets and often take months to fill.

ABB to help Brazilian power company enhance electrical distribution
November 09, 2018

ABB to help Brazilian power company enhance electrical distribution

Power is generated by hydro plants located in the northern and western areas of the country and by wind farms located along the east coast. It is then transmitted over long distances to urban load centers located in the southeast.

Rockwell Automation introduces The Connected Mine
November 08, 2018

Rockwell Automation introduces The Connected Mine

The Connected Mine helps mining companies collect and aggregate data to gain end-to-end visibility into their operations and make informed business decisions to improve mining operations.

Festo announces partnerships with Power/mation and Heitek Automation
November 07, 2018

Festo announces partnerships with Power/mation and Heitek Automation

Power/mation has warehouses and sales offices in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Heitek Automation will now be distributing the full line of Festo pneumatic and electric automation components and systems in Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico.

Emerson to help modernize Algerian gas processing plant
November 05, 2018

Emerson to help modernize Algerian gas processing plant

In its role, Emerson will update control and safety systems, fire and gas systems, field instrumentation control and isolation valves, and other equipment to improve production efficiencies.

Rockwell Automation announces enhancements to Machine Safety Portfolio
November 05, 2018

Rockwell Automation announces enhancements to Machine Safety Portfolio

The additions to the machine safety portfolio are all designed to communicate over EtherNet/IP and are tested against machine safety standards to ease compliance. The products will also be included in the next release of the Safety Automation Builder software tool.

Inductive Automation announces Primary Systems Inc as Premier Integrator
November 01, 2018

Inductive Automation announces Primary Systems Inc as Premier Integrator

Founded in 1989, Primary Systems Inc. is based in Old Bridge, N.J. The company is a system integrator that helps its clients produce products while meeting all compliance requirements. PSI designs, implements, and troubleshoots systems for the process and manufacturing industries.

Thorlabs announces acquisition of Norland Products' Fiber Optic product line
October 30, 2018

Thorlabs announces acquisition of Norland Products' Fiber Optic product line

The Norland products will be incorporated into Thorlabs’ existing Vytran business unit, a 20,000 square foot facility located in Morganville, New Jersey.

ABB to enhance process and power management for Philippines petrochemical facility
October 29, 2018

ABB to enhance process and power management for Philippines petrochemical facility

The scope of supply includes 69kV high voltage air-insulated switchgear, UniGear medium-voltage switchgear, MNS low-voltage switchgear, power and distribution transformers, a capacitor bank, soft starter, IS-limiters and a process power management system.

Endress+Hauser announces new German production facility
October 29, 2018

Endress+Hauser announces new German production facility

The building focuses on a sustainable energy concept, including a photovoltaic system installed on the roof that provides enough electricity to completely power the basic production load.

Indegy partners with RSA to enhance industrial network security
October 26, 2018

Indegy partners with RSA to enhance industrial network security

The companies have completed testing which is intended to assure customers that both solutions can bidirectionally share information to detect, respond and mitigate security threats across their entire attack surface, including industrial control system (ICS) devices.

exida announces channel partnership with MicroWatt Controls
October 23, 2018

exida announces channel partnership with MicroWatt Controls

MicroWatt specializes in flame and gas detection, burner control application consultation, training, and on-site installation assistance, as well as calibration and repair services.

Endress+Hauser announces plans for new Houston regional center
October 22, 2018

Endress+Hauser announces plans for new Houston regional center

The campus will be located in Pearland’s lower Kirby District, in close proximity to the company’s oil and gas customer base. Construction is currently being planned to begin in 2019 with completion by the end of 2020.

AVEVA partners with TOMRA to embed SCADA technology for produce industry
October 22, 2018

AVEVA partners with TOMRA to embed SCADA technology for produce industry

The first Compac product resulting from this partnership is Smartline, which is built on Wonderware by AVEVA. Smartline features an operational dashboard for visualisation of line performance and a user interface designed to facilitate line control for packhouses of all sizes.