India’s pharmaceutical sector has been witnessing record growth in the recent years. A $10 billion industry today, Indian pharma will grow to $25 billion by 2010. The country’s drug sector had shown a growth of 10 percent compared with 7 percent global growth for the industry.
New orders received by North American-based robotics companies were down by 35 percent through the first nine months of 2006, although non-automotive orders were down just 3 percent, according to statistics released by the Robotic Industries Association (RIA, www.roboticsonline.com), the industry’s Ann Arbor, Mich.-based trade group.
New orders received by North American-based robotics companies were down by 35 percent through the first nine months of 2006, although non-automotive orders were down just 3 percent, according to statistics released by the Robotic Industries Association (RIA, www.roboticsonline.com), the industry’s Ann Arbor, Mich.-based trade group.
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The OMAC Packaging Workgroup (www.omac.org/packaging) Executive Committee approved PackML Version 3 at a meeting held during the Pack Expo show Oct. 29-Nov. 2, in Chicago.
From demonstrations of interoperability to release of  integrated motion components, getting things to work together in order to enhance packaging machines was the theme of the recent Pack Expo at  Chicago’s McCormick Place. Here’s a round-up of some of what visitors saw at the Oct. 29-Nov. 2 event.
Schneider Electric (www.schneider-electric.com), based in Rueil Malmaison, France, and American Power Conversion (APC, www.apc.com), a West Kingston, R.I., manufacturer of uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Schneider Electric will acquire all outstanding shares of APC for an enterprise value of approximately $5.5 billion. APC had $2 billion in sales in 2005.
The executive board of the Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society (ISA, www.isa.org) voted recently to provide a new member benefit of free downloadable ISA-developed standards, effective Jan. 1, 2007.
Motors eat up 63 percent of electricity consumed in today’s factories and plants. And while industrial motor users can’t control the price of electricity, they can take steps to reduce their electrical power consumption  through the use of higher efficiency motors and variable frequency drives. What’s more, the savings can be substantial over the 20-year life of a motor.
The future looks bright for manufacturing automation supplier Rockwell Automation Inc. (www.rockwellautomation.com), according to its chairman and chief executive officer, Keith Nosbusch.
End-user input will be instrumental in developing new industrial wireless standard, says group co-chair.
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