Following its launch in October 2006 of wireless products in the 900 MHz band for the U.S. market, Emerson Process Management (, has announced wireless products in the 2.4 GHz band for the European market. While the 900 MHz products are already shipping in the United States, European regulations prohibit radios in that band. With the release of these products, Emerson, the Austin, Texas-based process automation vendor, now permits European companies to try out wireless sensor applications.
Christian von Olshausen, process engineer, packing, at Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals Germany, will be a featured speaker at the Packaging Automation Forum May 23 in Chicago. His presentation will focus on how controls and automation technologies, correctly implemented on today’s packaging lines, can minimize unplanned downtime by contributing greatly to Total Quality Management (TQM) and Total Productivity Management (TPM).
German industrial giant Siemens AG ( said on Jan. 25 that it will acquire UGS Corp. (, the Plano, Texas-based supplier of product lifecycle management (PLM) software, for about $3.5 billion, including debt. UGS generated sales of just under $1.2 billion in fiscal 2005. Siemens reached a definitive agreement for the acqusition with UGS’ current owners, Bain Capital, Silver Lake Partners and Warburg Pincus. The activities of UGS will be assigned to the Siemens Automation & Drives (A&D) Group.
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