RFID offers tremendous potential for catalyzing India’s growth and development. With the semiconductor industry and mobile communication technology maturing, radio frequency identification (RFID) is expected to enter the market in a big way.
Manufacturers’ success rests largely on how effectively they measure financial and operational performance, according to a new industry study.‑Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association International (MESA, www.mesa.org) and Industry Directions Inc. (www.industrydirections.com)  unveiled the results of the “Metrics that Matter” research project at the MESA Plant2Enterprise Conference in Orlando, Fla., on Oct. 9.
Executives from multiple motion control companies have launched a new trade association to serve the interests of motor, drive and controls companies.
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“Would you like Ethernet with that?” It’s a question that more automation buyers are hearing these days, as a growing number of industrial connectivity product vendors jump on the Ethernet bandwagon.
Mark Engman has been named president and chief executive officer at Opto 22 (www.opto22.com), a Temecula, Calif., automation supplier. Engman succeeds his father, Opto 22 founder Robert (Bob) Engman, who will continue with the company in a consultative and advisory role.
The outlook for industrial wireless networking was one of the hottest topics at the ISA Expo 2006 conference and exhibition, sponsored by the Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society (ISA, www.isa.org) Oct. 17-19 in Houston. Of more than 400 exhibitors at the event, some 64 percent, excluding publication companies, had some sort of wireless product or service in their booths, according to Peter Fuhr, chief technology officer at wireless networking company Apprion, Moffat Field, Calif., who did an on-site booth survey.
The BP Canada Energy NGL Operations plant in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada, is the winner of the 2006 Hart Plant of the Year Award.
“Smart energy for a smarter world,” proclaimed Dave Petratis, as he held up a copy of the day’s “Wall Street Journal” containing a large advertisement from Schneider Electric (www.schneiderelectric.com).
Labeled a “significant” announcement for the process industry by the Emerson Process Management wireless team, the company’s wireless initiative went from strategy to reality as revealed in a press announcement at the annual Emerson Exchange Users Conference in Nashville on Oct. 2. Emerson President John Berra noted that press releases don’t change the world, products do. And Emerson (www.emersonprocess.com), the Austin, Texas-based process automation supplier, has released for sale several products after three years of testing at customer plant sites.
With an eye on becoming a global leader in uninterruptible power supplies, the French automation and electrical company will acquire UPS maker American Power Conversion for approximately $6.1 billion.
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