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Siemens Expands Analytical Operations in Houston

Going after a growing downstream oil and gas industry, Siemens Analytical Products and Solutions has increased its operation capacity by 50 percent by moving to a new facility and optimizing productio
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Hannover Fair 2015 Highlights: Day One

A brief look at two of the many exhibits visited on our first day at Hannover Fair 2015.
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Hannover Fair 2015 Highlights: Day Two

In this video three exhibits are highlighted: Eaton’s XV300 multi-touch HMI/PLC device; Harting’s RFID-enabled, automated custom connector assembly workcell; and Siemens’ Industry 4.0 digitization showcase, illustrating hardware and software applications in continuous process, packaging, and automot
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Bus Controller

The new X20 bus controller from B+R Industrial Automation offers a flexible design that makes it suitable for use with DeviceNet and other fieldbuses.
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Stepper Motors Replace Servos

Billed as a cost-effective alternative to servo motors in the small- and medium-capacity range, ASIxxx stepper motors offer nominal current ratings from 1A to 5A, and torques ranging from 0.38Nm to 5
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Industrial Controls Indices Rise

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA, www.nema.org/econ/icbi) Primary Industrial Controls Index increased 6.1 percent between the fourth quarter of 2005 and the first quarter of 200
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Proactive Patch Management

In order to reduce security risks, many plants are deploying proactive approaches to software security patch management. The idea is to prevent a security problem before it appears.
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Anti-backlash Nuts

The W Series of anti-backlash nuts rely on a patent-pending method of preloading the threaded nut halves to provide a system that maximizes system stiffness while reducing drag torque.
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Cumulative Financial Benefit

The chart, adapted from a study of successful execution of lean programs by ARC Advisory Group Inc., of Dedham, Mass., and provided by Citect, shows the cumulative financial benefit from lean initiati
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ISA-88 Standards to be Extended

The Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society’s ISA-SP88 committee has announced it is beginning work on Part 5 of the widely used ISA-88 series of batch control standards.
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I/O Module

Wago has added motion control capability to its I/O System family of products with the new 750-670 I/O module.
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Model Predictive Controller Supervision

The vendor’s PlantTriage Performance Supervision Software now provides supervision of Model Predictive Controllers (MPC).
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Standardization and Interoperability For Performance

Corporate standardization involves selection of a single solution to a common problem.
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