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How Behavior-Based Safety Could Become Mainstream

However you feel about behavior-based safety and its supposed shortcomings, a variety of emerging trends and factors are aligning to make an actual BBS system both more achievable and more effective.
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New HMI Standard Almost Ready for Viewing

The ISA101 committee expects to be able to publish the standard in the fourth quarter of this year, providing guidance that industry has been clamoring for.
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Looking for Controls Engineering Skills? Try Certified Systems Integrators

The Control System Integrators Association partnered with Automation World to develop a survey that would provide an overview of how the manufacturing industries see system integrators.
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Recognizing Excellence in Manufacturing (sidebar)

Automation World Recognizes Component Product Introductions (sidebar)
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The Roomba Scheduler Vacuuming Robot from iRobot Corp.automatically cleans floors on a schedule set by the user.

What's Next for Robots?

Robotics executives look toward commercial robot technologies in charting the direction for future factory robots, as well as for new market opportunities.
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The 8th Convention and Exhibition on Oil Pipeline Technology, in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, was a platform for knowledge exchange

Mexican Company Invests in Pipeline Technology

The management, operation and maintenance of an aging pipeline infrastructure owned by PEMEX, the Mexican oil conglomerate, continues to be a hot topic.
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Keith Nosbusch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Rockwell Automation Inc.

Rockwell Automation Touts "Customer Intimacy"

At its Manufacturing Perspectives 2005, an annual event for manufacturing media and analysts, Rockwell Automation highlighted global manufacturing trends and automation success stories.
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Hesh Kagan, Director of Technology Marketing and New Ventures, Invensys Process Systems

Invensys Rolls Out Managed Wireless Services

New Invensys strategy centers around shared access point technology and common data and security models for all wireless devices—regardless of vendor or application.
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Kevin Roach, Vice President, Rockwell Software

Rockwell Automation to Acquire Datasweep

The acquisition expands FactoryTalk plant-wide information software offerings.
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Bosch Rexroth Acquires Nyquist BV

Acquisition of the Dutch motion control supplier is said to provide Bosch Rexroth complete motion control capability for the semiconductor and medical manufacturing markets.
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EDDL and FDT Both Claim Gains

Two fieldbus communications technologies—Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) and Field Device Tool/Device Type Managers (FDT/DTMs)—claim increased supplier adoption and user benefits at the
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Isao Uchida, Chief Executive Officer, Yokogawa Electric Corp.

Yokogawa Celebrates 90

Customers, press gather in Tokyo for presentations and exhibition as Yokogawa celebrates its 90th anniversary.
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Robert H. Bucher, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Adept Technology Inc.

Adept Gains NASDAQ Re-listing

Robert Bucher, chief executive officer at the robotics company, calls NASDAQ re-listing an important step, and pledges a future focus on innovation.
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