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January 23, 2015 | By Stephanie Neil
The food & beverage industry must merge new FDA rules with existing processes, which may mean creating their own interoperability protocols and best practices for safety.

When I sit down for a daily meal it never occurs to me that the food I’m about to ingest may be contaminated. Which is why I winced when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that each year foodborne diseases get 48 million Americans (1 in 6) sick, 128,000 people are hospitalized and 3,000 die.

It’s a serious issue, and one that is now under the control of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is hammering out the final details of the Food and Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) of 2011—the most extensive overhaul of food safety laws in over 70 years.

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January 16, 2015 | By Stephanie Neil
A Focus on Reliable Wireless Connections for the Internet of Things
Telit, Telenor Connexion and Allianz Telematics collaborate to optimize mobile networks’ usage according to GSMA guidelines.

Three companies with products applicable to the Internet of Things (IoT) have teamed up to deliver technology that will increase device reliability over a wireless network.

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January 13, 2015 | By Stephanie Neil
 DCS Growth Tempered by Cyber-Security Concerns
A new Frost & Sullivan report predicts the DCS market will grow by about $5 billion over the next five years, but only if suppliers invest in secure, integrated architectures.

Demand for Distributed Control Systems (DCS) is on the rise spurred by growth in the power generation and oil & gas sectors, according to a new report from Frost & Sullivan. But security concerns related to recent cyber-attacks and malware targeting industrial automation are raising red flags among manufacturers, which will force DCS vendors to add robust security features and services before they can take advantage of the market opportunity.

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December 28, 2014 | By Renee R. Bassett
This thermoforming machine from Fabri-Kal manufacturers drinking cups.
PC-based control of plastic thermoforming machines enables one packaging machine maker to enhance overall data collection, enjoy easier programming, and enable better machine performance.

Use of sustainable packaging material is an ongoing  trend for packaging machine makers. One family-owned maker of thermoforming equipment sought to makes its automation systems more "sustainable" by finding a way to more easily replicate new control system upgrades and enhancements onto other machines. PC-based control was the company's technology of choice.

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December 22, 2014 | By Renee R. Bassett
Los Alamos Laboratories technology is being licensed by Whitewood Encryption Systems.
After 20 years of development, Los Alamos National Laboratories is licensing cybersecurity technology based on quantum systems. If implemented on a wide scale, quantum key distribution technology could be the next frontier for truly secure industrial data systems.

With industrial cybersecurity—or its lack—again in the news with word that a South Korean nuclear power facility had been hacked, now is probably a good time to mention some good news from Los Alamos National Laboratory, the U.S. national-security science laboratory.

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