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David A. Harvey Memorial Scholarship goes to Tri-County Technical College.
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Harvey Scholarship to Tri-County Technical College

Tri-County Technical College of Pendleton, SC, has been selected to receive the 2014 David A. Harvey Memorial Scholarship, which will be awarded during The Automation Conference May 20-21 in Chicago.
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Automation: It’s Time to Question the Way It’s Always Been Done

ExxonMobil is rethinking the way it automates operations, bucking the traditionally conservative mentality in oil and gas.
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Pairing Programmable Automation Controllers and Networks
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Pairing Programmable Automation Controllers and Networks

When using a programmable automation controller (PAC) that combines a processor and FPGA, the processing components offer different advantages, lending themselves to different communication tasks.
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Manufacturing Growth Continues, While Survey Shows Weak Jobs Outlook

Two recent reports paint a mixed picture on the U.S. manufacturing front.
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5S - Unintended Consequences

I've heard that application of the 5S methodology is having some unintended consequences in the area of maintenance.
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Mechatronics at PackExpo

PMMI has been hard at work creating their new mechatronics certificate program, the next phase of which is being rolled out at PackExpo.
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Jim Pinto

Swim Upstream in a Down Market

Today, U.S. automation businesses seem to be focusing on foreign markets, while waiting for growth to trickle down from a domestic market upturn.
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Standards, Standards, Standards

A young person approaches a New Yorker on a street near Carnegie Hall and asks, "Pardon me, sir, how do I get to Carnegie Hall?" To which, the New Yorker replies, "Practice, practice,
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What Is PAS 55, and Why Should You Care?

The absence of standards for managing physical assets leaves technology suppliers with little direction on how to design appropriate products, and industrial enterprises with no guidance for develop
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The 2011 Asset Performance Management Outlook

The year 2010 has been uncertain until now, especially in the context of asset management. 
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International Trade: Stay OnThe Right Side of the Law

Don’t Run Afoul of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. In 2009, the U.S. Department of Justice prosecuted 34 Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) cases.
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Gary Mintchell, Editor in Chief

Closing The Loop With Information

How do you integrate an acquired company into its new home?
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Strong Growth in North American Machine Vision Sales

Second quarter results were up by 20 percent over first quarter, and by 60 percent on a year-to-year basis, trade group says.
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