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Industry 4.0 Status Update
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Industry 4.0 Status Update

Since its official announcement last year, the Industry 4.0 initiative is now in full swing among industry automation suppliers. But where does it stand with end users?
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 FDT Group Announces Newly Integrated Networks
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FDT Group Announces Newly Integrated Networks

The FDT machine and device communications standard now supports more than 18 industry protocols including ISA-100 Wireless. The number of certified devices is also on the rise.
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Inside Dow Corning’s Automation Team
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Inside Dow Corning’s Automation Team

How Dow Corning shifted its approach to automation technology selection from an individual site focus to a global outlook.
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Ethernet Brain Boards Ease Migration

The E1 and E2 brain boards are next-generation I/O and communication processors that are Ethernet versions of the vendor’s Optomux family of brain boards.
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Compact XScale Controller

Billed as the smallest application-ready Intel XScale controller available, the Adam-6501 provides a computing platform for challenging applications.
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P&G Licenses Tools

The Procter & Gamble Co. (www.pg.com) said it has licensed its proprietary reliability engineering analysis and optimization tools to Zarpac Inc.
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Why Do We Need an Upgrade, Anyway?

Plants are upgrading their software more frequently because plants have become much more complicated in recent years. Sometimes, regulatory changes require new software.
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Energy-harvesting Wireless Module

The STM100 is a solar-powered wireless sensor module that can completely eliminate the need for batteries in sensor applications, says the vendor.
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Modular LED Light Tower

The LT7 Light Tower features enhanced LED technology combined with a five-color, modular style assembly for ease of use.
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Schneider Electric To Push Services

Watch for Schneider Electric (www.us.schneider-electric.com), the Rueil-Malmaison, France-based automation vendor, to make a major push into the North American market for engineered solutions and serv
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Embedded Controllers

Development of the S-Max VLC and ILC 350 VLC embedded controller platforms was focused around the idea of combining the best of the PLC world with the best of the PC world.
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Modular Fieldbus Power

The FieldConnex Fieldbus Power Hub is a modular power supply system for Foundation Fieldbus (FF-H1). It provides multiple power supplies for Fieldbus devices via digital data lines.
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New Automation Job Sites

It’s no secret that a shortage of skilled labor is already an issue for the manufacturing industries, and the problem is expected to get worse.
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