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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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Sarbanes-Oxley Impacts Automation

“There oughta be a law.” That phrase seems to be the perennial cry after every malfeasance brought to the light of public scrutiny.
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Can you blog on automation-related issues?

Thinking of launching your own Web log on automation? Let's work together. You supply the commentary, and we supply the technology and the audience. Great way to network.
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Ultrasonic Sensor

Priced at $99, the World-Beam QS18U Series ultrasonic sensor is billed as the most competitively priced ultrasonic sensor for its size and capabilities.
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Handle Flexible Materials

The resilient LC30 level compensator was developed to allow for extremely flexible material handling with suction cups.
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Process Control Systems Migrations

Control system migration is a primary issue among many automation users today. Few new plants are being built, and capital expenditures continue to shrink.
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Print Code on Dark Surfaces

The PX-P460U Pigmented Type Printer is a small character continuous ink jet printer that is designed to provide coding on black and dark surface products such as automotive parts, electrical and elect
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Compact DC-DC Converters

The PSD series of dual-output DC-DC converters produce twice the output power of comparably sized DC-DC converters, says the vendor, allowing designers to upgrade their systems without changing board
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Performance-based compensation

Most of today’s employee compensation systems were originally developed in the old, factory environment stemming from how hourly workers were paid, and graduating upwards in the hierarchy.
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Nils Herzberg, Senior Vice President, Manufacturing Industry Solutions, Product and Technology Group, SAP

SAP Acquires Lighthammer

The acquisition supports SAP’s commitment to an ISA-95 enabled manufacturing solution, says executive.
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Nic Gihl, Vice President, Industrial Automation & Control, North American Operating Division, Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric Launches Services Initiative

Schneider executives look to boost revenues through engineered solutions and services, but pledge not to compete with partners.
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