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Most automotive factories operate on a large scale and the Kia Motors plant in Zilina, Slovakia, is no different. This US$1 billion dollar plant is capable of producing 300,000 vehicles per year, and assembles eight different vehicle models on one assembly line. Popular Kia models at the Slovakia plant are the Sportage, Venga and Cee’d. Besides the...
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Redline Communications: High-Speed Wireless System for Industrial SCADA

The Redline Transport Gateway Connect is a family of wireless networking products designed to securely connect industrial SCADA systems.
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Wireless Technology Modernizes Stamping Presses for Kia Motors

A Kia Motors Europe pilot project replaces manual operation of gantry cranes with 802.11n industrial radios connected to PLCs
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Fieldbus Over Ethernet
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Fieldbus Over Ethernet Without a PC Card

Computing trends drive the development of Hilscher’s netHost Fieldbus Master, which is designed to provide fieldbus communications over Ethernet connections to the latest computers, which increasingly
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Ethernet Switch with Built-in Multi-Protocol Integration
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Ethernet Switch with Built-in Multi-Protocol Integration

Innovasic’s new fido5000 real-time embedded Ethernet multi-protocol switch comes with protocol drivers for integration with any industrial Ethernet protocol stack.
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EtherCat Semiconductor Working Group meeting
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Networking: EtherCAT Standard Supports Semiconductor Industry Devices

New device standard and nine device profiles enable mass flow controllers or vacuum valves to be implemented directly into the EtherCAT system.
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NWA Focus EMI's Data Flow
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Manufacturing Intelligence from Existing Data

A new enterprise manufacturing intelligence software package from Northwest Analytics is designed to leverage data in existing databases rather than through creation of a new database.
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Personal Passion Creates Industry Innovation

When it comes to operator interfaces, mobility is top of mind and everyone wants it yesterday.
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FDT Provides Factory Fieldbus Flexibility

FDT-enabled applications within the automation system can manage field devices regardless of the device’s manufacturer, and regardless of the fieldbus protocol employed.
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Moxa Americas, Inc: Network Management Software Supports PoE

Version 2.2 of Moxa MXview industrial network management software provides new support for Power over Ethernet (PoE) device visualization and third-party device management, along with device availabil
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944 manufacturing professions from around the globe reported on OPC usage.
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OPC A Well-Known Technology

A joint OPC Foundation / Automation World survey revealed OPC has broad acceptance and brand recognition.
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Embeddable Wireless
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Banner Engineering: Embeddable Wireless

Banner Engineering releases an embeddable gateway module for use in building out a wireless sensor network to coordinate multiple machines and processes.
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The Art and Science of Production Knowledge

For the most part, database issues are left the to IT department.
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New Industrial Network Survey Reveals Upgrades Are Needed

Industrial Ethernet is firmly in place, and two-thirds are actively using wireless communications, but current network infrastructure is in need of modification.
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Beckhoff Automation: EtherCAT Box for Incremental Encoder Connection

I/O module synchronously reads encoder values via high-precision EtherCAT Distributed Clocks
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Four Siemens Customers Awarded for ‘Delivering Success’

See why ConocoPhillips Alaska, Fori Automation, GOSS International and GT Advanced Technologies got the nod over hundreds of others.
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WirelessHART Adapter

The BULLET is for use in explosion-proof applications.
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China Leads M2M Growth; Europe Not Far Behind

China Mobile became the world’s largest M2M connectivity provider at the end of 2011 with around 14 million subscribers.
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Ethernet, Collaborative Platforms are the Future

With all technology trend lines showing that 1) everything is moving toward the use of Ethernet to enable more connected enterprises and 2) greater use of cloud computing, automation vendor GE Intelli
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Interoperability and Ethernet

We want things to work together. If I add a printer to my network, I expect it to join the network and to start working.
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Device-Level Wireless Solutions Gain Traction in Process Manufacturing

The incremental value proposition for wireless networks in process manufacturing is much larger than for serial and Ethernet-based networks.
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