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UI Labs Fosters Manufacturing Innovation in Middle America

Forming consortia of academic, industry and civic partners, UI Labs opened its doors last week on Chicago’s Goose Island, showing off 24,000 square feet of manufacturing space for the Digital Manufact
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PAS Adds Cybersecurity Business Unit
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PAS Adds Cybersecurity Business Unit

The company-- rooted in process control system configuration management-- is leveraging its unique ability to identify changes at the engineering core to thwart malicious industrial control system att
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Insights for Packaging and Processing OEMs
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Insights for Packaging and Processing OEMs

A new web site and publication from PMMI targets the technology and business issues faced by OEMs.
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Rockwell Automation Targets Pharma, Medical Devices with Updated MES Offering
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Rockwell Automation Targets Pharma, Medical Devices with Updated MES Offering

PharmaSuite v7.0 tracks both batch and discrete operations while adding a serialization function that can trace individual units across the supply chain.
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New Industrial Technology Partnerships
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New Industrial Technology Partnerships

Two announcements made at Hannover Fair 2015—one involving the EtherCAT Trade Group and OPC Foundation and the other involving Bosch Rexroth and National Instruments—highlight a growing trend around i
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Compact Safety System Fits High-Hazard Process Needs

Schneider Electric’s Tricon CX is a more compact and advanced version of its safety-instrumented systems that meets stricter demands for protection, risk reduction and asset availability.
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Siemens Expands Analytical Operations in Houston

Going after a growing downstream oil and gas industry, Siemens Analytical Products and Solutions has increased its operation capacity by 50 percent by moving to a new facility and optimizing productio
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 A Flexible Assembly Line
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A Flexible Assembly Line

Ubisense introduces software that virtualizes fixed workstations, enabling automotive manufacturers to reduce the cost of complexity associated with mass customization.
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Acquisition Helps ABB's Push Into Collaborative Robots

At Hannover Messe this week, ABB followed its introduction of a collaborative robot with an announcement about acquiring Germany’s Gomtec, whose technology will strengthen capabilities in the field fu
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David A. Harvey Memorial Scholarship Awarded to Reading Area Community College

Reading Area Community College in Pennsylvania has been selected to receive the 2015 David A. Harvey Memorial Scholarship.
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Gaining Network Speed
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Gaining Network Speed

Rockwell Automation’s newest Allen-Bradley Stratix industrial switch is designed with faster throughput to support high-bandwidth applications and the emerging Internet of Things.
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Motion Control: Automation’s Critical Element
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Motion Control: Automation’s Critical Element

Central to nearly all automated machinery—from the practical to the awe inspiring—are motion control components.
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Rittal Goes After Oil and Gas at Its Epicenter

The Oil and Gas Competency Center in Houston is the company’s first competency center outside of Germany, offering customers hands-on project access to enclosures and climate control systems for the b
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Operational Intelligence for the Internet of Things
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Operational Intelligence for the Internet of Things

Tibco Software’s new version of Live Datamart analyzes input from multiple streams of data, delivering event-driven alerts to the operator in real-time.
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OMAC Presents PackML Workshop at The Automation Conference

The half-day training session, May 18 at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare, provides PackML fundamentals and applications in packaging and non-packaging related automation
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Mobile Operator Interface Gets Key Updates
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Exclusive: Mobile Operator Interface Gets Key Updates

Opto 22’s new release of the groov mobile operator interface system features event notifications, a data simulator, development environment improvements, and platform selection options.
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Reusable Robotics Software Modules
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Reusable Robotics Software Modules

Expanding its FAST application toolbox, Lenze adds standardized and reusable robotics software modules that don’t require previous knowledge of robotics for users to be able to integrate kinematics in
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