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Belden to Acquire Tripwire
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Belden to Acquire Tripwire, a Leader in Cybersecurity, for $710 Million

The company expects to incorporate Tripwire technology into selected Belden products to help customers deploy and secure the Internet of Things.
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EtherNet/IP Ventures into the Process Industries
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EtherNet/IP Ventures into the Process Industries

Well-known for its application in the discrete manufacturing industries, EtherNet/IP is now looking to the process industries.
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John Genovesi, Rockwell Automation
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Rockwell Automation Appeals to Users Seeking a ‘Modern DCS’

The message from Rockwell Automation during its 2014 Process Systems Users Group meeting was “we heard you” as it unveiled the new features of its PlantPAx process automation system at PSUG 2014.
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New Automation Technology: Variable Speed Starter
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New Automation Technology: Variable Speed Starter

Eaton’s new PowerXL DE1 combines the operation of a fixed speed starter with a variable speed drive’s function to create a new class of automation product—a variable speed starter.
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Sercos IP Core Now on FPGAs and SoCs
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Sercos IP Core Now on FPGAs and SoCs

The move to embed ever more industrial automation capabilities continues to pick up speed with the Sercos III protocol now available on Altera Cyclone chips.
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Eaton Pro-Fx software
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PC-based Control and ‘Smart Valves” Improve Machine Hydraulics

By embedding intelligence into hydraulic products, Eaton is helping create more intelligent machinery.
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The Automation Conference 2014 Scholarship Winners
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The Automation Conference 2014 Scholarship Winners

Tri-County Technical College awards four students with David A. Harvey Memorial Scholarships.
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Pentair's booth at Rockwell Automation Fair
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Pentair to Add Onsite Enclosure-Modification Capabilities Through Acquisition

The company plans to enhance its Hoffman brand of equipment protection products and services by acquiring Germany’s Steinhauer Elektromaschinen.
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PLCopen OPC-UA Makes Internet of Things Connection

Making a strong showing at Pack Expo this month, PLCopen highlighted the work of its members in providing standardized communications between machines and from sensors.
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Procomsol Industrial App for communicating with HART Instruments
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HART Device Configuration Goes Really Mobile

HART communication technology combined with digital valve controllers, flowmeters and other analytical transmitters can make control-valve maintenance and configuration much easier.
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Packaging Machinery Trends: Communications and Mobile
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Packaging Machinery Trends: Communications and Mobile

As a non-exhibiting automation supplier at PackExpo, Opto 22’s Benson Hougland came to observe, learn, and see where today’s technology trends could be heading.
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The Gateway Approach to Ethernet Migration
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The Gateway Approach to Ethernet Migration

As older automation technologies fade away and the push to use Ethernet continues, more manufacturers are facing a dilemma in how to strategically migrate to newer systems.
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Machine Development Software Modules
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Machine Design Software Modules

To demonstrate how the engineering time needed to develop automated machines can be significantly reduced, Lenze showcased its FAST application software at PackExpo 2014.
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Industry 4.0 Meets the Internet of Things
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Industry 4.0 Meets the Internet of Things

With a PC-based architecture at its core, Beckhoff Automation highlights the intersection of Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things at PackExpo 2014.
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ITEI’s Dr. Dan Liu introduces the Chinese EtherCAT standard.
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China Adopts EtherCAT as a National Technology Standard

The EtherCAT Technology Group, which recently welcomed the organization’s 1000th member from Asia, announced another milestone in the global adoption of this industrial Ethernet standard: EtherCAT ha
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Novotek displayed its combination of Google Glass and Proficy Workflow technologies at GE Intelligent Platforms’ User Summit.
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Novotek Combines GE’s Electronic Work Instructions with Google Glass

Operators can get to a new level of ease-of-use by accessing work instructions hands-free.
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ABB Boosts Custody Transfer Business With Spirit IT Purchase

With its acquisition of Netherlands-based Spirit IT complete, ABB adds high-performance liquid flow computers and software to its offerings for oil and gas custody transfer.
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