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How about wireless Ethernet? The second question is easy to answer: there is no wireless Ethernet. Ethernet, IEEE 802.3, runs on wires. Yes, you will see the term. The current generations of Wi-Fi, or Wireless Fidelity—IEEE 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g and 802.11-2007 (which rolls up -a, -b and -g with the lesser-known -h, -i, and -j)—define wireless local...
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Schneider Electric to Name Winners of Software OPEN Contest

Continuing a tradition started by Wonderware in 1998, attendees at Schneider Electric’s 2014 Software Global Customer Conference in Orlando, Fla., will hear the results of a competition honoring innov
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Inside the Integration of Invensys Software with Schneider Electric

Ravi Gopinath addresses Invensys integration and application aspects of stronger Schneider Electric software portfolio.
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Unified Supply Chain Management for Oil & Gas

SimSci Spiral Suite software from Schneider Electric provides cross-boundary workflows to foster collaboration across the hydrocarbon supply chain.
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Industrial Internet Needs Better Integration

Although the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is taking hold quickly, more needs to be done to integrate physical and digital worlds and build better use cases to take advantage of a $32 trillion
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ProSys and Mynah Partner on Operator Training

The partnership will combine simulation software with alarm management to help improve operator training for process industries.
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The Importance of Interoperability to Asset Management
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The Importance of Interoperability to Asset Management

Asset management discussions tend to focus on the automated management of diagnostic, maintenance, and repair procedures.
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A Plan to Future Proof Automation Software
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A Plan to Future Proof Automation Software

At its second annual user group conference, Inductive Automation explains the need to rethink your SCADA and MES applications to future proof your production operations and your business.
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Summit Media Group Adds Director of Research & Custom Media

As those who follow the media and magazine biz know, custom content has been a noteworthy growth area for both consumer and business titles, with publishers such as Meredith Co., Time Inc., and The Wa
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ABB joins UN climate initiative
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ABB Joins United Nations Initiative to Promote Sustainable Energy

The global power and automation company will provide expertise on energy efficient technologies, including motors and transformers
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Schneider Electric Introduces Unified Supply Chain Management Software for Refineries

SimSci Spiral Suite offers new cross-boundary workflows and creates instant collaboration across the full hydrocarbon supply chain to unlock profitability.
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Optimize Supply Chain Risk Management

The industrial equipment manufacturers that see the best return on their investment in risk management are those that make it a priority, centralize responsibility and invest aggressively.
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The Promise of Cognitive Computing

Cognitive computing could help provide a solution to the knowledge gap left by industry experts retiring in great numbers.
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Want to Build Your own SCADA? Here’s a Guideline.
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Want to Build Your own SCADA? Here’s a Guideline.

Despite the plethora of SCADA systems on the market, there remains a great deal of interest in building customized versions.
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Commencement 2014: Avoid the Noise

As Elon Musk advised graduates recently, focus on signal over noise. Growth will slow, but now is the time for aggressive planning and preparation.
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AutomationDirect has funded local robotics teams in Forsyth County and surrounding area for nine years.
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AutomationDirect Named Award Finalist for Supporting STEM Education in Georgia

Winners in all eight categories of the competition were to be officially honored at The 3rd Annual STEM Education Awards event held in Savannah, Ga. late September.
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PMMI To Buy Summit Media Group

The association responsible for the PACK EXPO portfolio of tradeshows is the new parent company of the print and online media company responsible for the Automation World, Packaging World, Healthcare
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Schneider Electric Opens New North American Headquarters
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Schneider Electric Opens New North American Headquarters

Less than a year after its acquisition of Invensys, Schneider Electric debuts its new R&D center and North American headquarters to showcase the company’s expanded vision and market approach.
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Device Networks Cooperate to Make Smart Instruments Smarter

Soon to be released, Field Device Integration (FDI) will actually help EDDL-based bus users just get more information out of their field instruments in a more streamlined way.
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Honda Deploys Common Interface for Multiple Systems Access
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Honda Deploys Common Interface for Multiple Automation Systems Access

Honda’s integrated IT and production department reduces production complexity arising from multiple PLC and automation software implementations by keeping its systems largely in place and adopting a n
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Beumer: Friction Wheel Drive System for Bag and Package Sorters

The OptiDrive BS25/55 is an alternative to the asynchronous linear motor drives used previously.
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