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The weather is heating up and so are user-group events and, in general, automation news.

Companies are unveiling new products, management changes and acquisitions, and analysts are coming out with reports on the state of manufacturing as we conclude the first quarter of 2010.

At, we don’t wait to post news to our print edition. We post automation news, as it happens, to our Web site immediately. Our traditional news is found here,, but you can also find product news via our Automation Gear Blog.

The Automation Gear blog provides some quick analysis on newly released automation products, and Gary Mintchell’s Feed Forward Blog ( is a great source for industry news and analysis. And at the top of our home page, our “Around the Web” section provides links to manufacturing and automation news found on other Web sites. provides RSS feeds for all of these sources: Automation Gear, our traditional news and Gary Mintchell’s Feed forward. Visit (or bookmark) the page and click on the RSS icon or follow Twitter is a great place to connect with other business professionals and to find news and analysis via “favorite” followers.

Grant Gerke
Digital Managing Editor

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3. Video with Your SCADA
4. Next-gen Industrial Connector
5. Low-Cost PAC Redundancy

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The Center for Operator Performance, Dayton, Ohio, funded recent research into the effects of different alarm rates and interface designs on operator performance. Statistically significant effects were found. In this podcast interview, recorded on April 16, 2010, Managing Editor Wes Iversen discusses the results with David Strobhar, chief human factors engineer at Beville Engineering, Dayton, and a member of the Center. Visit

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