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Manufacturing Trending Upward and Other Automation Notes

Heading into March, it seems manufacturing is sustaining the momentum from the last quarter of 2009.

There’s a sense of optimism emanating from the business media and manufacturers, and financial reports are positive for many automation companies. Gary Mintchell reports on financial earnings, among other things, in this video report,

Apple announced the iPad Tablet device back in late January and Automation World was hoping for a digital magazine game changer, but no luck. Apple did not introduce a standard platform for magazines. The iPad looks great, but for the time being, every publisher will have to develop a platform for the iPad. One magazine, “Wired,” did develop its own Reader and sidestepped Apple.  To see the story behind the “Wired” Reader, visit

Gary Mintchell, Editor in Chief, Automation World, attended the ARC Forum in Orlando, Fla., in February and filed this video report:

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The TOP FIVE stories on in February, based on page views:
1  OEE: A Shop-Floor Metric That Links Cost Reduction to Revenue
2   Wireless Control in the Process Industries: Blasphemy or Common Sense?
3  An Update on EDDL and FDT
4  Invensys Reorganization Explained
5  Ethernet’s Protocols’ Flexibility A Boost For Manufacturing

Automation Gear Blog: Stay on top of product trends by visiting the Automation Gear Blog at Gary Mintchell and other Automation World editors home in on subtle product innovations that could affect your business’s bottom line. Find Automation Gear blog via our home page or subscribe to Automation Gear’s RSS feed,

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2009 Webcast Series on Industrial Ethernet. Free On-Demand Webcast: Using Managed vs. Unmanaged Switches with Industrial Ethernet. Distributed control architectures and information availability have become so crucial for manufacturing that automation engineers often find themselves cast in the role of networking engineers. Originally ran on June 18, 2009. Visit

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Free On-Demand Webcast: Business Considerations for Safety.
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