Nov. 29, 2016 - Almost 60 years ago, the Unimate robot kicked off an automation revolution that transformed the productivity and cost-effectiveness of manufacturing. Today, automation is expanding once again with a new model. With Industry 4.0, machines talk to machines and operations run as much on information and communications as they do on equipment and people.
Nov. 15, 2016 - The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), an independent provider of broad-based testing and standards conformance services for the networking industry, has launched three industry-specific time sensitive networking (TSN) consortiums — automotive, industrial, and professional audiovisual (proAV) — designed to provide deterministic performance within standard Ethernet for real-time, mission critical applications. 
Aug. 12, 2016 - Industrial wireless technology provides a competitive edge to operators and plant managers around the world as they seek innovative ways to improve the quality of communication in their production and distribution units. An effective communication infrastructure can make it possible for industrial equipment to deliver high levels of reliability, availability, and maintainability, thereby reducing operational and support costs, and minimizing capital investments.
May 13, 2016 - Toyota Motor Corp. has selected EtherCAT as its industrial Ethernet technology of choice and will base its new factories around the world on EtherCAT. The global announcement was made by Morihiko Ohkura, general manager of the Production Engineering Innovation Division at Toyota Motor Corporation during an EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) press briefing at Hannover Messe 2016.
Mar. 31, 2016 - ByteGrid Holdings, a provider of hosting solutions, has selected power management company Eaton to provide power management and monitoring solutions for its Cleveland Technology Center (CTC) in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, which it says is the city’s largest multi-tenant data centre.
Mar. 21, 2016 - Huawei signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Kuka, a global provider of robot technology, to develop smart manufacturing solutions for industrial markets in Europe and China at CeBIT 2016 (Global Event for Digital Business) on March 14.
Mar. 11, 2016 - National Instruments (NI) has announced a collaboration with the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and industry players Bosch Rexroth, Cisco, Intel, Kuka, Schneider Electric and TTTech to develop what they say is the world’s first Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) testbed.
Feb. 4, 2016 - Rockwell Automation and Kollmorgen have joined the industrial segment of AVnu Alliance, a community driving open, standard, deterministic networking through certification. According to AVnu Alliance, the two new members bring “valuable expertise to bolster the Alliance’s efforts with Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) for industrial applications.”
Manufacturing AUTOMATION’s sister publication Design Product News chats with Dr. Kurt Schmalz, managing director of J. Schmalz GmbH at Hannover Messe 2015 in Germany, for his view on the current state of global manufacturing and more.
Oct. 14, 2015 - An increasingly competitive world is forcing manufacturers to invest in becoming smarter and more productive. The Internet of Things (IoT) — the explosion of the number of smart devices that are interconnected via the Internet — is the next wave of technology that will help the industrial sector up its game. Connecting smart devices throughout a plant will allow companies to automate processes, better manage assets, and analyze real-time data from a variety of sources to make smarter business decisions and reduce costs.
Oct. 8, 2015 - The traditional approach to integrating machine vision systems or image-based ID readers with factory automation involves connecting to a personal computer (PC) with a dedicated serial line or USB port and running a translator program on the PC to interface to the programmable logic controller (PLC) running the line.
Aug. 17, 2015 - Manufacturing AUTOMATION chats with Jessica Ross, Balluff tradeshow & events specialist at Hannover Messe 2015, about the company’s IO-Link solutions.
Aug. 11, 2015 - Monitoring relative humidity in a lab can be challenging — choose wireless transmitters which can be the most simple and powerful way.
The Fieldbus Foundation and the HART Communication Foundation announced that they have entered into discussions to investigate merging the two organizations into a single industry foundation dedicated to the needs of intelligent device communications in the world of process automation.
The Fieldbus Foundation has issued a FOUNDATION fieldbus Preliminary Specification (PS) addressing fieldbus transducer blocks for ISA100.11a wireless devices. ISA100.11a is an industrial wireless networking technology standard developed by the International Society of Automation (ISA). As part of the FOUNDATION for Remote Operations Management (ROM) solution implementing wireless and remote I/O, the new technical specification defines a fieldbus transducer block used within FOUNDATION for ROM devices to communicate with ISA100.11a instruments. In addition, it describes the method for configuring tools and asset-managing hosts to access ISA100.11a devices, as well as structures to identify and maintain device status in ISA100.11a networks connected to FOUNDATION for ROM devices. The new transducer block specification will enable automation end users to interface ISA100.11a devices to FOUNDATION fieldbus for better integration with a control system, or with FOUNDATION devices. The technology also supports a networked method for asset-managing hosts to access an installed base of ISA100.11a devices for configuration and maintenance purposes. HSE provides an efficient way to bring large concentrations of discrete and analog field I/O from modular devices back to the control room using a high-speed HSE connection. Employing HSE equipment functioning like a smart remote terminal unit (RTU), the technology brings all forms of conventional I/O into the native fieldbus environment easily. This solution makes discrete I/O, analog I/O, H1 fieldbus, HART® and WirelessHART available over common Transport Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) networks. The addition of the new ISA100.11a transducer block further expands the integration of process instrumentation within a FOUNDATION control system infrastructure.
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