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Open Systems International announces Dr. Thierry Godart as Senior Vice President of Industrial Technology
February 24, 2020

Open Systems International announces Dr. Thierry Godart as Senior Vice President of Industrial Technology

Dr. Godart is known for developing high-performance teams and applying groundbreaking technologies to improve business productivity and sustainability. He comes to OSI well equipped to provide strong strategic leadership to the company’s industrial energy management business unit.

Physik Instrumente announces Markus Spanner as CEO
February 20, 2020

Physik Instrumente announces Markus Spanner as CEO

In his role, Markus Spanner has established an extended management team to take a structured approach to achieving the new targets. He will be assisted bDr. Peter Schittenhelm (COO), Dr. Markus Czanta (CTO), Stéphane Bussa (CSO), and Heiko Brehm (CFO).

Rockwell Automation announces acquisition of Italy-based ASEM
February 20, 2020

Rockwell Automation announces acquisition of Italy-based ASEM

The transaction includes the purchase of a minority interest in ASEM held by KEB Group, Germany. Post-close, Rockwell Automation will maintain ASEM’s strategic supplier and technology partner relationship with KEB.

Industrial Internet Consortium announces winners of Smart Buildings Challenge
February 20, 2020

Industrial Internet Consortium announces winners of Smart Buildings Challenge

Designed to help digitalize the smart buildings industry, the Smart Buildings Challenge had technology suppliers compete to design solutions for four different use cases.

IFR Report: Top Robotics Trends Heading into 2020
February 19, 2020

IFR Report: Top Robotics Trends Heading into 2020

From 2020 to 2022 almost 2 million new units of industrial robots are expected to be installed in factories around the world. New technology trends and market developments enable companies to react to changing requirements. The International Federation of Robotics shows top trends to innovate.

Interact Analysis Report: Bumpy road ahead predicted for global manufacturing industry
February 19, 2020

Interact Analysis Report: Bumpy road ahead predicted for global manufacturing industry

The report shows that the current deceleration in manufacturing output seen in 2019 is expected to continue into early 2020. However, a solid recovery is anticipated by 2021, before the sector enters another natural business downcycle towards the end of 2022. A rise in output for most industrial segments is then forecast beyond 2022.

Bentley Systems announces call for nominations for Year in Infrastructure 2020 Awards
February 19, 2020

Bentley Systems announces call for nominations for Year in Infrastructure 2020 Awards

The awards, which are judged by independent juries of industry experts, recognize infrastructure projects for digital innovations that improve project delivery and/or asset performance. The deadline for nominations is May 1, 2020.

Orange Business Services to partner with Ekinops and Dell Technologies to introduce universal customer premise equipment (uCPE) solution
February 19, 2020

Orange Business Services to partner with Ekinops and Dell Technologies to introduce universal customer premise equipment (uCPE) solution

The solution is a result of co-innovation between Orange and its strategic partners Ekinops and Dell Technologies, combining Enterprise Branch Server IT and Virtualization Management.

National Instruments announces Averna as SystemLink Platinum Alliance Partner
February 18, 2020

National Instruments announces Averna as SystemLink Platinum Alliance Partner

SystemLink was developed by National Instruments as a tool to help engineers and engineering management navigate through Industry 4.0. It works to simplify tasks such as software deployment, device configuration, system monitoring, and data management.

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Cimcorp announces Joel Kuusman as Manager of US Operations
February 18, 2020

Cimcorp announces Joel Kuusman as Manager of US Operations

Through his experience on numerous projects, Kuusman has acquired a breadth of knowledge in the company’s systems and site work management, which he now brings to this new role. Namely, he will be responsible for leading the Cimcorp U.S. office in Norcross, Georgia, guiding its strategic growth and quality of customer service and after-sales support.

Wunderlich-Malec Engineering (WM) announces acquisition of AECm Architects | Engineers
February 17, 2020

Wunderlich-Malec Engineering (WM) announces acquisition of AECm Architects | Engineers

This strategic initiative is intended to expand Wunderlich-Malec’s services including Civil and Structural Engineering and enhance their capacity for Architectural and MEP services.

FieldComm Group version 1.2 of Field Device Integration standard including support for HTML5, JSON and OPC UA
February 14, 2020

FieldComm Group version 1.2 of Field Device Integration standard including support for HTML5, JSON and OPC UA

Announced in conjunction with the availability of version 1.2 of the FDI specifications (IEC 62769), this release of the FDI Device Package Integrated Development Environment (FDI-IDE) provides enhancements for field instrument software developers.

VDMA Robotics + Automation starts development of OPC UA Companion Specification for joining technologies
February 14, 2020

VDMA Robotics + Automation starts development of OPC UA Companion Specification for joining technologies

The initiative "Industrial Joining Technologies (IJT)" describes all joining technologies used for manufacturing processes such as riveting, welding, gluing and tightening. The scope of the specification was developed with the help of DIN 8580 and shows which joining processes can be classified under Industrial Joining Technologies (see figure).

Purdue University announces opening of SOL4CE Cyber/Cyber-Physical Laboratory
February 13, 2020

Purdue University announces opening of SOL4CE Cyber/Cyber-Physical Laboratory

The SOL4CE (Scalable Open Laboratory for Cyber Experimentation) is a collaborative initiative between CERIAS, the interdisciplinary cyber/cyber-physical security research institute, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Sandia National Laboratories.

EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) releases EtherCAT Device Protocol Poster
February 13, 2020

EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) releases EtherCAT Device Protocol Poster

The poster deals with the basics of EtherCAT technology, the EtherCAT Device Protocol (EDP), and provides a visual overview of EtherCAT. It describes the basic functional principles of EtherCAT, the structure of the frame and its processing in the EtherCAT Slave Controller (ESC).

Robotic Industries Association report: 2019 North American robot unit orders up 1.6 percent from 2018
February 13, 2020

Robotic Industries Association report: 2019 North American robot unit orders up 1.6 percent from 2018

The largest driver of the growth was a 50.5 percent increase in orders from automotive OEMs and a 16.6 percent increase from the plastics and rubber industry. Orders to automotive component markets were down 6.6 percent, and all other non-automotive industries, including food & consumer goods, life sciences, metals, and semiconductor/electronics, contracted by single digits.

Abaco Systems announces move to Huntsville, Alabama headquarters
February 13, 2020

Abaco Systems announces move to Huntsville, Alabama headquarters

The move provides Abaco with the head room and resources that will allow the company to continue to develop the embedded computing technologies and solutions that have enabled it to become a supplier to the defense market.

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HANNOVER MESSE 2020 to focus on 5G, industrial climate protection
February 12, 2020

HANNOVER MESSE 2020 to focus on 5G, industrial climate protection

With its keynote theme of Industrial Transformation, HANNOVER MESSE 2020 focuses on the opportunities presented by innovative technologies, steadily growing and ever more readily available amounts of data, and a growing awareness of climate protection.

National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) announces support for vocational and technical training efforts to close skills gap
February 12, 2020

National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) announces support for vocational and technical training efforts to close skills gap

A recent industry survey by NTMA through found that more than 90% of manufacturers are struggling to fill open positions. Other data show that the number of job openings in manufacturer is expected to grow even more in the next decade if there is not a significant investment in skills training.

RobotWorx announces strategic partnership with OCTOPUZ
February 12, 2020

RobotWorx announces strategic partnership with OCTOPUZ

The collaboration will allow RobotWorx to expand its service offerings into offline robot programming with a software creator. OCTOPUZ enables path-sensitive, complex robot applications to be programmed without disruption to the manufacturing process.