Emerson withdraws bid to buy Rockwell

It probably would have been a good merger or takeover, but it didn’t happen. 

Emerson Electric’s initial $27 billion bid to buy Rockwell Automation was rejected by the latter company’s board, as was the former’s subsequent, raised bid of $29 billion.

Some business analysts said combining strengths would be a good move for both companies, but Rockwell seems to have plans of its own which do not include a takeover or merger.  Continue reading Emerson withdraws bid to buy Rockwell

B&R integrates image processing into its automation solutions

B&R has made machine vision an integral element of its automation ecosystem.

B&R has introduced what it claims is the world’s first image processing solution to be seamlessly incorporated in the automation system.

The solution comprises cameras, software and lighting accessories.  Continue reading B&R integrates image processing into its automation solutions

Iconics launches IoTWorX with support for multiple operating systems and device management

A company called Iconics has launched its IoTWorX industrial internet of things software automation suite.

The platform is said to have support for multiple operating systems including Windows 10 IoT Enterprise and IoT Core, as well as a variety of Linux embedded operating systems including Ubuntu and Raspbian.

With HMI / SCADA, analytics, and mobile solutions running in the cloud, Iconics says it offers manufacturers and facility managers several key IIoT technologies, including rich connectivity, secure cloud communications, and built-in real-time visualization and analytics.  Continue reading Iconics launches IoTWorX with support for multiple operating systems and device management

Rockwell launches new AI system for monitoring and managing industrial operations

Rockwell Automation has launched a new artificial intelligence system which the company says “models, monitors and optimizes industrial operations”. 

The company says that the “novel” AI system learns specific applications and alerts operators to errors, and suggests solutions.

Creating diagnostic analytics solutions in industrial operations has long required expert data scientists with a deep understanding of the specific application to be analyzed, says Rockwell.  Continue reading Rockwell launches new AI system for monitoring and managing industrial operations

Nord DriveSystems showcasing networked drive electronics and IoT technologies at SPS IPC Drives

Nord DriveSystems is showcasing its new innovations in drive electronics at the ongoing SPS IPC Drives exhibition.

The new NordAC Link series of field distribution systems, designed for networked intralogistics facilities with many drive axes, provides an especially good user experience.

These frequency inverters and motor starters enable flexible configuration of features and functions to perfectly suit application requirements.  Continue reading Nord DriveSystems showcasing networked drive electronics and IoT technologies at SPS IPC Drives

Siemens links MindSphere to AWS, and says new industrial challenges can ‘only be resolved through digitalisation’

Siemens makes latest version of its industrial internet of things platform MindSphere available on Amazon Web Services

Research conducted by Siemens suggests that many of the new demands faced by industrial companies can only be met with increasing computerisation of traditional industry. 

Siemens says increasing demands by consumers for individual, high-quality products at favourable prices are posing new challenges for industrial enterprises which can only be resolved by digitalisation.

Siemens, which offers a wide range of digitalisation solutions for industry, suggests it now has a portfolio – collectively called Digital Enterprise Suite – that conforms to Industry 4.0 expectations.  Continue reading Siemens links MindSphere to AWS, and says new industrial challenges can ‘only be resolved through digitalisation’

Omron to launch new condition-monitoring devices

Omron says it plans to launch a new range of condition-monitoring devices which will enable users to “visualize facility conditions not seen before”.

Omron says the four series of condition-monitoring devices will allow workers to monitor operational status in manufacturing sites.

They are:

  • motor condition-monitoring devices that predict a failure of three-phase induction motors;
  • power supplies equipped with networking capability that can predict the service life and failures of a power supply installed in a control panel;
  • flow sensors and pressure sensors that monitor hydraulic oil and cooling water used for press machines and molding machines; and
  • a smart condition-monitoring amplifier that accelerates IoT of existing analog sensors installed in facilities or machines.

Continue reading Omron to launch new condition-monitoring devices

SPS at the nexus of IT and OT convergence

There seems to be more interest in the SPS IPC Drives event this year than there was last year. 

It’s noticeable to us here at the website because we have received many more press releases and articles talking about the event.

But there could also be another reason. It’s very likely that the trend of connecting machinery to the internet and computerising production processes is the real reason behind the growing interest in the event.  Continue reading SPS at the nexus of IT and OT convergence

FDT Group to display new IIoT architecture at SPS IPC

FDT Group will be exhibiting its latest technologies for connectivity and industrial internet of things at this year’s SPS IPC Drives Fair, in hall 2, at stand 439, scheduled for 28-30 November, Germany.

The company is offering visitors a “test drive” of its latest technology enhancements in a hybrid-batch demo environment.

This year, FDT Group will feature an FDT brewery application demonstration nativity integrated with OPC UA enabling enterprise-wide connectivity and mobile access using tablet computers.  Continue reading FDT Group to display new IIoT architecture at SPS IPC

Wibu Systems to launch ‘world’s smallest dongle with flash memory’ at SPS

Wibu Systems says it will launch the world’s smallest dongle with flash memory at this year’s SPS IPC Drives event, which starts next week.

The CmStick / BMC, the latest generation of Wibu-Systems’ hardware elements for the secure licensing of digital know-how, is one of the five nominees for the 2017 Automation Awards, the most prestigious prize to be won in the automation industry.

Visitors to SPS IPC Drives, in Germany, can learn more about the shortlisted products and vote for the winner of their choice.  Continue reading Wibu Systems to launch ‘world’s smallest dongle with flash memory’ at SPS

Vietnam looks to achieve progress through the ‘massive potential’ of the industrial internet

The “massive potential” of the internet of things will help Vietnam in its goal of becoming an industrial country by 2020, say industry organisations and leaders in the country.

Many of the industrial companies and leaders will be showcasing their solutions and discussing the future at an event and forum called the Asia IoT Business Platform.

The Asia IoT Business Platform will be returning to Vietnam for the 19th edition of its industrial internet of things conference in Ho Chi Minh City.  Continue reading Vietnam looks to achieve progress through the ‘massive potential’ of the industrial internet

Pepperl+Fuchs launches new 2D absolute positioning system

Pepperl+Fuchs has launched a new 2D absolute positioning system which the company provides “maximum reliability, large reading window and codes” to enhance performance.

Pepperl+Fuchs says its new PXV 2-D absolute positioning system sets “new performance benchmarks” when it comes to reliability and handling.

With its large reading window, the system keeps a sufficient number of codes in view, even in relation to track switches and changes to the code tape, syas the company.  Continue reading Pepperl+Fuchs launches new 2D absolute positioning system

Xilinx to showcase innovations for industrial IoT solutions at SPS IPC Drives

Semiconductor company Xilinx is to showcase its latest solutions for factory automation, smart grid and robotics applications at SPS IPC Drives 2017.

More specifically, XIlinx says it provides scalable and comprehensive “all-programmable” industrial internet of things platforms from edge to cloud.  Continue reading Xilinx to showcase innovations for industrial IoT solutions at SPS IPC Drives

Iconics integrates human machine interface with ‘head-mounted wearable’ like smart glasses

A company called Iconics has integrated its human-machine interface with RealWear’s head-mounted industrial wearable which could be described as being like smart glasses (main picture).

Iconics is a software developer which provides a range of HMI and supervisory control and data acquisition solutions, as well as data analytics and energy management.

Iconics says it provides web-enabled OPC UA and BACnet certified visualization, analytics, and mobile solutions for energy, manufacturing, industrial or building automation applications.  Continue reading Iconics integrates human machine interface with ‘head-mounted wearable’ like smart glasses

Siemens acquires integrated circuit software developer Solido Design Automation to strengthen its digital offerings

Siemens is strengthening its digitalization offerings – in particular, its product lifecycle management platform – through a new acquisition.

Siemens has reached an agreement to acquire Solido Design Automation, a provider of machine learning-based variation-aware design and characterization software.

Siemens says the purchase will strengthen the integrated circuit design and verification technologies it already offers through Mentor, a previous acquisition.  Continue reading Siemens acquires integrated circuit software developer Solido Design Automation to strengthen its digital offerings