January 16, 2019
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Bill’s Deep Dive: HART PSK Modem Expands Applications with 8 Times Speed Increase
Bill’s Deep Dive: HART PSK Modem Expands Applications with 8X Speed Increase

By Bill Lydon
The HART (Highway Addressable Remote Transducer) protocol, adopted worldwide, provides digital signal and measurement data from smart field instruments in a wide range of control, monitoring, and automation applications.

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Selecting the Best Control System for Automation Applications
Selecting the Best Control System for Automation Applications

By Kevin Finnan
Many factors come into play when selecting a new or upgraded control system, with careful consideration of each resulting in the best outcome.

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Digitalization and the Food and Beverage Industry
Digitalization and the Food and Beverage Industry

By Robert Glass
Digitalization encompasses a transformation in the way industrial environments work. For the food and beverage industry, this means companies can better comply with legislation through a transformation in areas including connectivity, smart sensors, traceability, cloud computing and monitoring.

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Otto Mation Comic Caption Contest Winner
Otto Mation Comic Caption Contest Winner
The winning caption for this comic caption contest was submitted by Jerry L, in Ontario. Congratulations, Jerry
Industry News

Association for Advancing Automation announces call for 2019 Automate Launch Pad Startup Competition
Association for Advancing Automation announces call for 2019 Automate Launch Pad Startup Competition

The competition gives the industry’s most innovative young companies the chance to vie for a $10,000 cash award and the spotlight at the Automate 2019 Show and Conference—a showcase devoted to automation industry trends, technology and business innovation, taking place April 8-11 in Chicago, Illinois.

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International Society of Automation (ISA) announces Paul Gruhn as 2019 Society President
International Society of Automation (ISA) announces Paul Gruhn as 2019 Society President
ISA is a nonprofit professional association that provides technical resources and programs for those who apply engineering and technology to improve the management, safety and cybersecurity of modern automation and control systems used across industry and critical infrastructure.
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ControlSoft announces acquisition of eSimulation and DxT3
ControlSoft announces acquisition of eSimulation and DxT3

Through this acquisition, eSimulation can offer a range of solutions to the midstream and upstream industries. For example, ControlSoft’s MANTRA advanced process control (APC) platform can help stabilize gas plants, condensate stabilizers, and fractionation facilities and enable operators to effectively hit optimization targets

FreePoint Technologies announces acquisition of CoreSolutions
FreePoint Technologies announces acquisition of CoreSolutions

Through the acquisition, FreePoint will accelerate the development of its ShiftWorx platform for machine monitoring in manufacturing while providing configuration and customization to meet enterprise customer needs.

New Products

Adesto Technologies announces SmartServer IoT edge server platform

Adesto Technologies announces SmartServer IoT edge server platform

Adesto’s SmartServer IoT edge server platform features built-in device and data management for sensors, meters, actuators and controllers in buildings, through various emerging and traditional protocols including BACnet, LonWorks, Modbus, and others.

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Pepperl+Fuchs introduces Bebco EPS purge and pressurization system
Basler introduces dart BCON for MIPI Development Kit
The development kit consists of a dart BCON for MIPI camera module with a 5 megapixel resolution, a developer processing board based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, a 96boards.org-compatible mezzanine board and the necessary accessories, such as lens and cables.

Cimetrics announces Secured by Cimetrics cybersecurity framework

Cimetrics announces Secured by Cimetrics cybersecurity framework

Among the offerings, Cimetrics will fully implement the impending BACnet/SC (Secure Connect) into all its BACnet related products. 

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Mitsubishi Electric introduces MAPS 4 SCADA solution

Mitsubishi Electric introduces MAPS 4 SCADA solution
Built on a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), the full MAPS 4 process suite delivers flexibility in handling, automating, controlling, verifying and auditing processes.
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ABB introduced ACH580 series of variable frequency drives
ABB introduced ACH580 series of variable frequency drives

ACH580 VFDs are integrated with ABB Ability monitoring services – ABB’s cross-industry, digital offering, which provides real-time data about drive status and performance from any location. Monitoring parameters include drives availability, environmental conditions and fault events.

Measurement Computing Corporation releases MCC 152 voltage output and digital I/O HAT for Raspberry Pi
Measurement Computing Corporation releases MCC 152 voltage output and digital I/O HAT for Raspberry Pi
The MCC 152 features two 0-5 V analog outputs with updates rates up to 5 kS/s. Eight digital I/O lines are also included and can be configured as input or output on a bit by bit basis. Up to eight MCC HATs
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