April 4, 2018
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Automation Weekly
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Manufacturing in America 2018: Achieving Operational Excellence with Digitalization
Manufacturing in America 2018: Achieving Excellence with Digitalization

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Digitalization and education were once again at the forefront of the 11th annual Manufacturing in America. Held March 14-15 at Ford Field in Detroit, MI, the summit also saw discussions on the role of blockchain technology, and also provided ideas and solutions to help manufacturing companies to achieve operational excellence.

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Operating in the Renewable Energy Generation
Operating in the Renewable Energy Generation

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
According to Apple, the large green spaces, wellness centre and 805,000 square-feet of solar panels at its second campus makes it the best office in the world. While that may or may not be the case, this article explains how large businesses can similarly benefit from renewable energy.

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What is a Voice Coil Actuator?
What is a Voice Coil Actuator?

By H2W Technologies
A voice coil actuator, also known as a non-commutated DC linear actuator, is a type of direct drive linear motor. Voice coil actuators are typically used in focusing applications, oscillatory systems, mirror tilting, and miniature position control.

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Otto Mation Comic Caption Contest
Otto Mation Caption Contest Winner
The winning caption for this comic caption contest was submitted by William C. in Texas, USA. Congratulations, William!
Industry News

ISA announces newly published ISA/IEC 62443-4-1-2018 security standard
ISA announces newly published ISA/IEC 62443-4-1-2018 security standard

ISA/IEC 62443-4-1-2018, Security for Industrial Automation and Control Systems Part 4-1: Product Security Development Life-Cycle Requirements, specifies process requirements for the secure development of products used in an IACS.

 

SMB Bearings helps Shadow Robot Company build industrial grasping robot
SMB Bearings helps Shadow Robot Company build industrial grasping robot
As part of the design process, the Shadow Robot Company needed specific bearings with tight tolerances in dimensional accuracy.  The team contacted SMB Bearings as the business is known for its supply of non-standard bearings.
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AVEVA announces winners of university R&D Project
Emerson announces final deadline for 2018 ASCO Engineering Scholarship

U.S. students pursuing a degree in engineering are urged to apply by the April 10, 2018, deadline for Emerson’s 2018 ASCO Engineering Scholarship program.

FieldComm Group seeks nominees for 2018 Plant of the Year Award
FieldComm Group seeks nominees for 2018 Plant of the Year Award

The FieldComm Group Plant of the Year is an international award presented to end user companies in the process automation industry to recognize exceptional application of FOUNDATION Fieldbus and / or HART Communication technologies.

New Products

Sponsored by Fluke Corporation
How power monitoring helps plan repairs
How power monitoring helps plan repairs

This three-phase power monitor captures continuous data so you can see trends and anticipate repairs. Alarms notify you of abnormalities instantly.

AMETEK Lloyd Instruments introduces LD Series universal test machines
AMETEK Lloyd Instruments introduces LD Series universal test machines
The LD Series of twin column materials testers includes five models with capacities ranging from 5 to 100kN. 

Endress+Hauser introduces Proline Prosonic Flow E 100 ultrasonic flow meter
Endress+Hauser introduces Proline Prosonic Flow E 100 ultrasonic flow meter

The Prosonic Flow E 100 is designed for use in industrial, process, power utility, fresh water, steam circuits and boiler feedwater systems.

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Balluff releases BIS VU-320 UHF reader

Balluff releases BIS VU-320 UHF reader
This reader adds Ultrahigh (UHF) capabilities to the BIS V multichannel processor which can now accept readers in the Low(LF), High(HF), and Ultrahigh(UHF) Frequencies. In addition, all three frequencies can operate simultaneously.
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HIMA introduces Smart Safety Platform
HIMA introduces Smart Safety Platform

The platform concept works this way: HIMA and the user jointly select the appropriate hardware and software components and install them in the plants. Existing HIMA solutions can continue to be used or be upgraded to the latest generation.

Rockwell Automation introduces Allen-Bradley Micro870 PLC
Rockwell Automation introduces Allen-Bradley Micro870 PLC
The Micro870 PLC uses a design concept that provides designers up to three plug-ins and eight expansion I/O modules. This capability allows them to customize or expand the controller to meet each machine type’s unique requirements.

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This Calibration Technician I position provides calibration support to one or more of our Raleigh, NC client facilities. Calibration technicians work together when visiting manufacturing plants and laboratories to calibrate, troubleshoot, install, or audit various equipment and loop systems. We work closely with the engineering and maintenance departments at the client facility to ensure the calibrations are performed accurately and in compliance with the FDA and/or ISO guidelines.

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