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China adopts EtherCAT as a national technology standard

The EtherCAT Technology Group called the announcement a new milestone for the organization which has grown substantially in China over the past few years

EtherCAT technology became an international IEC standard and a SEMI standard in 2007.


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ISA issues a call for abstracts

Authors, innovators and thought leaders are invited to submit abstracts for presentation consideration at the 61st annual International Instrumentation Symposium

Topics for the submissions include instrumentation, data systems, communications and others.


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ISA issues response to cybersecurity workforce development report

The International Society of Automation (ISA) is challenging a report that suggests the need for a unified national strategy

The Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity sets out guidelines for owners and operators to identify, assess and manage cyber risk.


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HART, Fieldbus boards approve merger

Known as FieldComm, the organization has the goal of leading process automation communications and integration technologies

Hans-Georg Kumpfmueller was elected as chairman of the new board.


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ABB teams up with UN initiative to promote energy efficiency

The company aims to help accelerate a global shift to energy-efficient appliances and equipment

The UN says global electric consumption could be reduced by about 1,500 terawatt-hours by 2030.


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New course for technology professionals

The first-of-its-kind training course provides foundational skills to manage networked industrial control systems

Rockwell Automation is collaborating with Cisco to offer a new training course to help candidates prepare for Cisco Industrial Network Specialist certification.


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Market size for process instrumentation expected to increase by $2.5 billion

Process instrumentation and automation equipment is projected to grow to $13.6 billion by 2018

The 2014 market forecast provides a five-year look at process instrumentation and automation equipment, segmented by major process industries.


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Production line ‘transformers’

Manufacturers turn to robotics and automation for increased flexibility, safety and efficiency

The need to meet the demands of the food industry, including its current and pending regulations, is driving the demand for new technologies.


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Report: PLC market stagnant

Previous growth levels in the programmable logic controller market have not been reached in three years

The ARC Group says technological developments are shifting away from programmable logic controller hardware.


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ARC: WMS market driven by omni-channel requirements

The ARC Advisory Group says the global market for warehouse management systems (WMSs) is driven by macroeconomic growth, demand for add-on modules and the omni-channel retail paradigm shift

In Europe, ARC says warehouse management systems suppliers are optimistic about growth prospects


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The October 2014 issue of Food Engineering explores companies that have successfully grappled with "the new business reality" and are coming to terms with it being here to stay. Also, read about the work going on behind the scenes to keep FSMA on track.

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