Automation

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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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Automation center addresses Michigan’s needs

The center in southeast Michigan offers affordable product lifecycle management (PLM) technologies training to local business leaders, employees, students and individuals

Automation Alley partners with Tata Technologies to offer classes.


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In automation, system availability is key

Machine operators expect efficiency, and for Big Drum Engineering, demand-oriented maintenance and fast troubleshooting through remote service are crucial

Big Drum Engineering says an emphasis on quick, efficient maintenance and troubleshooting is required to ensure safety and security.


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Survey reveals upswing in automation industry

A recent survey reveals positive results for the industry in 2014

CSIA says the automation industry could grow between 5 percent and 15 percent in the coming months.


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New service reduces automation costs

An advanced project execution approach can cut total automation costs by up to 30 percent

Known as LEAP, the new project services combines Honeywell proprietary hardware and software, virtualization and cloud engineering.


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Remote monitoring system provides needed oversight for egg company

The system allows greater functionality by providing smartphone monitoring and control

With its automated feed mill operating 14-16 hours a day, Schipper Facilities Manager Dan Berghorst says additional oversight equipment was necessary.


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Program encourages children to pursue engineering careers

ABB launches STEM exhibit in Raleigh to embrace science and engineering.

Children’s hands-on engineering learning experience opens at museum after $1 million grant from ABB.


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