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ISA100 group seeks papers and presentations

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Wireless can link sensors with automation systemsThe ISA100 Factory Automation Working Group (WG16) is seeking presentations and papers for new wireless technology and system architecture for the link between sensors/actuators
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Wireless looks for home in European factory automation

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Is wireless ready for primetime?The need for real-time data, workforce mobility, easy installation and commissioning are key drivers for wireless adoption across discrete industries (e.g., food and beverage, plastics) in
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EtherCAT Technology Group expands conformance initiatives

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EtherCAT supports high-speed packagingThe EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) is placing a priority on device conformance and interoperability. At its recent 7th European EtherCAT Interoperability Meeting, the group stressed the importance
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Tighter security in automation

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New spec describes managing securityA second standard in the ISA99 series Security for Industrial Automation and Control Systems was approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The new standard,
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Real-time process optimization market on the rise

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But the food industry lags in adoptionThe real-time process optimization and training (RPO) market is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9% over the next
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Energy reduction goals set

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25% over the next ten yearsThe US Department of Energy (DOE) and the Northwest Food Processors Association (NWFPA) set ambitious goals to reduce energy use and carbon emissions in the
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Industrial market tunes into wireless

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Industrial protocols expected to see 50% CAGRThe worldwide market for industrial infrastructure wireless networking products exceeded $299 million in 2007, says a supply-side analysis report from VDC Research. Despite current
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SERCOS and FDT pull together for open systems

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The SERCOS and FDT open standards user organizations have agreed to create an addendum to the FDT specification for SERCOS III. Therefore, SERCOS III will be the first high-performance real-time
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Demand for energy and commodities drives EAM

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The worldwide market for enterprise asset management (EAM/CMMS) software is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.5% over the next five years, says a study
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Celebration for automation careers

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This year’s ISA EXPO celebrated the inaugural Automation Career Week, an event endorsed by ISA and the Automation Federation and supported by Governor Rick Perry (TX). Automation Career Week honored
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