Obama and Merkel open HANNOVER MESSE

"We want to build on the spirit of innovation in the USA," said POTUS Barack Obama in his opening speech. This spirit has been driven by Germany and HANNOVER MESSE, especially over the past 70 years. Obama added that the USA has now created new production facilities, subsidy schemes and jobs in recent years to help reach this goal. In what is likely his last visit to Germany as President, Obama spoke in particular about the TTIP free trade agreement. He believes that there are too many obstacles restricting trade between the EU and the USA. Different regulations and standards lead to higher costs. Therefore, one of TTIP's aims is to establish harmonized high standards. Obama also promoted the USA as a production location for European companies. Angela Merkel gladly took the opportunity to respond:  "We love competition. But we also like to win,"  replied the German Chancellor. A challenge with a smile. In her speech, Merkel emphasized that cooperation is essential for the future of industrial production - in a transatlantic partnership. "We in the EU want to lead the way, together with the USA," said the Chancellor, referring above all to the development of global communication and IT standards for integrated industry. However, the opening ceremony at HANNOVER MESSE 2016 was more than a meeting of Heads of State. Amidst musical numbers and dance performances by humans and machines, German Minister for Education and Research, Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka, presented the coveted HERMES AWARD for industrial innovation. This year's winner is the Harting Group with its intelligent communication module, MICA.   Cont'd...

GE Power Opens First Advanced Manufacturing Facility, a $400 Million Digital Industrial Investment for South Carolina

New Facility Will Deploy Best-in-Class Technologies to Accelerate Improvements in Every Aspect of the Manufacturing Process Including Design, Engineering, Product Development, Production, Supply Chain, Distribution and Service and Will Unlock New Productivity and Growth across GE's Power Portfolio GE Has Invested $73 Million to Date and Will Invest an Additional $327 Million across the GE Power Greenville, S.C., Campus to Boost Innovation and Accelerate the Commercialization of Development of Best-in-Class Technologies for Customers across the Globe Eighty Engineering and Manufacturing Jobs Created with the Facility's Opening, Expected to Have a Multiplier Effect across the Supply Chain

Balluff Wraps up First Automation-In-Action College Tour

Balluff's Automation-in-Action Demo Van provided students from local colleges and universities the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of automation and manufacturing applications.

Lenze Introduces Compact Three-Phase AC Motor for Premium IE3 Efficiency Class

From basic to variable motion machine tasks, m550-P motor reduces energy costs

L-com Releases Serial and USB Converters, Repeaters and Hubs

L-com Global Connectivity, a preferred manufacturer of wired and wireless connectivity products, announced today that it has introduced a series of industrial RS232/422/485 repeaters and converters as well as a series of industrial USB hubs, converters and isolators.

Rick Caldwell of SCADAware Gives Presentation at Award Ceremony for Dick Morley, the First Recipient of the CSIA Association's Lifetime Achievement Award

Rick Caldwell, president and founder of SCADAware, gives presentation on the career accomplishments of his long-time mentor and automation industry pioneer, Dick Morley, at the 2016 CSIA Executive Conference award ceremony.

Internet of Things (IoT) Leads to Explosive Growth of Engineering Courses for Kids

There's a 46% increase in enrollment with the electrical engineering courses for kids and teens at iD Tech, the leading K-12 summer educational STEM program, mirroring the popularity of the Internet of Things.

MPDS4 R6: A new Chapter for Plant Design and Factory Layout Planning

CAD Schroer has once again set standards in design, ergonomics and technology with the latest generation of its plant design and factory layout software.

46% of German companies use Industry 4.0 - survey

Almost one in two companies in the manufacturing sector (46%) use Industry 4.0 applications, while another 19 percent have specific plans to implement them, according to a recent Bitkom survey among 559 industrial companies with more than 100 employees. About 65 percent of the German industrial companies are already active in the Industry 4.0 sector. Around 23 percent of the companies asked have no concrete plans to use Industry 4.0 but will consider use for the future. Only 12 percent stated that this is not an issue currently. The study also showed that companies are still careful when it comes to investments: although 57 percent of the companies use or plan to use Industry 4.0, the budget for this is on average only 4 percent of the total revenue. Users and planners of Industry 4.0 primarily aim to optimise processes (69%) and to improve the capacity utilisation of their factories (57%). Half of the respondents expect a faster realisation of their customers’ individual wishes. 44 percent want to reduce their production costs with Industry 4.0 and 19 percent their personnel costs.   Cont'd...

New 24V Integrated Electric Actuators rated to 100N thrust

The SCN5 series actuators are compact yet powerful integrated mechatronic cylinders that feature a motor, encoder, drive and actuator in one integral package.

Process Data Readouts on a Smartphone: Safety Through Transparency

Near-field communication (NFC) protocols allow data from intelligent vacuum components to be read directly from the processor of a device to a mobile end device, opening up totally new opportunities for optimizing production processes. This is what Industry 4.0 is all about.

UDI Compliance Guide

Taking the fear out of FDA UDI requirements.

Microscan Announces Integrated Liquid Lens Autofocus for MicroHAWK Barcode Readers

Microscan announces that new fully-integrated liquid lens autofocus models of MicroHAWK® Barcode Readers, featuring truly-automatic and software-programmable autofocus, are now available for pre-order.

Automation Conference & Expo Explores Manufacturing Workforce Issues

Annual industrial automation conference, May 24-25 in Chicago, offers discounted registration rate for women in manufacturing.

Newark element14 adds passives from TE Connectivity, Ohmite, Bourns and Vishay to product portfolio, for industrial applications

The new ranges include TE Corcom power line filters, Ohmite/Arcol HS aluminium-housed resistors, Bourns' gas discharge tubes and Vishay high voltage flat chip resistors. The products are ideal for applications within the industrial, telecommunications and test equipment markets.

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