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ABB to Acquire GE Industrial Solutions To Boost Electrical Offerings

ABB announced Sept. 25, 2017 the acquisition of GE Industrial Solutions, GE’s global electrification solutions business. Important points from ABB: Shaping leadership in electrification Acquisition will strengthen ABB’s #2 global position in electrification Non-core GE business with significant value creation potential within ABB Expands ABB’s access to the North American market through deep customer relationships, […]

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Emerson Launches IIoT-Enabled Controller Taking Aim At PLCs

Just when I thought I’d never write about Controllers, here comes a very interesting announcement from Emerson Automation Solutions [note new name]. Taking direct aim at its competitors who have moved aggressively from discrete control into process systems, Emerson announced launch of the DeltaV PK Controller. This controller targets fast-growth industries traditionally less reliant on […]

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Control and Networking Make Automation News

Here is some news regarding control and networking. Bedrock Automation is a recent entrant into the control and automation space, while Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) holds great potential to be a disruptive force. Control I seldom write about automation company “wins”, but this one shows some direction for a new company. Bedrock Automation is a […]

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OPC Foundation Also Promotes the Open Process Automation Forum

Interoperability spurs innovation. After years of technological consolidation in the process automation industry with “distributed control systems” becoming ever more centralized, we are witnessing a resurgence of distributed, along with open and interoperable. Open Process Automation Forum Yesterday I discussed Foxboro promoting the Open Process Automation Forum. Today, I can report that the OPC Foundation […]

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Foxboro Promotes Open Process Automation

The future of process automation was front and center of discussions last week at the Foxboro User Group—The Foxboro Company being the process automation arm of Schneider Electric. During the week I was involved in quite animated discussions with SVP Chris Lyden and VP Peter Martin regarding the future of process automation. These executives are […]

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Schneider Electric Foxboro Products Offer Enhanced Visibility Into Plant Profitability

Using technology to help plant managers and plant teams make their plants more profitable. In fact, they can even track and prove their profitability enhancements. The Foxboro User Group met this week in Foxborough, MA at the company headquarters. Aside from the opportunity to meet with a number of company executives for in-depth discussions, there […]

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Technology Is Not The Disrupter-Look At Business Models

(Photo by Alberto Brea) Technology isn’t the business disrupter. How we use technology is. I was reading the marketing blog of Bryan Kramer, whom I’ve met at various Dell Technology events. He posted this photo thinking about marketing and business. Look at our business in industrial automation in the USA. Everyone complains about Rockwell Automation […]

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Can IT Do Automation?

I wrote about FoxConn building a plant (maybe) in Wisconsin. “Retired” Rockwell Automation Communications Director John Bernaden commented on my LinkedIn post of the article: Good perspective Gary Mintchell. FoxConn’s been trying to replace its Chinese workers with automation and robotics for several years now with limited success. They’re realizing what’s no surprise to you […]

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