ABB Adds Power, Speed to Cobot Line

Collaborative Robots, also known as cobots, have added juice to the overall robot market. Just as I thought robotics was a pretty stagnant market, cobots arrived to bring automation to applications previously too small for the size and expense of industrial...

Phoenix Contact acquires iS5 Communications

2023 is starting off with an acquisition news blizzard. OK, not that bad, but here is yet another piece of acquisition news. The Phoenix Contact Group has acquired Canadian company iS5 Communications Inc., based in Mississauga, Ontario. The provider of industrial...

Changes For Automation Trade Shows

We have two movements on the automation trade show front that are interesting. IMTS, the International Manufacturing Technology Show and formerly the International Machine Tool Show, is a huge event held in September every other year. Some time ago, organizers added...

AVEVA Acquisition By Schneider Electric Is Final

I had one surprise acquisition announcement today. This one is hardly a surprise as it has been underway for some time. Aveva today (Jan. 18, 2023) announced the completion of its acquisition by Schneider Electric. Here are the essential points from the announcement....

Emerson On Another Major Acquisition Hunt

My phone exploded yesterday afternoon with news. Emerson initiating a hostile takeover fight for NI (formerly National Instruments). Right now the figure on the table is $7.6 billion. According to my scanning of the news from a number of outlets, NI is developing a...

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