An alliance for the IIoT

At the Hannover Messe 2019 trade fair, seven leading suppliers from mechanical engineering, industrial automation and software announced the foundation of the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance. With this cooperation, the companies want to overcome proprietary solutions and give a decisive boost to the digital transformation of the European industry. Founding members of the alliance are […]

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Sandvik and IBM to partner on IIoT technologies for the mining industry

Sandvik Group (Stockholm, Sweden; www.home.sandvik.com) announced that IBM is collaborating with Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology to develop IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things), advanced analytics and artificial intelligence to realize safety, maintenance, productivity and operational efficiency in the mining industry. The mining and rock excavation industry is under growing pressure to increase the global supply […]

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GE Healthcare and Rockwell Automation to collaborate on bioprocessing digitalization

GE Healthcare (Chicago; www.gehealthcare.com) and Rockwell Automation (Milwaukee, Wis.; www.rockwellautomation.com) are combining their automation, IT and single-use solution expertise to create new digital bioprocessing operations capabilities. The two companies will help biopharmaceutical manufacturers create flexible and scalable facilities, focused on rapid response to market demands, streamlined production technologies and adaptable manufacturing environments. Kevin Seaver, executive […]

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Effective utilization of unused device data

At the 2019 Hannover Messe (April 1–5), this company highlighted the intelligent utilization of data and information from field devices. The foundation of this strategy is innovative diagnostic information

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Autonomous Power Plant Takes Shape in Japan

The world’s first autonomous combined cycle power plant is currently under construction at the Takasago Machinery Works facility in Japan, and it will be operational by 2020, according to Mitsubishi Hitachi

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A new digital service to optimize maintenance

This company has expanded its Digital Enterprise portfolio to include a new digital service for optimizing plant maintenance (photo). The Lifecycle Management Suite facilitates the consistent planning

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Working with Peers Is Critical to Power System Reliability [PODCAST]

When conversations around the power industry turn to computer hacking, more often than not experts say it’s not a question of if, but rather, how systems have been compromised. William Doering, adjunct professor in the online Master’s in Business Administration program at Maryville University and a director with Guidehouse—a management consulting services provider—said he has participated […]

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Siemens launches an initiative for fast ramp-up of production facilities

Siemens AG (Munich and Berlin, Germany; www.siemens.com) has launched an initiative to enable fast ramp-up and reconfiguration of production facilities together with partner companies from the mechanical engineering, automotive, robotics and information technology industries. Companies can still register and present their proposals on May 23. Prototypes will be tested at the ARENA2036 innovation factory in […]

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Cyberattack Debilitates Major Aluminum and Hydropower Producer

Norsk Hydro, a major global aluminum producer that is also Norway’s third-largest producer of hydropower, has been stricken by an extensive cyberattack—reportedly ransomware—that forced its entire global network offline. The company powers its sizable aluminum production operations with 20 hydropower plants concentrated in Telemark, Røldal-Suldal, Sogn, and Vennesla, producing a total 10 TWh per year. […]

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POWER Interview: The Future of Power Sector Engineering Amid Market Disruptions

Danish engineering, design, and consultancy firm Ramboll Group in December  entered into an agreement to acquire U.S-based engineering and design consultancy OBG. Founded in 1945, OBG has delivered integrated engineering solutions within water, energy, environment and advanced manufacturing, and today, the company says it has extensive client relationships in both the private and public sectors, […]

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Technology for Predictive Maintenance Debuts at Connected Plant Conference

ProAxion (www.proaxion.io) will highlight the latest in Internet of Things (IOT) technology for providing predictive maintenance tools for both large and small industrial facilities during the upcoming Connected Plant Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, February 19-21. On display at booth 107 will be ProAxion’s innovative TACTIX™ 24×7 predictive maintenance system. The TACTIX system is unique […]

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Connected Plant 2019  ‘Game Changers’: The People Behind Digital Innovation

Behind the digital tools that make the industrial internet of things (IIOT) in the power generation and chemical process industries are people. The upcoming Connected Plant Conference—Feb. 19–21, 2019, in Charlotte, North Carolina—will recognize the achievements of 11 individuals and companies who are fast risers in the field. Through insight and experience, these “Game Changer” champions […]

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