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15/12/2017 - First NSK Certified AIP Partners named
The names of the first four NSK distributors to successfully become Certified AIP (Added Value Programme) Partners have been revealed at an award ceremony staged as part of the company's European industrial distributor convention in Madrid: Margo (Poland), Primagra (Romania), REA Hellas (Greece) and UAB Dagmita (Lithuania).
15/12/2017 - Winners of national manufacturing photography competition revealed
EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, has revealed the winners of this year’s EEF Manufacturing Photography Competition, sponsored by Liberty. The winners were announced at a high-profile event at the House of Commons in London this week (Tuesday 12th December) where 63 shortlisted images were put on display.
15/12/2017 - WDS welcomes successful public Bloodhound SSC Test
WDS Component Parts Ltd. has expressed its delight at the first successful public test run of Bloodhound SSC, the British built supersonic land speed record car. RAF Wing Commander and current land speed record holder, Andy Green (pictured), ran the Bloodhound from 0 to 200mph in eight seconds at Newquay Airport this October, providing 3,500 spectators with a 180 decibel taster of what the vehicle will be attempting in South Africa.
15/12/2017 - Reducing the costs of industrial pollution control
Government schemes for reducing pollution are not always well received by industry, mainly because additional investment is often required to comply with new regulations.
15/12/2017 - Thousands Convene in Houston to Learn About the Latest in Automation Technology While Helping to Support Area Recovery
Rockwell Automation welcomes thousands to annual Automation Fair event dedicated to industrial automation and information

Thousands of industrial professionals are convening in Houston for the Automation Fair event to learn more about the latest advanced manufacturing technologies shaping the industry, and the automation tools that can help them be more globally competitive and productive. Hosted by Rockwell Automation and its PartnerNetwork members, the Automation Fair event is the premier industry experience uniquely designed to help manufacturers and OEMs optimise their automation investments to achieve their business goals.

“This week is about showcasing technologies and information that help make industrial companies and their people more productive. We are also taking the opportunity to show our support for the people of Houston and surrounding communities as they continue to rebuild and recover from the recent hurricanes,” said Blake Moret, president and CEO, Rockwell Automation.

At the event, attendees are seeing a variety of technologies that help support digital transformation – using production data to improve business outcomes – and best practices for monitoring and managing operations to increase integration and collaboration across the enterprise. To this end, Rockwell Automation has again expanded its analytics offering with a new platform that pulls data from virtually any source in the enterprise, and delivers analytics in intuitive dashboards, helping users to rapidly resolve issues and drive tangible business outcomes across The Connected Enterprise.

Hundreds of process automation professionals arrived early in Houston to attend the annual Process Solutions User Group (PSUG), held on Nov. 13 and 14. The event featured over 25 technical sessions, 10 hands-on labs and more than 25 presentations by Rockwell Automation customers, including an open-forum panel of industry experts.

On Nov. 14, global media and industry analysts attended the half-day media forum, Automation Perspectives. At this event, executive leadership and industry experts shared their vision and thought leadership on ways companies are realising value from digital transformation across industries, and the technologies being used to achieve this. Industry leaders also shared their strategies for addressing the manufacturing skills shortage, with a new program developed jointly by Rockwell Automation and ManpowerGroup that taps into the talents and skills of U.S. military veterans to help solve this critical challenge.

In conjunction with the Automation Fair event, employees, partners and customers of Rockwell Automation are joining forces with United Way to help pack over 8,000 Thanksgiving dinner kits as part of the company’s ongoing effort to support hurricane recovery efforts, and build on its commitment to Houston. Together, the two organisations are helping to distribute dinner kits to residents immediately following the conclusion of the Automation Fair event through various United Way affiliate agencies and partners.

The 2017 Automation Fair event features more than 140 exhibits showcasing the latest innovations in automation. It also includes nine industry forums, 19 hands-on labs and 93 technical sessions designed to expand attendee knowledge and use of the latest control, power and advanced manufacturing and enterprise information technologies.

For more information, please contact:

Rockwell Automation Ltd
UK Marketing Communications Specialist
Kiln Farm
Milton Keynes
K11 3DR
Tel:  0870 242 5004 
Fax:  01908 839696
14/12/2017 - Digitalization — not just for big business New technology is making digital solutions affordable for SMEs
When cellphones were first released in the mid-1980s, a handset would set you back $4000 — the equivalent of almost $10,000 today. Here, Markus Brettschneider, Group Senior Vice President and General Manager for Global Food & Beverage applications for ABB, explains how smaller food manufacturers can take advantage of low-cost digital technology.
14/12/2017 - RS Components wins the Elektra 2017 ‘Educational Support Award’
Industry accolade recognises distributor’s major contribution in inspiring young people to engage in engineering

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers, is the recipient of the Educational Support Award at the 15th annual Elektra Awards.
14/12/2017 - First results of the CLPA/PI industry leading cooperation announced at the SPS/IPC/Drives 2017 fair
SPS/IPC/Drives 2017 sees the first results of the cooperation between the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) and PROFINET & PROFIBUS International (PI), as CLPA unveils the first working coupler device that implements the CC-Link IE/PROFINET interoperability specification.
14/12/2017 - Three military trends you need to know: Staying one step ahead of criminals and terrorists
The nature of the threat posed by terrorism and criminal organisations is changing. In recent years, military forces, border agencies, airports and transport police have had to rapidly develop new ways of thwarting those with malicious intentions.
14/12/2017 - The changing face of work-based placements
Change can be a daunting experience, especially when the future is unknown. However, for many, change can come with a multitude of benefits. Here, Lucy Speed, HR advisor at engineering solutions provider, Boulting Group, explains the important role work-based placements have on the evolving engineering sector.
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