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! ISA, HCF agree on WirelessHART, ISA100 integration path
During a series of meetings held in conjunction with ISA Expo 2007, Oct. 2-4 in Houston, the ISA100 Wireless Systems for Automation standards committee outlined an approach to accommodate and eventually integrate the WirelessHART standard and the ISA100 standard.

! Cisco, Rockwell Automation release initial collaborative resources
Collaborative effort simplifies integration of plant floor and corporate networks to improve the flow and security of production information.


Simplified Signal Acquisition and Analysis with Low-Cost Sound and Vibration Data Logger Software

The National Instruments Sound and Vibration Measurement Suite Version 5.0 is an interactive sound and vibration analysis software that includes the NI Sound and Vibration Assistant. The Sound and Vibration Measurement Suite 5.0 is the most comprehensive collection of analysis and signal processing tools for noise, vibration, harshness (NVH); machine condition monitoring; and audio test applications. View interactive demo.

! Webcast: Integrating EAM
October 25, 2007, 8:00am PST/10:00am CST/11:00am EST
Asset intensive organizations need to focus on reducing the risk of equipment or plant failure while also increasing the return on asset investment by maximizing asset availability and operational capacity. Hear about the opportunities for reducing risk and enhancing performance in your manufacturing setting through an integrated Enterprise Asset Management system from Brian Dunks, senior product manager for Lawson Software. He’ll discuss the emerging trends and opportunities for EAM in an exclusive Plant Engineering Webcast.

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! Yokogawa marks 50 years in North America
Yokogawa Corp. of America celebrated 50 years of business in North America at its Newnan, GA headquarters on Oct. 18.

! Protocol conversion: Translation speeds communication programming
A software engine that runs on embedded computers establishes bi-directional data stream channels between any two embedded computer ports, and loads custom-written drivers (in C) that audit the data stream as it flows from port to port.

! Pack Expo 2007: Yaskawa expands support for industry standards
Yaskawa Electric America released a mechatronic control system that’s compatible with the IEC 61131-3 and PLCopen control programming standards. Using standards improves communication compatibility for system integrators working in multi-vendor environments and makes complex control systems more accessible for maintenance technicians and operators.

! ICONICS takes GENESIS to 64 bits
At ISA Expo 2007, ICONICS officially introduced GENESIS64, its 64-bit-based OPC Web-enabled HMI/SCADA suite. ICONICS president and CEO, Russ Agrusa, said that this “next generation” is based on 64-bit computing and designed from the ground up to take advantage of Windows Vista, .NET and SharePoint technology.


: Panel-mount display for inspection sensors
Panel-mount display is compact, rugged and is intended to be used for inspection sensors.

: Discrete transmitter added to wireless family
Wireless discrete transmitter installs and commissions quickly, and delivers previously unavailable data for improved plant performance and safety.

: Gigabit industrial Ethernet-to-fiber-optic converters
Gigabit industrial Ethernet media converters combine the high speed of Gigabit Ethernet with the EMI/RFI noise immunity and electrical isolation of fiber optic cable.


Plant Engineering Webcasts

Upcoming Live Webcasts

October 25, 2007
8:00am PST
10:00am CST
11:00am EST

Integrating EAM
Hear about the opportunities for reducing risk and enhancing performance in your manufacturing setting through an integrated Enterprise Asset Management system from Brian Dunks, senior product manager for Lawson Software. He’ll discuss the emerging trends and opportunities for EAM in an exclusive Plant Engineering Webcast. - Register Here!

November 8, 2007
11:00am PST
1:00pm CST
2:00pm EST

How to Use General Purpose Motors with Drives
Are you buying the correct motor for the application? Do you intend to use it with a drive? Using an adjustable speed drive can help you save significant dollars on your energy bill. However, knowing how to apply motors to an application %%MDASSML%% so you get the perfect match %%MDASSML%% can save you even more in the long run. Join our Panel of Experts on this timely discussion. - Register Here

Webcasts on Demand

Available now - on demand

Using Wireless as a Maintenance Advantage
Join Plant Engineering editors and industry experts for our Webcast covering wireless technologies. Learn about newly introduced technology that enables you to troubleshoot equipment in your plant. Discover how mobile asset management can provide real productivity gains throughout your maintenance enterprise. Webcast topics include using wireless to troubleshoot equipment, matching the mobile wireless device with the maintenance task and wireless EAM. - Watch this webcast now!

Available now - on demand

Arc Flash- (Archived)
This Webcast brings together a‘dream team’ of arc flash experts, including Joe Weigel from Square D, Gary H. Fox from General Electric Company and Lanny Floyd from DuPont, to discuss the issues and take questions from Plant Engineering readers in a town-hall meeting on the subject of arc flash. Aired August 2nd, 2007. -Watch this webcast now!

Click HERE for a complete list of our upcoming live and archived on demand webcasts.

Upcoming Events

Oct. 30-Nov. 1

Chem Show

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York

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Nov. 14-15

Automation Fair

McCormick Place West, Chicago, IL 866.229.2386

Nov. 28-29

OMAC Technical Symposium - Bridging the Gap between the Discrete and Process Industries

Boeing and Hilton Garden, Everett, WA

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Dec. 5-6

Active RFID & RTLS Summit

Adams Mark Hotel, Dallas, TX

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Feb. 4-7, 2008

ARC Advisory Group forum: Winning Strategies and Best Practices for Global Manufacturers

Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando, FL

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Feb. 27-29, 2008

2008 Fieldbus Foundation 2008 General Assembly

Antwerp Hilton Hotel, Antwerp, Belgium

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