Jim Montague, news editor


Workforce Development December 1, 2003

Papermaker cuts downtime with remote monitoring, diagnostics

Continuous production requires continuous support because sudden machine failures can damage products, disrupt deliveries, increase labor, shrink revenues, and make customers very unhappy. Independent papermaker Finch, Pruyn & Co. Inc. (Glen Falls, NY) is especially aware that reliable equipment and uptime are crucial because one of its four machines, which produces bonded specialty paper, ...

By Jim Montague, news editor
I/O Systems, I/O Modules November 1, 2003

Laser sensor vision system improves surface quality inspection

Jet engines typically contain hundreds of small stainless steel and Inconel fan blades to generate thrust. These blades usually wear and bend due to erosion and foreign object damage during normal flight operations. Overhaul facilities regrind or replace these blades after manual inspection. This slow, labor-intensive process checks the precise length and position of each blade in the engine's ...

By Jim Montague, news editor
PLCs, PACs October 1, 2003

Optical fiber gaining on copper

The advantages of fiber-optic wiring and networks are well known. Optical fiber can move more data faster over longer distances than copper wire. Fiber is non-conductive, so it isn't affected by electrical noise, lightning, electromagnetic interference (EMI), or radio frequency interference (RFI). It takes up less space, is unaffected by vibration, and doesn't corrode in the presence of galvani...

By Jim Montague, news editor
Mechatronics and Motion Control July 1, 2003

Software ‘bridge’ improves CNC efficiency during retrofit

To prevent frequent breakdowns and reduce downtime, Pressed Steel Tank (West Allis, WI) recently upgraded an obsolete CNC lathe with assistance from system integrator Nova Systems Inc. To help the retrofit succeed, Nova turned to Roy-G-Biv Corp. for a key piece of motion-control integration software.

By Jim Montague, news editor
Process Instrumentation and Sensors May 1, 2003

Seagate improves yields and control with automation software

Seagate Technology LLC (Scotts Valley, CA) delivers a wide range of products, including storage area network solutions, server appliances and disk drives for enterprise applications, personal computers, and consumer electronics. Because of this variety, Seagate is always searching for new ways to improve its operations.

By Jim Montague, news editor
Workforce Development May 1, 2003

Temperature control users expect built-in intelligence, remote PC access

Active users of temperature and power control systems report a growing need for digital control systems with the built-in intelligence required to manage information related to their processes and applications, according to a survey conducted in February 2003 by Chromalox Inc. (Pittsburgh, PA), which manufactures industrial heat and control systems.

By Jim Montague, news editor
Asset Management February 11, 2002

GE Power Systems buys Bently Nevada

Atlanta, Ga. - GE Power Systems stated Jan. 24 that it has completed the acquisition of Bently Nevada Corp. (Minden, Nev.) that it announced this past November.

By Jim Montague, news editor
Networking and Security February 8, 2002

NetSilicon, Imaging Portals cooperate on imaging management system

Waltham, Mass. - NetSilicon and Imaging Portals Inc. (IPI, Los Angeles, Calif.) announced Feb. 5 an agreement to develop ImageTrak 500N, an intelligent device for managing, controlling and connecting imaging appliances and multi-function peripherals (MFPs).

By Jim Montague, news editor
System Integrators February 8, 2002

Parker acquires manufacturer of structural framing systems for automation

Cleveland, O. - Parker Hannifin Corp. announced Jan. 31 that it has acquired IPS Industrial Profile Systems (Houston, Tex.) for an undisclosed sum.

By Jim Montague, news editor
Project Management February 7, 2002

Emerson’s fiscal 1Q02 earnings down 28.5%; process control sales up 3%

St. Louis, Mo. - Emerson announced Feb. 5 that its net earnings decreased 28.5% to $255 million in first quarter fiscal 2002 from $357 million in first quarter fiscal 2001.

By Jim Montague, news editor
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