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Manufacturing IT, MES March 1, 1998

OpenDWG Alliance Formed to Make CAD Files Accessible

Fourteen companies, representing CAD vendors and users, announced Feb. 10 that they've formed the OpenDWG Alliance to share expertise on the DWG file format. The new association of vendors and users is promoting Autodesk's DWG drawing file format as an open industry standard for the exchange of computer aided design (CAD) drawings.

By Staff
Manufacturing IT, MES March 1, 1998

BIAS ’98 Plans ‘Executive-Level’ Roundtable

The BIAS '98 trade fair will stage a "first-time-ever" roundtable of process industry ceos to discuss challenges faced by instrument and control systems manufacturers, according to Antonio Rampini, BIAS' organizer. He said ABB Group, Elsag Bailey Process Automation, Honeywell, Siemens AG, and Yokogawa have confirmed their participation in the event.

By Staff
Manufacturing IT, MES February 1, 1998

R&D 100 judges needed

In addition, R&D is looking for the world's top technical experts to help judge the R&D 100 Awards entries for 1998. R&D is asking acknowledged experts in applicable fields—who can devote 10-20 hours from late March to early April to this task—to send their resumes and other relevant information to:Vic Comello, R&D 100 Awards, 1350 E.

By Staff
Manufacturing IT, MES February 1, 1998

A New Look for Control Engineering Online; Advice on Viruses and Hoaxes

Control Engineering's web site at www.controleng.com has a new look. Users will find more information directly accessible from the home page. Getting around CE's page is now easier, with navigation links at the left of every screen and no more scrolling. Control Engineering Online also provides links to Manufacturing Marketplace's home page, product directory, search engine, other mag...

By Matt Bellm
Manufacturing IT, MES October 1, 1997

Is Annunciator Evolution Overdue?

Though they’re often called Christmas trees, most annunciators don’t spit out presents when they light up. Most simply let control room operators know something is wrong. However, annunciators that only announce problems aren’t enough for users of today’s increasingly complex and integrated automation systems. Fast, coordinated information is crucial to help operators correctly handle many current process problems, and so some annunciators are evolving to meet their demands. Annunciator essentials So far, annunciator evolution has consisted mostly of prioritizing the signals they put out.

By Henry M. Morris, Special Projects Editor
Manufacturing IT, MES January 1, 1970

Foxboro provides SCADA for electric utility

Foxboro, Mass.— Idaho Falls Power (IFP) recently picked Foxboro Co.'s I/A Series SCADA system to monitor, control, and maintain the power generation, transmission, and distribution system of Idaho's largest municipal electric utility. Using Foxboro's "Intelligent Power Grid" approach, the new SCADA system includes master stations, remote terminal units (RTUs), and advanced applications f...

By Staff