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  • Schneider Electric Addresses Operations Management Software Technology with New Product Releases

    Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management, continued its 2014 Software Global Customer Conference in Orlando, Florida, with an overview of new product releases from its Ampla, Avantis, SimSci, and Wonderware product lines.

    Formerly part of Invensys but now combined with Schneider Electric, the company's new Software business unveiled an impressive lineup of new capabilities that improve operations management for process, hybrid and infrastructure companies.

  • September Manufacturing ISM Report On Business

    The Manufacturing ISM Report On Business is published monthly by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), the largest supply management organization in the world, as well as one of the most respected. — Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September for the 16th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 64th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

  • AREVA and Schneider Electric Sign A R&D Cooperation Agreement In Energy Storage

    AREVA and Schneider Electric have signed an R&D agreement to develop a new energy storage solution, called the flow battery in order to produce and store electricity by combining hydrobromic acid and hydrogen.

  • Strong Beginning for India’s IT Industry in First Quarter FY15

    The Indian information technology (IT) services is off to a great start as most of the IT services companies covered in the report exhibit high double-digit growth. In this report, we try to analyze the first quarter of financial year 2014-15 of the Indian IT sector and compare it with same period previous year.

  • Leading Power Companies in India Improve Business Performance through the Information-Driven Enterprise Approach

    At ARC Advisory Group's recent India Forum in Bangalore, experts from the power industry deliberated on the importance of effective information management to improve integration between plant control systems and business applications, thus enabling organizations to achieve better results. Discussions covered automated and networked as-sets/processes monitored via a centralized monitoring system, and in-formation-driven plant lifecycle management.    

  • IMTS 2014 Embodies Renaissance in North American Manufacturing

    The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), held at McCormick Place in Chicago, September 8-14th, provided a venue to showcase the latest manufacturing technology and innovations. IMTS is clearly the premier exhibition for manufacturing machinery in North America. Show management reported over 114,000 registrations for the show, surpassing the attendance in 2012 by around 15 percent. McCormick Place's four halls bustled with a diverse group of equipment buyers, machine builders, and automation integrators of all ages, hailing from nations around the world.

  • Services Add Value to a Comprehensive Industrial Security Solution

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  • Kongsberg Maritime Launches New Monitoring Solution for Subsea Structures

    Kongsberg Maritime has launched a tool that detects scouring, corrosion, deformation, and marine growth on underwater structures. The new K-Observer system, part of Kongsberg Maritime's Modular Subsea Monitoring (MSM) network, provides remote hydro-acoustic 3D monitoring using the dual-axis scanning sonar (DAS) to continuously monitor the seabed and the substructure.

  • Brewer's Manufacturing Systems Adapt to a Changing Market
    The brewer was unprepared for changing market demands that drove proliferation of recipes and SKUs. With ARC's workshops, they now have a process automation system roadmap that accommodates the change while also optimizing operations.
  • IFS Academy Launches To Empower and Certify Partners Implementing IFS Applications

    IFS, the global enterprise applications company, is launching the IFS Academy—an initiative to deliver training for technicians, developers and consultants working with IFS Applications. The IFS Academy is being launched so that partners are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to ensure customers realize the most value from IFS Applications.

  • ICONICS’ New 9.35 Product Suites Has Been Released

    ICONICS announces that GENESIS32 version 9.35 has been officially released to manufacturing! This includes a full release of GENESIS32, BizViz, and Embedded GENESIS32.

    Below are the highlights of the new technologies included in the v9.35 product suites. Product demo downloads can be requested at www.iconics.com/products .

  • GE Oil & Gas Expands Artificial Lift Portfolio with Variable Speed Drive

    With unconventional oil and gas operators seeking more flexible production equipment that can handle fluctuating conditions, GE Oil & Gas announced the global introduction of its next-generation Vector Plus variable speed drive (VSD) surface control system for electric submersible pumps (ESPs). ESPs are a widely used form of artificial lift that utilize centrifugal force to pump hydrocarbons to the surface, enabling high flow and enhanced production.

  • Economic Impact of Equipment Health App at ALCOA

    At the OSIsoft EMEA User Conference in Lisbon 2014, Geff Wood of ALCOA Global Primary Metals business unit explained the business unit's approach to operational intelligence* using a plethora of OSIsoft products. All ALCOA plants' information is globally available. Production personnel have access to real-time and historical data views and KPI dashboards for all equipment. Roll-ups are available globally on a SharePoint site, by site, by equipment type, and by geography, each with drill-down capability from high-level averages to specific equipment parameters.

  • DNV GL Cooperates With Industry to Address Risks from Offshore CO2 Pipelines

    To demonstrate that CO2 pipelines can be operated safely and to ensure the risks are well understood, industry stakeholders have asked DNV GL to initiate a Joint Industry Project (JIP) "CO2 Subsea Releases - Small Scale Experimental Programme''. Several major operators have already joined the 'Sub-C-O2' JIP including National Grid, ENI, and Petrobras, but there is still time for others to join.

  • Wurldtech Launches New Achilles Industrial Next Gen Firewall to Deliver Comprehensive Security for Operational Technology Environments

    Wurldtech Security Technologies announced the release of its Achilles Industrial Next Gen Firewall (NGFW) for operational technology (OT) environments. This purpose-built OT security solution monitors network traffic and blocks unexpected and malicious activity to help ensure maximum uptime and secure productivity for industrial operations.

  • Intel & Cisco Developing “Predix-Ready” Devices for the Industrial Internet

    GE announced an expanded working relationship with Intel and Cisco to seamlessly connect the growing number of machines, systems, and edge devices to the Industrial Internet regardless of manufacturer. These co-innovations will allow operators to integrate Predix, GE's software platform for the Industrial Internet, into existing infrastructure.

  • Xodus Group, Saipem and Chiyoda Join Forces to Set Up New Subsea Company

    International energy consultancy Xodus Group announced the launch of a global subsea engineering company in partnership with major oil and gas contractor Saipem and mid and downstream oil and gas giant Chiyoda Corporation. The new organization plans to challenge the largest tier one subsea engineering companies for a share of the global market.

  • Unconventional Water Sources for Thermoelectric Power Generation Cooling --- Part 2: Reclaimed Water

    A recent report by Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research predicts that by 2030, global demand for water will outstrip supply by as much as 40 percent, leading to dramatic political and sociological developments. This report warns that, by 2050, as many as 50 nations could be involved in water conflicts. The report urges governments and corporations to invest in water reuse technologies, as the current path could lead to devastating consequences that could put up to 45 percent of projected GDP at risk.

  • Industrial Ethernet Continues Downward March in the Automation Hierarchy

    ARC Advisory Group's latest research into industrial Ethernet devices reveals that this technology continues its sustained march downward in the automation hierarchy. This has generated increased user acceptance and significant annual increases in shipments within the overall slow-growing automation hardware marketplace. Continued recognition of, and additions to, the industrial Ethernet value proposition, coupled with lack of saturation in key device segments, are primary catalysts behind this phenomenon.

  • GE Announcements from GE’s Minds + Machines Event

    These announcement were made during GE's Minds + Machines event in New York City as part of a new suite of software and services solutions unveiled by GE's Chairman & CEO Jeff Immelt.

  • Industrie 4.0 Gains Surprising Traction in China

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    ARC Advisory Group attended Siemens Industry 2014 China Forum, held this summer in Beijing. During the event, Feng Fei, Director of Industry Policy Division under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT); Prof. Russwurm, Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG, and CEO of Siemens Industry; Mr. Herrmann, CEO of Siemens Ltd., China; and other senior executives from Siemens China participated and delivered speeches.

  • Real-time Maintenance Execution

    Effective asset performance management (APM) requires real-time maintenance execution so maintenance tasks can be planned and performed when needed based on actual operating and asset conditions. This helps avoid critical equipment failures and associated unplanned equipment downtime. This approach involves integrating technologies, people, and processes to provide the right information at the right time.

  • OpenText Addresses Critical Asset Integrity Issues

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    Asset integrity is the ability of an asset to perform its required function effectively and efficiently while protecting health, safety and the environment. Asset integrity management helps ensure that the people, systems, processes and resources that deliver integrity are in place, in use, and can perform as required over the whole lifecycle of the asset. Asset integrity management is one of the biggest challenges and primary concerns for asset-intensive industries like oil & gas.

  • MicroSeismic’s New Permeability Tool to Maximize Recovery

    MicroSeismic has released PermIndex, a proprietary microseismic-based permeability tool to maximize recovery. PermIndex provides permeability estimates for each frac stage and data-driven constraints to reservoir simulation to help operators improve production forecasting and estimated ultimate recovery (EUR).

  • Dover’s Acquisition of Accelerated Companies to Help in the Development of Cavity Pump Applications

    In line with its expansion strategy, Dover purchased Accelerated Companies for $430 million, subject to a customary adjustment for working capital, to bolster its position in the U.S. shale market.

    Headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas, Accelerated Companies' core offerings include electric submersible pumps (ESP), hydraulic jet pump systems, gas lift systems, surface pumping and modular process systems for filtration, separation, heating and other fluid handling operations.