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PMI a mixed bag for June, as index slips to 55.3%
PMI a mixed bag for June, as index slips to 55.3%

It was a mixed bag of data in the June PMI Manufacturing Index from the Institute for Supply Management, with new orders on the increase and production falling back. That was reflected in the 55.3% PMI Index figure for June, which was 0.1 percentage point below the May reading but still more than 10% above the... Read More

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Surface conditioning: 5 questions to pick the right media
Surface conditioning: 5 questions to pick the right media

Surface conditioning jobs in maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) applications are extremely varied, from work in a factory tool room to general factory maintenance to simple welding projects.... Read More

Top safety concerns in the manufacturing industry
Top safety concerns in the manufacturing industry

Exposed wires, fatigued workers, poorly maintained equipment. Manufacturing facilities are riddled with risks, both hidden and out in the open. If you don't know where to begin looking, such hazards... Read More

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Fundamentals of real-time processing in automation and control
Fundamentals of real-time processing in automation and control

This is the first part of a series of articles on real-time systems, real-time processing and fundamentals of real-time software design, applied to automation and control systems. Today, almost all... Read More

Security ranked as a top challenge facing automation
Security ranked as a top challenge facing automation

There are heavy challenges facing automation professionals in the years to come and cyber security ranks up there at the top. “There are issues like skills availability, working in remote locations... Read More

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Upcoming Webcast on 7/17
Presenter Paul Schildhouse from Panduit will explain how technology trends are enabling the rapid adoption of Industrial Ethernet to help improve efficiencies, lower operational costs and integrate manufacturing and Enterprise in new factory network deployments and upgrades.
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Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit
The 2014 Global Automation and Manufacturing Summit, presented by Control Engineering and Plant Engineering, in partnership with Hannover Fairs USA, will deliver a day of content and information focused on how manufacturers are using these tools and strategies today to affect change in their own plants.

This peer-to-peer looking at modern manufacturing will discuss trends in productivity, maintenance, automation, mobility, and information management while offering attendees insights on how they can affect change in their operation to keep pace with the accelerating changes in manufacturing worldwide.
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Rotary screw air compressor
Rotary screw air compressor

The CSG-2 SFC, DSG-2 SFC, and FSG-2 SFC variable speed, oil-free air compressors are available from... Read More

Precision limit switches
Precision limit switches

AutomationDirect has added a line of high precision limit/position switches from Metrol.... Read More

Ejector venturi for tough process and high concentration emergency gas scrubbing
Ejector venturi for tough process and high concentration emergency gas scrubbing

Bionomic Industries' series 6500 jet venturi scrubber offers improvements in operating... Read More

Spring cotter pins for axial mounting
Spring cotter pins for axial mounting

The GN 1024 metric size steel or stainless steel spring cotter pins. The GN 1024 spring cotter... Read More

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