HMIs: NASCAR pit crews, Vista users get Simatic options
Read the full exiderdome report from Control Engineering editor Renee Robbins.
Human machine interface news of both the hardware and software variety came out of the exiderdome experience in Chicago, presented by Siemens Energy & Automation. On the software side, Siemens Simatic WinCC Version 7.0 has been adapted to Microsoft Windows Vista, while retaining compatibility with older systems. On the hardware side, Siemens announced that its Simatic Panel PCs are being used by the NASCAR pit crews of Gillett Evernham Motorsports (GEM).
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey