Open advancement: Motorola invests in industrial wireless supplier Apprion
Motorola , through its venture capital arm Motorola Ventures, is investing in Apprion , a specialist in open industrial wireless networks and applications. With the Motorola Ventures investment, Apprion has raised more than $23.5 million.
Apprion's ION System enables industrial facilities to cost-effectively deploy and manage multiple wireless applications as one unified, integrated system. Its IONosphere is an onsite controller that manages data services, workflow, security, monitoring and maintenance, and third-party application integration across wireless plant networks. Apprion's IONizer is the process industry's first industrial-grade, multi-RF, wireless network appliance. IONizers are said to cost-effectively integrate and secure previously stand-alone wireless-enabled applications such as VoIP and condition monitoring.
"Over the last decade wireless technologies have radically changed how we live. Over the next decade, we expect to see wireless technologies transform manufacturing by the same magnitude," says John O'Donohue, managing director of Motorola Ventures. "Apprion delivers the right combination of technology, products, and industrial experience to uniquely address the wireless challenges of industrial customers. Its growth trajectory and excellent track record demonstrate that the company is a driving force in industrial wireless solutions."
Case Study Database
Get more exposure for your case study by uploading it to the Plant Engineering case study database, where end-users can identify relevant solutions and explore what the experts are doing to effectively implement a variety of technology and productivity related projects.
These case studies provide examples of how knowledgeable solution providers have used technology, processes and people to create effective and successful implementations in real-world situations. Case studies can be completed by filling out a simple online form where you can outline the project title, abstract, and full story in 1500 words or less; upload photos, videos and a logo.
Click here to visit the Case Study Database and upload your case study.
2012 Salary Survey
In a year when manufacturing continued to lead the economic rebound, it makes sense that plant manager bonuses rebounded. Plant Engineering’s annual Salary Survey shows both wages and bonuses rose in 2012 after a retreat the year before.
Average salary across all job titles for plant floor management rose 3.5% to $95,446, and bonus compensation jumped to $15,162, a 4.2% increase from the 2010 level and double the 2011 total, which showed a sharp drop in bonus.