A new program launched by Total Control Products ( aims to certify that Windows CE-based software packages will operate on the FactoryClient 2000 shop floor terminal.


A new program launched by Total Control Products ( aims to certify that Windows CE-based software packages will operate on the FactoryClient 2000 shop floor terminal. The program targets any company offering Windows CE industrial control and automation products. Verified programs will display a "FactoryClient Verified" logo. The verification program is intended to give users the same assurance of compatibility that they expect from PCs. Nine companies, including Iconics, Indusoft, and Think & Do Software, are already participating in the program.

Profibus Trade Organization (www. brings enterprise networking to the plant floor with a strategy to vertically integrate Profibus and higher level networks, notably Ethernet TCP/IP and the internet. The goal is two-fold: Increase communications options in manufacturing plants at both field and controller levels using a vendor-independent solution; and provide open and transparent coupling of Ethernet and Profibus to allow remote access to field level devices via enterprise LANs, the internet, and the web.

Fieldbus Foundation (www.fieldbus. org) is planning field demonstrations for its High Speed Ethernet (HSE) technology. The pilot plants will duplicate the working environment of personnel involved in the technical aspects of daily plant design, construction, operation, and maintenance.

Sun Microsystems, Inc., (www.sun. com) and its allies have introduced Java technologies designed to help manufacturing enterprises participate more successfully in the new net economy by bringing the internet down to the plant floor. Demonstrations include showing how Java can be used to transport and display plant production performance information on a wireless, remote 3Com PalmPilot. Next-generation Java-based systems can be expected to let plants move data as Java objects from measurement devices to controllers to decision support applications, literally from the sensor to the boardroom.

ISA, the international society for measurement and control (, announced three new publications. They are Fundamentals of Process Control Theory by Paul Murrill, and Advances in Industrial Computing Technology and Applying S88: Batch Control from a User's Perspective by Jim Parshall and Larry Lamb. Book details and ordering information are available on the ISA web site.

No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
Safety for 18 years, warehouse maintenance tips, Ethernet and the IIoT, GAMS 2016 recap
2016 Engineering Leaders Under 40; Future vision: Where is manufacturing headed?; Electrical distribution, redefined
Strategic outsourcing delivers efficiency; Sleeve bearing clearance; Causes of water hammer; Improve air quality; Maintenance safety; GAMS preview
SCADA at the junction, Managing risk through maintenance, Moving at the speed of data
Safety at every angle, Big Data's impact on operations, bridging the skills gap
The digital oilfield: Utilizing Big Data can yield big savings; Virtualization a real solution; Tracking SIS performance
Applying network redundancy; Overcoming loop tuning challenges; PID control and networks
Driving motor efficiency; Preventing arc flash in mission critical facilities; Integrating alternative power and existing electrical systems
Package boilers; Natural gas infrared heating; Thermal treasure; Standby generation; Natural gas supports green efforts

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

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
This article collection contains several articles on the vital role of plant safety and offers advice on best practices.
This article collection contains several articles on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and how it is transforming manufacturing.
This article collection contains several articles on strategic maintenance and understanding all the parts of your plant.
click me