WEBINAR: Oxidizer Operating Cost Reduction Strategies  
The initial capital cost of an oxidizer can be rapidly eclipsed by continued operating expenses if careful attention is not periodically given to the system. Even for the most efficient, well maintained oxidizers, there are multiple heat and energy recovery technologies that can further reduce operating costs and fuel consumption. This webinar will focus on the parameters that end-users should know about their oxidizer and identify the best available options for heat and energy recovery.
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FKI Logistex Unisort Linear Belt Sorter Provides Accurate, Gentle Diversion for Parcel Applications   Waterjet Powered by Mitsubishi Electric Achieves Complicated Countertop Designs with Top Accuracy
The FKI Logistex Linear Belt Sorter (LBS), a patented configuration of the company's proven UniSort sortation platform, provides gentle item handling and high-accuracy diversion that is ideal for parcel applications. The UniSort Linear Belt Sorter features an all-belt design that eliminates the gap between slats. Developed as a cost-effective alternative to traditional cross-belt sorters, the LBS is equipped with diverting belts to deliver narrow-gap, high-accuracy sorting for high-speed, high-throughput parcel operations (up to 200 items/minute).   Wood Dale, IL - Waterjet Powered by Mitsubishi Electric has more advanced programming capabilities than other waterjet manufacturers. The new technology is a great complement to saw cutting and routing; and enables straight-line cutting for countertops with the added flexibility of radius. Users can preserve accuracy while achieving more complicated, intricate countertop inlay designs. Waterjet Powered by Mitsubishi Electric is available in three models to best fit your needs; choose from 2-3 axis Classica, 4-axis Suprema, and 5-axis Evolution X5, plus several variations in table size.
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Avago Technologies Expands Family of Next-Generation SFP+ Transceiver Products for 10Gbps Ethernet Equipment Designs   Circuit Breakers Protect 24 V DC Load Circuits in Hazardous and Non-Hazardous Environments
Avago Technologies, today announced the expansion of its family of SFP+ optical transceiver modules for next-generation 10Gbps Ethernet equipment designs. The new additions include a 1310 nm LRM multimode fiber transceiver, and transceivers for both LR single mode fiber and SR multimode fiber applications with extended temperature capability for enterprise and data center applications. Avago is a leading supplier of analog interface components for communications, industrial and consumer applications.   MIDDLETOWN, Pa. - Phoenix Contact's new EC-E electronic circuit breakers selectively protect load circuits connected to a 24 V DC power supply. The EC-E combines active electronic current limiting for short-circuit conditions and overload shutdown, ensuring that the circuit breaker responds to fault conditions faster than the power supply. Rated for both hazardous and non-hazardous environments, the EC-E has a current limitation of 1.3 to 1.8 times the rated current of the circuit protector. It is possible to switch on capacitive loads of up to 20,000 µF.
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National Instruments Extends Design, Prototyping Platform for Hands-On Learning   Rockwell Automation Introduces InSite Services to Help Manufacturers Reduce Costs to Manage and Support Manufacturing Technology Infrastructure
National Instruments introduced the NI Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite (NI ELVIS) II+ design and prototyping platform, a single, integrated system that is ideal for the lab or classroom because it connects theory to real-world applications. The latest addition to the NI ELVIS family incorporates an onboard, 100 MS/s oscilloscope and features a series of new add-on boards to extend the platform beyond instrumentation and circuits applications. Educators teaching circuit theory and electronics can use this system to engage students through project-based, hands-on learning with instrumentation based on NI LabVIEW graphical system design software, which is used in industry and research throughout the world.   MILWAUKEE - Rockwell Automation today announced the availability of its InSite Services, a suite of managed services that helps manufacturers reduce costs, improve production-system performance, and increase operating cash flow. InSite Services are a value-added service extension to the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture and FactoryTalk Integrated Production and Performance Suite. By leveraging the Rockwell Automation technology platforms, Insite Services help provide significant cost savings for global manufacturers.
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Emerson Acquisition Strengthens PlantWeb Digital Plant Architecture   Rexroth's New TS 5 Assembly Conveyor Transports Loads up to 660 lb.
AUSTIN, TX - Emerson has acquired epro GmbH of Gronau, Germany to enhance the expertise and resources of Emerson Process Management, a global automation and asset management leader. The deal expands Emerson's online machinery monitoring capability with a full API 670-compliant protection offering. It is also expected to speed availability of next generation solutions. Terms of the deal were not announced. Emerson engineers, manufactures, and delivers machinery monitoring solutions for critical machinery such as turbines and compressors. Their offerings include services for project management, systems engineering, startup and commissioning, training, and ongoing support.   Buchanan, MI - The new TS 5 transfer system from Bosch Rexroth's Linear Motion and Assembly Technologies group introduces a new class of conveyor to the market. The system features an incredibly robust design, suitable for harsh production environments and heavy transport of loads up to 300 kg (660 lb). Rexroth's TS 5 conveyors boast a highly energy efficient drive system and quiet, maintenance-free operation with a "king shaft" powered roller design that requires no lubrication, resulting in greater system uptime.
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Azima DLI Releases the Rugged DCA-60 Vibration Data Collector for Advanced Machine Condition Monitoring   Timken Non-Contact Infrared Thermometers Extend Reach of Predictive Maintenance
WOBURN, Mass. - Global condition monitoring services company Azima DLI today announced the release of the new DCA-60™ vibration data collector and real-time analyzer. The DCA-60 is specifically designed to meet the needs of today's reliability professional with advanced features currently unmatched in the industry. Designed for use in the field at plants and other industrial sites, the rugged DCA-60 allows plant technicians to collect vibration data and diagnose machine faults on site or seamlessly transmit its data via the Internet to Azima DLI expert analysts as part of a WATCHMAN Analysis™ program.   CANTON, Ohio (BUSINESS WIRE) - The Timken Company is introducing a new line of non-contact infrared thermometers that allow users to safely measure the temperature of equipment operating in hard-to-reach or dangerous areas. These new hand-held, non-contact infrared thermometers are the latest in Timken's line of industrial tools designed to help customers improve shop maintenance and increase uptime. "Accurate temperature measurement is an essential part of keeping shop operations running smoothly, but safety should never be compromised," said Scott Biltz, manager-global product portfolio.
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Kiva Systems Chosen by Walgreens to Double Distribution Center Capacity   KUKA Systems Applies Dassault Systèmes DELMIA Automation to Plant Engineering
Woburn, MA - Kiva Systems, a developer of game-changing robotic solutions for the distribution and order fulfillment industry, announced that Walgreens has agreed to expand the Kiva system in its Mt. Vernon, Illinois facility for the third time since its initial deployment in 2007. A key motivation for choosing Kiva for expansion of the Mt. Vernon facility was Kiva's productivity advantage over the existing conveyor system. Walgreens uses the Kiva Mobile Fulfillment System (MFS) to store inventory and pick replenishment orders for its retail stores. Walgreens operates nearly 6,700 stores. Walgreens is using the current expansion to both double the capacity of their Mt. Vernon distribution center and convert many of their traditional conveyor-based zone picking areas into Kiva zones. This expanded system puts nearly 1,000 mobile robots under a single roof.   Auburn Hills, Mich., USA, & Fellbach, Germany, - Dassault Systèmes, a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced that KUKA Systems GmbH, (Augsburg, Germany) a manufacturer of automation solutions, has committed to the DELMIA Automation solution for virtual commissioning of the production facilities that KUKA plans and builds. A technology leader in plant and systems engineering, KUKA understands that it is important to invest in new technologies in order to stay ahead of the curve in developing innovative manufacturing process and facility concepts. Next to the geometrical validation it is increasingly important to digitally define, control and monitor automated systems entirely in a 3D virtual environment.
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RedPrairie Introduces Workload Planner for Optimal Workforce Analysis and Management   Okuma America Corporation Selects PTC CoCreate to Design CNC Machinery for Growing American Market
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - RedPrairie Corporation, a world leading consumer driven optimization company, has announced the introduction of Workload Planner, a new component of the company's Unified Workforce Management solution. The update will allow users to analyze and manage workload based on individual labor standards by task and by store. Jenny Lovin, VP Operations & Service for Borders Group Inc., says, "Workload Planner has made a significant difference in our optimization efforts by improving our ability to gatekeep at the corporate office and moving our organization away from a one-size-fits-all store operations approach. In the past, we had to use the same estimate at every store when planning and communicating work. Now, each store's tasks are scheduled according their individual ability to handle work..."   NEEDHAM, MA. - PTC, The Product Development Company, today announced that Okuma America Corporation, the US-based affiliate of Okuma Corporation and a world leader in the development of computer numeric controls (CNC) and machining technology, has selected PTC CoCreate to design CNC machinery adaptations within their standard CNC product lines for North and South American markets. CoCreate is the explicit 3D CAD modeling and data management software that provides companies with a lightweight and flexible approach to designing products.
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Storch Magnectics: Delivering First-Class Magnetic Product Applications  
A Leading Value Added Manufacturer & Integrator of Mechanical and Fabricated Equipment Solutions for Material Handling, Separation, Automation and Component Solutions for all Industries. Serving many industries by engineering, designing and supplying permanent and electromagnetic material handling, automation and separation technologies, including magnetic products, devices, integrated equipment and components from the prototype/testing stage to production. Ensuring superior and quality magnetic solutions for a large spectrum of manufacturing and processing industries seeking greater productivity, safety and overall long term profitability.
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