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Rockwell Automation and Cisco Training tackles Industrial IoT talent needs

The expansion of the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) and convergence of operations technology (OT) and information technology (IT) systems into The Connected Enterprise raises questions of who within industrial organizations should design and oversee unified network infrastructures. Rockwell Automation, in collaboration with its Strategic Alliance partner Cisco, is helping address this workforce challenge with the new training and certification offerings.

Last year, the companies jointly rolled out the Managing Industrial Networks with Cisco Networking Technologies (IMINS) training course and Cisco Industrial Networking Specialist certification. This first-of-its-kind course provided foundational skills needed to manage and administer networked, industrial control systems.

This year, Rockwell Automation and Cisco are unveiling the five-day, hands-on Managing Industrial Networks for Manufacturing with Cisco Technologies (IMINS2) course and CCNA Industrial certification exam. The course offers deeper analysis of EtherNet/IP architectures with industrial protocols, wireless and security technologies implementation, and advanced troubleshooting. The CCNA Industrial certification ensures that OT and IT professionals have the skillset needed to design, manage and operate converged industrial networks.

“Organizations are still determining how to best reshape their workforces to take advantage of new, unified network architectures designed to improve business performance,” said Gary Pearsons, vice president and general manager, Customer Support and Maintenance Business, Rockwell Automation. “Rockwell Automation and Cisco continue to collaborate in addressing this challenge. We are pleased to announce that we have expanded our current portfolio of training courses and certification programs designed to prepare our customers’ employees to make this transition to the new IT/OT convergent environment.”

"The number of smart devices and objects that make up the Internet of Everything will double to about 50 billion in the next five years, according to Cisco studies,” said Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn, vice president and general manager, Cisco. “Manufacturers who want to be at the forefront of this revolution must empower their employees today with the skillsets they’ll need. Working with Rockwell Automation to expand this education portfolio brings together our organizations’ leading-edge expertise in IT and OT to help industrial companies accomplish this.”

Pepperl+Fuchs stainless steel control units

Pepperl+Fuchs control units.jpgThe stainless steel control units of the LCS series are Ex de and Ex tb certified and feature up to 4 control functions per unit. A wide variety of operators is available, and various enclosure sizes allow the devices to fit to almost every small control application.

Choose the right control unit according to your specific needs from our comprehensive portfolio:

pushbuttons and illuminated pushbuttons

LED indicators

emergency stop buttons

control switches

potentiometers and ammeters

Certified Ex de and Ex tb

Suitable for use in gas zones 1 and 2 up to gas group IIC, and dust areas up to Zone 21 and dust group IIIC

Ambient temperature range: -40 °C to +55 °C, -50 °C on request

Ingress protection: IP66 to EN 60529

Material: AISI 316L stainless steel, surface electropolished

Size range from 102 x 116 x 132 mm to 220 x 116 x 132 mm, according to operator types and quantities

Cable entries M20 with polyamide stopping plug in top face and M20 with polyamide cable gland in bottom face, other on request

Various international certifications including ATEX, IECEx


New gateway from HMS Industrial Networks enables M-Bus data from measuring devices

M-bus-Modbus-TCP-gateways.jpgM-Bus (Meter-Bus) is a widely used communication standard for measuring devices. It is predominantly used in buildings, for example in electricity meters, gas meters, water meters or other types of consumption meters.

By getting data from these measuring devices onto a PLC or SCADA system, users can get a total overview of their energy consumption, including building parameters which previously had to be checked separately.

How the gateway works: The Anybus M-Bus to Modbus TCP gateway decodes M-Bus telegrams and maps meter values to Modbus registers. Mapping and configuration is done in a web-based configuration tool allowing the user to set up the gateway without any programming. It is possible to connect up to 20 M-Bus slaves and enable them to communicate on a Modbus-TCP network.

Connectivity to more networks with Anybus X-gateways:

The solution can be extended by pairing the M-Bus gateway with an Anybus X-gateway Modbus-TCP, making it is possible to connect M-Bus devices to most industrial networks. Versions are available for CANopen, CC-Link, ControlNet, DeviceNet, EtherCAT, EtherNet/IP, Modbus RTU, PROFIBUS and PROFINET.

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Moxa releases IES Padbook, a Mobile App for the Industrial Ethernet Solutions Brochure

Moxa is pleased to announce that our new mobile app “IES Padbook” is now ready for download. The IES padbook is a brochure app that allows readers to access Moxa’s latest industrial Ethernet solutions, demo videos, white papers, success stories, and much more. It is available for both Apple iPads and Android tablets(2560x1600). Download "IES Padbook" now to extend your mobile browsing experience.

The “IES Padbook” app is designed to enhance your knowledge of industrial Ethernet requirements, applications, and Moxa solutions. A comprehensive collection of industrial Ethernet solutions are accessible using the app, including industrial Ethernet switches, wireless solutions, Ethernet gateways, secure routers, I/Os, IP cameras, and network management suite. Download this useful tool to gain access to Moxa’s rich knowledge center—anytime, anywhere. Learn the 5 reasons to download IES Padbook app.




ABB expands Symphony Plus range to enhance flexibility and energy efficiency

Symphony D.jpgABB, the leading power and automation technology group, today launched its Symphony® Plus SD Series of flexible control and input/output (I/O) products, which offer total plant automation across application types, irrespective of size or physical location. They will be showcased at ABB’s Automation and Power World event in Houston, Texas, from March 2-5.

The SD Series is designed to improve energy efficiency and productivity in diverse operating environments within the power and water industries. The new range is especially suited for applications where control is distributed over a wide area often in harsh conditions, such as wind and solar power plants as well as water facilities.

The new portfolio is the latest addition to the Symphony Plus product family, ABB’s flagship automation platform for the power generation and water sectors and the most widely used distributed control system (DCS) in these industries.

“The launch of the SD series is a reaffirmation of ABB’s commitment to continue investing in the Symphony Plus platform based on an ‘evolution without obsolescence’ approach of introducing new technology with enhanced benefits while protecting the long-term investment by ensuring full compatibility with existing installations,” said Massimo Danieli, Managing Director of ABB’s Power Generation business, a part of the company’s Power Systems division.

SD Series is a portfolio of DIN rail-mounted control and I/O products based on a scalable architecture, flexible design and field-proven technology. The energy-efficient solution pays for itself through reduced long-term energy, operational and maintenance costs. Furthermore, they can withstand extreme operating conditions such as temperatures from -20 to +70 degrees Celsius without the need for additional environmental protection. This significantly reduces their footprint and maintenance costs, and improves reliability and performance thanks to fewer components.

Symphony Plus enables plants and personnel to perform efficiently and balance objectives like asset availability, operational reliability and production efficiency with business goals like asset life extension, carbon reduction and regulatory compliance.