A combined working group from the OPC Foundation and PLC Open has been examining how to simplify the engineering and enhance the reusability of communications between controllers and visualization modules.
Emerson Process Management has received a contract to install its Ovation expert control system at units 1 and 2 of the new 1,200-MW (2 X 600) super-critical ZhenXiong thermal power plant in Yunnan Province in southwest China.The contract was awarded by China Huadian Zhenxiong Power Generation Company Ltd.
North American and European industrial automation vendors and commentators are in danger of becoming so obsessed with their own problems that they fail to notice quite how bad things have become elsewhere.
The idea put about by a number of process automation vendors over the past year that the sector would be largely immune from the effects of the economic tsunami currently sweeping through the global economy was finally laid to rest when ABB reported its full year results for 2008 and, more significantly, for the fourth quarter.
Siemens has not as yet seen a significant decline in its automation business in the U.K. during the current downturn, Industrial Automation Systems general manager Brian Holliday told a lunch for the process and automation press