Signals & indicators: News from the March issue

March 7, 2022

HITA, a deep geothermal energy company in Belgium, reported Feb. 22 that it's selected Emerson to help it discover and develop geothermal energy sources in northern Belgium. Emerson’s SKUA-GOCAD geological and reservoir modeling software will reduce risk in selecting drilling locations by creating highly realistic models designed for easy interpretation.

Honeywell reported Feb.1 that it's working with Walvax Biotechnology Co., Ltd. to provide automation control solutions to achieve intelligent and digitized vaccine production for China's first mRNA COVID-19 vaccine production plant. Honeywell will deploy batch process control, building management solutions (BMS) and energy management systems (EMS) at Walvax to optimize production.

Motion Industries Inc. launched Feb. 2 its Motion Automation Intelligence automation business brand. Motion Ai consists of its value-added engineering divisions, including AMMC, Axis, Braas, F&L, Integro, Kaman Automation and Numatic Engineering.

GE Digital reported Feb. 11 that Dr. Colin Parris, CTO and a GE officer, has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering for leadership, advancing industrial operational technologies, and innovation based on digital data analytics and IoT. He is joined by Dr. Manoj Shah, an engineer at GE and GE Research, and professor of electrical, computer and systems engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, who was elected for contributions to design, analysis and electric machine performance enhancements. The third GE honoree is John McDonald, smart grid business development leader at GE Grid Solutions, who was elected for leadership in smart grid development and for advancing the professional growth of power system engineers.

Wind River reported Feb. 24 that it's supporting Intel's Xeon D processors. This support is part of a multiyear effort to optimize Wind River Studio for Intel IoT system-on-chip (SoC) offerings. Their combined technologies will address the challenges of enabling greater computing power and capabilities in space- and power-constrained rugged environments of verticals to meet the demands of edge applications.

Siemens Digital Industries Software reported Feb. 23 that it's collaborating with NVIDIA on simulating computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Part of the Xcelerator portfolio of software and services, Simcenter Star-CCM+ 2022.1 software, is integrating CUDA-enabled GPU acceleration to deliver faster turnaround times at lower hardware investment costs to CFD simulation within design and engineering organizations.

Schneider Electric reported Feb. 21 that its EcoStruxure Foxboro DCS has been certified as compliant with ISASecure System Security Assurance 4.0.0 Level 1 ISA/IEC 62443-3-3 cybersecurity standard. This endorsement complements its existing ISA/IEC 62443-4-2 ISASecure Component Security Assurance (CSA) 1.0.0 and ISA/IEC 62443-4-1 ISASecure Security Development Lifecycle Assurance (SDLA) 2.0.0 certifications, and its IEC 62443-2-4 System Integrator Security for Industrial automation and control systems certifications achieved in 2019-21.