The latest expansions and contractions - November 2016

Nov. 15, 2016
Emerson, Flexim combine flow portfolios; Advantech launches WebAccess + IoT Solution Alliance program

Emerson Automation Solutions and Flexim are combining their flow portfolios. They report their collaboration will enhance flow consulting and selection, reduce piping, design and installation costs, and help their customers execute more effective capital projects. Emerson project teams, using Flexim's clamp-on, ultrasonic flow-metering tools with Emerson’s broad, in-line flow metering, can consult early and throughout project cycles to reduce engineering, piping, installation costs and schedule risk.

GE Digital and Gerdau agreed Sept. 19 to work together to transform the steel producer’s industrial operations by implementing GE Digital’s Asset Performance Management (APM) solution, GE’s SmartSignal and Historian software, and services, remote monitoring and analytics expertise at 600 assets in 11 Gerdau plants across Brazil.

Intrinsic safety and industrial sensor supplier Pepperl+Fuchs has bought ecom instruments GmbH, a leading provider of mobile industrial devices for hazardous areas, and developer of explosion-proof cell phones, 4G smart phones and tablet PCs. Pepperl+Fuchs reports its acquisition complements its portfolio and know-how in explosion protection with mobile solutions. Read Control's complete coverage here

Advantech has launched its WebAccess + IoT Solution Alliance program, which is based on its WebAccess IoT software suite. The program is a market-oriented cooperation model aimed at building win-win partnerships by using WebAccess to link solutions, partner strengths and strategic co-marketing to penetrate focused vertical markets and applications in the IoT industries. Joining WebAccess + IoT lets members buy non-expiring, virtual points that become their digital currency. These points can be redeemed for software in the WebAccess IoT software suite, training, marketing and discounted services.

Schneider Electric has acquired software supplier MaxEAM to strengthen its asset management portfolio, including enhancing Schneider's Avantis.Pro software. Together, they'll give customers a single point of contact for support and delivery services, and more closely align future product development, according to Schneider Electric. Read Control's complete coverage here