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December 2, 2016
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Emerson Network Power Becomes ‘Vertiv,’ Gets New CEO

screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-11-47-30-amThe business formerly known as Emerson Network Power has officially launched a campaign to rebrand the standalone company as Vertiv and announced the appointment of industry veteran Rob Johnson as CEO. Platinum Equity recently acquired the business from Emerson in a transaction valued in excess of $4 billion. (Emerson is also retaining a minority interest in the rebranded company.)

About Veritv (
screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-11-44-40-amVeritv is a global provider of mission-critical infrastructure technologies for vital applications in data centers, communication networks, and commercial and industrial environments. Headquartered in Columbus, OH, the company has more than 20,000 employees and more than 25 manufacturing and assembly facilities worldwide.

Under the Vertiv banner, the business will build on the broad portfolio of product and service offerings for power, thermal, and IT management capabilities it previously offered as Emerson Network Power, including its flagship brands ASCO, Chloride, Liebert, NetSure, and Trellis

Rob Johnson, Veritiv’s newly announced CEO, comes to the position from that of an operating partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a venture-capital firm based in Menlo Park, CA. Johnson previously spent 10 years at American Power Conversion (APC), a leader in data-center infrastructure, where, in 2007,  he was serving as president and CEO when the company was sold to Schneider Electric. While at APC, he also served as general manager of the company’s Availability Enhancement Group.

Prior to his time at APC, Johnson worked in executive positions at Consolidated Container Corp. In 1989, he founded Systems Enhancement Corp. (SEC), a company that created innovative software and hardware solutions for the Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) industry. He sold SEC to APC in 1997.

For more information about Veritiv, CLICK HERE.


3:39 pm
December 2, 2016
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FS-Elliott Expands Distribution

elliotFS-Elliott Co., LLC, Export, PA, a manufacturer of oil-free, centrifugal compressors, has reached new distribution agreements with Dynamic Compressor Services, Rockwood, MI, CDA Systems, Livermore, CA, Power Equipment Co., Memphis, TN, and Rasmussen Air & Gas Energy, Waterloo, NE.

Joining a network of more than 75 distributors and representatives worldwide, the four new distributors are staffed with factory-trained sales representatives and service technicians, providing full support for local FS-Elliott customers. Services include installation and startup assistance, maintenance training, operator training, and remote or on-site technical support. These distributors maintain extensive inventories, providing immediate access to quality OEM parts for emergency or planned repairs.

“The caliber of distributors that we have added this year will allow us to reinforce our commitment to delivering quality products and services to our valued customers,” stated Will Collett, Director of Global Industrial Sales. “Delivering this level of quality to customers is something we are known for, and we are thrilled to bring our newest distributors on board to continue that strong reputation together.”

To locate your nearest FS-Elliott distributor, please visit


8:06 pm
November 30, 2016
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Siemens Announces Upcoming Changes in U.S. Leadership

screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-1-53-30-pmSiemens Corp. (Washington, DC) has announced that Eric Spiegel, CEO of Siemens in the U.S., will be leaving the company at the end of the year. Lisa Davis has been appointed chair and CEO of the corporation, effective Jan. 1, 2017. Judith Marks has been appointed Siemens CEO U.S., effective the same date.

“Eric has grown Siemens’ business and furthered our reputation in the U.S. as a critical contributor to the country’s economic, manufacturing, and innovation engines, and we thank him for his leadership,” said Davis, who heads the company’s global energy operations from its oil and gas headquarters in Houston. “Judy has a deep knowledge of Siemens’ entire portfolio that will serve us well during this time of transition and into the future.”

Marks began her career at Siemens in 2011 as president and CEO of Siemens Government Technologies Inc., where she led the company’s approach to the federal market. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with Lockheed Martin and its predecessor companies. Marks will be taking on her new responsibilities as CEO U.S. in addition to her duties as the executive vice president of Siemens’ Dresser-Rand business.

Siemens has had a presence in the United States for more than 160 years, and has invested $35 billion in America just in the last 15 years alone. Today, the company has 50,000 employees and approximately 75 manufacturing sites in the U.S.

For more information, CLICK HERE.


5:47 pm
November 21, 2016
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IMVAC Wraps 2016 Conference, Announces 2017 Event In Australia

screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-11-44-05-amThe International Machine Vibration Analysis Conference (IMVAC) has announced a revised schedule for 2017, adding a September event in Gold Coast, Australia. IMVAC is a professional development conference intended for vibration analysts, condition-monitoring technicians, condition-monitoring managers and reliability engineers.

The 2017 schedule will bring conferences to four venue locations worldwide: Dubai, UAE (April); Antwerp, Belgium (June); Gold Coast, Australia (September) and back to its inaugural venue in Orlando (November). The 2016 U.S. event was held Oct. 31 through Nov. 2, drawing attendees from 22 countries. According to the company, exit polling of attendees and sponsors indicated that 100% of would consider attending a future IMVAC.

For more information, visit the conference’s website at


7:04 pm
November 15, 2016
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Rockwell Automation Commits $12M to FIRST Program

From left to right, following the announcement of his company's $12M, commitment to FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), Rockwell Automation president and CEO Blake Moret is shown with several FIRST teams, Don Bossi, president and CEO, FIRST, and  and Jay Flores, Rockwell Automation global STEM ambassador, on the 2016 Automation Fair show floor.

From left to right, following the announcement of his company’s $12M, commitment to FIRST, Rockwell Automation president and CEO Blake Moret is shown with several FIRST teams, Don Bossi, president and CEO, FIRST, and and Jay Flores, Rockwell Automation global STEM ambassador, on the product-exhibition show floor at 2016 Automation Fair.

Rockwell Automation has never shied away from putting its muscle and money where its mouth is when it comes to developing the workforce of the future. The latest example is the company’s announcement of a $12M, four-year commitment to FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).

Highlighted at the recent Automation Fair event in Atlanta, this new $12M investment amounts to one of the largest gifts ever for FIRST, which focuses on boosting young people’s interest and participation in science and technology.

According to Donald E. Bossi, president of FIRST, the generous, multiyear commitment will help scale the organization’s programs and expose participants to a broader range of industry-leading products and applications.

A Long History of Support
Rockwell Automation has provided more than $15M of broad-based support over the past 10 years to address the critical need to fill science, technology, education and math (STEM) jobs that drive innovation. Many of these jobs go unfilled because of both the lack of awareness of the kinds of high-tech jobs available, and the lack of skills to qualify for today’s needs.

“Through our technology and people, we are helping to inspire the next generation of innovators to fill the talent pipeline for our customers and for our company,” said Blake Moret, President and CEO, Rockwell Automation. “Our strategic partnership with FIRST helps us increase our reach and visibility to STEM students around the world.”

(CLICK HERE to view “Engineering Our Future,” a short video about the company’s philosophy and approach, narrated by Rockwell Automation STEM Ambassador Jay Flores.)

In addition to being a global sponsor of the FIRST LEGO League program and sole sponsor of the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Rockwell Automation Innovation in Control Award, nearly 200 Rockwell Automation employees around the world donate their time for the FIRST programs, and more than 300 employees volunteer for the organization in other capacities. The company also donates products integral to FIRST program games and scoring. These product donations are specifically used for the FIRST Robotics Competition playing fields and scoring systems and are included within the parts kits that teams use to build their robots.

Rockwell Automation is recognized as a FIRST Strategic Partner, which signifies the highest levels of sponsorship available at FIRST. It is also a FIRST Robotics Competition Crown Supplier.

More About FIRST
Inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to promote an appreciation of science and technology in young people.

Based in Manchester, NH, FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $30 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; FIRST LEGO League for Grades 4-8; and FIRST LEGO League Jr. for Grades K-4. FIRST’s Gracious Professionalism efforts focus on a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.

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6:44 pm
November 11, 2016
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Manufacturing Safety Excellence Awards to Dana, MESNAC, OCME

screen-shot-2016-11-11-at-12-12-27-pmRockwell Automation (Milwaukee), has named three organizations as recipients of its fourth annual Manufacturing Safety Excellence Awards. The winners are: Dana Inc., a global supplier of powertrain technology; MESNAC, an equipment builder in China; and OCME, a global equipment builder in Italy.

This awards program recognizes companies that have a holistic safety program based on three key pillars: a strong safety culture, well-executed compliance procedures, and effective use of contemporary safeguarding and automation technology through capital investments.

The 2016 winners join a distinguished list of past honorees, including Bevcorp, The Clorox Company, Corning Environmental Technologies, General Motors, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Paper Converting Machine Company, PepsiCo divisions of Walkers Crisps and Pepsi Flavors, and Procter & Gamble.

The 2016 Winners
About Dana Inc.
Dana Inc. received a plant-level award for the outstanding safety program at its Fort Wayne, IN, facility. The site, which, coincidentally, was the focus of Maintenance Technology’s Sept. 2016 “Plant Profile” feature by Michelle Segrest, manufactures automotive gearing and axle components, places worker safety above all other site functions. “The health and safety of our employees is of the highest priority and importance,” said Mark Howard, plant manager, Dana Incorporated. “Throughout our facility, safety consciousness is a core attribute of our culture. It is shared by employees at every level, and it is an integral part in all of our processes and procedures.”

According to Jeff LaBelle, health and safety manager, Dana Inc.,  the company’s  dedication of significant resources for continuous improvement of its safety processes has yielded very positive results.  “Because safety is such a visible part of our everyday operations, employees feel empowered to identify and report potential hazards at first notice. Management reviews all suggestions and, as a result, employees readily share safety ideas. The bonus is that, while mitigating risks, suggestions also serve to improve productivity, quality and efficiency.”

The company’s safety program also includes a stringent process to assure compliance with required safety. Its “Design in Safety” risk-assessment process requires that equipment suppliers validate that machine safety systems will function as designed before installation. When new machinery is delivered, the engineering and safety groups collaborate to help meet all requirements.

MESNAC, a supplier of rubber and tire machinery, received an enterprise-level award for its companywide focus on safety. “Focusing on safety has enabled us to expand into new markets around the world,” said Mingjin Yu, vice president, MESNAC. “We build machines using the most stringent global safety standards while also continuously improving our own safety culture.”

MESNAC holds all employees accountable for safety, and it is the first topic covered during daily operations meetings. The environmental health and safety (EHS) team works closely with site management and company leadership to carry out the safety program.

The company designs productivity-enhancing safety features into its machinery. For example, zone control allows users to conduct maintenance on one zone while keeping the rest of a line running. “We help our customers realize that safety doesn’t have to come at the expense of productivity,” Yu said.

About OCME
OCME, global supplier of packaging, filling and handling solutions, as well as complete lines, received an enterprise-level award for its companywide focus on safety. Safety is a key differentiator for OCME. “We follow rigorous safety standards when designing our machinery,” said Antonino Eneide, project and portfolio director, OCME. “However, we go beyond compliance to deliver systems that help improve safety and plant productivity for our customers.”

OCME collaborates with its customers’ engineering and EHS groups to help make sure machinery achieves both of their goals. “This is especially helpful for large multinational customers who are responsible for compliance across multiple plants,” Eneide said. “We deliver systems with advanced safety features and documented risk assessments so it’s a win-win for both teams.”

The 2016 Manufacturing Safety Excellence Award recipients join a distinguished list of past winners, including Bevcorp, The Clorox Company, Corning Environmental Technologies, General Motors, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Paper Converting Machine Company, PepsiCo divisions of Walkers Crisps and Pepsi Flavors, and Procter & Gamble.

For more information about Rockwell Automation’s Manufacturing Safety Excellence Awards Program, CLICK HERE.


9:56 pm
November 10, 2016
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Rockwell Automation Announces Expansion of Allen-Bradley PowerFlex 755T AC Drive Lineup with TotalFORCE Technology

screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-4-35-38-pmThe thousands of attendees at this week’s busy 2016 Automation Fair event in Atlanta were introduced to a host of new and upgraded products from Rockwell Automation and its partners. Occupying a top spot in the “new” category are several Allen-Bradley PowerFlex AC drive solutions that help users reduce energy costs and increase machine uptime for assets running in high-demand applications.

According to Rockwell Automation, these latest additions to its PowerFlex 755T drive lineup provide harmonic mitigation, regeneration and common bus system configurations. Scheduled for release in 2017, these drives mark the introduction of the manufacturer’s TotalFORCE technology that’s said to offer superior electric-motor control through precise, adaptive control of velocity, torque, and position.

Features and Capabilities
The expanded Allen-Bradley drive portfolio includes the PowerFlex 755TL low-harmonic drive, PowerFlex 755TR regenerative drive, and PowerFlex 755TM common DC bus drive system, all compliant to the IEEE 519 specification. All offer the additional advantages of a world-class footprint, comprehensive diagnostic and maintenance features, and simplified startup and installation.

  • The PowerFlex 755TL drive uses active, front-end technology and an internal harmonic filter to reduce harmonic distortion. This drive is available from 250 to 1,800 hp (160 to 1250 kW).
  • The PowerFlex 755TR drive delivers power from 250 to 3,000 hp (130 to 2,300 kW) and includes both regenerative and harmonic mitigation solutions. This drive helps reduce energy consumption and costs by delivering energy back to the incoming supply, resulting in a more energy-efficient solution.
  • The PowerFlex 755TM drive system allows users to build the system that best fits their needs for regeneration and coordination of multiple motors in common bus configurations. To optimize their system requirements and meet power-consumption needs, users can select from a series of predesigned modules with a power range from 250 to 3,000 hp (130 to 2,300 kW).

All of these solutions feature advanced, predictive diagnostics to estimate and provide notification of the remaining life span of drive components, such as fans, relay contacts, power semiconductors and capacitors. Users can actively monitor parameters like temperature and runtime of the drive and motor to allow for preventive action if necessary.

The design of these units lets users complete removal of a module from the cabinet. This creates ample space for wire installation and allows the power wiring to stay connected while the module is rolled out. Installation and maintenance is further simplified with an accessory cart that allows one person to easily insert or remove a module without the need for a ramp or hoist.

The new drives are said to be fully configured in the Rockwell Software Studio 5000 design environment as part of the Premier Integration experience when working with Logix controllers. This helps to reduce programming time, simplify startup and streamline diagnostics.

For more information, CLICK HERE.


5:10 pm
November 8, 2016
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Rockwell Automation Ups Plant-Productivity Game with FactoryTalk TeamONE App


Big buzz from Rockwell Automation (Milwaukee) today includes news that the company has released its previously announced FactoryTalk TeamONE app for information access and peer collaboration.  The expressed goal of the app is  “to increase productivity by a minimum of 33 sec./hr., instantly, for every industrial role with zero friction.” According to the company, doing that for a plant that has 2,000 people, on average, could move the productivity needle by $1.4M/year.

Based on the proposition that worker knowledge is as important as data from an automation device, FactoryTalk TeamONE transforms such devices into smart nodes that opportunistically sync and keep industrial communications local. Developed with Microsoft, TeamONE is designed for hybrid connected industrial environments. No servers or special equipment needed: It can be downloaded, installed, and used immediately by anyone on any company or personally owned iOS and Android smartphone.

 CLICK HERE to learn more.

(EDITOR’s NOTE: The FactoryTalk TeamONE app is being demonstrated this week [Nov. 9-10] at the 2016 Rockwell Automation Fair in Atlanta.)