ODVA recently announced that conformance testing is now available for EtherNet/IP network-enabled devices that communicate over the Ethernet-APL physical layer. Conformance testing verifies the Ethernet-APL physical layer functionality by checking that the different port types properly adhere to the relevant specifications. The EtherNet/IP communication network functionality is also confirmed as a part of this process.
Allied Electronics & Automation, a trading brand of RS Group plc, a global omni-channel provider of product and service solutions, is rebranding as “RS” in Q1 2023. The name change is part of an overall rebranding strategy to establish a better connection across RS Group’s products and services.
ABB and Insta will work together to strengthen their distribution channels, improve industry knowledge and increase lead generation across many industries, including water, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals and energy. The deal follows a project that ABB and Insta have already started work on together, deploying ABB Ability™ System 800xA distributed control system (DCS) at one of the country’s wastewater plants, and familiarity through Insta regularly purchasing ABB’s low voltage components and electrical equipment over many years. There will be opportunities for expansion to other automation system products and potential international cooperation.
Aztec will be hosting an Oktoberfest themed Open House/Trade Show in all branches throughout October.
Kinova Inc. and Systemex Automation proudly announced recently the joining of their expertise in a partnership which will lead to the integration of Kinova’s newly-launched and class-leading industrial collaborative robot, the Link 6, into Systemex’ Integrated Modular Solutions.
ABB announced recently it has signed an agreement to purchase Siemens’ low voltage NEMA motor business. With manufacturing operations in Guadalajara, Mexico, this acquisition provides a well-regarded product portfolio, a longstanding North American customer base, and an experienced operations, sales, and management team. The business employs around 600 people and generated revenues of approximately $63 million in 2021. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2023.
HydraForce, Inc. plans to join Bosch Rexroth’s growing portfolio of Compact Hydraulics products, expanding reach and support for customers. Bosch Rexroth, a subsidiary of Bosch, based in Lohr am Main, Germany, is a growing leader in Mobile and Industrial hydraulics products. Bosch Rexroth and HydraForce signed a respective contract on July 15, 2022. Both sides agreed to keep the purchase price confidential. The transaction is subject to anti-trust approval.
HPS is pleased to announce the appointment of David Kinsella to the position of Chief Commercial Officer effective August 1, 2022. Mr. Kinsella will succeed Mr. Dale Sidey who is retiring at the end of the year. Mr. Kinsella will be joining the Hammond Power Solutions Executive Team after 14 years with Affiliated Distributors (AD), most recently in the electrical sector, one of the oldest and largest divisions of AD representing over $18 billion in revenue, where he held the position of President driving value for members since 2008.
Panduit Corp., a leading global provider of network infrastructure solutions, has joined the Wesco Utility Grade Infrastructure program. Utility Grade Infrastructure (UTG) is a technology platform and assurance program that delivers UTG-rated cabling solutions to support specific applications, performance requirements, and life cycle needs for smart buildings. Through the program, a selection of Panduit copper cables have been third-party tested and verified by UL to meet superior performance attributes. Of main interest to project developers is the extended transmission reach of copper channels: up to 185 meters instead of the industry standard 100-meter channel length. UTG-certified cables are available in North America today.
Danfoss is pleased to announce that Steven Lakin has joined the company as its new director of public and industry affairs. Lakin, who began his new role on May 16, is an accomplished government relations and public affairs professional with extensive experience working across multiple industries, with industry associations, and with policymakers at the state and federal level.
Cummins Inc. recently announced that it has closed on its acquisition of Jacobs Vehicle Systems (JVS) from Altra Industrial Motion Corp. Jacobs Vehicle Systems is a supplier of engine braking, cylinder deactivation, start and stop and thermal management technologies. The addition of JVS brings new technologies that will provide growth opportunities for Cummins’ current and future advanced engine platforms. The acquisition of JVS also secures critical USMCA qualified engine components for current and aftermarket products and expands on Cummins’ offerings to customers globally.
Spartan Controls is pleased to announce it is the exclusive representative for Fike in Western Canada. Fike is a global leader in the manufacturing of rupture disc technologies, and this new partnership will offer customers unparalleled capability, experience, and local support. Fike rupture discs are designed to provide a leak-tight seal within a pipe or vessel until the internal pressure rises to a predetermined level. At that point, the disc bursts—within one or two milliseconds of an overpressure event—preventing damage to the equipment.
Motion Industries, Inc., a leading distributor of maintenance repair, and operation replacement parts, and a premier provider of industrial technology solutions, is pleased to announce the formation of its fluid power business brand: Mi Fluid Power Solutions (Mi FPS). Unifying top tier fluid power business units – including the former Kaman Fluid Power divisions of BW Rogers, Catching FluidPower, Intellimotion, Calkins Fluid Power, Northwest Hose & Fittings, Western Fluid Components, and Inrumec along with Hydraulic Supply Company and Motion’s OE Mobile service capabilities – MI FPS is a complete provider of fluid power, integrated electronic controls, and electro-mechanical technologies for industrial and mobile equipment.
Hitachi Energy supplies high and medium voltage switchgear and transformers and has selected Danfoss Drives as a partner, contributing with supply of power converters and our engineers will team up to succeed. The resultant cooperation agreement means that the two companies will act as one supplier for big PtX projects, together with electrolyzer OEMs and engineering companies.
Danfoss Power Solutions, a world-class provider of hydraulic and electric solutions for the construction, agriculture, and other on- and off-highway vehicle markets, has appointed Tony Welter as the new president of its Hydrostatics division, effective immediately. Based in Eden Prairie, Minn., he will be a key member of the Power Solutions Leadership Team and report directly to Eric Alström, president of Danfoss Power Solutions.
Parker Hannifin Corporation, a global leader in motion and control technologies, recently announced that Robin J. Davenport, Vice President – Corporate Finance, will retire effective December 31, 2022, after 19 years of dedicated service to the company.