HARTING doubles production capacity in Romania

New build and renovation costing around EUR 5.5 million / Around 100 new jobs by 2019

Festive opening: Together with Mayor Astrid Cora Fodor (third from left) and other HARTING managers and guests, the Harting family cuts through the ribbon 

HARTING Technology Group is pressing ahead with its growth strategy. 14 years after opening its production facility in Sibiu, Romania, the large-scale expansion of the production plant is now complete. In the presence of Sibiu’s mayor, Astrid Cora Fodor, and members of the Harting family business, Managing Director Wolfgang Talmon-Gros handed the plant and its management over to his successor, Laurentiu Nedelea.

"The expansion of our production here in Sibiu and the construction of this new building are testament to outstanding levels of growth," said HARTING CEO Philip Harting. The Romania facility plays an important part in the Group’s global growth strategy. Over the next two years around 100 new jobs will be created in Sibiu.

ABB acquires B&R Industrial Automation

Acquisition of B&R (Bernecker + Rainer Industrie-Elektronik GmbH) will close ABB’s historic gap in machine and factory automation

ABB acquires B&R to create a uniquely comprehensive automation portfolio for customers

ABB today announced the acquisition of B&R, the largest independent provider focused on product- and software-based, open-architecture solutions for machine and factory automation worldwide. B&R, founded in 1979 by Erwin Bernecker and Josef Rainer is headquartered in Eggelsberg, Austria, employs more than 3,000 people, including about 1,000 R&D and application engineers.

Industrial Automation and MDA merge to form Integrated Automation, Motion & Drives (IAMD) from 2018

(L-R) Dr. Gunther Kegel, Managing Director - Pepperl + Fuchs GmbH, Dr. Jochen Köckler, Managing Board Member - Deutsche Messe and Christian H. Kienzle, Chairman - Fluid Power Association VDMA & CEO Argo-Hytos Group

Hannover, Germany. Industry 4.0 is increasingly blurring the lines between the various sectors of industry, while innovation cycles continue to get shorter. These are trends that manufacturers around the world cannot afford to ignore, no matter how large or small. HANNOVER MESSE, too, is adapting to this new reality. Up to now, transmission and fluid power technologies have been featured at the fair on a biennial basis. "But the marketplace has changed," reports Deutsche Messe Managing Board member Dr. Jochen Köckler. "In the digital age, new products are reaching the market stage much more quickly, with the result that companies want to showcase them at shorter intervals. That's why we've decided to feature transmission and fluid power technologies annually from 2018 on," he explains.

CAN in Automation (CiA) has released CAN time-stamping standardized

CAN in Automation (CiA) has released the CiA 603 specification defining the requirements for CAN network time management. 

This approach is compliant to the Autosar network time management. It specifies that for the time capturing the CAN message is accepted as valid (with the sixth bit of the End-of-Frame field).

The 12-pages specification also defines the resolution options and a free-running counter. It is intended for chipmakers and implementers of the CAN protocol. The described time management can be used in Classical CAN as well as CAN FD networks. “Standardized time management and time-stamping of CAN messages is an important issue for the next generation of communication in vehicles,” said Holger Zeltwanger, CiA Managing Director. The specified hardware approach requiring two CAN messages is compatible with the current software solutions. But it is more precise.

CAN in Automation (CiA) appoints Reiner Zitzmann as CEO

(L-R) Reiner Zitzmann, CEO - CiA & Holger Zeltwanger, Managing Director - CiA

Reiner Zitzmann has been appointed as CEO of CAN in Automation (CiA) GmbH. He jointly manages with Holger Zeltwanger the company for about one year. Than Zeltwanger will retire. Zitzmann works already since 2004 as Technical Manager in the commercial subsidiary of the nonprofit CiA association.

He edits CANopen specifications, trains engineers in CAN technology, and represents the association in standardization bodies and on conferences. Since 2008, he manages the CiA seminars and CiA technical working groups.

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December'15/January 2016