At this year's Hannover Messe, seven leading companies in mechanical engineering, industrial automation and software joined forces to form the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance. By coming together, the participants hope to abolish proprietary standalone solutions and thus provide the potentially ultimate impetus for digitising European industry. Founding members Endress+Hauser, Beckhoff, Hilscher, ifm, KUKA, Multivac and SAP are eager to see all kinds of companies join them in their quest.
KUKA UK has announced the appointment of Mike Wilson as managing director. Previously business development manager for the UK and Ireland at ABB Robotics, Wilson has been chairman of the British Automation and Robot Association (BARA) since 1994.
ODVA has released its first round of specification enhancements to its technologies for 2019, which included specific enhancements to The EtherNet/IP Specification, including key updates to the CIP Security technology. ODVA's biannual update of its network specifications helps enable end-users and OEMs to address an ever-increasing scope of industrial automation applications.