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News and Markets EtherCAT Test Center issues first conformance test certificate The North American EtherCAT Test Center (ETC) has reached its first milestone: Watlow’s RMZ Multi Loop Temperature Controller is the first EtherCAT device to pass conformance testing in the test lab. Florian Häfele, ETG representative, explained: “Awarding the first North American ETC conformance test certificate to Watlow represents a significant kick-off and stresses the importance of the new North American EtherCAT Test Center to the semiconductor and industrial equipment industries. This is also validation to the ETG that it was the right decision to accredit a test lab in North America.” www.ethercat.org Machine Vision Industry meets in Vienna This year, the 12 th European Machine Vision Business Conference took place in Vienna, Austria. The EMVA Conference is the international platform for networking and business intelligence. The conference brings together business leaders and technical experts within the machine vision industry from Europe and around the world to present and discuss the trends and challenges of their business. It provides a platform for networking, establishing contacts and exchanging ideas. In May 2014 more than 100 professionals, experts and analysts joined the conference in Vienna. The conference set the agenda for developing and strengthening the machine vision industry in Europe. The next EMVA Conference in 2015 will take place in Athens, Greece. Video www.emva.org New PEAK-System distributor for Scandinavia Nohau Solutions AB based in Malmö, Sweden, is the new distribution partner of PEAK-System in Scandinavia. The company is an established distributor for whole Scandinavia. Its philosophy with focus on developer support in the embedded market fits well to the product range of PEAK-System. In the area of the CAN field bus, it extends from I/O modules via routers and gateways to various PC and IPC interfaces. On the software part, drivers and APIs for Windows and Linux as well as Windows applications for analyzing and simulating CAN and LIN data are available. www.peak-system.com AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES 3/2014

Weidmuller opens facility in the United States Weidmuller opens a new enclosure assembly facility in Houston, Texas. The facility houses a 6,300 ft² production area and 15,000 ft² of warehouse space. Employing a staff for production, testing, quality inspection and warehouse operations, it is the assembly site for listed general industrial enclosures that meet UL Standard 508A for the United States, and cUL Standard C22.2 No. 14 for Canada. This facility is also an approved assembly site for hazardous area enclosures that meet approvals including UL, CSA, CE, ATEX, IECEx and other standards. The Weidmuller Group owns manufacturing plants, sales companies and representatives in more than 80 countries. Basler: Sales and results exceed expectations Basler AG incoming orders increased in the first half year of 2014 by 23 % to € 40.9 m (previous year: € 33.3 m). The group’s sales of € 39.0 m were 21 % above the previous year’s value of € 32.2 m. The gross margin improved to 51.5 % (previous year: 50.6 %). The group’s earnings before taxes (EBT) rose by 51 % to € 5.9 m (previous year: € 3.9 m). The pre-tax return margin amounted to 15 % (previous year: 12 %). Based on the positive monthly results in the course of the second quarter, Basler AG increased the forecast for sales and profit for fiscal year 2014 already in mid-June and henceforth expects group’s sales of € 73 to € 76 m (previously € 70 to € 74 m) at a pre-tax return margin of 12 to 14 % (previously 8 to 10 %). www.baslerweb.com www.weidmueller.com Fewer cables, less complexity, easier integration. That´s the new Sercos ® world. Communicate on one single cable and benefit from more than 1.000 opportunities to connect. www.sercos.org

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