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Automation Technologies 4/2016

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News and Markets Murrelektronik begins cordset production in the U.S. The global developer and producer of high-quality products for electrical and electronic machine and plant installations, has opened a production facility where it manufactures a wide range of cordsets for the first time the USA, in Atlanta, Georgia. Markus Keller (President of Murrelektronik, Inc. in the USA) said, “The opening of this facility enhances our footprint in the U.S. and will streamline the production and distribution of our cordsets throughout North America.” The facility can produce over 7,000 different versions of M8 and M12 cordsets with many different features: three color choices, all connector configurations and five cable types: PVC, PUR/PVC, PUR, Robotic and TPE. Murrelektronik GmbH is a worldwide leader in the manufacturing of state-of-the-art decentralized automation technology for machines and plants focusing on power, cordset and IO systems. www.murrelektronik.com Endress+Hauser invests in Raman technology in the US Endress+Hauser is expanding its manufacturing facility for Raman analyzers. Wholly-owned subsidiary Kaiser Optical Systems is investing 8.6 million US dollars to develop the Ann Arbor, Michigan (US) location, which will more than double in size. The instruments, which will be deployed in both process control and laboratory environments, are designed for analyzing the composition and properties of solid, liquid and gaseous substances. Kaiser Optical Systems Inc. employs some 100 people around the world and has been part of the Endress+Hauser Group since 2013. The company is a leader in the field of Raman spectrographic instrumentation and applied holographic technology and plans to create up to 50 jobs in Ann Arbor over the next few years. Image legend: Tim Harrison (right), Managing Director of Kaiser Optical Systems, and George Balogh, long-time head of Endress+Hauser’s advanced analyzer business, break ground for the new facility. www.endress.com Weidmüller improves turnover - global markets secure success In the 2015 financial year, the Detmold-based Weidmüller Group recorded a turnover of 696 million euros, representing 3.5 % growth over the previous year (2014: 673 million euros). It is the sixth year of growth in succession for the company, but still below its own expectations. “Our success in business is primarily down to global growth markets. We aim to continue on this route by means of consistent investment into innovation and are therefore optimistic about the future for our products, solutions and applications”, reported Chief Executive Officer Dr. Peter Köhler (foto). From the global perspective, there is real diversity in the markets: while there is only moderate growth in business in Central Europe, both Southern Europe (+6 %) and Northern and Eastern Europe reported positive developments. www.weidmueller.com NEWS AND MARKETS “We are securing the future viability of the company by taking the logical step towards being a solution provider.” AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES 4/2016

Pruftechnik reinforces footprint in the U.S. market Through the merger of its North American operations in Canada and USA, Pruftechnik further establishes its presence on the North American territory. With the new organization, the makers of Optalign and Rotalign kick-start the direct distribution of their products in the USA. The company is one of the market leader in laser alignment systems and a world leading solution provider for the maintenance of rotating equipment. The portfolio of products and services ranges from the monitoring of machine health and fault diagnosis through to corrective solutions such as alignment and field balancing. Pruftechnik operates 20 sales and service locations around the world. www.pruftechnik.com Beckhoff looks optimistically into the future Beckhoff Automation posted global annual revenue of 620 million Euros in 2015, an increase of 22 %. Owner and Managing Director Hans Beckhoff was very satisfied with the company’s development: “We won market share and grew much faster compared to the market as a whole. Our PC Control technology is increasingly the acknowledged market standard, and we are winning new customers worldwide with this extremely powerful technology.” Beckhoff is well-represented in more than 75 countries with 34 subsidiary companies and distributors. Exports in 2015 accounted for 65 percent of total sales. “Asia is contributing strongly to our growth,” said Hans Beckhoff. “However, subsidiaries in southern Europe and North America are also performing quite well.” Hans Beckhoff maintains an optimistic outlook on 2016 and anticipates continued double-digit sales growth. Beckhoff Automation is a provider of advanced and open automation solutions based upon proven technologies for customers to implement high performance control systems faster and at a lower overall cost than traditional PLC and motion control systems. www.beckhoff.com igus the-chain ... moving energy made easy ® incredi/flexi/ble Save time & increase reliability... igus ® e-chains ® : Any cable and hose motion can be solved quickly, reliably and at low cost with the largest modular e-chain ® program on the market. Get free cable layouts for your application today. igus.eu/e-chain plastics for longer life from 24 h ® From single components to turnkey engineering solutions for your industry – igus ® the-chain Free Sample: Tel. +49-2203-9649-800 Please visit us: K Düsseldorf - Hall 5 Booth B36 and Hall 13 Booth D44 igus+Messe.indd 1 04.08.2016 16:15:14 AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES 4/2016