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White House calls in the automation industry for cyber-security talks

The US automation industry has held talks with the Obama administration to help draw up national security standards, guidelines and compliance testing to safeguard America’s critical infrastructure from cyber-attacks.

Machine vision market has sales worth $5bn in its sights

The global market for machine vision systems and components was worth more than $3.1bn in 2012, and is likely to grow at a CAGR of 8.2% from 2013 to 2018, to hit $5bn by 2018. A new report from the analyst MarketsandMarkets says that industrial applications accounted for 75% of sales last year (worth some $2.4bn) and will expand with a CAGR of 7.2% from 2013 to 2018.

OPC Foundation joins forces with TIA on M2M standards

Following last year’s collaboration agreement between the OPC Foundation and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the two organisations have consolidated their development efforts in automation, and cloud and network communications standards, to bridge the gap between their two previously distinct sectors and to develop M2M (machine-to-machine) standards.

Regal buys Schneider’s RAM motors business

The US motor manufacturer Regal Beloit has bought Schneider Electric’s RAM motor business, which produces hermetic motors with ratings from 250–2,500hp (186kW–1.86MW) for commercial HVAC applications. The purchase price has not been disclosed.

Europe’s MV drives sales decline as the rest of world recovers

The global growth in sales of medium-voltage (MV) drives slipped from 20% in 2011 to just 8.8% during 2012.

Prices of compact AC drives drop by 4% in Europe

Average selling prices for small low-voltage AC drives dropped by nearly 4% in Europe and Japan during 2012, according to a new survey from IMS Research.

HMS acquires German comms specialist to create `world leader`

The Swedish industrial networking specialist HMS Industrial Networks has bought IXXAT Automation, a German supplier of communications technologies for automation, machine-building and automotive applications.

Controls operators are duped by bogus emails

In an experiment conducted by US cyber-security researchers, 26% of control systems users were fooled by bogus emails sent to them, and clicked on links in these emails.