Krohne and Samson have started a new joint venture company, FOCUS-ON, dedicated to the development, marketing and production of autonomous actuators for the process industry 4.0.
Krohne and Samson are equal partners in FOCUS-ON, which is registered in Dordrecht, The Netherlands. The strategic partnership and resulting joint venture company was initiated by Samson CEO Andreas Widl and Krohne CEO Stephan Neuburger.
The companies also unveiled an innovation that unites valve and measuring technology with diagnostics and control functions in one device. It is the first intelligent process node in the world specifically developed for the process industries.
The intelligent process node combines three main functions: sensor, actuator and control. The module measures the flow in a pipeline and regulates its valve function independently, in order to achieve specified set points. First sales of the nodes are expected for the first quarter of 2020.
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