B&R, Cognex collaborate on POWERLINK

Cognex Corp., Natick, Mass., and B&R Industrial Automation Corp., Roswell, Ga., have entered into a technological cooperation, with a strategic goal to use the POWERLINK real-time protocol for Ethernet within the In-Sight product line from Cognex. Machine manufacturers will benefit not only from the synchronization of In-Sight products and the B&R control system, but they will also benefit from easy integration of a wide range of machine designs, say company sources. The Cognex image processing systems are used for checking, identifying, and feeding parts. For more information, visit br-automation.com or cognex.com.

WorldWide Electric distributes Hyundai line

WorldWide Electric Corp., Rochester, N.Y., announces that it has reached a long-term agreement with Hyundai Heavy Industries to be the exclusive master distributor and representative for Hyundai's low-voltage electric motor line for North America. The product line includes Premium Efficient TEFC, IEEE-841, IEC aluminum frame, IEC Cast iron, marine duty, and explosion-proof motors. For more information, visit worldwideelectric.net or call (800) 808-2131 ext. 3.

Richard Huss named CEO of Festo US

Festo Corp., Hauppauge, N.Y., announces that Richard J. Huss is the new CEO of Festo US. Huss comes to Festo US from Bosch Rexroth, where he served as vice president and general manager. He joined Bosch Rexroth (formerly Indramat Division) in 1985 following five years with Getty's servomotors and drives. In addition to management expertise in the technology industry, Huss has experience in partnering with distributors and OEMs to provide automation to end users in a host of industries. Huss holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Hampshire. With headquarters in Esslingen, Germany, Festo has 13,500 employees globally, 58 independent national companies, and serves more than 300,000 customers in 176 countries. For more information, visit festo.com/us.

AST Bearings wins John Deere award

AST Bearings, Montville, N.J., has earned recognition as a partner-level supplier for 2010 and was inducted into the Supplier Hall of Fame in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program. The status is Deere & Company's highest supplier rating; Deere only awards Hall of Fame status after a supplier attains a Partner-level rating for five consecutive years. AST earned its distinction as a supplier of bearings to the Agriculture and Turf and Construction and Forestry divisions of John Deere operating in Moline, Ill., and Davenport, Iowa.