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March 27, 2015

ST50 Flow Meter Improves Air Compressor System Efficiency

The installation of ST50 Flow Meters in large facilities with multiple air compressors allows the operators to compare compressor usage and adjust them for optimum efficiencies.

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A.G.T. measures metal thickness with lasers instead of radiation
March 27, 2015

A.G.T. measures metal thickness with lasers instead of radiation

AGT uses Keyence LK-G Series laser sensors to provide continuous, high speed, accurate and reliable thickness measurements.

Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing Technology in the Motor Racing Industry
March 26, 2015

Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing Technology in the Motor Racing Industry

Using sensors made from low-cost optical fiber, with almost no limit to the number of sensor designs available results in a cost-effective and versatile testing platform.

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How to Select a Control Systems Integrator
March 25, 2015

How to Select a Control Systems Integrator

By Patrick Supanich, Contributor
As an end user, you must rely more and more on outside engineering services for your automation needs. Choosing a services partner can be a high-risk decision for your company and, frankly, your career. Not all CSIs are created equal. So how do you pick one?

Factory of the Future: From Vision to Reality
March 25, 2015

Factory of the Future: From Vision to Reality

By Andy Chang, NI
The Factory of the Future is a research and technology initiative aimed to push emerging technologies to improve the competitiveness of manufacturing processes by leveraging cyber-physical systems and big data analytics to enable a smarter, operator-centric production.

Glaston cuts glass scratches with improved speed control
March 24, 2015

Glaston cuts glass scratches with improved speed control

Tiny scratches can occur as a result of glass being tempered without precise speed control on the oven’s drives. Glaston fixed it with Unidrive M controllers.

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USA to be official Partner Country of HANNOVER MESSE 2016
March 24, 2015

USA to be official Partner Country of HANNOVER MESSE 2016

The White House officially confirmed on March 23, 2015 that the United States has been designated the official Partner Country of HANNOVER MESSE 2016. HANNOVER MESSE will run April 25 to 29 in 2016

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Reinventing manufacturing with the latest technologies
March 23, 2015

Reinventing manufacturing with the latest technologies

By Bill Lydon, Editor
There is a great opportunity to leverage the latest technologies and compete in the global manufacturing landscape. The future lies in the convergence of product design, production planning, production engineering, production execution, and services.

Keyence system inspects parts at Fastener Depot
March 19, 2015

Keyence system inspects parts at Fastener Depot

Inspectors at Fastener Depot use a Keyence Image Dimension Measurement (IM) System to quickly and accurately check and gauge parts.

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EtherNet/IP Fully Harnesses the Power of Industrial IP
March 18, 2015

EtherNet/IP Fully Harnesses the Power of Industrial IP

By Paul Brooks, Rockwell Automation
Manufacturers around the world have adopted EtherNet/IP as their information infrastructure, and hundreds of vendors offer thousands of product lines for EtherNet/IP.

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Rockwell PAC automates harrow disc production
March 18, 2015

Rockwell PAC automates harrow disc production

The new press at North American Tillage was automated with a GuardLogix PAC, PowerFlex VFD, and EtherNet/IP network to fit into their automated process line.

A Dynamic Plant Floor
March 17, 2015

A Dynamic Plant Floor

By Nancy Cam-Winget, Cisco
It is critical to be able to identify all devices in the network so that the access can be controlled based on the type of device, the function it is assigned to play.

Rotork actuators control cryogenic LNG pipeline in Venezuela
March 17, 2015

Rotork actuators control cryogenic LNG pipeline in Venezuela

The Rotork actuators operate 26 inch, 20 inch and 12 inch ball valves installed in tandem with non-return check valves at six valve stations along the route.

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Implementing Industry 4.0 Concepts at ThyssenKrupp
March 16, 2015

Implementing Industry 4.0 Concepts at ThyssenKrupp

By Bill Lydon, Editor
ThyssenKrupp is using Industry 4.0 as a way to achieve their 10 year digital enterprise goal. The implementation strategy is the seamless integration of ERP, MES, automation, and control systems to achieve smart production and satisfy customer requirements.

March 16, 2015

Egemin automates L’Oréal with AGVs

Egemin automated six L’Oréal sites in Europe and the US with more than 100 automated guided vehicles (AGVs)

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Ethernet Migration Reveals Knowledge Gaps
March 13, 2015

Ethernet Migration Reveals Knowledge Gaps

By Dino Busalachi, The Applied Group
Many system integrators and OEMs – even the most experienced – lack the knowledge required to engineer a holistic Ethernet architecture on the plant floor.

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Pressure Sensor vs Transducer vs Transmitter
March 12, 2015

Pressure Sensor vs Transducer vs Transmitter

By American Sensor Technologies
The terms pressure sensor, pressure transducer and pressure transmitter are somewhat interchangeable in the industrial world. Here is a quick guideline on the terms and some benefits and limitations for each.

Cyber Security in Industrial Automation Applications
March 11, 2015

Cyber Security in Industrial Automation Applications

By Roy Kok, Ocean Data Systems
It used to be that security through obscurity was enough to protect automation systems from cyber-attacks. We know from the famed Stuxnet and its derivatives that automation systems are now a prime target.

Alliance Sensors solves crosstalk  problem at Rawhide Energy Station
March 10, 2015

Alliance Sensors solves crosstalk problem at Rawhide Energy Station

When LVDT signal cables from valve positioners were bundled together or laid close to each other in a wire trough, even for short distances, the result was a mutual interference phenomenon called heterodyning or “beating.”

LED Manufacturers Achieve Greater Lighting Consistency
March 09, 2015

LED Manufacturers Achieve Greater Lighting Consistency

By Made USA
Light engine manufacturer develops automated system to inspect 100 percent of LED production for consistent color temperature and brightness.

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