Roeslein & Associates in St. Louis uses Roxtec cable sealing systems in ArmorStart distributed motor controllers to help meet the need for more cables to bring in 3-phase and control voltage for new installations.
By: Julio Delgado, Stock America
HMI software from InduSoft provides eSignatures, database connectivity and other features vital to proper process validation and compliance with food and pharmaceutical regulations.
By installing condition monitoring systems on its gantry cranes, port operator RheinCargo is now able to detect any damage to crane hoisting gear early, therefore eliminating any costly, unplanned downtime.
General Cable deployed InfinityQS ProFicient, an enterprise quality platform powered by a centralized statistical process control (SPC) analytical engine, at 14 of its manufacturing locations.
Mettler Toledo helped Asiatic Agricultural Industries to convert its mix of EX and non-EX equipment in its plants to all EX equipment.
WH Group, China’s market leader for meat and pork products, invested in hygienically designed bench scales to stay ahead of competition and to further enhance food safety in its production facilities.
By Gary Frank, Westfalia Technologies
As technology continues to become more sophisticated every day, companies are able to run leaner and more powerful operations. However, from manufacturing assembly lines to service industries, more and more professions are being replaced by machines and devices that eclipse the capabilities of humans.
By Bill Lydon, Editor
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in many respects is the progression of distributed computing. The fundamental components of an automation (or other) system are sensors; they are the “eyes, ears, and fingers” of any system. If the concepts of IIoT are to succeed, we need more effective, powerful sensors.
By Steve Hughes, REO
Industry 4.0 will ultimately represent a significant change in manufacturing and industry. In the long run, the sophisticated software implanted in factory equipment could help machines self-regulate and make more autonomous decisions.
By Clive Jones, et al, Global Heat Transfer
A properly maintained heat transfer system employing food-grade heat transfer fluids will contribute to low cost operation and efficient production.
A CVL-5000 electric control valve actuator replaced an existing actuator on a blending flow control valve in a trial at the Fluxys booster station in Belgium.
Ravnihar produces components for the production of electromechanical meters. Its operations include 18 computer-controlled injection-molding machines and a station equipped with Mettler Toledo scales to count parts and ensure quality.
Matcon’s equipment allows its customers to formulate, blend and pack dry ingredients for the pharmaceutical industry. Matcon uses scales from Mettler Toledo for precise hygienic batching.
By Bill Lydon, Editor
Some industrial automation vendors and computer technology providers are offering cloud services that include historians, analytics, and complete MES (Manufacturing Execution System). These services offer a new way to improve operations by applying more computing power. Another important trend is leveraging new, more powerful controllers within the secure automation system environment. Should you be using one or the other, or both?
By Robert Reid, Panduit
Given that greater than 60% of Ethernet link failures are related to physical infrastructure, it is important from the outset to design and build a resilient network that is architected to recover quickly from a failure condition.
By Paul Brooks, Rockwell Automation
Without standard, unmodified Ethernet on the plant floor, many industrial automation companies can’t easily take advantage of higher-level protocols and the immense functionality they support. EtherNet/IP enables organizations to save money by moving away from expensive, closed, plant floor dedicated networks.
By Jonathan Wilkins, European Automation
The most common cause of failure or malfunctioning for inverters is an improper installation, often a combination of not following the user manual recommendation and selecting inappropriate cable type, gauges or in line fuses. But there are more.
Do you know how much money you could be saving annually with a variable frequency drive?
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Heide Refinery used two weeks of planned downtime at its pyrolysis plant to migrate to new safety systems.
KnowledgeNet collects plant data from an OSIsoft PI historian and then uses computing, rules, fault propagation and workflow engines to reason over the data to identify the cause of performance gaps at Saudi Aramco Abqaiq Plants.