Vapor Systems Technologies uses a Unitronics Vision350 PLC +HMI to test gas pump nozzles through 1,000,000 cycles.
By Ken Ball
Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) were more of a technology evolution than a radical development. A noteworthy aspect about the origin was that quite similar concepts were pursued by three separate companies—nearly concurrently but unknown to each other. Part 1 in a series of four articles about the history of the PLC.
By Tom Bonine, National Metal Fabricators
Robotic welding is highly cost-effective, especially for longer production runs where programming time can be amortized over a large number of pieces.
The original pumps are connected to new high performance motors and gearboxes, close to the oldest static steam driven pump, which will be kept as a museum piece.
By Edward Nugent, PcVue Inc., et al
The different way in which mobile device users interact with their devices compared to operator’s interactions with control room monitors requires a new SCADA architecture for mobility workers who rely on SCADA or BMS systems in order to perform their job function.
By Bill Lydon, Editor
Many users, systems integrators, and manufacturing managers expect one year to eighteen month Return on Investment (ROI) when replacing or adding new automation systems. I believe this is short sighted thinking. Short term ROI justification requirements almost guarantee mediocre results rather than striving for excellence.
By Dean Wiech, Tools4Ever
Workflow and automation procedures for identity and password management can reduce time spent, increase security and reduce the workload on the help desk considerably.
Salcan Process Technology uses the Rotork actuated control valve to control the flow of gas while maintaining back pressure in the coal seam.
Bonfiglioli is deploying Moxa Modbus gateways, network switches, Ethernet I/O, and serial-to-Ethernet controllers in its turnkey solar solutions.
By Georg Stieler, Stieler Technologie
The Chinese market for Industrial Automation is growing much faster than other sectors of the Chinese economy and will almost double within the next five years, according to our estimations.
Twelve Manta G-223B cameras from Allied Vision are being used by GEFRA to inspect screw joints for the brake lines of vehicles.
By Andreas Huhmann, HARTING
Industry 4.0’s use of Cyber-Physical Systems has radically altered the face of industrial production. Still, Industry 4.0 will only become a reality when the cyber world and physical world are connected. It entails new demands on network technology and by extension on connection technology.
By Bill Lydon, Editor
MAVERICK Technologies, in cooperation with ISA, recently hosted an event called "Inside Automation - Theory Meets Reality" at MAVERICK Technologies Headquarters. The vision of the event is to proved a venue where automation industry professionals can exchange ideas and methods to solve problems and become more effective.
By Varun Nagaraj, Sierra Monitor Corporation
With the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) still new to the industry, who does the IIoT actually talk to?
With a production line requiring tens to hundreds of workers for daily operations, manufacturers see automated production and man-machine collaboration as innovative ways to increase production efficiency while cutting labor costs.
Commerce Controls installed Stahlin non-metallic enclosures on filter control panels and a phosphoric chemical dosing panel at the City of Detroit, Springwells Facility
By Amy Wells, Electroustic
Over the last few years, we’ve seen a move towards more robust Mil-spec connectors. Originally developed in the 1930s by the US Department of Defense, these heavy duty connector ranges are now a common sight in manufacturing environments
Before the implementation of Unidrive M, Render’s machines were able to deliver 25 or 26 cycles per minute. Since adopting Unidrive M, the business has seen returns of 30 cycles per minute.
By Bill Lydon, Editor
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a hot topic in technical and business circles, and many people predict significant benefits from IoT implementations. Prabhu Soundarrajan is one person with strong views about how the Internet of Things (IoT) will impact the industrial automation industry.
By Moazzam Shamsi, Emerson Process Management
Wireless instrumentation can be used to quickly cut operating expenses with minimal required capital expenditures, aiding project justification in process plants. This article will compare wired to wireless installations, and show how wireless provides advantages in many instances.