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Copenhagen cooks its valve actuators
October 31, 2014

Copenhagen cooks its valve actuators

The Metropolitan Copenhagen Heating Transmission Company (CTR) installed Rotork IQ3 valve actuators to replace actuators that suffered permanent damage from the effects of hot water.

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Vision System Automates Mining Bridge Conveyor
October 30, 2014

Vision System Automates Mining Bridge Conveyor

HINZ developed a machine vision system that automatically measures the amount and distribution of potash on a mining conveyor as it is loaded by the bridge conveyor. This information is used by the mine control system to automatically move the bridge conveyor to correct any imbalance.

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October 30, 2014

Ford switches from sensors to vision for body panel inspection

Traditionally, body panels are inspected by using a robot to present the part to an array of proximity switches. Ford improved on this method by using machine vision. The camera connects to either the robot or the PLC using the Ethernet/IP protocol.

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Integrating Ethernet-Based Machine Vision and Image-based ID Readers into Factory Networks
October 30, 2014

Integrating Ethernet-Based Machine Vision and Image-based ID Readers into Factory Networks

By John Lewis, Cognex
The need to use PCs to interface with vision systems and ID readers required the purchase of expensive hardware and development of sometimes complex software. A new generation of vision systems and ID readers with built-in EtherNet/IP connectivity streamlines factory network integration.

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Vision System helps Exide read battery labels
October 30, 2014

Vision System helps Exide read battery labels

Exide had difficulties in reading 2D data matrix codes burned into plastic with a laser burner. The problem was solved by switching to image-based Cognex DataMan 200 readers with 2D decoding software and an EtherNet/IP interface to the PLC.

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Farsens’s RFID sensor tags monitor data center conditions
October 30, 2014

Farsens’s RFID sensor tags monitor data center conditions

RFID sensor tags do not require batteries to monitor temperature, pressure and humidity of equipment remotely.

October 30, 2014

Kollmorgen motors shrunk in Kuka robots

Kuka and Kollmorgen were able to reduce the installation volume of the motors compared to standard models, implement robot-specific applications and optimise the entire supply chain.

Rockwell Automation drives Underground Mining operations
October 30, 2014

Rockwell Automation drives Underground Mining operations

Four PowerFlex 755 Variable Frequency Drives operate motors that run the hydraulic emulsion pumps responsible for advancing roof supports at an unnamed mining company in Illinois.

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Is it Time for New SCADA Software Technology?
October 29, 2014

Is it Time for New SCADA Software Technology?

By Rich Hunzinger, B-Scada
With all of the opportunities presented by today's data-driven enterprise, the time has come to consider whether your SCADA system is limiting your potential.

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A Case for Mobile HMIs in Automation
October 29, 2014

A Case for Mobile HMIs in Automation

By Rich Hunzinger, B-Scada
One of the fastest-growing and most widespread trends in the HMI and SCADA software realms is that of mobility. Namely, how can we - or should we - take advantage of mobile devices in automated work environments?

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Building Safety into Metal Forming Machines
October 29, 2014

Building Safety into Metal Forming Machines

By Steve Aamodt, SICK
To help prevent injuries and increase productivity for end users, machine builders are incorporating safety into the design of metal forming and bending machines. The old way of thinking, that safety harms productivity, has changed, in large part due to better safety systems.

October 28, 2014

ITTIA puts embedded database in robots

Wasserbauer installed ITTIA DB SQL data base into its Butler robots.

October 27, 2014

Kepware connects 17 plants of Cascades Tissue Group

Using Kepware’s KEPServerEX, Cascades now supports communications across all of its seventeen plants, seventeen paper machines, and nearly ninety converting lines with just one piece of software.

Barcelona Airport Takes Off with Integrated Command and Control System
October 27, 2014

Barcelona Airport Takes Off with Integrated Command and Control System

Wonderware software integrated all their existing disparate systems, achieved reliable and cost-efficient control, enabled safe operations and created scalability for future growth.

Combined HMI+PLC Unit vs. Separate HMI & PLC System
October 27, 2014

Combined HMI+PLC Unit vs. Separate HMI & PLC System

By Don Pham, IDEC
Combining PLC processing and HMI monitoring and control into a single hardware platform is becoming a more available and popular option. This article compares the combined HMI+PLC unit with the separate HMI & PLC system and highlights where each excels.

Rockwell Automation controls Ridgeline Pipe Manufacturing
October 27, 2014

Rockwell Automation controls Ridgeline Pipe Manufacturing

Ridgeline Pipe manufactures about 125 different PVC pipe products that vary in length, diameter, color, markings and other requirements. Allen-Bradley ControlLogix L61 programmable automation controller (PAC) manages all control and motion functions for each piece of equipment in the PVC manufacturing process.

Securing Industrial Wireless to Its Fullest
October 24, 2014

Securing Industrial Wireless to Its Fullest

By Julia Santogatta, Belden
Wireless can actually be extremely secure, shared medium or not, if you follow the “wireless Golden Rule” and ask yourself some typical security questions when planning a wireless local area network (WLAN).

Focus on Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) Infrastructure
October 24, 2014

Focus on Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) Infrastructure

By Bill Lydon, Editor
By recently joining the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), MOXA emphasized their strong focus on the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT). Another example of this commitment is their increased rugged industrial communications product scope, including security offerings.

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Emerson Wireless Steam Trap Monitors Increase Efficiency at Coffee Plant in Mexico
October 24, 2014

Emerson Wireless Steam Trap Monitors Increase Efficiency at Coffee Plant in Mexico

By David Gustafson, Emerson Process Management
It took only two weeks to install the first system, and already it’s saved $100,000 in maintenance costs and increased production by 5,000 tons per year.

Smart Factories – the strategic role of wireless sensor networks
October 23, 2014

Smart Factories – the strategic role of wireless sensor networks

By Julia Arneri Borghese, Paradox Engineering
When considering a wireless network, the critical decision is how to invest in future proof infrastructures that can provide adequate flexibility and scalability over time. Industrial organizations are not likely to install technologies which bind them to legacy protocols, or force them to replace existing equipment.