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PLC runs gas pump tester
August 03, 2015

PLC runs gas pump tester

Vapor Systems Technologies uses a Unitronics Vision350 PLC +HMI to test gas pump nozzles through 1,000,000 cycles.

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The Dawn of the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)
August 02, 2015

The Dawn of the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)

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.

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Robotic Welding Advantages
July 31, 2015

Robotic Welding Advantages

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.

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Boulting upgrades pumps at  90 year-old pump station
July 31, 2015

Boulting upgrades pumps at 90 year-old pump station

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.

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The Architecture of the SCADA Mobility Infrastructure
July 28, 2015

The Architecture of the SCADA Mobility Infrastructure

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.

Expecting one-year ROI on automation systems is short sighted
July 27, 2015

Expecting one-year ROI on automation systems is short sighted

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.

Workflow and Automation for Account and Password Management
July 27, 2015

Workflow and Automation for Account and Password Management

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.

Rotork valve actuators control coal mine degassing
July 27, 2015

Rotork valve actuators control coal mine degassing

Salcan Process Technology uses the Rotork actuated control valve to control the flow of gas while maintaining back pressure in the coal seam.

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Moxa networks Bonfiglioli solar systems
July 23, 2015

Moxa networks Bonfiglioli solar systems

Bonfiglioli is deploying Moxa Modbus gateways, network switches, Ethernet I/O, and serial-to-Ethernet controllers in its turnkey solar solutions.

Industrial Automation in China
July 22, 2015

Industrial Automation in China

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.

Vision system controls and sorts metal and plastic parts
July 22, 2015

Vision system controls and sorts metal and plastic parts

Twelve Manta G-223B cameras from Allied Vision are being used by GEFRA to inspect screw joints for the brake lines of vehicles.

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Industry 4.0 puts new demands on connection technology
July 20, 2015

Industry 4.0 puts new demands on connection technology

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.

Inside Automation - Theory Meets Reality
July 20, 2015

Inside Automation - Theory Meets Reality

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.

IIoT: You Talking to Me?
July 18, 2015

IIoT: You Talking to Me?

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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?

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Robotic Automation Propels Manufacturing Transformation
July 17, 2015

Robotic Automation Propels Manufacturing Transformation

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.

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Stahlin Enclosures prevent corrosion in Detroit water treatment plant
July 17, 2015

Stahlin Enclosures prevent corrosion in Detroit water treatment plant

Commerce Controls installed Stahlin non-metallic enclosures on filter control panels and a phosphoric chemical dosing panel at the City of Detroit, Springwells Facility

Connectors for tomorrow’s system integrators
July 17, 2015

Connectors for tomorrow’s system integrators

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

Emerson Industrial supplies Unidrive M drives to Render Technology
July 16, 2015

Emerson Industrial supplies Unidrive M drives to Render Technology

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.

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How will Internet of Things (IoT) affect manufacturing automation?
July 13, 2015

How will Internet of Things (IoT) affect manufacturing automation?

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.

Wireless Cuts Operating Expenses in Capital-Constrained Environments
July 13, 2015

Wireless Cuts Operating Expenses in Capital-Constrained Environments

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.