Today's Featured News Headlines from Automation.com 

Safety over EtherCAT
July 30, 2014

Safety over EtherCAT

By Guido Beckmann
The Safety over EtherCAT (FSoE) protocol enables safety-relevant data transmission, in parallel to standard data on the same network. FSoE is a technology certified by TÜV, developed according to IEC 61508, and internationally standardized in adherence to IEC 61784-3. The protocol can be used in applications requiring a Safety Integrity level as high as SIL3.

Configuring and Calibrating smart instruments
July 30, 2014

Configuring and Calibrating smart instruments

By Roy Tomalino, Beamex
Manufacturer’s promises are not considered proof of an instrument being within tolerance. All instruments, smart and analog, or whether old or new to the field, should be verified and calibrated on a regular basis.

Improved Measurement and Control Utilizing Advanced Calibration Strategies
July 30, 2014

Improved Measurement and Control Utilizing Advanced Calibration Strategies

By Ned Espy, Beamex
There are viable methods where a loop can be tested end-to-end and if readings are within acceptable tolerances, there is no need to break out individual instruments for testing.

July 30, 2014

The case for a lifecycle approach to managing physical assets

By Warren Wilson, Ovum
Few companies have deployed software that can accurately manage all physical assets across the organization. Asset lifecycle information management (ALIM) is an emerging application category that offers a solution.

PcVue SCADA software monitors Industrial Aqueduct of Lake Como
July 29, 2014

PcVue SCADA software monitors Industrial Aqueduct of Lake Como

Lake Como, in northern Italy, is served by nearly 40 miles (60 KM) of aqueducts. After 30 years of service, the SCADA system was in need of modernization.

Posted in:
Controlling Thermal Expansion
July 29, 2014

Controlling Thermal Expansion

Expansion of engineering materials is a common issue, but not much is known about how expansion affects the repeatability of positioning equipment. This white paper discusses and tests that effect.

Posted in:
Posted in: 
White Papers
Mazak uses MERLIN MES and MTConnect at Kentucky plant
July 28, 2014

Mazak uses MERLIN MES and MTConnect at Kentucky plant

Mazak's turning and milling machine plant uses MERLIN's Manufacturing Execution System (MES) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications platform with the MTConnect interoperability standard.

Bill's Automation Perspective on Cybersecurity
July 28, 2014

Bill's Automation Perspective on Cybersecurity

By Bill Lydon, Editor
Cybersecurity has been and will continue to be a major topic within the industrial automation market. With the wide range of cybersecurity implications come a wide range of technical solutions. Many vendors have introduced managed security services to help manufacturers protect systems and mitigate threats. Here are my thoughts on the topic.

Posted in:
Diagnostics with EtherCAT - Part 2
July 25, 2014

Diagnostics with EtherCAT - Part 2

By EtherCAT Technology Group
In Part 1, the Working Counter was described as a mechanism for EtherCAT master devices to cyclic-synchronously monitor slave behavior. Part 2 covers further diagnostic mechanisms that allow master devices to precisely detect the location and cause of error conditions both at the hardware and at the application level of a slave.

Posted in:
Posted in: 
Article
Related Portals:
EtherCAT, Networks & Fieldbuses
Diagnostics with EtherCAT - Part 1
July 23, 2014

Diagnostics with EtherCAT - Part 1

By EtherCAT Technology Group
EtherCAT provides a powerful diagnostic mechanism that can be used by master applications to monitor the network status synchronously with the communication cycle. Master applications such as PLC programs can therefore react immediately to any error condition within the network with a simple evaluation of the Working Counter in the application software.

Posted in:
Posted in: 
Article
Related Portals:
EtherCAT, Networks & Fieldbuses
Sercos powers innovative robot
July 23, 2014

Sercos powers innovative robot

The Sercos automation bus powers the revolutionary drive construction and unique rotation options of the Penta Robotics’ Veloce parallel robot.

Au2mation installs RTUs in Panama City
July 21, 2014

Au2mation installs RTUs in Panama City

The MMIM RTU has been deployed to control lighting on Line 1 of the metro system which currently links Los Andes County to the city centre.

Posted in:
IT meets Automation with OPC UA
July 21, 2014

IT meets Automation with OPC UA

By Bill Lydon, Editor
The Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 visions, which includes connecting people and services, leverages open communications, like OPC UA, and embedded-to-enterprise computing.

Manufacturing Technology Race - Leveling the Playing Field
July 21, 2014

Manufacturing Technology Race - Leveling the Playing Field

By Bill Lydon, Editor
Manufacturers worldwide are in a productivity race enabled by a wide range of new automation technology. In order for your company to remain competitive, it needs to apply new technology to grow and survive in the world economy. To do this, manufacturing companies must stay up to date on the latest developments.

 X-Scan Consortium revives robotic weld inspection system
July 18, 2014

X-Scan Consortium revives robotic weld inspection system

X-Scan robot inspects ship welds by means of laser, ultrasound and electromagnetic methods, similar to systems developed by Babcock & Wilcox in the 1970s to check nuclear reactor welds.

How to Lower Your Integration Time and Costs
July 17, 2014

How to Lower Your Integration Time and Costs

By Greg Hood, Rockwell Automation
In end-user facilities that heavily rely on legacy equipment, the right line-integration system can provide real-time insights to prevent and diagnose production issues.

IP Technology-The Future for Industrial Automation
July 17, 2014

IP Technology-The Future for Industrial Automation

By Mike Hannah, Rockwell Automation
Forecasts say that industrial automation will make up the majority of the Internet of Things by 2025, and Internet Protocol (IP)-addressable devices are the key enabling force that will get industry there.

Simplifying Control Protocols: Binary and ASCII
July 16, 2014

Simplifying Control Protocols: Binary and ASCII

Every motion controller will have its own command protocol, or series of rules for communication, that dictates how you interact it. Zaber's devices use two command protocols: an ASCII protocol and a 6-byte binary protocol.

Posted in:
Posted in: 
White Papers
July 14, 2014

6 Reasons to Move Toward a Paperless Manufacturing Operation

By Greg Goodwin, LNS Research
The writing is on the wall: Paper is being slowly but surely phased out of our daily lives, and as goes the consumer so eventually will the enterprise.

The Importance of Benchmarking and Manufacturing Improvement Initiatives
July 14, 2014

The Importance of Benchmarking and Manufacturing Improvement Initiatives

By Mike Roberts, LNS Research
Leaders understand that if you’re not moving forward, making year-over-year gains in key performance indicators (KPIs) and metrics, then you’re destined to face some serious challenges down the road.

Posted in: