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Flow-Cal supplies sofware to Lyondell Chemical for Equistar Pipeline
December 18, 2014

Flow-Cal supplies sofware to Lyondell Chemical for Equistar Pipeline

FLOWCAL Enterprise Liquids software automates Lyondell Chemical 's measurement data collection by replacing their manual spreadsheets and manage all data electronically through one centralized system.

Wagner-Meinert uses EPLAN to design food industry systems
December 18, 2014

Wagner-Meinert uses EPLAN to design food industry systems

Wagner-Meinert specializes in the design and construction of ammonia refrigeration systems, HVAC, as well as steam and compressed air systems.

Robot software provides Flexible Aerospace Manufacturing
December 18, 2014

Robot software provides Flexible Aerospace Manufacturing

Sogerma Composites Aquitaine uses Robotmaster software to program a rail-mounted 6-axis robot. Applications include tooling thermal protection parts made of glass fiber for the Airbus A330 airliner and honeycomb for the Airbus Super-Puma MK II helicopter.

December 17, 2014

B-Scada Software Manages Luxury Hotel in Algeria

Mas Ingenieros selected Status Enterprise as a facility management solution for a 5-star luxury hotel in Algeria.

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Rockwell automates dual drive compressor
December 17, 2014

Rockwell automates dual drive compressor

ETT operates approximately 69,000 miles of pipelines. It installed a new control system based on the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture platform, CompactLogix controllers and medium voltage Allen-Bradley SMC Flex soft starters, running on a ControlNet network.

Industrial automation lacks essential elements for IoT
December 16, 2014

Industrial automation lacks essential elements for IoT

By Bill Lydon, Editor
I see the technology progress in other industries, and I am coming to the realization that the industrial automation industry is way behind. The automation market lacks the essential elements, thought leadership, and desire to take advantage of IoT (Internet of Things) architectures and technology.

King's Hawaiian standardizes on Rockwell Automation
December 14, 2014

King's Hawaiian standardizes on Rockwell Automation

By Rockwell Automation
King's Hawaiian had reached capacity at its California factory and bakery. Bachelor Controls created an architecture that got new equipment up and running in 10 months, while laying the groundwork for information gathering and sharing throughout the enterprise.

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Repete uses Kepware’s KEPServerEX to Accommodate Diverse Protocols
December 14, 2014

Repete uses Kepware’s KEPServerEX to Accommodate Diverse Protocols

By Kepware Technologies
Repete implemented Kepware’s KEPServerEX communications platform to address the diverse protocol environments of its growing international customer base.

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Here come the Robots!
December 14, 2014

Here come the Robots!

By Norman and Amelia Lobsenz
A look back at robot predictions in 1950.

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Mobility opportunities & challenges
December 14, 2014

Mobility opportunities & challenges

By Bill Lydon, Editor
The dramatic cost reductions and increased computing power of mobile devices are creating opportunities to operate plants more efficiently and increase the productivity of personnel. Mobile devices can include smart phones, tablets, netbooks and notebook computers.

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The Implication of the Internet of Things for Manufacturing
December 14, 2014

The Implication of the Internet of Things for Manufacturing

By Bill Lydon, Editor
The goal of the Internet of Things (IoT) is to massively instrument the world with intelligent sensors and actuators (analog/digital) that communicate over both wired and wireless networks and leverage the Internet Protocol (IP). .

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Westfalia Automates Southern Wine & Spirits
December 11, 2014

Westfalia Automates Southern Wine & Spirits

Using an automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) and Savanna.NET warehousing software, the facility stores 24,750 pallets and is equipped for pallet storage up to 10 pallets deep.

Cogeneration Plant Reduces Shutdowns With PlantPAx
December 09, 2014

Cogeneration Plant Reduces Shutdowns With PlantPAx

Ripon Cogeneration replacied its obsolete distributed control system (DCS) with the PlantPAx process automation system from Rockwell Automation.

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New Automation Controller Challenges the Status Quo
December 08, 2014

New Automation Controller Challenges the Status Quo

By Bill Lydon, Editor
According to a recent survey, automation users want and deserve more from an automation controller. Albert Rooyakkers, CTO of Bedrock Automation, explains why they went back to the drawing board to design and develop this new, innovative automation controller.

4 Ways that Mobile Manufacturing Software Helps IT and Operations
December 05, 2014

4 Ways that Mobile Manufacturing Software Helps IT and Operations

By Greg Goodwin, LNS Research
A trend that is causing waves and innovative ways of doing things today with Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) software is mobile technology. So what are the current attitudes on mobile capabilities? Here are four ways mobile capabilities are helping manufacturers transform their operations and IT landscapes today.

Kepware OPC server helps Molex handle many protocols
December 05, 2014

Kepware OPC server helps Molex handle many protocols

Molex plant floors consist of hundreds of different machines from a variety of vendors, with each speaking its own language or “protocol.” An OPC server connected them all.

Robust solution for frequent mating and demating
December 04, 2014

Robust solution for frequent mating and demating

By Heinz-Günther Spreen, Harting
White paper describes the Han HMC connector for devices, machines and systems that require connections for more than 10,000 mating cycles.

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The Smart Factory needs a powerful PROFINET cabling system
December 04, 2014

The Smart Factory needs a powerful PROFINET cabling system

By Rainer Schmidt, Harting
PROFINET is an independent, proprietary system, which is primarily used for communication between PROFINET components. If PROFINET wants to seamlessly communicate right into the SAP level, it runs into the structured cabling which the IT infrastructure of the company uses.

4 Tips to Design & Implement a Brownfield Network
December 04, 2014

4 Tips to Design & Implement a Brownfield Network

By Bill Lewins, Rockwell Automation
Designing and implementing a network that addresses all process control concerns can be a difficult for any application, but brownfield projects are especially challenging. Fortunately, there are ways to ease this transition.

Patti Engineering Installs PC-based Sorting System
December 04, 2014

Patti Engineering Installs PC-based Sorting System

By Georgia Whalen, Patti Engineering
Patti used Phoenix Contact PCs to automate high speed inline checkweighers on a parcel sortation system for Fives Intralogistics.

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