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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.

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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.

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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.

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Rotork actuators control Sydney's water pressure
July 14, 2014

Rotork actuators control Sydney's water pressure

CVA electric control valve actuators are enabling the Sydney Water Corporation in Australia to control the pressure in the city’s water supply network with greatly increased response and accuracy.

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Cybersecurity requires fundamental systems architecture changes
July 14, 2014

Cybersecurity requires fundamental systems architecture changes

By Bill Lydon, Editor
Industry 4.0, Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial Internet are all driving computing to automation edge devices. These devices include controllers, sensors, actuators, motor controls, and drives. The fact that these devices could now be on a more widely known IP network creates the opportunity for viruses and malicious control of industrial equipment.

Cycling Applications: Creating Precision Frequency Control and Vibration
July 09, 2014

Cycling Applications: Creating Precision Frequency Control and Vibration

This white paper discusses cycling applications for actuators and stages, including their characteristics, limitations, and best practices for optimal results.

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Fieldbus System Integrity and the Benefits of Modular Infrastructure
July 08, 2014

Fieldbus System Integrity and the Benefits of Modular Infrastructure

By Jason Norris and Jason Nicholl, Phoenix Contact
A modular approach to Fieldbus can help achieve maximum availability and system integrity. but communication interruptions typically happen. Modular field-based diagnostics can help achieve maximum availability and integrity of a fieldbus system.

Improving Project Efficiency with LEAP
July 07, 2014

Improving Project Efficiency with LEAP

By Bill Lydon, Editor
Honeywell Process Solutions recently introduced a new program called LEAP, which stands for Lean Execution of Automation Projects. LEAP changes the way projects are executed. LEAP leverages a number of Honeywell hardware and software developments to improve the efficiency of project execution, including virtualization, Experion Universal Process I/O and cloud engineering.

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June 27, 2014

Site Survey Rules for Industrial Wireless Use Case

By Bob Voss, Panduit
Industries are rapidly adopting wireless networks because of their many benefits on the plant floor, including convenience, mobility, reduced cabling and lower labor costs compared to wired networks. Here are four steps to help plant operators establish wireless zones on the plant floor effectively.

June 27, 2014

The Do’s and Don’ts of Process Safety

By Paul Gruhn, Rockwell Automation
Changes in technology have led to a variety of recent developments in process safety, with many suppliers releasing new systems that significantly depart from the past. These do’s and don’ts can help you choose the right safety-instrumented system for your process.

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Heason actuator lets marine engines survive underwater
June 26, 2014

Heason actuator lets marine engines survive underwater

‘Inversion Protected’ technology cuts down restart time from typically 40 seconds to just 10 seconds and reduces internal engine damage or deterioration due to water ingress.

Electroland lights up public art with interactive displays
June 26, 2014

Electroland lights up public art with interactive displays

Electroland used Phoenix Contact PLCs and relays to control the lights of the display, and terminal blocks to provide reliable connections.

June 25, 2014

EnTouch energy management system cuts costs at Community Center

Lower energy rates from Houston-based Entelrgy and an energy management solution donated by EnTouch Controls keeps cooling costs down at the West Houston Community Center.

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