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Rotork CMA actuators enable shale gas well compliance
July 02, 2015

Rotork CMA actuators enable shale gas well compliance

An unnamed shale gas company in Louisiana installed Rotork CMA actuators run by solar panels to replace existing actuation equipment and control a variety of fluids at line pressures up to 6000 psig.

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Cables in Motion  Diagnostics
June 30, 2015

Cables in Motion Diagnostics

By CamiResearch
Cables in motion experience fatigue causing complete or intermittent failures whether or not that motion is constant. Fortunately, there are cable and harness test systems that can easily identify and pinpoint the source of even the most elusive intermittent failure.

Distributing compute closer to the decision point
June 30, 2015

Distributing compute closer to the decision point

By Andy Banathy, Panduit
Internal and external factors – namely plant optimization and regulation compliance – are driving plants to bring more industrial compute resources onto the plant floor.

Next-gen Thinking: The Advance of HMI and SCADA Software
June 29, 2015

Next-gen Thinking: The Advance of HMI and SCADA Software

By Phil Couling, Schneider Electric
HMI and SCADA systems have been undergoing a series of quiet revolutions for many years now. With all their new, stronger and innovative capabilities, what is really needed to get the most out of next-gen HMI is next-gen thinking about how to apply them.

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June 25, 2015

Strategies for improving warehouse processes in an e-commerce marketplace

By Chuck Fuerst and Carl Marin, HighJump
The warehouse should be one of the first places you turn to when improving efficiencies and productivity for your business. It’s the heart of your operations, and its ability to be nimble and efficient has a big impact on your customers’ experience and your bottom line.

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The Future is already here
June 22, 2015

The Future is already here

By The OPC Foundation
The OPC Foundation has further developed its standard into the OPC Unified Architecture (UA) which provides solutions to the identified drawbacks of OPC Classic while meeting the requirements for use in a modern device architecture.

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OPC UA in the Large Hadron Collider
June 22, 2015

OPC UA in the Large Hadron Collider

The Detector Control System (DCS), part of the LHS, uses more than 5000 CANopen nodes. The link between the Scada layer and CANopen is realized by means of OPC UA.

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Disruptive Technologies Make or Break Your Business
June 22, 2015

Disruptive Technologies Make or Break Your Business

By Bill Lydon, Editor
The adoption of disruptive technologies can make or break your business. The effects can be positive or negative. Adopting what appears to be a disruptive technology that does not go mainstream or adopting it too early can break or significantly hurt a business. Automation professionals are in a unique position to understand, evaluate, and make recommendations to management about the adoption of new technology.

Water Corporation of Australia Implements Change Management software
June 19, 2015

Water Corporation of Australia Implements Change Management software

The software from MDT manages changes to 16,000 programmable devices in remote areas across the continent and reduces safety risks to employees associated with unmanaged control system changes.

Simplifying Plant Floor to Enterprise Data Integration
June 16, 2015

Simplifying Plant Floor to Enterprise Data Integration

By Bill Lydon, Editor
The need to improve manufacturing operations and maintenance using real-time data is creating a greater need to efficiently link larger volumes of data from controllers to the enterprise. Connecting real-time information from disparate control devices to operations, maintenance, and enterprise systems is not an easy task. Here's one solution that may help.

GRP Enclosures aid Migration to Wireless Instrumentation Networking
June 15, 2015

GRP Enclosures aid Migration to Wireless Instrumentation Networking

By Intertec
Glass-reinforced polymer (GRP) composite material for protective enclosures is electromagnetically transparent, making it easier to deploy wireless instrumentation.

Kollmorgen servo technology bends panels into better shape
June 11, 2015

Kollmorgen servo technology bends panels into better shape

Salvagnini is using distributed servo amplifiers for positioning, instead of keeping drives installed centrally in the control cabinet.

British Fruit Grower weighs in red and green
June 09, 2015

British Fruit Grower weighs in red and green

Red says balance contents are not yet in an acceptable tolerance range, and green tells an operator to move onto the next weigh.

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Position Sensor Technology Comparison for Hydraulic Cylinder Feedback
June 09, 2015

Position Sensor Technology Comparison for Hydraulic Cylinder Feedback

By Edward E. Herceg, Alliance Sensors Group
Position feedback sensors for hydraulic or pneumatic cylinders have used one of three traditional technologies: Magnetostrictive, Variable Resistance, and Variable Inductance sensors. Here’s a comparison.

Oil & Gas Companies Prevent Surprise Downtime Using Remote Monitoring & Diagnostics
June 08, 2015

Oil & Gas Companies Prevent Surprise Downtime Using Remote Monitoring & Diagnostics

By: Jeremiah Stone, GE
Not too long ago, diagnosing a problem with a critical asset was a cumbersome process for the automation industry. The Industrial Internet is making the diagnostic process much more straightforward and manageable, particularly with the advent of powerful Remote Monitoring and Diagnostic (RM&D) capabilities. The Oil and Gas industry in particular has been quick to recognize the benefits of RM&D.

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ODVA Technology Extends Its Reach to the Process Industries
June 08, 2015

ODVA Technology Extends Its Reach to the Process Industries

By Craig Resnick, ARC
Leading field instrumentation suppliers such as MicroMotion (a unit of Emerson) and Endress+Hauser have already equipped many of their Coriolis flow measurement products with Ethernet interfaces, including EtherNet/IP.

Robots enable lean production processes at BJ-Gear
June 04, 2015

Robots enable lean production processes at BJ-Gear

BJ-Gear in Denmark uses collaborative robots from Universal Robots to automate their production of gear wheels. This ushered in substantial cost savings on machinery, optimized work flows, and created a more varied and rewarding work environment.

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EPLAN helps design control panels at Bilfinger GreyLogix
June 02, 2015

EPLAN helps design control panels at Bilfinger GreyLogix

Bilfinger GreyLogix uses Engineering Configuration One (EEC One) for control cabinet manufacturing.

Cyber Breach Insurance for Manufacturer Loss Protection
June 01, 2015

Cyber Breach Insurance for Manufacturer Loss Protection

By Bill Lydon, Editor
A single cyber security incident can lead to significant losses for any company. It is unclear to me and I am sure many readers what the insurance possibilities are for manufacturers. Insurance companies are working to ban cyber coverage under the commercial general liability (CGL) policies but are also offering separate cyber security insurance policies.

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June 01, 2015

LB Foster keeps Pirelli tyres on track

Conveyors carry tires (sorry, “tyres”) through the MIRS testing area.

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