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NORD gear units pump water at reservoir project
September 30, 2014

NORD gear units pump water at reservoir project

An underground pumping station was created to pump water from the Limmernboden reservoir into the Muttsee lake about 600 m higher up. This elevation difference will be used to produce hydroelectric power on demand.

A guide to selecting the right linear guidance system
September 30, 2014

A guide to selecting the right linear guidance system

By Mike Hughes, Schaeffler UK
With numerous designs to choose from, specifying the right linear guidance system can be a daunting task. Here’s an overview of the types of system available, as well as their main design features and typical areas of application.

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SCADA system monitors 2,479 wind turbines
September 29, 2014

SCADA system monitors 2,479 wind turbines

Iberdrola Renewables in Oregon uses a SCADA system from PcVue in its National Control Center to monitor every turbine at every wind farm throughout the country. Iberdrola has 2,479 wind turbines, each with 300 to 350 data points, which equates to 700,000 to 850,000 I/O data points on more than 20 servers.

Airbus Implements Industrial Internet of Things (Smart Tools)
September 26, 2014

Airbus Implements Industrial Internet of Things (Smart Tools)

By Bill Lydon, Editor
The French aircraft manufacturer Airbus has stated futuristic long-range goals based on their corporate philosophy. The integration of cyber-physical systems and big analog data enables smarter production and allows operators and machines to collaborate in the same physical environment.

Wolffkran employs INSYS  for IP-based remote maintenance
September 25, 2014

Wolffkran employs INSYS for IP-based remote maintenance

The company introduced an IP-based remote maintenance system for their products that ensures a high degree of IT security by using encrypted VPN connections and cellular radio routers.

Keyence vision systems inspect parts at Leatherman Tools
September 24, 2014

Keyence vision systems inspect parts at Leatherman Tools

The Keyence systems replaced hard gauging that Leatherman used for many years to evaluate components for its tools, eliminating cabinets full of hard fixtures built for specific parts.

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September 24, 2014

Galil motion controller moves Instrument for Leaf Analysis

Galil's DMC-4020 is used to position perfectly aligned beams from white light confocal displacement sensors and to scan a leaf surface in a predefined pattern.

OEE for the Enterprise
September 22, 2014

OEE for the Enterprise

By Salvatore Castro, SAP
The common view of OEE is the localized one of an operator trying to control the machine better during the shift. The more modern spin on OEE is trying to improve all operations to run more efficiently with the lowest overall cost back to the business.

Asset Performance Management: So Many Approaches, Yet Little Execution
September 19, 2014

Asset Performance Management: So Many Approaches, Yet Little Execution

By Dan Miklovic, LNS Research
The basic concepts of Asset Performance Management (APM) have been around for nearly 50 years. In this article, we'll discuss the wealth of knowledge on different maintenance approaches available to today's professionals, and also the main challenges with putting those approaches into action.

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Disturbing Trends in Manufacturing
September 19, 2014

Disturbing Trends in Manufacturing

By Thomas Seubert, Contributing Author
Over the past two years (since the end of the recession), there have been some disturbing trends within manufacturing, specifically the automation/controls engineering profession. The author highlights these trends and suggests actions to counteract them.

September 19, 2014

Care in applying Analytics for Prediction and for Management Decisions

By Carlos W. Moreno, Ultramax
What analyses of a database enable predictions which are valid in decision making. This review does not introduce new technical concepts. It explains to engineers why their knowledge of the processes that generate data needs to be integrated in the analysis of the data, and at what level.

September 18, 2014

Addressing FDA CFR Regulation Compliance with Cloud based ERP Software

By Bill Nolan, Rootstock Software
Many regulated manufacturers use paper-or Excel-based processes to address compliance. For discrete manufacturers who are required to have FDA CFR compliance, the Salesforce1 Platform connected an ERP system offers some distinct advantages.

Emerson updates burner management system at Sasol
September 18, 2014

Emerson updates burner management system at Sasol

Emerson migrated an old burner management system on a distillation column furnace to Emerson’s DeltaV during the plant’s annual scheduled shutdown this 2014.

September 18, 2014

Three common pitfalls of pressure calibrations

By Roy Tomalino, Beamex
Calibrating pressure devices has its own unique challenges. This blog describes three of them.

Datapaq measures floodlight temperatures
September 18, 2014

Datapaq measures floodlight temperatures

When the sun comes out on a rainy Wimbledon match day, the roof over Centre Court can be retracted, but only after the floodlights have cooled down sufficiently. Datapaq measured how long it takes.

ATEX Certified Sensors Meet Hazardous Requirements for Europe
September 18, 2014

ATEX Certified Sensors Meet Hazardous Requirements for Europe

By Jean Carl, Macro Sensors
Blog discusses how, in the European market, sensors specified for use within potentially explosive atmospheres must be certified to ATEX standards.

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September 17, 2014

The Energy Sector is Under Attack: How to Protect the Smart Grid Infrastructure

By Kenneth Tom, Wurldtech Security Technologies
Today, the smart grid is under attack. We need to protect this infrastructure and provide proper visibility into the network threats by taking advantage of the latest technology for Industrial Control System (ICS) security.

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September 17, 2014

Observations From An ERP Buyer’s Experience

By David J. Bush, C.P.I.M
In early 2012, we began an earnest search for a replacement for our legacy ERP system. We wanted a new ERP package that could handle the needs of our electronics industry demands. We were in for a big and disappointing surprise.

Ultrasonic Technology Helps City of Charlotte Pursue Increased Energy from Renewable Biogas
September 16, 2014

Ultrasonic Technology Helps City of Charlotte Pursue Increased Energy from Renewable Biogas

By Steve Milford, Endress+Hauser
The City of Charlotte, NC, uses Endress+Hauser ultrasonic flowmeters to measure the flow and methane content of biogas from anaerobic digesters that treat sludge in the wastewater treatment facility. The biogas is used to generate electricity.

Micro-Epsilon measures wheel spining at 1,100mph
September 16, 2014

Micro-Epsilon measures wheel spining at 1,100mph

Micro-Epsilon supplied sensors for a high speed (up to 10,500rpm) wheel spin test, part of the BLOODHOUND SSC Project – the 1,000 mph land speed record attempt that is scheduled to take place in 2016.