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LVIT Technology Offers More Flexibility in Factory Automation Applications
May 25, 2016

LVIT Technology Offers More Flexibility in Factory Automation Applications

By Ed Herceg, Alliance Sensors
Linear Variable Inductive Transducers (LVITs) are used in many factory automation applications. This article gives an in-depth look at the operational and financial benefits of LVIT technology

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Flexible Manufacturing in the Modern Age: Three Steps to Automated Engineering
May 25, 2016

Flexible Manufacturing in the Modern Age: Three Steps to Automated Engineering

By Martyn Williams, COPA-DATA UK
This article explains how implementing custom machinery and combining industrial equipment with intelligent automation software can help companies implement fully-flexible manufacturing.

Tajj Group chooses Menzel to replace defective motors
May 25, 2016

Tajj Group chooses Menzel to replace defective motors

Menzel Elektromotoren GmbH was chosen to replace defective motors after an internet search. The original motors had failed after only two years of operation, because they were unable to withstand the loads and high temperatures in the pumping station.

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Emerson delivers automation solution and energy savings to Tech Folien
May 25, 2016

Emerson delivers automation solution and energy savings to Tech Folien

Tech Folien turned to Emerson official partner RJW, who designed and installed a motor solution which delivered energy savings of over 75%.

Automation Across the Board: Insights from CEM 2016
May 24, 2016

Automation Across the Board: Insights from CEM 2016

By Adam Chapman, Fluenta
Feedback from the International Conference and Exhibition on Emissions Monitoring (CEM) this year highlighted two perspectives on the necessity of automation for both current and future regulation and monitoring challenges: monitoring fugitive emissions and fine particulate matter.

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Trending tech for remote access: HTML5 vs mobile apps
May 23, 2016

Trending tech for remote access: HTML5 vs mobile apps

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Even in the manufacturing industry, apps are finding a home as one of the best ways to access information. This article examines the use of apps in industrial environments, compared to their browser-based alternatives.

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CyberSecurity Strategy at Ford – IT & Automation Cooperation
May 20, 2016

CyberSecurity Strategy at Ford – IT & Automation Cooperation

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Mike Bastian, Global Controls Manager at Ford, shared the motivations behind their cybersecurity strategy, as well as defined 7 systems which are essential for reliable operations and keeping production running smoothly.

Emerson drives used to streamline port crane application
May 19, 2016

Emerson drives used to streamline port crane application

Measuring over 100m wide and over 60m high and with a lifting capacity of 45t, the port crane was revamped by Apator Control, adding Emerson's Unidrive M AC and Mentor MP DC drives, controlled by the Simatic S7 Programmable Logic Controller (PLC).

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SITA's baggage robot automates Geneva Airport bag drop
May 18, 2016

SITA's baggage robot automates Geneva Airport bag drop

Leo, the fully autonomous baggage robot, has the capacity to check in, print bag tags and transport up to two suitcases with a maximum weight of 32kg. It also has an obstacle avoidance capability and can navigate in a high-traffic environment such as an airport.

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Fuji Electric supplies VG Drive for bridge testing facility
May 18, 2016

Fuji Electric supplies VG Drive for bridge testing facility

The Bridge Evaluation and Accelerated Structural Testing (BEAST) lab, located at Rutgers University in Piscataway, NJ will provide valuable data and insight into the degradation of bridges due to environmental and maintenance factors.

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Emerson helps Longview power plant provide cleaner, more-efficient energy
May 17, 2016

Emerson helps Longview power plant provide cleaner, more-efficient energy

Emerson contributed to the turnaround by providing automation technologies and services that help Longview provide enough reliable, affordable electricity to power more than 500,000 homes.

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The Importance of Sensor Triggering in Production and Process Automation
May 17, 2016

The Importance of Sensor Triggering in Production and Process Automation

By Chris Jones, Micro-Epsilon UK
This article discusses the different methods of sensor triggering, their impact on measurement cycle times and the benefits they can offer over continuous measurement.

Siemens Bridges Virtual & Real Worlds
May 16, 2016

Siemens Bridges Virtual & Real Worlds

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Industry 4.0 was at the forefront of dozens of exciting new innovations and strategies from the industrial world at the 2016 Hannover Fair. Klaus Helmrich, of Siemens AG, shared their view of Industry 4.0 and the entire digitalization of the value chain.

DCS versus PLC in the modern plant
May 16, 2016

DCS versus PLC in the modern plant

By Mark Proctor, EU Automation
The difference between distributed control systems (DCSs) and programmable logic controllers (PLCs) can be boiled down to a football metaphor. Your DCS is your captain. Your PLC is more like a utility player This article provides an analysis of DCSs and PLCs in the modern plant.

Securing Industrial Wireless Networks
May 13, 2016

Securing Industrial Wireless Networks

By Divya Venkataraman, Rockwell Automation
Given the unique risks that wireless communications face – which include the interception and monitoring of data, wireless frame spoofing, and denial-of-service attacks – security is absolutely essential. This article goes more in depth on securing industrial wireless networks

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Cybersecurity: Overcoming Challenges of Protecting Industrial Automation and Control Systems (IACS)
May 13, 2016

Cybersecurity: Overcoming Challenges of Protecting Industrial Automation and Control Systems (IACS)

By Carolyn Crandall, Attivo Networks
The implementation of a cyber security plan to protect critical industrial automation and control systems (IACS), or SCADA systems, is a cornerstone of ensuring the availability of infrastructure assets and company information.

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How Video Can Minimize Manufacturing Downtime While Improving Worker Safety and Process Visibility
May 12, 2016

How Video Can Minimize Manufacturing Downtime While Improving Worker Safety and Process Visibility

When one of the world’s leading tire manufacturers built a new $1 billion facility, careful planning was undertaken to minimize potential downtime. Using a video monitoring system from Industrial Video & Control, the company can proactively address production issues, ensure the safety of personnel on the plant floor, and closely monitor hard-to-see areas.

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May 12, 2016

Technovision implements AVEVA’s engineering & design solution

Technovision has plans to use AVEVA’s IE&D solutions in all of its projects, to achieve its objectives of optimum engineering schedules, accurate and cost-effective design, and the elimination of clashes, errors and omissions that create costly surprises during construction.

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Rotork Midland assists Drax with Europe's largest decarbonization project
May 12, 2016

Rotork Midland assists Drax with Europe's largest decarbonization project

Rotork provided Drax Group, the largest conventional power station in the UK, with 200 automated wagons as part of Drax's conversion from coal to sustainable biomass

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The 'Great (DCS) Migration Project' at Emerald Kalama Chemical
May 11, 2016

The 'Great (DCS) Migration Project' at Emerald Kalama Chemical

By Daniel Visser, Istec International
The EKC "Great Migration Project' was started, with the help of Istec International and Yokogawa to replace an old DCS, during online process conditions.

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