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Avoiding Cyber Security Disasters
January 26, 2015

Avoiding Cyber Security Disasters

By Bill Lydon, Editor
Cyber-attacks are on the rise. Do manufacturing companies need to experience major disasters before they take cyber security seriously? We have talked and written much about cyber security, but little action has been taken. The good news is there is an ever expanding range of cyber security protection solutions for those motivated to protect themselves.

AS/RS Safety & Service: Keeping Your System Up and Running for Long-term Benefits
January 26, 2015

AS/RS Safety & Service: Keeping Your System Up and Running for Long-term Benefits

By Bob Douglas, Westfalia Technologies
Although an AS/RS can generate ROI in about five years, proper service and maintenance further maximize this investment and can lead to a system lifespan of 25+ years, thus lowering the total cost of ownership and providing long-term operational efficiencies.

CAS data acquisition system cleans up detergent  tests
January 23, 2015

CAS data acquisition system cleans up detergent tests

German detergent manufacturer Henkel replaced its old data recorders with 10 Delphin measurement data acquisition systems.

Four Pillars for Choosing New SCADA Software
January 22, 2015

Four Pillars for Choosing New SCADA Software

By Christopher Little, Trihedral
Replacing an existing system can present opportunities that are unavailable when building a SCADA system from scratch. This article outlines four concepts, or pillars, to support your search for new SCADA software that will help you build on the value of your existing system and grow with your changing needs well into the future.

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Procentec solves Profibus problems at Dutch water treatment plant
January 22, 2015

Procentec solves Profibus problems at Dutch water treatment plant

Using ProfiTrace 2 diagnostics found a corroded cable at the Rijnland waste water purification plant.

Virtualization and The Cloud: What’s the Right Approach?
January 19, 2015

Virtualization and The Cloud: What’s the Right Approach?

By John Senese for Industrial IP Advantage
Virtualization is highly beneficial in an industrial IT scenario where there are lots of software applications that perform functions for a small number of machines or manufacturing processes.

FuelCell Energy uses  VFDs and PACs to improve grid connection
January 19, 2015

FuelCell Energy uses VFDs and PACs to improve grid connection

Rockwell Automation PowerFlex 700L drives and CompactLogix PACS convert DC power to AC power within the fuel cell and connect it to the grid.

Is IoT (IP to the edge) good for automation?
January 19, 2015

Is IoT (IP to the edge) good for automation?

By Bill Lydon, Editor
The Internet of Things (IoT) definition as promoted by major industrial automation suppliers and computer industry suppliers is “IP to the edge.” IP to the edge means using Internet Protocol over wired or wireless Ethernet to communicate with end devices. This concept may not be common sense engineering and sound design for industrial automation systems.

Jonah Energy Implements FLOWCLOUD Hosting Solution
January 19, 2015

Jonah Energy Implements FLOWCLOUD Hosting Solution

Jonah Energy, a startup exploration and production company, is using Flow-Cal’s FLOWCLOUD hosting solution to obtain data in a cloud environment.



Achilles Industrial Next Gen Firewall from Wurldtech
January 14, 2015

Achilles Industrial Next Gen Firewall from Wurldtech

By Bill Lydon, Editor
Wurldtech launched a new firewall product for industrial control (ICS) and SCADA equipment that is designed protect from corruption and damage caused by cyber-attacks. I recently spoke with Wurldtech’s Peter Lunk and Tom Kenneth about their new Achilles Industrial Next Gen Firewall and their full portfolio of cyber security products and services.

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 LB Foster builds Assembly line for Jaguar XF Sportbrake
January 13, 2015

LB Foster builds Assembly line for Jaguar XF Sportbrake

The tabbing and framing cell takes the Sportbrake body floor out of the assembly line to have the side body panels, roof and other components put in place, tabbed and then welded by robots.

Alkylation plant in Portugal upgrades safety system
January 13, 2015

Alkylation plant in Portugal upgrades safety system

A shutdown of Petrogal’s alkylation unit at Sines Refinery was the perfect opportunity for engineering and consulting company Optieng to install a new HIQuad safety system.

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How to identify and reduce risk in your next automation project
January 12, 2015

How to identify and reduce risk in your next automation project

By Ryan Hildebrandt
How do you identify and reduce risk in an automation project? At each stage of the project lifecycle, and for every party involved, risk can be introduced (and subsequently identified, assessed, and mitigated). Let's look at how these uncertainties come into play and how to reduce the effects on your overall schedule and budget.

Alpha Integration uses Weiss Indexer in parts assembly
January 09, 2015

Alpha Integration uses Weiss Indexer in parts assembly

Weiss provided a turnkey solution for Alpha‘s 6’ tall automotive parts assembly machine that allowed ease-of-loading for its 12 load stations

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Village Worker uses Barix Building Management Systems
January 08, 2015

Village Worker uses Barix Building Management Systems

Using Barix Barionet IP solutions, Village Worker builds end-to-end control and automation architectures that trigger actions based on data readings from a variety of connected devices.

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OpTek Systems uses confocal sensors on highly reflective and diffuse surfaces
January 08, 2015

OpTek Systems uses confocal sensors on highly reflective and diffuse surfaces

OpTek Systems has installed non-contact confocal chromatic sensors from Micro-Epsilon on a number of its laser processing machines to measure the surface finish and groove depth of difficult materials, ranging from highly reflective, mirrored surfaces to dark, diffuse surfaces.

Remote Monitoring Challenges & Opportunities
January 05, 2015

Remote Monitoring Challenges & Opportunities

By Bill Lydon, Editor
New technology is enabling remote monitoring capabilities to improve operational effectiveness. This presents users with opportunities and challenges to be evaluated for practical applications. The latest remote monitoring tools allow experts to analyze problems and abnormal situations, and determine ways to improve and optimize operations, without traveling to the site.

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.