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Precision Products shotguns its scrapped parts problem
February 10, 2016

Precision Products shotguns its scrapped parts problem

Precision Products, a manufacturer of shotgun parts, wrote an Okuma machine tool app that streamlines its cutting operations, while reducing operator error and scrapped parts.

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Mettler-Toledo weighs Asian crop food
February 08, 2016

Mettler-Toledo weighs Asian crop food

Asiatic Agricultural Industries updated its old scales to EX equipment.

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FDT Technology Development: Expanding the Horizon of Device and Network Integration
February 05, 2016

FDT Technology Development: Expanding the Horizon of Device and Network Integration

By Glenn Schulz, Managing Director, FDT Group
FDT Technology holds the key to integrating a wide range of devices and networks in today’s complex process automation architecture. Ongoing development of this technology, driven by growing instrumentation supplier involvement, is enabling end users to realize the true potential of decentralization, transparency, integration, and a unified view of all data and functions within the manufacturing enterprise.

New Rockwell Automation Products from Automation Fair 2015
February 05, 2016

New Rockwell Automation Products from Automation Fair 2015

By Bill Lydon, Editor
The event was described as a showcase of the latest advances in manufacturing and industrial automation enabled by the convergence of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT). Here are a few notable new products introduced by Rockwell Automation.

Remote Services for PLCs
February 04, 2016

Remote Services for PLCs

By Sina Kopacz, MB Connect
White paper describes MB Connect's remote service platform that allows direct monitoring of machinery and equipment withweb-based visualization that can be displayed on any tablet, smartphone or computer with a standard browser.

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Hint automates metering and allocation software for offshore oil and gas
February 04, 2016

Hint automates metering and allocation software for offshore oil and gas

Hint automated a metering and allocation system for ENGIE that collects all data for the allocation of proceeds from oil and gas sales.

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Westermo data networks serve twin Spanish solar power plants
February 02, 2016

Westermo data networks serve twin Spanish solar power plants

Ethernet-based networks have been installed to support the control of 225,000 mirrors at the twin La Florida and La Dehesa concentrating solar power plants.

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Industrial Automation Absorbed by IT (Information Technology)?
February 01, 2016

Industrial Automation Absorbed by IT (Information Technology)?

By Bill Lydon, Editor
"Industrial Automation Absorbed by IT," may be the future headline if the industrial automation community does not make a commitment to multivendor, open-interoperability, and Internet of Things (IoT) technology. If this comes to pass it may not be the optimal solution for industrial automation effectiveness.

Schneider Electric delivers Industry 4.0 & IIoT Products
January 29, 2016

Schneider Electric delivers Industry 4.0 & IIoT Products

By Bill Lydon, Editor
Schneider Electric continues a buildout of products to help users implement Industry 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) features. The company demonstrated new products and discussed this important shift in industrial automation during the SPS IPC Drives on November 24-26, 2015 in Nuremberg, Germany.

ABB checks tea bags at Burrows Paper
January 29, 2016

ABB checks tea bags at Burrows Paper

An ABB QCS controls PM12, the paper machine that produces EcoInfuse filtration paper for tea bags.

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Tips for mitigating harmful harmonics
January 27, 2016

Tips for mitigating harmful harmonics

By John Mitchell, CP Automation
Voltage distortion, caused by current harmonics can wreak havoc in a plant, its equipment and the mains power supply. Here are useful tips for mitigating harmonics.

ITAMCO connects its forklifts to the Industrial Internet of Things
January 26, 2016

ITAMCO connects its forklifts to the Industrial Internet of Things

Each forklift is linked to ITAMCO’s ERP system through its GPS and an application on a smart tablet mounted in the forklift.

‘Cloud-based’ machine remote-access: how secure is it?
January 25, 2016

‘Cloud-based’ machine remote-access: how secure is it?

By Dave Hammond, M.A.C. Solutions
For machine builders that offer remote access support and diagnostics for their installed machines, security is obviously a major concern.

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WirelessHART Field Device Installation and Configuration
January 22, 2016

WirelessHART Field Device Installation and Configuration

By Moazzam Shamsi, Emerson Process Management
The self-configuring capabilities of WirelessHART networks simplify the installation and configuration of WirelessHART field devices. This article walks through the steps required to successfully install and configure a WirelessHART network.

Interesting Encompass Partner Products from Automation Fair
January 22, 2016

Interesting Encompass Partner Products from Automation Fair

By Bill Lydon, Editor
Automation Fair 2015 was described as a showcase of the latest advances in manufacturing and industrial automation enabled by the convergence of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT). Here are highlights of a few interesting Encompass Partner products.

Egemin automates production site of Total Oil Asia Pacific
January 22, 2016

Egemin automates production site of Total Oil Asia Pacific

The lubricant oil-blending plant of Total Oil Asia Pacific in Singapore uses Egemin AGVs to transfer pallets from the four filling lines in the production area to the distribution zone.

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Mission-critical Infrastructure Monitoring
January 22, 2016

Mission-critical Infrastructure Monitoring

Tibbo engineers successfully deployed a communication channel and emergency notification monitoring system for the EMERCOM of Russia.

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Automation scheme holds back the tide to improve flood protection
January 21, 2016

Automation scheme holds back the tide to improve flood protection

A Rotork IQ3 intelligent electric actuator will improve flood protection in a vulnerable area of a coastal town in west Wales.

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Micro-Epsilon laser sensor waxes accurately at Blayson Olefines
January 19, 2016

Micro-Epsilon laser sensor waxes accurately at Blayson Olefines

Blayson Olefines uses the laser sensor to measure the distortion and contraction of wax materials used in investment casting.

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Protecting your production line from cyber attacks
January 19, 2016

Protecting your production line from cyber attacks

By Jonathan Wilkins, European Automation
Five years after the Stuxnet attack, all SCADA and PLC systems across the manufacturing industry are vulnerable, no matter how small.