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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Glass-reinforced polymer (GRP) composite material for protective enclosures is electromagnetically transparent, making it easier to deploy wireless instrumentation.
Salvagnini is using distributed servo amplifiers for positioning, instead of keeping drives installed centrally in the control cabinet.
Red says balance contents are not yet in an acceptable tolerance range, and green tells an operator to move onto the next weigh.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bilfinger GreyLogix uses Engineering Configuration One (EEC One) for control cabinet manufacturing.
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.