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Octapharma adds Track & Trace software at pharma plant
October 21, 2014

Octapharma adds Track & Trace software at pharma plant

Octapharma, a manufacturer of human protein products, is using the PAS-X Track & Trace Serialization Aggregation solution in Vienna.

Endress+Hauser Supplies Flow and Level Instruments to Refinery in Colombia
October 20, 2014

Endress+Hauser Supplies Flow and Level Instruments to Refinery in Colombia

Endress+Hauser was the Main Instrument Vendor for a $3.8 billion expansion and modernization project at Refineria de Cartagena in Columbia.

Integrating Design & Automation Silos
October 20, 2014

Integrating Design & Automation Silos

By Bill Lydon, Editor
A recent design and engineering conference emphasized the need for manufacturing automation and design engineers to collaborate instead of working in independent organizational silos. An open mind is required in order to embrace change and innovate.

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How to be Sure Your Network is Futureproof
October 18, 2014

How to be Sure Your Network is Futureproof

By Paul Brooks, Rockwell Automation
Manufacturers should carefully consider their infrastructure investments today to take advantage of the emerging wealth of industrial innovations enabled by the Internet Protocol (IP).

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4 Ways Cloud-Based Manufacturing Software Benefits Operations and IT
October 17, 2014

4 Ways Cloud-Based Manufacturing Software Benefits Operations and IT

By Greg Goodwin, LNS Research
The manufacturing industries are constantly looking for ways to cut costs, increase revenue, efficiency, speed, and so on, and advancements in technology are key to furthering this cause. Today, there are several emerging technologies that are having a significant impact on how companies operate. And one that is being embraced with increasingly open arms is cloud manufacturing software.

ISA acquires Automation.com
October 13, 2014

ISA acquires Automation.com

ISA will own Automation.com, including its website, intellectual property and all associated products, trademarks and copyrights. ISA will incorporate a new wholly-owned subsidiary called Automation.com, and Rick Zabel will remain the Publisher and Managing Director.

Bottero grinds glass with half the motors
October 10, 2014

Bottero grinds glass with half the motors

Bottero ground out a solution that is based on a single Kollmorgen AKD servo-converter for driving two servo-motors that are not simultaneously operating.

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Your recipe for maximum salary
October 09, 2014

Your recipe for maximum salary

By Rick Zabel for InTech
The good news is it is currently a job seeker’s market and will remain so for the long term. Because of the shrinking workforce, there are more jobs in the market than qualified automation professionals. In fact, if you are unhappy with your current job situation, there are other opportunities available. You just have to look for them.

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Particle sizing analyzer helps production of slag cements
October 08, 2014

Particle sizing analyzer helps production of slag cements

Zementwerk Berlin is using Malvern Instruments’ Insitec on-line particle sizing systems to efficiently manufacture high performance, ‘environmentally friendly’ slag cements.

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Roxtec seals up Beverage Machine cables
October 06, 2014

Roxtec seals up Beverage Machine cables

KHS, a manufacturer of filling and packaging systems for the beverage and food industries, uses Roxtec systems to route multiple pre-terminated cables through one opening, eliminating the cost and labor of cutting connection cables and making individual holes for each.

Is Schneider Electric committed to software?
October 06, 2014

Is Schneider Electric committed to software?

By Rick Zabel, Publisher & Editor
Since Schneider Electric's purchase of Invensys, I have been waiting to hear some news about the integration of the two companies. That news, as it relates to software, was delivered last week at Schneider Electric's first Global Software Customer Conference.

Actuator Precision Characterization
October 03, 2014

Actuator Precision Characterization

The purpose of this paper is to describe the motion control technology used by Zaber's positioning devices, describe and quantify the inaccuracies that arise as a result, and offer some strategies to help minimize these effects.

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Beyond Manufacturing Automation: Employee Engagement
October 03, 2014

Beyond Manufacturing Automation: Employee Engagement

By Thomas R. Cutler
Missives from on-high (the C-Suite) will not touch a second shift factory plant floor worker. Manufacturing leaders must encourage all workers (safety, quality, maintenance, production, and shipping) to become part of the corporate culture, listen and share ideas. It may sound trite, but only through this consistent employee communication, can manufacturers achieve full employee engagement.

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 Wonderware MES Software improves operations at Belgium Brewing
October 02, 2014

Wonderware MES Software improves operations at Belgium Brewing

Wonderware MES Performance software cut downtime by 50% and saves $400,000 annually at New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins, Co.

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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