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Data Loggers track mold at Apartment Complex
April 22, 2014

Data Loggers track mold at Apartment Complex

The monitoring project, which ran for five months, was aimed at investigating unexplained causes of moisture damage, wood decay and fungal growth found behind cladding and sheathing in ground-floor walls throughout the unnamed complex.

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Industrial Internet Consortium: Another Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) Organization
April 18, 2014

Industrial Internet Consortium: Another Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) Organization

By Bill Lydon, Editor
Recently founded by AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM and Intel, IIC is another organization focused on the Internet of Things (IoT), big data, and the connected world. The goals of this group are to break down the barriers of technology silos to support better access to big data with improved integration of the physical and digital worlds.

ABB PLC controls safety at cold-rolling mill
April 16, 2014

ABB PLC controls safety at cold-rolling mill

The safety PLC provided the platform for Sandvik Materials Technology to add zoned safety guarding to a large cold rolling mill at its Sandviken plant in Sweden.

Initec Plantas uses AVEVA Electrical software on oil & gas projects
April 15, 2014

Initec Plantas uses AVEVA Electrical software on oil & gas projects

Initec Plantas Industriales has successfully deployed AVEVA Electrical software on all of its Oil & Gas projects for a 40% reduction in time.

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EtherNet/IP & DeviceNet Network Updates
April 14, 2014

EtherNet/IP & DeviceNet Network Updates

By Bill Lydon, Editor
The recent ODVA annual conference and meeting provided a number of technology updates to the Common Industrial protocol (CIP) networks, specifically EtherNet/IP and DeviceNet. Topics included a new initiative for the DeviceNet of Things, as well as updates to the Machinery, Process and Energy initiatives. Wireless network and IO-Link integration and IPv6 migration concepts were also discussed.

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April 08, 2014

Security Cycle of Awareness

By Eric Knapp, Honeywell Process Solutions
Today, malware can evolve, mutate and hide in its tracks. It can seek out embedded devices and inject them with code. In short, bad guys can gain access and cause harm to industrial control systems once thought to be impenetrable.

QA Graphics Provides BAS Graphics for Residential Project
April 08, 2014

QA Graphics Provides BAS Graphics for Residential Project

QA Graphics provide all of the system graphics to New England Energy Controls for an 18,000 square foot residential project.

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Micro-Epsilon displacement sensors position synchroniser discs
April 07, 2014

Micro-Epsilon displacement sensors position synchroniser discs

Two laser line displacement sensors from Micro-Epsilon are mounted to a purpose-built handling and processing machine manufactured by Behr Systems.

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Cyber Security - Protecting Automation Controllers
April 04, 2014

Cyber Security - Protecting Automation Controllers

By Bill Lydon, Editor
Layered cyber security protection has become an important factor for automation systems. The bottom layers of the network include the controllers with real-time embedded processors. I recently interviewed Alan Grau, President and Co-Founder of Icon Labs, about their company and cyber security solution offering.

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Industry 4.0 - Only One-Tenth of Germany's High-Tech Strategy
April 04, 2014

Industry 4.0 - Only One-Tenth of Germany's High-Tech Strategy

By Bill Lydon, Editor
The Industry 4.0 initiative is just one part of a 10-point high-tech plan in Germany’s strategy to be the leading supplier of products in a number of disciplines. The 10-point plan was created in 2006 and focuses on academia, research institutions and industry.

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Remote condition monitoring brings big savings for Spanish wind farm
April 02, 2014

Remote condition monitoring brings big savings for Spanish wind farm

By installing condition monitoring systems from Schaeffler on 56 wind turbines, Spanish renewable energy provider Geolica is making significant annual cost savings.

Enclosure Material Considerations: Fiberglass Vs. Stainless
March 26, 2014

Enclosure Material Considerations: Fiberglass Vs. Stainless

By Chase Gregory, Stahlin
Most control housings are typically made up of metals, thermoplastics, or composite materials. Here's a brief overview of the three main types of enclosure materials describing how they perform relative to preventing corrosion and impact resistance.

Inter RAO-Engineering uses AVEVA on Russian power projects
March 26, 2014

Inter RAO-Engineering uses AVEVA on Russian power projects

Inter RAO-Engineering, a Russian engineering contractor (EPC) in the power industry, will use AVEVA solutions as a platform to perform engineering and design work on complex projects.

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New Emerson Facility Features Integrated Operations (iOps) Center
March 26, 2014

New Emerson Facility Features Integrated Operations (iOps) Center

By Bill Lydon, Editor
Emerson invested nearly $70 million in a new 282,000-square-foot Innovation Center in Round Rock, Texas. The center serves as the global headquarters for Emerson’s automation systems and project services business, which helps customers safely, reliably and profitably operate facilities in various industries.

March 25, 2014

Portek uses Epicor ERP to monitor operations

Singapore-based port equipment engineering solutions provider Portek Systems & Equipment, has gone live with the Epicor enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution.

Despite Snow Storm, AHR 2014 Sees Record Attendance & Upbeat Business Outlook
March 24, 2014

Despite Snow Storm, AHR 2014 Sees Record Attendance & Upbeat Business Outlook

By Bill Lydon, Editor
Even though New York City experienced a snow storm that accumulated 10 inches of snow, the AHR Expo experienced a record attendance. More than 43,000 visitors and 18,000 exhibitor personnel flocked to the Javits Convention Center.

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Reducing Hidden Costs in Electrical Systems
March 24, 2014

Reducing Hidden Costs in Electrical Systems

By Dave Dahl, Rockwell Automation, et al
Low power factor and high levels of voltage and current harmonic distortion, are a significant but often hidden cost in industrial operations. Without corrective measures, these factors increase electrical utility charges, impair equipment health, and prevent efficient industrial expansion.

Assured Automation Valve helps  IniTECH  Batching Systems
March 20, 2014

Assured Automation Valve helps IniTECH Batching Systems

IniTECH incorporated the Assured Automation stainless steel angle body valve into batching systems for the flavor, fragrance and beauty care industries.

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The Future Of Warehouse Management
March 19, 2014

The Future Of Warehouse Management

By Alex Mills, Chess Logistics Technology
Warehouse management systems have come a long way in the last 25 years and the latest versions far surpass their predecessors in terms of performance, sophistication and the value they can deliver to a business. And yet the market is slowing down.

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Remote machine diagnostics and support
March 17, 2014

Remote machine diagnostics and support

MAC Solutions uses an eWON Talk2M Virtual Private Network router to provide remote diagnostics with good security.