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Closing the Maintenance Management Loop
May 26, 2015

Closing the Maintenance Management Loop

By Bill Lydon, Editor
Fluke is making significant investments in a cloud-based maintenance management software alternative for industrial users. Their intention is to close the maintenance management loop between the maintenance technicians and operations/business management.

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CKC Engineering creates custom microbore tubing spooler
May 26, 2015

CKC Engineering creates custom microbore tubing spooler

Rockwell’s CompactLogix 5370 controller and three Kinetix 350 EtherNet/IP servo drives are used as the control platform for the new tubing spooler machine.

Aqsens uses Tecan M1000 PRO reader in portable oil testing platform
May 22, 2015

Aqsens uses Tecan M1000 PRO reader in portable oil testing platform

Aqsens QS performs on-site quantitative monitoring of polymeric scale inhibitors in oil field-produced waters.

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Benefits of Robotics Systems for Many Applications
May 22, 2015

Benefits of Robotics Systems for Many Applications

By Bob Goossens, Acieta
Robots protect workers from jobs hazardous to their health, increase capacity and enable new products that couldn’t be produced any other way. It’s hard to think of a manufacturing job that a robot can’t perform faster and with better repeatability.

Instron ElectroPuls linear-torsion tester uses Renishaw encoders
May 20, 2015

Instron ElectroPuls linear-torsion tester uses Renishaw encoders

RESOLUTE encoders provide position feedback and control accuracy in Instron’s ElectroPuls systems for fatigue testing.

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Schaeffler supplies monorail guides for Airbus A350 wing assembly
May 20, 2015

Schaeffler supplies monorail guides for Airbus A350 wing assembly

The linear guidance systems form part of the assembly jigs for the Airbus A350 wings, which are currently being assembled at the Airbus site in Broughton, UK.

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Screw-driven vs. belt-driven rodless actuators
May 19, 2015

Screw-driven vs. belt-driven rodless actuators

By Igor Glikin, Tolomatic
Most electromechanical rodless actuators commonly use one of two main drive trains to convert rotary motion of the electrical motor to linear motion of the actuator’s load-carrying device: a power screw drive or a timing belt drive. Here’s how to select drive trains for reliability, efficiency and long service life.

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The Truly Paperless Factory
May 19, 2015

The Truly Paperless Factory

By Jason Spera, Aegis
By adopting a true paperless environment, and not just displaying PDFs, a factory can increase yields, quality and traceability while reducing costs and eliminating many of the risks associated with incorrect or badly controlled documentation.

May 19, 2015

Bridging the Generational Divide in Manufacturing

By Jeff Nedwick, Infor Automotive
One of the first steps needed to address the generational divide is to acknowledge the perceptions each generation has about the manufacturing industry and each other.

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Users say it’s time for new automation architecture
May 18, 2015

Users say it’s time for new automation architecture

By Bill Lydon, Editor
In an article titled 'Is it time for a new automation architecture?' I posed a question that stemmed from a number of discussions with users who believe our industry is stagnant. Many users voiced their opinions in an open discussion forum. They are frustrated with debates about which existing, outdated architectures are better. Many believe it’s time for a NEW architecture.

Staying cyber safe in industry
May 15, 2015

Staying cyber safe in industry

By Jonathan Wilkins, European Automation

Keyence monitoring system watches watches at La Pierette
May 14, 2015

Keyence monitoring system watches watches at La Pierette

La Pierrette produces synthetic sapphires and rubies for luxury watch movements. A Keyence IM Series system watches over the process.

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Large motors power Tata Steel reversing rougher
May 13, 2015

Large motors power Tata Steel reversing rougher

The highest power-rated medium voltage (MV) drives ever used in a reversing roughing mill were commissioned by ABB at Tata Steel’s Port Talbot hot strip mill in South Wales.

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Vibration sensors help keep high speed trains on tracks
May 12, 2015

Vibration sensors help keep high speed trains on tracks

The sensors provide curve detection and derailment protection for trains traveling 186 mph.

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German racing team uses optical sensors to measure downforce
May 12, 2015

German racing team uses optical sensors to measure downforce

The Tuning Akademie racing team uses the sensors to measure the distance between the vehicle and the road surface to determine the aerodynamic balance and respective downforce at the from the rear axles.

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Matrox Extenders drive 18 Dell UltraSharp displays in New Zealand power plant
May 11, 2015

Matrox Extenders drive 18 Dell UltraSharp displays in New Zealand power plant

Matrox Extio F2408 KVM extenders were installed at New Zealand’s National Control Centres, which operate the National Grid power system.

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Highly Integrated Open Architecture Automation Controller
May 11, 2015

Highly Integrated Open Architecture Automation Controller

By Bill Lydon, Editor
At the 2015 ARC Forum in February Bedrock Automation demonstrated additional features to the company’s automation controller product. These features exemplify their technology leadership and reflect their commitment to delivering integrated, easy to use, scalable, and secure products. I reviewed the following new new features with Albert Rooyakkers, Bedrock Founder, CTO, and VP Engineering.

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Placing Wireless Sensors Anywhere
May 08, 2015

Placing Wireless Sensors Anywhere

By Lance Doherty, et al, Linear Technology
One of the visions of the Internet of Things is to be able to measure and instrument things that have never before been measured. Applications call for wireless sensor networks (WSNs) to deliver wire-like performance and yet be practical to deploy.

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WERMA WIN wireless wins over TRW
May 08, 2015

WERMA WIN wireless wins over TRW

TRW Automotive in Germany uses 80 WIN wireless transmitter units to monitor machine status.

May 06, 2015

The Connected Enterprise: Bringing People, Processes and Technology Together

The Internet of Things (IoT) is connecting the physical and virtual worlds. It has brought people, processes and equipment together, from sensors and smart devices to entire systems. The proliferation of smarter end points, data analytics, scalable computing, mobility and visualization are reshaping the future of industrial automation.

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