Since its installation, the robotic loading arm has increased output from its assigned CNC milling machine by at least 150 leaf chain anchor bolts per day.
By Gregory Wilcox, Rockwell Automation
Hackers and malicious individuals are also targeting manufacturers and industrial operators. These industrial network breaches may not be making the evening news, but they certainly should serve as convincing evidence for organizations to make industrial security a top priority as they move toward a model of enterprise-wide connectivity and increased information-sharing.
By Tom Craven, RRAMAC Connected Systems
Downtime is expensive to both equipment manufacturers and end-users, and amounts to losses greater than the costs of repair. Thanks to connected machines, manufacturers are beginning to leverage the power of “big data” to avoid failures and gather intimate knowledge about what causes failures in order to prevent breakdown and hemorrhaging costs.
By Robert Golightly, AspenTech
The inside story of operational intelligence lies in rich visualization and analytics capabilities that improve production execution by enabling process manufacturers to quickly identify and resolve operational issues.
Greek oil company installs six HIMA safety systems to protect the refinery’s FCC complex, LPG spheres and circulation network, diesel hydrodesulphurization unit, naphtha hydrodesulphurization unit and two crude distillation units.
Production of hydrogen and electricity at zero emissions, thanks to aluminum combustion.
Cognex helps AMS Solutions’ IdealSTICK vision-based stick inspection system improve stick reject detection at the sawmill stacker.
Acme needed an industrial computer that was designed to operate reliably in the toughest conditions—a salmon processing plant.
By Bill Lydon, Editor
The Internet of Things (IoT) is creating a flood of new technology. As a result, the automation industry is fortunate to have an expanding range of technologies available to solve problems, improve operations, and increase productivity. The challenge is to sort out the options and keep focused on worthy automation goals.
At Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe in Bielefeld, Germany, 26 FAG SmartCheck systems from Schaeffler monitor fans for any signs of abnormal vibration.
By Pat McLaughlin, Boulting Technology
Switchboards generally have relatively long lives and can last anywhere between 25 and 40 years. Here’s what companies should keep in mind when choosing a switchboard.
A leading manufacturer of building & construction materials identified a critical need to improve its quality inspection process. Plasterboard with unacceptable surface faults was passing the existing quality test and going to market.
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The best-surviving copy of the Magna Carta, currently on exhibition in Britain’s Salisbury Cathedral to commemorate the document’s 800-year anniversary, is stored in a glass display case--along with an Onset data logger.
By Bill Lydon, Editor
The growing need in the biotechnology industry for many new products that serve smaller populations is driving manufacturers to consider highly flexible, modular facilities. The emerging “Factory of the Future” model is intended to address this new customized, small-batch product demand.
40 AUMA electric actuators were installed at the Bahrain Ministry of Works’ Muharraq Sewage Treatment Plant in Bahrain.
At Schenker Deutschland, noax forklift terminals now guarantee seamless data transfer for fulfillment right up to the production line.
By Scott Cameron, ASCO Numatics
Several types of valves are used to control cooling in the fermentation stage of industrial winemaking. The wine cooling process itself is fairly straightforward. But examining that process may highlight how valves can function as surprisingly important ingredients in improving a wide variety of cooling applications.
By Nick Boughton, Boulting Group
Connected devices have infiltrated every aspect of our lives, including the most traditional industry sectors. Here arethe challenges connectivity poses for industry, particularly with regard to systems integration and the water industry.
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By Subhajit Bagchi, Belden
In the factories of the future, smart communications will become increasingly critical in all aspects of the operation. As models for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) mature and become hardened realities, the technologies and strategies for connecting machines will be essential for enabling increased efficiency, resiliency and productivity.
Rotork CMA and CVA electric process control valve actuators control the HVAC system on Total’s CLOV FPSO (Floating Production, Storage and Offloading) vessel.