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Securing Industrial Wireless to Its Fullest
October 24, 2014

Securing Industrial Wireless to Its Fullest

By Julia Santogatta, Belden
Wireless can actually be extremely secure, shared medium or not, if you follow the “wireless Golden Rule” and ask yourself some typical security questions when planning a wireless local area network (WLAN).

Focus on Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) Infrastructure
October 24, 2014

Focus on Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) Infrastructure

By Bill Lydon, Editor
By recently joining the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), MOXA emphasized their strong focus on the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT). Another example of this commitment is their increased rugged industrial communications product scope, including security offerings.

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Emerson Wireless Steam Trap Monitors Increase Efficiency at Coffee Plant in Mexico
October 24, 2014

Emerson Wireless Steam Trap Monitors Increase Efficiency at Coffee Plant in Mexico

By David Gustafson, Emerson Process Management
It took only two weeks to install the first system, and already it’s saved $100,000 in maintenance costs and increased production by 5,000 tons per year.

Smart Factories – the strategic role of wireless sensor networks
October 23, 2014

Smart Factories – the strategic role of wireless sensor networks

By Julia Arneri Borghese, Paradox Engineering
When considering a wireless network, the critical decision is how to invest in future proof infrastructures that can provide adequate flexibility and scalability over time. Industrial organizations are not likely to install technologies which bind them to legacy protocols, or force them to replace existing equipment.

Advanticsys monitors wind and solar in Spain
October 22, 2014

Advanticsys monitors wind and solar in Spain

Kliux Energies in Spain selected Advanticsys’ remote monitoring technology to manage their renewable-energy generation facilities.

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The NIST Framework – Protecting Your SCADA Infrastructure
October 22, 2014

The NIST Framework – Protecting Your SCADA Infrastructure

By Edward Nugent, PcVue
The implementation of Cybersecurity under the NIST Framework is ultimately the responsibility of the SCADA Application owner and operator as it encompasses the entire system including the organization developing the SCADA application, the corporate networks and computers that it runs on and the control devices and instrumentation attached to it.

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October 22, 2014

Advances in SCADA and RTU Technology for Next Generation Operators

By Randy Miller, Honeywell
Modern technologies and practices have been proven to reduce incidents in the main control center by more than 30 percent and sustain safe, optimal availability. Furthermore, capturing best operator practices in a procedural operations framework and equipment based templates helps retain best practices for future generations.

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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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