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Roxtec seals cables on motor controllers
November 26, 2014

Roxtec seals cables on motor controllers

Roeslein & Associates in St. Louis uses Roxtec cable sealing systems in ArmorStart distributed motor controllers to help meet the need for more cables to bring in 3-phase and control voltage for new installations.

HMI simplifies FDA and USDA compliance reporting
November 25, 2014

HMI simplifies FDA and USDA compliance reporting

By: Julio Delgado, Stock America
HMI software from InduSoft provides eSignatures, database connectivity and other features vital to proper process validation and compliance with food and pharmaceutical regulations.

SmartCheck keeps cranes craning
November 24, 2014

SmartCheck keeps cranes craning

By installing condition monitoring systems on its gantry cranes, port operator RheinCargo is now able to detect any damage to crane hoisting gear early, therefore eliminating any costly, unplanned downtime.

InfinityQS software Helps General Cable cut raw material costs
November 20, 2014

InfinityQS software Helps General Cable cut raw material costs

General Cable deployed InfinityQS ProFicient, an enterprise quality platform powered by a centralized statistical process control (SPC) analytical engine, at 14 of its manufacturing locations.

November 17, 2014

Asiatic Agricultural Industries Converts to EX

Mettler Toledo helped Asiatic Agricultural Industries to convert its mix of EX and non-EX equipment in its plants to all EX equipment.

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Mettler Toledo provides Hygienic Scales to Chinese food plant
November 17, 2014

Mettler Toledo provides Hygienic Scales to Chinese food plant

WH Group, China’s market leader for meat and pork products, invested in hygienically designed bench scales to stay ahead of competition and to further enhance food safety in its production facilities.

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The Changing Workforce: How Automation is Transforming Today’s Job Market
November 17, 2014

The Changing Workforce: How Automation is Transforming Today’s Job Market

By Gary Frank, Westfalia Technologies
As technology continues to become more sophisticated every day, companies are able to run leaner and more powerful operations. However, from manufacturing assembly lines to service industries, more and more professions are being replaced by machines and devices that eclipse the capabilities of humans.

Sensors are Fundamental to Industrial IoT
November 17, 2014

Sensors are Fundamental to Industrial IoT

By Bill Lydon, Editor
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in many respects is the progression of distributed computing. The fundamental components of an automation (or other) system are sensors; they are the “eyes, ears, and fingers” of any system. If the concepts of IIoT are to succeed, we need more effective, powerful sensors.

November 14, 2014

Industry 4.0 unplugged

By Steve Hughes, REO
Industry 4.0 will ultimately represent a significant change in manufacturing and industry. In the long run, the sophisticated software implanted in factory equipment could help machines self-regulate and make more autonomous decisions.

Maintaining heat transfer fluid in the food and beverage industry
November 14, 2014

Maintaining heat transfer fluid in the food and beverage industry

By Clive Jones, et al, Global Heat Transfer
A properly maintained heat transfer system employing food-grade heat transfer fluids will contribute to low cost operation and efficient production.

Rotork actuators control Gas blending process
November 13, 2014

Rotork actuators control Gas blending process

A CVL-5000 electric control valve actuator replaced an existing actuator on a blending flow control valve in a trial at the Fluxys booster station in Belgium.

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Parts Supplier Shortens Order-Preparation Time with New Counting Solution
November 12, 2014

Parts Supplier Shortens Order-Preparation Time with New Counting Solution

Ravnihar produces components for the production of electromechanical meters. Its operations include 18 computer-controlled injection-molding machines and a station equipped with Mettler Toledo scales to count parts and ensure quality.

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Formulation and Mixing with Flexibility and Precision
November 12, 2014

Formulation and Mixing with Flexibility and Precision

Matcon’s equipment allows its customers to formulate, blend and pack dry ingredients for the pharmaceutical industry. Matcon uses scales from Mettler Toledo for precise hygienic batching.

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Cloud Computing vs. Field Controllers
November 10, 2014

Cloud Computing vs. Field Controllers

By Bill Lydon, Editor
Some industrial automation vendors and computer technology providers are offering cloud services that include historians, analytics, and complete MES (Manufacturing Execution System). These services offer a new way to improve operations by applying more computing power. Another important trend is leveraging new, more powerful controllers within the secure automation system environment. Should you be using one or the other, or both?

Improve Industrial Ethernet Network Uptime
November 09, 2014

Improve Industrial Ethernet Network Uptime

By Robert Reid, Panduit
Given that greater than 60% of Ethernet link failures are related to physical infrastructure, it is important from the outset to design and build a resilient network that is architected to recover quickly from a failure condition.

What is the digital difference in Networks vs. Protocols?
November 09, 2014

What is the digital difference in Networks vs. Protocols?

By Paul Brooks, Rockwell Automation
Without standard, unmodified Ethernet on the plant floor, many industrial automation companies can’t easily take advantage of higher-level protocols and the immense functionality they support. EtherNet/IP enables organizations to save money by moving away from expensive, closed, plant floor dedicated networks.

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The top five things that cause inverter failure
November 09, 2014

The top five things that cause inverter failure

By Jonathan Wilkins, European Automation
The most common cause of failure or malfunctioning for inverters is an improper installation, often a combination of not following the user manual recommendation and selecting inappropriate cable type, gauges or in line fuses. But there are more.

Saving Energy & Lowering Operating Costs with AC Drives
November 10, 2014

Saving Energy & Lowering Operating Costs with AC Drives

Do you know how much money you could be saving annually with a variable frequency drive?

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HIMA modernizes safety systems at  Heide Refinery
November 06, 2014

HIMA modernizes safety systems at Heide Refinery

Heide Refinery used two weeks of planned downtime at its pyrolysis plant to migrate to new safety systems.

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Integration Objects software monitors energy consumption at oil facility in Saudi Arabia
November 06, 2014

Integration Objects software monitors energy consumption at oil facility in Saudi Arabia

KnowledgeNet collects plant data from an OSIsoft PI historian and then uses computing, rules, fault propagation and workflow engines to reason over the data to identify the cause of performance gaps at Saudi Aramco Abqaiq Plants.