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ISA-101: Toward a More Effective HMI Strategy
March 06, 2015

ISA-101: Toward a More Effective HMI Strategy

By Leila Myers and Maurice Wilkins
An effective HMI should give operators the information they need in a form they can comprehend quickly so they can make good decisions. The new ISA-101 standard helps users understand what those concepts mean and how to implement them.

Using Network Cameras for safety
March 02, 2015

Using Network Cameras for safety

By Andrea Sorri, Axis Communications
Due to their superior image quality, connectivity, scalability, and scope for adding video analytics applications, network video cameras are increasingly replacing analog CCTV cameras to secure manufacturing facilities.

Patti Engineering controls Hill Country Bakery
February 27, 2015

Patti Engineering controls Hill Country Bakery

Patti provided engineering, design and implementation of an automated temperature monitoring system.

Top 5 problems with HMIs
February 26, 2015

Top 5 problems with HMIs

By Jonathan Wilkins, European Automation
The static days of the monolithic monitor are beginning to make way for smaller, portable interfaces that provide the user with much more freedom—and problems.

Designing the Industrial Internet of Things
February 25, 2015

Designing the Industrial Internet of Things

By Brian Phillippi
By making machines smarter through local processing and communication, the IIoT could solve problems in ways that were previously inconceivable. As innovation grows so does the complexity, which makes the IIoT a very large challenge that no company alone can meet.

Xothermic diagnoses failure at glass manufacturing plant
February 24, 2015

Xothermic diagnoses failure at glass manufacturing plant

Xothermic used B-Scada’s Status Enterprise software to identify a failed thermocouple in a furnace at the unidentified glass plant.

New Historian Simplifies Data Capture & Analysis
February 23, 2015

New Historian Simplifies Data Capture & Analysis

By Bill Lydon, Editor
Kepware Technologies recently introduced a new Local Historian Plug-In for the KEPServerEX communications platform and a Splunk plug-in to support big data systems. The products were born from customers’ requests for an easy to install and use historian for various plant applications, including labs, test situations, and at remote sites.

Optimization Of Your Air Compressor And How It Helps
February 19, 2015

Optimization Of Your Air Compressor And How It Helps

By Dana Smith, Compressor World
Here is what you should do if you deal in air compressors or run a plant that uses a number of different kinds of air compressors.

February 18, 2015

Patti Engineering installs SCADA system for Siemens

The SCADA system was installed for a water and wastewater infrastructure automation project at the city of Fair Oaks Ranch, TX.

February 18, 2015

Faceware Technologies software protected by CodeMeter

Since implementing CodeMeter protection, Faceware Technologies has not detected any counterfeit copies of the current software release on the open market, thus protecting and maximizing their license revenues.

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Four Tips: Properly Managed Network Architectures
February 18, 2015

Four Tips: Properly Managed Network Architectures

By Dan McGrath, Industrial IP Advantage
The industrial network switches found in many plants tend to fall into two categories: unmanaged and poorly managed. But the success of the deployment is not about the manager – it’s about the plan.

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To be or not to be...energy efficient?
February 18, 2015

To be or not to be...energy efficient?

By Darren Halford, European Automation
Which country do you think is the most energy-efficient in the world?

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February 17, 2015

Shorter Stroke Lengths Make LVDT Sensors Ideal for Hydraulic Cylinder Applications

By Jean Carl, Macro Sensors
With improved stroke to length ratio (now up to 80%), the LVDT Linear Position Sensor becomes a viable position measurement device for hydraulic cylinder positioning.

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Curtis uses confocal chromatic sensor to check assembly alignment
February 16, 2015

Curtis uses confocal chromatic sensor to check assembly alignment

Curtis Assemble & Test installed a non-contact confocal chromatic sensor from Micro-Epsilon on an automated assembly and test machine that checks the alignment of a precision disc pin assembly, part of an automotive fuel injector valve.

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FieldComm Group delivers value of Fieldbus & HART Technologies
February 13, 2015

FieldComm Group delivers value of Fieldbus & HART Technologies

By Bill Lydon, Editor
The FieldComm Group was formed and became operational on January 1, 2015, by combining all assets of the former Fieldbus Foundation and the HART Communication Foundation. The new group will further intelligent device technologies and their adoption. Ted Masters, President and CEO provided insights into the value of the new organization.

MAC Solutions provides packaging company with remote access support
February 10, 2015

MAC Solutions provides packaging company with remote access support

Proseal UK is now able to securely access, diagnose and quickly resolve issues on its tray sealing machines located anywhere in the world, via secure Broadband connections.

Top five problems with PLCs
February 10, 2015

Top five problems with PLCs

By Jonathan Wilkins
Putting aside the traditional and universal signs of something going wrong, such as programme bugs and wiring errors, here are the top five things that can go wrong with a PLC.

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February 09, 2015

Egemin supplies automated warehouse system to Kim's Chocolates

Egemin's system includes three automated warehouses and three automated guided vehicles that transport goods between warehouses and production.

Stimulus for New Automation Architecture
February 06, 2015

Stimulus for New Automation Architecture

By Bill Lydon, Editor
I believe the growth and application of new technology is a stimulus for the development of new automation system solutions and architectures. These new technologies include, but are not limited to, the Internet of Things (IoT), big data and cloud analytics.

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Automation & Control Trends in 2015
February 01, 2015

Automation & Control Trends in 2015

By Bill Lydon, Editor
This is an update to previous automation and control trends articles and expresses my thoughts for 2015 and beyond. These opinions are based on a wide range of inputs from users, suppliers and industry consultants, and from attending more than 20 industry forums, conferences and trade shows last year.