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Reducing the Cost of Service
April 23, 2015

Reducing the Cost of Service

By David Parrish, SAP
It has been said that customer service is a dying art. But there are three key areas where technology is helping service organization do more with what they have.

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Aveva software helps Russian metallurgy design company handle bigger projects
April 23, 2015

Aveva software helps Russian metallurgy design company handle bigger projects

Mosgipromez, a design institute in the Russian iron & steel industry, has implemented AVEVA Everything3D (AVEVA E3D) and AVEVA Bocad software.

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Vision provides Quality Control of Die Casting
April 23, 2015

Vision provides Quality Control of Die Casting

By Klara Steinschneider, EVT
Vision systems can inspect the form and casting surface to detect scratches that indicate the form is wearing out.

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Perle Ethernet extenders work in Canadian Explosives Laboratory
April 21, 2015

Perle Ethernet extenders work in Canadian Explosives Laboratory

Perle eX-S1110 Gigabit Ethernet Extenders provide 330m safety perimeter during explosive field test.

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Will Industry 4.0 & IIoT create new standards wars?
April 20, 2015

Will Industry 4.0 & IIoT create new standards wars?

By Bill Lydon, Editor
Previous standards wars resulted in higher costs for users. This same pattern could develop again with Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). But, there are some positive developments that might allow us to avoid new standard wars. Hopefully, the various “camps with agendas” will converge their approaches and standards to leverage the latest Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, big data and analytics technologies.

B-Scada monitors multiple Algae Lab Systems
April 14, 2015

B-Scada monitors multiple Algae Lab Systems

B-Scada software aggregates data from several hundred AlgaeConnect systems, each with several photobioreactors/ponds in a single system.

Aveva software designs chemical plant in Brazil
April 14, 2015

Aveva software designs chemical plant in Brazil

The plant has 1400 piping lines, 1700 manual valves, 300 motors and 1350 field instruments.

Protecting Industrial Automation Systems from Todays’ Cyber Threats
April 14, 2015

Protecting Industrial Automation Systems from Todays’ Cyber Threats

By Alan Grau, Icon Labs
Yesterday’s industrial security no longer works

Azure Machine Learning democratizes analytics
April 09, 2015

Azure Machine Learning democratizes analytics

By Bill Lydon, Editor
I recently learned more about Microsoft’s Azure Machine Learning cloud-based predictive analytics software. It is designed to allow users to gain insights into their systems by leveraging data from those systems. I believe Azure is analogous to the power of Excel and Visual Basic - two products that democratized computing in the past.

April 09, 2015

Managing emissions in the carbon world

By Norbert Meierhoefer, AspenTech
While industrial technology is partly responsible for leaking carbon emissions into the atmosphere, technology can also play an important role in helping to manage and reduce CO2 output.

 Siemens updates three-stage lathe line for railroad axle manufacturer
April 09, 2015

Siemens updates three-stage lathe line for railroad axle manufacturer

Siemens Sinumerik CNCs, Simotics motors and Sinamics drives were installed at each lathe, with Simatic PLC and HMI as the master of the entire line.

Egemin supplies transport system with AGVs to Continental
April 09, 2015

Egemin supplies transport system with AGVs to Continental

Egemin automated the transport between the automated warehouse and the production zone at this manufacturer of electronic braking systems.

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April 08, 2015

Emerson automates supercritical power-generating unit in India

Located in Krishnapatnam, the Sri Damodaram Sanjeevaiah Thermal Power Station is a $2 billion investment by APGENCO that will provide new, low-emissions generation capacity.

From IoT Buzzword to Reality
April 06, 2015

From IoT Buzzword to Reality

By Bill Lydon, Editor
The Daikin Industries Intelligent Equipment platform translates the IoT buzzwords into a real-world IoT application. The platform provides predictive and preventative maintenance HVAC information that helps facility managers maintain equipment before it loses efficiency or impacts occupant comfort.

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March 27, 2015

ST50 Flow Meter Improves Air Compressor System Efficiency

The installation of ST50 Flow Meters in large facilities with multiple air compressors allows the operators to compare compressor usage and adjust them for optimum efficiencies.

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A.G.T. measures metal thickness with lasers instead of radiation
March 27, 2015

A.G.T. measures metal thickness with lasers instead of radiation

AGT uses Keyence LK-G Series laser sensors to provide continuous, high speed, accurate and reliable thickness measurements.

Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing Technology in the Motor Racing Industry
March 26, 2015

Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing Technology in the Motor Racing Industry

Using sensors made from low-cost optical fiber, with almost no limit to the number of sensor designs available results in a cost-effective and versatile testing platform.

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How to Select a Control Systems Integrator
March 25, 2015

How to Select a Control Systems Integrator

By Patrick Supanich, Contributor
As an end user, you must rely more and more on outside engineering services for your automation needs. Choosing a services partner can be a high-risk decision for your company and, frankly, your career. Not all CSIs are created equal. So how do you pick one?

Factory of the Future: From Vision to Reality
March 25, 2015

Factory of the Future: From Vision to Reality

By Andy Chang, NI
The Factory of the Future is a research and technology initiative aimed to push emerging technologies to improve the competitiveness of manufacturing processes by leveraging cyber-physical systems and big data analytics to enable a smarter, operator-centric production.

Glaston cuts glass scratches with improved speed control
March 24, 2015

Glaston cuts glass scratches with improved speed control

Tiny scratches can occur as a result of glass being tempered without precise speed control on the oven’s drives. Glaston fixed it with Unidrive M controllers.

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