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Flowserve Collaborates with NI, HP and PTC to Enable Predictive Maintenance for Process Control
August 29, 2016

Flowserve Collaborates with NI, HP and PTC to Enable Predictive Maintenance for Process Control

By Cory Fogg, Automation.com
Efficient predictive maintenance has been a goal of the process industry for ages. This article discusses the efforts of Flowserve, with NI, HP and PTC, to create a effective solution for the process control industry

Adding Wireless Instruments to Existing Networks
August 29, 2016

Adding Wireless Instruments to Existing Networks

By Moazzam Shamsi, Emerson Process Management
Once a wireless infrastructure is in place, new instruments can be added quickly and easily by following these steps.

Lighting Controllers – The Hidden Power Behind Automating Machine Vision
August 25, 2016

Lighting Controllers – The Hidden Power Behind Automating Machine Vision

By Peter Bhagat, Gardasoft Vision
The ability of industrial vision systems to monitor, regulate, check, analyze, sort and classify with high precision, repeatability and safety makes vision an essential enabling technology in a host of automated manufacturing processes.

SKF automates factory with Egemin automated storage system
August 25, 2016

SKF automates factory with Egemin automated storage system

With the new system, SKF can organize the logistics of its bearings, lubricants and seal products more efficiently and economically. The completed installation went into operation earlier this year.

Sensor Concepts chooses Acromag's XCOM-6400 for InfiniSCAN measurement systems
August 25, 2016

Sensor Concepts chooses Acromag's XCOM-6400 for InfiniSCAN measurement systems

Although the original intent was to use the power management system to reduce processor throughput and keep the board operating under 20 watts per hazardous location requirements, SCI chose to proceed with a design based on the XCOM-6400-108E-LF that allows full processor throughput.

Rotork actuators support environmental improvement at Aberthaw Power Station
August 25, 2016

Rotork actuators support environmental improvement at Aberthaw Power Station

Through the use of automation that includes Rotork valve actuation, Aberthaw can efficiently generate around 1555 MW of electricity for the National Grid System, which is enough power to meet the needs of some three million households.

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MAVERICK uses DCSNext solution to move DCS migration project to final phase
August 24, 2016

MAVERICK uses DCSNext solution to move DCS migration project to final phase

DCSNext capabilities allow INEOS Styrolution to avoid any additional downtime during migration and leverage the complete benefits of the latest technology

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Axiom automates B2C Europe with 100 destination packet mail sorter
August 24, 2016

Axiom automates B2C Europe with 100 destination packet mail sorter

The new sorter has automated B2C Europe's parcel and pack sortation, enabling the company to sort up to 8,000 packets an hour. This has given the company the futureproof ability to handle three times its current volume.

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KEEN footwear chooses ABB Robotics to automate shoe manufacturing
August 24, 2016

KEEN footwear chooses ABB Robotics to automate shoe manufacturing

The UNEEK Robotic Cell features two ABB IRB 120 robots weaving the interlocking cords of the shoe’s upper portion. The robotic cell can produce a shoe in half the time of the current process.

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Dalian Metro uses Rockwell Automation to integrate system, cuts energy usage by 12%
August 24, 2016

Dalian Metro uses Rockwell Automation to integrate system, cuts energy usage by 12%

The entire Dalian metro system includes more than 50 redundant Allen-Bradley MicroLogix and CompactLogix controllers with about 100,000 I/O points across the different stations.

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Real World Results When Demand-Driven Production Planning and Scheduling is Synchronized
August 23, 2016

Real World Results When Demand-Driven Production Planning and Scheduling is Synchronized

By Thomas R. Cutler and John Maher
In today’s complex manufacturing environments, the physical processes of manufacturing involve so many moving parts; just digitizing respective components will yield demand-driven results. It is a start toward Best-in-Class lean manufacturing.

CISCO Live 2016: Disruption, Data Communications to Drive Industrial Success
August 22, 2016

CISCO Live 2016: Disruption, Data Communications to Drive Industrial Success

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Attending Cisco Live 2016, it is clearer than ever that to be successful, industry needs to leverage the power of IIoT technology. Specifically, investment in a strong data communications infrastructure is essential to craft a winning organizational growth strategy.

Keeping Industrial Automation Fit and Healthy
August 22, 2016

Keeping Industrial Automation Fit and Healthy

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
discusses how this new development helps bring legacy systems forward.

ABB's Dodge CST drive system improves conveyor reliability at Norwegian mine
August 19, 2016

ABB's Dodge CST drive system improves conveyor reliability at Norwegian mine

ABB’s Dodge controlled start transmission (CST) drive system is helping prevent repeated breakdowns of a 700 meter (m) conveyor at a Norwegian mine, saving up to NOK 1 million ($120,000/107,000€) in lost production each time.

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Control Techniques magnet motor reduces energy usage for dairy producer
August 19, 2016

Control Techniques magnet motor reduces energy usage for dairy producer

The solution, which also features a Leroy-Somer Powerdrive high-power modular drive, is being used in an industrial refrigeration system that cools milk after pasteurisation or sterilisation.

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How Much of Our Lives Will be Automated?
August 19, 2016

How Much of Our Lives Will be Automated?

By Rick Delgado, Freelance Technology Writer
Our lives are becoming more automated every day, but how much will be automated, and how will it affect us? This article provides a glimpse into the future of our automated lives.

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Why Lack of Visibility into Manufacturing Operations is a Security Problem
August 19, 2016

Why Lack of Visibility into Manufacturing Operations is a Security Problem

By Barak Perelman, Indegy
Monitoring industrial networks in the manufacturing sector poses unique challenges. The emergence of ICS-native monitoring and control technologies is addressing these challenges.

Automating IT Compliance Audits
August 18, 2016

Automating IT Compliance Audits

By Dean Wiech, Tools4ever
Having the proper controls in place at the front end of the process can make audit reporting relatively painless. IM and AG systems are designed to automate the user account lifecycle, all the while ensuring that the access provided to users is appropriate

Cognex and Carter Controls provide automatic ID readers for vitamin retailer warehouse
August 18, 2016

Cognex and Carter Controls provide automatic ID readers for vitamin retailer warehouse

The challenge for the integrator that designed and installed the automation system was to find an ID reader that could deliver near 100% read rates, handle line speeds of 30 packages per minute. They chose the Cognex DataMan 300 image-based ID reader

Renishaw joins Airbus efforts to automate aircraft wing manufacturing
August 18, 2016

Renishaw joins Airbus efforts to automate aircraft wing manufacturing

The £17.7 million project, being led by Airbus in the UK, is to develop an innovative way of designing and manufacturing aircraft wings, which will encourage a “right first time approach” and reduce development time.