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DHS Best Practices to Secure ICS Communications
January 17, 2017

DHS Best Practices to Secure ICS Communications

By Daniel Crum, Owl Computing Technologies, Inc.
The US Department of Homeland Security, in conjunction with the FBI and NSA, has released recommended best practices that any organization can use to help secure their ICS communications. This article discusses these practices

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How Smart Instruments Enable Improved Pumping
January 17, 2017

How Smart Instruments Enable Improved Pumping

By Nathan Hedrick, Endress+Hauser
Several instrument manufacturers offer various types of “smart instruments,” and their approaches vary. This article covers how Endress+Hauser flow sensors with Heartbeat Technology provide the kind of information needed to implement smart pumping.

Is MES On Its Way Out?
January 17, 2017

Is MES On Its Way Out?

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
The convergence of IT and OT is one of the more fascinating trends that has spawned many discussions throughout the industrial space., but does it sound the death knell for Manufacturing Execution Systems?

January 17, 2017

Casa Systems chooses Omnify Empower PLM software to manage engineering products

Casa Systems was growing and they needed to find a solution to support formal engineering change control processes in order to eliminate issues they were experiencing with accountability, delays and lost information.

Carolina Color chooses Liad to automate color delivery product line
January 13, 2017

Carolina Color chooses Liad to automate color delivery product line

Carolina Color faced an interesting business decision arising from the launch of two new coloring technologies. Carolina Colors decided to find an automated solution that the customers could install and use in order to achieve a cost advantage.

Rotork provides automated shut-off for heating pipelines in Northern Sweden bridge
January 12, 2017

Rotork provides automated shut-off for heating pipelines in Northern Sweden bridge

Opened in 2014, the 2.1 kilometre bridge also carries two 400 mm diameter district heating pipelines which are now protected by an emergency shut-off system incorporating Rotork pneumatic actuators.

Lakeview Farms uses Leading2Lean's CloudDISPATCH system to cut downtime by 34 percent
January 12, 2017

Lakeview Farms uses Leading2Lean's CloudDISPATCH system to cut downtime by 34 percent

Six months after implementing Leading2Lean’s CloudDISPATCH system, however, Lakeview Farms experienced a 34 percent decrease in line downtime, a 15 percent reduction in repair costs, and a 30 percent increase in maintenance technician efficiency.

Kamstrup helps Aalborg District Heating automate meter reading system
January 10, 2017

Kamstrup helps Aalborg District Heating automate meter reading system

The investment includes 38,000 intelligent heat meters and a fully automatic remote reading system from Kamstrup. This large project begins in March 2017.

Inside Turck’s Industrial Control Edge Devices - Embedded PLC & ARGEE Logic Engines
January 09, 2017

Inside Turck’s Industrial Control Edge Devices - Embedded PLC & ARGEE Logic Engines

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Keeping consistent with Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 concepts and architectures, Turck has embedded PLC control into their traditional products, thereby extending capabilities to be a control company.

Medical Robots are Coming. Are You Ready?
January 06, 2017

Medical Robots are Coming. Are You Ready?

By Rick Delgado, Freelance Automation Writer
According to a study by market intelligence firm Tractica, the number of medical robots entering practice is expected to triple in the next five years, exceeding 10,000 and culminating in over 38,000 industry wide.

The Open Group Launches Initial Meeting of Open Process Automation Forum
January 04, 2017

The Open Group Launches Initial Meeting of Open Process Automation Forum

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Focused on developing a standards-based, open, secure, interoperable process control architecture, the Open Process Automation saw an impressive turnout for this initial meeting with 57 individuals from 30 different organizations attending.

Enable Midstream chooses Flow-Cal to automate measurement system
January 03, 2017

Enable Midstream chooses Flow-Cal to automate measurement system

After considerable research and review, Enable made the decision to consolidate its assets (more than 14,000 gas meters) into a single measurement system and selected FLOWCAL Enterprise as their measurement system of record.

Bill’s Deep Dive: Prometheus Multivendor PLC Configuration and Management Software from Wonderware
January 03, 2017

Bill’s Deep Dive: Prometheus Multivendor PLC Configuration and Management Software from Wonderware

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Wonderware/Schneider Electric's Prometheus is configuration and management software for defining HMI and multiple vendor PLC and control code

Preferred Utilities turns to Ocean Data Systems' Dream Report to enhance performance monitoring
December 29, 2016

Preferred Utilities turns to Ocean Data Systems' Dream Report to enhance performance monitoring

Preferred Utilities is a source for products and services in the area boiler instrumentation and controls, burners and fuel management systems across North America.

Does Collaboration Trump Automation in the Automotive Industry?
December 28, 2016

Does Collaboration Trump Automation in the Automotive Industry?

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
While autonomous vehicles are making most of the headlines, some argue collaboration is more vital to industry success than automation. This article looks at some of the most exciting automotive engineering clusters around the world.

Milwaukee Electronics chooses Aegis' FactoryLogix MES software for Oregon facility
December 28, 2016

Milwaukee Electronics chooses Aegis' FactoryLogix MES software for Oregon facility

With facilities located in Wisconsin, Oregon, and Mexico, Milwaukee Electronics designs and manufactures custom circuit board assemblies for the medical, transportation, military, and HVAC industries.

Discussing the Power of Configurable Process Control
December 28, 2016

Discussing the Power of Configurable Process Control

By Anthony Borges, Pinpoint Information Systems
The power of an MES System or configurable process control system is now well beyond that of what can be accomplished with PLCs alone.

Exele delivers VOIP-based alarm monitoring to Cypress Ridge wastewater facility
December 27, 2016

Exele delivers VOIP-based alarm monitoring to Cypress Ridge wastewater facility

In the past year Cypress Ridge sought Exele's help to convert their hardwired TAPI-based telephone alarm notification system to use Voice-Over-IP (VOIP).

FCI aims to enhance gas and air ratio control with ST100 flow meter
December 27, 2016

FCI aims to enhance gas and air ratio control with ST100 flow meter

Installing a direct mass device in the process control loop offers a number of advantages. It allows the operator to achieve a direct ratio of control between the natural gas, the air and waste gas fuels without any corrections for pressure, temperature or density, which requires extra components and possibly extra offsets and failures.

Service Robots Open New Avenues for an Automated Workforce
December 20, 2016

Service Robots Open New Avenues for an Automated Workforce

By Mufassira Fathima, Allied Analytic LLP
The service robotics industry is touted to soon take over from the human work in the next few years. This is due to its increasing adoption by diverse verticals for domestic as well as commercial purposes.