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Open Process Automation Movement Taking Form at ExxonMobil's 2nd Industry Day
September 29, 2016

Open Process Automation Movement Taking Form at ExxonMobil's 2nd Industry Day

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
The event, a follow-on to the successful 1st End User Industry Day event in June, provided the opportunity for more users to learn about and consider joining the new open process control standards initiative.

Siemens to supply propulsion systems for all-electric ferries
September 29, 2016

Siemens to supply propulsion systems for all-electric ferries

The all-electric ferries operated by Fjord1 will ply the E39 Anda-Lote route on the west coast of Norway. Both will have a cargo capacity of 120 cars, twelve trailers and 349 passengers. Operation on the 2.4 kilometer-long route will start in January 2018.

South Carolina Becoming Home for Automation, Innovation, and Vision Guided Vehicles
September 28, 2016

South Carolina Becoming Home for Automation, Innovation, and Vision Guided Vehicles

By Jim Rock, Seegrid
South Carolina is one of leading locations for vision guided vehicles (VGV), driven in part to the increasing North American fork truck free (FTF) initiatives.

Country Maid turns to Rockwell Automation to automate production
September 28, 2016

Country Maid turns to Rockwell Automation to automate production

Country Maid had to add an additional line to help meet demand. They could either replace their mixer with a larger one, which would require expanding their facility to accommodate its size, or they could install a smaller new mixer with the new additional automated line.

Sole Focus on Cyber Security Could be Fatal – Security Requires 360 Degree Effort
September 26, 2016

Sole Focus on Cyber Security Could be Fatal – Security Requires 360 Degree Effort

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Cyber protection is certainly a major issue for industry, but a comprehensive security protection program needs to focus on the physical and personnel aspects of protection and detection as well.

Bedrock provides SCADA RTU platform for Clarksville Light and Water
September 23, 2016

Bedrock provides SCADA RTU platform for Clarksville Light and Water

The project is part of Clarksville, Arkansas' plan to save up to $2M over the next five years through improved control, monitoring, and security of its electric grid and water treatment facilities.

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Designing with Obsolescence in Mind
September 23, 2016

Designing with Obsolescence in Mind

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
With tech life cycles becoming shorter, it is important for product designers to plan in advance for component obsolescence to maximise the life span of their products.

NEXCOM Simplifies OT-IT Convergence to Scout for Factory Intelligence
September 22, 2016

NEXCOM Simplifies OT-IT Convergence to Scout for Factory Intelligence

NEXCOM IoT Automation Solution offers manufacturers a feasible, holistic approach to control, communication, and cloud integration, fast-tracking the implementation of virtual war rooms, preventive maintenance and Industry 4.0 applications alike.

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Stahlin's enclosures provide protection for ECS compost temperature sensors
September 22, 2016

Stahlin's enclosures provide protection for ECS compost temperature sensors

Engineered Composted Systems needed a strong corrosive resistant NEMA 4X enclosure that could survive this environment and protect their RF TeleProbe system. Stahlin Non-Metallic Enclosures was able to put together an enclosure package that met ECS needs.

GE Digital software boosts connectivity in Brazilian steel plant
September 22, 2016

GE Digital software boosts connectivity in Brazilian steel plant

Gerdau has decided to rollout GE Digital’s Asset Performance Management (APM) solution to connect 600 assets in 11 plants across Brazil.

Evolving Towards the Industrial IoT
September 19, 2016

Evolving Towards the Industrial IoT

By Bob McIlvride, Skkynet
Amidst all the conversation and occasional hype about the Industrial IoT, there has been cautious but steadily increasing implementation. Here are some questions to consider when evaluating an IIoT solution, to help cultivate an evolutionary approach

OPC UA PubSub: Bringing the Power of the Cloud to Industrial Automation
September 19, 2016

OPC UA PubSub: Bringing the Power of the Cloud to Industrial Automation

By Randy Armstrong, Sparhawk Software
The widespread deployment of cloud based solutions has many factory operators wondering how they can take advantage of it to streamline their operations. The needs of these users have been the driving force behind the OPC UA PubSub Specification.

Automation Controllers & Word Processors – Embrace the Technological Shift or Die
September 19, 2016

Automation Controllers & Word Processors – Embrace the Technological Shift or Die

By Bill Lydon, Editor
The foundations of the automation industry are being reshaped right now from the torrent of ideas driven by Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Given today’s trends, are industrial automation controllers headed down a path to extinction?

Key Ingredients for Designing Smart Machines and Equipment
September 16, 2016

Key Ingredients for Designing Smart Machines and Equipment

By Dan Seger, Rockwell Automation
Today in the era of smart manufacturing, end users want to optimize their production and supply chain by bringing together islands of information – and they want OEMs to help. Delivering on the promise of smart manufacturing is paramount.

September 14, 2016

Automated Testing

Semiconductor devices are an essential part of our daily life. Without integrated circuits, we would not have computers and smartphones. And without newer and even more sophisticated device technology, recent breakthroughs in internet speeds as well as assisted driving would not be possible. Many of these devices are not only electronic, but are interacting with, or creating, light.

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September 14, 2016

Introduction to Inspection

Vision inspection plays an instrumental role in factory automation. In the past, manufacturers struggled between relying either on a team of operators to manually inspect parts for defects or on an expensive early generation automated vision system.

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Honeywell Survey: Data analytics investment on the rise
September 14, 2016

Honeywell Survey: Data analytics investment on the rise

A recent survey of manufacturing executives indicates many respondents (67 percent) are pressing ahead with plans to invest in data analytics even as they pare back spending in other areas to combat tough business conditions.

The Benefits and Challenges of IT/OT Convergence:  Rewriting the rules
September 14, 2016

The Benefits and Challenges of IT/OT Convergence: Rewriting the rules

By Martyn Williams, COPA-DATA UK
In the modern industrial realm, automation should provide a consistent way of executing tasks and processes – including those usually associated with information technology (IT). This article explains the changing responsibilities of IT and OT.

Visibility and Inventory of Manufacturing Assets – The Baseline for OT Security Management
September 12, 2016

Visibility and Inventory of Manufacturing Assets – The Baseline for OT Security Management

By Shmulik Aran, NextNine
A manufacturer and its connected production environment are exposed to a full range of cybersecurity threats. Mitigating the risk of cyberattacks is a rigorous process that requires the hardening of security controls around the IT, ICS and SCADA platforms.

Intrusion Detection for the IIoT: How do we detect threats on the factory floor?
September 12, 2016

Intrusion Detection for the IIoT: How do we detect threats on the factory floor?

By Alan Grau, Icon Labs
As industrial facilities become more connected, hackers are getting more sophisticated, resulting in greater vulnerabilities and increased risk of cyber-attacks. Intrusion detection, the ability to detect when hackers begin probing, is a critical first step to building a secure IIoT.