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Bill's Deep Dive: The Harting IIC MICA
July 25, 2016

Bill's Deep Dive: The Harting IIC MICA

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
In this week's Deep Dive, Bill explores the HARTING MICA, an open and modular computing platform, which was awarded with the 13th annual HERMES AWARD at the 2016 Hannover Fair Opening Ceremony in April.

Heaven Hill Brands selects Westfalia Technologies to automate Bardstown facility
July 25, 2016

Heaven Hill Brands selects Westfalia Technologies to automate Bardstown facility

Using Westfalia’s automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) integrated with a layer pick system, Heaven Hill will optimize the storage and processing of full pallet and layer-picked orders of liquor products.

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OT Security Management and its Importance in the Manufacturing Industry
July 25, 2016

OT Security Management and its Importance in the Manufacturing Industry

By Eli Mahal, NextNine
Monitoring equipment and taking informed decisions is easier through IIoT and the remediation of technical problems and predictive maintenance is more efficient through remote access.

Cyber Security: Where Does the Reasoning Begin?
July 22, 2016

Cyber Security: Where Does the Reasoning Begin?

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Usually during cybersecurity presentations, the speakers talk about serious consequences of cyber security and then overwhelm people, who are not familiar with the topic, with deep levels of details and intricacies. This one answers a simple question: Where does the reasoning begin?

ProSoft Connect demonstrates the benefits of a Container and Microservices cloud architecture
July 22, 2016

ProSoft Connect demonstrates the benefits of a Container and Microservices cloud architecture

By Keith Blodorn, ProSoft Technology
This paper describes the Container and Microservices architecture and illustrates how ProSoft customers benefit from it.

The Benefits of ICS Network Monitoring Throughout the Entire Industrial Control System’s Lifecycle
July 22, 2016

The Benefits of ICS Network Monitoring Throughout the Entire Industrial Control System’s Lifecycle

By Preston Futrell, NexDefense
ICS network monitoring can help maintain the reliability of mission critical equipment. It does so by providing real-time visibility of misconfigurations, remote connections operating improperly and incorrect commands unintentionally introduced by simple human error.

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Surlean Foods chooses noax' industrial hardware for weighing and packaging in custom-food manufacturing
July 22, 2016

Surlean Foods chooses noax' industrial hardware for weighing and packaging in custom-food manufacturing

To meet customers’ complex custom-batch processing requirements, Surlean Foods chose noax industrial touchscreen computers to support their business operations.

Levarys chooses Qorvo's ZigBee chips to facilitate smart home automation
July 21, 2016

Levarys chooses Qorvo's ZigBee chips to facilitate smart home automation

Levarys’ Luna Smart Home System consists of thermostats, smart radiator valves; temperature, door and window sensors, and smart plugs that are wirelessly connected to the gateway.

10 Things You Need to Know About Precision Displacement Measurement
July 21, 2016

10 Things You Need to Know About Precision Displacement Measurement

Chris Jones, Managing Director at Micro-Epsilon UK, outlines the 10 most important factors to consider before purchasing a non-contact displacement measurement sensor.

Emerson helps launch waste-to-energy plant in Poland
July 20, 2016

Emerson helps launch waste-to-energy plant in Poland

Emerson automation experts provided control system design, engineering and commissioning services that were critical to the successful and on-schedule completion of the project.

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HIMA delivers burner management systems to INPEX' Australian facilities
July 20, 2016

HIMA delivers burner management systems to INPEX' Australian facilities

HIMA is providing BMS design, engineering and integration from the office in Houston, Texas, while commissioning and additional services will be delivered by local HIMA professionals in Australia.

ICS Networks: Three Major Security Pitfalls
July 20, 2016

ICS Networks: Three Major Security Pitfalls

By Barak Perelman, Indegy
The emergence of cyber-threats is forcing industrial sectors to take a long, hard look at how they protect their control systems. This article discusses how best to ensure that your ICS networks remain secure.

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Menzel delivers motors to drive ventilation for Asian mining operation
July 19, 2016

Menzel delivers motors to drive ventilation for Asian mining operation

The two three-phase squirrel cage motors with 1,700 kW, 992 min-1 and 6000 V required especially adapted housings to match the desired motor dimensions.

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What if we automated ISA’s Automation Standards?
July 18, 2016

What if we automated ISA’s Automation Standards?

By Tom Finan, Ark Network Security Solutions
What’s needed is a method to accelerate compliance with ISA’s automation standards, one that ensures that achieved compliance actually enhances an entity’s security posture. Imagine if organizations could obtain automated, continuous, and real-time awareness about whether their chosen control solutions are working and making them safer.

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Thomson provides motion control products to ASABE tractor design competition
July 18, 2016

Thomson provides motion control products to ASABE tractor design competition

In this annual event, engineering students design and build garden-sized tractors and then compete in a variety of performance events. Thomson provided students with motion control technology such as actuators, as well as financial support for the competition.

Reducing Production Time With Smart Devices
July 15, 2016

Reducing Production Time With Smart Devices

By Amanda Eason, Rockwell Automation
In industry, there’s always a growing need to find ways to increase throughput without increasing production time. One way to achieve this is through the use of highly flexible and adaptable smart devices in control system architectures.

Deba Fasteners and Lazpiur announce manufacturing collaboration
July 15, 2016

Deba Fasteners and Lazpiur announce manufacturing collaboration

The former is dedicated to the manufacture of fastening elements, above all for the automotive market. The latter has two lines of business; one consists in building high-precision machines, some of which are specially indicated for the fastener sector.

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Manufacturing Software: Taking a Step Back to Reach the Digitized Future
July 15, 2016

Manufacturing Software: Taking a Step Back to Reach the Digitized Future

By Kapil Venkatachalam, Technology Crossover Ventures
While manufacturing software vendors want their customers to focus on the technological bells and whistles of the future, many manufacturers are still grappling with the clunky and highly customized systems they’ve relied on for the past 20 years.

Should Robots Be Outfitted with Self-Defense?
July 15, 2016

Should Robots Be Outfitted with Self-Defense?

By Rick Delgado, Freelance Technology Commentator
As robots become more prevalent and capable, they’ll likely require bigger investments from organizations seeking to utilize them. Could that lead to robots being equipped with self-defense capabilities?

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Manufacturing Execution System Enables Aerospace Manufacturer to Produce Safety Critical Electronics
July 15, 2016

Manufacturing Execution System Enables Aerospace Manufacturer to Produce Safety Critical Electronics

By Anthony Borges, PINPoint Information Systems
This document summarizes the manufacturing execution system (MES), or manufacturing operations management (MOM) solution implemented by an Aerospace parts manufacturer in order to introduce full-accountability into their assembly processes.