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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.

Prediktor's Apis software used by Statoil as OPC UA gateway
August 17, 2016

Prediktor's Apis software used by Statoil as OPC UA gateway

The overall objective of the delivery is to provide a standardized and unified way of accessing operational data from different assets via enterprise systems - not only standardized on protocol, but also standardized on data semantics.

Menzel delivers two motors for Bolivian cement mill
August 17, 2016

Menzel delivers two motors for Bolivian cement mill

The mill, which manufactures high-strength cement with 5000 Blaine, is not only the country's first vertical roller mill for cement grinding. At 4000 meters above sea level it is also the highest installed elevation of an OK mill in the entire Americas.

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Automating Traceability Getting Easier
August 15, 2016

Automating Traceability Getting Easier

By Thomas Cutler, Manufacturing Media Consortium
Traceability challenges surface in many different forms throughout lean manufacturing and warehousing processes. Leveraging automation and data technology can help make this process easier

Integrating Multiple Systems into a Single Monitoring and Control Solution
August 12, 2016

Integrating Multiple Systems into a Single Monitoring and Control Solution

Avid Solutions combines more than 10 disparate systems into a single, controlled process control system.

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Internet of Things Primer
August 12, 2016

Internet of Things Primer

By Opto 22
You’ve probably heard about the Internet of Things (IoT), or the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), also called Industry 4.0, primarily in Europe. But what is it? This primer is designed to give readers the need-to-know information about the IoT revolution.

Why Choose a Soft Starter Instead of an AC Drive
August 11, 2016

Why Choose a Soft Starter Instead of an AC Drive

By Richard Anderson, Rockwell Automation
Significant cost savings can be realized when using a soft starter instead of an AC drive and can also provide substantial physical size and volume savings.

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Manufacturing Competitiveness Requires Awareness
August 10, 2016

Manufacturing Competitiveness Requires Awareness

By Bill Lydon, Editor
The fall of 2016 presents a great opportunity for manufacturing teams to learn about the latest automation and related manufacturing technologies. Here, Bill discusses September's giant manufacturing technology event in Chicago

ExxonMobil/The Open Group Continue Push for Open Process Control Architecture
August 09, 2016

ExxonMobil/The Open Group Continue Push for Open Process Control Architecture

By Bill Lydon, Editor
As a follow-on to ExxonMobil’s Industry Day, and their push to create specifications and standards for an, open, secure, and interoperable process control architecture, the Open Group hosted a webinar so that those interested companies, who could not attend the June 27 event in Houston, could join the conversation.

Bill’s Deep Dive: Siemens MindSphere Cloud Leverages OPC UA
August 09, 2016

Bill’s Deep Dive: Siemens MindSphere Cloud Leverages OPC UA

By Bill Lydon, Editor
Siemens’ MindSphere, a cloud offering that links physical products and production facilities with digital data, and which leverages OPC UA, was a major feature at the 2016 Siemens Automation Summit.

DFI Provides a solution for smart gaming
August 04, 2016

DFI Provides a solution for smart gaming

The gaming industry is slowly becoming one of the world’s most profitable industries. Statistics has shown that this worldwide market has grown significantly. To follow this trend, DFI is continuously supporting our partners to build smart gaming.

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